|GEORGE S. RUSSELL.|
George S. Russell, one of Wyoming's pioneers, belonging
to that class of valued citizens who have done much to develop the
state along the lines of substantial upbuilding and improvement,
is now serving as clerk of the district court at Cody. Wyoming has
drawn her citizenship from every state in the Union and Mr. Russell
is among those furnished by Ohio. He was born in Sandusky county,
August 15, 1850, a son of Benjamin O. and Mary (Lytle) Russell, both
of whom were natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania. The mother
died when her son George was a little lad of but six summers. The
father was a millwright in early life but afterward became a
metallurgist and mining engineer and took up his abode in Central
City, Colorado, where he was actively engaged along those lines.
George S. Russell pursued a nublic school education in Colorado and in the Highland Military Academy at Worcester, Massachusetts. In his youthful days he learned the carpenter's trade and for several years devoted his time and attention to carpentering and building operations. Subsequently he took up the work of a millwright and was identified with that industrial activity for several years in Colorado. In September, 1885, he came to Wyoming, settling at Lander, where he continued for several years, following the trades of both millwright and carpenter. In 1897 he removed to Cody, where he has since made his home and has been identified with various business interests of his city. In 1908, before the organization of the county, he was elected clerk of the courts of Bighorn county, and in 1912 he was elected clerk of the courts of the newly organized Park county, to which position he has been reelected at each succeeding election, without opposition, a fact indicative of his marked capability in office and his unfaltering devotion to the duties which devolve upon him.
In 1879 Mr. Russell was united in marriage to Miss Delia H. Kirkland, of Empire, Colorado, and to them have been born five children: George E., a ranchman, living at Ishawooa, Wyoming; Mary C., the wife of L. E. Lawrence, of Cody; Lydia Orilla, the widow of Gale Downing, who is postmistress of Wapiti, Wyoming; Bertha 0., the wife of L. A. Schwoob, of Cody; and Alby L., who is now a member of Motor Truck No. 1, One Hundred and Sixteenth Ammunition Train, Forty-first Division, in the United States service.
In his political views Mr. Russell has always been a republican since attaining his majority. Fraternally he is connected with Big Horn Lodge, No. 36, I. 0. 0. F., and has passed through all of the chairs in the subordinate lodge at Cody and has also been a member of the grand lodge of the state and a member of the grand encampment. He is likewise identified with the Woodmen of the World, while his wife is connected with the Order of the Eastern Star and with the Rebekahs. Mr. Russell is one of the well known pioneers of Wyoming, having long made his home within the borders of the state, and throughout the entire period he has borne an active and helpful part in the work of general improvement, actuated at. all times by a public-spirited devotion to the welfare of community and of state. His record as an official and as a business man has been so honorable that he has gained the confidence and goodwill of all with whom he has been brought in contact, and as clerk of the court he has won high encomiums from his fellowmen by reason of his fidelity and the ability which he has manifested in the discharge of his duties.