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Collection 2489 - Mitchell Family Papers, 1869-2006

Creator: Mitchell Family

Provenance Note: The Mitchell Family Papers were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Mitchell of Park City, Montana on September 21, 2006.

Historical Note: Freighting first brought William L.C. Mitchell from Kansas to Bannack and Virginia City, Montana Territory, in 1864. In 1869 Mitchell returned to Kansas where he married Mary (Molly) Cowan on February 27. On May 17, 1869 William and Molly, along with brothers Campbell and Alexander Mitchell and the William Chaffin family,journeyed by wagon train from Fort Scott, Kansas to the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana. Campbell Mitchell kept a diary during the overland journey, descibing the route from Fort Scott, through Fort Kearney, Nebraska, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Montpelier, Utah, and Bannack, Montana, all while driving a herd of cattle in addition to the wagons. The Mitchells were joined in Montana by other family members who traveled up the Missouri river by boat and all eventually settled in the Bitterroot Valley until the Nez Perce War of 1877. Campbell Mitchell was killed that year in the Battle of the Big Hole, and in 1879 William L. C. Mitchell, his wife Molly, and children Emma, Maude, Minnie, Florence and Burton Luther Mitchell, left for the Yellowstone Valley and settled near present day Park City. Burton Mitchell, the donor of this collection, is the grandson of Burton Luther Mitchell.

Content Description Note: The Mitchell papers include the Campbell Mitchell diary, mounted portrait photographs of Mitchell family members, typed and handwritten memoirs and historical narratives by various family members, assorted letters between family members, a newspaper clipping history of the family in Park City, land and mine claims, genealogical information and assorted other ephemera. A published version of the Campbell Mitchell diary can be found in The Song of the Bitterroot by Leda Mitchell Reed (1986).

Contents

Folder 1. Diary and related materials
Diary of Campbell Mitchell, 1869
History of diary location through time, 2006
Lida Mitchell Reed explanation of discovery of Park City Mitchell family for her book, "The Song of the Bitterroot", 1986

Folder 2. Family history materials
Newspaper clipping Centennial Sketch - "Mitchell family migrations ended in Park City settlement"- Stillwater Sun, June 28, 1989
Family tree
Memoir of Myra Mitchell Randall for Burton Mitchell (nephew)
Notes from Bert (Burt) Mitchell, February 21, 1929
Story of Campbell Mitchell at the Battle of the Big Hole by researched by Lida Reed

Folder 3. Correspondence
Letter from Lonnie Mitchell to Maud Mitchell, 1896
Letter to Mary (Molly) Mitchell from sibling of Sugar Loaf, Colo, Oct 9th, 1883
Letter from cousin Charles E. Allan, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918
Letter - Mid-Rocky Development Co. To Maud Mitchell on oil well subscription, Mar 31, 1927

Folder 4. Miscellaneous documents
Land deed, William L.C. Mitchell 160 acres on July 9, 1895, patent filed Feb 8th, 1896
Minnie Bell and Beasley Mining Claim, Sept 26th, 1893, filed Jan 18th, 1894
Lon Mitchell remembrance card, died April 15, 1907
Photocopy of Marriage Contract of William L.C. Mitchell and Mary E. Cowan, 27 February, 1869
Biography sheet of Charles Marion Russell

Folder 5. Photographs and drawings
1. Photographic print of house where Lonnie Mitchell died
2. Group photographic print of Burt Luther Mitchell, Florence, Maud, Emma and Lonnie's girlfriend
3. Portrait, Maud Mitchell
4. Portrait, Burt Luther Mitchell
5. Portrait, Minnie B. Mitchell, Jan 1907
6. Portrait, Emma Mitchell

Updated: 8/4/08