Biography of Norton Fitch
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Norton Fitch, Supervisor of Alpine tp., was born in Orleans Co., N. Y., Nov. 17, 1833. His parents, Amos and Jane Fitch, were natives of New York and came to this county in 1848, the date of Mr. Fitch's introduction to the State of Michigan, being at that time 15 years of age. He was married in 1855 to Sophia Murray, born in Ohio in 1833 and died in 1879, leaving two children: Amasa N. and Sabrina M. Mr. Fitch owns a finely improved farm of 280 acres, valued in the aggregate at about $17,000, situated on sec. 4, Alpine tp. His handsome brick residence is located in a most desirable spot, with the best possible outlook over the adjacent country for miles. He is justly rated as one of the most enterprising and substantial citizens and farmers of Alpine; is Republican in politics and has served his town in most of its local offices; has held school offices for 10 years consecutively; has. been Treasurer five years, and is now officiating as Supervisor for the fifth term. On the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, he felt impelled to respond to the call of the nation and he enlisted Aug. 17, 1861, at Grand Rapids, in Co C, First Reg. U. S. Sharpshooters, for three years, during the war. The regiment was composed of picked men, each being required to pass rigid examination, especially as to skill in marksmanship. He was sworn into the service in Detroit and soon after was appointed Corporal. He was engaged in the following battles: Siege of Yorktown, April 5, 1862; Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862; Hanover C. H. June 27, 1862; Mechanicsville, June 26-27, 1862; Gaines' Mill, June 27, 1862; Charles City Cross Roads, June 30, 1862; Malvern Hill and the battle near Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862. At the latter his left arm was shot off by a shell, and he received his honorable discharge, Oct. 18, 1862. As a sharpshooter he had a varied experience; he spent long, weary hours on the picket line, sometimes standing knee deep in water all night, and frequently sleeping on the wet ground. On his diacharge his superior officers, in acknowledgment of his faithful and efficient services, presented him with the following certificate: "Corporal Fitch has proved himself to be a true soldier, and in all the engagements he proved himself a brave soldier, and the cool courage which he usually showed before the enemy is well worthy of note." The portrait of Mr. Fitch appears on another page.

History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.