- After leaving school in the eighth grade in 1912 Russell went to work forthe American Beauty Appliance, in Detroit and later went to Flint to workfor a foundry company. Around 1917 he returned to East Jordan to start his own business in auto repair located where the corporate offices of the EastJordan Iron Works are now loacted. This venture was cut short when he wasdrafted
into the U.S. Army in 1918. After the war he went to work for NorthernAuto, in Charlevoix until about 1922 when he was offered the position ofmanager at their outlet in East Jordan. The company sold and serviced Ford motor vehicles and he remained with them until 1942 when they closed.
Russell worked as a machinist, pattern maker and molding supervisor forthe East Jordan Iron Works from 1942 until his retirement in 1956. He alsorepaired clocks as a hobby.
Russell was a motorcycle dispatch rider for the IX Army Corps, Second U.S. Army in France during the First World War. He was drafted 21 Nov. 1917 and served first with, F., 337th Infantry for about four months and was reassigned to Detachment 169 of the 369th Infantry Battalion. The Detachment had 22 men and motorcyclists, 4 officers, 4 horse orderlies, a cook and a wagoner (mule driver).