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 Joseph Stanford “Sloppy Joe/Joe Grunts” Russell

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Joseph Stanford “Sloppy Joe/Joe Grunts” Russell

Birth
Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA
Death
20 Jun 1941 (aged 51)
Havana, Municipio de La Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba
Burial
Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA
Plot
Sawyers 5
Memorial ID
21475887 View Source

"Sloppy" Joe Russell Key West's best known barkeep and fishing guide to Famous Author Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s. Known as "Josie" to all his friends, it was suggested to him by Hemingway to rename his bar Sloppy Joe's. Joe Russell was a charter boat captain, rumrunner, Hemingway's boat pilot, and the author's fishing companion for twelve years. In his company, Papa once caught an astonishing 54 marlin in 115 days. Hemingway called him "Josie Grunts" and used him as the model for Freddy, the owner of Freddy's Bar and captain of the Queen Conch in To Have and Have Not. Joe Russell died in 1941 of a heart attack. He was 53 years old.

"Sloppy" Joe Russell Key West's best known barkeep and fishing guide to Famous Author Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s. Known as "Josie" to all his friends, it was suggested to him by Hemingway to rename his bar Sloppy Joe's. Joe Russell was a charter boat captain, rumrunner, Hemingway's boat pilot, and the author's fishing companion for twelve years. In his company, Papa once caught an astonishing 54 marlin in 115 days. Hemingway called him "Josie Grunts" and used him as the model for Freddy, the owner of Freddy's Bar and captain of the Queen Conch in To Have and Have Not. Joe Russell died in 1941 of a heart attack. He was 53 years old.


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  • Created by: Vito
  • Added: 10 Sep 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 21475887
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21475887/joseph-stanford-russell: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Stanford “Sloppy Joe/Joe Grunts” Russell (9 Dec 1889–20 Jun 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21475887, citing Key West Cemetery, Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA; Maintained by Vito (contributor 46873225).