Shelby  County,  Indiana

Fred  E.  Catt

          FRED E. CATT,  one of the best known farmers and most successful veterinary surgeons of western Rush county, a resident of Posey township, is a native son of Rush county, having been born in Center township on August 23, 1879, and is the son of  Harvey and  Abbie (Henley) Catt,  the former a native of Hancock county, Indiana, and the latter of Rush county.  They were the parents of five children, of whom those now living are  Frank,  Fred E.,  Walter  and  Florence.  The subject of this review attended the common schools of Ripley township and the high school at Carthage.  He then entered the Indiana Veterinary College, at Indianapolis, where he was graduated, after three years' study, in 1916, with the degree of Veterinary Surgeon.  After completing his professional course, he returned to Posey township and continued to farm and practice his profession.  After his marriage in 1901 the subject engaged in farming on his own account, first renting land for about three years.  He then bought his grandfather  Henley's  farm of eighty acres, which he operated for about three years, when he sold it and moved to Arlington, where he remained about a year.  He then bought the splendid eighty-acre farm where he now lives in Posey township, and he has made many permanent and substantial improvements on the place, including the erection of new buildings, which have rendered the place very attractive and comfortable.  Mrs. Catt also inherited a part of the farm where they live, so that the place now comprises 170 acres of land.  Doctor Catt carries on general farming operations and also raises from 100 to 150 head of hogs annually.  As a veterinarian he has won an enviable reputation throughtout this section of the county and enjoys a large and successful practice.  On the 23d day of October, 1901, Doctor Catt was married to  Nelle Suitz,  who was born in Franklin county, Indiana, and is the daughter of  Frank and Mary (Reeves) Suitz,  To Doctor and Mrs. Catt have been born one child,  Leroy S.,  who is now a farmer in Posey township and who married  Ruth Handy,  and has one child,  Wilfred Nigh.  Politically, Doctor Catt tives his support to the Republican party.  Fraternally, he is a member of Beech Grove Lodge, No. 399, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Arlington.
The Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana,  edited by A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas, Rushville, Ind., Historical Publishing Company, Indianapolis, 1921, volume II, page 95-96.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Jan Hiestand

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