Mitchell & Co
Mitchell & Co. is the name of a well-known and reliable firm of Cleveland, which was organized in January, 1890, and at that time was composed of John Mitchell, John F. Wedow, of Marine City, Mich., and John C. Fitzpatrick. The last name soon retired, and the same year Alfred Mitchell became connected with it. In January, 1897, H. W. Mitchell also became a member of the firm, but through its various changes it has ever retained the name of Mitchell & Co.
As vessel owners and brokers the firm does a large business each year, and has continued to add new steamboats to their list. They organized the Mitchell Steamship Company in 1892, and built the wooden steamer William F. Sauber and the steel steamer W. H. Gratwick No. 2. They also organized the Etna Steamship Company, and built the steel steamer Lagonda, which is a very large and powerful ship, 386 feet over all. 45 1/2 feet beam, and 27 feet depth of hold. Her engines are triple expansion, cylinders 23, 37 and 63 x 44, and her three boilers are 12 1/2 x 12 feet. Their steamer H. S. Holden is 430 feet long, 50 feet beam, capacity 6,000 tons.
Besides these new vessels the firm has large interests in the steamers Robert L. Fryer, John Mitchell, W. H. Gratwick No. 1, Ed Smith No. 1, Ed Smith No. 2 and George T. Hope, and also the barges J. C. Fitzpatrick, Camden, Joseph Paige, Troy, S. E. Marion, R. L. Fryer, C. J. Fillmore and Angus Smith.
The firm has its office in the Perry Payne building, Superior street, Cleveland, does a general brokerage and marine insurance business, and Mr. Wedow is also a member of the Board of Underwriters, representing several strong companies.
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