Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JOSEPH E. BITTNER, M. D., is
a practicing physician of good repute in Sprague, who has won the esteem
and confidence of all because of his meritorious work and kindly qualities.
In addition to being possessed of a natural ability of high order, fitting
him especially for the work that he has taken up, he had fortified himself
in the best courses before he began action and in addition thereto keeps
thoroughly posted in the times by careful and extensive reading.
Dr. Bittner has had ample experience in practice in addition to the preparation
mentioned above and this combined with his other chances, places him high
in the school of physicians in the state of Washington.
Joseph E. Bittner was born in Quebec, Canada,
on October 10, 1862, being the son of Joseph G. and Domitilde (Ioncas)
Bittner, natives of Quebec. The father was in the employ of the Canadian
government until his death, in July, 1894. The mother died in 1903.
Joseph E. was first placed in the Quebec seminary where he graduated with
honors, receiving the degree of B. A. in 1881. Immediately subsequent
thereto, he had matriculated in the college of physicians and surgeons
at Quebec, from which institution he was graduated in due time, having
followed the most extensive course in the curriculum. Then Dr. Bittner
removed to Newport, Tennessee, where he entered general practice and was
physician for a large company for some time. After that, he entered
into partnership with Dr. R. C. Smith in Newport and together they practiced
until February, 1889, when our subject came to Pasco, Washington.
That was the scene of his labors until 1896, when he removed to Sprague
where he has been ever since. He received excellent patronage here,
and now has as much work as he can handle. He has shown himself a
man of ability and in addition to his general practice is medical examiner
for the local insurance orders in Sprague, for the New York Life Insurance
Company, The Mutual Life of New York, The Etna of Hartford, The Fidelity
Mutual of Pennsylvania, The Northwestern of New York and The Banker's Life
of Des Moines, Iowa. On November 25, 1886,
at Newport, Tennessee, Dr. Bittner married Miss Minnie J. Clark, who died
in 1892, leaving one child, Godfrey E., now attending Gonzaga college in
Spokane. In 1894, Dr. Bittner contracted a second marriage, Miss
Lillian M. Henry becoming his bride at this time. Her parents are
Marshall M. and Mary (Ottinger) Henry, both deceased. By the second
marriage, Dr. Bittner has two children, Joseph E. and Bertha D.
The doctor owns a beautiful residence at the
corner of Third and D streets, which is surrounded with a lovely lawn,
supplied with ornamental trees, shrubs and so forth. The house is
modern in every respect. He has recently furnished more extensive
offices and operating rooms, which are supplied with the most up-to-date
appliances known to the science.