FRED E. CATT, one of the best mown farmers and most successful veterinary surgeons of western Rush county, a
resident of Posey township, is a native son of Rush county, having been born in Center township on August 23, 1879,
and is the son of Harvey and Abbie (Henley) Catt, the former a native of Hancock county, Indiana, and the latter
of Rush county. They were the parents of five children, of whom those now living are Frank, Fred E. Walter and
Florence. The subject of this review attended the common schools of Ripley township and the high school at Carthage.
He then entered the Indiana Veterinary College, at Indianapolis, where he was graduated, after three years' study,
in 1916, with the degree of Veterinary Surgeon. After completing his professional course, he returned to Posey
township and continued to farm and practice his profession. After his marriage in 1901 the subject engaged in farming
on his own account, first renting land for about three years. He then bought his grandfather Henley's farm of eighty
acres, which he operated for about three years, when he sold it and moved to Arlington, where he remained about
a year. He then bought the splendid eighty acre farm where he now lives in Posey township, and he has made many
permanent and substantial improvements on the place, including the erection of new buildings, which have rendered
the place very attractive and comfortable. Mrs. Catt also inherited a part of the farm where they live, so that
the place now comprises 170 acres of land. Doctor Catt carries on general farming operations and also raises from
100 to 150 head of hogs annually. As a veterinarian he has won an enviable reputation throughout this section of
the county and enjoys a large and successful practice. On the 23d day of October, 1901, Doctor Catt was married
to Nelle Suitz, who was born in Franklin county, Indiana, and is the daughter of Frank and Mary (Reeves) Spitz.
To Doctor and Mrs. Catt have been born one child, Leroy S., who is now a farmer in Posey township and who married
Ruth Handy and has one child, Wilfred Nigh. Politically, Doctor Catt gives his support to the Republican party.
Fraternally, he is a member of Beech Grove Lodge, No. 399, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Arlington.
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Rush County, IN
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