Mitchell 65th anniversary
John Francis and Evelyn Virginia (McAdams) Mitchell of Grass Valley recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.
They were married Aug. 30, 1945, in Jackson, Miss.
Their children are the late Charlotte (Mitchell) Bobisud, J. Douglas Mitchell and Mary (Mitchell) Robertson. They have five grandchildren.
The Mitchells met in Jackson, Miss. They lived for a brief time in San Francisco before moving to Sacramento, where they lived for 12 years. They farmed walnuts and raised cattle while living in Natomas, and relocated to Grass Valley in 1964, due to Sacramento International Airport being constructed on their acreage. John commuted to his job at McClellan Air Force Base while he and Evelyn operated their cattle ranch. In 1970, he took an early retirement.
The Mitchells scaled down the size of their ranching operation to 40 acres and built the house where they currently live. Loving the outdoors, their home is surrounded by a large yard with a substantial vegetable garden and orchard. The duo propagated and potted up plants from their yard and sold them at local flea markets. Maintaining their yard and garden continues to keep them “young” and occupies much of their free time.
While raising their three children, Evelyn was involved in various school-related parent organizations. She maintained their home, assisted with managing the ranch activities and kept a large vegetable garden. The garden resulted in an abundance of canned and preserved goods put up by Evelyn herself.
Once all the children had moved away from home, Evelyn worked as a housekeeper and served on the local Election Board for 20 years. She operated the Banner Grange Flea Market for 10 years.
A veteran of World War II, John piloted B-17 bombers in the 94th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon completion of his service in the war, John obtained employment as an aircraft mechanic at McClellan AFB. In retirement, he applied the skills he learned while building their home, taking up a new trade as a part-time carpenter for 15 years.
The Mitchells celebrated on Aug. 29 at an outdoor barbecue luncheon attended by family, neighbors and friends.
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