Russell, (Charles Ellsworth) “Pee Wee”(1906–69) jazz musician; born in Maple Wood, Mo. He was an eccentric clarinetist whose unpredictability paralleled the alcoholic turbulence of his personal life. He was a sideman with Red Nichols and many others between 1920 and 1937. For the next 30 years, he was a beloved fixture at Dixieland clubs in New York.
Russell, Charles (Marion)(1864–1926) painter, sculptor, illustrator; born in St. Louis, Mo. Growing up fascinated with sketching and modeling cowboys, Indians, and animals, he went to Montana at age 16 and settled there, worked as a hunter and cowboy, and lived one winter with the Blood tribe of Canada until in 1892 he decided to devote himself to art full-time. Entirely self-taught, working with oils, water colors, pen-and-ink, and clay, he captured the authentic drama and details of the classic American West, but he never gained quite the standing of his contemporary, Frederic Remington.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.