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Biography of John Bittle

JOHN BITTLE. No branch of commercial enterprise in Cleburne County, Arkansas, is more important or more representative in character than that of the merchant, and John Bittle is one of the leaders in this line in Heber. He was born in what is now Cleburne County in 1863, a son of Levi and Nancy (Huie) Bittle, who came to this State from Tennessee some time in the forties and located near Shiloh in the Little Red River bottom, the agricultural possibilities of which they were the first to discover. On this farm the father was called from life in 1872, at the age of sixty years, the mother’s death occurring when the subject of this sketch was a child. They were worthy members of the Presbyterian Church, and in that faith reared their children, of whom six survive out of a family of nine, and all are residents of Cleburne County. The subject of this sketch was the seventh in order of birth and his early education was acquired in the public schools and in Clinton Academy, after which he was engaged in teaching school for three years in this county, during which time he became known as a thoroughgoing and painstaking pedagogue. In 1887 he engaged in the mercantile business at Shiloh with S. D. Morton, the firm taking the name of S. D. Morton & Co., and afterward that of Morton & Bittle, and continued business under the latter title until 1890, when Mr. Bittle came to Heber and opened an establishment of his own, which he has since conducted with marked success. Upon first entering business...

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