Ingham County Michigan
Cities - Fitchburg, MI

 





 FITCHBURG

The village of Fitchburg was named in honor of the Fitch family. In this family were Governor Fitch, Ferris Fitch, representative in the legislature in 1852; Charles C. Fitch, register of deeds in 1884-86, representative in 1888, Ferris S. Fitch, Jr., superintendent of public instruction in 1890. All of the above were Bunker Hill residents, and most of them claim that place as their birthplace.

Ferris S. Fitch, from Livingston Co., N. Y., settled on the place he now owns in June, 1848, when the nearest neighbor was even then a mile distant. The locality was about midway between the stage-routes from Dexter to Lansing, and from Jackson (via Mason) to Lansing. Mr. Fitch was the first settler at what is now called Fitchburg. His brother, Selah B. Fitch, who was formerly a resident of Stockbridge, moved to the Comers in the fall of 1848, and three or four years afterwards built a stream saw-mill at that place. He is now deceased. About the time the mill was built the father of the Messrs. Fitch, Hubbard Fitch, with his youngest son, Doratus, located at the place where the latter is now living. Hubbard Fitch is deceased.  In 1848 the only post-office in the township - and it was the first - was in the western part, in charge of a man named Tuttle; it was called Bunker Hill.. Afterwards an office was established in the north west part of town, called Felt, with Dorman Felt as Postmaster; he had settled in 1847. About 1855 an office was established at Fitchburg, with Hubbard Fitch as postmaster, and for some time the township contained three post-offices, the name of Bunker Hill post-office having been changed to Bunker Hill Centre. Felt post-office has been discontinued, and those at present in existence are Fitchburg and Bunker Hill. J. S. Sweezey is postmaster at the latter place, having held the position since February, 1879.

After the office was established at Fitchburg, it was not until a recent date that a mail-route was established through the place. Mail was brought from the nearest offices - Stockbridge, Leslie, etc. Selah B. Fitch succeeded his father as postmaster, the next incumbent being William Downden, who had come to the place and established a store. He removed and was succeeded by John P. Hawley, from Henrietta, Jackson Co., who bought Dowden out. The next, and present, incumbent was Henry Stowell, who has held the office several years.

Fitchburg has at present three stores, two blacksmith shops, a wagon shop, a shoe shop, and a Methodist church.

 


Finchburg, MI - First Methodist Church 1909 - contributed  by Paul Petosky


taken from History of Ingham and Eaton counties, Michigan; by Samueal W. Durant.  Phila. D.W.Ensign & Co. 1880. 

 

           

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