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Below you will find a complilation of obituaries gathered from various newspapers throughout Shasta County and elsewhere in California. If YOU have an obituary for a Shasta County resident and would like to add to this collection or, better yet, if you want to volunteer to transcribe obituaries please contact the county coorinators.

Farrish, J. J.
Shasta Courier, August 4, 1858

Piety Hill -- of Billious Fever, Mr. J. J. Farrish. Mr. F. was born in England. He leaves a wife and several children.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Feeny, Richard Henry
Redding Daily Free Press, Thursday Evening, February 9, 1899

A Pioneer Who Arrived on Weaver Creek, Trinity County, in 1850

Richard Henry Feeny, who died at French Gulch Tuesday, February 7th, was born in West Meath, Ireland, November 12, 1822. He was the son of Richard and Mary (Hadlet) Feeny, both natives of Ireland. In April, 1840, Mr. Feeny emigrated to America, landing in New York, and working there for a period of nine years. In the early part of 1849 the wonderful stories of California were brought to the East, and young Feeny, having got the gold fever, sailed on the 14th day of February, 1849, for the great El Dorado of the West, reaching on the 17th of September of the same year what is now known as the city of San Francisco. From there he went to Sacramento, thence to Weaver Creek. In 1850 he went to Coloma, where in seven and a half days he took out $1000 with a rocker. He remained there until 1858, when he removed to the South Fork of Scott River, where he successfully mined for seven years. Afterward at Callahans he conducted a hotel and became owner of a tollroad. He made a competency on the Middle Yuba. After these years of mining he finally located in 1885 in French Gulch and established the hotel that bears his name.

In 1875 Mr. Feeny married Miss Sarah J. Doole, also a native of Ireland. Their issue have been Mary Elizabeth, Thomas Henry, and Arleta. Mr. Feeny was one of nature's noblemen. Generous to a fault, no one left his door unprovided or was refused admission, he was esteemed for his honesty and integrity in his dealings with his fellow man. He died at the ripe old age of 76 years, beloved by all who knew him and lamented by those he has left behind. May his ashes rest in peace.

Transcribed by Susan

Ferrell, Cora E.
Sacramento Union, 05 Nov 1922

Redding, Nov. 4 - Funeral services for Mrs. Cora E. Ferrell, 64, who died Wednesday at the home of her daugher, Mrs. Olive Potson in Saratoga, were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in the Redding cemetery

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Fetzer, August J.
Redding Courier Free Press January 26, 1911

August Fetzer age 78 died in Weaverville. Native of Germany leaves son A. J. Fetzer of Weaverville; Dau Mrs. F. M. Slocum of Redding; dau Mrs. W. J. Baker of Chico; widow Mrs. Fetzer of Oroville

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Finck, Louis H.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, June 3, 1966

Funeral services for Louis H. Finck will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Sanders Funeral Home in Eureka with the Rev. Lloyd Henderson officiating. Burial will follow at the Ocean View Cemetery. Finck died Tuesday night in Fresno after he was crushed between a tire and the fender of a scraper machine on the San Luis Canal project. He was 34.

Finck had lived in Fresno for the past month. Before that, he lived in Redding. He leaves his widow, Marie of Fresno; and a child, Dorie of Fresno. He also leaves three brothers, Charles Forrest, James P. and Robert Finck, all of Redding.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Fisher, Edna Meldina
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, Nov. 27, 1981

Services for Edna Meldina Fisher, 51, of Redding will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Lawncrest Chapel. The Rev. Thomas Bland of Our Lady of Mercy Church will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday. Burial will be at Lawncrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Fisher died Tuesday at Crestwood Convalescent Hospital.

Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Fort Jones, Kan., she moved to Shasta County a year ago from Compton. She was a retired accountant and a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, George Wallace White Post, in Long Beach. She is survived by sons Larrie Miller of Redding and Kenneth Miller of Long Beach; daughters Jo Thomas of Redding and Eleanor Domer of Lincoln, Neb.; stepson Mark Fisher of Michigan City, Ind.; and 14 grandchildren

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Fisher, Nancy Mears
Redding Courier-Free Press, Friday, February 23, 1934


Mrs. Nancy Mears Fisher, one of the earliest settlers of Shasta county, passed away Wednesday at the ranch home in the Millville section where she had resided 78 years. Stricken suddenly after she had prepared the evening meal, Mrs. Fisher succumbed in a short time. It was her first serious illness and the first time a physician ever had been called to attend her. Mrs. Fisher was born in Illinois, March 12, 1852. She would have been 82 years old next month. At the age of four years she was brought to Shasta county by her parents, settling on the farm near Millville, where she spent the remainder of her life. The trip across the plains was filled with dangers and excitement for the little girl. Attacked by Indians, the family lost all its horses and the use of cattle was required to pull the wagons.

