J.C. (Joe) Mitchell
arrived in Florida in the early 1920s; to say the least Mitchell arrived in a
Florida very different from the one we live in today. Mitchell came to Florida
to develop some land that his in-laws owned. Boca at the time was very small,
boasting a mere 300 residents. In spite of this Mitchell saw the great
potential in the town and sought to make a name for himself and that of his
family. He quickly became a prominent businessman to the Boca Raton community
owning and operating two businesses (a booming real-estate
office, and insurance agency). After the Great Depression came J.C.
Mitchell became actively involved in politics and sought to be the guiding
light to bring his community back from their insufferable hardships. His
political career stayed local serving as a councilman and eventually mayor of
Boca Raton for eleven years! His biggest contribution during his tenure as
Boca’s mayor was bringing the city a U.S. Army Base during WWII. This brought a
welcomed economic boom to his soon to be great city. Mitchell later
lobbied for the return of the land after the war effort so that his community
would be able to further develop and thrive, but not in the economic sense.
Being a man of faith J.C. Mitchell along side with his wife, Floy Cooke
Mitchell, founded the Boca Raton Community Church on the grounds that helped
bring his community back from the Great Depression. J.C. Mitchell
did live a storied life as great political leader, a family man, and a man of
faith. It is no wonder that today his influence is still felt, for who knows
where Boca would be if not for this influential man!
By: Daniel Estalella Information Cited From:"Palm Beach County History Online”