Table of Contents

Title Page
Albion Macadams
Isaac MacDonald
Captain William S. Mack
The Lakewood Transportation Company
The Lake Erie Transportation Company
The Becker Barge Company
The Lakeland Transportation Company
Angus Mackay
Andrew Mackie
Captain John Maddock
Captain F. J. Magle
Richard Mahoney
J. F. Mahaney
Captain Michael Maher
Captain Albert Carrier Majo
Captain George B. Mallory
Herbert M. Mann
Peter Marcoux
S. O. Marsh
J. H. Marshall
Charles T. Martin
John Martin
Charles E. Mason
Captain John Mason
Captain Orlo J. Mason
William Masson
Irvine U. Masters
Main S. Masters
E. D. Masterson
Richard Mastin
Captain D. W. Matteson
Captain E. F. Matteson
Philip C. Mayer
Captain J. McArthur
M. McAuliffe
Burnard McCabe
Captain Frank McCabe
Frank I. McCabe
Captain Frank L. McCabe
Owen McCabe
P.B. McCabe
Hugh McCann
B. T. McCanna
John J. McCarthy
William J. McClure
Michael McCormick
Captain George A. McCoy
Walter McCrea
William T. McCullagh
Captain W. McCullouch
A. G. McDonald
Captain Angus J. McDonald
Captain Donald S. McDonald
F. McDonald
Murdock N. McDonald
William M. McDonald
Thomas J. McDonnell
Captain Alexander McDougall
Captain Jacob McDowell
Captain John McDowell
Captain Archibald McEachern
Captain Alex. McFarland
Captain Daniel McFarlane
Henry F. McGinnis
Captain L. Hugh McGowen
Captain William Markus McGrain
James McGrath
Captain Angus McGregor
Captain William F. McGregor
Christopher J. McGurn
M. G. McIntosh
Daniel C. McIntyre
Peter McIntyre
Captain William McKay
Captain A. McKenzie
Captain H. McKenzie
Captain James McKerrall
Captain Peter A. McKinnon
William McKittrick
A. H. McLachlan
Captain Dugald McLachlan
Captain Duncan McLachlan
Malcolm McLachlan
Captain John McLachlin
Joseph H. McLary
George McLaughlin
Captain Murdick McLean
Ronald McLean
Captain Daniel McLeod
Captain George A. McLeod
Captain George McLeod
Captain John C. McLeod
Captain Robert Rowan McLeod
A. McMinn
Captain George McMinn, Jr.
George McMonagle
Captain Alexander McMurray
John McMurray
Captain Robert J. McMurray
William J. McMurty
Captain Thomas McNaugh
Charles A. McPhail
Captain Alex McRae
John T. Mead
William Meade
Edward F. Meeh
Ernest A. Meeker
William Megarvey
Captain Thomas Meikleham
Captain George E. Merritt
John Metke
John L. Meyer
Halvor Michelson
Captain James W. Millen
August H. Miller
E.C. Miller
Frank A. Miller
Frank E. Miller
George A. Miller
Henry L. Miller
John Miller
John B. Miller
Quincy Miller
Stephen H. Miller
A. J. Millett
Captain Donald Milloy
Captain H. L. Mills
A. R. Milne
Alexander Milne
George B. Milne
George M. Milne
Philip J. Minch
Captain Charles R. Miner
Captain Frank Miner
Captain John Miner
Dell E. Miney
Captain Daniel Mitchell
Captain James B. Mitchell
James D. Mitchell
Captain John Mitchell
Captain John M. Mitchell
Mitchell & Co
Captain Adelbert J. Moffett
Captain Anthine Moisan
Willard A. Mondy
George Monro
W. F. Monroe
John Monson
Thomas Monson
Captain Charles Z. Montague
Captain Ed Montgomery
Captain Harry Montgomery
Captain Charles Edward Moody
Captain Edward Mooney
Captain J. E. Moony
Captain C. F. Moore
Captain Christopher A. Moore
Captain Hiram D. Moore
L. Ed. Moore
Captain Samuel Moore
Captain Truman Moore
Captain Bernard W. Morgan
C. A. Morgan
Captain James W. Morgan
Captain Julius Morgan
Captain M. F. Morgan
Alexander Morison
Captain Charles Tyler Morley
E. E. Morris
Captain G.C. Morris
Captain Warren E. Morris
Captain Angus G. Morrison
Louis Moss
Louis C. Moss
Captain Charles E. Motley
Captain George Moulton
Captain James Mowatt
Captain Matthew Mulholland
Luke Mullany
Captain John D. Mullen
Captain George Murchison
Captain Samuel Murdock
Captain Jeremiah Murphy
Captain John Murphy
Captain Stephen Maitland Murphy
Thomas Francis Murphy
Charles L. Murray
Stewart Murray
Captain Amos H. Myers
Frank H. Myers
Captain Hermann Myers
John H. Myers
Captain Patrick Myers
Table of Illustrations

