Biographical sketch of CHARLES W. FITZ from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 500-501
CHARLES W. FITZ
A veteran of the Civil war, Charles W. Fitz is now leading an industrious, respected life as a farmer in Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan. He was born in Germany, February 28, 1842, a son of John and Magdalena (Rudolph) Fitz, the former of whom was a carpenter by trade, but who, on coming to the United States in 1851, passed a year in Detroit, and then, in pursuance of his original purpose of engaging in farming, came to Wales township, St. Clair county, and purchased eighty acres of land, on which he passed the remainder of his life, dying a member of the Lutheran church in 1852; his wife survived until February, 1886, leaving a family of three children, namely: August, who is a farmer, is married to Charlotte A. Smith; Henry, a tailor by trade, but now farming, married Louisa Smith; and Charles W.
Charles W. Fitz was married December 5, 1868, to Catherine Wunderlich, daughter of Nicholas and Catherine (Schubert) Wunderlich. Nicholas Wunderlich was born in Austria, came to the United States in 1850, and settled in St. Clair city, which he made a base from which to direct farming operations. He cleared off a great deal of land and extensively engaged in agriculture until his death, which occurred in 1891; his wife died in 1880. His political proclivities were toward Republicanism, but, although he took a lively interest in the success of the party, he never aspired to office. The marriage of Charles W. and Catherine (Wunderlich) Fitz has been graced with four children, namely: Lula H., who is married to Dennis McCormick, a farmer in Wales township; Frederick C. is a carpenter and farmer; Lewis H., who is still single, was graduated from the Cleary Business College at Ypsilanti, but is now farming the homestead, and Hattie, the wife of James Miner, also a farmer in Wales township.
Charles W. Fitz is the owner of a neat farm of sixty acres, which he has entirely cleared and fully improved. He served an apprenticeship in Port Huron at wagonmaking and carriagemaking. He devoted ten years to the manufacture of billiard tables and traveled through Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania setting up and repairing such. He also made a trip to California via Cuba and the Isthmus of Panama, and for some time worked in the Golden state at his trade. In 1862 he enlisted, at Detroit, in Company H, Fifth Michigan Cavalry, and bore gallant part in the following engagements: Gettysburg, Boonsboro, Falling Waters, Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, Trevillian Station, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Five Forks, Amelia Court House, Cold Harbor, Clover Hill and Deep Bottom, and was at the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox. He also participated in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C., whence he was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansa, and then to Detroit, where he was honorably discharged, July 3, 1865. He is a Republican and has served as school director for twelve years, and in addition to his farming interests is acting as agent for the German Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He is a member of the Lutheran church, is widely known throughout his township and county and is universally respected.
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