EMPLOYEES

If you can help us out identifying people, please let me know at
steve@stevebriggs.com. If you have photos of Russel employees from other
years, I'd also love to add these to the archive!

 

1940 Photo courtesy The Grey Roots Archival Collection (item PF123S8F2I26).
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Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library collection Photographs and post cards Photographs Russel Bros. [Brothers] Ltd. Owen Sound, July, 1940. File, Item I26 1940 Physical description Photograph/Negative/Slide General note(s) (middle row, 4th from left) Fred Smith; (front row, left to right) 8 Unidentified, Cecil Rollings, 6 Unidentified, Henderson, 3 Unidentified Accession # A2008.028

 

1947 Photo courtesy ex-Russel employee Phyllis Brown of Owen Sound.
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1952 Photo donated to the Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum by Donald A. Williams, in memory of his father, former Russel employee George D. Williams.
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1957 Photo courtesy ex-Russel employee Phyllis Brown of Owen Sound.
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1962 ENGINE DIVISION Employee Photos courtesy Eleanor Barfoot (daughter of Earl Thompson) and Howard Donovan. Identifications by H. Donovan.
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FRONT ROW: W. Burnett, B. Bailes, A.M. Patrick, E. Brown, R. Smith, M. Pearce, P. Beare, B. Guidi, C. Glen,
H. Schack, J. Hunt, G. Wilkinson, P. Wright, R. Tennent, W. Galbraith, A. Jackola, J. Clarke, R. Bishop.
MIDDLE ROW: J. Craig, J. Curtis, H. Winter, J. Archer, Gomer Morrison, Geo. Moore, J. Edgar, Bun White, A. Cameron,
Nic Scopis, G. Schack, Earl Thompson, Vance McMillan, Emile Richard, R. Butt, E. Moulton, P. Gamble, unknown.
BACK ROW: A. Barfoot, F. Koepke, W. (Bill) Wark, Dave Anderson, L. Strutton, T. Couture, Percy Buckland, H. Donovan,
K. Miller, J. McTavish, H. Browne, Jim Henry, G. Bignell, W. Clarke, W. Schack, L. Juniper, G. Wood, Bob Lisk, G. Robertson.

 

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Russel-Hipwell Engines Ltd. assembling four engines for two search and rescue craft for the Dept. of Transport.
Emile Richard (left), and Vance McMillan (right).

 

All listings below are LEFT to RIGHT.

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BOATSHOP BACK (5th) Row: C. Wilson, F. Vincent, E. Rutherford, W. Couture, F. Bobzener, W. Legate, W. Holmes, W. Barfoot, D. Frizzell, B. Wark, W. Parker, W. Lester, G. House, E. Kreutzweiser, D. Morrison.
4th Row: E. Krone, A. Cepson, L. Seaman, M. Baird, R. Barfoot, W. Harrison, B. Kerr, Lloyd Smith, J. Dickinson, T. Long, E. Lee, F. Smith, B. Hawke, F. Russel.
3rd Row:A. Richards, W. Hayward, H. Seaman, M. McGill, W. Orr, B. Cottingham, B. Armstrong, D. Harris, J. Barry, R. Cotter, L. Hyndman, Percy England.
2nd Row: W. Cook, J. McComb, H. Walsh, F. Wilkens, L. Foster, F. O'Leary, B. Webber, C. McKinnon, H. Foster, S. Marchello, W. Day, P. Pawlust, M. Campbell, A. Cornett.
Front Row: E. Heft, L. Beckett, G. Nicol, W. Gilberts, N. McMinn, B. Hambly, R. Brown, J. Homeniuk, W. Selman, H. Baird, W. O'Leary, S. Kuchma, H. Tuohy.
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FITTERS

E. Teschke, R. Sanderson, L. Jorgensen, W. Burnett, E. Oliver.

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GENERATOR SHOP

STANDING: L. Richards, P. Buckland, L. Galbraith, H. Brown, S. McKim, C. Ramsay, J. Wardell, W. Walker.
KNEELING: G. Moore, G. Fisher, C. Williton, J. McTavish, M. MacMillan, R. McComb.

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MACHINE SHOP

FRONT ROW: R. Clark, E. Clements, L. Fair, N. Granfors, A. Clements, Lyman Chatwell, T. Meloche, J. Palmer, J. Aiken.
MIDDLE ROW: I. Fairweather, R. Harrison, M. Huston, H. Wilson, C. McRae, J. Hart, C. England, R. Agnew.
BACK ROW: R. McBride, S. Wilson, A. Monroe, J. McClure, D. Anderson, G. Fenn.