Mrs. Fisher's husband passed away in 1904. She is survived by one son, Chester A. Fisher who resided with her at Millville; four nephews, W. H. Mears, W. B. Mears, J. S. Mears and J. R. Mears, all of Millville; two nieces, Mrs. Maggie Nelson of Imperial and Mrs. Roxie Gilbert of Millville; a sister-in-law, Mrs. J. K. Mears of Millville; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the graveside in the Masonic cemetery at Millville. Rev. P. T. Coleman, pastor of the Redding Baptist church, will officiate and interment will be made by McDonald & Scott.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Flanagan, Edward
Redding Record-Searchlight, February 16, 1987

Deaths – Edward Flanagan, 97, of Summit City died Saturday at Shasta Convalescent Hospital in Redding. Arrangements are pending at McDonald’s Redding Chapel.

Redding Record-Searchlight, February 17, 1987
Mass for Edward Gratin Flanagan, 97, of Summit City will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Redding. Monsignor Russell Terra will officiate. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at McDonald’s Redding Chapel. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at the chapel. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Flanagan died Saturday at Shasta Convalescent Hospital in Redding. Born Sept. 20, 1889, in Churntown, he was a lifetime resident of Shasta County. He was a road grader with Shasta County for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Buckeye Grange. He is survived by sisters Margaret Bradshaw of Redding and Mary Bellone of Summit City. Arrangements are being handled by McDonald’s Redding Chapel.

Forbis, Orie Martin
The Redding Searchlight, Friday, March 5, 1937

Funeral services for Orie Martin Forbis, 32, killed early this week at his Bella Vista home when struck on the head by a fragment of bursting grindstone, will be conducted at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the chapel of McDonald & Scott. J. W. Marland, friend of the decedent, will officiate and interment will be made in Houston cemetery.

A native of Lyle, Wash., Forbis is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Forbis; two children, Edward and Bobbie; four brothers, Oscar and Dale of Aberdeen, Wash., and William and Elmer of Oregon; and three sisters, Mrs. Carl Crawford, Miss Isabelle Forbis, Mrs. Edward Fox, all of Aberdeen, and his mother, Mrs. Carrie Forbis, also of Aberdeen

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Forderhase, Francis Byron "By"
Seattle Times, January 23, 2005

Francis Byron "By" FORDERHASE (February 29, 1916 - December 31, 2004). By was born in Redding, CA and died in Seattle WA. He enjoyed the notoriety of being born on leap day and turned a mature "22" in 2004. He graduated from Stanford in 1938, Phi Beta Kappa, with an accounting degree. He worked for Price Waterhouse in San Francisco as a temporary employee in 1937, and in 1938 began working for them full time. He served in the Navy from 1942-1945, most of that time as the supply officer of the USS Virgo in the South Pacific. After the war, By returned to Price Waterhouse.

In 1947, By met Barbara "Bobbie" Wright. They married on September 8, 1950 and honeymooned in the Sierras camping and fishing. In 1952, By and family were transferred to Seattle. Over the years, By's responsibilities increased and he became the audit manager for PW's Seattle office. He retired from the company in 1976. In 1954, By became a member of the Seattle Golf Club and he and Bobbie enjoyed many years of "that silly game." Missing opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors led to the purchase of a cabin near Cle Elum in 1964. A typical weekend included work projects in the morning and fly fishing in the afternoon. During retirement, By and Bobbie continued to golf, and go to the cabin and fish until health problems got in the way. By also took up maintenance of the vehicles and small woodworking projects after he retired and enjoyed this immensely.

By was a very private man, but was well respected by his peers and loved by his family and friends. He was known for his integrity, fairness, and sense of humor. By is survived by his wife Bobbie, daughter Katie and husband Charlie Potter of Ft. Collins CO, son John Forderhase of Seattle, and daughter Barb Forderhase of Boise ID. He has two grandchildren Scott and Kristen Potter. At his request, his remains were cremated and no services will be held.

