Call for Russell bricks comes through after local family donates 245 bricks to the cause, more needed

Above, above, Tony Baas holds one of the 254 Russell bricks his family donated to help with the construction of the Welcome to Russell signs. Courtesy photo

RUSSELL — And the bricks keep coming! Russell bricks have been dropped off one at a time by local residents to help the Russell Historical Society and the Kin Club of Russell with the construction of two “Welcome to Russell” signs. The bricks will be interspersed with other bricks for the foundation of the two signs, which will be built through sponsorships and donations from the community.

However, local Russell residents Tony and Wilma Baas changed all that quickly this week. They noticed the advertisements looking for Russell bricks and made a quick phone call. An hour later, 254 Russell bricks were dropped off at the Keith M. Boyd Museum in Russell. Donors can normally drop off their bricks at the Keith M. Boyd Museum in Russell on Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m., but Russell Historical Society president Harry Baker made an exception and opened the museum to accept the very generous donation from the Baas family.

“We want as many bricks as possible to help preserve the history of Russell in the new welcome signs. Although we haven’t set any numbers for a goal, we want as many families and citizens to have an opportunity to help contribute to their signs,” expressed Kin Club of Russell member, Diane Hayes.

The Kin Club is also seeking local sponsors for the signs. “All individual, family and in memorium donations of $250 or more will have their names inscribed on a commemorative plaque by the Castor Street sign, and the same for corporate and service donors of over $1,000,” stated co-chair David Picard.

The Kin Club estimates the two signs to cost over $81,000. Please see for more information.


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