first hands, for spot cash, in large quantities. He pay7s the farmer
or huxter the highest market prices for his goods, and places the
same on the best markets in the largest cities in the country—North
and South. His integrity7 is unquestioned. He has acquired an en¬
viable reputation for fair dealing. Mr. Winter employs about one
dozen hands, but he gives his business his personal attention.
He was born at Lebanon, Tenn., June 23rd, 1839. At the age of
six y7ears he was separated from his mother by that evil institution,
slavery. He worked on a farm until 1865, when he came to Nashville
and started into business with forty dollars as his capital stock. To¬
day (Sept. 1, 1895), he is variously estimated at from 35,000 to 75,000
He is an active, official member of the A. M. E. Church, and be¬
longs to the St. Paul congregation. He was one of the founders, and
and the first and only President of the House Banking and Loan As¬
sociation, the most prosperous and successful association of its
kind among the Negroes of America. It has declared a dividend of
ten to tweiity7-fh7e per cent, annually ever since its organization.
Winter Chapel, Lebanon, Tenn., was named in his honor, he having
donated the ground. He owns Little Bethel Church, of Nashville,
having bought it at public sale. He still holds it subject to redemp¬
tion. He Avas a trustee of Wilberforce UniA7ersity for many7 y7ears.
He has twdee been a delegate to the General Conference of his church.
He is to-day the senior member of the firm L. Winter and Son, and
counts his friends by the thousand, without reg-ard to race.
JOHN MITCHELL, JR., EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
cTOHN MITCHELL, JR., was born July 11, 1863, of slave parents.
|j His father was a coachman and his mother a seamstress. He
attended the public schools of Richmond and graduated June
15, 1881, at the Richmond Normal and High School. Since that
time he has pursued his studies at home, taking the Chautauqua
Literary and Scientific Circle four years' course of instruction.
Young Mitchell taught during the sessions of 1881-82 and 1882-83
at Fredericksburg, Va., after which he taught one session in the
public schools of Richmond, Va. He took entire editorial charge ot
the Richmond Planet in December, 1884, and has held that position