Dr. John Calvin Mitten, of Pella, Iowa, is one of the successful dentists of that city and has a representative
and lucrative practice. He was born in Newville, Pennsylvania, on the 12th of September, 1869, a son of David and
Mary (Koch) Mitten, who were also natives of the Keystone state, the former born in Heggerstown in 1824, while
the birth of the mother occurred in 1815. The father farmed in Pennsylvania for many years but eventually retired
and passed his last year in ease at Carlisle. He died there in 1908, having survived the mother twelve years, as
her demise occurred in 1896. They were married in Pennsylvania and to their union were born the following children:
Mrs. Mary Logan, Alfred, Mrs. Helen Hemmenger, William, Frank, James, Robert and John Calvin.
Dr. John C. Mitten was educated in Pennsylvania and after graduating from the Newville high school took a three
years course in the Shippensburg Academy. For one year he studied in the Dental College of the University of Pennsylvania
and for two years was a student in the University of Iowa at Iowa City. After completing his dental course he practiced
at Columbus Junction, Iowa, for five years and then took post graduate work in Haskill's Post Graduate School of
Chicago. He returned to Columbus Junction and remained there for twelve more years but in 1903 came to Pella and
opened an office. In 1911 he took Dr. Lankelma into partnership and they are today one of the leading dental firms
in the county. Dr. Mitten has erected a comfortable residence in Pella and stands high in the community.
On the 17th of December, 1902, the Doctor was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Anderson, a daughter of Charles
and Emma (Parkin) Anderson. Her father was born in Ohio in 1850 and her mother in Washington, Pennsylvania, near
Pittsburg, in January, 1853. She is still living and resides in Cedar Rapids, but Mr. Anderson passed away in 1897.
They were married in Ainsworth, Iowa, both having come to this state at an early age. To their union were born
four children: Gertrude, now Mrs. Mitten, whose birth occurred on the 4th of September, 1879; Charles O.; Winifred
V.; and Donald J. Mrs. Mitten was educated in Lenox, Iowa, and resided at home until her marriage. She and Dr.
Mitten have two children, Harry and Charles, both attending school.
The Doctor is a republican and has been a delegate to county conventions of his party. For six years he served
as a councilman in Columbus Junction and has always taken a keen interest in local government. Fraternally he is
a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Rathbun Sisters, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masons. Mrs.
Mitten is a member of the local chapter of the P. E. O., and both belong to the Second Reformed church of Pella,
being active in support of all good causes. Professionally Dr. Mitten holds the confidence of the public and the
respect of his colleagues and in the private relations of life has always shown himself to be a man of high standards
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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