1936 Golden Wedding Anniversary:982
Mrs. and Mrs. Peter Hines Celebrate Their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Mrs. and Mrs. Peter Hines celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a mid-day dinner in the dining room of the First Christian Church, followed by an informal reception during the afternoon at their home, when hundreds of friends came to extend their congratulations and good wishes.
Peter Hines and Miss Maggie Bitler were married May 18, 1886, by the late Probate Judge J. W. Parrington, in the old courthouse in Emporia. Miss Felle Bitler, now Mrs. Leonard, a niece of the bride, was their only attendant, and she was present at the golden anniversary. Mrs. and Mrs. Hines began housekeeping at 28 South Commercial and always Emporia has been their home, although they spent three years on their farm on the Verdigris, 20 miles south of Emporia. They have lived 45 years at their present address and built their roomy pleasant house in 1896. Mr. Hines owned and operated a butcher shop, which he sold in 1898, and since has been occupied in looking after his farms and other property interests.
Mr. Hines was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 21, 1860, and grew up at Napoleon, Indiana. He came to Kansas in February 1885. Mrs. Hines, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bitler, Lyon county pioneers, was born on the Bitler Homestead, near Olpe, December 13, 1868, and never has lived more than 10 miles from her birthplace, but she and Mr. Hines have traveled in many states. Of the large Daniel Bitler family surviving besides Mrs. Hines are her brother Frank Bitler, Olpe, and a sister, Mrs. Nemuel Brown, 428 South East Street, Emporia. Mr. Hines has a sister, Miss Pauline Hines, a Sister teaching in a Catholic school in Greensburg, Indiana; his three brothers are A. C. Hines, 318 Exchange, Emporia, Bernard Hines, Kokomo, Indiana, and Charles Hines, of San Diego, California.1941 Obituary:991
Peter Hines is Dead. Peter Hines died this morning at 11:55 o'clock at his home, 205 Exchange. Before retiring about 10 years ago, Mr. Hines was a merchant and farmer for 50 years. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Peter Hines, a successful Emporia business man for more than half a century, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 21, 1860. He was a son of German immigrants, August and Lena Hines, who moved to Napoleon, Indiana, when their son Peter, was a small child. There he grew up, attended Catholic school in summer and the public schools in winter, until he was 14. At that age he began working for farmers, the first year for $5 a month. He worked on farms, in a sawmill and with his father, who was a carpenter, and by the time he was ready to come to Kansas, in February, 1885, he had saved $1,000.
He worked on a farm his first year in Kansas, then got a job in a meat market, worked there two years, then went into the meat business for himself, in the old Heritage building, just north of the courthouse. For 11 years he was in this business and prospered and in 1898 he traded his meat market for a farm. He invested his savings extensively in farm and city property. Peter Hines was married May 16, 1886, to Miss Maggie M. Bitler, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bitler, of Olpe, Lyon County pioneers. The young couple began housekeeping in two rooms at 28 South Commercial, where they lived more than a year. They bought lots at 205 Exchange, on which they built their present home in 1896. In 1899 they moved to a farm on the Lyon-Chase county line, where for several years Mr. Hines did a big business in livestock. In 1903 they bought a farm on the Verdigris, west of Madison, now the Braucher home, lived there until 1906, when they returned to their home in Emporia, and lived there ever since. Mr. Hines later joined this First Christian church of Emporia. He was an elder in this church many years and a member of its board of trustees.
Mr. Hines is survived by his wife and these children, Mrs. J. F. Braucher, who with her family lives on a farm west of Madison; Mrs. C. M. Chitty, Newton; Chester Hines, Emporia.
The grandchildren are Mrs. Clarence Brice, Eureka; Louis J. Braucher, of the United States Army, Fort Ord, California; Dorothy Braucher, Madison; Helen Braucher, Emporia; Dale Peter Hines, who lives near Emporia, and Mildred Elizabeth Chitty, Newton. Great grandchildren are Raymond and Joan Brice. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hines died in infancy. Mr. Hines also is survived by a sister, Sister Pauline Hines, and three brothers, A. C. Hines, Emporia; Bernard Hines, Kokomo, Indiana; and Charles Hines.