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Thomas Davis Richards & Sarah Ella Carl 50th anniv 1936
Posted by: Joe Crim (ID *****7052) Date: January 01, 2006 at 08:53:58
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The article transcribed below gives details of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Thomas Davis Richards and his wife, Sarah Ella, nee Carl. I have only the clipping and am curious as to the newspaper origin. I suspect it is The Fulton County Newspaper, of Pennsylvania, site of Warfordsburg (Sarah’s home town); from the bottom of the article, unfortunately cut off, it appears to have been picked up from publication in the Sunday Times Cumberland, of Maryland. Any insights into these newspapers would be appreciated; my resources are limited in Georgia. I am a direct descendant of the Albert Andrew Richards (and wife, Minnie Owens) mentioned in the article. I will post this message also on the related county sites, hoping for some assistance. Thanks!

Joe Crim
Athens GA

Top of page is: “unty N”; back of page is “The Fulton Cou”

Newspaper date: September 10, 1936

[Column Headline]
Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary
[Lower Headline]
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. T.D. Richards Entertain with Family Dinner and Reception

Mountain Lake Park, Md., Sept. 5 – The Rev. Dr. Thomas Davis Richards and Mrs. Richards, the former Miss Sarah Ella Carl, celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage with a family dinner Monday at the Breathorn here, followed by an informal reception at their cottage. They are completing their forth-fourth year as summer residents here. Their winter home is on Gephart Drive, Cumberland, Md., in which city reside their two sons, William Carl and Thomas Lohr Richards, members of the Allegany County Bar, who attended the celebration with their families. Dr. and Mrs. Richards have four grandchildren, Charles Davis, Ella Louise, Mary Emma and Ruth Ann Richards. Others attending were Mrs. Albert A. Richards, Tulsa, Okla., and Frank Lee Carl, Cumberland, Md., a first cousin of Mrs. Richards. The late Albert A. Richards, a brother of Dr. Richards, was assistant attorney general in the cabinets of Roosevelt and Taft.

Mr. and Mrs. Richards were married at the Carl home at Warfordsburg, on August 31, 1886, a date memorable to them as it marked the great Charleston earthquake. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry McNemar, pastor of the Hancock Methodist Episcopal Church and assisted by the Rev. George Buckle, pastor of the Hancock Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Richards, a graduate of Wooster University in 1885 and Princeton Seminary in 1888, was pastor of Neelsville Presbyterian Church, near Gaitherburg, in the Washington City Presbyter, for thirty years. This was his only charge. He retired in 1918. He attended 13 sessions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and was high commissioner at two.

Dr. Richards had much to do with the early development of Mountain Lake Park. He served ten years as one of the five directors of the Mountain Lake Park Association. A son of the late John T. and Martha M. Richards of Buck Valley, Pa., his grandmother, Sarah Tayor Richards, who lived at Kennett Square, Pa., was a first cousin of Bayard Taylor, the author.

Mrs. Richards is the only child of the late Dr. William Carl and Anna Gregory Carl of Warfordsburg, Pa. Her grandmother, Kitty Trone Carl, and Henry Clay were first cousins. During her girlhood Mrs. Richards had the distinction of being tutored by Charles Douglas, who was a classmate of Longfellow at Bowdoin College. He taught her at her home for several years and he also tutored in the Richards home. She later attended the old Hagerstown Female Seminary. Mrs. Richards recently celebrated her eightieth birthday. Dr. Richards is 79. They have spent eight of their winters in Florida. They lost a son, Dr. Davis Neeper Richards, in the World War. A John Hopkins graduate, he was a first lieutenant in the medical corps. He died at Camp Merritt, N.J., of pneumonia, October 12, 1918, the day his unit sailed for France. He had been superintendent of the Montreal Maternity Hospital.

As the party entered the Breathorn Mrs. A.H. Bevins of Chicago played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and movies were taken of the procession. Dr. and Mrs. Richards were assisted in receiving at their cottage by Mrs. W. Carl Richards, Mrs. Thomas Lohr Richards, Mrs. Wilbur L. Davidson, whose husband was superintendent of the Mountain Lake Park Chautauqua nearly a half-century ago; Miss Minnie Daughtery, who taught the Chautauqua kindergarten in the early day, and Miss Ida King of Washington, D.C.

- Sunday Times Cumberland, [remainder cut off]

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