B. December 12, 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA
D. May 1968 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Henry J. Russell
  • Mother: Jennie (Collins) Russell born about 1873 in Ohio; married (1) Henry J. Russell; married (2) William Thorpe; According to the Chicago Daily News (Chicago IL) Monday, August 1, 1932, page 24:

“THORPE – Jennie Thorpe, 1653 N. Lowell av. beloved wife of William, dear mother of Jean and Gene, fond sister of Ruth Gundlach and Sherman Collins.  resting at funeral home, 4138-40 W. North av.  Services 2 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.  Interment Arlington.  Call Belmont 6812.”

  • Wife: Eleanore Irene (Steiner) Russell born July 11, 1913 in Chicago, Cook County, IL, daughter of Peter Steiner (1884-1947) and Nellie (Kelma/Keller/Kelly) Steiner (1888-1932); married Gene Jesse Russell on June 15, 1940 in Clinton County, IA; last residence Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Eleanore died September 1975 (See section pertaining to Eleanore Irene (Steiner) Russell buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Siblings:
    • Jean P. “Jennie” (Russell) (Lauderdale) Majercik born about 1899 in Iowa; married Alfred W. Lauderdale on January 24, 1920 in Cook County, IL; married (2) unknown Majercik; Jean died March 4, 1967 in Cook County, IL; buried in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines, Cook County, IL

Additional Information:

According to the Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999:

“Name: Jessie E Russell; Birth Date: 12 Dec 1904; Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa; Father: Henry Russell; Mother: Jennie Collins; FHL Film Number: 985983”

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Hanibal City, Mason Township, Marion County, MO, living at 134 Coleman, the household members were: Wm. E. Thorp, head, age 34, married twice, Years presently married: 2, born in Missouri, parents born in Missouri, occupation: carpenter – contractors; Jennie Thorp, wife, age 37, married twice, Years presently married: 2, 2 children born, 2 children living, born in Ohio, Father born in Ohio, Mother born in Indiana, occupation: seamstress – at home; Jennie E. Russel, Step daughter, age 11, single, born in Iowa, father born in Virginia, mother born in Ohio; Jessie E. Russel, Step son, age 5, single, born in Iowa, father born in Virginia, mother born in Ohio.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 1950 Humboldt Blvd, the household members were: (page 1B of the census records) Gene J. Russell, head, age 35, married, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Iowa, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: glass worker – reflector mfg; (page 61B of the census records)  Eleanore I. Russell, wife, age 26, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Gene Jesse Russell; Address: 1108 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, Cook County, ILL; Telephone: Chicago/Belmont 6078; Age in Years: 35; Date of Birth: Dec. 12, 1904; Place of Birth: Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Country of Citizenship: U.S.A.; Name of Person who will Always know  your Address: Mrs. Eleanore Irene Russell; Relationship of that Person: Wife; Address of That Person: 1108 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, Cook County, ILL.; Employer’s Name: Pyle-National Co.; Place of Employment: 1334 N. Kostner Ave., Chicago, Cook County, ILL.; Race: White; Height: 6′ 3 1/2″; Weight: 165; Eyes: Gray; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Dark; Signed: October 16, 1940”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Thursday, June 6, 1968, page 73:

Gene J. Russell of Round Lake Beach, Ill., beloved husband of Eleanor.  Member of Industrial Sheet Metal Workers, Local No.73.  Services Friday, June 7, 10 a. m., at MacGillis Funeral Home, 350 Goodnow boulevard, Round Lake, Ill.  Interment Fort Hill cemetery.  546-3300.”