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DeWitt H. Curtis
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1839
Oxford
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1919
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

He is in a family plot marked by a large monument dedicated to Charles Curtis and his wife Frances Curtis.

DeWitt H. Curtis was born Feb 25, 1839, at Oxford, Chenango county, New York and is the son of Charles H. and Frances (Holmes) Curtis. The father was born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, July, 1812, and was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of three years. The family located in Chenango county. A little later Charles., while yet a boy, went to Utica, where he learned the butchering business. After his marriage he engaged in furnishing food supplies for the contractors who built the Chenango canal, but later he moved to Oxford and opend the Fort Hill House and entertained the traveling public. In 1842 he came to Chicago on the boat "Bunker Hill", arriving October 6. Here he first engaged in cattle trading, continuing for two years, after which he took the contract to build a section of the Illinois and Michigan canal from Bridgeport south, and after it was finished took and completed three other sections. From 1849 to 1853 he was engaged in the market and provision business. In 1853 he established a distillery at South Elgin, then Clintonville, and two years later established one at South Park and 23d street. In 1861 he bought the Thayer Brothers' distillery at Quincy, Illinois and owned the same until 1884. For many years he was president of the Downer & Bemis Malting company. He owned interests in many other business concerns, among which was that of the Third National bank, being chairman of its discount board. He was also vice-president of the paper called "Chicago Horse-man." He died January 3, 1886; his wife died November 7, 1873.

DeWitt H. was educated in the public achools, finishing with two years at Knox college and with a course at Bryant & Stratton's Business College. He then engaged in the distillery business with his father. In 1857 he joined the voluntary fire department and was one of the organizers of Engine Company No. 9 and became foreman of the hose company of that organizastion. In 1859 he was elected first assistant foreman of the Engine Company and the following year was made foreman of the same, serving as such until the close of 1861. He then joined his father in the distillery business at Quincy. It so happened that Mr. Curtis was in the Western Union building at Chicago at the time of the great fire when the last message was sent out - one to Detroit calling for assistance - before the structure took fire. In 1887 he became connected with the Bemis & Curtis Malting company and so remained until 1890 when he and B. F. Hales bought out the concern. In 1897 Mr. Curtis built a new malt house at 46th avenue and Courtland street, and incorporated under the name of the North Western Malt & Grain company, of which Mr. Curtis is now treasurer and Mr. Hales president with offices in Western Union building. Mr. Curtis is a Republican in politics. On September 11, 1860, he married Almira Holmes, of Oriskanny Falls., N.Y. To them were born six children of whom four are now living; Frances H., Charles H., George P., and Leonard D. At the time of Mrs. Curtis death, the family resided at 409 Washington Boulevard. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles H Curtis (1812 - 1886)
  Frances Holmes Curtis (1814 - 1873)
 
 Spouse:
  Almira Holmes Curtis (1840 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Frances H. Curtis (1861 - 1945)*
  Charles H. Curtis (1867 - 1945)*
  George Parlin Curtis (1870 - 1936)*
  Leonard Dewitt Curtis (1880 - 1949)*
 
 Sibling:
  DeWitt H. Curtis (1839 - 1919)
  Josephine Curtis Adams (1842 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Graceland Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: ladywarrior
Record added: Jan 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63649675
DeWitt H. Curtis
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DeWitt H. Curtis
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