Chief Mitchell of Hudson Celebrates
On June 11, Chief Melvin P. Mitchell, of the Hudson, Mass., Fire Department, and Mrs. Mitchell observed their golden wedding anniversary. “Open house” was kept at the Chief’s home and the couple were assisted in receiving a large number of guests by their son, Harry G. Mitchell, with his wife and two children, all of whom came up from St. Mary, Pa., for the occasion.
Chief Mitchell was born in Jamaica Plain, Boston, and attended grammar school in East Boston. He served for 33 years in the Boston Fire Department before coming to Hudson. He joined the Boston force as a call man in 1883 and was made a permanent fireman in 1884, He was promoted to lieutenant in 1897 and to captain in 1904.
He came to Hudson as Chief in 1916 and under his direction the department was completely motorized. He is a member of the Fire Chiefs’ Club, of Massachusetts; the New England Association of Fire Chiefs; International Association of Fire Chiefs; Bethesda Lodge, I. O. O. F., of South Boston; Doric Lodge, A. F. and A. M.; Corinthian Chapter, O. E. S., and Magnolia Rebekah Lodge; and is chairman of the Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross.