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Reuben T. & Elizabeth Nesbitt Richardson

Mr. R. T. Richardson has opened a first class Drug Store in M. B. Davis' new building, where he will be pleased to see all who desire to make purchases in his line. His stock consists of Drugs, Medicines, ??, Paints and Oils, Brshes, Perfumery, Sapts, Baking Powder, Soda, Notions, & c, & c. No medicines will be compounded until after Feb. term of the County Court, when Mr. R. expects to get a State license to carry on the business of a Druggist. Wetzel Democrat, January 24, 1878


Mr. R. T. Richardson's new Drug Store is one of the most attractive places to be dound in New Martinsville. You will find there everything in the Drug line. The ladies would do well to call around and see his fine supplies for the Toilet. See his advertisement.
Wetzel Democrat, February 14, 1878 (on front page is a large add for his store)

New Goods at R.T. Richardson's Drugs, Paints, Oils, Notions, @ c.$C., all at bottom prices.
Wetzel Democrat, April 11, 1878

R. T. Richardson was granted License to carry on the business of a Druggist in New Martinsville, for the term of one year from May 1st, 1878.
Wetzel Democrat, April 18, 1878

Mr. R. T. Richardson is now absent from town, having been summoned to the bedside of his father, who is not expected to live.
Democrat, Thursday, August 29, 1878

R. T. Richardson Esq., our popular Druggist, has returned home after several weeks' absence at the sick bed of his father. We are happy to state that the illness of Mr. Richardson did not prove fatal as was expected.
The Democrat, September 12, 1878

Miss Stella Hart, of Moundsville, is visiting the family of R. T. Richardson.
Wheeling Register, June 28, 1885

Mr. R. T. Richardson, of New Martinsville, is quartered at the Howell.
Wheeling Register, April 16, 1886

Miss Eva Nesbitt, of Sardis, O., was with her sister Mrs. R. T. Richardson, a few days this week.
Wheeling Register, February 6, 1887 (New Martinsville)

Burrows and Blair have sold their mercantile general stock to R. T. Richardson and Wm. Ankrom. New firm will take possession April 1st.
Wheeling Register, February 6, 1887 (New Martinsville)

Swept By Fire New Martinsville Suffers a Destructive Blace-Heavy Loss. New Martinsville, September 17- Very long article about the fire-will quote pertinent parts. "laid waste the Eisinbasth building, and south and swept away te Davis building and Ritchardson building, when the flames were stopped." "The following are the principal loesses: R. T. Richardson, two story frame buildng stock of drugs and part of the furniture;" "The postoffice contents in the Richardson building had a narrow escape." "Excepting Mr. Richardson none of the losers by the fire will rebuild, at least at present, being disheartened by fire and flood.
Wheeling Register, September 18, 1887 p. 1

R. T. Richardson is putting in a French glass front in his new building.
Wheeling Register, December 11, 1887 (New Martinsville)

R. T. Richardson is laying the foundations for his new brick building and has the brick nearly all on the ground.
Wheeling Register, December 16, 1887 (New Martinsville)

R. T. Richardson has opened up a small drug store in Sheriff Stender's office until his building is ready to occupy.
Wheeling Sunday Register, December 23, 1887 (New Martinsville)

R. T. Richardson is moving into his new dwelling as fast as it is completed.
Wheeling Register, April 8, 1888

Mrs. R. T. Richardson visited her parents in Sardis, O., this week.
Wheeling Register, June 3, 1888 (New Martinsville)

Mr. R. T. Richardson and daughter Daisy, Of New Martinsville, spent Sunday in town.
Monroe Gazette, May 7, 1891 {written May 4}

Mrs. Richardson, of New Martinsville, was visiting friends in town.
Monroe Gazette, June 11, 1891

R. T. Richardson and wife were visiting relatives in town Sunday.
Monroe Gazette, July 2, 1891

Miss Daisy Richardson, of New Martinsville, took dinner at the McLure House yesterday.
Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, August 5, 1891

Miss Daisy Richardson, sister of Dr. J. J. Richardson, was the guest of friends here over Sunday.
Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, April 26, 1892


Miss Daisy Richardson, the only daughter of R. T. Richardson, the popular druggist, gave a party to a select number of her friends this evening. Quite a number were invited from a distance and the affair was a very successful and enjoyable one.
Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, New Martinsville, March 26, 1892
Mrs. R. T. Richardson and son, Homer, were visiting relatives at Well's Bottom, the first of the week.
Wheeling Register, October 2, 1892

Several from town attended the party at New Martinsville Friday evening, at the residence of Dr. R. Richardson.
Monroe Gazette, March 31, 1892

Mr. Ezra Richardson and wife, of New Cumberland, W. Va., visited Mr Richardson's brother, R. T. Richardson, during the week.
Wheeling Register, May 15, 1892

Among the West Virginians at the Stamm last evening were G.B. Fisher, of Flat Woods; Miss Daisy Richardson, of New Martinsville, Edward Beatz, D. Snodgrass, Brice Jotift and Chalres Johnson, of Mannington.
Wheeling Daily Intelligencer February 9, 1894

