LEE L. RUSSELL, Page #0621
Jourdan J. and Eugene, who conduct the ranch ; Mrs. Mabel Wilson ; Grace; Mrs.
S. T. Lowry, and Clara Irvin.
The subject of this sketch is one of the successful cattlemen, commission
merchants, and bankers of Texas.
He was born in Dawson, Ga., December 6, 1867, and came to Texas with
his parents when he was four years old, settling at Menardville. Mr. Russell
started in the cattle business when he was fifteen years old, his first venture
being in connection with the driving of a herd into New Mexico. Later he became
an employee of the Nathan Hall Cattle Company of New Mexico, at a salary of
$35.00 per month, which was shortly afterward, increased to
$65.00 per month upon his promotion to the foremanship of the Western
Ranch. He remained in that position one year, when a second promotion installed
him as beef manager, his duties including a safe delivery of the company's
cattle in Oklahoma, Colorado and Montana. In 1889 he became affiliated with the
Russell-Bevans Co. as their beef manager, in which position he had the
opportunity and right to operate on his own account, and in three years his
personal business had grown to such proportions that he then started in business
for himself. He later admitted his brother, W. W. Russell, and T. P. Kyger into
business as his partners, and the firm continued until 1910, when he purchased
the interest of