Russell Bailey's home at 1120 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire

Russel(l) Claude Bailey b: January 26, 1879 in Sparta, WI to Charles E. Bailey and Rebecca J. Hall. He d: December 4, 1951 in Eau Claire, WI. He was named after his Bailey grandfather. He lived in Eau Claire where he worked for the Holland Clothing Company down by the river. He married September 11, 1902 to Jessie M. Stumm who was b: appx-1881 in WI. Her parents were Jacob and Mary Eldrige Stumm. They lived with her mother, Mary during 1905 at least and they had no children. He is buried in the Bailey lot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Eau Claire, WI. They lived in a white house up on a hill and the children of William Bailey would often go and visit Russ and Jessie. They especially enjoyed having the children as they had no children of their own. Vivian remembers spending summers at their home. In the winter the kids would slide down the great hill into town. Russel and Jessie divorced and he remarried on July 10, 1915 in Eau Claire to Rose Robinson a 27 year old divorcee'. Menioned in "The Rivers Flow" 1965 Lois Barland, Worzalla Publishing Co., Stevens Point, WI: R.C. Bailey's daughter, Virginia, who was 17 in 1934 won a radio contest to sing with Dick Powell in a series of one-hour radio programs. I presume this is the daughter mentioned in his and Rose's obituaries as Mrs. Arthur Garrett of Chicago. Russell was a corporal in the Spanish American War. Not your Russell? Please click here for another Russell C. Bailey in Wisconsin.

Received the following information from Mary Jarussi who is researching the Stumm family:

Mary Eldridge's parents were Ebenezer and Betsy Eldridge. (Jacob was born in Germany - Mary was born in Wisconsin). Jacob and Mary met in Baraboo, WI when they were living next door to each other as children. They eventually lived in Eau Claire (where their children were born).

Jessie eventually remarried and apparently moved to Minnesota (although I haven't yet tracked down who she married or where in MN she lived - another branch of the tree to trace some day). I would love to find that information as I want to know if Jessie had any children in her second marriage. If not, Jacob and Mary's line did not carry on.

Jacob and Mary Stumm had three children (Frederick/Mary/Jessie).

Frederick married but did not have children before passing away at the age of 32.

Mary died as an infant.

Russel and Jessie did not have children.

Jacob and his son, Frederick, were very well known and respected. When Jacob died in 1900 over 1,000 people attended his funeral in Eau Claire. His son Frederick died 4 years later - on the night he won an election as City Supervisor. Fred had just voted and stopped to visit his mother, Mary. Russel & Jessie were there. Russel tried to get medical help but there wasn't time. Fred's death was major news in the papers.

Russel's baseball statistics are here. He was a Corporal in the Spanish-American War. Another war mention.

The following is from an obituary in the Eau Claire paper on December 4, 1951 for Russell:

Russ Bailey, Baseball Pioneer, Dies at 73

Russell C. Bailey, 73, one of the baseball pioneers in this city and area died early today at the Sacred Heart Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Bailey's career as a baseball player and manager began in 1905, when he played with Eau Claire in the Illinois-Wisconsin league. He retired from active participation in the game in 1912, when he was manager and played with the Eau Claire team in the Wisconsin-Minnesota league.

The league folded up in mid-season and Bailey finished the season and his playing career with Wausau.

Mr. Bailey, a Spanish American War veteran resided at 1120 Graham Ave. He is survived by his wife, one daghter, Mrs. Arthur Garrett, Chicago; a brother, Jack of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Lyda Nelson, Milwaukee, and two granddaughters. Funeral arrangements are being made by Stokes and Sons.

In 1949 Mr. Bailey was named commissioner of the 11th district of the Wisconsin Semi-Pro baseball congress. As commissioner, he had charge of the tournament in which the top teams of the six-county area competed for berths in the state tournament at Milwaukee.

Mr. Bailey starred as an outfielder and hitter for Eau Claire teams, and was a member of the pennant-winning team in the Wisconsin-Minnesota league in 1910. After leading the league as a hitter in 1911, he was drafted by Milwaukee of the American Assocation, but his career was cut short by a broken ankle suffered in a game with Minneapolis.

Mr. Bailey finished his career with Wausau by hitting 16 home runs in the two months he played for the team, unusual in the days of the old dead ball.

Two former big league starts received their start under Mr. Bailey's managership, Hap Feisch, who starred with the Chicago White Sox, as an outfielder, and Burleigh Grimes, famous spitball pitcher.

This picture below was taken from the paper though it was not a good one.

Russel's second wife Rose Ada Bailey was born 11/24/1887 and died 9/2/1962 in Eau Claire. Her obituary is as follows:

Mrs. Rose Ada Bailey, 74, of 1302 State St., a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, died suddenly at noon Sunday.

She is survived by a daugher, Mrs. Arthur Garrett, Elmhurst, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Kahn, Sauk City, and Mrs. Grace Payzant, Minneapolis; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Stokes and Sons with the Rev. Ham officiating. Friends may call at the funeral chapel Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday until time of services. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. (Obituary)

1880 Federal Census Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Charles E. BAILEYSelfMMaleW35NYPainter (House)NYNY
Rebecca BAILEYWife M Female W 29 NY Keeping House NY ME
Willie BAILEY*SonSMaleW9WIAt School NYNY
Melissa HALL**OtherFemaleW60MEAt HomeMEME

*We were told that William was born in Sparta, WI.
**Melissa was Rebecca's mother

Are you a Russ Bailey descendant? Please contact me as soon as possible. Jason Christopherson, Author of Baseball in Eau Claire nomiated Russ Bailey for the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame. If you are interested in Jason's book, you can find it at Just $15 and it has two team photos with Russ in them. (Nomination)

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Olin Family Society

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Spencer Historical and Genealogy Society (SHGS)

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