Item 2 - Russell, Harold.

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Russell, Harold.

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  • ca. 1930s (Photography)

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1 photograph : b&w negative ; 7 x 13 cm

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Dorothy Etta Russell was a teacher and photographer. Born to Etta Lydia Mary White (nee Schantz) and Ward White on April 26, 1900 in the family home at 43 Schneider Avenue, Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. Shortly after giving birth, Dorothy’s mother died from complications of childbirth. At the time of Dorothy’s birth, her father was homesteading in Alberta and he remained out west after she was born.

Subsequently, Dorothy was raised by her grandmother Mary Schantz, her aunts Sophie Emma Schantz, and Florence Annie Catherine Schantz and her uncle Franklin Abram Schantz.

At the age of ten, Dorothy began attending school for the first time. She was enrolled in Courtland Avenue School in 1910. Later, she attended Victoria Public School. Between 1916 and 1920, Dorothy attended the Kitchener and Waterloo Collegiate Institute.

In September 1920, Dorothy enrolled in the Toronto Normal School to train as a teacher. She stayed at a boarding house in Toronto, Ontario during this time. Afterwards in 1921, Dorothy accepted a position at Suddaby Public School in Kitchener, Ontario as an assistant kindergarten teacher.

In 1923 Dorothy began taking Hawaiian guitar lessons from Clarke Russell and the two developed a relationship. The couple married on July 2, 1924. They moved to Chatham, Ontario around 1928.

Their first son Donald Richard Russell was born on February 24, 1929.

In 1933, Clarke moved to Toronto to pursue his music career. Dorothy and Donald moved back to Kitchener, Ontario and into the family home at 43 Schneider Avenue.

Dorothy and Clarke’s second son Harold Clarke Franklin Russell was born on September 14, 1935.

In 1937 Dorothy accepted a teaching position at Margaret Avenue School and stayed there until 1954. Afterwards, she taught at Prueter Public School until she retired in 1965.

Dorothy enjoyed a successful retirement spending time travelling and pursuing her interests including photography.

Dorothy died on January 18, 2005 after a period of illness.

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Image of Harold Russell smiling toward the camera while standing on a rock in a shallow pool of water. An unidentified adult wearing a hat and suit is watching from the side. Other unidentified adults are visible conversing and standing on rocks in the background.

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Scanned as TIF file November 2020.

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