History and Biography

History and Biography

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...his fortunes, and was one of the prominent constructive men of affairs in Detroit in the late '60s. In 1880, following in his footsteps, his son George H. established the Russel Wheel & Foundry Company, which is now an extensive concern employing many hundred hands, and of which the latter and two other sons, Walter S. and John R., are now the principal owners and officers. Dr. Russel also established and equipped important ship yards, where he built the steamers "Marquette" and "B. L. Webb," and other vessels. He emulated the great ironmasters of Pennsylvania, whom he had known in his youth, and contributed largely to the development of iron industries. He was one of the earliest of the pig-iron manufacturers of the state, and was the first of the car builders. His son John R., also following in the father's pathway, was the projector of the present important shipbuilding company, the Great Lakes Engineering Works, of which he is a large owner and secretary and treasurer. His brother, George H. Russel, is vice-president of that company. For a number of years prior to his death Dr. Russel spent most of his time upon his farm on the banks of Lake St. Clair, in Canada, opposite Grosse Pointe. His son Walter S. had a fine summer house there, but the Doctor preferred to live in a cabin near by and, with a man servant to help him, lived free and independent--the truly "simple life." He cut down trees, repaired fences, working vigorously with his own hands, and enjoyed living close to nature. Dr. Russet's longevity was the result of his sane mode of living. In early life he was impressed by a work entitled "The Art of Living," by Kitchener. Following the advice given in that book, he was a persistent drinker...show more

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  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 857g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657852X
  • 9781236578525