COLONEL JOHN L. MITCHELL, the Milwaukee millionaire, is Local Manager of the Home, and he acts for the Board of Managers during the interim of their meetings.Mitchell was the father of General “Billy” Mitchell of World War I aviation fame. He was a wealthy and respected citizen of Milwaukee and took a lifelong interest in veteran’s institutions.
All applications for admission or readmission are passed by him, and his action is final. He makes a formal inspection of the Home about once a month, though he visits the place to consult with the Governor nearly every day he is in the city. To him must all complaints be made, and he patiently gives a hearing to every old soldier who imagines he has a grievance.
Col. Mitchell is fortunately so situated that he can devote a great deal of his time to his work, and he takes pleasure in so doing. He served in the 24th Regt. Wis. Inf. Vol., and has a warm place in his heart for the boys who wore blue. He is a liberal, broad-minded gentleman, and under his personal supervision the Home has grown to be an institution of which this state and the Nation have reason to be proud. His election to the U. S. Senate from the State of Wisconsin places on the floor of that house a man who will know what these National Homes require, and who will look after their interest; he having been a member of the committee on military affairs as Congressman – that committee having charge of appropriations for soldiers’ homes.