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)

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20cm textual and other materials

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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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The Tweddle and Richter families of the Similkameen and South Okanagan are linked primarily by Florence Elizabeth Loudon. Loudon was married first to F.X. Richter; after Richter’s death, she remarried Haliburton Tweddle.
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 what is now the Okanagan First Nation of 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 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 and Lucy Simla’s oldest son, Charles, married Florence Loudon’s sister, Ada, in 1900.
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.
Harry Tweddle owned the Central Hotel in Keremeos, B.C., and operated a ranch, livery stable and stage line serving the Similkameen Valley.
Hal Tweddle married Alice Brent. Certain currents of Brent family documentation are seen in this collection. See also the Brent family collection.

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Subseries consists of photographic and textual documentation of the F.X. Richter and later Halliburton Tweddle families 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.

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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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“George William Loudon” Find a Grave (website). Accessed June 24, 2015.

“Karl (‘Charlie’) Richter.” Fourteenth Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. (1950):140-141.

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

“Richter.” South Similkameen Museum Society (website). Accessed June 24, 2015.

“Tweddle.” South Similkameen Museum Society (website). Accessed June 24, 2015.

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