Thursday, June 26, 2008

Phil Mittan

Was Prominent and Active Resident of Foxton and Vienna Many Years But Lately Lived at Madison.
Funeral Took Place in That City Satuday Morning. Leaves One Daughter and One Son to Mourn.
Phil Mittan a pioneer resident of Foxton and Vienna, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Johnson at Madison last Thursday morning at the age of 86 years.
The Mittan family came to this part of the country in 1882 and settled on a homestead in Foxton township. About 25 years ago they moved to Vienna and the gentleman became one of our foremost citizens. For some time he was engineer at the local mill in which he was also financially interested. He also took an active interest in the affairs of the town and was mayor for a number of years. We understand that to him in no small degree is given the credit for our graveled main street and other improvements.
Mr. Mittan bought poultry here until about 5 years ago when he sold the business to L.H. Forde and his residence to Ole Thompson going to Madison to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Johnson.
Phil Mittan was well and favorably known throughout this part of the country and was a leader in every good movement. His early life we understand, would make interesting history but we are unable to give our readers the facts.
The funeral was held at Madison on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and those from here in attendance were Mr and Mrs J. J. McBride and Mrs G.C. Own and son Gary. One son, John T. of Oakland CA and one daughter Mrs. Geo Johnson of Madison survive him and to them we extend heartfelt sympathy.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1923

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