|Wanted Poster for return of Curtis Brewer (left), son of Annette (Fitch) Brewer (right).|
T he Story of a Mother-Love , by Annette Fitch-Brewer. (Jefferson, OH: published by the author, 1913). The author was Mary Annette Fitch, No. 7865, born in 1870. In 1893, she married Isaac Curtis Brewer, a wealthy manufacturer from Sandusky, Ohio. They divorced in December 1905, with custody of their only child, Isaac Curtis, Jr. awarded to the father. Annette fled with the 5-year-old to western United States and Canada, using aliases and staying one jump ahead of the father's attorney and private detectives.
Curtis, Sr. issued a wanted poster (see above), seeking the return of his son. Having heard that they were in Canada, he had the text printed in both French and English.
|The above reward [$200.00] will be paid for any information leading to the recovery of Curtis Brewer , eight years old, light brown hair, blue eyes, six years old when abducted in December 1905, from Cleveland, Ohio, by Mrs. Annette Fitch Brewer, alias Mrs. Annie Brown, alias Mrs. Hugh Rennie. She is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, [word(s) deleted * ] weight 140 pounds, sallow complexion, grey eyes, high cheek bones, dark brown hair, teeth good and noticeable, small hands and feet, very nervous and afraid of arrest. Left Spokane Washington, October 1, 1906. The above reward will be paid for the arrest of Mrs. Brewer and her detention until I arrive, or for any information leading to recovery of the boy. Source of information will be kept confidential.|
Finally, in April 1910, through the inadvertent slip of a friend, Annette and the boy were discovered at Lake Stevens, near Everett, Washington, living under the names Mrs. A. P. McIntyre and son, Boyd. The boy was removed by the local sheriff and returned to his father. Annette was, nevertheless, able to obtain one-day-a-week visitation rights.
* Annette probably deleted her age for the reproduction of the poster in her book, as indicated by her failure to delete the word "ans" (years) in the French version. Return to Fitch Memorabilia