Walter S. Mitchell Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Walter S. Mitchell
Mitchell, parish superintendent of public education, was born on
a farm four miles south of Fort Jesup, June 21, 1883. At 6 years
of age he entered the school at New Hope, and with the exception
of a part of two terms at Fort Jesup and three months at the New
Castle school, he attended this school until 16 years of age,
when, resolving to prepare himself for the profession of a
teacher, he entered the Fort Jesup High School. At 18 years of
age he obtained a certificate and taught a three months' school
in Vernon parish during the summer of 1901.
He continued to attend school at Fort
Jesup in winter and taught district schools during the summer
months' until 1904 when he entered a military school at
Meridian, Miss., from which he graduated on May 26, 1909, during
which time he taught a summer session at his old home school at
graduating he returned to Sabine and continued to pursue his
profession, teaching in turn the Whatley and New Castle schools.
He attended the latter school when 7 years of age, and while
teaching there, April 3, 1910, he was elected parish
superintendent to fill the unexpired term of three years of J.
H. Williams, Jr., resigned, and on April 5, 1913, was re-elected
for a term of four years. Prof. Mitchell has a flattering
college record, having filled with distinction the highest
positions in his military company and in the various college
societies, and on his graduation received the degree of Bachelor
superintendent he has been a hard and conscientious worker, and
marked and very creditable improvements have been made under his
administration. He is a polished and courteous gentleman, and
among our self-made men no better example can be cited.
March 18, 1911, Prof. Mitchell was married to Miss Hattie
Gertrude Hart, an accomplished young lady of Ripley, Tennessee.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.