FRANK WILLIS FISK
In the town of Murphy’s, Calaveras County, Mr. Fisk is well known, being actively identified with its business interests. Here he is serving as the postmaster and is also a druggist, conducting a well-equipped store in that line. Throughout his business career he has represented commercial pursuits here.
He was born in Oldtown, Maine, on the 20th of March, 1857, and belongs to a family of English origin. His father, Charles Fisk, was a native of Vermont, born in 1813, and removing to Oldtown, Maine, he engaged in merchandising until 1864. He was recognized as an influential citizen whose opinions and efforts did much toward shaping the public policy of the place. He served as one of the selectmen and as a member of the board of education. He married Miss Mary Ann Eaton, a native of Nova Scotia, and in 1864 they came to California, locating in the town of Washington, in Yolo County, where the father operated a sawmill and engaged in the lumber business. He was subsequently the proprietor of the Fisk Hotel at Silver Mountain, and in 1869 he came to Murphy’s, where he owned a placer mine. Here he engaged in merchandising until his life’s labors were ended, his death occurring in November, 1897, when he was eight-three years of age. He was a citizen of the highest probity. While in Alpine County he was public administrator. His wife departed this life in 1893, survived by five of her children. In the family were eleven children, but six of the number had departed this life. Those who are still living are: Mrs. Mary J. Mauk, of Phoenix, Arizona; Charles E., of Murphy’s; Mrs. Emily Smith, a widow living in Sacramento; Fred E., of Los Angeles; and Frank Willis.
The last named, the youngest, was twelve years of age when he came with his parents to Murphy’s. He attended the village school and at an early age began to assist his father in the mercantile establishment, thus acquiring a knowledge which enabled him to continue business on his own account with excellent success. He was appointed the postmaster of the town and took possession of the office in 1898. He has a very neat and well equipped office in a portion of his store, and his daughter acts as his deputy, while his son also assists in the office.
On the 7th of June, 1879, Mr. Fisk wedded Miss May P. Shearer, a native of Murphy’s and a daughter of Volney Shearer, one of the early settlers of California. They now have two children, Effie May and Charles Frederick. They occupy a nice home in the town and the members of the household maintain a high standing in social circles. Mr. Fisk was elected one of the supervisors of Calaveras County in 1886, and ably and faithfully served for four years, during which time roads and bridges were built and others improved, and the county hospital was also erected, Mr. Fisk giving his hearty co-operation to all movements for the general good. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has been financier of the society since its organization in 1883. Almost his entire life has been spent in this locality, and that those who have known him from boyhood are numbered among his staunchest friends is an indication that he is upright and honorable and worthy of high regard.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.