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Lafayette H. Russell was born May 31, 1905, in Osawatomie and died March 16, 1978, in Coffeyville. He later changed his name to Reb Russell. Russell was an All American football player for Northwestern and was one of the original Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first year of existence. In 1932, Russell went to Hollywood to appear in "The All American" where he met Tom Mix. In 1933, Reb Russell made a string of movies. After his short film career he joined the Russell Brothers Circus and later (1937) he performed with the Downie Brothers Circus. He later purchased a ranch which extended from southeast Kansas into northeast Oklahoma. Russell is remembered for his innovative Hi-Goal Agriculture, a plan to help small farmers increase productivity and profits without government aid. Russell also ran against Joe Skubitz for the Fifth Congressional District.

Date: 1930-1940

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Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot from a 1934 movie. Photo #1Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot of Reb Russell, Eddie,  and Slim in "Arizona Badman".  Photo #2Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot from "Border Vengence".  Photo #3Reb Russell photo collection - Reb Russell, about 1933.  Photo #4Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot from an unidentified movie.  Photo #5Reb Russell photo collection - Reb posed with one of his leading ladies.  Photo #6Reb Russell photo collection - Tom Mix and Reb were really close friends.  Photo #7Reb Russell photo collection - Reb with unidentified actor and actress.  Photo #8Reb Russell photo collection - Unidentified actress and her horse.  Photo #9Reb Russell photo collection - A silver mounted saddle that was loaned to Reb to use on Rebel when he appeared with the famous Los Angeles SheriffReb Russell photo collection - Reb on Rebel.  Photo #11Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot of Reb.  Photo #12

Reb Russell photo collection - Studio shot from a 1934 movie. Photo #1

Item Number: 214527
Call Number: Reb Russell Collection
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 214527

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