Russell History

We have removed our Russell Book from our publishers site and we are down to just a handful of book after which we will be retiring distribution of any more copies.   Thanks to everyone for the support and making our 1st book a success.

Russell, Massachusetts  - Establishment of a New England Town and early historical notes was published by 'Off the Common Press', a part of Levellers Press, Amherst Massachusetts.

The book is a compilation of research by Ralph E. Cortis over the last 25-30 years.  
In 2008 I joined my father with occasional on-line research.  Since retiring in January 2013, I have been focused on additional research and getting this in publication. 

Our book 
gives a background on Russell's establishment and development and provides a synopsis of how the town developed between it's founding in 1792 and the early 1900's.

The table of contents, below right, shows how the book is laid out.  

For those local to the Westfield/Russell area both Bruce W. Cortis and Ralph E. Cortis have copies of the book available to sell.

Additonally, books can be obtained from Jim Cortis of Russell,  the Russell Library and Whip City Candle, North Elm St, Westfield.

Cost of the book is $16.95 plus 1.05 Massachusetts sales tax. 

Shipping for the book is $3.50 when ordered on-line.     

The can be ordered on-line by using the 'Contact US' page here or from our publisher, Off the Common Books. 


Table of Contents

Westfield’s “New Addition” 
Incorporation of Montgomery 
Incorporation of Russell 
Naming of the Town of Russell 
Russell Boundaries 
Early Roads and Turnpikes 
Town Roads 
Early Industry 
Paper Industry 
Military History and Service