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Biography of James A. Russell

JAMES A. RUSSELL. – A well-known and esteemed member of the business world of Island City, where he operates a butchering establishment and also handles much stock, the subject of this article is deserving of representation in this volume, since he is not only now one of the prominent men of the county but has spent practically all of his life in this valley and has labored with zeal for the advancement of its interests. James A. was born on September 23, 1861, in Linesville, Iowa, being the son of Thomas J. and Savannah C. (Atha) Russell, who started the following spring to the western country, arriving in Lagrande in August of the same year. Mr. Russell was the first blacksmith in the valley, and he labored here for the building up of the country. Our subject was reared in the vicinity of Cove, receiving his education in the village schools there, studying until he was sixteen, and then commencing soon to teach, continuing for four terms in one district in High valley. At twenty years of age he took a course in Bishop Scott’s academy, and when he was twenty-three years of age he took charge of a surveying outfit in the mountains for five months. The next year he was engaged to handle Dr. Hill’s ranch of two hundred and forty acres, and continued in that capacity for three years, and then sold the ranch for the doctor and served as post-master at the Cove, in Cleveland’s administration, for one year. Later he contracted on railroad construction until 1892, then started a butcher shop in Cove, operating...

Biography of General Marion Swanson

General Marion Swanson of Muskogee, well known in real estate circles through his purchase and sale of farm lands, is also engaged in farming, but follows this more as a recreation than as a source of livelihood. He was born in Lineville, Iowa, April 29, 1863, and is a son of William E. and Susan J. (Edgemand) Swanson. His father was always engaged in farming and stock raising and General Swanson, therefore, early became familiar with the various phases of agricultural life. He was educated in the public schools of Millersburg, Cherokee county, Kansas, and when not busy with his textbooks worked in the fields and assisted in the cultivation of the old homestead. In 1894 he removed to Oklahoma and for six years was engaged in farming in Lincoln County. While there residing he was elected for public office, being made deputy sheriff of the county, a position which he filled for two years. In August, 1902, Mr. Swanson came to Muskogee, then a part of the Indian Territory, and here he began dealing in agricultural leases, since which time he has concentrated his efforts and attention upon real estate. He now buys and sells property and places farm loans and has a large clientage. He also owns farm lands which he cultivates, finding pleasure in the development of the soil and the production of the crops. On the 29th of December, 1885, General Swanson was married to Miss Beulah K. Diamond, a native of Kentucky, and they have become the parents of six children: Ray D., Beulah Maude, Archie Glenn, William Earl, Lillian Ruth and Thomas Marion....

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