post Cameron Mitchell Gets His Way

November 17th, 2014

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On October 4th, Cameron’s hometown of Shrewsbury, Penn., unveiled a stretch of road re-named for its famous native son.  Cameron Mitchell Way is located near the sports field where Cameron and his siblings played as children.

Cam’s nephew Marc said, “I think Uncle Cam would be especially pleased with having the entrance way to the Shrewsbury playground bear his name, since he spent so much time there in his youth playing baseball and tennis.  When he came back to York when my grandfather died in 1969, my father drove Cam and his wife on a nostalgic ride through Shrewsbury.  When we visited the playground, I heard Uncle Cam, from my position in the back seat, tell my father that he would like to be buried there…that’s how much the playground of his youth meant to him.”

The York County Commissioners declared October 4, 2014 as Cameron Mitchell Day.   Read the proclamation:


October 4, 2014

WHEREAS, Cameron McDowell (Mitzell) Mitchell is a native son of York County, having been born in Dallastown and having been reared in Shrewsbury, the son of a prominent minister; and

WHEREAS, he left home at the urgings and support of locally beloved high school teacher Helena “Harkey” Hartenstein to pursue acting in New York; and

WHEREAS, he appeared on Broadway to critical acclaim in The Taming of the Shrew and Death of a Salesman, as well as the King and I and other works in other venues ; and

WHEREAS, he went on to receive more acclaim as he appeared in films with such co-stars as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Jimmy Cagney, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable, and worked under such renowned directors as John Ford, Elia Kazan, Henry Hathaway, Orson Welles, Mario Bava, Lewis Milestone and Sam Fuller; and

WHEREAS, Cameron became the world’s favorite uncle as Buck Cannon in the historic, award-winning television series The High Chaparral from 1967 to 1971, where he showed the world the true meaning of the words loyalty, courage, independence, perseverance and love of family—principles upon which this country was founded; and

WHEREAS, Cameron, a World War II veteran, continuously used his fame and talents in York County theater to support the war effort and later, to share his love of theater for the betterment of his country and his home county; and

WHEREAS, he amassed a total of more than 300 appearances in television, stage and film; and

WHEREAS, he was a gifted poet, musician, and athlete who constantly demonstrated the character of someone who maximized all his talents to share with others.  Of particular note is his love of the game of golf, along with a contract to play baseball for the Detroit Tigers, which he carried with him throughout his life.

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, THE COMMISSIONERS OF YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, do hereby proclaim October 4, 2014 as “CAMERON MITCHELL DAY” in York County, and ask everyone to join us in remembering him for all his contributions to his community and to the world of entertainment on television, on stage and in films.

GIVEN this day in York, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on the fifth day of February in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Twelve.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto subscribed our names:BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Steve Chronister, President
Doug Hoke, Vice President
Christopher B. Reilly, Commissioner
Charles R. Noll, Administrator/Chief Clerk

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