Caleb Whitcom Richardson

#2772, b. 21 May 1847, d. 22 February 1931
Father*Caleb Richardson b. 1799, d. 28 Sep 1870
Mother*Celia Humphries b. 8 Mar 1802, d. 28 Jul 1893
     Caleb Whitcom Richardson was born on 21 May 1847 Indiana. He was the son of Caleb Richardson and Celia Humphries. Caleb and Ruth Emma Dick were married 24 December 1868 Clinton County, Indiana.1 Caleb Whitcom Richardson died 22 February 1931, in Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho at age 83 years, 9 months and 1 day, According to the Idaho Death Index, 1911-51. However, I did not find him on the 1930 census.
     The information on the family of Caleb Whitcom Richardson was fleshed out entirely from available internet records, specifically from and the Western States Marriage Index by Brigham Young University (Ricks College).

CALEB W. RICHARDSON. It gives us pleas-
ure to recount the career of the industrious and sub-
stantial gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph,
since he is a patriotic citizen, a good business man
and an upright ami reliable man in all his walk.

Caleb W. Richardson was born in Howard county,
Indiana, on May 26, 1848, being the son of Caleb and
Celia (Humphries) Richardson. The father was
born in Virginia in 1799 and died in 1870. He was
one of the earliest pioneers in Howard and Tipton
counties, in Indiana, and served in the Blackhawk war.
Farming was his occupation. The mother was born
in Soulh Carolina in 1802 and died in 1892. She made
two trips across the plains after she was eighty-five.
Caleb W. remained at home until he was twenty-three
assisting his father, and during the winters attending
school. Then he started for himself. Fanning and
saw-milling in his native place occupied him for some
time, and in 1871 he went to Kansas. Two years
there, and then a brief visit to Indiana, and our sub-
ject was then ready for the Pacific coast country. He
settled in Linn county, ( >regon, and farmed until 1876.
when the inviting resources of Whitman county,
Washington, attracted him, and in 1877 he took land,
and tilling that, with buying and shipping grain, occu-
pied him until 1896. but the hard times caused a finan-
cial loss to him, as well as to thousands of other-, and
in 1896. after coming to the reservation and purchas-
ing the relinquishment of the man who held the land
where Mr. Richardson now lives, adjoining Melrose


on the west, he summed up his assets and found that
he had twenty dollars in cash, and a year's provisions.
Right faithfully Mr. Richardson went to work with
his hands, and the result is that he is one of the well-
to-do farmers of this section.

On December 24. 1868, Mr. Richardson married
Miss Ruth, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Light)
Dick, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, but
now deceased. Mrs. Richardson was born in Ohio, in
1848, and has three brothers and two sisters, — Mor-
gan, Mahlon, J. Alonzo, Mary Dutton and Rebecca
Barrett. Mr. Richardson has ten brothers and five
sisters, and six of the brothers were soldiers in the
Civil war. Our subject also served as a minute man
to repel Morgan. The following children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Richardson: Maude Maynard,
in Melrose: L. Byron, at Colton, Washington; Pearl
Standley, at Mohler ; Winona Litch, in Colton, Wash-
ington : Georgia Denny, in Melrose ; May, Dick and
Zoe L., at home. Mr. Richardson is past grand in the
I. O. O. F., and past chancellor in the K. of P. Mrs.
Richardson and her daughters are members of the
Methodist church. Mr. Richardson is one of the
most active men and labors for the betterment of edu-
cational facilities, and when the Melrose school house
was built he donated lumber and thirty-five clays' work.
He is also an active Republican, and in 1900 he ran for
the state legislature and was only beaten by sixty-two
votes. He is a popular and highly respected man. and
is a genial and good neighbor.2

Children of Caleb and Ruth

Last Edited=18 Aug 2020


  1. [S190] W. P. A., compiler, Index to Marriage Record 1852 - 1905 Inclusive Volume II Letters L to Z Inclusive Clinton County, Indiana (n.p.:, 1940), County: Clinton Name: Caleb W Richardson Spouse: Ruth E Dick Marriage Date: 24 Dec 1868 . Book: C-4 Original Source Page: 734.
  2. [S380] Julia Pardoe, An illustrated history of north Idaho : embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho (Lewiston, Idaho: Charles G Kress, 1903).