The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 724, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN U. WITTMER was born in Switzerland June 21, 1820, and is the youngest of the six children of PHILIP and ANNA (NENDLIST) WITTMER, also natives of Switzerland. JOHN U. WITTMER received a fair education in his native land, and at the age of eighteen was apprenticed for two years at blacksmithing. In 1840, he entered the Swiss Army, and served until 1856, participating in the Swiss rebellion of 1847. In 1856, he emigrated to the United States, leaving his wife and family behind. He at first halted at Buffalo, New York, where he worked at his trade for a time; then went to Fremont, Ohio, and thence to Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, where he followed his trade for six months. In August, 1858, he came to Pulaski, this township, where he opened a blacksmith shop, which he still conducts. In 1860, he returned to Switzerland for his family, but found that his wife had died during his absence. He returned in May of the same year, bringing with him his son and daughter. In 1861, he married CATHERINE CAMERSINK, a native of Switzerland, who has borne him one son - FRANK A. MR. and MRS. WITTMER are members of the Catholic Church, and in politics he is a Democrat."