The late Alfred Russell, 2001 Senior Farmer, was described by those who knew him not only as an exceptional farmer, but also a man who greatly served his family, community and country. He was honored as Senior Farmer of the Year in 2001 and passed away in 2003.
He was born in Biola. A U.S. Army veteran from World War II, Russell started farming after he returned from serving in 1945. He baled hay, raised cattle and horses and farmed cotton, grapes and other commodities in Madera County. He also sold almond wood for use in fireplaces.
He remained involved in local veteran’s organizations. He served the children of Madera County through his involvement and leadership in 4-H clubs. He also coached baseball when his sons Paul and Robert Russell played in Minor League and Babe Ruth. He also served as an administrator, umpire when one wasn’t available, and “just all-around helpful fan,” said his daughter Vivian Russell.
He remained involved even after the boys stopped playing...