Rock County - BIOS
J. H. Kitterman, born 1850
J. H. Kitterman, (1893) is the proprietor of the drug store at Steen. He was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, March 31, 1850. His father, John Kitterman, a native of Indiana, and his mother, Survilla (Rhodes) Kitterman, who was born in Ohio, are still living in Lyon County, Iowa. Iowa was Mr. Kitterman's home until he attained the age of forty-four. The first nine years were spent in the county of his birth, the remaining thirty-three years as a resident of Worth county. He was brought up on a farm and remained at home until after his twentieth birthday. Then he commenced the battle of life for himself. For one year he was employed as an engineer in a grist mill, and then for the same length of time he learned the ins and outs of the life of a stage driver. He abandoned that pursuit, was married, and for thirteen years following his occupation was that of collector for a large machine firm. He next set up in the general mercantile business, for two years operating a store at the town of Bristol and for less than half that period at Lake Mills. Our subjects career as a resident of Rock county began in June, 1893. During that month he located at Ashcreek, where for a little less than two years he conducted a general store and a lumber yard.. On selling out of business, he bought a bankrupt stock, valued at $10,000, in Sioux Falls, and conducted the store for a year. His family did not move form Ashcreek however. In 1896 he settled in Steen, where he started a general store and livery barn. He conducted the store for a little over five years and the barn for one year, leasing it from that time. He still owns both properties. Before retiring from the mercantile business he engaged in the drug business and since selling the former he has devoted himself exclusively to the operation of his drug store. Mr. Kitterman has on several occasions been honored by election to offices of trust. For ten years he held the office of justice of peace, for six years served as clerk of Clinton township, and for the same period was one of the directors of his school district. During his residence in Worth county, Iowa, he served for thirteen years as a justice of peace and for ten years was the constable of his precinct, having been appointed to the latter office when he was a youth of nineteen. Mr. Kitterman is the owner of the southwest quarter of section 15, Clinton township. At Northwood, Worth county, Iowa, on November 25, 1871, our subject was united in marriage to Harriet E. Jones, a native of Catteraugus county, New York. Their one son, F. F. Kitterman, resides at Steen and is the manager of the livery barn. He also takes care of autos.
Source: History of North Washington, published 1903
~Submitter, Volunteer researcher