Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN E. RUSSELL, who resides just east from Harrington, was born on October 7, 1865, in Lenawee county, Michigan.  He was educated there and raised on the farm.  In the fall of 1888, he arrived in Spokane and began work for wages on the Northern Pacific.  Upon landing in Spokane, Mr. Russell found that he was possessed of two dollars in cash and no other property except a good strong appetite and willingness to work.  He took hold with his hands immediately and prosperity began to attend his efforts.  After quitting the railroad, we find him engaged as engineer in the electric plant at Sprague where he was occupied until 1895.  In that year he went to Montana and engaged in the electric refinery for Marcus Daly at Anaconda.  He rapidly grew in favor there and stood well with the company.  In the spring of 1897, much against the wishes of his employers, he resigned his position for the purpose of coming to Lincoln county to look after the land that he had previously bought here.  He put in a large crop that spring and made a fine success of it.  Since then he has every year farmed to wheat extensively, having twelve hundred and eighty-eight acres planted to that crop.  He owns and operates a combined harvester and steamthresher, besides having the farm well supplied with ordinary implements.  Mr. Russell has been favored with unbounded success in his labors here and when we consider that he started with but a small amount of capital and that now he owns, unincumbered, two sections of land besides a great many thousands of dollars in cash with other property, we are enabled to understand the telling way in which he has labored.  Mr. Russell has an elegant residence of twelve rooms in the latest architectural design and supplied with all the conveniences known to rural residences.  It is situated in a sightly position, tastefully surrounded with shade trees and other things of beauty and is one of the best farm residences in the country.  He has other buildings necessary on the farm and the whole estate shows marks of his thrift, wisdom and
     In political and local matters, Mr. Russell has always manifested a marked interest and is one of the progressive and substantial men of Eastern Washington.