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J. E. Mitchell
AMES E. MITCHELL
is a native Texan.
His father, Col. Harvey
Mitchell, was a
famous pioneer of the
Lone Star State, coming at
to Texas before it won
its independence from Mexico. Soon
after his arrival in 1835, he took up
arms for the struggling Republic and
helped to win its freedom. In subsequent
years he took part in many
Indian campaigns. When peace followed,
he became prominent in the
affairs of Texas. When Brazos
county, his home, was organized, he
was appointed to and conducted all
offices of the county from Consta- '
ble to County Judge, besides acting
as postmaster and operating a general
merchandise store. He was a ,
warm personal friend of Gen. Sam i '
Houston and a business partner of
the late Gov. E. M. Pease. Col.
Harvey Mitchell was a native of
Tennessee. Mr. Mitchell's mother,
Jane Foley Mitchell, was likewise aeJMI
a native of Tennessee. James
Mitchell was born Sept. 28, 1864, at
Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, received
his education at Agricultural
& Mechanical College, which institution
owes much to Col. Harvey
Mitchell for its existence and location.
Mr. Mitchell came to Fort
Worth to make it his home in 1883,
engaging in the jewelry business.
He married Miss Maud Halsell,
member of a very prominent West
Texas family, June 18, 1890, at the
bride's home in Decatur. Two children,
girls, were born of this union.
He served three years as president
of the organization now known as
the Chamber of Commerce and is
ever ready to do his full share toward
the support of any and all public
enterprises. He is a member of
the Knights Templar and Scottish
Rite Masons, Mystic Shrine, Knights
of Pythias and Elks. He was one
of the organizers and first president
of the Fort Worth Rotary Club,1 l I
and is among the oldest members of
the Fort Worth and Country Clubs,
and member of the directors of the
Fat Stock Show. Mr. Mitchell in
1914 became superintendent of Time
Service for the railways entering Fort
Worth. 1 U]
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/88/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.