Edward “Ted” Russell was born in Coley’s Point, Conception Bay, in 1904. At sixteen, he undertook his first teaching assignment at Pass Island. For the next twenty-three years he worked in outport communities as a teacher and later a magistrate. In 1943 he moved to St John’s to accept the position of Director of Co-operatives for the Commission of Government.
After a brief stint in politics (a member of the first Smallwood cabinet), Ted returned to teaching. But he also found a new opportunity to give expression to the more creative side of his nature. In 1953 he was offered a spot on CBC Radio’s Fishermen’s Broadcast as Uncle Mose. The highly successful “Chronicles of Uncle Mose” continued until 1962. During this period Ted also wrote several radio plays, all of which were broadcast by CBC. The last years of his working life were spent on the faculty of Memorial University (English Department) from which he retired in 1973. He died four years later.
Ted married Dora Oake (of Change Islands) in 1934. They had five children: Rhona; Elizabeth “Betty”; June; Margaret “Peggy”; and Kelly.