Memorable Manitobans: William James Russell (1879-1966)
Born in Ontario on 4 September 1879, son of Mrs. Jean Russell (1850-?), he became a teacher and arrived in Manitoba by the turn of the 20th century. He boarded southeast of Neepawa, within the Dumfries School District No. 192 and may have taught in the surrounding area prior to moving to Crystal City, where he was Principal of Crystal City School (1901-1902, 1904, 1909-1912). In 1906, he was appointed a commissioner for taking of affidavits and, in 1912, he developed a means of drying wheat at a half-cent per bushel rate. He later retired from the teaching profession and moved to Saskatoon where he ran for Mayor (1930). He died in 1966 and was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Saskatoon.
1901, 1906, and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
“Local and general news [W. J. Russell, of Crystal City ...],” Grandview Exponent, 6 March 1912, page 8.
“The Manitoba Gazette,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 March 1906, page 11.
“Many acclamations are accorded in nominations in Saskatchewan centres,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 November 1930, page 30.
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens burial transcriptions (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), FindAGrave.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 30 August 2022