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W. Earl Richards

W. Earl Richards, the present efficient and popular of the village of Edgewood, is likewise one of the able and representative members of the bar of his native county. He was born at Edgewood, this county, on the 27th of July, 1874, and is a son of S.T. and Cynthia (Baker) Richards, the former of whom was in the state of New York and the latter in Vermont, their marriage having been solemnized after they had become residents of Clayton county and the father having here passed the residue of his life, the major part of his active career having been devoted to the law. He passed to the life eternal on the 14th of April, 1911, and his widow now maintains her home at Manchester, this state; they became the parents of three children, all of whom survive the honored father.

W. Earl Richards is indebted to the public schools of Clayton county for his early educational discipline and in consonance with his ambitious purpose he finally entered the law department of Drake University, in the city of Des Moines, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1898 and from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws.

He has been an influential figure in the Clayton county contingent of the Republican party and was appointed postmaster of Edgewood in 1912, the year that marked the election of a Democratic president, his term in this office expiring in June, 1916, but is still postmaster. He is the owner of a modest home at Edgewood and is a leader in the furtherance of those measures and enterprises that make for civic and material prosperity in the community.

In December, 1902, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Richards to Miss Vic Ethel Smith, of Edgewood, this state. She was born and reared in Clayton county and is a daughter of John W. and Alvira (Beemer) Smith, who came to Iowa from their native state of Pennsylvania and became pioneers of Clayton county, where the father passed the residue of his life and where the venerable mother still maintains her home. Mr. and Mrs. Richards have one daughter, Maxine, who was born January 23, 1909.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 350

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