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Since you can't come to the history right now, we'll bring some history to you...
On November 22, 1883, miner James Richards married Angelina Verran at St. James Methodist Church in Central City. Richards, who was born in Cornwall in 1856, had been in Gilpin County since at least 1880 working in various mines, apparently without much success. He and Angelina (who frequently went by Lena) had two children while living in Central City: James, born in 1884, and William, born in 1886. In about 1890 the family moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where James bought a farm. While in Canada they had three daughters: Alberta, born in 1890, Mildred, born in 1892, and Getrude, born in 1895. James Richards retired from farming in the 1920s and died in Victoria on July 14, 1933. Lena died five years later, on June 27, 1938. They are both buried at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria. Their marriage certificate turned up at an antique store in Victoria in 2013 and was donated to the Gilpin Historical Society.