S. E. FITCH. Among the many successful farmers living in Howard township, Labette county, Kansas, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is living in section 29, township 34, range 18, where he carries on general farming. Mr. Fitch was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, in 1848, and is a son of Nathan and Mary (Fitzgerald) Fitch.
Nathan Fitch was born in Kentucky, and was a farmer during all his active life. He married Mary Fitzgerald, who was also a native of Kentucky, and to them were born: Samuel H., who is a farmer in Cass county, Missouri; John, of Clay county, Missouri; Eveline, who lives in Kentucky; Lavina, who lives in Missouri; S. E.; and David, Robert and Mary, deceased.
S. E. Fitch was reared and schooled in his native state. He grew to manhood there, and followed the occupation of a farmer. When he was thirty-five years old he removed to Kansas, and in 1885 settled in Labette county. He bought his present farm in Howard township in 1889, and there has carried on farming ever since. Mr. Fitch is well known in agricultural circles in Howard township, and is one of the best farmers in that vicinity.
Mr. Fitch married Fannie Wallingford, who was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, in 1850, and they have reared four children: Charles, who lives in Valeda, Kansas; Lulu F.; Mary; and Walter.
In politics, Mr. Fitch is a Populist. He has served as trustee of the township for two terms, and has been a member of the school board for a number of years. He is a member of the Anti-Horsethief Association. The family belong to the Methodist church.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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