Biography of O. H. Russell
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





O. H. Russell, a progressive and enterprising business man of Wellsville, is one of the well known and substantial citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 1, 1878, and is the son of John M. and Ella S. (Sharp) Russell.

John M. Russell, deceased, was a native of Ohio, and among the prominent pioneer merchants of Wellsville, where in 1886 he established the J. M. Russell Company, dealers in men's furnishings. He died Dec. 15, 1915, and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Wellsville. His wife, also a native of Pennsylvania, lives at Bellaire, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Russell had nine children, as follows: Ada B., married Charles Schelly, lives at Bellaire, Ohio; Arthur, deceased; O. H., the subject of this sketch; Minnie, died in infancy; Dr. Murch, a physician, lives in Portland, Ore.; Alta, the widow of Andrew Shields, lives at Bellaire; Gertrude, married M. R. Arnold, lives at Lamberton, Minn.; John M., lives at Portland, Ore.; and Ralph, a professor of music, now studying in Europe.

O. H. Russell was reared and educated in Wellsville, and in 1905 became associated in business with his father. He succeeded to the business in 1915 in which he has been very successful. Mr. Russell owns one of the finest dairy farms in Yellow Creek Township, where he resides. He specializes in the breeding of pure bred Guernsey cattle.

In 1905 Mr. Russell was married to Miss Naomi Shontz, who was born in Leetonia, Ohio, in 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Shontz. Mr. Shontz died in 1920 and his wife died in 1891. Mr. and Mrs. Russell have five children: Frederick, born in May, 1907; Roland, born in 1909; Dwight, born in 1912; Ralph, born in 1914; and Dorothy, born in 1918.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell are members of the Second Presbyterian Church and have a wide acquaintance in the community.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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