The information below was taken from local newspapers and documents found at the Spencer County Library in Rockport, Boultinghouse Funeral Home, and Courthouse records. It is listed in chronological order.
September 19, 1903
Lucille Allegra Richards was born September 19, 1903 in Luce Township. Her father was Robert W. Richards, Jr., a 34 year old farmer. Her mother was Maude M. Rhoades Richards who was 28 years old.
October 8, 1911
This Richards Reunion photo was taken October 8, 1911.
This photo is by Hodges and is the 1917 Seventh Grade.
This is the 1917 Seventh Grade Class List that accompanied the above photo.
This 1917 snowy photo of Rockport High School was taken looking east.
May 20, 1921
Rockport Journal, "Exercises for Commencement Week" (edited)
September 23, 1921
Rockport Journal, "Local Notes"
Northwestern University Archives E-mail, 2004
This image is from 1924 Syllabus, the Northwestern University Yearbook.
August 28, 1925
Rockport Journal, "Local News"
September 4, 1925
Rockport Journal, "Rockport Teachers" (edited)
June 18, 1926
Rockport Journal, "Spencer County Students at Evansville College" (edited)
August 27, 1926
Rockport Journal, "The Pageant" (edited)
Miss Lucille Richards will assist Mrs. Ehrmann in staging the symbolic scenes and in the prelude will represent the sun and give a beautiful solo dance. The dancers who represent this period will be under the direction of Miss Richards. The 25 cents admission will be used for the improvement of Rockyside Park.
December 17, 1926
Rockport Journal, "Program" (edited)
April 27, 1928
Rockport Journal, "Historic Society Meets" (edited)
Mrs. Ehrmann will be assisted in the direction of the piece by Miss Lucille Richards.
May 11, 1928
Rockport Journal, "Rockport School Notes" (edited)
June 8, and July 6, 1928
Rockport Journal, "Crowned With Success Was the Pageant When Lincoln Went Flatboating From Rockport in 1828" (edited)
Different shades of light from electric lights were thrown upon the scene. George Honig helped design the lighting for this production that had 2,000 witness each of the two performances.
September 28, 1928
Rockport Journal, "Rockport School Notes" (edited)
The high school is planning on issuing a student newspaper every two weeks. The paper will be known as the Beech Leaves.
At a general assembly last week, a very interesting and instructive program was given by the Latin department under the direction of Miss Mayers and Miss Richards.
December 28, 1928
Rockport Journal, "A GREAT SUCCESS Pageant, The Holy Nativity, Put On Under the Auspices of The Ladies' Musicale Was Pleasing to All" (edited)
It was given in costume with Mrs. C. D. Ehrmann and Miss Lucille Richards reading the principal parts.
Biblical characters were represented as follows: Prophecy, Mrs. C. D. Ehrmann; Fulfillment, Miss Lucille Richards. (Many others were listed for the nine scenes and the chorus had 40 singers -ed.)
July 11, 1930
Rockport Journal, "Largest Crowd of People Ever Known visits Rockport for Staging of Lincoln Pageant" (edited)
Mrs. Bess Ehrmann and Miss Lucille Richards, her assistant, are both to be complimented upon the beauty of the entire production.
June 28, 1935
Rockport Journal, "Full Program for July Fourth Ready" (edited)
The escort of honor, consisting of young women led by the girls' drum corps of Dale, will escort the speakers to the platform, led by Miss Lucille Richards and Mrs. Elsie Riggle.
December 17, 1935
D.A.R. Membership Application, "Accepted for Membership in Daughters of the American Revolution"
May 1, 1936
Rockport Journal and Rockport Democrat, "Noted People Visit Pioneer Village, Summer Festival Scheduled to Start June 28" (edited)
The Lincoln play, written by Miss Alice Hebert of Evansville, will be produced on the night of July 3 at the high school gym under the direction of Mrs. Bess Ehrmann and Miss Lucille Richards.
June 12, 1936
Rockport Journal, "Pageant Will Start Summer Festival" (edited)
Mrs. C. D. Ehrmann and Miss Lucille Richards are co-chairmen of this performance.
June 19, 1936
Rockport Democrat, "Big Parade for Morning of 4th" (edited)
Mrs. Charles Feigel, Misses Lucille Richard and Edith Brother are chairmen of ushers for the play, and bureau information for the Fourth of July.
July 4, 1936
The Evansville Courier and Journal, "Expect Thousands at Program Today in Rockport Park" (edited)
The program, as arranged for the day, will open at 9 o'clock this morning with a "children's hour". In charge will be Miss Lucille Richards, Miss Essie Williams, Miss Ethel Lawburg, and Charles Fay.
Photo from 1939 Rockport High School Yearbook
Photo from 1947 Rockport High School Yearbook
Photo from 1954 Rockport High School Yearbook
Among the classes Miss Richards taught over the years were:
The "Rockport School Notes" from the October 23, 1925 issue of the Rockport Journal had this information about a physical training class which is believed to be Physical Culture.
A physical training class is being offered to all girls in the Junior and Senior high school. As well as a healthy mind, we must have a healthy body. Often we are judged by our walk and talk, therefore we hope to encourage not only the use of good English but the proper carriage of our bodies.
Tri-Kappa Information "Lucille Richards a Charter Member" (edited)
Evelyn Ayer, Virginia Richards, and Lucille were a few of the members who took painting lessons from the monks at St. Meinrad.
She did paintings for the Tri-Kappa bazaars. Among her subjects were flowers and the Lincoln Pioneer Village.
This oil painting, by Miss Lucille Richards, hangs in the South Spencer Middle School library.
March 25, 1966
Rockport Journal, "Meet Your Teachers" (edited)
Rockport - Spencer County Sesquicentennial Book, "Sponsors" (edited)
March 15, 1968
Rockport Journal, "Brown Appoints Committee Heads for Celebration" (edited)
Lucille Richards will head the Spectacle Division. Members of her committee are Jenny Squier, scenario; Paul Rimstidt, properties; Fred Ayer, grounds; Sonia Dunker, cast; John Winchell, construction; and Betty Machin, costumes.
March 7, 1969
Rockport Journal, "Lil Abner Opens in Two Weeks" (edited)
Photo from 1969 Rockport High School Yearbook
Y-Teen is a branch of the Y. W. C. A. which is open to all high school girls. It helps girls to develop a better understanding of themselves and all of the objects around them. (From the 1969 South Spencer High School Yearbook) This was the year she retired from teaching.
May 12, 1977
Rockport Journal, "Miss Lucille Richards" (edited)
Miss Richards taught for 44 years in the Rockport schools. She was well known for her ability as a drama coach and director of spectaculars . . . such as pageants and outdoor productions. She was active in social affairs and served on many civic committees.
She attended school at Northwestern University, Indiana State University and Purdue University.
She was president of the Rockport Woman's club and was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators, The Rockport Ladies' Musicale, Rockport Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa, Garnet Chapter OES, Spencer County Retired Teachers' Association, and Indiana State Teachers' Association. She was a member of Rockport Christian Church until the congregation was disbanded.
Her only survivors include a first cousin Mrs. Helen Trobaugh of Rockport, and other second and third cousins.
Services were at Boultinghouse Funeral Home with burial in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Lucille Richards was fittingly buried near another prominent person from Rockport--Professor A. H. Kennedy.