Biography of Lauren M. Fitch
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Lauren M. Fitch, proprietor of the Fitch Gear Company of Rome, is an acknowledged leader in his chosen specialty. He was born at Born at Brookfield, Madison county, New York, September 3, 1849, a son of Julius O. and Harriet (Lyne) Fitch. The father was for more than forty years a prominent manufacturer of Brookfield and, engaged in the carriage manufacturing business very successfully. After receiving his preliminary education in the public schools Lauren M. Fitch entered his father's carriage making establishment and learned the trade. Being of a mechanical turn of mind he showed great interest in his work and became thoroughly proficient. In 1875 he came to Rome upon the invitation of R. M. Bingham & Company to make gears in order to save freight on the same from Brookfleld. He continued with this company about six years and then, desiring to engage in business on his own account, organized the Rome Spring Wagon Works of which he was the head for a short time when he disposed of his holdings. In 1881 he began in the business to which he has since applied himself, manufacturing all kinds of gears for carriages. The reputation of the house grew from year to year until it now disposes of its products to carriagemakers and to the hardware trade in all the principal parts of the United States and each year witnesses a gratifying increase in its patronage.

Mr. Fitch has been three times married. He was first married in 1868, at the age of nineteen, his wife dying one month later. In 1870 he was married to Miss Frances Moore, who died in 1886, leaving a daughter, Blanche N., now Mrs. Frank W. Hixson, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. On May 23, 1895, Mr. Fitch married Miss Christine Starke, a daughter of George and Mary Starke, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Mr. Fitch is essentially a business man and, therefore, has never taken an active interest in politics or aspired to the emoluments of public office. He is prominently identified with the Masonic order and is a member of Roman Lodge, No. 223, F. & A. M.; Fort Stanwix Chapter, No. 153, R. A. M.; Rome Commendery, K. T., No. 45; and Ziyara Temple, A. A. O, N. M. S. He is also a valued member of Rome Lodge, I. O. O. F., and the Lodge of Knighfs of Pythias at Rome. His record is evidence of what may be accomplished by a man who has the courage to trust in his own judgment and the perseverance to continue unflinchingly in what he undertakes. He is known as one of the substantial men of the community, whose honor is unquestioned and whose influence is always to be counted upon in forwarding the general good.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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