Alfred Ellet Hitchner

Alfred Ellet Hitchner

Hitchner from The Scarlet Letter, 1905
Biographical details
Born (1882-12-11)December 11, 1882
New Jersey
Died December 16, 1959(1959-12-16) (aged 77)
Playing career
1902–1903 Rutgers
Position(s) Tackle, end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1904 Rutgers
Head coaching record
Overall 1–6

Alfred Ellet Hitchner (December 11, 1882 – December 16, 1959) was an American football player, coach, electrical engineer and businessman. He was the head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team in 1904. He later worked for many years for Westinghouse Electric Company in Pennsylvania and California.

Early years

Hitchner was born in New Jersey in 1882 and raised in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and graduated in 1904 with a Bachelor of Science degree.[1] While attending Rutgers, he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and the Cap and Skull Secret Honor Society.[2][3] He also played at the right tackle and right end positions for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team in 1902 and 1903.[4][5]

Football coach

After graduating from Rutgers, he was hired as the school's head football coach for the 1904 season. In his one season as the head coach, the Rutgers football team compiled a record of 1–6.[6]

Engineering and professional career

After his coaching career, Hitchner spent two years working in an apprenticeship with the Baldwin Locomotive Works and three years with the Link-Belt Co. on construction projects.[7][8][9]

In 1909, he began a long association with the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. He began work for Westinghouse as an industrial salesman in Philadelphia.[7][8] At the time of the 1910 United States Census, he was living in Philadelphia and working as an electrical engineer.[10] In 1912, he became a sales representative in the Pennsylvania coal fields and as manager of the office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[9] In a draft registration card completed in 1918, Hitchner indicated that he was living in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, and was employed by Westinghouse in Wilkes-Barre.[11] In 1919, Hitchner became the manager of the Westinghouse's mining section of the Industrial Sales Department in East Pittsburgh.[7][9][12]

Hitchens moved to southern California in 1926.[12] He became the Los Angeles district manager for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co.[13] In 1942, he was promoted to assistant to the manager of Westinghouse.[14]

Family and death

Hitchner was married. He and his wife Susan had two daughters, Susan and Ellen. At the time of the 1920 United States Census, he was living in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters.[15] At the time of the 1930 United States Census, he was living in South Pasadena, California with his wife and two daughters.[16] At the time of the 1940 Census, he was still living in South Pasadena with his wife Susan and daughter Ellen.[17]

Hitchner died in California in December 1959.[12][18] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[19]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Rutgers Queensmen (Independent) (1904)
1904 Rutgers 1–6
Rutgers: 1–6
Total: 1–6


  1. The Scarlet Letter (Rutgers yearbook), p. 73.
  2. The Scarlet Letter (Rutgers yearbook), 1904, p. 21.
  3. The Scarlet Letter (Rutgers yearbook), 1905, pp. 51 and 226.
  4. "Rutgers, 8; Manhattan, 6". The New York Times. October 15, 1903.(right tackle)
  5. "Ridge Moon Played Well: Was One of the Stars In the Rutgers-Haverford Game Saturday". Daily True American. October 27, 1902.
  6. "A. Ellet Hitchner Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse.
  7. 1 2 3 "A.E. Hitchner Promoted". Paper. June 4, 1919. p. 54.
  8. 1 2 "Personals". Machinery. June 1919. p. 1010.
  9. 1 2 3 "untitled". Engineering and Mining Journal. May 24, 1919.
  10. Census record for Alfred E. Hitchner, age 27, born in New Jersey. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1910; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 8, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1387; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1375400.
  11. Draft registration card for Alfred Ellet Hitchner, born Dec. 11, 1882. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration State: Pennsylvania; Registration County: Luzerne; Roll: 1927076; Draft Board: 1.
  12. 1 2 3 "Alfred Ellet Hitchner Rites Set Tomorrow". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1959.
  13. "Electrical Meeting Set: Some 600 Delegates From 11 Western States Due in Pasadena Today". Los Angeles Times. May 24, 1939.
  14. "Promoted". Christian Science Monitor. September 17, 1942.
  15. Census entry for Alfred E. Hitchner, age 35, born in New Jersey. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1920; Census Place: Wilkinsburg Ward 3, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1530; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 867; Image: 980.
  16. Census entry for Allen [sic] E. Hitchner, age 47, born in New Jersey. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 175; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 1519; Image: 392.0; FHL microfilm: 2339910.
  17. Census entry for Alfred Hitchner, age 57, born in New Jersey. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1940; Census Place: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T627_243; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 19-514.
  18. Death record for Alfred Ellet Hitchner born Dec. 11, 1882, died Dec. 16, 1959. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Place: Orange; Date: 16 Dec 1959; Social Security: 550035976.
  19. "Alfred Ellet Hitchner". Find A Grave.

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