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Text from "Old and New Westmoreland" Volume III, Published 1918 under the entry for John D. Hitchman.

"William J. Hitchman was born in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania July 8, 1838, died there September 27, 1894. His father died when he was eight years of age, and under the guidance of an excellent mother he grew to years of discretion, the lessons she taught in right living becoming the cardinal principles of his after life. His youth was mainly spent at Laurelville, a small village at teh foot of Chestnunt Ridge, his first business efforts being in the art of tanning leather. In his seventeenth year he taught the village school and for several years thereafter, then became a tanner, engaging in that business extensively, first with his father-in-law, James Shields, later with William B. Neel. He was also engaged in coke manufactukre under the firm name, Stonener, Hitchman & Company, their plant located at Tarrs. Later they build ovens known as the Morewood plant, conducted an extensive business for that early day, and at the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876 they were awarded a medal for the excellence of the coke they exhibited. About the year 1880 Mr. Hitchman began dealing extensively in coal and in coald lands in Westmoreland and Washington counties, his investments resulting very profitably. He was one of the early stockholders and later a director of the First National Bank of Mt. Pleasant, also for many years its active head and at the time of his death was serving as vice-president. In association with William B. Neel and J.C. Crownover, he organized the Mt. Pleasant Bank, which they conducted as a private bank until 1893, when it was incorporated as the Citizens' National Bank of Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Hitchamn a director until his death. He was an able financier, conservative, upright and just in all his dealings.

In his relations with the civic life of Mt. Pleasant he was content to serve as a civillian, never seeking office, although his position in the county gave him every opportunity. He was chairman of the county Republican committee in 1884, and under his campaign management the county went Republican for the first time in its history. He aided liberally in the upbuilding of the borough, erected many of its homuses, and in every way attested the depth of his interest and public spirit. He was a member and liberal supporter of the Presbyterian church, aided all good causes, and possessed the repsect and confidence of his community. His friends were many and no man ore justly deserved them.

Mr. Hitchman married, January 2, 1861, Elizabeth Shields, who long survived him, daughter of James Shields of Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Hitchman was born in March 1838, and died November 4, 1916. They were the parents of eight children: 1. Mary resides at home. 2. Alice E., resides at home. 3. James S., educated in public schools, Lebanon Valley College and in the schools of Blairstown; engaged in banking with his father; at the organiztion of the City National Bank of Mt. Pleasant he was elected president, and at the organization of the Trust Company, known as the City Savings and Trust Company, was made president of same, which position he still fills; he is a member of a president of the Bruch Run Coal and Coke Company; resides at home. 4. Edward T., educated at public schools and Lebanon Valley College; resides in Wheeling, West Virginia; president of the Hitchman Coal and Coke Company; director of the National Exchange Bank of Wheeling, and one of the official board of supervisors of the Superior Coal Company, operating in Ohio; he married Katherine Reed of Washington, Pennsylvania; four children. 5. Arthur, deceased. 6. John D., after completing his studies, engaged in the banking business, and has been president of the First National Bank of Mt. Pleasant since 1902, also connected with Brush Creek Coal and Coke Company; has been active in politics, elected county comptroller of his county in 1904, served two terms, a period of seven years; on June 26, 2906, he became a member of the tenth Pennsylvania National Guard, was advanced to captain and regimental adjutant, the latter commission, May 25, 1917; was on the Mexican border as a captain of a machine gun company, his serice covering a persiod of three months; married Lousie Scull of Somerset, Pennsylvania, and they have one child, a son. 7. Walton M., deceased. 8. Willima M., educated in public and academic schools, also Princeton College; treasurer of the City Savings and Trust Company of Mt. Pleasant; married Rebecca Crawford of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; three children. The family are all conntected with the Presbyterian church.

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