Biography of Dr. Samuel H. Russell
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Dr. Samuel Humes Russell, who is a successful chiropractor in St. Helens, was born December 26, 1861, at Virginia City, Nevada. His father, Samuel A. Russell, who was descended from a New York family whose founder was an emigrant of 1670, was by trade a millwright, and came to the Pacific coast in 1852. His mother, Harriet Orinda Humes, was descended from the Humes family who settled in South Carolina in 1700, and her father came to the coast in 1852.

The early life of Samuel Humes Russell was spent on his father's farm and as a boy he remembers riding after cattle through the San Joaquin valley, where nothing but weeds were to be seen, and the outskirts of the city of Los Angeles, now covered with orchards and villas, was then but waste land. He was the first boy to fly a kite in Kernville, Kern county, California. He began his education at. Santa Cruz, California, and finished at Carpinteria, Santa Barbara county, California. Later he took a course in chiropractic at the Pacific College of Portland. After school work he assisted his father on the farm for five years and then worked in the construction of the quartz mills in California and Arizona. For ten years he served as an engineer for many mining companies, later taking up the study of electricity. He strung the wires and built the first telephone line into Canyonville, Oregon, and the Flournoy valley from Roseburg, Oregon. He served as engineer of the first large plant of the Western Beet Sugar Company. His early days, from fifteen to twenty years of age, were spent as a cattle driver over the plains of the southwest, and perhaps but few men of his age raised on the cattle ranges and in the mining camps in the west can say as he can, that he never took a drink over the bar. He remembers with interest seeing in 1877 a stampede of fifteen hundred head of cattle near Bakersfield, California, that town being then a mere hamlet.

Dr. Russell's experience as a millwright and his work as an electrician would seem to fit him for almost any line of work, yet in 1898 he came to Oregon, took up a homestead of one hundred and twenty acres in Douglas county and went into the business of stock raising. He studied to become a chiropractor in Los Angeles, and graduated at Portland in 1912, as this profession had been legalized in 1915 by the legislature of Oregon. He first took up the practice at Albany but in 1916 located at St. Helens where he has since resided. Since his arrival in St. Helens he has by his modest behavior won a host of friends, even among the old school physicians, who prior to the legalizing act were not in accord with men of his profession.

In November, 1896, Mr. Russell was united in marriage to Miss Carolyn E. Josselyn, a native of San Francisco. Her father, Edward S. Josselyn, was a sea captain, and sailed out of Frisco, his home port, making all or most all of the ports of the world, and at the last as the shadows Of death were lowering he imagined he was making Port, and his last words were, "I am nearing Port, will soon pass the heads, and enter the Golden Gate." Both Dr. and Mrs. Russell are members of the Congregational church and active in church work. They have no children.

Dr. Russell makes frequent trips to his Douglas county ranch, which he still owns and operates. He is an Odd Fellow, past chief patriarch of the Encampment, and a member of the Independent Order of Foresters. During the war Dr. and Mrs. Russell were accredited with having "done their bit," and they possess a wide circle of friends in St. Helens.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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