Ethel’s Art Gallery

1921

Indiana

Ethel Winter Forest
Ethel Seaside
Ethel Wooded Scene

Ethel Russell, daughter of Martin Reinhold Wallentin Russell and Hilda Oberg, was an accomplished oil painter. Photos of four of her works are shown on this page, including her iconic portrait of her father Martin Russell. Ethel attended Denison College for three years, where she met her future husband, Arthur C. Wickenden. Arthur graduated in 1915 and began his religious studies at the University of Chicago the following year, in spite of his parents' objections that the institution was too liberal. Ethel transferred to U. of Chicago for her final year of college to be with Arthur, and graduated from there with her bachelors in 1916.

The Great War interrupted Arthur's studies: he enlisted in November 1917 as a Sergeant in a machine gun battalion. He fought at Aisne-Marne in France, and was severely wounded by a sniper in October 1918, just 2 months before the Armistice took effect. He recuperated fully in Cape May NJ, resumed his studies at U. of Chicago, and earned his D.B. in 1920. He and Ethel were married the following year.

Arthur served his first pastorate at the Baptist Church of Owatonna MN. For a while afterward he had his own church, but he spent most of his career as a Professor, and eventually Chairman, of the Religion Department at Miami University in Oxford OH. Arthur was an eloquent speaker, and was much in demand at University functions to give the opening prayer. Ethel was a serious homemaker, faculty wife and artist.