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Charles Henry Richardson

Charles Henry Richardson, who owns one hundred and nineteen acres of rich and productive land in Crawford county is one of Iowa's native sons, having been born in Clinton county, March 7, 1872.

His parents, James and Elizabeth (Lee) Richardson, emigrated from England and first located in Clinton county, Iowa, later removing to Carroll county, where at present they reside. Unto them were born twelve children, of whom the following survive: Ida, who married Thomas Dixon, of Crawford county; Charles H., of this review; John, who resides in Crawford county; Clara, the wife of Lester Fortsen, of Crawford county; Ada, who became the wife of Emil Novotne, of this county; Gertrude, who is the wife of George Braske, of Denison; Nellie, who married John Clauson, of Carroll county; Maud, who married Gus Anderson, of Carroll county; and James, who lives in Carroll county. The deceased members of the family are Etta, Frank and one other who died in infancy.

Charles H. Richardson obtained his education in the public schools and has devoted his entire life to the pursuit of agriculture, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors of the farm, and he has thus acquired a knowledge that has enabled him to make a success of his chosen vocation. In 19o3 he bought one hundred and nineteen acres of land in Crawford county, upon which he has made modern improvements of various kinds, including fences, barns and other outbuildings, aside from which he has erected a handsome residence. While he carries on general farming, he makes a specialty of raising white face cattle and hogs of a high grade, which he feeds for the market.

On September 20, 1901, occurred the marriage of Mr. Richardson and Miss Carrie Miller, a daughter of Jonathan and Ella (Thomas) Miller, the father being a native of Pennsylvania', while the mother's birth took place in Jackson county, Iowa. They were the parents of three children, namely: Grace, who married N. W. Inghram, of Crawford county; Carrie; and Horace, who resides in Milford township. To Mr. and Mrs. Richardson has been born one child, Clifford Lee, whose birth occurred June 30, 1904.

Politically Mr. Richardson is a republican but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, although he has been interested in community affairs to the extent of giving active cooperation to many progressive movements for the public good. In his religious views he is a faithful adherent of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is recognized as a man of broad integrity and worth in every relation of life and is classed with the well known and prosperous farmers of Crawford county, by whom he is regarded with merited confidence and esteem.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.