Mar. 7, 1840 Mount Clemens Macomb County Michigan, USA
Apr. 11, 1923 Hastings Dakota County Minnesota, USA
Mrs. Caroline Fitch, Dies at St. Paul
Mrs. Caroline Fitch, widow of the late Edwin Spencer Fitch, was summoned by death Wednesday, April 11, at St. Paul. She was eighty-three years old. For many years she was a resident of Hastings, coming here with her parents in 1862 and moving to St. Paul in 1920 following the death of her husband.
Caroline Louisa Smith was born at Mt. Clemens, Michigan, March 7th, 1840. When fourteen years of age she went to Vermont and attended school for a year, after which, with her parents, she came to St. Paul, residing in that city about two years. The family then moved west of the Big Woods as they were called at that time, to the little town of Forrest City. It was there that Mr. and Mrs. Fitch were married, September 27, 1860. They came to Hastings in 1862, to escape the Sioux outbreak that threatened the frontier settlements. Mr. Fitch died here September 27, 1921.
The surviving members of the family are a daughter, Mrs. C. B. Rust of St. Paul, and two sons, J. E. Fitch of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and F. L. Fitch of Chicago.
Funeral services for the pioneer woman were held at the Presbyterian Church last Saturday at 3:00 p. m., Reverend R. L. Jones officiating and interment was made at Lakeside. Among those present for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Fitch and daughter Hazel and son Thorpe of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Rust, and Mrs. D. L. Rust of St. Paul, and J. E. Fitch of Albert Lea.
*April 20, 1923 – Hastings Gazette
*When the Sioux Outbreak occurred, Mrs. Fitch's father, Abner and Brother Henry stayed behind to help protect the town of Forrest City.