|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1849|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 1927|
J, R, BITTINGER DIES SUDDENLY MONDAY EVENING
Former Legislator From Adams County Opened Up Large Quarries In County.
John R. Bittinger, former member of the state legislature from Adams county, former owner of the extensive Bittinger quarries between Cross Keys and Hanover, and prominent and highly respected citizen, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward P. Krug, near Hanover, Monday evening at 5:45 o'clock of heart disease. Mr Bittinger, who was in his seventy-eighth year, had been suffering from heart trouble nearly a year.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Bittinger home in Hanover, the Rev. John S. Tome officiating. Interment in Mt. Olivet cemetery, Hanover.
Sixth in line of descent from Adam Bittinger, John Randolph Bittinger was born December 30, 1849. in Oxford township, Adams county, on the Bittinger farm. He was the son of Henry and Amanda Allewelt Bittinger. At the age of 20 he went' to Des Moines, Iowa where he was employed for a year in the drug store of his uncle, George W. Bittinger
Developed Limestone Quarries
Upon his return to Hanover in 1870 he went into the lime and stone business in which he continued until his retirement in 1918. Adam Bittinger had pitched his choice of land on a tract which contained some of the finest limestone formations in the state. The quarry had been worked in a small way for a hundred years, chiefly to supply farmers with lime as fertilizer.
John R Bittinger, developed the quarrying of limestone in a more extensive way than it had ever been carried on before in this section. He built the first flame or parent kilns in the part of the country and operated the first crushing plant for the preparation of stone for commercial purposes. He also ran a half-mile railroad track from Bittinger's station to the quarries in order to facilitate shipments in his rapidly growing business. He continued operation of the quarries until his disposal of them in 1918 to Bethlehem Mines Corporation, a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel. Upon his retirement Mr. Bittinger left the Bittinger homestead which had continued in the Bittinger family until it was taken over with the quarries, by Bethlehem corporation, and moved to his residence at No. 7 Stock Street, where he had since made his home.
Mr. Bittinger was an active Republican. He represented Adams county twice in the general assembly at Harrisburg, first in 1896 and again in 1904. During his last term in the House of Representatives he introduced a bill providing for the erection of a monument in Hanover commemorating the first battle on free soil which was fought at that place June 30, 1863. He was successful in having the measure passed and the handsome bronze statue of The Picket wrought by the noted sculptor, Cyrus K. Dallin, now standing in Hanover, resulted.
Mr. Bittinger was married to Miss Florence Stine, daughter of the late John R. Stine, Hanover, on September 25.1876. She died in April 25,1905. Two years later he was united in marriage to a sister of his first wife, Mrs. Sue K. Ennis, who survives. He leaves the following children: E. Maurice Bittinger, Penn township; Charles H. Bittinger, Berwick township, LeRoy L. Bittinger, Hanover, and Mrs. Edna P. Krug, Penn township; also 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Milton Kohler, Hagerstown, and a half-sister; Mrs. Tempeth J. Little, Hanover. The late Dr. Joseph H Bittinger, Hanover, was a brother; the late Mrs. Samuel Basehoar, was a sister and the late William Bittinger a half-brother.
Member of Prominent Family:
A number of the members of the Bittinger family have won distinction in the past in warlike as well as in peaceful pursuits. Captain Nicholas Bittinger, son of Adam Bittinger, .....served, with the American forces in the Revolutionary war, and Captain Howard Bittinger, later editor of the Ocala Star of Ocala, Florida, fought in the Civil, war. The late Rev. Joseph Baugher Bittinger, Presbyterian pastor, at Sewickley, near Pittsburgh, whose wife was a daughter of Matthias N. Forney, was an uncle of John R. Bittinger, as was also the Rev. John Quincy Bittinger, a: Congregational minister of Haverhill, Mass., who was once spoken of as a probable successor of Henry Ward Beecher.
Henry Bittinger (1821 - 1879)
Amanda Allewelt Bittinger (1824 - 1861)
Florence A Stine Bittinger (1851 - 1905)
Sue K Bittinger (1866 - 1948)*
Charles Henry Bittinger (____ - 1946)*
Ruhamah Bittinger Basehoar (1847 - 1924)*
John Randolph Bittinger (1849 - 1927)
Joseph H. Bittinger (1852 - 1925)*
Mary Jane Amanda Bittinger Kohler (1853 - 1933)*
Solomon Luther Bittinger (1863 - 1864)**
William Lewis Bittinger (1865 - 1898)**
Georgianna Barbara Bittinger Little (1866 - 1936)**
Mount Olivet Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 26, 2009
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