Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
DAVID R. RICHARDS, who resides
two miles west of Waterville, is one of the earliest settlers in Douglas
county that has remained until the present time. He is well known
all over the county and is esteemed by all as an upright man of ability.
David R. Richards was born in Blossburg, Tioga
county, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1855. His father, William J. Richards,
was a native of Wales and came to the United States in 1843. Settlement
was made in Pennsylvania and there he resided until his death, in 1898.
He married Jane Rees, in Pennsylvania, and she is still living in Blossburg,
of that state. Our subject was educated in his native state and remained
there until twenty-three years of age, at which time he went to Bradford,
McKean county, Pennsylvania and acted as clerk in a general store for four
years. In 1882, he came west to Dakota, settled in Fargo, and did
farming for two years. Then he moved to Spokane and one year later,
in 1884 came to Douglas county, taking a pre-emption, now known as the
Francis place, three miles south of Waterville. Later, he sold this
property and purchased his present place, which consists of one-half section
of very fertile land, all under cultivation. The estate is supplied
with plenty of water, excellent orchards, large barns, good residence,
and so forth.
Mr. Richards has the following brothers and
sisters: John E., a farmer; Alfred J., a merchant; Charles E., a merchant;
Mrs. Mary Clemans; Mrs. Ella Davis; Katherine; Mrs. Eva Coleman; Mrs. Hannah
Frazier; Alice, and Lydia. All of the above are living in Tioga county,
except Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Frazier. Mr. Richards is a member of
the Maccabees, while in political matters he stands upon independent ground.
He is a supporter of church and schools, although he is not a member of
any denomination at present.