RUSSELL, Thomas L.

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Florence Vidette, Thursday, May 28, 1931
From orginal newspaper clipping in my possession:

T. L. Russell Dead

The people of Florence were shocked and grieved this morning when it became known that Mr. T. L. Russell was dead. He had come up to town as usual to get his mail, and while waiting for the mail to be put up he stood at the south window of the post office, speaking to his friends as they came along. Mr. Atkinson, who was busily engaged in distributing mail, thought he heard a sound, and turning to the window asked Mr. Russell if he had spoken to him, and at that moment Mr. Russell slumped to the sidewalk. Medical aid was summoned, but he died almost immediately without regaining consciousness.

Thomas L. Russell was born in Alabama, February 4th, 1850, and was 81 years, three months and 24 days of age at the time of death. He came to Florence country many years ago settling in the Maxdale community about 1880 where he lived and farmed for a number of years. He and his family moved to Florence about thirty years ago where he has since made his home. Two sons, James and Charles died a number of years ago and his wife preceded him to the grave by less than three years.

He is survived by five sons and one daughter, as follows: Tom Russell, Fort Worth; W. E. Russell, Florence; Albert and Ed Russell, San Angelo; Mrs. Annie Crass, Belton; and H. H. Russell of Bertram.

The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, but the hour has not yet been decided upon. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. K. Griggs with interment in the Florence Cemetery.

The Vidette joins the many friends of Mr. Russell in sorrow over his passing, and extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

First wife Sarah Jane McBride died 1869 Bell Co., Texas; They had one son, Thomas Clifton Russell. Second wife Mary E. Stewart died 1928. The rest of children listed are from this second marraige. W. E. is William Ervin Russell; H. H. is Hugh H. Russell or Henry Hughlin Russell.