Harry Lee Mitchell

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, August 09, 1945


Was Found Dead Near Payette River Bridge Sunday

Harry Lee Mitchell, 29, negro section worker was drowned in approximately three inches of water near the Payette River railroad bridge here Sunday afternoon.

Dr. J. C. Woodward, who examined the body said it was his theory that the man had an epileptic attack; fell into the water while fishing; was unable to withdraw himself and therefore drowned.

A member of a passing train crew saw the body near the rivers edge and reported it at the depot. An official there called Chief of Police Rose, who went to the scene and found the negro dead, with his head in about three inches of water and the rest of the body on the rather steep bank.

The remains were later taken in charge by Edith Landon, county coroner, and interment was made at evening graveside services Rev. Paul Felthouse of the Baptist church officiated.

Information received by the Coroner was to the effect that Mitchell was born at Eeman, Vo., Oct. 12, 1915. A sister, Mrs. Sara M. Gill lives at Martinsville, Va.