P. B. Fitch, who is the owner of an excellent drug store in Malmo, was born in Hamilton county, Nebraska, eight
miles southeast of Central City, on the 3d of November, 1877, a son, of O. D. and Delia Ruth Fitch, who were born
and reared in the state of New York. The family is of Dutch and English descent on the father's side and of English
origin on the mother's side. Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Fitch were married in New York and about 1869 removed westward,
taking up their residence in Jones county, Iowa, whence two years later they came to Nebraska, homesteading land
in Hamilton county. The father developed a tract of raw land into an excellent farm and followed agricultural pursuits
for seven or eight years. He then went into the hardware business in Fullerton and after disposing of his store
was on the road for a time. He is now farming in Alberta, Canada, and his wife is also living. At the time of the
Civil war he was too young to enlist but worked in the commissary at Alexandria, Virginia. To him and his wife
have been born seven sons and one daughter, namely: Alice, who is deceased; Henry, a resident of Belgrade, Nebraska;
Earl B., of Alberta, Canada; P. B.; Guy, deceased; Clarence, who resides in Burlington, North Dakota; Orson, deceased;
and Lewis of Alberta, Canada.
P. B. Fitch attended the public schools in the acquirement of an education and later took a course in a business
college at Fullerton. After devoting two or three years to farming he went to Highland Park College at Des Moines,
where he took a special course. Subsequently he was employed in a drug store at Genoa, Nebraska, for about a year.
At the end of that time he went to Alma, Nebraska, where he remained for three months, after which he removed to
Guide Rock this state. He was there for about a year and then went to Heniingford, Nebraska, where he was engaged
in business for about three years. His next removal was to Alberta, Canada, where he purchased railroad land and
also filed on a homestead, on which he subsequently proved up. He engaged in general fanning and stock raising
there for about five years and at the end of that time returned to Nebraska and engaged in the drug business at
Beaver Crossing. After a year spent there he went to Funk, this state, but in less than a year returned to Alberta
and devoted five more years to farming there. He still owns one hundred and sixty acres in Alberta, upon which
he has made many improvements. On leaving the Dominion he came to Malmo and purchased a drug store, which he has
since successfully conducted. He understands pharmacy thoroughly and also has the business ability necessary to
the successful management of such an undertaking. He has gained a good patronage and has an enviable reputation
for fair dealing. He owns the building in which his business is located and also two lots.
Mr. Fitch was married on the 29th of April, 1904, to Miss Geneva Patrick, of Calgary, Alberta, and they have four
children, Cecil C., Ruth, Alice and Mabel, all at home.
Mr. Fitch has been independent in politics and at the last election cast his vote for the democratic candidates.
His wife is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. While living at Hemingford Mr. Fitch was identified with
the Royal Highlanders. He is recognized as one of the capable business men of Malmo and since taking up his residence
here has gained the respect and goodwill of his fellow citizens.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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