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1st SGT: ANDREW PARKER FITCH of the 11th Iowa Infantry of Company H, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County. 
Andrew Parker Fitch was born in Michigan on November 11, 1840. During the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted into Company H of the 11th Iowa Infantry out of Davenport, Michigan on October 18, 1861 and was mustered out on October 17, 1864 in Alabama. He was a lawyer and later a County Judge. A.P. Fitch died on August 31, 1911 at 2:50 am and is buried at the IOOF section of Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Salinas, California. He was also a member of the James Blair Steedman GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 56, based out of the city of Salinas. 

The following obituary was taken from the Salinas Daily Index newspaper. 

FITCH, ANDREW PARKER (1839-1911) SALINAS, IOOF “Garden of Memories” Cemetery (Salinas Daily Index August 31, 1911) Sudden Death of Justice Fitch 
He Succumbs to an Attack of Heart Trouble and a Nervous Breakdown 
Passing of Faithful Official 
Deceased Has Been In Failing health and his Death Was Not Unexpected The death of Justice A.P. Fitch, a much respected member of this community occurred at an early hour this morning at his home no Church street after an illness of several weeks. Heart failure, induced by a nervous complaint from which he had been a sufferer for a long time, was the cause. Justice Fitch had been in declining health for a number of months and for the past three weeks had remained away from his office in the city hall, and while it was known his condition was bad and that he was likely to pass away at any time, the news of his death came as a shock to his many friends. He was able to be up and about the house yesterday and appeared to be in better spirits than usual. He ate a hearty supper in the evening. After retiring he was taken with a sinking spell and gradually lapsed into unconsciousness. The end came peacefully at 2:50 a.m. 

Andrew Parker Fitch was a native of Michigan and had he lived until Nov. 11 of this year would have been 72 years of age. His early manhood was passed mostly in Minnesota, where he practiced his profession, that of law. Later he and his family moved to Olympia Wash., and resided there for a while. They came to Salinas from Olympia nine years ago. Justice Fitch practiced in the courts of this county for a number of years. He was appointed justice of the peace to succeed Walter E. Norris, and at the election last November was elected by a good majority to succeed himself. He was also police judge of Salinas, having received that appointment by a vote of the city council. He was upright and hones in his dealings with his fellow men, whether in a private or in an official capacity, and there are none who knew him but will regret his passing. 

Justice Fitch is survived by a wife and daughter and by two grandchildren who reside in this city, besides relatives in the east. 

He was the father of Mrs. Stella Fitch-Campbell and the grandfather of Miss Josephine and Master Mervyn Campbell. He was a member of Salinas lodge No. 204, F and A.M., and of Reveille chapter No. 47 O.E.S. He was also a Knight Templar, being a member of a Commandery at Minneapolis. 

The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence under the auspices of Salinas lodge No. 204, F. and A. M. Interment will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009