Veteran Montenegrin Leaves for the Front to Fight Against the Turks


Stephen N. Mitrovich, a veteran of the Montenegrin army, of the campaign of 1877, is again to fight under his peoplešs banner. He left San Francisco last night for the Balkan battle line. He expects to join his compatriots who left here Wednesday in New York city and sail with them for the southeast of Europe, where the Christian nations are fighting against the Turk. He has left in San Francisco, where he is engaged in business, his wife and two handsome daughters, Miss Elena and Miss Milena Mitrovich, and they, in their patriotism, have urged him on.

Mitrovich is a native of St. Stephen, Dalmatia, where he was born in 1860. There he received his education under private tutors and became proficient in languages. At the age of 17 he volunteered for service with the Montenegrin army.

In 1880 he came to the United States. At first he worked as a miner and mine leaser and prospector in Arizona and Nevada. Then he settled in Fresno and developed silk culture successfully, but found there was no market in this country for the raw silk at that time. Then he engaged in the fruit growing and packing business and received gold medal awards at the Columbian exposition in Chicago and the Midwinter fair in San Francisco for excellence of his product. In 1890 he married. He was active in Goldfield in 1906 and still is interested in mining property there.


The San Francisco Call, Friday, November 1, 1912, p. 2:3