William M. Rusell is an excellent representative of the agricultural element and the prublic-spirited citizenship of Sacramento county. He is also a typical self-made man, whose own energy, determination and enterprise have carried him to a well-to-do and influential position among his fellow men. His ranch and residence is located on the Jackson road about ten miles from Sacramento city, and he has been a progressive and industrious member of the farming class of this county for the past quarter of a century.

Born in Montgomery county, North Carolina, August11, 1852, a son of Whitman and Elizabeth (Lester) Rusell, both natives of North Carolina, he was at home and participated in some meager educational advantages until he was eleven years old. At that early stage of boyhood he began to make his own way in the world, and has manfully done his best ever since, with such success as his fine property would indicate. He left home and for a few months was in Virginia, and then located in Wayne county, Indiana. He spent several years at Richmond, Indiana, where he learned the blacksmith trade, and this occupation formed the foundation for his subsequent progress in the world. From Richmond he went to Belleville, Illinois, where he followed his trade, then engaged in the same business in Coffey county, southern Kansas, and, returning to Illinois, set up a blacksmith shop of his own in Peoria. In 1878 he came out to California, and from the first has lived in Sacramento county. He located at what is called the Slough House, on the Jackson road eighteen miles from Sacramento, and there he attended to a profitable trade for several years. In 1882 he turned his attention to farming, locating in that year at his present place, and has been a substantial farmer and stockman ever since. He owns seven hundred and nine acres of first-class land, and he has made it all by his own diligence and good management.

In 1881 Mr. Rusell married Miss Laura Miser. She is a native of Sacramento county, and her father, Solomon Miser, now deceased, was a pioneer to this county. Mr. and Mrs. Rusell have four living children: Charles, Joseph, Annie and Alice.

Mr. Rusell resonds willingly to service in the general weal, being especially interested in the ducational progress of his district. He is now serving as a trustee of the Excelsior school district. He is Democratic in politics.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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