First Army Contract

Russell got his monoply on military freighting under a two year contract for 1855 and 1856. An office was opened in Leavenworth, at that time a mere squatter village on the Delaware Indian Reservation. Charles R. Morehead, Russell’s nephew, was installed as Manager and John W. Russell, his eldest son, as bookkeeper. They spent $15,000.00 for warehouses and other buildings, opened a lumber yard, a packing plant to supply meat to the trains, built a sawmill, and opened two stores.