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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Helgeson Fitch  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1887 in Galva, Illinois

Died: 1915 in San Francisco, California


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Illinois Connection

Fitch was born in Galva and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Fitch was an editor of the Peoria Herald-Transcript and a syndicated columnist who turned his playful eye to politics. He was best known though as humorist and author. Several of his short stories and novels featured a small Midwestern college, Siwash College, that bore some similarity to Knox College, so similar, in fact, that for some time Knox was known casually as Old Siwash. The Siwash stories were the basis for the movie ''Those Were the Days!'' (1940) starring William Holden.

Fitch graduated from Knox College in 1897. He worked as a reporter for a number of Midwest newspapers including the Peoria, Illinois Herald-Transcript.

George died at the early age of 38 from a ruptured appendix while visiting his sister in California.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The big strike at Siwash
ISBN: B0071JAKQ2

University of California Libraries. 1909

This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. It was produced from digital images created through the libraries’ mass digitization efforts. The digital images were cleaned and prepared for printing through automated processes. Despite the cleaning process, occasional flaws may still be present that were part of the original work itself, or introduced during digitization. This book and hundreds of thousands of others can be found online in the HathiTrust Digital Library at www.hathitrust.org.

At good old Siwash
ISBN: B006OJN45E

University of California Libraries. 1911

This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. It was produced from digital images created through the libraries’ mass digitization efforts. The digital images were cleaned and prepared for printing through automated processes. Despite the cleaning process, occasional flaws may still be present that were part of the original work itself, or introduced during digitization. This book and hundreds of thousands of others can be found online in the HathiTrust Digital Library at www.hathitrust.org.

Vest pocket essays
ISBN: B00655AJ82

University of California Libraries. 1916

This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. It was produced from digital images created through the libraries’ mass digitization efforts. The digital images were cleaned and prepared for printing through automated processes. Despite the cleaning process, occasional flaws may still be present that were part of the original work itself, or introduced during digitization. This book and hundreds of thousands of others can be found online in the HathiTrust Digital Library at www.hathitrust.org.