The Russell Family in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Powell River was named after Dr. Israel Wood Powell, British Columbia's first superintendent of Indian Affairs (1872-89). He originally came to BC in 1872 during the Cariboo gold rush and was instrumental in bringing British Columbia into Confederation. In 1881, Powell was traveling up the BC coast in a ship named the Rocket, and when a short river draining a large lake was spotted on the coastline, it was decided that the site would be named in his honour. Hence, Powell River, and Powell Lake. The establishment of logging camps in the Powell River area in the 1880s was a precursor to greater economic things. Powell River became a regular stop for the ships of the Union Steamship Company. Between 1910 and 1912, a pulp and paper mill was built on the waterfront by the Brooks, Scanlon and O'Brien Company. After purchasing the pulp lease owned by the Canadian Industrial Company and the water rights of Powell Lake from the Pacific Coast Power Company, the Powell River Paper Company was formed in 1909 by Brooks and Scanlon. In 1910, the company was renamed the Powell River Company. The first roll of saleable newsprint went off Number One paper machine in April 1912. By 1930, the mill employed more than 2,000 workers, and had become the largest newsprint mill in the world. - from discoverpowellriver.com
London to Montreal
Agnes, Winnie and Joy emigrated from London to Montreal aboard the Canadian Pacific Line SS Montnairn in November, 1927 (the SS Montnairn was previously called the Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm and had quite an interesting history). On Tuesday, November 8, 1927, Robert Russell sent a Ship to Ship Marconigram from the SS Maidenhead to his wife aboard the SS Montnairn: To Mrs. Ethel Russell, passenger, SS Montnairn. Due Montreal early Thursday morning. Try arrange break... Will meet you. Will wire again. Bob. His wife and children passed through Canadian Immigration on November 11, 1927, in Quebec City. Robert would continue to serve as First Mate aboard the Maidenhead for another couple of years and as Captain aboard the Fair River before retiring from the Merchant Marine and coming to live full-time in Powell River.
Powell River, British Columbia
Agnes (Ethel), Winifred and Violet Joy probably moved to Powell River, B.C., Canada soon after landing in Montreal in 1927 (Ron had already moved to Powell River in 1926 and was probably living with the Drury's). Robert retired from the Merchant Marine and moved to Powell River in 1929.
Wall Street Crash!
The Moose Pirates
Paper Queen, Powell River
Agnes "Ethel" and Robert "Bob" Russell
Ron Russell & Lillie Sorensen
Ron Russell married Lillie Byriel Sorensen (daughter of Per Laursen Byrjil Sorensen and Olga Cecelia Nielsen) in Powell River on June 30, 1939. They had two children: Kenneth and Philip (1949-2010).
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