Daniel N. Bitner, who is successfully engaged in farming in West Blue township, was born in Center county, Pennsylvania,
on the 13th of November, 1860, a son of Jacob and Catherine Bitner, who was born in that county and there engaged
in farming until his demise in 1880. Our subject was educated in the common schools. On attaining his majority
he left home and was employed in a store in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, for one year. He then removed to Stephenson
county, Illinois, where he remained for two years, but in 1884 he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and for a few
months worked as a farm hand in the southern part of the county. He then rented a farm in An township for six years,
after which he went to western Kansas and proved up on two claims of a quarter section each. He remained there
for five years and then returned to this county and for six years operated a rented farm in Silver Lake township.
For two years he rented land in Zero township, but since 1903 has operated the William Brock farm of three hundred
and twenty acres on section 36, West Blue township. The farms is seven miles northeast of Hastings, is not only
in an excellent location but is also one of the well improved and productive places of the township. Mr. Bitner
is an up to date and energetic farmer and as the years have passed his resources have increased so that he is now
Mr. Bitner was married on the 24th of December, 1885, to Miss Catherine Snyder, a daughter of Christian Snyder,
who passed away in Illinois. His widow removed to Roseland township, this county, in 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Bitner
are the parents of six children. Matilda Blanch, who was born in 1886, married William Banta, a merchant of Trumbull.
Chris U., born in 1888, is now superintendent of schools at Elm Creek. He married Anita Joynt, a daughter of W.
E. Joynt, formerly of Roseland township and later of St. Paul, Nebraska. Jacob R., who was born in 1890, is now
attending Hastings College. Nevin, born in 1892, is also a student at Hastings College. William, whose birth occurred
in 1895, is at home, and Mary Catherine, born in 1900, is attending the Trumbull schools.
Mr. Bitner is an adherent of the republican party and for the past three terms has been a member of the county
board of supervisors. In former years he served on the school board as township clerk and as road overseer, and
in all of his official capacities he has proved capable and public spirited, making an excellent record. He holds
membership in the Methodist Episcopal church at Trumbull and takes a praiseworthy interest in the work of that
organization. His life has been one of well directed activity and the prosperity which he now enjoys is well deserved.
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