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Mitchell Family Papers (MC 97)

Biographical Note

Alex Mitchell's Confectionary Store, a candy and fruit shop in downtown Columbus, Georgia, was a landmark among the locals from its founding in 1889 until its closing in 1966. Dixie Chips and Flapper Food are just two of the fondly remembered confections.

Alex Mitchell (1871-1940) founded the store in Columbus in 1889 after having learned the candy trade in New York and Savannah. He was born in Sparta, Greecea nd immigrated to the U.S.while in his teens. His Broadway store became a downtown fixture before moving to13th Streeti n 1947 when his building was razed to build Davison's Department store. FDR had been a favorite customer in the candy store while he resided in Warm Springs.

Alex Mitchell married Ann Elizabeth Hamm of Columbus. T hey had three children, daughter Golfo in 1896, Evans Alexander in 1899, and William. Evans (1899-1995) became a partner with his father in the store in 1937 and married Mary Lyndon Sherwood in 1926. One daughter, Mary Sherwood Mitchell, was born in 1927. After his father's death in 1940, Evans ran the store until 1966 when he retired and sold the store. He continued to make candy for friends and family after his retirement.

Mary Sherwood Mitchell, Evans' only child, was born in Columbus in 1927. Her mother had come to Columbus at the request of School Superintendent Roland B. Daniels to teach the first class for exceptional children. Mary graduated from Columbus High in 1945 and attended Ward Belmont, a junior college prep school, in Nashville. She graduated from the High Museum School of Art in Atlanta with a BFA in 1950. In 1958, she married James L. Bumpus, Jr. She taught art part-time at Columbus College1961-62. After becoming a widow in the early 60's, she met Robert Lindsay in 1963 while he was vacationing at his sister's home in Columbus. Lindsay was a career Foreign Service Office with the U.S. Department of State. They married in January 1965 and moved to Lagos, Nigeria. They lived around the world and in the Washington,D.C. area before returning to Columbus in the late 1980's where she resumed her activities in various women's social clubs.

Scope and Contents

The Mitchell Family Papers Collection consists of one box of materials relating primarily to the members of the Mitchell family, Alex, Evans, and Mary Mitchell Lindsay. The collection consists of information about Alex Mitchell's, the candy store in downtown Columbus, and the family members related to the stores' founder. Included are newspaper clippings and personal papers. One of the folders contains original candy recipes from the store, including Dixie Chips and Flapper Food, fondly remembered in Columbus.

The collection is divided into two parts. Folders 1-12 pertain to the candy store founded by Alex Mitchell and continued by his son, Evans Mitchell. Folders 13-27 pertain to Mary Sherwood Mitchell Lindsay, Evans' daughter, Alex's granddaughter, and her activities. The folders in each section are arranged alphabetically by subject area.

1900s-1999 1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Mitchell Family Papers Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Mitchell Family Papers Collection
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


The Mitchell Family Papers Collection was donated to the Columbus State University Archives by Robert Lindsay, husband of Mary Mitchell Lindsay, in April 2008.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Alex Mitchell-Biographical Material. 1940s-1960s.
This includes obituaries and photographs, including those of humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935) and violinist David Rubinoff (1897-1986)

Folder 2 – Alex Mitchell's Store Ledger, Rubber Stamp and Receipts. 1936-1948.

Folder 3 – Candy Fruit Store Magazines /Journals. 1932-1967

Folder 4 – Evans Mitchell-Biographical Material. 1960s
This includes his passport, Selective Service records, obituaries, a photo of his house at 1927 13th Street, an essay written about the confection business by Evans Mitchell, newspaper articles and a thank-you note from Bill Heard.

Folder 5 – FDR's Candy Man-the Roosevelt Connection. 1989-1994
This includes a newspaper interview with Evans Mitchell on his 90th birthday as well as other Franklin D. Roosevelt/Warm Springs material.

Folder 6 – Mary Mitchell Lindsay's handwritten notes on Alex and Evans Mitchell. 1990s
These include transcriptions of her father's and grandfather's writings, as well as her own life story.

Folder 7 – Newspaper articles about Mitchell's Store. 1952-1997

Folder 8 – Partnership Agreement between Alex and Evans Mitchell. March, 1937

Folder 9 – Photographs-Candy Store. 1920s-1960s

Folder 10 – Photographs – Family. 1900s-1980s

Folder 11 – Recipes of Evans Mitchell for Candy Store. 1990
These include recipes for:

Peanut Brittle
Peanut Taffy
Pecan Clusters
Pecan Roll
Cocoanut Taffy
Molasses Taffy
Vanilla Taffy
Gingerbread Dandy
Flapper Food
Butterscotch Pecan Bark
Mexican Chop Suey
Petit Fours
Butterscotch Popcorn
Pop Nut Crunch
Glace Pecans Brazils
Candy Apple
Maple Pecan Pralines
Benne Brittle
Glace Pecans
Salted Nut Peanuts
Chocolate Fudge
Simple syrup for shakes and sodas
Lemon sherbet

Folder 12 – Unused Stationery from Mitchell's Candy Store. n.d.

Folder 13 – Ballet Guild ofColumbus. 1958-1963

Folder 14 – William Pfaff (b. 1928), family friend and journalist. 1989

Folder 15 – Columbus Little Theatre. 1961-1964

Folder 16 –Columbus Museum Guild. 1976-1996

Folder 17 –Columbus' Art World. 1980s

Folder 18 – Letters to Mary Mitchell Lindsay and Robert Lindsay. 1974-1983

Folder 19 – Letters from with Godfrey Allen (1904-1982), chief of British Military Intelligence. 1974-1983

Folder 20 – Mary Margaret Byrnes, Ledger-Enquirer Editor. 1989.

Folder 21 – Junto Club. 1974-1975

Folder 22 – Ledger-Enquirer World Tour. 1970

Folder 23 –Mary Sherwood Mitchell School Records. 1945-1961

Folder 24 – Miscellaneous Memorabilia. 1940-1990

Folder 25 – Newspaper Articles mentioning Mary Lindsay. 1946-1996

Folder 26 – Phalo Club. 1959-1999

Folder 27 – Women's Reading Club. 1982-1999