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Ginny Agnew (#46815495)
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Is he and Elmyra your ancestor? Your post said you were researching Kieffer. (?)

WILLIAM HENRY BITNER. In business activities that in the highest degree constitute a public service, and in a personal career that represents a singular combination of adversity and persistent will to overcome misfortune, the life story of William Henry Bitner is one of the most interesting that can be told of any citizen of Clark County. Mr. Bitner is general manager of the Springfield Dairy Products Company. He helped organize this corporation, and its growth and success has been due to his efforts more than to those of any other individual.
Mr. Bitner was born August 18, 1855, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, representing the third generation of the Bitner family in this country. His grandfather, Henry Bitner, came from Germany and settled in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The old Bitner family Bible brought from Germany was printed 150 years ago and is still carefully preserved in the home of William H. Bitner. The father of the Springfield business man was Henry Bitner, who was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and for a number of years operated a grist mill, later a hotel at Mummasburg, Pennsylvania, and from that town he moved to Biglerville, Adams County, where he was in the butcher business until 1862. In that year he enlisted in the Union Army and served about twelve months, until severely wounded. After his army service he was in the nursery business at Biglerville, then rented his land and became a merchant. He lived in Adams County until his death. Henry Bitner married Nancy Glass, a native of Franklin County. The old Glass homestead owned by her grandparents is still in the family. She also died in Adams County. The children of Henry Bitner and Nancy Glass were Jennie, Elizabeth, William H., George, Enna and Alice.
William H. Bitner was about eight years old when the great battle of Gettysburg was fought. He shared in the excitement and turmoil incident to the invasion of Southern Pennsylvania by Lee’s army. The family at that time lived in a small town named Heidelberg. This was ten miles from Gettysburg, scene of the three days’ battle in July, 1863. However, some of the events of that campaign came under the eyes of the boy and made impressions that can never be effaced from his memory. He relates that on the day before the battle the Confederate troops came to the quiet little town of Heidelberg and camped there, tearing down the residents’ fences to feed their fires, and a large detachment settled on a vacant lot immediately next to the Bitner home. At first they demanded all the food in the house, and then gave the family three minutes to vacate the premises. His father had fortunately driven his horses to Lancaster, and thus saved them. He was preparing to leave the home to the invaders when the order to vacate was suddenly countermanded and they were not further disturbed. The great battle of Gettysburg came to an end on Friday, although smoke of gun powder still hung over the field on Sunday, when William H. Bitner, accompanied by two others, went to view the scene. It was a terrible sight, horses and men lying so close together that the horrified visitors could scarcely put foot on the ground. The great Lutheran College had been thrown open as a hospital, and every poor mangled body in which there still remained a spark of life had been gathered up and crowded in this building in the hope of easing their sufferings. This was no sight proper for a child of eight years, and probably William Bitner was one of the few ever an eye-witness of such an appalling scene on American soil. He walked ten miles to the scene of the battle and then tramped over the grounds, returning to his home after covering a distance of twenty-five miles, and all that time had not a morsel to eat.
Mr. Bitner since he was nine years of age has been self-supporting, starting out at that time to work on farms in the neighborhood at monthly wages. It is literally true that from that age he has been a producer and doer of things. At the age of fourteen his arm was badly torn by a circular saw, and until he was seventeen he worked on a farm and then for two years was employed in an iron ore mine at Pinegrove, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Not long afterward a cave-in occurred in the mine, and he was taken out for dead. After this experience he resumed farm work, and in August, 1875, a young man of twenty years, he came to Clark County, Ohio. During the next several years he continued as a farm laborer, and then came the third accident, when he was run over by a heavily laden wagon. Still later, while operating his threshing machine and saw mill, he fell from a log and broke his leg. These injuries interfered with but did not balk his steadfast ambition to succeed, and he went back with renewed energies after each misfortune.
Mr. Bitner began farming on his own account in 1883, when he rented the Creighton farm south of Springfield. It was on that farm that he made his start in the dairy business in 1884. In April, 1885, he moved to the Snyder farm north of Springfield, and he lived there for fourteen years. In October, 1898, he bought the farm of Cornelius Miller, his father-in-law, and that has been his home for the past twenty-two years, though in the meantime by purchase the area of the farm has been increased to two hundred and twenty acres. The improvements on this farm constitute one of the notable country places of Clark County. Besides all the building equipments devoted to the use of stock and the dairying industry there are six dwelling houses.
Mr. Bitner has been actively identified with the dairy industry in Clark County for nearly forty years. He was one of the promoters of and bought and paid for the first stock, in 1902, in the Springfield Pure Milk Company. From its organization and incorporation in 1903 he was general manager and a director. In 1919 this company was consolidated with the Home Dairy and Ice Cream Company, and the business was then incorporated as the Springfield Dairy Products Company, with Mr. Bitner retained as general manager. He was one of the first practical dairymen in the county to become an enthusiastic advocate of the highest standards of purity, and he has done much to extend the use of this wholesome food product. He was the pioneer in pasturizing the milk supply of Clark County. The corporation of which he is the active head now owns and operates seven plants in Clark County, and it is a business as closely identified with the vital welfare of the people as any other industry.
Mr. Bitner is also a director in the Lagonda National Bank, the Morris Plan Bank and the Springfield Coal and Ice Company. He is a member of the Rockway Lutheran Church, and for the past twenty-five years has been superintendent of its Sunday school. In many other ways he has co-operated with and has contributed to the success of movements for the promotion of general welfare.
December 28, 1880, Mr. Bitner married Elmira A. Miller, daughter of Cornelius and Henrietta (Kieffer) Miller, old residents of Clark County. Mr. and Mrs. Bitner have two daughters, Etta B. and Grace M., both graduates of Wittenberg College. Etta is the wife of Dr. J. F. Browne, a well-known Springfield dentist, and they have a daughter and son, Jean and William Bitner. Grace is the wife of Harry Clink, of Clark County, and they also have two children, Robert and Myra.
SOURCE: A Standard History of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio; Vol. 2; Benjamin F. Prince, 1922 - Page 410 - Transcribed for Ohio Genealogy Express by Cathy Portz
Added by Jeannieology on Mar 15, 2015 5:54 PM
Aldrich Family Collaboration
Eleanor Marie
Hello, I believe we are related. Is your mother Geraldine Meda Crawford? My grandmother was her sister Eleanor Marie Crawford Raspone. My dad is Eleanor's son Frank Raspone. I believe that makes us first cousins. I am trying to put together more information on the Crawford & Wamsley families.
Added by Aldrich Family Collaborat... on Jul 27, 2014 2:54 PM
Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
3 - Franks
so there are 3 Franks !! thanks !! !LOL
Added by Ilo-Vollmer Historical So... on Jan 25, 2014 11:17 AM
Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Malinda Jane Thornton Crawford
Thanks for the heads up !! I requested it be deleted. If you see anymore just send me a sac.. I added the entire cemetery last night using quick submit, and there are duplicates. I usually used a spread sheet but without all the dates, it won't upload.

