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Samuel S. Mitchell

Favored alike in soil and climate, the township of Mendocino has attracted ass permanent residents many of the most enterprising and resourceful farmers of Sonoma county, included among whom may be mentioned the name of Samuel S. Mitchell, the owner of a valuable property lying in proximity to the city of Healdsburg. The ranch which he owns and occupies comprises four hundred and twenty acres of land, a large proportion of which is in meadow and pasture thus affording ample facilities for the care of his large number of stock. Some cattle and sixty-five head of blooded Angora goats have been income-producers for the owner, who also has on the farm three head of horses, used in the cultivation of the land. One of the valuable features of the farm is a redwood and fir grove of forty acrtes. Neat buildings occupy a desirable site on the tract and contain the conveniences needed for their various uses. Of recent years fruit-growing has sprung into popularity in this township and a new orchard has been planted here, so that in years to come horticulture will probably be an important adjunct to the annual revenue.

The early life of Samuel S. Mitchell was passed in Oxford, Ohio, where he was born in 1848 and where he received such advantages as the locality and period afforded. The lure of the west drew him onward toward the Pacific coast regions, and at the age of twenty-two years he settled in California, where since he has made his home. For a considerable period he resided in Lake county, and during that time he filled of office of school trustee for thirteen years, besides serving the people in other local positions of trust.

At Ukiah, Mendocino county, Cal., in 1882, occurred the marriage of Samuel S. Mitchell and Alice Berryhill, who was born in Butler county, Iowa, in the year 1867. Her father, J. T. Berryhill, was born in Greene county, Ohio, June 16, 1823, and during early life was a resident of Indiana, where he was a leading local worker in the blue lodge of Masonry. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Jane Butler, was born September 19, 1826, and died on the 4th of July, 1867, when her youngest child, Alice, was an infant. The eleven older children in the family were named as follows: James, Thomas, George, Frank, Sylvester, Mary, Celia, Laura, Sarah, Josephine and Alice. During the Spanish-American war James and Sylvester enlisted in the army and served with distinction until the expiration of their time. The elder of the two soldiers, James, is married and has two sons, Archie and John Berryhill. Thomas married Elizabeth Knapp and has two children, Otis and Daisy. George married Alice Snuffens and has one son. Frank chose as his wife Miss Sarah Farrence, and by that union there are six children, Joseph, Nellie, Agnes, May, Ethel and Seline. Sylvester married Lillie Campbell and has two sons, Grover and Eugene. Mary, Mrs. William Hardinger, has one son, William. Celia, wife of Clarence Heath, has five children, Frank, Volard, David, James and May. Sarah is the wife of George Chaffelt and the mother of four children, William, Inman, Elizabeth and an infant unnamed. During the year 1875 J. T. Berryhill brought his family to California, and here he continued to reside throughout his remaining years, meanwhile serving as a school trustee and in other local offices. Honorable in act, upright in character, earnest in endeavor and patriotic in devotion to commonwealth and country, he added another to the list of the men whose sterling principles laid well and thoroughly the foundations of our state.

There are ten children in the family of Samuel S. Mitchell and wife, namely: Joseph E., Ernest S., Harry T., Elizabeth J., Cecil, Frank V., Claude D., Delmer N. and Clarence and Curtis (twins). The eldest of the family, Joseph E., was united in marriage 1905 with Miss Ellen Willer, and they have two daughters, Emily A. and Josephine G., who are the joy of their grandparents and a large circle of other relatives. The religious associations of the family are with the Presbyterian Church, and in politics Mr. Mitchell gives stanch allegiance to the Republican party.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011