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Biography of Charles V. Fitch

Charles V. Fitch. Valeda is one of the flourishing small villages in Labette County and to a large degree the business activities of the place are concentrated in the enterprise of one citizen, Charles V. Fitch, who owns and manages the leading store of that community and is also the present postmaster. Mr. Fitch was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, May 2, 1875. His Fitch ancestors came from England to Virginia in colonial days. His grandfather, Nathan Fitch, was born in Kentucky, spent his life there as a farmer, and died in Fleming County. S. E. Fitch, father of the Valeda merchant, was also prominently known in that part of Kansas. He was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1848, was reared and married there, and his early years were spent as a farmer. In 1886 he moved to Valeda, where he continued farming, but for the last twelve years of his life was engaged in general merchandising at Valeda. He died there in 1913. When he first began to cast his vote it was as a republican, but later he identified himself with the populist movement and still later became a democrat. For two terms he served as township trustee of Howard township. He was an active member of the United Brethren Church. S. E. Fitch married Fannie Wallingford, who was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1850, and is still living at Valeda. Her children were: Charles V.; Walter, who died at the age of twenty years, having been drowned near Lenapah, Oklahoma, while engaged in a cattle drive through that territory; Lula, wife of F. P....

Biography of A. H. McCarty

A. H. McCarty. When the Valeda State Bank was organized at Valeda, June 1, 1915, under a state charter, the institution was given a good start not only by reason of its capital of $10,000, and by the subsequent accumulation of a surplus of $2,500, but also because of the excellent men who were its stockholders and original officers and directors. The president of the bank is A. E. Townsend, the vice president W. H. Bollman, and the cashier A. H. McCarty, all well known residents of Valeda and vicinity. The bank erected its home on Main Street in 1915. The cashier, A. H. McCarty, was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, March 21, 1863. His ancestors were originally from Ireland, but have been in this country since colonial times, first having settled in Virginia. Isaac McCarty, his father, was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, in 1824. Two years later in 1826 his parents took him to Indiana, in which state he grew to manhood. He then moved to Henry County, Iowa, followed farming for many years in Iowa, and in 1885 came to Oswego, Kansas, and soon afterwards to Valeda, where he continued farming until his death in 1908. He was a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. Isaac McCarty married Margaret Ann Sharp. She was born in Indiana in 1828 and died at Valeda in 1896. A. H. McCarty received his early education in the public schools of Des Moines County and Henry County, Iowa. Some years later in 1889 he attended a business college at Burlington, Iowa. He has been a resident of Kansas...

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