Biography of David G. Mitchell
Riverside County, CA Biographies





DAVID G. MITCHELL
A wide experience with the activities of various parts of our nation, beginning with an army service in his early youth and covering later years of business associations, not only gives Mr. Mitchell an adequate comprehension of the resources of many localities, but also enables him to impartially compare California with other regions, with the result that he is firmly entrenched in the belief that no district offers greater opportunities than our own. Through service in an official capacity he has become well known to the people of Riverside county and it may be stated that his friends are not limited to the members of his own party (the Republican), but embrace many representatives of other political organizations, it being the opinion of practically the entire citizenship that the county could secure no official more painstaking than he or more honorable in every transaction.

A son of Richard and Sophia (Bailey) Mitchell, the gentleman above named was born in Erie county, Pa., July 3, 1846, and attended school between the years of six and fifteen. At the opening of the Civil war he embraced the Union cause with youthful enthusiasm. His services were accepted as a private in Company C, One Hundred and Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry, and he accompanied his regiment to the front, remaining in active service until the expiration of his term of enlistment in December of 1864. Returning to his native county he again offered his services to the Union and again was accepted, this time being a member of Company M, One Hundred and Second Veterans, Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment, in which he served until July 3, 1865, and was honorably discharged on the nineteenth anniversary of his birth. A position in the bridge department of the Erie & Pittsburg Railroad Company occupied the time of the young soldier until the fall of 1870, after which he spent six months as clerk in a millinery store at Rockford, Ill., and then engaged in farming for one year near Fayette, Iowa. His next position gave him charge of a construction gang for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company. Then he returned to Rockford, Ill., and opened the first steam laundry in that city. During the spring of 1886 he came to California and settled in Riverside county, where he became interested in farming near Perris. During March of 1893 he was appointed by the governor one of five county commissioners selected to complete the county organization and he was chosen secretary of the board, which position he filled with trustworthy energy and intelligence. Recognizing his fitness for public office, his fellow citizens selected him to serve as county treasurer and in June of 1893 he was first chosen for this office, which he still fills. In common with other veterans of the Civil war he fiends pleasure in his connection with the Grand Army of the Republic. Fraternally he is identified with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, which he has served as state counsellor, besides representing the state organization in the convention held at Detroit, Mich., in 1910. With his family he holds membership in the Congregational Church.

The marriage of Mr Mitchell was solemnized in Forestville, N. Y., December 30, 1868, and united him with Miss Harriett Godfrey of that place. They are the parents of five children. The eldest son, Harry E., is connected with the Sherman Institute. The second child, Frank E., is a citizen of Chicago, where he is employed as searcher of records with the Chicago Title & Trust Company. The third son, Claude W., of Berkeley, Cal., is a graduate of the University of California in the mechanical and electrical engineering department and now holds a position as electrical inspector for the board of fire underwriters of the Pacific. The youngest son, Ray R., a civil engineer, has charge of a crew of workmen in the Philippine Islands. The youngest child and only daughter, Miss Alice M., holds the position of deputy treasurer of Riverside county.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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