The Family of Oscar A. Mitscher and Myrta Shear Mitscher
of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oscar A. Mitscher was born June 7, 1861, in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He came to Oklahoma City in 1889 and was a senior partner in the Mitscher Bros. mercantile business. He and his wife, Myrta Viola Shear, had three children: Zoe Amelia, Marc Andrew and Thomas Andrew. Mitscher was elected Mayor in 1892 on the Republican ticket. During his term, city streets were improved, power plants were built, and sanitary sewers were constructed. The City’s primary revenue source at this time was the annual license fee of $250 collected from city liquor dealers. In 1900 Pres. William McKinley appointed the elder Mitscher as Osage Indian agent at Pawhuska. Oscar died in 1926 in Oklahoma City.
Myrta Shear Mitscher
Mrs. Mitcher, Mother of Noted Admiral, Dies
Mrs. Myrta Shear Mitscher, mother of the late Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, famed World war II leader of task force 58, died Sunday afternoon in her home, 229 NE Park. She was 83 years old. She had been in ill health since she broke her hip March 27. Death was attributed to a heart ailment. Mrs. Mitscher last visited with Admiral Mitscher in November, 1946, when he came here for a family gathering on Thanksgiving day. He died in February, 1947. She was born and reared in Hillsboro, Wis. There she married O. A. Mitscher, then a clerk in a general merchandise store. Their son, who was later to enter Annapolis and become Oklahoma's top military leader in the last war, was born in Hillsboro. The family came to Oklahoma City in the land run of 1889. Her husband, who died in 1926, was an early-day merchant here. He was associated with Mitchell-Mitscher dry goods at the present location of John A. Brown & Co. and the Miller-Mitscher Wholesale Co. Both firms have been dissolved. Mrs. Mitscher was a member of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Okmulgee, where she had lived with a daughter following her husband's death. She belonged to the Eastern Star and the Women of '89. Sue is survived by a son, Tom Mitscher, 1139 N. Central; a daughter, Mrs. Zoe Hoevel, home address; a brother W. W. Shear, 909 NW 8, six grandchildren and three great grand-children. Services will be announced by Smith & Kernke funeral home.
[Source: Daily Oklahoman Sep. 13, 1948 Page 3 ]
Marc Andrew Mitscher
Admiral Mark Mitscher
during World War II
Marc Andrew Mitscher Vice-Admiral of the United States Navy and commander of the famed Task Force Fifty-Eight.
Born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin, on January 26, 1887, Marc A. "Pete" Mitscher grew up an Oklahoman. After Oklahoma Territory opened for settlement, Mitscher's father, O. A. Mitscher, moved the family to Oklahoma City, where he was elected mayor in 1891. In 1900 Pres. William McKinley appointed the elder Mitscher as Osage Indian agent at Pawhuska. Unimpressed with the local schools, his father sent young Mitscher to Washington, D.C., for his education.
In 1904 U.S. Rep. Bird S. McGuire appointed him to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. An indifferent student, Mitscher seemed to be in continuous trouble, earning 159 demerits in one class year.
In 1906 he resigned, but his father immediately coaxed McGuire to reappoint him. After six years, in 1910 he graduated 113th out of 131 classmates. At Annapolis he developed a passion for aviation. He served in the fleet until 1915 when he found an opportunity for aviation training aboard the USS North Carolina. In 1919 he received his first Navy Cross for his participation in the first trans-Atlantic flight by Navy Curtiss seaplanes. Three of Curtisses made the attempt, and only one landed safely; unfortunately, Mitscher had to be rescued from the sea. Mitscher's investment in aeronautics and the navy carried him through various assignments, including teaching flyers in San Diego, duties with the Bureau of Aeronautics, and stints on early aircraft carriers. In 1938 the navy promoted him to captain, and three years later he assumed command of the carrier USS Hornet. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, his carrier hosted Col. Jimmy Doolittle's sixteen B-25 bombers that raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities. On May 30, 1942, Mitscher achieved rear admiral status and by June was battle tested at Midway. After active campaigning in the Pacific theater of operations, he took command of Task Force Fifty, renamed Task Force Fifty-Eight in January 1944. He was involved in most major battles in the Pacific, including the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf, the Marianas Islands "Turkey Shoot," and the assaults on Iwo Jima, Okinawa (where his forces were in action for a remarkable ninety-two straight days), and the Japanese home islands. In 1945 Mitscher took the office of deputy chief of naval operations for air and in 1946 became commander of the Eighth Fleet. The navy then assigned Admiral Mitscher to be commander in chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The navy had awarded Marc A. Mitscher three Navy Crosses by the time he died of a heart attack on February 3, 1947. His wife, Frances, survived him. They are both buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Admiral Mitscher, Hero of Victory Over Japs, Dies
Norfolk, Va., Feb. 3--Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, who scourged the Japanese with spectacular carrier-based air blows, died quietly in his sleep Monday at the Norfolk naval hospital, eight days after he was stricken with a heart attack on his sixtieth birthday. The death of the commander-in-chief of the Atlantic fleet was announced by the fifth naval district shortly after 3. a.m. A hospital bulletin said the special nurse on duty reported that the admiral had been sleeping quietly but shortly after 1 a.m. he ceased breathing.
