While cleaning out a rather messy storage area a treasure was found.
The treasure chest was an old cardboard box covered with what termites & rodents leave behind.
A lot of dust too.
It didn't seem to be much at first glance. Upon opening, the true treasure was there.
Lot's of paper. Very special paper indeed. These were the papers of Jack Mitchell.
Both handwritten & paper after page from a typewriter with all sorts of squiggles that were editing notes.
Correspondence between writer and publisher. Letters of inquiry about mining silver.
Development of improvements in the nearby town of Essex. And much more.
Most of papers were original notes and manuscript for the book Mr Mitchell was hoping to publish.
Jack liked to talk and was a pretty good story teller. He had read an ad in the back of a magazine
one night and declared that one could make a lot of easy money by writing stories.
Pretty easy he figured. Just put his words in writing. This he did alright.
It was seen often, Jack pulling out a scrap of paper and stubby pencil to write down the words he was thinking.
Over time, enough material accumulated to actually print a book. A darn good one too!
That was Jack's dream. The book about his life experiences & musings.
Jack Mitchell died before this could happen. It's been said that his last words to Ida
were to finish the book.
The book was published by his family in 1964. The book was titled
"Jack Mitchell, Caveman. The books are very rare today.
The family has given permission to put a few of Mr. Mitchell's short stories into this little booklet.
You will find it entertaining and also get the feeling for who the man was.
This booklet will be shipped to you free of charge with any of the media ordered from this website.
Enjoy! It's a great little read.
Back to Home Page