Frank Russell is one of the wide-awake, energetic and
progressive merchants of Allamakee county, conducting a store at
Forest Mills. He is one of the countys native sons, his
birth having occurred at Harden on the 25th of January, 1880. His
parents are James and Mary A. (French) Russell. The father came
to this county in 1870 from Waukesha county, Wisconsin, and
followed the occupation of farming. In the family were six
children, four sons and two daughters, of whom Frank Russell is
the second in order of birth.
Being a life-long resident of Allamakee county, Frank Russell has a wide acquaintance in that section in which he has always lived. He attended the Cherry Valley school during the period of his boyhood and youth, and his experiences were such as usually fall to the lot of the farmers son who devotes his time between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. After putting aside his text-books he continued to follow farming until 1911, when he turned his attention to commercial pursuits, purchasing the store that was formerly the property of his father-in-law, Albert D. Bender, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. He now has a well appointed establishment, carrying a carefully selected line of goods of modern manufacture. In connection with his commercial interests he is engaged in the contracting business with Albert D. Bender on road and bridge work. Whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful accomplishment, for he is determined and energetic and his persistency of purpose is winning him substantial reward.
On the 16th of September, 1901, Mr. Russell was united in marriage to Miss Edith M. Bender, also a native of Allamakee county and a pupil in the country schools through the period of her girlhood. Mr. and Mrs. Russell have two children, Clarence and Lawrence.
Mr. Russell is a young man of recognized moral courage, endowed by nature with strong intellectual force. He recognizes the opportunities which are before him and makes good use of them as the years go by, realizing also that success is, as it were, a tree that will grow in no other soil than that of industry, perseverance and honesty. During the course of his boyhood and active business career he has formed a wide acquaintance and warm regard is entertained for him by many friends.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Linda Earnheart
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