Witt appreciated a good automobile, and a good newspaper.
Witt’s parents moved to DeKalb County from Kentucky in 1878 by covered wagon, became farmers, and came to Cameron when B.B. was four years old. His father found work on the Burlington Northern Railroad, but was killed in a railroad accident at age 34 leaving a widow and six children.
Around the turn of the century, Witt and his wife, Charlotte, built a house at 112 W. Prospect where they lived their entire married lives and raised eight children. B.B. was introduced to printers ink when he carried papers for Cameron’s first daily newspaper and he operated a job-printing office for eight years.
In 1905, he bought the Daily News and in 1920 changed the name to the News Observer. Witt acquired his competitor, the Cameron Sun in 1945 and stayed in the newspaper business for 50 years. He put out a City Directory in 1923, the first published since 1910.
Witt was a community activist and used his newspaper to promote Cameron development. He served as mayor and worked to improve the city’s water supply by adding a second reservoir in 1936. He also promoted a new swimming pool which was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938 plus graveling more than six miles of city streets and three miles of alleys. Witt was city clerk for four years, on the City Council for 12 years, served a three-year term on the Board of Education and was elected mayor in 1938. Witt was a charter member of the Cameron Rotary Club becoming president. He was also known to take meticulous care of his automobiles.
Witt was an active Democrat who supported party activities and candidates. He received a letter in 1937 from Harry Truman thanking Witt for his support. B.B. died in 1966 and Charlotte died in 1953.