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George William Hitchler (1859 - 1915)

George William Hitchler
Born in Newton, Jasper County, Iowamap
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Husband of — married 19 Sep 1882 in Jasper, Iowa, United Statesmap
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Died in Newton, Jasper County, Iowamap
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Biography

Birth

Flag of Iowa
George William Hitchler was an Iowa native.

George was born on 6 March 1859 near Metz, Jasper County, Iowa to parents George Wilhelm and Nancy (Miller) Hitchler.[1][2][3][4]

Marriage

Lida Benskin

George was married to Lida Florence Benskin on September 19, 1882 in Metz,[4] Jasper County, Iowa.[5]

George and Lida lived the entirety of their married life together in Jasper County, Iowa. The couple had had seven children, six of whom survived into adulthood.

Lida was was born in Richland County, Illinois to parents Wesley John Benskin and Jane (Millington) Benskin. Lida was the eldest of John and Jane's nine children.

Children

The Hitchler Family, about 1905
i. Alfred William "Alfie" Hitchler, b. 25 Aug 1883 near Metz (possibly Sherman), Jasper, Iowa, died in Metz on 5 Sep 1884.[4]
ii. Leota Maude (Hitchler) Iske, b. 1 Oct 1884, twin of Leona Mae, married to (David) Iske.[4][6][7]
iii. Leona Mae (HItchler) Walker, b. 1 Oct 1884 in Metz, Jasper, Iowa, twin to Leota Mae, m. Murray Walker on 12 Jan 1905 in Newton, Jasper, Iowa, d. 12 Apr 1946 in Newton.[4][8]
iv: Edna Viola (Hitchler) McQuown, b. 5 Jun 1887 in Metz, Jasper, Iowa, m. Lee Orin McQuown, d. 12 Jul 1971 in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa.[4][9]
v. Ellis John Hitchler, b. 22 Jun 1889 near Metz, Jasper, Iowa, m. Merla Mae Anthony on 2 April 1916 in Metz, d. 21 Jul 1961 near Metz, Jasper, Iowa.[4]
vi. Della Pearl (Hitchler) Walker, b. 2 May 1894 in Iowa, m. John William Walker in May, 1912 in Desmoines, Iowa, d. 28 Feb 1989 and was buried in Newton Union Cemetery in Newton, Jasper, Iowa.[10][4]
vii. Lola Ruth (Hitchler) Baty, b. 2 Dec 1899 in Metz, Jasper, Iowa, m. Leroy Newton Baty in Monmouth, Illinois on June 21, 1916,[11], d. Oct 1, 1989 in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, aged 89 years.[12][4]

Occupation

George worked as a farmer[13] the whole of his life up until the time of his death in 1915.[4]

Religion

Metz Baptist Church

George was a founder and member of the Metz Baptist Church. He was well known in the community for being charitable and willing to help others in need.[14]

Timeline and residence

1859: near Metz, Jasper, Iowa - George was born on 6th of March.[1]
1860: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (US census).[1]
1870: Sherman, Jasper, Iowa (US census).[2]
1880: Sherman, Jasper, Iowa (US census).[3]
1882: Metz, Jasper, Iowa (marriage to Lida Florence Benskin on the 19th of September).[5]
1883: near Metz (possibly Sherman), Jasper, Iowa (birth of son Alfred William "Alfie").[4]
1884: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (birth of twin daughters Leota Maude, and Leona Mae on the first of October).[6][8]
1887: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (birth of daughter Edna Violet).[9]
1889: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (birth of son Ellis John on 22 June).[4]
1894: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (birth of daughter Della Pearl on 2 May).[10]
1899: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (birth of daughter Lola Ruth on 2 December).[11]
1900: Metz (Newton), Jasper, Iowa (US census).[8]
1910: Metz (Mound Prairie), Jasper, Iowa (US census).[15]
1915: Metz (Mound Prairie), Jasper County, Iowa (George died on 23 July).[14]

Death and burial

George died on 23 July 23 1915[16] near Prairie City, Jasper County, Iowa as the result of a tragic car accident.

George's 1912 Model T

The accident occurred on the 17th of July when George was driving two friends home, Sam Clement and Reverend John Watterson after the Reverend Watterson preached at the Chapman farm. George suffered a heart attack and lost control of his car causing its overturned and pinning Sam Clement and Reverend Watterson to the pavement. Sam was bruised over the entirety of his body and the Reverend had several broken ribs. George was crushed by the car in its initial topple and then thrown clear of the accident. His chest was crushed in and his lungs punctured. The Newton Daily News article of 19 July described George as, "one of the best citizens of the county," and remarked that, "his family will have the sympathy of the entire community in his terrible injury."[17]

The funeral of George William Hitchler.

