But Russell had a completely different idea of what 1914 was all about than do JWs currently. He believed it would be The End culminating in Armageddon, not The Beginning of the End the meaning of which would be revised at least six times between then and now culminating in the current "Overlapping Generation" nonsense.
Russell's earlier view was that the time of trouble was end, not begin, in 1914. Russell adopted this view from N. H. Barbour in 1876. However, as best as I can determine, some of the Bible Students did not accept this view, and presented scriptural evidence that the end of the Gentile Times would NOT see the end of the time of trouble, but rather the beginning of the time of trouble. In 1904, ten years before 1914, Russell adopted this latter view, which, in effect, was a reversal of his earlier view that the time of trouble was to end in 1914. Thus from 1904 on up to 1914, Russell was expecting that time of trouble was to begin, not end, in 1914; he died in 1916 still with the belief that the time of trouble had begun in 1914.
Russell's view of Armageddon, however, did not include the eternal destruction of millions of unbelievers as the JWs teach; he viewed it as a period of chastisement, not eternal destruction, upon the peoples of the nations.