Robert Elmer Bittinger

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ROBERT ELMER BITTINGER, farmer, residing in Wayne township, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born in Cowanshannock township, near Rural Valley, this county, Jan. 31, 1868, son of John and Catherine (Bargestock) Bittinger.

John Bittinger was born March 2, 1832, in Franklin county, Pa., and came from there to Armstrong county in early manhood, settling at what is now Rural Valley. He had a farm of eighty acres, a valuable property which is now owned by the Yatesboro Coal Company. In 1879 Mr. Bittinger bought property in Wayne township and on that land spent the remainder of his life. He died April 14, 1897. For many years he was a member of the Presbyterian Church and an active worker in church activities. He was twice married, first to Sarah Schrecongost, daughter of John Schrecongost, and later to Mrs. Catherine (Bargestock) Neal, widow of Robert Neal and daughter of John and Mary Bergestock. To his first marriage four children were born: Lavina C., Andrew J., Mary E., and William W. To the second marriage seven children were born, namely: Henry; Miles and Ida, both of whom are deceased; Robert Elmer; James H.; A. Preston, who is a minister in the Presbyterian Church; and Alice M., who married George Fritz. By her first marriage Mrs. Bittinger had one son, James B. She now resides with her son, Robert E. Bittinger, in Wayne township.

Robert Elmer Bittinger was educated in the public schools of Cowanshannock and Wayne townships and at Glade Run Academy, afterward assisting his father on the home farm and at times, as opportunity offered, being employed on public works. In 1896 he took charge of the homestead, which contains eighty-five acres, situated near Belknap, Pa. This is considered a very valuable property, rich in gas and coal, together with many acres capable of producing excellent crops. Mr. Bittinger devotes all his time to his farm interests, aside from that devoted to official duties, as he has frequently been elected to important township offices. He is a Democrat in his political views and is serving as supervisor of Wayne township, of which he has also been assessor. For fourteen years he was a director in the independent school district in Wayne township and during the entire time was secretary of the board.

Mr. Bittinger married Lillie Gould, daughter of Daniel Gould, of a well-known family of Wayne township, and they have five children: Henry C., Mary C., Marlan B., Samuel P., and Clinton E. Mr. Bittinger is a member of the Concord Presbyterian Church, of which he is a trustee, and is also treasurer of the Sunday school.

Source: Page 938, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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