F. M. RICHARDS

Rose Davidson
Heart O' Texas News
30 April 1931

    Mr. Richards is a big man - a big voice, a big faith in McCulloch County and the future.  He stands for progress in this country, and has one hobby, the breeding of fine cattle  He came to this part of Texas in 1876, driving his first herd as he came.  He spent the first winter on Deep Creek - in the frontier days the winters seemed cold and long, however, no cattle were lost that year.  There must have been a thousand acres for every cow.  His present record for prize steers runs as follows:
    In 1925 he shipped a carload to Ft. Worth, Texas , to the famous Fat Stock Show and received the silver cup for the best carload lot of Herefords (1925).  Grand champion car lot fat steers in 1927.  Champion car lot Hereford steer calves in 1929.  Grand Champion Hereford steer (Ft. Worth) 1931. and grand Champion junior steer open class wins against all breeds.  Also senior Hereford champion steer.
    Mr. Richards got the greatest thrill he could possibly have when one of the thoroughbred champion wins against so many fine specimens.  He has been in the cattle business since he was very young.  His father and grandfather were both stockmen.  His distinguished grandfather, Col. R. G. Shannon, received his first cattle as a direct gift from Queen Victoria of England.  The animals were shipped to New Orleans to Col. Shannon.
    Col. Shannon was born in Ireland on the far famed river Shannon.  He lived in Sherman, Texas, for many years.  Mr. Richards has upheld the family traditions in the breeding of fine livestock.
    Last but not least, Mr. Richards has donated forty-two acres of lovely shady park land to the city of Brady.  This park is now equipped with playground swings, merry-go-rounds, slides, sand piles and all the things that make for happy childhood.

    Rose Davidson
Heart O' Texas News
30 April 1931
Submitted by: Louann Hall