Obituary of George William Hitchler 1859 to 1915

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Date: 6 Mar 1859 to 23 Jul 1915
Location: Jasper County, Iowamap
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George Hitchler was involved in a serious auto accident on 17 July 1915. An article appeared in the Newton Daily News on the 19th of July that gave the full details of the accident and subsequent death:

George Hitchler Has Chest Crushed In Auto Accident

Metz Farmer Has Spell of Heart Trouble While At Wheel of Automobile. Accident occurred about four miles southwest of Metz at 10:30 Saturday night -- two others injured.

George Hitchler lies in a very precarious condition at the Wes Giles home, one mile south of the Bear Grove school house in Mound Prairie township as the result of an auto accident. His breast is literally crushed and his lungs are thought to have been punctured when the Ford car which he was driving turned turtle and hurled the driver, Mr. Hitchler, and two other men, Sam Clement of Metz and Rev. John Watterson of Fairfield from the car.

Mr. Hitchler's injuries were caused by his having been pinned beneath the steering wheel of the car. His vitality has surprised the attendant physicians and the opinion was expressed today that he might live if he were able to survive the day.

The accident occurred at 10:30 Saturday night. Mr. Hitchler, in company with Sam Clement and Rev. Watterson had driven to Prairie City with a Rev. Smith who was anxious to catch the night train for Des Moines, where he was to preach yesterday. All had attended the Saturday night services on the Chapman farm. When returning home Mr. Hitchler was suddenly seized with a heart attack and was virtually paralyzed. He was driving about 10 miles an hour. No one in the car was aware of what had happened to the driver and in an instant the front wheels had turned, the car had somersaulted and had landed, headed in the opposite direction, in the ditch which lined the road. Wes Giles, who was in his barnyard nearby hastened to the scene of the accident. Mr. Hitchler lay clear of the car and was unconscious. Sam Clement was pinned underneath the car, his head being held between the car and the ground. Rev Watterson was also pinned underneath the car, his right leg and left arm being firmly held between the car and the highway.

Dr. Harp of Prairie City and Dr. Hill of Newton were immediately summoned and within an hour both physicians were present dressing the wounds and caring for the injured.

Rev. Watterson has several broken ribs as has also Mr. Hitchler. Mr. Clement was bruised on almost every part of his body. His neck was sorely twisted and the left side of his face was peeled from the ear to the shoulder.

Mr. Hitchler regained consciousness about 1:00 o'clock yesterday morning and told how the accident happened.

While it is extremely doubtful if he recovers, many of his friends will await with the utmost anxiety to hear that his recovery is probable. He is one of the best citizens of the county and he and his family will have the sympathy of the entire community in his terrible injury.

~ Newton Daily News, July 19, 1915

George William Hitchler Died At Wes Giles Home Early This Morning Was Hurt in Auto Accident Near Bear Grove July 17

-- Died at Wes Giles Home. Deceased Leaves A Wife and Six Children -- Was A Highly Respected Citizen of Jasper County for Years.

George William Hitchler, a prominent farmer of Mound Prairie Township died at 2:40 a.m. today. His death was brought about by serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident July 17. He was 56 years, 4 months, 17 days old at the time of his death.

On the night of the accident, Mr. Hitchler was driving his car home from Prairie City. He was accompanied by two companions. He had been driving leisurely when he was suddenly seized with a heart attack which rendered him virtually paralyzed. The car turned turtle and the driver was pinned beneath the steering wheel, crushing in his breast.

The accident occurred very near the Wes Giles home, and the injured man was taken there. Since that time it has been impossible to move him to his own home in the neighborhood, but his wife and children and the worthy neighbors cared for him very tenderly there. Las Wednesday, pneumonia added its ravages to the already serious symptoms, and from that time, Mr. Hitchler and his friends realized that he could not recover.

Mr. Hitchler leaves a wife and six children, the oldest son died in early childhood. Those who survive are--Mae, Mrs. Murray Walker of Monroe; Maude, Mrs. Roy Pentico; Viola, Mrs. Lee McQuown of Monroe; Pearl, Mrs. William Walker whose home is in Dakota; and John and Lola who are at home. The members of the family are counted amongst the more respected folks of Jasper County.

In speaking of the passing of Mr. Hitchler this morning, 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." He was a prominent member of the Metz Baptist church, in fact he was one of those who helped to establish it. 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.

~ Newton Daily News, July 23, 1915

Both articles accessed courtesy of: Hug, Barbara Lane and Adams, Marvelyn Lane, "Hitchler Burials," IAGenweb. Accessed 12 July 2019 [[Baty-260|SJ Baty]. Archive copy.

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