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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M82- 60
Creator: Richards, Lula Mozelle, 1875-1956.
Title, Dates: Richards Family photographs, 1865-1908.
Amount: 10 photographs
Medium Included: photographs
Organization/Arrangement: Unarranged.
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Biographical/Historical:     Lula Mozelle Cannon married Martin LaFayette Richards on February 23, 1899 in Calhoun County, Florida.  Richards was a land owner and farmer of Calhoun County and established the Post Office at Altha, which he kept in his home until a building was erected in 1901.  His grandfather, John George Richards settled in Northwest Florida on the outskits of the current Wewahitchka. 

    His son, (and Martin LaFayette Richards' father) Daniel Thomas Richards is reported to be the first white child born in Calhoun County.  Six weeks later he was left motherless when Eliza Porter Richards died of pneumonia.  Eliza was only 15 years old.  Daniel T. Richards was living in the fort at Wewahitchka, FL with his grandparents Indians attacked his Uncle James Richards home in 1838. His grandfather and sons built the first Methodist Church in Wewahitchka. It was a one room church of hewn logs. After his marriage, Daniel T. Richards and his wife continued to live in the fort. They moved to Washington Co. near Econfina Creek and made it their home for many years.  Later they moved to Jackson County, south of Marianna and then to Calhoun County. The Civil War forced Daniel T. to leave his wife and young childrenwith no one to take care of his farm. He was mustered into the 6th Florida Infantry, Company G on March 11, 1862.  While he was gone, his wife welcomed other young women left with no means of support into their home. These women and children remained together for the duration of the war.

Summary:     This collection contains photographs of the Richards family of Pensacola, Alta,  Wewahitchka, and Calhoun County, Florida during the end of the nineteenth century.  Images depict various family members including the first nurse in the Pensacola, Florida area (Miss Alice Unity Richards); the first Post Master of Alta, Florida (Myles Jefferson Ricahrds); and a soldier in the Spanish American War at camp (Obid Richards).  Ruth Wills Richards was a school teacher in Calhoun County, and is seen with her pupils in these photographs.
Finding Aids: Searchable index to selected images available on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at

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Publication Note: Selected images published on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at
General Note: Florida Photographic Collection Number P1982-60.
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Subject Access Fields: Richards, Lula Mozelle, 1875-1956.
Spanish-American War, 1898 Florida
Teachers Florida
Photographs. aat
Pensacola (Fla.)
Calhoun County (Fla.)
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