Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Clarence Mitchell, 1907-2009

One of Mt. Morris best known citizens died on his 102nd birthday Monday, January 12, at Pinecrest Manor. If you haven't read his book "The Diary of a Journeyman" you're missing a lot of town history. He dedicates it to "the land and the people of Northwest Illinois. The four counties: Ogle,, Stephenson, Carroll and Jo Daviess, that lie between the Rock and Mississippi rivers comprise the Highland Community College District." Mitch retired from Kables in 1967 and writes, "Little did I dream that my retirement years would stretch on into the next century." Arrangements are pending at Finch Funeral Home.


Anonymous said...

He would call during an election and encourage me...what would follow would be a lively exchange. him telling me at the end of the conversation not to give up...good men keep coming on...I will miss that...and him...loved to see him zip around with the top down on his little sports car with a young girl and a sign saying"last fling". He got the most out of this life...would that been said by the rest of us?

Anonymous said...

His book tells of various coffee shops and coffee groups in Mt. Morris--Zickuhrs, Bordners, Messer's. I think he outlived most of the guys and establishments.