|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1833|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1898|
Married to Mary Salisbury November 22, 1856.
Richard died when his arm was caught in the gears of a burr mill.
HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY 1911
Richard R. Richards was born at Bala, North Wales, January 1, 1833, son of Richard Richards and Susanah Richards, Welsh farmers.
He was married November 22, 1856, to Mary Salisbury.
Mary Salisbury was born in North Wales, July 2, 1838, daughter of Ebenezer and Margret Salisbury, Welsh farmers. Margret Salisbury died in 1840, and in 1842 Ebenezer Salisbury came to this country.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Richards engaged in farming until coming westward in 1880, locating in Otranto, Mitchell county, Iowa, where Richard R. took up farming and stock raising on the Otranto Stock Farm, until his death in 1898.
In 1901 Mrs. Richards came to Lyle and purchased land, as stated above.
[from the Mower County Transcript, 5 Jan. 1898, page 3, column 3]
Fatal Accident At Otranto.
R. R. Richards, living on the large West farm in old Otranto at the state-line, was so badly injured in a feed grinder last Wednesday that he died in a few hours. He was at the time operating a large ten-horse power feed grinder which he had just recently purchased. He was tending the machine himself and had reached in to examine some part when his arm got caught in the gearings and was drawn in and terribly mangled. When taken from the machine he was in an unconscious state and never again regained consciousness. Medical attendance was promptly at hand and it was decided to amputate the limb which was done. But owing to the shock he had sustained and to his advanced age the patient did not rally and died within an hour after the operation had been performed.
The funeral services were held from the home Friday afternoon under the auspices of Alma lodge A. F. and A. M. of Lyle of which he was a member. Deceased came out from New York state several years ago to take charge of the West farm. He was a man of excellent character and judgment, energetic and industrious and was highly regarded by all.
He leaves a wife and seven children, E.G. Richards, Robt. Richards, Mrs. O.H. Brown, Mrs. J.S. Schuyler, Mrs. R.P. Gibson, Mrs. M.J. West and Miss Gertie Richards.
Mary Salisbury Richards (1838 - 1915)*
Robert Owen Richards (1870 - 1946)*
Gertrude R. Richards Stiley (1876 - 1922)*
Created by: K. Pike
Record added: Oct 07, 2005
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