Among the ordinary avocations of mankind there are few more responsible positions than that of mail carrier. He it is who often bears the news of like or death, joy or sorrow, whose coming is eagerly awaited in every home, and upon whose care and promptitude great issues often depend. In selecting men for this position the Government exercises the greatest care, choosing none but after a strict examination in which the applicant must show a high degree of intelligence, special knowledge of all things pertaining to his calling, which are more numerous than many people suppose, and furnish the strictest references as to his honesty and moral character. In choosing Elijah C. Witter, of Castalia, Uncle Sam made no mistake, as all the people residing on Rural route No. 2, connected with the Castalia office, will gladly testify. Mr. Witter was born in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio, January 17, 1867, and is, therefore, now but little past the prime of lif!e. His parents were James B. and Arena (Campbell) Witter, the father a native of Canandaigua County, New York, the mother of Erie County, Ohio. The paternal grandfather Joshua Witter, who resided in Canandaigue, was of New England Antecedents and was descended from early English ancestors. At the age of twenty-seven years James B. Witter, after residing up to that time in his native state, came to Erie County, Ohio, settling in Margaretta Township where he engaged in agriculture. A Republican in politics, he took an active part in local affairs and became a prominent and popular citizen, serving for a time as township trustee. His death, which took place in October, 1898, was much regretted.

Elijah C. Witter was reared to man's estate in Margaretta Township, this county, and was educated in its public schools and in the high schools in Castalia and Milan. For a number of years he followed his father's vocation, having a good farm of 115 acres, located mainly in Margaretta Township, which he tilled successfully. Appointed rural letter carrier in November, 1905, he assumed the duties of that office, which he has since performed in a highly satisfactory manner. An active citizen, interested in the affairs of the township, he numbers his friends by the score. In politics he is independent, while his fraternal affiliations are with Spring Tent No. 8, K. O. T. M., of Castalia, and Margaretta Grange No. 488. On January 23, 1890, Mr. Witter was united in marriage with Miss Maggie Prentice, who was born in Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio, a daughter of N. E. Prentice, now of Payne, Ohio. Hi and his wife are the parents of four daughters, Mable E., Nattie, Margaret and Sarah. Mr. Witter is a consistent member of the Congregational Church of Castalia.


A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio, Published 1916