Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LEVI W. MITCHELL. The Entiat
valley has been settled by a class of industrious people, who have changed
the contour of the country from a wilderness to a place which blossoms
as the rose. Among the young men who are laboring here we may mention
the subject of this article, who settled sixteen miles above the mouth
of the Entiat river, in 1900. He took a homestead at that time and
also purchased later two hundred acres from the railroad company, giving
him a fine large estate. He devotes himself to general farming and
also to mining. He is beginning to improve the place in first class
Levi W. Mitchell was born in Buchanan county,
Iowa, in January, 1867, the son of Conrad and Susan (Laps) Mitchell, natives
of Pennsylvania and Canada, respectively. The father died in Iowa.
The children of the family are named as follows: Andrew; George H.; Abraham
M.; Charles; Lizzie, wife of L. Free; Phoebe, wife of J. Abbott; Mary,
wife of John Gage; Annie, wife of P. Babcock; Rosa, wife of D. Dilahan;
Emma, wife of A. Wilkie; Nettie, and two who are deceased. Our subject
spent the earlier days of his youth in Iowa, where he gained his education,
then came on west to Nebraska. He traveled through various portions
of that state and those states lying adjacent, gaining considerable more
of an advanced education in Nebraska. From Ewing, in that state,
he traveled to Pendleton, Oregon, with team, and thence to Red Bluff, California,
and finally from that place in 1900 to the Entiat valley. Since that
time he has been identified with the improvement and progress of this section.
Mr. Mitchell is a Republican and a strong
church worker. He is still identified with the realm of the bachelor
and is considered one of the substantial men of the valley.