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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.


Donald Bert Russell , son of Oscar Elwood and Ethel Bert Russell, was born in Huntington, Ind., in 1899. He earned the A.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1921. He married Ruth Holsenbeck in 1922 and they had three children: Elaine Canfield, John Robert, and Martha Jane.

Russell began his career as a newspaperman in Chicago where he was copyreader, CHICAGO JOURNAL, 1923-25; editorial writer, CHICAGO DAILY NEWS, 1925-46; and makeup editor, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1947-50. He was senior associate editor, New Standard Encyclopedia, 1950-53, and resumed that position in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and the U.S. Army Reserve, 1925-41. He received the Friends of Literature, best book award, 1961, and Spur Award for nonfiction, Western Writers of America, 1962. Russell became editor of The Westerners Brand Book in 1946.

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