John Russell and his descendents

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Clarence Earl Russell - Generation 6

Clarence Earl6 Russell (Alexander5, James4, Abraham3, Joseph2, John1) was born on 16 Jul 1895 in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas. He died on 15 Dec 1971 in Boise, Ada, Idaho and is buried in Cloverdale Memorial Park in Boise. He married 2 Apr 1916 in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas, Ruth Ann Davis who was born 4 Nov 1897 in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas and died 31 May 1978 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. She was the daughter of George Alfred Davis and Maude Ellen (Donaldson) Davis. They divorced before 1938. He married 14 May 1938 in Skamania, Washington Geneva Blanche McCormick, previously married to Paul Remillard. She was born about 1899 in Kansas. He married on 17 Aug 1943 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Arlie Colleen Mulherin who was born 09 Feb 1898 in Absorokee, Columbus, Montana. She died 25 Apr 1987 in Beaverton, Washington, Oregon and is buried with Clarence. She is the daughter of Ralph H Mulherin and Sarah R (Huntley) Mulherin.

Early Years

pix of Clarence

Clarence Earl Russell was born on 16 Jul 1895 in Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas1,2,3,4. His parents were:5,6

Clarence was born in Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas.10,11 When he was 2 years old, his mother desserted the family.12 He and his sister, Blanche, lived with his father's sister, Minnie (Russell) Ryan and her husband, Morris Doors Ryan, during this time.13 In 1901, when he was 6, his father remarried.14 He and his sister moved into the new household, with his father, his stepmother, Ettie, 1 stepbrother and 2 stepsisters,15 where he lived until he married.

Marriage and Children

Clarence married Ruth Ann Davis on 2 Apr 1916 in Galena, when he was 20 and she was 1816. Clarence's father signed the declaration as A. W. Russell, swearing that he knew them, swearing to their age, and swearing the following:

That they are not related to each other in the degree probited by law, to-wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild of any degree, brother and sister of either the one-half or of the whole blood, uncle and neice, aunt and nephew, nor first cousins;...

Alex Russell, Clarence's father, and George Alfred Davis, Ruth's father, were neighbors in Galena.17 In the 1915 census, Alex is listed in dwelling 716 and George Davis, with his family, including Ruth, is listed in dwelling 720.

Clarence and Ruth had three children:

  1. Kenneth M b 12 Jan 1917 in South Dakota.18
    1. married Jean Orrison.
  2. Wilbur Dale b 05 Jan 1919 in Cardin, Ottawa, Oklahoma.19
    1. married Lagurtha Grace Bauman 6 Aug 1938 in Vancouver, Clark, Washington.20
    2. married Shirley Jeanette Riggs 1 May 1954 in Stevenson, Skamania, Washington.21
  3. Joseph M b 1926 in Kansas.22

Their son, Joseph, died when he was 7 years old.23 He was hit by a car. Information about his death was provided in a message from a family member, but the source of the message is unknown at this time. The following is an excerpt from the message:

Ruth and her sons were visiting her sister Bess. They called the children in to eat, but Joseph remained outside and crossed the street in front of a car. He was killed by a hit and run driver. Bess said, "He died in my arms."

Clarence and Ruth divorced between 1930 and 1935.24 Clarence married Geneva B (McCormick) Remillard on 14 May 1938 in Skamania County, Washington.25 Couples who lived in Portland, Oregon during that time often crossed the Columbia River to be married in Washington, where getting married was quicker and easier. Geneva was previously married to Paul Remillard. She had four children from her previous marriage.

Geneva and Clarence divorced within a few years because Clarence married Arlie Colleen Mulherin on 17 Aug 1943 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.26 Clarence and Arlie did not have any children, although Arlie had children from a previous marriage to Thom A. Ward.27

In Kansas, South Dakota, and Oklahoma

Cardin

Tar River (Later Cardin) Oklahoma in 1923 You can see some of the miner's shanties and rooming houses in Cardin, which at that time was known as Tar River. You can see the unsanitary conditions with trash piles everywhere and out houses behind the buildings. Note the complete absence of trees. These towns sprung up out of the prairie almost overnite. In the distance are the mills and mines of the Picher mining district. The boom town was about 9 years old.
Photo provided by John Schehrer from his collection.