Four days later, George died on 23 July 1915. The Newton Daily News published a follow up story listing the details of George's care and death since the accident. He was cared for by his family at the home of Wes Giles who lived near the accident scene; Mr. Giles heard the wreck and rushed to the scene and was the first to provide aid to the injured men. In addition to his heart attack, crushed ribs, and punctured lungs, George also developed pnemonia and was unable to recover.

The article described George's family as "amongst the more respected folks of Jasper County, and several businessmen remarked, "It is impossible to say anything good about George Hitchler that would be exaggerated. He was one of the best men in the country." George was a prominent member of the Metz Baptist Church and was one of the founders. The article further described George saying:

His usefulness extended to every branch of his busy life in the community. Never in his busy life did he refuse to help a person who was in need of assistance. He was generous with his money as well as with his time and he gave liberally to every worthy cause. Everyone who knew him may honestly feel that the world is better because George Hitchler lived in it and even if his is gone from the community in which his life was spent, his spirit of kindliness will remain as a constant eulogy.

George was survived by his wife and six children.[14] He was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Newton, Jasper, Iowa.[4][18]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M822-LV8 : 13 December 2017), Geo Hitchler in entry for Wm Hitchler, 1860.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDVC-2F1 : 11 June 2019), George W Hetchles in entry for William Herchler, 1870.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD2L-L15 : 11 August 2017), George Hitchler in entry for William Hitchler, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 95, sheet 132D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0346; FHL microfilm 1,254,346.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Hug, Barbara Lane and Adams, Marvelyn Lane, "Hitchler Burials," IAGenweb. Accessed 12 July 2019 [[Baty-260|SJ Baty]. Archive copy.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCWD-33D : 26 September 2017), George Hitchler and Lida Benskin, 19 Sep 1882, Jasper, Iowa, United States; citing reference p 38, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,034,510.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q246-FRVF : accessed 28 July 2019), Leota Maud Hitchler Iske, 01 Oct 1884, Metz, Jasper, Iowa, United States; citing reference ID 211592, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines; FamilySearch digital folder 101713795.
  7. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15175990/leota-maude-iske : accessed 28 July 2019), memorial page for Leota Maude Hitchler Iske (1 Oct 1884–15 Oct 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15175990, citing Newton Union Cemetery, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Kay Cynova (contributor 47064119).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M92M-1YD : accessed 28 July 2019), Geo Hitchler, Newton Township (excl. Newton city), Jasper, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 28, sheet 6A, family 126, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,439.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67102056/edna-viola-mcquown : accessed 28 July 2019), memorial page for Edna Viola Hitchler McQuown (5 Jun 1887–12 Jul 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67102056, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by James Wilson (contributor 47326354).
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23C-F5DX : 4 November 2017), Geo William Hughes in entry for Della Pearl Hitchler, 02 Mar 1894; citing , Jasper, , United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,034,508.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK92-BFHM : 17 October 2017), Roy N Baty and Lola Hitchler, 21 Jun 1916; citing Warren, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,377,920.
  12. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5815998 : accessed 06 June 2019), memorial page for Lola Ruth Hitchler Baty (2 Dec 1899–1 Oct 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5815998, citing Sugar Grove Cemetery, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by SJ Baty (contributor 49559216).
  13. "Iowa State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVM5-ZMMZ : 16 March 2018), George W Hitchler, Jasper, Iowa, United States; citing card #B 323, State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,430,461.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Author unknown. "George William Hitchler Died At Wes Giles Home Early This Morning Was Hurt in Auto Accident Near Bear Grove July 17," Newton Daily News, July 23, 1915. As cited in Hug & Adams. The full text of the article can be found at The Obituary of George William Hitchler 1859 to 1915.
  15. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGMH-B7W : accessed 28 July 2019), George W Hitchler, Mound Prairie, Jasper, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 30, sheet 8A, family 166, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 407; FHL microfilm 1,374,420.
  16. "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVJP-XZ7B : 17 March 2018), Geo Wm Hitchler, 23 Jul 1915; citing Death, Metz, Jasper, Iowa, United States, page 200, offices of county clerk from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,863,452.
  17. Author unknown. "George Hitchler Has Chest Crushed In Auto Accident," Newton Daily News, July 19, 1915. As cited in Hug & Adams. The full text of the article can be found at The Obituary of George William Hitchler 1859 to 1915.
  18. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9547305/george-william-hitchler : accessed 28 July 2019), memorial page for George William Hitchler (6 Mar 1859–23 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9547305, citing Sugar Grove Cemetery, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Marvelyn Adams (contributor 47004491).


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