Biography of Russell C. Collins
Monroe County, MI Biographies

RUSSELL C. COLLINS, the son of William and Betsey (Adams) Collins, is a native of Tinmouth, Rutland county, Vermont, and born December 11, 1826. After learning the trade of wagon maker, he settled in Monroe in 1851. He has four children: Albert L., born August 26, 1849, now living on an adjoining farm; Almira A., born August 22, 1852, living at home; William M., born October 4, 1856, now in Raisinville; and Nora A., born May 11, 1860, and a resident of Samaria. Their mother is Charlotte, daughter of Oliver and Rachel (Humphrey) Janes, to whom he was married in North Bay. Oneida county, New York, September 12, 1847. Until his settling in Bedford, in March, 1870, Mr. Collins has led a roving life, and for many years was in the employ of the Lake Shore Railroad, being three years in the Adrian shops. He has in his possession one of the first strap rail frogs used on that line, and at the opening of the New York Central "took in" the first complimentary excursion going from Canistota to Utica. In polities he is an independent, but prefers the principles of the Republican party.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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