"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Russ, Jay E. a well known and respected resident of Rhinelander, who is foreman of bridge construction in Oneida County, was born in River Falls, Pierce County, Wis., Jan. 23, 1883, son of Edgar and Alice (GREEN) RUSS. The father was a native of Pierce County, Wisconsin, and the mother of Maine, the latter coming west with her parents to Pierce County, Wis., in the late 60's. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar RUSS were farmers in Pierce County for many years, selling their farm there in 1917, when they moved to Minneapolis. Mrs. RUSS died March 4, 1919. They had a family of 14 children: Charles, now deceased; William, in Kansas; Herbert of Eau Claire, Wis.; Timothy, of Minneapolis; Freeman and Freemont (twins), the former in the state of Washington and the latter of Rhinelander; Morlin, of Minneapolis; Jay E., of Rhinelander; Ezra, deceased; Curtis, of Minneapolis; Lizzie and Eliza (twins), both deceased; Mary, now Mrs. Rudolph TAMMS, of Minneapolis; and Otis, also a resident of that city. Jay E. RUSS acquired his education in the district schools of Pierce County. He remained at home until 11 years of age and was then engaged in farm labor until he was 21. In 1904 he came to Rhinelander and entered the employ of the Rhinelander Refrigerator Co., with whom he remained for three years, after which he was six years with the Wisconsin Veneer Co. In February, 1910, Mr. RUSS returned to the paper company and on the 28th of that month had the misfortune to lose his right hand while operating a ream cutter. In March, 1910, he was made foreman of highway and bridge construction for Oneida County, and has retained that position up to the present time, having proved himself both energetic and capable in it. He was elected supervisor of the Sixth Ward in 1915, and has since served continuously with the exception of a few months. On March 28, 1904, Mr. Russ was married in Rhinelander, Wis. to Mrs. Lillian ANDRUS, a daughter of Fred D. and Clara (KATES) BOOTH. Her parents have been residents of Rhinelander since 1901, Mr. BOOTH being in the employ of the Rhinelander Refrigerator Co. Mr. and Mrs. RUSS are members of the Baptist Church, the latter belonging to the Ladies' Aid Society, while Mr. RUSS is fraternally affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America and the order of Eagles.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 755 History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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