City History by People: B. F. Russell
He helped save the life of Mrs. Marshall Wheeler in the Civil War when she was to be executed the next day. He dressed up as a masked Confederate guard and led her to the Union lines where she was safe. A country doctor, whose home and clinic later became the County Poor Farm. Russell established the first post office in Thurston in 1877. The present-day 66th Street was once called Russell Road.