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Florissant in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

James "Jay" Russell

James "Jay" Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2020
1. James "Jay" Russell Marker
Front side
James "Jay" Russell, long-serving Missouri statesman and Florissant businessman presented this tank to the City of Florissant in 1964. The Sherman Tank was the primary battle tank used in World War II to help the United States and the Allied forces defeat the Axis Powers.

Russell, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, lifetime member of the American Legion, and 4th Degree Knight and lifetime member of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Knights of Columbus Council 2951, was inspired by his distant relative, President Theodore Roosevelt, who said "the most important ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

James "Jay" Russell was born on November 4, 1928 and raised in his parents' business Russell's Grocery Store. In 1955 he married Delphie Mann and that same year they opened the perennially popular BJ's Bar & Restaurant in Old Town Florissant. Jay and Delphie raised their daughter Jeanne and son Jim Jr. while working together in the family business.

Jay began his career as a public servant in 1962 as a member of the House of Representatives, where he served until
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1990, including four years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, helping create the University of Missouri - St. Louis campus. He was elected as the first Lewis and Clark Democratic Committeeman from 1970 to 2008.
Erected 2014.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsGovernment & PoliticsWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
Location. 38° 47.038′ N, 90° 19.568′ W. Marker is in Florissant, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Memorial can be reached from South New Florissant Road, 0.1 miles south of Regina Ct, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at Bangert Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 275 S New Florissant Rd, Florissant MO 63031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Narrow Gauge Railroad Station (approx. half a mile away); Francois Dunegant dit Borosier (approx. half a mile away); Gregorie Aubuchon (approx. half a mile away); Rita Ann Moellering (approx. half a mile away); Charles Castello (approx. half a mile away); Joseph Peters
James "Jay" Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2020
2. James "Jay" Russell Marker
Reverse side
(approx. half a mile away); John Mullanphy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harold "Hal" Schuchmann (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florissant.
More about this marker. Monument was dedicated on December 7, 2014, with Jay and his family members present. In addition, over 200 people attended the ceremony, including Congressman Russ Carnahan and the Mayors of Florissant and Hazelwood. This was to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Sherman Tank arriving at Bangert Park.
Regarding James "Jay" Russell. Russell passed away on February 24, 2016. There is another marker dedicated to him as part of Florissant's "Walk Through History" plaque program (see "related markers").
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  James Russell on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
James "Jay" Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2020
3. James "Jay" Russell Marker
Next to the Sherman Tank. Kids are generally encouraged to play on it, but at the time it was blocked off due to COVID-19 concerns
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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