COLUMBIA CITY â€” When you get to be my age, some things donâ€™t work as well as they used to,â€ť said Clarice â€śMitchâ€ť Mitchell, a longtime Columbia City native.
With a body weakened from the ravages of 91 years of living and with a mind that skips a note now and again, Mitchell nonetheless tackles each day with his trademark good nature, his signature smile and a few melodies on one of his favorite musical instruments.
He gets around largely with the help of his wife Elsie who smiles and says â€śHeâ€™s worth it, heâ€™s such a good man,â€ť and with the occasional assistance from loving family members.
Moving from one point to another takes effort, but once heâ€™s situated, he calls for his â€śharps,â€ť the musicianâ€™s vernacular for a harmonica, or a favorite guitar, and begins to play.
The Mitchell household is a veritable music thoroughfare, with songs, melodies and harmonies as much a part of everyday life as meals and bedtime.
Elsie, a retired art teacher, is also an accomplished musician.
The couple met in Elsieâ€™s daughterâ€™s music store where the two each picked up instruments and played together for several hours. They have been making beautiful music together ever since.
Mitchell is a 1940 graduate of Columbia City High School who also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.