A recent article on this blog discussed the Russells’ (father and son) business venture as music publishers in 1872. This was known in Separate Identity volume 1, which reproduced the one known piece of sheet music they published on page 333. It was called The Evening Prayer. The recent article discussed the background of this piece, written by Blessner and Pershing for a local Pittsburgh college.
It is curious that out of all the different businesses CTR and his father tried, this one was still viewed as worthy of mention in a court case over forty years later!
The case was the famous 1913 Russell vs. Brooklyn Eagle trial, generally known as the “miracle wheat” trial. In a review of Russell’s various business ventures, W E Van Amburgh included a music business. The reference is in the transcript on page 320, section 959.
Van Amberg (sic) did not become a director of the corporation until 1901, and this exchange took place in 1913, both events decades after the 1872 music publishing. He would have had no first-hand knowledge of Russell’s stores. Yet out of all of Russell’s past business ventures it is curious that the music store should still be referenced.
Maybe somewhere there is still more to be discovered.