Laura Emma Schultheiss was born January 31, 1888, in Bethany Twp., Gratiot Co., MI. She was the third child and second daughter of Frederick Julius Gottleib Schultheiss and Emma Pequegnat. Her father was a farmer and carpenter. In 1905 she married Glen LeRoy Richards, who was a farm laborer. The couple had one daughter, Helen, born in 1918. Laura died on June 14, 1971 in Oregon.