Russell's Priceless Legacy
The symbol that means Montana is the buffalo bulls head crafted by cowboy artist Charlie Russell. This year marks the sesquicentennial of Russell's birth. He would have been 150 on March 19.
By all accounts, Charlie was as his adopted son Jack described him,“kind and gentle.” Charlie's wife Nancy, described as“money minded,” kept Charlie on task in his creative work, and was a hard bargainer in marketing it.
This contrast is illustrated by a legend handed down in Montana's Mackay family extending back to the 1912 sale of a painting to family patriarch Malcom Mackay. According to...