George Hicks Fancher

George Hicks Fancher

Birth
New York, USA
Death 30 Mar 1900 (aged 72)
Tuttle, Merced County, California, USA
Burial Tuttle, Merced County, California, USA
Memorial ID 36345096 · View Source
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George Hicks Fancher was a wealthy rancher and business man who, upon his death, ordered a monument made of solid granite, 68 feet high. It is the highest monument in California. Said to be his tomb, have yet to find an actual grave locally. Located in Tuttle ("Tuttletown") at the corner of Yosemite Parkway aka Highway 140 and Arboleda Drive, 3.5 miles out of Merced, CA, down the road from Plainsburg Cemetery.

Son of Jonathan Waterbury Fancher and Gula Elma Hicks. Brother of Levi Rowley Fancher and Alva Clinton Fancher.

The following was provided by Jack M Fancher, a great grand nephew of George Hicks Fancher:
George H. Fancher's will only calls for a "suitable monument" and that his grave be on his Bear Creek Ranch T7S R15E. He set aside $25,000 for these purposes.
Brother Lee and brother Jonathan W. Jr. had a dispute in court over whether a smaller monument and a free Merced Library were the "suitable monument" or not.
Brother Jonathan won on appeal and the full amount of set aside money was to be spent on a monument that the Court decided would be an "obelisk". The grave site on his ranch, which had been bequeathed to a third brother, Charles W. Fancher, had the monument completed there in 1911. The other 3500 acres of the ranch were sold to Del Monte/Cal Packing in 1919. ps Alva Clinton Fancher was one of George's nephews, that is he was a son of Jonathan W. Fancher Jr.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 25 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36345096
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Hicks Fancher (9 Feb 1828–30 Mar 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36345096, citing Fancher Memorial, Tuttle, Merced County, California, USA ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .