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From the humble position of freight handler with attendant. duties taxing the most sturdy physique to the important responsibilities of general freight and passenger agent represents a rise indicative of the forceful ability and stalwart determination that form the leading characteristics of Mr. Russell, whose long association with the Northern Electric Railway Company has brought him into prominent relations with the people of Sacramento and at the same time has won for him the confidence of the officials of the road. Nothing short of positive ability could have made possible his advancement in railroad circles, and this ability has been manifested in his tactful associations with the people who are patrons of the road, as well as in his capable supervision of the company's interests.

Noting the events of especial importance in the life of Mr. Russell, we find that he was born at Bovina, Delaware county, N. Y., July 25, 1873, and is a son of Andrew T. and Mary (McLaury) Russell. After he had completed the studies of the public schools he was sent to Eastman's Business college at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where he carried on a commercial course for a year. On his return to the home farm near Bovina he assisted in the care and cultivation of the same, but, not caring for agriculture as a life occupation, he left home at eighteen and went to Oneonta, N. Y., where for two years he man- aged a depot restaurant. Later he acted as clerk of the Central hotel in the same town. After two years as hotel clerk he resigned and came to California, where he engaged in the tea and coffee business, but this he sold at the expiration of sis months and then left Los Angeles, his former place of business, for San Francisco, where he secured employment as freight handler on the Southern Pacific railroad. A service of six months was rewarded by promotion to the local freight office, where he remained for four years, meanwhile working in various capacities. Following upon a service of one year as rate clerk in the general agent's office he was promoted to be contracting freight agent, and continued as such until October of 1907, when he resigned from the Southern Pacific employ and entered upon his present connection with the Northern Electric Railway Company. In addition, he is also general freight and passenger agent for the Sacramento and Woodland railroad.

While still a resident of the east Mr. Russell formed the acquaintance of Miss Annette Procter Smith, member of an old family of New York state and herself a cultured young lady of Oneonta, that state. They were united in marriage October 12, 1897. Their children are named Procter, Ormonde, Raymond and Helen. The sons are pupils in the Sacramento schools and are bright, intelligent lads, concerning whose future the parents cherish the fondest hopes. The only daughter is a winsome child two years of age. The family attend the Presbyterian church and contribute to missionary and philanthropic undertakings with generous spirit. Out of a busy life, whose days have been filled with responsibilities of a business nature, it has not been possible for Mr. Russell to contribute largely toward civic progress or political affairs, but he is stanch in his allegiance to the Re- publican party and in many ways has proved his devotion to the welfare of Sacramento. For years he has been identified with Masonry in the blue lodge. Among the other organizations which enlist his interest and receive his co-operation may be mentioned the Sutter club and the Woodmen of the World. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011