Samuels, Edward A., and Henry H. Kimball, eds. Somerville, Past And Present : An Illustrated Historical Souvenir Commemorative of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Establishment of the City Government of Somerville, Massachusetts. Boston: Samuels and Kimball, 1897. 671 p., illustrated, maps, portraits. [Examined by K.B. 6/26/04 at Wakefield (Mass.) Public Library, Call No: Local History 974.44]
Portrait: page 132; Biography: page 619.

Russell, Irving L., was born in Somerville, on the estate on which he now resides, May 24, 1852, son of Levi and Martha (Smith) Russell. He was educated in the public schools of this city, and in the Warren Academy of Woburn, and Eaton’s Commercial College of Boston. He is a market gardener by occupation, cultivating about forty acres, his farm being the largest plant of the kind in Somerville. Mr. Russell served two years, in 1882 and 1883, in the Common Council; three years, 1884, 1885 and 1886, in the Board of Aldermen, being president of that body in the last years of his service; was chairman of the committees on highways, and fuel and street lights. He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1888 and 1889, and was on the committees on labor, woman suffrage and water supply. Mr. Russell married Miss Addie Johns, daughter of Cyrus and Margaret (Kelton) Johns of New York City. They reside at 1323 Broadway.