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Peter Paul Russell
Peter Paul Russell and Agnes Nettles
Wedding Oct 13, 1889
in city of Oconto
As a girl of age 13 in 1880, Ann Ellen Russell did this piece while a student (probably 8th grade). It has 13 flesh-tined shades in the petipoint of the face of the Christ Child. In 1944, her daughter, Genevieve Wren Sass, took it to Marshall Field & Co in Chicago to be properly framed and sealed. At the time they offered to purchase the piece but it was far too precious to the family as an heirloom. Up until this point it had benn in a bos in th attic of Ann Ellen Russell Wren's home in Milwaukee, Wi. Unframed and esposed to light and air, it had deteriorated rapidly. The original background was black but has faded. Genevieve Sass wanted to be certain it was preserved so had it specially framed.
When Genevieve Sass was moving to a retirement apartment, she asked her daughter, Ann Ellen Sass Barr, named for Ann Ellen Russell, if she would like to have the piece. It is very precious due to its provenance and it is my hope that it will be carefully preserved for our family when I am no longer here to care for it.
Ellen RUSSELL (1867 - 1927) did needlework throughout her
making many of the altar cloths for St. Joseph's and then for St. Thomas Aquinas in Milwaukee after they moved there. Despite 12 children, she was always busy doing crochet work using the big pocket in her apron to contain her items in progress.
Catherine Barnes RUSSELL b. 19 Dec 1843 Ottawa, Can; d. 06 Apr 1889 Oconto, WI
Dudley Gomber (husband of Marie Rosetta RUSSELL (b. Apr 1908), daughter of Alexander David RUSSELL and Mary Theresa LADURON.