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Alva C. Russell

Male 1867 - 1941


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  • Name  Alva C. Russell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born  9 Nov 1867  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  9 Nov 1867  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alt. Birth  Between 1868 and 1869  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census  1880  Huron Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Alva C. Russell, son, single, male, white, age 12, born in Iowa, occupation at school, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania
    Iowa State Census  1885  Huron Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Alva Russell (sic: Smith), 72 Township, Range 1, Section 6; Address S SE; age 16, male, single, born in Des Moines County, Iowa, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native
    Iowa State Census  1905  Eliot Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (A. C. Russell is listed with Z. E., "Lilian," F. W., and Letha Russell, on two index cards:) Card #: 286, A. C. Russell, Post Office: Mediapolis
    Iowa State Census  1905  Eliot Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (The second card of Alva's family in 1905 listed children "F. W." and Letha Russell.)
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [8
    • Name: Russell, Alva C.; Sex: M; Born: 1867; Died or Buried: 1941; Age: 74; Buried: Edwards (township = Eliot); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page E-18; Notes: 1867-1941
    Biography  1911  [4
    History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911 
    • A capable representative of the agricultural interests of Louisa county is to be found in Alva C. Russell, who owns two hundred and sixty acres of land on sections 28, 29, 32 and 33, Elliott (sic) township. He is a native of this county, his birth having occurred on the 9th of November, 1867, he being the eldest son of the late William S. and Isabell (Kurts) Russell, the father a native of Iowa and the mother of Pennsylvania. Of this union there were born two other children: May, the deceased wife of T. L. Bailey, of Louisa county; and Myrtle, who is also deceased. The father passed away on the 23d of December, 1910. Mr. Russell was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted and gone to the front in 1861 with Company K, Second Iowa Cavalry. He remained in the service three years, during which time he participated in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth, receiving his discharge at Rock Island, Illinois, in 1862.

      After the completion of his education Alva C. Russell turned his attention toward agricultural pursuits, this being the natural inclination of one who had been born and reared upon a farm. He now owns two hundred and sixty acres of Louisa county's fertile land, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation. He engages in general farming and stock-raising, in both of which ventures he is meeting with favorable results.

      On the 21st of January, 1892, Mr. Russell married Miss Zoie E. Gates, the eldest daughter of S. E. and Mary (Ogle) Gates, whose biographical sketch appears on another page of this volume. Three children blessed this marriage: Lillian, who was born on the 22d of August, 1893; Fred, whose birth occurred on the 29th of August, 1898; and Letha, who was born on the 2d of April, 1903, and died on the 2d of March, 1910.

      The family affiliate with the Presbyterian church and Mr. Russell is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Ever since attaining his majority he has given his political support to the candidates of the republican party. but has never aspired to public honors or the emoluments of office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon the development of his personal affairs, in which he is meeting with deserved success.
    The Biography of Alva C. Russell (1867-1941)
    The Biography of Alva C. Russell (1867-1941)
    Arthur Springer, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II, Illustrated; With Biographical Sketches of Some Prominent Citizens of the County (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 31-32.
    Died  1941  [1
    Buried  Edwards Cemetery, Oakville, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I15248  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  William Smith "Smith" Russell,   b. 1842, Des Moines County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1910 
    Mother  Isabelle Kurtz,   b. 21 Jun 1842, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1934, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1867  Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Illinois Marriage Index 
    • Groom: Russell, William; Bride: Kurts, Isabell; Date: 1867-02-12;, Vol./page: 00A/0111; License No.: 00002251; County: Mercer
    Family ID  F5432  Group Sheet

    Family  Zoie E. Gates,   b. Dec 1871, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927 
    Married  21 Jan 1892  [4
    Children 
     1. Lillian Russell,   b. 22 Aug 1893, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1965
     2. Fred William Russell,   b. 29 Aug 1898, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1988
     3. Letha Russell,   b. 2 Apr 1903,   d. 2 Mar 1910
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F14705  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S756] World Connect - Wehmeyer Family of Missouri: john_wehmeyer, (last updated: 2007-12-24 10:23:10 UTC (Mon), contact: John) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Huron Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, page 135; Roll: IA1885_177

    4. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 31-32 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Marshland Township, Burnett County, Wisconsin; enumeration district: 21, supervisor's district: 9, sheet number: 1A, page number: 210; enumeration date: June 1, 1900

    6. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Source Information: Census Place: Family History Library Film: Huron, Des Moines, Iowa; NA Film Number: 1254337; Page Number: T9-0337; 37B

    7. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Eliot Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA_96

    8. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S755] World Connect - Kitchen and Briggs Families: kitchen2009, (last updated: 2009-06-04 04:11:06 UTC (Thu), contact: James) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S260] Illinois Marriage Index 1763-1900 (Illinois State Archives) (Reliability: 3).