Joseph C. Hitter is a native of Otter Creek township, born January 6, 1856, where he now resides, near Streator, LaSalle county, and is a son of Henry and Augusta (Weler) Hitter. Henry Hitter was of German descent, his ancestors having made their home in Saxony for many decades. He was among the early settlers of LaSalle county, was married in Streator to Miss Augusta Weler, and located at Willow Park. Later he moved to Chicago, where he now resides. He is a Republican in his political views, and in religion a devout member of the Evangelical church. Six children compose their family, viz.: John, of Iroquois county; William, who died in infancy; Joseph C., the subject of this biography; George, of Iroquois county; Melissa (Mrs. Charles Iserman), of this township; and Emily Nolan, of Chicago.
Joseph C. Hitter received his education in the public schools of LaSalle county, and after completing his education turned his attention to farming. Realizing that whatever he achieved must be by his own unaided efforts, he applied himself diligently to his chosen task, and is to-day one of the most substantial and influential citizens of his locality, a self-made man in the truest sense of the word. His farm is supplied with good, comfortable buildings, and shows that neatness and care have been used in its management.
January 3, 1878, he led to the altar Miss Carrie Iserman, daughter of William Iserman, a prominent farmer residing in this township. She is a native of this county, where she was educated and grew to womanhood, and her many excellent qualities of mind and heart have endeared her to a large circle of friends. An interesting family of eight children have blessed their home, the two older, Estella B. and Lillie E., being employed as teachers in the public schools, where they have met with success. Nora E., Josie N., Ida A., Lawrence A., and Pearl W. constitute the other members of the family, Clarence J. having died in infancy. Mr. Hitter has been warmly interested in the cause of education, and for a number of years was one of the most efficient members of the school board, making the opportunity, if none was offered, for promoting educational interests. Furthermore Mr. Hitter is greatly interested in public roads, having held the office as commissioner of highways for nine successive years in Otter Creek township. His family are extremely popular in the social circles in which they move, and their integrity and fundamental worth have won for them general approval and respect.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 256-257.