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 Co., 1904.

     RICHARD CONNELL, M. D., needs no introduction to the people of Odessa and the surrounding country.  In addition to his large medical practice, he owns a drug store as a necessary accessory.  He is also postmaster, having been appointed to that position, January 7, 1891, and holding it continuously since that date.
     R. Connell was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, on April 5, 1856, being the son of Martin and Johannah Connell, natives of Ireland.  The father came to New York when a young man and began his career as a laborer on a railroad.  He rose to the position of assistant road master and was a trusted official.  Our subject was educated in the common schools of Ohio and Nebraska, where he went with his parents when a boy.  It was 1888 when he entered the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky.  He here pursued the study of medicine and graduated in 1889 receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  Immediately subsequent to that he went to California and began practice.  In 1890, we find him in Tenino, this state, following his profession, and later he was at Fairhaven, where he remained four years.  After that he went east and took a post graduate course, being determined to keep thoroughly abreast with the rapidly advancing science of medicine.  After this, he returned to North Yakima in this state, and practiced there for one year.  Thence he removed to Spokane and practiced there until 1900, the year in which he located at Odessa.  It is interesting to note that Dr. Connell started in life without a dollar.  He learned telegraphy and used it as a stepping stone to his profession of medicine, and by his own labors the entire expense of gaining his education was paid.  He has now a lucrative practice and has won the respect and confidence of all.
     In 1882, Dr. Connell married Miss Mary A. Israel, a native of Iowa.  She died in 1892, leaving three children, Fred R., Hazel and Sarah, deceased.  In 1897, Dr. Connell married Miss Nina Hall, a native of Maine.  They have an adopted son, Henry.  The Doctor has held various offices of trust in the places where he has resided and is a progressive and well informed man.  He is a member of the I. O. O. F., of the Foresters and also of the Spokane Medical Society.