Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
EMMA TOWNE RICHARDS

Emma was a native of New Jersey and a member of a well-known family who owned a paper manufacturing company of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and San Francisco. In December 1890, she married Hugo Richards, a prominent Democrat and banker. They lived at 120 North Mt. Vernon Street.

Dixon Faberberg Jr. remembers Emma; he said: "...seeing her in her radiator- less Franklin car with her chauffeur, always a high school senior. Once or twice a week, weather permitting, the chauffeur would take Mrs. Richards for a drive. One of her favorite excursions in those days was around the "Inner Loop."

Concerned about the availability of practical education in the high school, Emma "paid the salary of the manual training teacher for the first year to get this school project off the ground" records the Monday Club history.

Emma was a member of the Literary and Library groups. She and her husband Hugo were active in the formation of the Episcopal Church.

Emma died in the late 1930s.

Donor: Joseph Towne



Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.