Marc Andrew Mitscher
Admiral United States Navy
Frances Smalley Mitscher
1890 - 1982
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
The time was officially reported as 1:20 a.m. and the cause of death was thrombosis, coronary artery. Mitscher entered the hospital January 26, his birthday, for what a first spokesman described as a "complete and thorough checkup" for gastrointestinal upset coupled with a case of severe bronchitis. Subsequent diagnosis showed the upset to have been a heart attack, the spokesman reported. In Washington, the navy announced Vice Adm. W. H. P. Blardy, ordnance expert and director of the atomic bomb tests in the Pacific last summer, would succeed Mitscher in command of the Atlantic fleet. Promotion of Blandy to full admiral is expected to follow his assignment as fleet commander. Expressing regret at the Pacific war hero's death, Secretary of the Navy Forrestal said in Washington that "the place he occupies in the hearts of those who served under him, officers and men, is a firmer basis of tribute than any that words could frame." He added: "The United States Navy, with sorrow and pride, sends its deep sympathy to Mrs. Marc A. Mitscher." Mrs. Mitscher was at their home when the admiral died. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, chief of naval operations, and at Norfolk that "The nation has lost a great leader. I always had a sense of security and comfort when Admiral Mitscher was the leader of task force 58 against the Japanese. I knew that what had to be done would be done in full measure. He needed no detailed instructions. All he needed was opportunity and he made the most of ever opportunity." General Carl A Spaatz chief of the army air forces, who came here with Nimitz for exercises opening the armed forces staff college, at which Mitscher also had been scheduled to speak, said Mitscher's death was "a great loss to the army as well as to the navy." As commander of famed task force 58 Mitscher hurled serial smashes at Trukk and the Marianas in February of 1944 and exploded the myth of the invincibility of those strongholds in the U.S. Navy's first test of its newly built carrier power. During these strikes, Mitscher seemed never to become excited, fellow officers often related, but sat calmly in an easy chair on the bridge of his flagship as he received dispatches and issued orders in a quiet voice. One of the navy's first aviators, Mitscher skippered the aircraft carrier Hornet, the "Shrangri-Law" from which Lt. Gen (then Lt. Col.) James Doolittle launched his raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities. Mitscher's fast task force, using the entire Pacific ocean as its stamping ground, struck at enemy aircraft plants and chased the Japanese air force to cover, while pounding at Tokyo and vicinity early in 1945. Earlier in the war, he was commander of aircraft in the Solomon islands and for this tour of duty received the Distinguished Service Medal. He held many other decorations. Mitscher was born in Hillsboro, Wis., Jan. 26, 1887. He attended grade and high schools in Washington D.C., was appointed to the naval academy from Oklahoma in 1905 and was graduated in 1910. In 1915 he underwent flight training at the Pensacola, Fla., naval air station and received his wings in June, 1916. Three years later he piloted the NC-1 on the navy's first transatlantic flight. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances Smalley Mitscher, his mother, Mrs. Oscar A. Mitscher of Hillsboro, Wis., and a sister, Mrs. Hugo Hoevel of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements had not been completed Monday afternoon. The death of Admiral Mitscher marked the passing of a truly great American, Rep. Mike Monroney (D., Okla.) told the house of representatives Monday. Mitscher "did as much as any one man to turn the tide or war from defeat to victory in the Pacific," Monroney said. "I am sure the entire congress joins with me in expressing regret at the passing of this great heroic American."
[Source: The Oklahoman Feb. 4, 1947 Page 13]
Thomas Oscar Mitscher
T. O. Mitscher, Son of Former Mayor, Is Dead
Services for Thomas Oscar Mitscher, 58, of 1139 N. Central, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in the Street & Draper funeral chapel, with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. He died early Wednesday in St. Anthony hospital of a heart ailment. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City, Mitscher was born here October 31, 1894. Ill health forced him to retire last April as a bookkeeper for the Leibmann Ice Co., a position he had held for many years. He was the son of O.A. Mitscher, early mayor of Oklahoma City, and the brother of Vice-Adm. Marc A. Mitscher, commander of naval aviation in the Pacific during World War II who died in February, 1947. Surviving are his wife, Agripha, of the home; one daughter, Martha Zoe Mitscher, of the student's nursing home, St Anthony hospital; four sons, Thomas Mitscher Jr., of the home; Gene Mitscher, called home on emergency leave from the marines in Korea; and Marc and Bud Mitscher, Oklahoma City; and one sister, Mrs. Zoe Hoevel, 220 E. Park Place.
[Source: The Oklahoman July 9, 1953 Page 13]
Zoe Mitscher Hoevel
Death Claims Mrs. Hoevel, City Pioneer
Tulsa--Mrs. Zoe Mitscher Hoevel, 79, a former Oklahoma City resident, died Sunday at her son's home in Tulsa. Services are pending at St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Hoevel was born in Wisconsin, and made the Run of 89 with her parents. She was the daughter of the late O. H. Mitscher, Oklahoma City's second Mayor, who served from 1892 until 1894. Mrs. Hoevel also was a sister of the late Vice Adm. Marc A. Mitscher, commander of naval aviation in the Pacific during World War II. In Oklahoma City, Mrs. Hoevel lived at 229 E. Park Pl., and was a former society reported for The Daily Oklahoman. She was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church. Survivors include one son, Kenneth, Tulsa
[Source: The Daily Oklahoman Feb. 21, 1966 Page 33]
Hugo Henry Hoevel
Hugo Henry Hoevel, former Okmulgee hotel operator, died Wednesday afternoon in his home, 229 N.W. Park, after a heart attack. He had been in fair health. Hoevel moved to Oklahoma City two years ago from Okmulgee, where he owned and operated the Belmont hotel eight years. He also formerly lived in Tulsa. A member of the Lutheran church and a thirty-second degree Mason, Hoevel will be buried in his native St. Louis, Mo. Funeral services there will be directed by Hermann funeral home. Local arrangements were by Smith & Kernke funeral home. Surviving are his wife, Zoe M. Hoevel, home address; a son, Kenneth O., Tulsa; a brother, Oscar, St. Louis, Mo.; and a sister, Mrs. Ida Wurmb, also of St. Louis.
[Source: The Daily Oklahoman Jan. 5, 1950 Page 9]