Individual Record 2858

Name}   Fishback, Lee Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:  Date} Exa 10 Apr 1926 Place} Alhambra, Los Angeles, California
Marr.: Date} Exa 21 Aug 1953 Place}                , Los Angeles, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 26 Dec 1926 Place} Kila, Flathead, Montana
Burial: Date} Aft 26 Dec 1926 Place} Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 901 = Birth record
Source 2} 1098=1930 USA cen
Source 3} 1848=1940 USA cen
Source 4} 988 = City directory
Source 5} 867 = Marriage rec
Source 6} 1850=Magazine
Source 7} 1853=Newspaper
Source 8} 1849=S.S. record
Source 9} 1018=Death record
Source 10} 1505=Death record
Source 11} 717 = S.S. record
Source 12}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Henry Raymond Fishback & Ruby Adele Demell
   Relationship No.} 1043
1st Household No.} 485 = Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Occupation 1} Dog sled musher
       Occupation 2}  
Spouses:   Prime} Barnes, Meriel Matthews (Mel)
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Lee Fishback was born 10 Apr 1926 in Alhambra, Los Angeles, California.  He was the only child of Henry Raymond Fishback and Ruby Adele Demell.  In the 1930 U.S. census, the Lee's family was living at 2032 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles.  His father Henry was a millwright for a lumber company.  His mother Ruby was a stenographer for a mail order business.

Lee was identified as Elmer L. Fishback in the 1930 U.S. census, and as Elmer Lee Fishback in a Jul 1943 Social Security application.  In a May 1946 Social Security application, he is identified as Lee Fishback.  These are the only two places the name Elmer appears.

Lee's family moved several times until in the 1940 U.S. census they were living at 1814 S. Curtis Avenue, Alhambra.  His father Henry was now a superintendent at the lumber mill, and his mother Ruby was a secretary for a dairy.

Lee served as a Radioman Third Class in the U.S. Navy from 8 Apr 1944 to 15 May 1946.  He married Meriel M. Barnes on 21 August 1953 in Los Angeles County, California.

Lee and Meriel (later known as Mel) eventually made their home in Kila, Flathead, Montana.  They owned a small sled manufacturing and musher supply company.  Lee bred and mushed (raced) sled dogs.  In 1963, Lee and Mel began Team & Trail, a monthly newsletter about sled dog racing.  They published a booklet Training Lead Dogs My Way in 1974.  Later versions published throughout the 70’s and 80’s had the title “Training Lead Dogs or How to turn ordinary dogs into Lead Dogs thru positive training”.  In 1975 he was Chief Judge at races sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association.  One writer wrote:  Fishback enjoyed the challenge of training dogs that others thought would be unlikely.  He could be found on the trail running a German Shepherd cross and one of his last successful leaders was a purebred Samoyed".

Lee Fishback headstone Lee died of a heart attack on 26 Dec 1976 while out running his dogs.  A search and rescue team found him near his pickup truck when he did not return from a run.  He is buried in the Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photos} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service} Navy                          for the State of} United States
Health Condition}  
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Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 29 Nov 2015
Date Created}  14 Nov 2010
Copyright © 2015 by Karen L. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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