Clipped From The Fort Wayne Sentinel
M" .Ksmpi Oiiij 'mfm'mmyiffmmimAm ESTABLISHED - - - - - FITZGERALD Was a Prosperous Farmer (Had Boon Successful in Gold Mining, Wifliatn. Fitzgerald, a prosperous and widely known resident pf Allen county, died at his home, Robi soft park road, St. Joe township, at 7:45 Wednesday 'morning Cf' heart failure following in opera. Hon. ' lie was vigorous" and In the best of health, until1 a - few days ago, when he was taken very sick. lie was surrounded by his family as he passed away. ' He was born Feb. 19, .18441 in Ne York. He was a resident, of. Allen county in 1864, when he got the gold f even, and with his ox team migrated to far - off Montana. In the prospecting for goloTiri thatterritcry he, wis very successful; He at first settled at what is now Virginia City; Mont. He remained there three years, and then continued his prospecting aiid made a discovery St Diamond pity, Mont.,, which place ho ;named. In the spriiig of 1803 he went to Alaska, but in that northern country danie fortune did not perch upon his shoulders. He re - . mslned there three ycara Hi son Charles accompanied torn on this trip, as welt as. his brothers' Henry and Frshk. - Disgusted with his failure to Strike gold in Alaska, he returned home.' He was. severely injured in a runawsy accident in Lakeside about, three years ago, and to this accident is attributed tits indirect cause of his death, .Mr, Fittgerald could tell many interesting stories of his exploits as.' a,gold prospector, He has.mehtioned that; in the. caravan is which he' made the .western' trip there were 600 ox teams, H is survived by one son, Charles, now a' resident of St. JoeTtownship, and by two sisters, Mrs. Alice Herman, of this city, and Mrs. Elizabeth Weichertj also two brothers, Henry and Michael, the 1st. ter, residing in Kalamazoo,' Mich; )There are also two grandsons lie wait a member of St. Vincent's Catholic church. . Funeral announcement will be made later DnEBEni"; in .