Museum visitors

Visitors to the museum on May 19 were Tim Richey, his father Wallace Pat Richey, and Tim’s wife Pamela Richey. They believe they are related to Aaron McLaughlin Richey (1837-1912), for whom Port Richey and New Port Richey are named.

Aaron Richey settled at the mouth of the Pithlachascotee River in December 1883 and soon after was granted a post office with the name Port Richey. The family moved to Tarpon Springs in 1891 to be near a doctor, and Mr. Richey later became Mayor of Tarpon Springs. Family members are buried in Cycadia Cemetery.

We looked at census records and were not able to confirm a relationship, but Pamela believes family members do have documentation that shows how they are related and she is currently working on obtaining the records. Tim is probably not a lineal descendant because it appears that Aaron Richey’s only son did not have any children.

If you’d like to work on this, here is some basic info we think is correct. Wallace Pat Richey (pictured) is a son of Rudolph Ray Richey (1892-1942), who is a son of Oren Richey (b. 1868), who is a son of John L. Richey (b. 1827). Aaron Richey’s brothers were William, Llewellin, James, and Peter.

WPHS Board of Directors

The newly-elected board members of the West Pasco Historical Society, photographed on May 9, 2018.

Top row: Brian Schmit, Jeff Miller, Terry Kline, David Prace, Ken Weightman, Aidan Woodham.

Middle row: Ann James, Trishia Rich, Dr. Rao Musunuru (honorary), Bob Langford.

Front row: Judith Koutsos, Bob Hubach, Antonia Miernik.

Photo by Georgia Robinson.

Museum visitors

Daniel Gulbrandsen and daughter Shannon Pfaff were visitors to the museum today (5/4). Mr. Gulbrandsen grew up here and is a 1959 graduate of Gulf High School. He had a dairy farm here for many years. Mrs. Pfaff is a 1987 graduate of Hudson High School.

Museum visitors

Bill and Vonnie Maytum were visitors to the museum on April 27, 2018. They are pictured with WPHS President Bob Langford. The Maytums donated to the museum some nice old photos and other documents.

Museum visitors

Museum administrator Terry Kline welcomed two visitors to the museum today (4/14). On the left is his grandson Brandon and on the right is his son Terry Jr. All three men grew up here. Terry Jr.’s Marine Corps uniform is on display at the museum. With Brandon wearing a tie, this is a rare photo.

Museum visitors

Some students from Marchman Technical College visited the museum today (4/12). Brian Schmit, one of our board members, did a presentation and tour. Mr. Schmit is a retired social studies teacher and the author of Glory Days, a history of New Port Richey. larger photo

Museum visitor

Peter Altman was a guest at the board meeting of the historical society tonight (4/11). Mr. Altman, a former accountant, has volunteered to review our financial records. He was elected yesterday to the New Port Richey City Council.

Museum visitor

Thad Lowrey was a visitor to the museum today (4/6). He has lived here since the 1960s and is best known as manager and part owner of WGUL radio station. He recalls that three weeks after WGUL signed on the air, President Kennedy was assassinated. The station borrowed classical music from Martha Oelsner to play during the mourning period. Pictured with Mr. Lowrey are Brian Schmit, WPHS board member and author of Glory Days, and WPHS President Bob Langford.

Newest book in the museum library

A new book in the museum library is The Saltworks Near Hopeville, published last year, written by William Holcomb of Largo. The salt works was an operation at Salt Springs, behind Gulf View Square Mall, which supplied salt to the confederacy. Not a lot is known about the saltworks, but probably everything that is known is in the book. Hopeville was an early name for Port Richey. The Saltworks Near Hopeville is also available at amazon.com here.