Michael Russ and his wife first moved to Lancaster in 1991. Since then Mike has been active with the Lancaster Depew Soccer Club and with Lancaster Unleashed, a group dedicated to bringing a dog park to Como Park.
Mike has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has worked for National Fuel Gas for over 25 years.
Mike’s daughter Kaitlyn owns a pet food supply and treat store at 5 West Main Street in the heart of the village called Purely Pets. Mike’s Wife Reggie, can often be found behind the counter.
Mike became interested in the History of Lancaster when he discovered is third great grandfather was Matthias Schwartz, one of the town’s earliest settlers, and who’s family had run a general store on Old West Main Street in the 1890’s. He has been very active working on a web site that chronicles the history and genealogy of the people of the town of Lancaster at: