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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 348.


"S. W. FITTRO, farmer, section 11, Athens Township, was born in Licking County, Ohio, April 3, 1830, son of Samuel and Hannah (Webb) Fittro, the former a native of York County, Pennsylvania. They were the parents of eight children - Betsey, Joseph, Mary Ann, Rebecca, Catherine, Samuel, Rosilla and John.

The family removed to Licking County about the year 1822, and were among the early settlers of that county. Mr. Fittro passed his early life assisting at farm work and attending the subscription schools in log school-houses. In 1842 the family removed to Louisa County this State, where our subject lived until he reached his majority.

He was married August 27, 1853, to Miss Betsey Ireland, born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, and daughter of William and Catherine Ireland.

In 1855 he came to Decatur County, locating three miles north of Leon, where he resided three years, then sold and removed to section 25, where he lived until 1877; then sold and removed to Athens Township, where he purchased 400 acres of land, a portion of which is now included in the town plat of Kellerton, having, in 1879, sold eighty acres to one Perkins for town lots in the northern part of the town. His home farm contains 240 acres of land, well cultivated and well improved. He has a fine residence, one and a half stories high, 16 x 26 feet, with L, 24 x 26 feet, a commodious barn 32 x 44 feet, and an orchard of 300 trees and small fruits. He is engaged in stock-raising and feeding.

Mrs. Fittro died March 19, 1864, leaving one child - Alice.

In October, 1864, he married Susan West, of Decatur County, who died in a few months.

March 25, 1866, he was married to Mrs. Sarah McCartney, nee Burkett, widow of J. McCartney. She was born in Putnam County, Indiana. They have three children - Chester, Charles and Ernest.

Mr. Fittro's farm adjoins the town plat of Kellerton, and is considered one of the most valuable farms in the Township.

Politically he is a Democrat. Postoffice, Kellerton."

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