Biography of R. H. Biter
Cambria County, PA Biographies





R. H. Biter, the capable and progressive supervising principal of the Gallitzin public schools, has spent his life in school work. He is thoroughly familiar with the various phases and needs of the educational work of Pennsylvania, having been an integral part of the school system for many years. Both as a student and as an instructor, he has sho*n a keen appreciation of the problems that confront the schools. He is by virtue of his capacity and training, the type of man who can and does accomplish much in his school work.

R. H. Biter was born in Portage Township, Cambria County, Oct. 17, 1865. His parents were Philip and Thecla (Bender) Biter, both deceased. They were natives of Germany, and were married in Hollidaysburg, Pa., where Philip Biter at first worked as a teamster hauling cars on the short levels between plains 4 and 5 on the old Portage Railroad. He was engaged in building boats for the canal trade for a time, after which he purchased a tract of timber land in Portage Township, where he lived until 1904, when he removed to Portage. He died in 1905, aged 79 years, and his wife died July 5, 1867, and they are buried in! Wilmore Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Biter were members of the Catholic Church and highly respected citizens. They were the parents of six children, as follows: John, died in infancy, buried at Wilmore; Caroline, the widow of Morris Fox, resides in Holidaysburg; Ursula, a member of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd at Troy Hill, deceased, is buried in Pittsburgh; Louis, a pioneer telegraph operator, lives at Wilmore; Casper, a bachelor, has followed farming for many years, and is now retired and living at Portage; and R. H., the subject of this sketch.

Rudolph H. Biter was reared on a farm, and attended the district schools of Portage Township, and began his teaching career at the age of 18 years, at Pringle Hill, for one year, two terms in Washington Township. He attended Indiana State Normal School for two years, and then taught one year in Wilmore, one year in Gallitzen, one in Johnstown, one in Portage Boro, three in Loretto, after which he returned to Gallitzin, where he has since been continuously engaged in school work. The present Gallitzin school was built in 1906 and has a corps of 19 teachers. In 1925 an addition was built to the school to accommodate the steady increase of students.

Rudolph H. Biter was married on Jan. 31, 1902, to Frances M. Criste, of Gallitzin, the daughter of Samuel A. and Sarah A. Criste, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Biter had four children: One child died in infancy; Mercedes, a graduate of Gallitzin High School and attended the Lock Haven Normal School, now making an excellent reputation as a teacher in Jamestown, Portage Township; Joseph J., a member of the class of 1926, Gallitzin High School; and Mary, attending St. Patrick's parochial school. The family are members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mr. Biter is a Democrat and a charter member of the Altoona Lodge, Knights of columbus, for many years. He is a man of energy, vision and ambition, an invaluable asset to the community.

From:
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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