Bill was born in Weyburn in March of 1914, second eldest son of O.S. Mitchell, druggist, who arrived in Weyburn in 1903. Whether or not it is actually so, the people of Weyburn like to believe that when W.O. Mitchell of High River, Alberta, wrote his series “Jake and the Kid”, the setting of “Crocus” Saskatchewan was none other than his hometown of Weyburn.
Certainly “Who Has Seen the Wind”, Bill’s first novel (1947) was based on his childhood memories of the prairie where he grew up. Bill has become one of Canada’s best know writes. This residence was owned by the Mitchell’s until 1971.