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Transcribed by Lora Radiches

ROY MITCHELL secretary-treasurer of the Pinnell-Tompkin Lumber Company at Rushville is an able businessman and has entered heartily into many of the activities and organizations of his community outside of his immediate business interests. Mr. Mitchell was born at New Salem, Indiana, February 28, 1884, son of Daniel and Ida May (Ford) Mitchell. His father was born at Anderson, Indiana, and his mother at Glenwood. His father was a merchant at New Salem for many years, and died there in 1922. The widowed mother now lives at Rushville. Roy Mitchell attended grade and high schools and had opportunities for business training in his father's establishment. At the age of twenty-one he became an employee of the United States Express Company at Rushville, later was made the first local agent of the I. & C. Traction Company at Connersville and on returning to Rushville was for five years bookkeeper with the J. D. Case Lumber Company. He left that concern to go with the Pinnell-Tompkins Lumber Company and was bookkeeper fourteen years. Later he and Frank Mcllwain and Curt Hester, on October 4, 1926, bought the business, including lumber ward and planing mill, and they continued under the old firm name, with Mr. Mcllwain, president, Curt Hester, vice president, and Mr. Mitchell, Secretary and treasurer. They do a business all over Rush County, handling lumber, building material and manufacture large quantities of millwork .of all kinds. The plant is located at East First Street and the southeast corner of Court House Square. Mr. Mitchell married, February 27, 1908, Miss Ruth Benedict, who was, born at New Salem, Indiana, daughter of Edward and Melissa (Stamm) Benedict. They have one son, Daniel Edward, who is now with his father's lumber business. Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Main Street. Christian Church and for several years was manager of the church orchestra. He has been interested in music all his life. He is leader of the community band and orchestra, also manager of the city band. He is secretary of the Kiwanis Club, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Lodge, Encampment and Rebekahs of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has served as supervisor of music on the Rush County Fair board since its organization in 1925.