According to information in an article in the St. Cloud Times in July 2015, the town of Richmond, Minnesota, was officially called Torah for nineteen years, from 1890 until 1909. It had been called Richmond informally by locals before that, but when the town was incorporated in 1890, the name Richmond was already in use at a post office in another part of the state. When that post office closed in 1909, the town of Torah officially changed its name to Richmond. In the 2010 federal census, the population of the city of Richmond was 1,422.
The question is, why was the name Torah chosen? So far I haven’t found an answer.
The wedding portrait was made by photographer Albert C. Manz. The Minnesota Historical Society website has him in Torah from at least 1902 until at least 1906. They also have him in New Paynesville in 1894-1895 and in Belgrade (Minnesota) in 1914.
I bought the cabinet card photograph from a dealer in Texas, who didn’t have any information about it.
Laura Weber, “From Exclusion to Integration: The Story of Jews in Minnesota,” MNOPEDIA. Last modified July 17, 2018.