Captain John Mitchell

Captain John Mitchell, one of the most prominent, as well as one of the most highly respected business men of Cleveland, has, throughout most of his life, been more or less intimately connected with transportation on the Great Lakes. A brief review of his life shows that there are many opportunities for young men of character and industry to succeed if they will but take advantage of them.

Captain Mitchell was born October 8, 1850, in Franklin, Lower Canada (now Province of Quebec), of American parents. His Father, Daniel Mitchell, while of German ancestry, was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Calista Roseberry, was of French descent and a native of New York. In their family were nine children, but two of whom are living - our subject and Capt. Alfred Mitchell. The father, who was a carpenter by trade, was residing but temporarily in Canada when the subject of this memoir was born, and he later removed to New York State, thence to Milwaukee, Wis., and in 1865 to Fair Haven Mich., where his death occurred in August, 1866. His widow is still living, at the age of sixty-seven years, and makes her home in Marine City, Mich. The two surviving brothers have for the most of their active lives been associated together in business on the lakes, and in other enterprises not so closely related to the water.

In 1865 Capt. John Mitchell left the stavemill, in which his father had placed him, to take the position of cook on the old steamboat J. B. Smith, and since that time has been actively and energetically engaged in the transportation business, in the building of lake crafts and in the insurance business. In 1893 he became a member of the board of directors, and is now general manager of the Hopkins Steamship Company, of which James Corrigan is president; F. W. Wheeler, vice-president; L. C. Recor, secretary; and Mark Hopkins, treasurer. On the 14th of October, 1893, the Captain's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Meswald, were drowned by the foundering of the steamer Wocoken.

On the organization of the Gratwick Steamship Company, in 1894, Captain Mitchell was made vice-president. This company built the steamer John J. McWilliams, which at the time of its construction was the largest on the lakes. In 1895 Captain Mitchell was made secretary and general manager of the Etna Steamship Company, of which W. H. Gratwick was president, Frederick Smith, vice-president, and Alfred Mitchell, treasurer. He is also president of the Marine City Salt and Brick Works, the Lake View Land Company, and the Lancastershire Syndicate; and has an interest in the Shaker Heights Land Company; is a director and a member of the executive committee of the Cuyahoga Building and Loan Association.

The prominent position which Captain Mitchell occupies has been attained by an active, energetic life, by his genial and pleasant manners, and by a straightforward, honorable career. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine; and belongs to the Tippecanoe and Union clubs of Cleveland. Politically, he has always been a Republican, and is well known as a liberal contributor to its cause, and is a strong supporter of its principles.

In 1873 Captain Mitchell was married to Miss Mary A. Rouvel, of Fair Haven, Mich., and to them have been born nine children, seven of whom are living: Herbert W., Ralph D., Mabel A., Ismay, John P., Calista Irene, and Harold. Since 1890 the Captain and his family have lived in their beautiful home, at No. 2170 Euclid avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.


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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.

Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.