The years after high school were a time of continued education, pursuit of passions and maturing for Russell.

Whether it was attending Central State Teachers College, entering contests showing his mechanical design skill or earning a certificate as a diesel mechanic, the interest in machines and making them work was a focal point in his late teen years.

In 1937, Russell entered the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild “dream car” contest and won 2nd place for entrants from Oklahoma.  The award included a ribbon, a certificate and a $75.00 prize.  The car was displayed along with other entrants from across the country at the General Motors facility in Detroit.  The model is pictured here.

 
 
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1935-1941

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