to E. H. MITCHELL"
added E. H. MITCHELL information was in the
San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club
Newsletter of January 2010:
will enjoy seeing this recent photo of the E. H. Mitchell Company’s,
warehouse, the raspberry red Italian-California style building with the Art
Nouveau inspired doors seems more out of the Haight, than Army Street. It looks
like a happy place with the retro cartoon sign on its side. Jack Caddick must
have thought so too, when he took the picture. The larger newer apartment
building, to the right, sits on the site of the wooden Mitchell manufacturing
H. Mitchell Warehouse
NOTE: This added E. H. Mitchell
Family Biographical information, was Emailed to Walt 2-28-2008
I have a picture of my
great-grandfather, John Samuel Mitchell (older half-brother of Edward H.
Mitchell, my great-great Uncle), sitting on the porch with his first son Mowatt
Merrill Mitchell. My great-grandfather is holding my father Standish Mowatt
Mitchell on his lap. My father looks to be about only eighteen months old.
I would very much like
to be put in contact with Stafford Buckley, who seems to be a 3rd (?) cousin of
mine, according to your interesting account of "Edward H. Mitchell,
It is interesting for
me to read that "EHM" moved to Palo Alto to late in his life, as that
city is where my grandparents settle down when they came back to California (my
grandfather, E. H. Mitchell’s nephew, was overseas in the U.S. diplomatic
service). My grandfather was only 19 years younger than EHM, being born in San Francisco in 1886. I have a small
treasure-trove of San Francisco stories from my
grandfather, who wrote an unpublished autobiography.
One slight and
relatively meaningless correction to E. H Mitchell story: John Samuel ("J.
S.", as he was known in our line of the family) Mitchell indeed had a
daughter Ruth Comfort Mitchell, who was his first child, but he had a total of
three sons after that, not just two. First came my grandfather Mowatt M.
Mitchell, an aviator in WW1 and diplomat thereafter; then Standish Low Mitchell
(my father's namesake), who was an early executive of the Automobile
Association of Southern California; and finally a third son (and fourth child),
Douglas Chapin Mitchell.
Another item of note
is that according to the "Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex County,
Mass. 1629-1894", John Samuel Mitchell was born in Sacramento, CA in 1855,
to John H. Mitchell and married San Francisco native Florence Standish Mowatt.
Florence had grandfathers on both sides of the American Revolutionary War:
Commodore Mowatt of the English Navy, and Shadrach Dodge, a private in the New
Hampshire Line formation of the Continental Army. Family oral tradition has it
that "J. H.", the J. S. family and E. H. Mitchell’s father,
came to Sacramento and made his first fortune selling supplies to gold miners.
Then he had enough money to get into hotels in a very big way, which thereby
became the acquired profession of some of children.
"Standish" of my great-grandmother's middle name supposedly came down
from Myles Standish, and the name has been carried along in successive
generations: her son Standish Low Mitchell; his nephew (my father) Standish
Mowatt Mitchell; Standish Low Mitchell's grandson by his daughter Barbara
Mitchell Fleming, Standish Fleming; Standish Fleming's sister's son Myles Standish
Thompson; and my nephew Thierry Standish Maurel, and
so on, perhaps.
In any case, thank for
the additional parts of my family history; I hadn't known about J. H's two
other families and I hadn't known that his father was a Methodist minister in
Illinois, although I do believe he's in Florence Standish Mowatt Mitchell's
family Bible, in which I think she listed back a couple of generations on both
her side and her husband's, E. H. Mitchell's half-brother.
I wonder if EHM was in
contact with his niece, Ruth Comfort Mitchell (Young). She was quite a
celebrity in her day her writing career was very, very profitable, from a young
age. Her little brothers, no matter how successful and accomplished they
became, could never shine as brightly as she, with all her earned income and
quite substantial not-quite-behind-the-scenes political power. As the decades
wore on, she always managed to be the most accomplished amongst her siblings.
Only once did I see this through my grandfather eyes. He was normally a very
reserved, almost Victorian-era, gentleman, but he let slip out a bit of his
feelings about his sister in response to a gush of praise about her from one of
her dearest fans, my grandmother. He barked (not something he did),
"romantic drivel!" in reference to her writing. Then he gave me a
very quick little grin.
Thank you very much,
Courtney Mowatt Mitchell
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