Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
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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