From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 986

OLIVER E. FITCH, senior member of the firm of O. E. FITCH & Co., steam laundry, shirt factory, and hatters and gents' furnishing, at No. 178 Main street, next to the Vilas House; he was born in February 1848, in Madison, Jefferson Co., Ind.; his father, William H. FITCH, is a merchant in Chicago. O. E. entered the classical course at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1864, but withdrew during his junior year and engaged in mercantile life in Chicago. He was married in December 1872 to Miss Thena MEEK, daughter of Daniel MEEK, a prominent pioneer of Knox Co., Ill.; they have two children - Teresa J. and Grace; in April 1878, they settled in Madison, Wis., and he immediately opened a store similar to their present department of gents' furnishings, and was for awhile sole proprietor. Since that date he has formed a partnership with J. M. FOX, and they have established a team laundry and a shirt factory. The writer of this article certifies that their steam laundry is not equaled in the work by any within his knowledge; their weekly patronage extends to five States; their store is a model of neatness and their establishment is a decided success.

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