Recent Passings

Mary Congdon was better known in this area as Princess Red Wing.  Although she did not reside in Richmond, she lived just across the border on the Exeter side of Arcadia Village.  She founded the Tomaquag Museum in 1958, which continues to exist at Dovecrest in Arcadia.  As a historian and member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, she worked hard to maintain the tribal culture.

Princess Red Wing died in 1987 at the age of 92.

Princess Red Wing 1987


Amey R. (Reynolds) Payne, died March 1, 2017, at the age of 101.  Additionally her mother was a Smith.  We are fortunate to have her wedding announcement and  photo from 1941.  Her husband’s name in the announcement was spelled Paine, however all the spellings we have are Payne.

Amy Reynolds Payne


In 1982 John Quinn was one of the planning editors of USA Today.  Before that he worked for many years at the Providence Journal Bulletin.  We at the Historical Society knew John as a benefactor, especially during the time he served as deputy chairman and a trustee for the Freedom Forum.  Although John did not live in Richmond, he was just across the line, on the Charlestown side of Carolina.  He not only owned the remnants of the Carolina Mill, but also the Octagon House located in the Carolina section of Richmond.

John Quinn


John Hoyle grew up on his family’s farm on Beaver River Road, where he spent his entire life.  He always had a smile, handshake, or hug available.  A family man, he was proud to brag about his grand and great-grand children.

John and his wife, Sallie (Sarah), were long time members of the Richmond Historical Society.  Keeping with his farming background, the meadow at Ups and Downs, was, at times, the final home for horses that were no longer able to do their jobs.  The pond, always stocked with fish, available for the youngsters barely able to hold a pole, to experience the fun of catching fish, to be released for another try.

John Cyrus Hoyle obituary