E.Z. Russell, was born at what is now Florence, Nebraska, in December of 1866, before Nebraska was a state. He grew up as a kid in the cattle and hog business with his father. Later he was editor of the Twentieth Century Farmer in Omaha and then went to Washington, D.C. After his retirement from the Department of Agriculture and until his death, he assisted his son, R.C. Russell, in the operations of their farms and ranch.