|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1925|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1942|
BOY KILLED IN
Companion Injured as Auto Skids, Hits Pole in Third Street
A Lemoyne High School boy was killed and a second youth was seriously injured Saturday night when their car, allegedly forced to the side of the road, skidded and crashed into a Pennsylvania Power and Light Company pole on Third Street, near Walton, Lemoyne.
The dead boy is James L. Bittner, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bittner, 115 Hummel Avenue. Hurled through the windshield of the car, he suffered a depressed fracture of the skull and a laceration of the throat which severed the jugular vein.
The injured youth is Harold C. Mattern, 25, 242 Bosler Avenue. As far as is known at present, Mattern was driving the car, which he owned. He suffered a severe laceration of the forehead and a possible fractured skull. Semi-conscious in the Harrisburg Hospital last night, his condition was termed satisfactory.
The Bittner boy died while on the way to the hospital in the hospital ambulance. A post mortem examination on order of Dr. Earl Grim, Dauphin County coroner, attributed death to the skull fracture and the throat laceration.
According to an Army officer stationed at the New Cumberland Reception Center, the car in which the youths were riding was traveling north on Walton Street. As it entered Third, a second car forced it off the road onto glassy and rutted snow.
The car crashed into the pole, which stands near Sweeney's store, with such force it knocked a large transformer attached to the pole loose and left it dangling by the power lines. Lights in the surrounding block were extinguished by the mishap and residents were forced to use candles until power company employees could restore service.
The soldier who witnessed the accident sought to stop the bleeding of the Bittner boy, it was learned, by applying his handkerchief to the wound in the youth's neck. His attempt was unsuccessful because of the severity of the wound.
The car in which the boys were riding was a total wreck, Chief of Police Stewart Christine said. The steering wheel and steering post was forced through the windshield by the crash. Hospital authorities said that there is a possibility that Mattern suffered internal injuries.
The Bittner boy, a member of the junior class of the high school, was on his way home from having delivered a car for "Bud" Wilson, operator of a service station at Third and Bosler Avenues, Lemoyne. Mattern reportedly had followed Bittner to bring him back. On the way they stopped to make a call on Walton Street.
The boy was a former member of the choir of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church here and was a member of the acappello choir of the high school. He also played in the school band and was a member of the school track team, engaging in the running events.
He is survived, in addition to his parents, by four brothers, William, John, Edward and Clark Bittner, all at home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the C. H. Musselman Funeral Home, 324 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne, with the Rev. E. S. Frey, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lemoyne, assisted by the Very Rev. J. Thomas Heistand, dean of St. Stephen's Cathedral, officiating. Burial will be in Rolling Green Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home tomorrow night after 7 o'clock.
[Patriot News - January 12, 1942] (Courtesy of Brenda and Pete)
John S Bittner (1898 - 1986)
Ethyl Marie Steckman Bittner (1901 - 1967)
John E Bittner (1923 - 1944)*
James L Bittner (1925 - 1942)
Rolling Green Memorial Park
Plot: Section C
Maintained by: Betty W
Originally Created by: Robert Viguers
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
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