James A. Russell, president of the Baker Packing company, died at the home of his son, Ralph Russell, Saturday morning of acute indigestion. Mr. Russell was taken ill while at his work shortly after eating his breakfast and was taken home where a few minutes later he died.
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Mr. Russell purchased the Baker Packing company in 1919 and operated it along with the Palace Meat Market on Broadway in Baker until his death.
He was a member of the Episcopal church, the Masonic and Shrine lodges. Interment was made in LaGrande Monday.
North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly
March 20, 1930
Transcribed by Charlotte Carper