George H. Russell was born in Malone, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1853, coming when quite young with his parents, Henry
Russell and Elizabeth (Howard) Russell, to live in Winthrop. When quite a young man he engaged in the mercantile
business in company with his brother in law, C. H. Crapser, the firm being known as Russell & Crapser. Dissolving
after a few years, he carried on the same business under the name of George H. Russell, continuing same until he
disposed of his stock and moved with his family to Waddington, going into the banking business. After two years
he returned to Winthrop, engaging again in the former business, that of general merchant.
In July, 1900, his stock and store were completely destroyed by fire. After that until his death, on Sept. 15,
1905, his attentions were given to various branches of trade.
On Jan. 4, 1882, Mr. Russell married Miss Emma Louise Crapser, a daughter of Jonas and Emmeline Seymour Crapser.
To this union were born four daughters and one son: Bernice, wife of E. C. Morine, of Owasso, Mich.; Gladys, wife
of W. B. Goodnow, the subject of this sketch; Corinne, wife of H. I. Hamilton, resides at Winthrop, N. Y.; Avis,
wife of C. L. Johnson, New Haven, Conn.; and George H., Jr., an attorney of Ithaca, N. Y.
George H. Russell, Sr., was a successful man in his undertakings, being upright, conscientious, a loyal citizen,
kind neighbor and friend. He died in 1905 and his wife passed away Jan. 3, 1908. Both are buried in Winthrop. Mr.
Russell was a leading business man of Winthrop for many years. He was a Republican, a member of the Congregational
Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932