ANDREW L. MITCHELL, farmer, residing on section 35, Polk Township, was born in Welland County, Canada, near Chippewa, June 9, 1846, and when he was three years of age the family moved to Pennsylvania, where they resided until Andrew was ten years of age; thence they went to Columbiana County, Ohio, and thence to Buchanan County, Iowa, where Andrew remained till 1874, when he came to Benton County and located two miles north of Urbana. He there engaged in farming for two years, and then moved to Independence and was engaged as a clerk in a mercantile establishment for the same length of time. In 1877 he again came to Benton County and located near Urbana, where he engaged in farming for two years. In 1879 he moved to where he now resides, purchasing thirty-one acres of land, to which he has since added seventeen acres. He built a sorghum-mill and is doing a large custom business, and has been very successful, and is manufacturing from 2,200 to 2,800 gallons annually.
Mr. Mitchell was married, Jan. 26, 1873, to Charlotte A., daughter of Jesse Valentine. They are the parents of six children — Cora B., Ollie, Jessie, Susie, Lena and Bessie.Mr. Mitchell is an honest aud industrious citizen. He has built a neat and commodious residence on his place, and made many other valuable improvements. What he has of this world's goods he has obtained by industry and perseverance. He has met with some very discouraging losses, but his willpower has been sufficient to carry him above the opposing current, and to-day he is enabled to live in comparative ease. His father is now residing in Nebraska, having moved there in 1874.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 215.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.