JOHN H. MITCHELL, a Tulare County rancher, was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1833. His father was a farmer and
also held a government position as lock master on the Rida Canal.
Mr. Mitchell was educated in Canada, and remained at home until 1854. At that time he came to California and for
one year was engaged in mining in Tuolumne County, after which he settled at Colterville, in the same county, and
gave his attention to farming and stock raising, utilizing 800 acres, and dealing extensively in cattle. He sold
out in 1871 and with his brother, William T. Mitchell, purchased 3,000 acres in Merced County, near Planesburg,
and carried on grain farming until 1881. In that year the subject of our sketch came to Tulare County to superintend
the Page ranch of 8,000 acres west of Tulare, and with Mr. Page he is interested in the ranch produce and the raising
of stock. They sow annually 4,000 acres in wheat, have 350 acres in alfalfa, and raise horses and mules, keeping
about 200 head. The ranch is well watered and ditched for irrigating purposes, as they own one half the water of
the Packwood creek. They carry on their agricultural pursuits in the latest and most approved manner, using gang
plows, headers and combined harvesters, and the tine condition of the ranch and crops is the best evidence of its
able management. Mr. Mitchell owns improved town property, but devotes all his time to ranch interests.
He was married in Tulare, January 10, 1883, to Miss Carrie Ross, a native of San Francisco. He has one son, Willie,
by an earlier marriage, and an adopted daughter, Pearl, having no issue by his present wife.
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the I. O. O. F., having united with that fraternity in 1857. He is now associated with
Lake Lodge, No. 333; Visalia Encampment, No. 44; and Rebecca Lodge, I. O. O. F. He is also a member of the Grangers
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
The Lewis Publishing Company
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