As a young man, Clarence worked as a lead miner, following after his father who had worked in the mines most of his life. In 1917, Clarence lived in Lead, South Dakota and worked for the Homestake Mining Co.28 His oldest son was born there.29 While he was there, Ruth's father also lived there and worked for the Homestake Mining Co.30 In 1919, Clarence's second son, Dale, was born in Cardin, Oklahoma,31 which is also a mining town.32

When Dale was only a year old, Clarence and his family were back in Kansas in Wichita, Sedgewick County, Kansas. Clarence is working as a house painter.33 He is still in Wichita in the 1925 Kansas census34 and his third son, Joe, is born there in 1926.35

While Clarence is working in Wichita, Ruth's father, George Alfred Davis, moves his family to Oregon. He is found in the 1920 census in Park Place, Clackamas County, Oregon36 and in 1930 in Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon.37 Clarence joins him in Oregon some time between the birth of his son in Kansas in 1926 and the 1930 census which shows Clarence living in Portland, Multhomah County, Oregon.38

In Oregon, California, and Idaho

Clarence moved to Portland, Oregon between 1926 and 1930. He and Ruth are living in Portland with their three children by 1930.39 In Kansas, he was a house painter and he continued that profession the rest of his life.

In 1940, Clarence was living with Geneva and her four children from a previous marriage.40 He was still a house painter. According to the census, they all were living in the same house in 1935.

Clarence spent some time in California.41 He is on the 1954 register of voters in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California at 3509 Andy St. Accordng to his obituary, he retired in 1960 and moved to Boise in 1968.42

Death

headstone

Headstone in Cloverdale Memorial Park in Boise, Idaho

Clarence died 15 Dec 1971 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho at St. Lukes Hospital. He was 76 years old. The death certificate lists coronary heart disesase as the cause of death.43 His obituary says he died after a long illness. He was still married to Arlie.44

Clarence is buried in Cloverdale Memorial Park in Boise,43 together with Arlie, who died in 1987.44,45

