CLARENCE L. FANCHER
An extensive grain rancher of Merced County, Clarence L. Fancher is a member of a family well known in the county
since the early days of 1850. He was born on a farm, five miles west of Niles, Mich., on February 11, 1875, the
fifth of seven children born to Jonathan W. and Margaret C. (Roe) Fancher, the father a native of Syracuse, N.
Y., born in 1835, and the mother of Indiana, her death occurring in Michigan, in 1905. Jonathan W. Fancher was
a cooper by trade, who settled in Michigan in 1853. Moving to Indiana in 1885, he became an extensive owner of
land and stock there; and Clarence L., from the early age of ten, took up duties on the home ranch as chore boy,
and remained there until 1899, when he came as far west as Butte, Mont., and later went into the Big Horn Basin,
Wyo., where he entered on land under the Carey Act and homestead law, forty miles from the railway, and for twelve
years developed the land, devoting it to grain, sheep and hogs, with marked success. In the meantime, his father
had come west to Merced, Cal., in 1900, where he had been preceded by his brothers, the late George H., and Lee
R. Fancher, settlers there in 1850 and prominent figures in Merced banking and farming circles. Jonathan W. had
acquired land near Merced, and came out to look after his interests, and in 1912, Clarence L. brought out a carload
of stock, and has since handled the ranch work and managed the property.
C. L. Fancher's marriage, on March 27, 1903, in Wyoming, united him with Miss Lydia A. Lindsay, a native of Utah,
and the fifth of ten children born to her parents, the late Edwin R., and Mrs. Emma Bowden Lindsay of Big Horn
Basin. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fancher: Lila, Iras, Arlene, Virginia, Lindsay, and Llewellyn.
In 1921, Mr. Fancher entered the Poultry Producers Association, and he is building up his pens to full capacity,
with 1600 hens, engaging in egg production on a large scale. He is a member of the Planada Tuttle Farm Bureau,
and has always championed modern methods, both in theory and practice, for he sees in intensive cultivation the
real growth of California, and especially her valley lands. He is likewise interested in educational advancement,
and is a member of the board of school trustees for the Tuttle district. A Republican in political adherence, he
sponsors all movements which have for their purpose the ultimate development of the district's resources, realizing
that in that way is the prosperity of the individual enhanced, in proportion as the country develops.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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