James and Jimmie Mitchell celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

October 3, 2019

Photo by Kim A. Robinson

On Tuesday, September 25, 2019 James and Jimmie Mitchell celebrated 70 years of matrimony. The couple, 89-year-old James and 88-year-old Jimmie, tied the knot 70 years ago, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The two first locked eyes on the streets of Milwaukee and have been together ever since.

“It was love at first sight,” James said.

The two received a special letter Tuesday from Milwaukee’s Common Council honoring their special bond. The couple was surrounded by family and friends who were celebrating their special anniversary. Jimmie hopes that their love story inspires others.

“Maybe they’re looking at us saying if they can stay together that long, maybe I can too,” Jimmie said. The couple said the secret to a successful marriage is simple – respect one another. They raised one son and two grandchildren in Milwaukee where they both worked and retired from Briggs and Stratton and still do odd jobs to stay active and fit.

“Congratulations to the Mitchells on 70 years of Wedded Bliss!”