Notes

  1. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 5 Jun 1917, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
  2. United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, serial number U2054, Clarence Earl Russell, 1942, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. National Archives and Records Administration.
  3. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare death certificate No. 5647 (1971), Clarence E Russell, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Boise, Idaho; obtained 1 Feb 2009.
  4. U.S. Social Security Application for Account Number (SS5), Social Security Administration. Clarence Earl Russell 540-05-0692, paper copy ordered on-line (https://secure.ssa.gov/apps9/eFOIA-FEWeb/internet/main.jsp : accessed 8 Feb 2013).
  5. Idaho death certificate No. 5647 (1971), Clarence E Russell.
  6. Jasper County, Missouri, Marriage Books, Alexander W Russell-Ninia Leota McCoid, 10 Sep 1891; digital images Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com " accessed 6 Feb 2013), source: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.
  7. Missouri State Board of Health death certificate No. 35977 (1938), Alex W Russell; digital image. Missouri Death Certificates Misouri Digital Heritage (http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1938/1938_00035983.PDF : accessed 20 Jan 2013)
  8. 1880 U.S. census, Lucas County, Iowa, Ninnie L McCoid; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 352.
  9. 1910 U.S. census, Osage County, Oklahoma, Nina Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: T624_1268; Page: 26A; Enumeration District: 0166.
  10. Idaho death certificate No. 5647 (1971), Clarence E Russell.
  11. "Clarence E Russell" Obituary, Idaho Stateman 17 Dec 1971, pg 3-D; obtained from Boise Public Libary, online request (http://www.boisepubliclibrary.org/research/obituaries-local-history/obituary-request/ : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  12. Petition for Divorce, E. W. Russell vs Nina Russell, Case No. 6291, filed 23 Feb 1900, District Court of Cherokee County, Kansas; obtained from Cherokee County Kansas Genealogical-Historical Society, Columbus, Kansas.
  13. 1900 U.S. census, Vernon County, Missouri, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 906; Page: 2B.
  14. Cherokee County, Kansas, marriage license no 1728, Mr. E. W. Russell-Mrs Ettie Harris, 3 Jan 1901, Marriage Book I, Pg 156, Office of the Probate Judge of Cherokee County, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas; obtained from Cherokee County Kansas Genealogical-Historical Society, Columbus, Kansas.
  15. 1910 U.S. census, Cherokee County, Kansas, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: T624_434; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0022.
  16. Cherokee County, Kansas, marriage license no 8891, Clarence E Russell-Ruth A Davis, 2 Apr 1916, Office of the Probate Judge of Cherokee County, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas.
  17. 1915 Kansas State census, Cherokee County, Kansas, Clarence Russell; Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing 1915 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-271. Kansas State Historical Society.
  18. Susan Russell Gann, Haines Alaska, to Janet Russell Valade, facebook message, 12 Apr 2011, Information about our Uncle Ken. File Russell, Kenneth 1917; privately held by Janet Russell Valade, Glendora, CA.
  19. Oregon State Health Division death certificate 3143 (1983), Wilber Dale Russell, Vital Records Unit of the Oregon Center for Health Statistics, Portland, Oregon; obtained 7 Apr 2011
  20. Clark County, Washington marriage records document no swclkmc77605, Wilbur D Russell-Grace L Welsh, 6 Aug 1938, database on-line, Washington State Digital Archives, (http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/35170AD2C86E51087FE3766D23355367 : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  21. Skamania County, Washington marriage records document no swskmmcbook32_957, Wilbur D Russell-Shirley J Riggs, 1 May 1954, database on-line, Washington State Digital Archives, (http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/A7BFD095E19EDC313B3989A1D872B3B7 : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  22. 1930 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Joseph M Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 1950; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 93; Image: 107.0.
  23. Find A Grave memorial no 53257947 headstone picture, database on-line, Joseph M Russell 1926-1933, Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53257947 : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  24. Personal communication between Ruth Davis Russell and the author, her granddaughter
  25. Skamania County, Washington marriage records document no swskmmcbook8_748, Clarence E Russell-Geneva B Remillard, 14 May 1938, database on-line, Washington State Digital Archives, (http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/650359BB1CE7C97E323A3A1F98D7CA84 : accessed 18 Feb 2013).
  26. "Clarence E Russell" Obituary, pg 3-D.
  27. "Clarence E Russell" Obituary, pg 3-D.
  28. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 5 Jun 1917; difital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  29. 1920 U.S. census, Sedgwick County, Kansas, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: T625_549; Page: 2A.
  30. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 12 Sep 1918, George Alfred Davis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
  31. Oregon death certificate 3143 (1983), Wilber Dale Russell
  32. Schehrer, John, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, "Vintage Photographs from Yesteryear", A collection of early day photos from Ottawa County towns website (http://schehrer2.homestead.com/Cardin1.html : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  33. 1920 U.S. census, Sedgwick County, Kansas, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com
  34. 1925 Kansas State census, Cherokee County, Kansas, Clarence Russell; Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 Feb 2013); citing 1915 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-271. Kansas State Historical Society.
  35. 1930 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Joseph M Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com.
  36. 1920 U.S. census, Clackamas County, Oregon, George A Davis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625_1491; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 481; Image: 901.
  37. 1930 U.S. census, Clackamas County, Oregon, Joseph M Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 1940; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 767.0.
  38. 1930 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 1950; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 93; Image: 107.0.
  39. 1930 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: 1950, Page: 3A, Enumeration District: 93, Image: 107.0.
  40. 1940 U.S. census, Multnomah County, Oregon, Clarence E Russell; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 8 Feb 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm Roll: T627_3387; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 37-157B.
  41. California, Los Angeles County. Index to register of voters, Long Beach Precinct no 578 for Clarence E Russell and Mrs Arlie C Russell; digital image on-line. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 9 Feb 2013), Roll 92, image 589.
  42. "Clarence E Russell" Obituary, pg 3-D.
  43. Idaho death certificate No. 5647 (1971), Clarence E Russell.
  44. "Clarence E Russell" Obituary, pg 3-D.
  45. Find A Grave memorial headstone picture, database on-line, Clarence Earl Russell, Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Ada, Idaho. (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52258028 : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  46. Find A Grave memorial headstone picture, database on-line, Arlie Colleen Mulherin Russell, Cloverdale Memorial Park, Boise, Ada, Idaho. (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65331957 : accessed 9 Feb 2013).
  47. Personal knowlege of the author, Janet Russell Valade. Valade, the granddaughter of Clarence, personally photographed both their headstones, side by side, at Cloverdale Memorial Park.