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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Charles H. Russell


Since 1914 Charles H. Russell has engaged in the practice of law in Wetaskiwin, as a member of the firm of Odell & Russell. lie was born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada, in 1877, a son of William and Jean (Moir) Russell, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Ontario. The father came to Canada in 1856 and located in the province of Ontario, where he has since resided. He followed agricultural pursuits for the greater part of his active life and is now living retired at Exeter. Mr. and Mrs. Russell were married in Ontario. They are highly esteemed citizens of the community in which they reside and their friends are legion. To their union four children were born, three of whom are living: Charles H., whose name introduces this review; Maude, who is residing with her parents at Exeter; and Milton M., who is farming the old homestead, near Exeter. William J. Russell, the fourth member of the family, died in 1921, while postmaster of Exeter. His death was the direct result of wounds received while fighting in France during the World war. Mr. and Mrs. Russell are consistent members of the Presbyterian church, and Mr. Russell is a Conservative in politics.

In the acquirement of his education Charles H. Russell attended the public schools of Exeter and was graduated from the Goderich high school in 1896. in 1903 he was graduated from the Toronto University with the B. A. degree and subsequently he came to Alberta and taught school for some years. He was school inspector for a time and later took up the study of law in a law office in Edmonton. lie completed his course in 1914 and in that same year was admitted to the bar. He immediately came to Wetaskiwin and formed a partnership with W. H. Odell, which has since been maintained. They are readily conceded to be one of the best law firms in this district, and they enjoy an extensive and lucrative clientele, handling much important litigation before the courts.

In his political views Mr. Russell is a Conservative and is now acting as city solicitor. His religious faith is evidenced by his membership in the Presbyterian church, and fraternally he is identified with the Masons, holding membership in the lodge and the chapter, being first principal in the chapter. Although the greater part of Mr. Russell's time and attention is devoted to his professional duties, he is public-spirited and no movement for the development and improvement of the community seeks his aid in vain. He is chairman of the hospital board, and he is a man of high intellectual attainments and spends a great deal of his spare time in reading and studying. His hobby, however, is curling and he is fond of shooting and hunting. Mr. Russell well merits the success he has achieved as a barrister and solicitor, and Wetaskiwin is fortunate to number him among her representative citizens.


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