Russell was born and raised in Menomonie, Wisconsin. He graduated
from Menomonie High School. He served our country in the US
Navy during WWII as a photographer on the USS Shipley Bay.
After the war he returned to attend the
University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a BA in
art education and worked on his masters in applied art.
John is a professional photographer, author, artist, historian and public
speaker. Some of his distinguished works are published on the Wisconsin Lore & Legends