The old Russe home is a Queen Anne-style structure with turret and patterned shingles. John Russe Sr. came to town from Portugal in 1911. Capt. John Russe Jr. was the skipper of the dragger John David (pictured), named after his older son, John David Russe. “She was launched before I was born,” Dick Russe, John David’s younger brother told me in 2014. “I need to get over this slight one of these years.” Captain Russe and his wife, Olivia Santos, purchased the house in 1947. (Her father, Manuel Santos, died of a heart attack aboard the John David.) The house remained in the Russe family until 1984, when it was sold to Brian O’Malley, whose daughter, Grace Ryder-O’Malley, works at PAAM. The family renovated the house in 2014.
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