My Gfather & Gmother lived on a homestead in Wood, S.Dak. 1900-1916
Mathew Richards , wife Florence Richards ( Maiden name SHULTZ )
Sons. Proctor, Mason and my father Burdette.
I have a family picture of them standing out side of there Home, which appears tobe just a small boarded
building with a root celler next to it. Burdette said they would buy hay from the Indian Res to get threw
the winters. In one summer dad said his brother Mason closed a gate after a group of Indians went though,
a little while later they returned, looking for there pony's which would lagg behind 1/4 of a mile some times.
Dad said mason had to apologize. Burdette said they were told not to bring sandwhiches to school made of white bread, as white flour was tobe sold to the military ???Cody School Dist #7- Proctor&Mason Richards.
Florence Richards died of intetinal problems and taken to Purple Cane Cemetey in Colfax Co Nebraska
She died May 29th , 1916 Wood , S.Dak.
Burdette said there had been several women that lived with them later on, but none stayed. There father Mat Richards had Lung problems, and the boys were brought up by the Shultz in Rogers, Neb. Colfax Co. Neb.
The Indians helped the Homesteaders with hay and when planting corn was hard to get, they sold us
Soft Corn ( I think thats the terminology) . In Minn they showed us how to harvest wild rice, in SW Wisconsin
they had large farms of Pumpkins, but some gave that up to mine lead, as there was lots more money in that.
The more I read of what what really took place years ago, the more I question the Movie Industries portrail of ower
native americans, not to say there we'rnt problems and fighting , but the exaggeration of it all.
I ramble on some times but think everyone shought speak his or her mind.
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