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George Helgeson Fitch

Born: 1887 in Galva, Illinois
Died: 1915 in San Francisco, California

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Fitch was born in Galva and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

George Helgeson Fitch on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Big strike at siwash.
ISBN: 1177721341 OCLC: 944928141

Nabu Press, [Place of publication not identified] : 2010.

  Vest pocket essays.
ISBN: 1177078430 OCLC: 944457285

Nabu Press, [Place of publication not identified] : 2010.