Lillian Catherine WHELAN
- Born: 18 Feb 1875, Tuson, Pima, Arizona, USA
- Marriage: William Gill RICHARDS Sr. on 15 Mar 1899 in Willcox, Cochise, Arizona, USA
- Died: 9 Mar 1928, Solomonville, Graham, Arizona, USA at age 53
- Buried: 11 Mar 1928, Solomonville, Graham, Arizona, USA 665,681
Another name for Lillian was Lillian Catherine (Adelaida) WHELAN 665,682.,683
Lillian Whelan Richards told about Indians visiting the Richards ranch. O ne story passed on by her daughter (Katherine R. Richards) was: "Moma to ld us the Indians used to camp in the creek below the house each year to g ather acorns. She was afraid and never went out of the house when they we re there. They stayed about a week but never came to the house. When th ey left, they came by the house and left a basket of acorns on the step s, sometimes a tomahawk or an ax. When we lived in Bowie, one wall in t he dining room was covered with these trophies. Some of the baskets we re old and broken some were new."
She was the disciplinarian of the family but a very loving mother wi th a quick temper at times. Her son (William Gill Richards Jr.) told t he story of when she shot the neighbor’s cow. The neighbor’s cow kept get ting into her garden and she told Grandather Richards to tell the neighb or to keep the cow out of her garden or she would shoot it. Grandfather R ichards kept humoring and putting her off until one day the cow got in to her garden again and she shot it. Grandfather Richards told the neighb or that she had killed his cow and paid the neighbor for the cow. After ward he remarked he could have bought the cow cheaper if he had bought t he cow before telling the neighbor that Grandmother had killed it.
Katherine R. Richards’s recollections of her mother are: "Moma’s hair w as gray when we knew her. When she was young it was light brown. I don’t t hink she was more than 5 feet tall. When I was in high school she probab ly weighed 130 lbs. One day when Grandpa and Grandma (Whelan) were away f rom the ranch the boys, Aunt Kate (Catherine, Kate, Kitty Whelan), and Mo ma were teasing each other. The boys held Moma down onto the chopping blo ck (where the stove wood was chopped) and cut her long curls off with t he ax. Of course, they really caught it when Grandpa and Grandma got hom e. Grandma had the hair made into a switch of three beautiful curls. I w ore that switch when I was young and when I wanted to look glamorou s. It was the same color of my hair and I draped it against the si de of my neck."
In December 1926 the family moved to the farm in Solomonville after Gran dfather’s death. Aunt Kate said the family intended to move back to the f arm in 1926 but he died before the move. My father quit his job with t he railroad and ran the farm until it was sold after his mother’s death.
The following is quoted from her obituary, "During her fourteen yea rs of residence in Bowie, Mrs. Richards was actively engaged in communi ty and missionary work, having been for a number of years president of t he Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which sponsored a number of communi ty improvements. For a time she was also leader in 4-H club work in Bow ie and after moving to Solomonville organized the community club and to ok an active part in work of the missionary society of the Methodist churc h. At the time of her death she had just completed the organization of a 4 -H club in Solomonville."
According to her obiturary, she was born in Willcox, Arizona in 1874. T he Certificate of Baptism, dated July 9, 1979, issued by the St. Augusti ne Cathedral in Tucson, indicates she was born in Tucson, Arizona, on 18 F ebruary 1875. However, my father, William Gill Richards Jr., said repeated ly over the years that his mother was the first white (Anglo) child bo rn in the Aravaipa Canyon. She was the daughter of William Michael Whel an and Catalina (Kate, Catherine) Haines.
She died at the age of 53 of a reaction to a smallpox immunization. Aunt K ate (Katherine Reita Richards Darnell) said Grandmother took the four youn ger children, Norman, Sara, Clarence, and Albert, to the doctor for a smal lpox immunization. The four became frightened and to calm them she was unn ecessarily immunized to show them it didn’t hurt. She had kidney proble ms and Dr. Platt told the family he was not thinking and should have not i mmunized her with the kidney condition which he had been treating.
She was buried in the Richards family plot in Solomonville, Arizona.
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Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Birth: Alt. Birth, 18 Feb 1875. 665,681,682,684,685 Tucson, Pima, Arizona
• Baptism, 21 Aug 1875. 665,684,685 St. Augustine's Cathederal, Tucson, Pima, Arizona
• Alt. Death: Alt. Death, 9 Mar 1928. 665,681,682,686,687 Solomonville, Graham, Arizona
Lillian married William Gill RICHARDS Sr., son of John Stephens RICHARDS and Sarah Faull GILL, on 15 Mar 1899 in Willcox, Cochise, Arizona, USA. (William Gill RICHARDS Sr. was born on 25 Dec 1858 in St. Agnes, Cornwall, England and died on 8 Nov 1926 in Lordsburg, Hidalgo, New Mexico, USA 665,671,688.)
Lillian Catherine Whelan, was the daughter of William Michael Whelan a nd Katherine Haines of the Aravaipa Valley, Arizona, west of the Grah am Mountains. He was 40 years old, she was 24. They had ten childre n, Lillian Catherine born 1899, William Gill born 1901, John born about 19 03 but died in infancy (about 1905), Katherine Reita born 1905, Thomas Edw ard born 1907, Norman Antonio born 1909, Sarah Marguerite born in 1912, Cl arence Joseph born 1914, and Albert Whelan born 1917.
Katherine Reita Richards has in her records there was a stillborn baby b orn between Clarence and Albert. William Jr. and she recall their father t aking a small white coffin in his Model T Ford automobile from Bowie and g oing alone to the family plot in Solomonville, Graham, Arizona for burial.