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Mitchel Family

Frank Mitchell of Philadelphia was listed in a 1919 Council Bluffs, Iowa newspaper as "King of All Gypsies" during a dispute between Mitchell's bunch and a group then camped out in Council Bluffs headed by Mullis "Steve" Marks. In question was whether or not Mitchell's daughter Rosie and another girl named Sophie Karmenovitch Guannalch had been married off or just stolen. The whole bunch was briefly thrown in the local jail until the courts could sort it out with one federal official across the Missouri River in Omaha investigating potential violations of the Mann Act. In the end, the courts just washed their hands of the whole deal and let the gypsies deal with the dilemna themselves. The articles I have don't say how it all turned out though. Ryan Roenfeld

What I have are pretty bad photocopies of articles that someone had pasted in a scrapbook. If the copy machine is working by Wednesday I'll make you copies, just tell me where to send them. It was an interesting story and I only wish that I knew how it all turned out. Interestingly enough, a year after the incident, the city of Council Bluffs made it "“unlawful for any person to engage in the business or occupation of being a clairvoyant or fortune teller.”

The Jail in question in the article is now operated by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County as a museum and, if you are interested, more information can be found at www.thehistoricalsociety.org/Jail.htm

Note by FOC, I will enhance these at a later time.

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