An Illustrated History of Nobles County, Minnesota

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General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 408 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...William A. Saxon), of Worthington; Florence (Mrs. Merle Meacham), of Ballard, Wash.; Lucile (deceased). Mr. Maxwell is a member of the First Baptist church of W orthing; on and of the G. A. R. JOHN J. FITCH. Among the few surviving settlers of Nobles county who came prior to colony days is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, now living a retired life at Worthingtou. For over thirty-seven years Mr. Fitch has been a resident of Nobles county, and few are there who have a longer perior of continuous residence to their credit. Mr. Fitch was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., Jan. 5, 1844. and when eleven years of age moved with his parents to Jefferson, W is. There he grew to manhood, and there for several years he engaged in teaming. He entered the union service during the war of the rebellion, enlisting in company F, of the 2tith Wisconsin volunteer infantry Aug. 14, 1862. He was at once sent to the front and participated in the battles of Port Gibson, Clinton, Raymond and Jackson, in Mississippi, and Champion Hill. In the last named engagement, which occurred May 16. 1863, he was shuck by grape shot in the left thigh and so badly wounded that he was given his discharge in the summer of 1864. After his discharge from the army Mr. Fitch returned to his home in Wisconsin and again took up his occupation of teaming. In 1871 he went to St. Paul, and there secured the position of head teamster with Col. A. A. Allen, railroad contractor, who had the contract for grading the Sioux City & St. Paul railroad through this part of the state. Mr. Fitch early in the year 1871 set out on his new duties, and supervised the work of grading along that part of the road which passed through Nobles county. He was the first man to drive a team through Hersey township alo...

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