RUSSELL JAMES LOVELAND.
It is a well-attested maxim that the greatness of a community or state lies not in the machinery of government, nor even in its institutions; but rather in the sterling qualities of the individual citizen, in his capacity for high and unselfish effort and in his devotion to the public welfare. In these particulars Russell J. Loveland, one of the partners in the Audubon Canning Company, has conferred honor and dignity upon his locality by his persevering and close application to his business, and it is fitting that there should be recorded in this volume a brief resume of his career, with the object of noting his connection with the advancement of this flourishing and progressive section of the Hawkeye commonwealth. As one of the partners in the Audubon Canning Company, Mr. Loveland has built up a large and lucrative business, this being one of the large commercial enterprises in the city of Audubon, enjoying the liberal support of the people of Audubon county.|
Russell James Loveland was born on January l0, 1875, in New York state, a son of James H. and Catherine (Dickson) Loveland, the former a native of New York, and the latter a native of Canada. They were married in New York state and are still living there. James H. Loveland has been a farmer all his life, and has been unusually prosperous and successful in his chosen vocation. He and his wife are the parents of eight children, Minnie A., Josephine M., Russell J., Adelber F., Howard R., Elizabeth E., Grace F. and Chester.
Russell James Loveland was educated in the public schools of his native state of New York, and after finishing the course in the common schools, entered the academy at Utica, New York, where he further pursued his educational training. After leaving school Mr. Loveland took up the canning business in Iowa, Indiana and Ohio, and has been engaged in this line for the past seventeen years, during the last five years of which time he has been located in Audubon, Iowa. The firm with which Mr. Loveland is connected is known as the Audubon Canning Company. It is a partnership, Mr. Loveland holding an equal interest in the company with Charles Van Garder.
On July 16, 1907, Russell James Loveland was married to Edith L. Denslow, the daughter of L. S. and Sarah (Benton) Denslow, both of whom are natives of Utica, New York, and are still residing in that city. Mrs. Loveland was born in Utica and was there married to Mr. Loveland. To this union three children have been born, Ford Dickson, Katherine Mabel and Russell James, Jr.
The canning factory in which Mr. Loveland is interested has a capacity of one and one-fourth million cans annually. The output is sold largely in the west. The company cans all kinds of vegetables and fruit, and its brand is well known throughout the section of the country in which its sales have been made.
Mr. Loveland is not a member of any lodge, but has devoted his time rather to his business, to his home and to his family, being a man of decided domestic inclinations. Mr. and Mrs. Loveland and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Loveland is a Republican, but he is not active in politics and has never held office nor cared to do so.
Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 339-340.