On August 7, 1895 Lilian M. Stitzel married Frank B. Russell. Lilian, born in 1873, was the daughter of Philip Stitzel, who, in 1910, sold a distillery that later became the well-known Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Frank, born in 1868, was an enterprising man who, early in his career, was involved with the manufacture of beer staves (see image: Stave mill, ca. 1911 [SB R963_018]) and beginning in 1908 served as President of the Beer Stock Manufactures Association. Throughout his life he would endeavor into various industries, including oil, lumber, and banking. The couple had three children: Hobart (nicknamed Hobit), Toska (Tox), and Joyce. The Russells lived first in Clay City, Kentucky, and several images from this time are documented in this gallery. They later moved to 205 South Peterson Avenue in Louisville, where their home still stands today. This gallery documents the family’s time in both Clay City and Louisville, as well as their travels, hobbies, home life (including domestic staff), and Frank’s professional endeavors.
The images come from the Frank B. Russell Scrapbook, 1870-1977 (Mss. SB R963). The book contains more photographs like the examples shown here as well as the couple’s marriage announcement and associated correspondence, correspondence related to the birth of Mr. and Mrs. Russell’s son (Hobart), and other personal ephemera.
The Filson also has a collection of Frank’s papers (Mss. A R963). This collection focuses mostly on Frank’s research into the history of the iron industry in Kentucky. The papers include correspondence, 1940-1958; notes; newspaper clippings; and photographs of furnaces.