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Photograph of Richard Myron MiddaughRichard was born in Tompkins County, New York on April 18, 1848. He was the son of Richard Walker Middaugh and Angeline Burlingame Smith. The family moved to a farm near Waupin, Wisconsin around 1857. In 1865, when Richard was 17, the family moved again, to a farm near Meridan, Steele County, Minnesota, which they named “Farmer’s Home”. 

On November 18, 1869, Richard married Orry Elizabeth Wood, who was from next door Waseca County. The marriage took place in the city of Waseca. After about a year, the couple bought their own farm in Woodville Township, Waseca County, near the farm of Orry’s parents. Richard and Orry had six children, all born in Waseca County. Richard suffered from a congenital heart condition that prevented him from being an active farmer, so he became a stock trader. In 1902, their fourth child, Roy Wood Middaugh, was killed in a train wreck while working as a railroad brakeman. Richard died in Waseca of heart trouble on October 9, 1904 and is buried in the Woodville Cemetery in Waseca. Orry lived as a widow for many years and died in 1936.

1880 US Census, Minnesota, Waseca County, sheet 8
MIDDAUGH, R. M., Head, 34, Farmer, b. New York, parents b. New Jersey, New York
Orry, Wife, 28, Keep house, b. Wisconsin, b. & parents b. New York
Harry, Son, 9, b. Wisconsin, parents b. New York, Wisconsin
Ethel, Dau, 7, b. Wisconsin, parents b. New York, Wisconsin
Arista, Son, 5, b. Wisconsin, parents b. New York, Wisconsin
Roy, Son, 3, b. Wisconsin, parents b. New York, Wisconsin
Angeline, Dau, 2, b. Wisconsin, parents b. New York, Wisconsin 
SATERLEE, Peter, 20, Hired man, b. Minnesota, parents b. New York
ANDERSON, Sofia, 15, Hired girl, b. & parents b. Denmark

1900 US Census, Waseca city, Waseca County, Minnesota, page 8
MIDDAUGH, Richard, Jan 1850, 50, Stock buyer, b. New York, parents b. Scotland, New York
Ellen, May 1846, 54, b. Ohio, parents b. New York
Arista, Jan 1877, 23, Telephone lineman, b. Minnesota, parents b. New York, Ohio
Angeline, Jun 1879, 21, b. Minnesota, parents b. New York, Ohio
Luther, Aug 1882, 17, b. Minnesota, parents b. New York, Ohio
Roy, Sep 1880, 19, b. Minnesota, parents b. New York, Ohio

Information for this biography from Richard’s obituary; Wood genealogy by Clay Wood Holmes; Waseca County vital records; the 1850 US census of Tompkins County, New York & 1870 US census of Steele County, Minnesota;; Woodville Cemetery Headstones; Waseca County vital records

Obituary of Richard Myron Middaugh, Owatonna [Minnesota] Journal, October 21, 1904, reprinted from the Waseca [County, Minnesota] Journal Radical obituaries.

R. M. [Richard Myron] Middaugh, citizen of this city for 18 years, died at his home Sunday afternoon about 3 P. M. He had been ailing since March of last year. He died of a congenital heart disfunction. He was born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., 59 years ago on the 18th of April. He moved with his parents to Wisconsin when he was 9, then came to Minnesota in 1865. They lived on a farm in Steele Co., south of Meridan. After his marriage to Orry [Elizabeth] Wood, he moved to a farm in Woodville. He has been active in Waseca as a stockbuyer. He is survived by his wife, son Harry [Harold Walker] of Jamestown, N. D., son C. A. [Clarence Arista] of Waseca, daughter Mrs. [Ethel Estella] George Clement of Waseca, daughter Mrs. R. G. [Angeline Burlingame] Smith of Mankato and son Lutie [Luther Bixby] of Jamestown, N. D. Also brother John of Waupun, Wis., Ed [Elmer D.] of Owatonna, sister Mrs. [Catherine] Bixby of Waupun and Mrs. [Angeline] Wilcox of Ray, N. D. Internment in Woodville Cemetery.

Obituary of Richard M. Middaugh, Waseca [County, Minnesota] Herald, October 14, 1904

Richard M. Middaugh died at his home in the southeastern part of this city Sunday afternoon, the cause of his death being heart and stomach trouble. He has been in failing health for several months, being confined to his bed for the past six weeks.

Mr. Middaugh was born in Tompkins county, New York, in 1848, lived with his parents there, and in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 1865, the family settled in Steele county and kept what was known as the Farmer’s Home near Meriden.

He was married to Miss Orrie Wood, daughter of Deacon Ezra Wood, in November, 1869. They made their home the first year of their married life on the old farm near Meriden and then for many years on the farm now owned by Alfred Wood, in Woodville. Since his residence in this city, Mr. Middaugh has been engaged in buying and selling stock.

Six children were born to them, five of whom, with their mother, survive Mr. Middaugh. Mrs. Ethel Clement and Arista Middaugh reside in this city. Harry and Luther live in Jamestown, N. D., and Mrs. Angie Smith resides in Mankato. All were present at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. John Middaugh [brother] and Mrs. Bixby, a sister of deceased, of Waupun, Wis., Mrs. Elmer Middaugh [sister-in-law], of Owatonna, Mr. Elton Lanson, a nephew, with his wife, of Medford, and Mr. and Mrs. George Arentsen [brother-in-law], of Hayward, Wis., were also present at the services which were conducted by Rev. John Lloyd at the house Wednesday afternoon. His remains were accompanied to their last resting place in Woodville cemetery by his brethren of Tuscan Lodge, A. F. and A. M., and Masonic honors were observed at the grave.


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