Biography of Cyrus E. Fitch
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The subject of the following sketch, Cyrus E. Fitch, was born in the town of Butler, Wayne county, N. Y. December 4, 1844, on the farm where his grandfather, Ebenezer Fitch, first, settled on his arrival from Saratoga, N. Y. His ancestors were of German descent, and are traced directly back to that hardy colony of pioneers who came over from the Fatherland in the "Half Moon" with Hendrick Hudson and settled along the banks of that beautiful river which bears his name. His grandfather, Ebenezer Fitch, emigrated from Saratoga county with his wife at an early day and settled in the town of Butler, where he was elected to the office of justice of the peace for eight consecutive years and took an active part in arranging the boundaries and shaping the destinies of what is now one of the most prosperous townships in the county of Wayne. His ancestors on his mother's side were also of German descent and first settled in Jefferson county, this State. In the year 1852 he, with his father, moved on the farm where he has since resided. He was graduated from Wolcott Academy in 1860, taught school until the autumn of 1862, when he enlisted in Company A, 9th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and served until the close of the. war. He was in the battles of Cold Harbor, Monocacy, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher's Hill and Petersburg. After his discharge from the army he was married in the year of 1865 to Elenor J, Pearsoll, a lady of the most estimable character, whose people lived in Wolcott, N. Y. Their union proved a most happy one and has been blessed with an interesting family of children, three sons and one daughter, who have been given the best educational advantages that the State afforded, the latter, Miss Minnie, being an accomplished musician and a graduate from the Normal College at Albany, N. Y. Mr, Fitch has been a prominent member of the First M. E. Church of Wolcott, N. Y., since 1865 and for a long time a member of the official board of that church. He was superintendent of the Sabbath school for two years, and since retiring from that position he has conducted the largest Bible Class ever known in the church at any time. Mr. Fitch has always taken an active interest in educational work, having served as a member of the board of education of Leavenworth Institute for thirteen years, from which position he resigned in the spring of 1894, upon being elected to the office of supervisor of his town. He is a Republican in politics, his majority as supervisor being 196, the largest majority ever given to any candidate for supervisor in the town of Butler. He has made an excellent record as supervisor and is a clean, honest and conscientious official. For the past twelve years Mr. Fitch has given a great deal of attention to the preparation and handling of evaporated fruit; and his large system of evaporators are among the best and most extensive in the county of Wayne. He is a thorough and successful business man, a kind and indulgent husband and parent, and an enterprising and public spirited citizen.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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