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Luana (Luanna) Richards

1856 - 1938


07 27 1938


The death of Mrs. Luana (Luanna) Richards, 82, member of one of Watertown's first and most widely known old families, occurred at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, 7/26/38, at St. Mary's Hospital.  Death followed a period of ill health and infirmities of age.


She was the former Luana Bates and was born in Farmington on 1/5/1856, a daughter of Marcelius Bates and Luana Campbell Bates.  Practically her entire life was spent in Watertown with the exception of 14 years during which she lived in Nebraska.


She was the widow of the late Moses Richards whose father, John Richards, built the Octagon House and who was one of the city's first mayors.  Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Adolph Myers, Pasco, Washington, two sons: William, Milwaukee, and George, Watertown.  There are 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


Mrs. Richards before her marriage was a school teacher here who served under the late Professor Theodore Bernhard (1). 


Funeral at Schmutzler Funeral Home with Rev. C. W. Pinkney of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  


(1)  Theodore Bernhard was early private tutor, teacher and principal





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