I added numerous Johnston's and Johnston's also.
Added by Ilo-Vollmer Historical So... on Jan 25, 2014 11:06 AM
Kevin Thomas West
Agnew and West Families
Hello Ginny,

I believe I just sent you a note on Ancestry. I also am a member here as well. I'm currently writing a biography of Cordelia's grandfather, Thomas West, and so was doing some research this morning and found your tree and the memorials you created here. Very nice work. Thank you for the information as well.

Added by Kevin Thomas West on Mar 17, 2013 9:20 PM
Arthur Nance
Here is his full obit, Ginny.


The Camden Chronicle, 20 Sep 1895

News was received here Monday that Arthur Nance, son of Mr. & Mrs. James Nance, who reside near Eggville, died at Cairo, where he was employed, last Sunday. In response to a telegram sent here Saturday night that his son could not survive an attack of typhoid fever, Mr. Nance hastened to Cairo only to find his son dead. He returned with the remains Tuesday, and the interment took place at the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Added by redbirdintheyard on Jan 01, 2013 2:08 AM
Glenn Harris
RE: Lutzs stones
Your welcome. I wish the daughter's stones had been in better shape.
Added by Glenn Harris on Dec 04, 2012 8:46 AM
Kathie L. Webb Blair
RE: Almira Dimick
Dear Ginny,
The last thing I can find on her with regards to a paper trail is the 1910 census where she is living under the name Allie F. Dimick, widow, age 63y, b.Michigan. She is lvg. with 2 sons, John R. age 43yrs. and Handy E.(?)Dimick age 28 yrs., who I think is a grandson. They are in Hubbard, lvg. with E.W.& E.A. Thompson, and F.E.Strang, his wife, Dora, and 3 children. There is also a lone male, named Lew Barrett, leading me to believe that they are living in a rooming house in Hubbard. I looked under different dates & different states (WA.,CA.) to no avail under The only other info I have is that her parents are named Barney Eberhard and Elizabeth Eberhard, both originally from PA. I went ahead & looked under Eberhard, didn't find anything. I don't know what to tell you. The web site I mentioned isn't infallible and you may have to contact Hubbard Cemetery to find out from them where she passed away; they would know, as I'm sure it would be in their records. Let me know, okay? Now I don't know how I'm going to get to sleep! Doggone! I've got a 2:30pm Dr.appt. I have to keep -- can barely walk, need an anti-inflammatory injection before I'm religated to crawling. Even my cane isn't helping very much & I'm so tired of lying in bed w/my legs elevated. Except I saw a cool news story about a wild storm off the coast of Great Britain that was so fierce that it blew foam onto the ground, covering the town completely. Some people thought it had snowed. I've seen storms like that off the Oregon Coast where balls of foam have blown past the windshield of my car while I've been driving on the highway, usually in the Wintertime. It makes me realize how strong the winds can be & reminds me of the stories I've heard of shipwrecks off the Oregon coast. The ocean's to be respected, that's a fact. Let me know if you find anything out. My guess is that she did indeed die in Hubbard. No web site is perfect, you know. Take care & God Bless.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L.Webb Blair & Shadow cat
Added by Kathie L. Webb Blair on Sep 26, 2012 5:41 AM
Kathie L. Webb Blair
RE: Almira Dimick
Dear Ginny,
So much for family tree information being correct! I looked in Wikpedia and the arrow did point to a place in Phelps County, near Rolla, off of County Roads 8150 & 90, which just got me frustrated. The closest cemetery was Strawhun Cemetery near Rolla, Phelps County. Then I found their 1880 Census & a number of things came up which added up to this: Almira Frances Eberhard was born Nov 8, 1846 in Colon, St.Joseph County, Michigan. I'd been looking in the wrong state! It explains how she could have had her 1st child in 1866, which I was just getting into. The Censuses confirm she had 7 children. I think I've found them all. So, now we know where she was born and I'm going to change my family bio regarding her birth state, etc. Thanks for a great search. I want my information to be correct.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L.Webb Blair
Added by Kathie L. Webb Blair on Sep 26, 2012 12:56 AM
Photos added
I have added photos to Edgar Tweed, Waivo (Lenon) Tweed, and her parents, L D Lenon, and Flora (Cook) Lenon.
Added by Ann on Sep 04, 2012 11:17 AM
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