The Valley of Heart's Delight

Santa Clara Valley Land and Loan Association

BIO Pen-Pictures,page 260

JOHN E. FISHER, Secretary of the Santa Clara Valley Land and Loan Association, at No. 45 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, was born near Woodland, Yolo County, California, January 17, 1864. He received his primary education in the public schools of Woodland, and later attended the University of the Pacific for five years, graduating in 1884. He, with his mother and her family, removed to San Jose in 1875. On November 1, 1884, he took charge of the books of Mr. R. L. Higgins, in the real estate and insurance business, and May 25, 1885, he bought an interest in the business. On February 9, 1886, the firm incorporated under the name of the "Santa Clara Valley Land and Loan Association," of which Mr. Fisher became the Secretary.

 He is a member of Palo Alto Parlor, No. 82, N. S. G. W., of San Jose. Mr. Fisher's parents were John H. and Arabella M. (Gladstone) Fisher, both natives of Pennsylvania. His father came to California in 1854, where he engaged in agriculture and stock-raising in Yolo County. He died in 1867. There were born to them three daughters and one son: Clara, Hattie, John E., and Eva. Hattie, the wife of Frank D. Lauterman, of Los Angeles, died March 6, 1888, leaving an infant daughter. She was a graduate of the University of the Pacfic. The subject of this sketch and his two sisters still occupy the maternal home. Their residence is on University Avenue, University Grounds, near the Alameda. The family still retain their agricultural interests in Yolo County.

SOURCE:  Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H.S.
Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.- Page 260, transcribed by Carol Lackey