Individual Author Record
Name: George Helgeson FitchPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Born: 1887 in Galva, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionFitch was born in Galva and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg.
Biographical and Professional InformationGeorge 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.
*''The Big Strike at Siwash'', University of California Libraries Press, 1909*''At Good Old Siwash '', University of California Libraries Press, 1911*''Vest Pocket Essays'', University of California Libraries Press, 1916