Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Obituary: Ernest Mitchell - Class of 1934

Ernest Mitchell

Ernest Mitchell, 56, of 2001 Northport Dr., was dead on arrival at a hospital Sunday (Nov. 1, 1970) after a long illness.

Born in Sherrod, Miss., he married the former Mae Miller. He lived in Madison for the past 27 years and was a star athlete and 1933 graduate for Madison Central High School. He also attended Toledo University.

A retired University of Wisconsin chef, he was employed for 14 years, mostly at Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity house. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife; four sons, Jack, Rt. 1, Oregon; Ralph Mitchell and James McDonald, both of Durham, N.C.; and William McDonald, 529 State St.; five daughters, Mrs. Caroline Hargrove, 821 Vera Ct.; Mrs. Elizabeth Banks, 1706 Northport Dr.; Emma, Arlene and Evette, all at home; three brothers, James, Paw Paw, Mich.; Edward, Washington, D.C.; and Ralph, Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Rosie Robertson, Chicago, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren.

The funeral will be a 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 120 E. Wilson St., where friends may call after 7 tonight. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorials may be made to the Urban League.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituaries section of the Wisconsin State Journal on November 2, 1970. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families. This may account for the error with regard to Ernest Mitchell's class year.

This senior class photo is from the 1934 Orange and Black (the name for the Madison Central High School yearbook during the 1930s). Ernest Mitchell's activities were listed as "Boxing 12; Football 10, 11, 12; "M" Club 10, 11, 12; 'Captain Applejack' 12."

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