Note: This obituary appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, at the time of Uncle Dick's death:
"Richard S. Richards, 79, a well known Blue Jacket (Note: a part of Calumet) resident , passed away at his home, 790 Elm Street Wednesday morning following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Quincy Mine on August 12, 1873, and moved to Calumet in 1898, making his home here since. He was employed by the Quincy Mining Co. for 10 years and the Calumet & Hecla for 38 years until his retirement in 1936.
He is survived by his widow; seven daughters, Mrs. Roy Buddell, Mrs. Arthur Hypio, and Mrs. Richard Silban of Detroit; Mrs. Holmer Story of St. Ignace; Mrs. John Goraczniak and Mrs. Socrates Antioho of Calumet; five sons, William, Richard, and Gordon of Detroit; Judson of Adrian (Mich); and Stanley of Calumet; 36 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edwin S. of Hancock and William of Zion, Ill.
The body is at the Erickson Funeral Home from where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Joseph D. Ryan will officiate. The remains will be placed in the Lake View receiving vault."
Wow! 12 children, 36 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren! Besides that, Uncle Dick was an avid collector of American stamps and especially of first-day covers, including every first airmail flight of the 1920's, 30's, & 40's. His collection must have been very valuable, but I don't know what happened to it.
He was an underground miner for many years, but after a series of severe injuries, especially one to his back, he was given a job working above ground at the C&H mines. While inside a large boiler cleaning it out, someone hit the boilder with a large or sledge hammer. The blow broke both of his eardrums and he was almost stone deaf for the rest of his life. Even a hearing aid did not help much. He was such a nice man and just loved to show me his stamp collection when I was a kid.
The 1897-98 City Directory shows Richard S. Richards as a "timberman" for Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. and resideing at 3928 Temple.
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