PHILIP M. FISHER, JR.
Philip M. Fisher, Jr., born in Oakland in 1891, and son of P. M. Fisher who for fifty
years has been one of California's most prominent educators, has had a varied career in different activities and
one that has taken him far afield.
He began, as did his father, as a teacher, being elected to the staff of the Fremont high school shortly after
graduation from the University of California in 1913. Teaching during the day at this institution and during the
nights conducting the Melrose Evening School, he studied the art of short story writing in the afternoons and in
1916 published his first manuscript in the Youth's Companion, a short essay on the Mennonites of Canada. Shortly
thereafter he began. publishing with the Munsey Company of New York City, his forte at the time being the wierd
At the outbreak of the World War, when about to sever connection with school work and go into the literary field,
he signed up for service in the United States Navy. The call to active duty took him to the San Pedro Naval Training
Station, then to Mare Island, where he was commissioned as ensign. Shortly after the war he was released from active
duty, and for some months sold automobiles in Vacaville, Solano county. At the same time he wrote several stories
later published by the Munsey Company.
In October, 1919, he accepted active commission in the Navy again, and was attached to the Pacific Fleet destroyer
forces. With the old Thirteenth Destroyer Division he spent two years in Chinese and other Oriental waters and
gathered much material for fiction. Released in November, 1921, he returned home and again took up fiction, which
he followed with success until the fall of 1925, when he became associated with the Oakland Examiner in newspaper
work. In this work he stayed until December 1, 1926, when he was appointed executive secretary to Mayor John L.
Davie of Oakland, in which duty he now stands.
Mr. Fisher has published several serial stories and many shorter works in such magazines as Argosy, All Story,
Munseys, Sunset, Adventure, Short Stories, Sea Stories, and others. Every part of his experience has been utilized
in fiction, his writings including not only his earlier work in the occult, but stories of the navy and the sea,
of China, of school work, and of western mining country. He is a member of the California Writers' Club and other
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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