Transcribed by April Hennes

Fox, Charles C.
Redding Record-Searchlight and The Redding Courier-Free Press, May 23, 1942


Charles C. Fox, French Gulch merchant for the past 40 years, died at St. Caroline hospital this morning, apparently the victim of a heart attack. He had been ill for a couple of days and was taken to the hospital yesterday. Fox was born in Lewiston, Trinity county, on Jan. 24, 1874. He had resided in Shasta and Trinity counties all of his life.

Funeral services will be held from his French Gulch home at 2 p.m. Monday. Dr. L.V. Moore will officiate. Interment will be in the French Gulch cemetery with McDonald's Chapel in charge of arrangements. Friends may call at the house. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Anna E. Fox of French Gulch; three sons, Donald and Alvin of French Gulch and Vernon of Sacramento; and a sister, Josie Van Matre of San Francisco.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Franck, Henry J
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 6, 1950

Officers of the French Gulch lodge, IOOF, conducted funeral services yesterday at the Odd Fellows hall, French Gulch, for Henry J. Franck.  Joseph Jones served as noble grand and T.W. Hitchcock as chaplain. Interment followed in French Gulch cemetery.

Casket bearers were: Arthur Johnson, Thomas Clark, C.W. Plumb, Samuel Rasmussen, Ernie Blagrave and Frank Jones.

Freize, James
Sacramento Daily Union, April 28, 1857

Deaths – At Lower Springs, Shasta county, April 19th, James Freize, of congestion, formerly from Massachusetts.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Frisbie, George C
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 4, 1913

George C. Frisbie Left $2600 Estate

George Charles Frisbie, the Redding expressman, who died in San Francisco December 10, left an estate of $2,600, according to a petition for letters of administration filed yesterday by the widow, Mrs. Lizzie M. Frisbie. The estate consists chiefly of residence property in Court street in Redding and of city lots. The heirs beside the petition are Edward C Frisbie, aged 27; Sarah H Frisbie, aged 24; Ruth C. Frisbie, aged 20, and Ann Elizabeth Frisbie, a granddaughter, aged six months.

Fuller, Albert B.
Red Bluff News, March 24, 1911


Albert B. Fuller, brother of Barclay Fuller of Red Bluff, died at his home in Redding Saturday at 2 p.m. The remains will be brought to this city for interment and the funeral will be held some time Monday. Mr. Fuller was the son-in-law of Mrs. Hook of Red Bluff and his wife and two children survive him.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Fuller, John Stockton
Redding Record Searchlight, December 4, 1953

John Stockton Fuller, a retired plasterer who had lived in Redding for the last 6 years, died yesterday in a local hospital at the age of 76. He was b. in CA Dec-11-1876. He leaves his wife, Rose and a step-son, Carl S. Ball, both in Redding, and a sister Mrs. Gertrude Burns in Alameda.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Meininger-Dusel mortuary with the Rev. Thomas B.Turnbull officiating. Interment will be in Lawncrest Memorial Park.

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Furbee, Thomas Jefferson
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 9, 1913

T. J. Burbee Dead

Red Bluff – The funeral of Thomas Jefferson Furbee, well known mine superintendant at one time with the Pittsburg consolidated at Nevada City, who died at the age of 82 years as a result of a stroke of paralysis, was held here this afternoon. The deceased was a native of Ohio, and crossed the plains to California in 1854, locating at Placerville.

Fusler, Annie E.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, April 25, 1972

MOUNT SHASTA--Funeral services for Annie E. Fusler, 94, who died of natural causes at her home in Mount Shasta Sunday, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel in Mount Shasta. The Rev. V. E. Boyd will officiate. Private services and burial will follow Thursday at East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento.

Mrs. Fusler was born May 22, 1877, in Sheridan, Placer County. She moved with her family to Mott, Siskiyou County, in 1886, and lived in the southern Siskiyou County area most of her life. She was a seamstress, bookkeeper and housewife. Her late husband Earl Fusler was a music instructor and Southern Pacific Co. railroad car shop man in Dunsmuir. She was living with a nephew, James J. Scott, in Mount Shasta when she died.

Aside from Scott, she leaves three cousins, Adriance C. Brown of Redding, Elena Pinson of Dunsmuir, Susan Hamilton of Klamath Falls and Louis Kilson of Alhambra. The Fidelity Chapter of the Dunsmuir Order of the Eastern Star will participate in the Mount Shasta services

Transcribed by Robin Bills


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