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MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

STANDING: H.H. Warkentin, L.R.Cornett, C.A. Rollings, E.M.Cordrey, D.M.Blanchard.
SEATED: L.W. Childs, N.E. Hipwell, N.H. Robertson.

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MONTREAL STAFF

STANDING: Guy Marcel, J.P. Claude, Jim Jeffries, Tom Russel, Bill Rankin.
SEATED: Jessie Jeffries, K.F. Klassen, Emily Green.

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OFFICE STAFF

SEATED rear: D. Dunn, E. Cordrey, K. Trotter, S. Cossey, C. Glen.
STANDING: N. Robertson, R. Russel, N. Hipwell, R. Childs, H. Warkentin, T. McReavy, B. MacLeod, H. Cole, A Kiff, W. Shears, M. Blanchard, B. MacMillan.
SEATED front: S. Beatty, J. Rennie, L. Featherston, M. Noble, J. Shears, C. Sacerty.

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OFFICE STAFF

SEATED: P. Neath, M. Johnson.
STANDING: L. Cornett, D. Seaman, C. Furness, C. Rollings, M. Cassidy, B. White, G. Paterson.

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PAINTERS & CLEANERS

KNEELING: A. Rouse, E. Bone, R. Robinson, E. Moulton.
STANDING: R. Bartley, W. Hutton, C. Young, J. Blackshaw, W. Duncan, M. Brett, C. Summers, A. Fraser, M. Baker, A. Best, A. Hutson.

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STOCK KEEPERS

KNEELING: W. Puckett, K. Haswell, K. Gibson.
STANDING: F. Koepke, H. Hilts, W. Cole, A. Cameron, M. Duncan.

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WATCHMEN

J. Taylor, E. Dell.

 

  What Is Specialized Service? This Russel-Hipwell brochure gives short biographies of employees in Owen Sound, as well as the Port Arthur, Montreal and Halifax branches. Eric M. Cordrey, Larry Bent, George Moore, Percy Buckland, George Fisher, Ralph Coughran, Bob Douglas, Hilton Westbrook, Lloyd Galbraith, Eric G. Cordrey, Maurice Cassidy, Don Gerhardt, Mac McMillan, Cliff Poulin, Jack McTavish, Dick McComb, Sam McKim, Harry Hilts, Rene Kartner, Hugh Mackinlay, Vernon Kehler, Cliff Ramsay, Bill Rankin, Len Richards, Jack Wardell, Tom Russel, Fred Russel, Bun White, Frank Wilkins, Roy Sanderson, Cliff Williton, Bob Taylor, Cliff Wilson.

 

Employee Anecdotes:

Ed Krohn (92), Jan. 26th, 2006
Howard Donovan (84), Sept. 19th, 2006.

Obituaries:

Harry (Henry) Warkentin Sept. 29, 1995
Norman H. Robertson Dec. 15th, 1994
Norval Hipwell Mar. 17th, 1987

 
Employees & Hourly Rates 1941
Feb. 22, 1941
July 8, 1941
Oct. 23, 1941
 
Tax Return
Russel Cost Accountant earns $2365.30 for year 1945.
Apr. 30, 1946

 

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40th ANNIVERSARY

At this 1947 event, Colin & Jardine Russel were presented with commemorative clocks as seen above. Colin's now belongs to Tom Russel and is pictured at left (July 2007). Inscription reads:

PRESENTED TO
COLIN RUSSEL
IN COMMEMORATION
40TH ANNIVERSARY
RUSSEL BROTHERS
1907   STAFF & FOREMEN   1947

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50th Anniversary Banquet, Paterson House, Owen Sound, 1957.
Company officials and employees of Russel-Hipwell Engines Ltd. celebrated the company's 50th anniversary Saturday night at a banquet held at the Paterson House. Left to right at the banquet table are seen Wm. O'Leary, Bruce MacLeod, Fred H. Russel, Lorne Cornett, Albert Cottingham, Harry Warkentin, Colin Glen, G.D. Fleming, John Homeniuk, Cecil Rollings, Albert Clemts, Colin Russel, Norval Hipwell, and foreground Thomas Russel. Also attending the banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary of Russel-Hipwell Engines Saturday night were, left to right, Adam Turner, Eric Cordrey, Wm. Osadzuk, John Klassen, Louis Jorgensen, Wm. Telford, Nestor Granfors, Norman Robertson, Eric Oliver and Murray Blanchard. - Sun Times Staff Photo.


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Company Picnic, Harrison Park, Owen Sound. Del Seaman as the clown to the left. c. 1950.
Ray McCallum was the clown facing away, and Norm Walker is the fourth runner from the left.
Howard Donovan may be the third from left. Del Seaman Collection.

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