The John Richardson Family
John A. Richardson, oldest member of the Solomon Richardson family to reach maturity, was born July 14, 1846, in Iowa and was under ten months old when the family started westward on the long overland trail to Oregon. He received his education in the district school near the present site of Tigard. For a time he taught school in the Giles Lake section of Portland and then operated a general store at Fulton.
He served as postmaster of Fulton for several years and was justice of the peace at Fulton. He was a charter member of Butte Grange at Tigard and a member there for many years.
He married Mary E. Speake on March 28, 1878. She was a native of Missouri and had come across the plains with her parents as an infant in 1852. They were the parents of three children: Clyde Speake Richardson, Laura Richardson and Minnie Richardson Overlin. Mr. Richardson passed away December 9, 1911, in Portland and Mrs. Richardson on June 26, 1914.
Clyde Speake Richardson, son of John A. Richardson and a grandson of Solomon Richardson, was born September 14, 1880, on the Solomon and Elizabeth Richardson donation land claim of 640 acres south of Tigardville, Oregon, near the Tualatin river. He received his L.L.B. degree from the University of Oregon in 1906 and was admitted to the Oregon bar in the same year. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Multnomah Bar association and the Oregon State Bar association, and is at present (1940) an employe of the United States Treasury department. He resides at 731 S.W. Bancroft Terrace, Portland, Oregon.
Clyde was married July 7, 1909, to Martha E. Rache of Toledo, Oregon, who was born July 29, 1886, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Ole and Bertha Rache, who were born in Norway.
Clyde and Martha Richardson have two sons, John Abraham Richardson, born April 21, 1911, and Clyde Rache Richardson, born June 1, 1913, at Portland.
John graduated from the University of Oregon in 1934. He is a member of the Portland Police department. He was married to Bethel Murphy May 28, 1938.
Clyde attended the University of Portland and is now attending the Northwestern College of Law at Portland and is working for the United States National Bank of Portland. He was married to Jean Foley on February 1, 1935.
Clyde and John are the only great-grandsons of Solomon Richardson.