California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
ROBERT W. RUSSELL — The Riverside Blue Ribbon Packing Company was established in 1911. The company had an authorized capital stock of $10,000, and they began business by the purchase of the building at Casa Blanca from the Earl Fruit Company. The packing house affords 14,000 square feet of floor space, and the capacity of the plant is 150 cars of fruit per year. About fifty people are employed by the company which is a mutual company and handles the packing of oranges, lemons and grape fruit produced chiefly by the stockholders of the company. The first officers of the company were Harwood Hall, president, and Robert W. Russell, secretary and treasurer. The present executive organization consists of A. McDermont, president: E. T. Wall, vice president, and R. W. Russell, secretary, treasurer and manager.
Mr. Russell was one of the most active of the organizers of this business, being a practical fruit grower of Riverside, where he has had his home for the past fifteen years. Mr. Russell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1875, son of James Alexander and Mary Anne (Willson) Russell, his father a Pittsburgh banker. R. W. Russell had a liberal education in preparation for his life's work. He attended public school at Pittsburgh and in 1899 graduated in the scientific course from Washington and Jefferson College. After leaving college Mr. Russell was in the undertaking business at Pittsburgh until 1907 when he removed to Riverside, and has since been closely identified with the fruit interests both as a producer and packer. He owns thirty-five acres devoted to citrus fruits. Mr. Russell is a republican, a York Rite Mason and Shriner, member of Pittsburgh Lodge No. 11, B. P. O. E., and a member of the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity.
January 17, 1899, he married Miss Ildrie Roberts of Braddock, Pennsylvania, but a native of Maryland. She completed her education in the Washington Seminary at Washington, Pennsylvania. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Russell are Dorothy, Edith, Robert W., Jr., and James L.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011