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No. 86


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Manitoba Communities: Russell (Unincorporated Town)

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The earliest European settlers to this area arrived around 1880, the first being William Denmark who homesteaded north of the town site and Charles A. Boulton who homesteaded some 10 miles further north. Boulton acquired the section of land where Russell is now situated and, in 1881, the town site was surveyed and named Russell in honour of Surveyor-General Lindsay Russell. In the fall of 1881, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post at the site later occupied by the Doig Block.

Present Status

Municipality of Russell-Binscarth (1 January 2015)

Incorporation History

Village of Russell (4 June 197)
Town of Russell (11 March 1913)
Amalgamation of Binscarth, Russell and Russell (1 January 2015)

Land Area (square km)

3.15

Population

Year

Total

1911

562

1916

820

1921

696

1926

814

1931

827

1936

823

1941

783

1946

885

1951

1100

1956

1227

1961

1263

1966

1511

1971

1526

1976

1524

1981

1660

1986

1669

1991

1616

1996

1605

2001

1587

2006

1590

2011

1669

Mayors

Term

Mayor

1907-1908

Thomas Hill (1849-1917)

1909-1912

Henry Clee (1871-?)

1913

E. M. Williams

1914

Donald Cromwell McDonald (1879-1917)

1915-1918

William Wilber Wilfred Wilson (1885-1964)

1919-1920

Dr. G. E. Swallow

1921

L. C. Boulton

1922-1923

Henry Clee (1871-?)

1924-1933

Percy H. Nelson (1871-?)

1934-1945

Harold S. Hembroff

1946-1955

Andrew Mather

1956-1974

James A. Burgess (c1908-1984)

1975-1980

David Arthur “Art” Kinney (1915-2003)

1981-1986

James Lawther Langford (1928-2006)

1987-1989

William Russell

1990-1992

James Lawther Langford (1928-2006)

1993-1998

William Russell

1999-2001

Vernon “Vern” Rosnoski (?-2014)

2002-?

Merril Kiliwnik

?-2014

Christopher Radford

2015

See Russell-Binscarth

Memorable Manitobans

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Historic Sites

Go here for a list of historic sites in Russell.

History Books

Go here for a list of history books for Russell.

Maps

Sources

“William James Doig is called by death,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 May 1924, page 5.

Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2017

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