Bio: Russell, Thomas H. (1881)


Surnames: Russell, Horton

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 331

THOMAS H. RUSSELL, Eau Claire, was born in Bangor, Me., Jan. 12, 1841; came to Wisconsin in 1864. Prior to coming West, he had been first mate of an ocean merchant ship, having been a seaman since he was thirteen years old. When he came to Wisconsin, he commenced working in the woods as a common laborer. In 1866, he became foreman of the logging camps for Smith & Buffington, and continued with them in that capacity until the Valley Lumber Co. was organized, and since then he has occupied the same position with that company. He is the oldest foreman now running camp on the Chippewa waters. With a crew of fifty-six men he cut 5,600,000 feet of logs during a period of 100 days in 1876, that being the largest cut on record for the same length of time and so small a gang of men. He was married in Eau Claire, in 1874, to Elizabeth Horton, a native of Dodge Co., Wis. Mr. Russell served in the U. S. N. as sailmaker's mate, from Aug. 16, 1861, to September, 1862.



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