LUCY HAYES REED DANIELS
Lucy Hayes Reed was born in Deer
Isle, Maine on
In 1880, they resided at the
In 1887, the family moved to
In April of 1889, her brother, Eugene, was drowned when he fell from his sailboat.
Due partly to the heat, humidity,
Lucy married John B. Daniels on
In 1902 Lucy and John moved to
In the fall of 1907, Lucy was serving up their noonday meal when a farmhand named Chancy, came to the door. John invited him to eat, but Chancy looked "a little Queer," so John asked him to step outside.
Lucy & John Daniels with Bertha & Haskell 1901
Chancy, rolling drunk, raised his rifle and shot John. When Lucy, in shock and terror, ran to her husband, Chancy threatened to shoot her too.
Frank Bailey, justice of the peace, arrested Chancy and he was sent to prison for life.
The Daniels farm produced a fine crop of peppers that year and Lucy was able to sell them for a good price. Along with that money and some she borrowed from her father, she bought the Hughes Floating Hotel. It was a huge houseboat with decks spacious enough for dancing, 21 rooms, two baths, and a dining room. kitchen, office and wine rooms.
Somehow it was heaved ashore and put up on blocks next to the Captain's house. Lucy renamed the hotel, "Sanibel House."
Lucy married Oliver Richardson on
Clyde James was born on
Once when Hack (Haskell) had misbehaved, Lucy went to grab him. Hack went under the house. Lucy told him to come out. He refused. Lucy told him if he didn't, she would get her gun and shoot him. He refused again. She went and got her gun. Hack came out.
In 1918, JB lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy. He soon decided he didn't like it and jumped ship. He was later caught and years later he was cleared because of his age.
In 1920 the Census shows Lucy was 43
and Oliver was 37. They lived with
In 1926 another hurricane hit
Sanibel. This storm pretty much wiped
out farming on the island. The
Oliver would send his crops up north on consignment. His agents would in turn sell them and send him the profit. For several years this worked out fine until, for two years in a row, they sent him a bill rather than a check. He concluded that there was money to be made by sending his produce up north anymore. As time passed, he grew less and sold what he could at the Fort Myers Curb Market.
Oliver was called "Pop" by the kids. Everyone else called him Ollie. The kids were very fond of him. Once he was planting a row of pepper plants. Dorothy Nell was following him as he worked and pulled out the plants right after he planted them. When he reached the end of the row and looked back at what she was doing, he popped her. Later she told her Mother (Rita), that Pop knocked her down. But, she still loved her "Pop."
Lucy got a job at
Oliver and Lucy were very compatible. They were not very affectionate openly, but were described as good companions. Lucy usually slept in a cot next to the bed because Ollie had a habit of getting up in the middle of the night and taking a shower and getting back into bed soaking wet.
Occasionally the family would travel to
In 1932 or 1933, the
Life in those days was quiet and
simple. The house was always left
unlocked. Lucy would spend her evenings
listening to the radio, talking with family members and waiting up at night
At Christmas time JB, Hack and or Bert (Bertha) would come down for Christmas Dinner. They would put up a Christmas tree and be thankful for what they had.
Ben (Frank) was working for the
Sunshine Market as a delivery boy in 1934, when his car struck a parked car and
the steering wheel caused fatal internal injuries. Oliver and Lucy used the two thousand dollars
insurance they received from Ben's death to buy the house on
In July of 1938,
Oliver's health began to
Lucy lived the rest of her life on
Lucy died at home of a heart attack,
The Sanibel House 1908