MARCH 2, 1927
NEW ROSS MAN WIELDS AXE IN WOODS AT 93
New Ross, Feb. 24. On Sunday, New Ross saw the birthday of her oldest citizen, Richard Russell. Apart from being deaf, Mr. Russell appears like a man of seventy. He is never idle, but loves to be doing something, and is happy when at work.
Mr. Russell has just finished cutting the coming years firewood in the woods and he will saw and help split it in the yard. Mr. Russell rises regularly at 4.30 or 5 oclock, and before he breakfasts, milks one or more cows, as well as doing other barn chores. He retires at 9 p.m. regularly.
He begins and ends the day with morning and evening prayers, as well as both morning and evening Psalms for the day, before he retires. He can read without glasses and is very witty and always enjoys a joke.
He is a devout member of the Church of England and is always seen there at Christmas and Easter and any other time he can get there, owing to the distance he has to come.
Mr. Russells family of ten children are all alive five girls and five boys. His wife died ten years ago.