One of the wonderfully loopy things about small-town life
in Iowa is that no matter how long you've been away you're
liable to end up on the front page of the local weekly, hopefully
for postive reasons.
A good example is the case of Frank Mitchell (Franklin Dean
Mitchell, born 1932), the subject of the largest story on the
front page of The Chariton Leader of Thursday, 5 February
Frank is a son of the late Worth Sprott and Laura Blanche
(Schreck) Mitchell; a grandson of the late William P. and
Anna Margaret (Rosa) Schreck; a great-grandson of the
late John W. and Anna Margaret (Redlingshafer) Rosa
and John William and Wilhelmina (Kestner) Schreck (buried
at Salem); and a great-great-grandson of Doratha Redlingsafer
(also buried at Salem).
(Sorry about this, but obscure relationships always are the
Anyhow, an article headlined "Chariton graduate authors
book about President Harry Truman" contains the following
information about Frank:
1. That he has recently been promoted to full professor
of history at the University of Southern California-Los
2. That a copy of his most recent book, "Harry S. Truman
and the News Media - Contentious Relations, Belated
Respect," has been donated to the Chariton Public Library.
3. That Frank recently stepped in front of an airport
bus (the green light was in his favor) and now is in a
full body cast and therefore unable to answer the telephone.