Henry Delano Fitch pursued an active career in shipping and various mercantile affairs. From his home port of San Diego he traded with vessels from New England, South America, Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands.
Abel Stearns, a resident of the Los Angeles area, was involved in a number of business dealings with Captain Fitch.
Old Town San Diego about 1870. Fitch opened a store here in the 1830’s which was located close to the central plaza (flagpole at center).
Henry Delano Fitch and family. Mrs. Fitch (Josepha Carillo) is seated at the far right.