Edward M. Russell Obituary


from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, October 26, 1911

It came as quite a shock to many friends here when on Friday morning it became known that Mr. Ed M. Russell was at the point of death.  While Mr. Russell’s health had not been good for some time, having been a sufferer from heart trouble, yet he had been attending to his business as usual and on Thursday was at his store.

It was in the early hours of Friday morning when the fatal attack came, which caused his death Saturday morning.

Mr. Russell was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, January 16th, 1849.  His parents were natives of Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to this country in 1838.  His father, William Russell, was an expert watchmaker, and indeed jewels has been the occupation not only of Ed M. Russell but of all his paternal ancestors, as far back as his great-great-great-grandfather.

He was educated at St. Joseph’s College at Bardstown, Kentucky, and when 16 years of age he entered his father’s jewelry store where he remained until 1869 when he went to California where he resided for ten years when he opened a jewelry store in Springfield and remained until his death.  He had traveled extensively in South America and was well posted in history and scientific studies.

During his long residence here he enjoyed the esteem and respect of all.  For several years he was Marshall of the city of Springfield, and as an officer he was distinguished for his fearlessness in the discharge of his duty and for his coolness in trying circumstances.

He was also, for several terms, City Councilman and served with credit in this office.

As a merchant he won the friendship and confidence of all by his courtesy and square dealing.

He married Miss Louisa Byrd, of London, England, a daughter of Col. Robert Byrd.  He is survived by his wife and eight children:  Mrs. R. D. Marks, Mrs. R. E. Foster and Miss Margaret Russell.  The boys are Messrs. William, Robert, Arthur, Charles and Ed Russell.

Edward M. Russell, January 16, 1848 – October 21, 1911

Louisa B. Russell, September 30, 1859 – July 3, 1938

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