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Richard Smithson Fitch
(1872-    )

Richard Smithson Fitch was born in Missouri on January 20, 1872, the son of Elida and Elihue C. Fitch, a carpenter. Around 1890 he received his degree in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mines in Houghton, where he was a student of A. E. Seaman. In 1910 he was working as a mining engineer at a lead-zinc mine in Joplin, Missouri. By 1918 he had moved to Colorado and was working as a mining engineer for the Down Town Mines Company in Fremont County. He collected extensively in the Tri-state area and in Colorado. He has not been located on the 1920 (or 1930) census, and may have died around 1919. His collection, containing outstanding examples of Colorado vivianite and Missouri calcite and galena, was donated to the College of Mines (now Michigan Technological University).

References:
WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
U.S. Federal census, 1880, 1900, 1910.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918..
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