Subseries 16 - Richter and Tweddle families collection

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Richter and Tweddle families collection

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  • Source of title proper: Title of subseries based on provenance of materials as labeled by Doug Cox.

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CA OSC ARC 01-3-16

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  • [1860?]-1986, predominant 1900-1913 (Creation)
  • Original photographs copied to negative, print and slide [198-?]-[199-?] (Reproduction)
  • Original text documents photocopied [198-?]–[199-?] (Reproduction)

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20cm textual and other materials, including ca. 300 photographs that are pending separation

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Portions of this subseries were in the custody of Joe Harris prior to acquisition by Doug Cox.

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Biographical sketch:
The Tweddle and Richter families the Similkameen and South Okanagan have robust ties.

Richter: Francis Xavier Richter (1837-1910) was born in Freidland, Bohemia on November 5, 1837. In 1864 arrived in the Okanagan/Similkameen area to start cattle ranching. He and Lucy Simla (1846-1903, also notated as Lucy simla Acat, also notated as Lucy Sʔímlaʔxʷ), a member of the Okanagan First Nation from Vernon, BC, were married in 1867 or 1868. They had 5 sons: Charles (1869-1949), William (1872-1922), Joseph (1874-1971), Edward (1876-1971), and John “Hans” Richter (1877-1961).

Prior to the death of his first wife, Lucy Simla, F.X. Richter married Florence Elizabeth Loudon (1877 – 1959) in 1894 and subsequently fathered six more children: Betty, Freida, Frances, Helen, Kathleen, Francis X. Richter Jr. F.X. Richter’s oldest son, Charles, married Florence Loudon’s sister, Ada, in 1900 (Sources: OHS Report 14)

Richter has been described as being responsible for starting the fruit industry in the Similkameen Valley and he had a major orchard operation.

Tweddle: Haliburton “Harry” Tweddle (1876-1957) married Florence Elizabeth Richter (née Loudon, F.X. Richter’s second wife and widow) in 1912. They had 4 children: Haliburton T. (Hal), Margaret, Eileen, and Willa. (Source: OHS report 23). Harry Tweddle owned the Central Hotel in Keremeos, B.C., and operated a ranch, livery stable and stage line serving the Similkameen Valley.

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Subseries consists of photographic and textual documentation of the F.X. Richter and Halliburton Tweddle families, as conjoined by Elizabeth Loudon, in the South Okanagan and Similkameen regions. Photographic subject matter treats themes of ranching and orcharding; textual records include copies of correspondence, wills, family trees, etc.

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Richter Family fonds, British Columbia Archives. Reference code CA BCA MS-1690; 197901-104; BCAUL no. BCA-318. Citation retrieved 2015-06-24. (Authority record exists)

Francis Xavier Richter fonds, South Similkameen Museum. BCAUL no. SIM-2816. Citation retrieved 2015-06-24 (Authority record exists)

Harry Tweddle fonds, Sound Similkameen Museum. BCAUL no. SIM-2808. Citation retrieved . 2015-06-24 (Authority record exists)

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“Karl (‘Charlie’) Richter.” (1950). Fourteenth Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. p. 140.

“Mrs. Halliburton Tweddle” [obituary]. (1959). Twenty-Third Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. p. 102.

Richter. (2012). Families we have information about. South Similkameen Museum Society. Retrieved 2015-06-24

Theresa (#46969893). (2013-11-11). George William Loudon (Memorial no. 120189105 ). Find A Grave. Retrieved 2015-06-24.

Tweddle. (2012). Families we have information about. South Similkameen Museum Society. Retrieved 2015-06-24

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