George Helgeson Fitch

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General Information

Name: George Helgeson Fitch

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1887 in Galva, Illinois

Deceased: 1915 in San Francisco, California

Illinois Connection

George was born in Galva, Illinois and graduated from Knox College in 1897.

Biographical and Professional Information

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

Published Works

  • 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

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The big strike at Siwash

Release Date: 1909-01-01

Vest pocket essays

ASIN: B00655AJ82
Release Date: 1916-01-01

Literary Awards

External Links

George Helgeson Fitch on WorldCat

George Helgeson Fitch on Amazon


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