L. P. MITCHELL.
L. P. Mitchell, to a brief review of whose life the following lines are devoted, is prominently connected with
the journalism of the San Joaquin valley, and at this time is editor and publisher of the Corcoran Journal, which
compares favorably with the best local sheets in this section of the state in news, editorial ability and mechanical
execution. L. P. Mitchell was born in Jamestown, New York, on the 30th day of January, 1864, the son of John C.
and Mary (Pease) Mitchell, members of prominent old New York families. John C. Mitchell followed the vocation of
farming and was highly respected in his community.
L. P. Mitchell attended the common schools, but at the age of fourteen years he laid aside his textbooks and entered
a printing office. He thoroughly learned the printing trade and has been identified with it in some way ever since.
After being employed on papers in the vicinity of his home for several years, he went to Rockford, Illinois, where
he worked on newspapers for several years. He then went to Azusa, California, and bought the Pomotropic, which
he published until 1908, when he came to Corcoran and established the Journal. In 1913 he sold this paper and went
to Owensmouth, California, where he purchased the Gazette. He ran that paper for five years and then returned to
Corcoran and bought back the Journal, which he has published ever since. Mr. Mitchell is a forceful writer and
a man of positive convictions, and through the columns of the Journal he has wielded a large and potent influence
upon the life of the community, giving hearty support at all times to every movement tending to advance the best
interests of the public. He was one of the organizers of the Chamber of Commerce and served a term as president.
Fraternally he is a Mason and belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.
In 1891 Mr. Mitchell was married to Miss Helen Hemstreet, also a native of New York state. Their only child, Hervey
Frederick, was killed in Fresno, on January 30, 1925, while on duty in the plant of the San Joaquin Power &
Light Corporation. The real cause of his death will never be known, as he was instantly electrocuted while working
about a switchboard at O street substation, of which he was construction superintendent. He was a careful workman,
but often took upon himself dangerous tasks in order to spare others from the risk involved. After graduating from
the Owensmouth high school he entered the Pasadena School of Technology. During the World war he served as an engineer
in the One Hundred and Eightieth Provisional Company, United States army, being stationed at Camp Hancock. He was
a member of the Masonic order, in which he had taken the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite; the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks; the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots; and the American Legion. He was a young man of
clean and upright character and was greatly beloved by all who knew him.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
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