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Imperial Valley Series

By Don Russell

Photos by Lewis F. Russell

The early life of Lewis F. and Cora E. Russell took place in the Imperial  County, around 1913 to 1917, shortly after Imperial Co. split off from San Diego Co. They lived on a ranch located east of Brawley in  the western half of section 35, Township 12 South,  Range 15 East , San Bernardino Base Meriden (usually written S 35, T 12 S, R 15 E, SBBM.) They called it "The Sand Ranch."  The ranch was a family affair, owned by my Grandfather, Jason Russell, an Uncle, Hugh Russell and my father Lewis F. Russell. Each man filed on adjacent parcels.

In the years after ranching in the desert, 1918 to 1925, Dad really got into carpentry from Dixon, CA. to Brawley and Long Beach, CA. and in Hulburd Grove Estates at Descanso. By 1925 we were locked into HGGR and HGE. Several years following were in building at HGGR and homes in HGE.