Mrs. Dr. Haworth is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Richardson, of New Martinsville, for several days.
Wheeling Register, July 1, 1894 (New Martinsville)
Misses Daisy richardson and Nadie Beecher, of New Martinsville are registered at the Stamm.
Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, August 1, 1894

Mrs. Rube Richardson and daughter Daisy, of New Martinsville, was visiting relatives in town.
Wheeling Register, November 18, 1894

Reuben Richardson, of New Martinsville, was in town Thursday.
Monroe Gazette, May 30, 1895 (written May 27}

R. T. Richardson and son, Homer, were visiting at Wheeling Sunday.
Wheeling Register, July 7, 1895 (New Martinsville)

Miss Lib Noll was at Martinsville last Thursday, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Richardson.
Spirit of Democracy, May 16, 1897
Reuben Richardson and son of New Martinsville were guests of Miss Lib Noll Sunday.
Spirit of Democracy, September 30, 1897

R. T. Richardson's drug store has been greatly improved in appearance during the past week, and this is only a beginning of the improvement to be made to the store. The work at newly papering the store is about complete. This makes it look bright and neat. The entire interior of the store will be changed in appearance, however, be changing the soda fountain to the other side of the room from where now located, putting in new fixtures, and repainting and varnishing all woodwork. When completed this will be one of the nicest storerooms of any drug store in the Ohio Valley.
New Martinsville News, July 26, 1901

Mr. R. T. Richardson was in Wheeling Wednesday on business.
New Martinsville News, August 30, 1901

Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Richardson, of New Martinsville, spent Tuesday with relatives here.
New Martinsville News, October 3, 1902 [Sardis column}

Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Richardson, of New Martinsville, spent Wednesday with friends.
New Martinsville News, October 31, 1902 [Sardis column}

Mrs. R. T. Richardson and daughter Daisy went to Sardis, Ohio, this morning to attend the funeral of a relative.
Evening Dispatch, Thursday, February 12, 1903

Mrs. R.T. Richardson and daughter, Miss Daisy were at Wheeling Tuesday.
Wetzel Republican, January 19, 1905

Miss Eva Nesbitt was called to New Matamoras this morning by the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. R. T. Richardson.
Sistersville Daily Review Saturday, August 19, 1905

R. F.{note should be T.} Richardson, son Homer and daughter Daisy of New Martinsville and Miss Evalyn Nesbit of Sistersville spent Sunday here at the Nesbit home.
Spirit of Democracy, May 20, 1909 Sardis

R. T. Richardson and son Homer of New Martinsville were down Sunday afternoon.
Spirit of Democracy, September 16, 1909

R. T. Richardson and son Homer were down from New Martinsville Sunday afternoon.
Spirit of Democracy, December 16, 1909 {deferred}

R. T. Richardson Appointed Postmaster
News of His Appointment Received in the City Tuesday and Caused Considerable Surprise Among Local Politicians.
Commission is Expected to Arrive Within a Few Days
R. T. Richardson is to be the next postmaster in the city and will succeed James F. McCaskey, the present incumbent. This is the announcement that was made public Tuesday afternoon and it is said to have emanated from a reliable source. The official papers are said to have arrived in the city a few days ago, and Mr. Richardson has given bond and the papers have been forwarded to Washington. His commission is expected to arrive within a few days.
The announcement that Mr. Richardson was appointed postmaster caused considerable surprise in the city Tuesday and Wednesday and there is a lot of disgruntled politicians. It was generally believed that James F. McCaskey would be reap pointed, as he is said to have had the backing of Senator Stephen B. Elkins.
The appointment of Mr. Richardson as postmaster is believed to be partly due to the influence of his son, Dr. J. J. Richardson, a well known throat specialist of Washington, and who accompanied President Taft on his tour of the continent. He is also said to be a warm friend of Postmaster General Hitchcock. Mr. Richardson has never taken an active part in politics and on account of this fact some of the party workers will have a complaint to make that they were not taken into consideration and that the appointment of Mr. Richardson was done without the knowledge of Congressman Hubbard or United States Senator Stephen B. Elkins.
President Taft is now at Beverly, Mass., and if the appointment has been made it has been done since he left Washington. The office is one of the most important of the West Virginia towns along the Ohio river and in the First congressional district. There were a number of aspirants for the position.
When he receives his commission as postmaster the office will be moved from the present location to the building now occupied as a drug store by Mr. Richardson. He will probably discontinue the drug business. It is reported that he will retain Miss Delia Standiford and Clem Watkins of the local force and that they will continue to hold their positions the same as under Postmaster McCaskey.
As yet Mr. Richardson's commission has not arrived but he is reported to have received official notice of his appointment and that the papers to be filled out have been in his hands for the past several days.
Wetzel Democrat, Friday, July 8, 1910

New Postmaster
R.T. Richardson Succeeds J. F. McCaskey as Postmaster and Assumes Duties of Office Saturday.
Will Retain Present Clerical Force
Notwithstanding the fact that everything known to the political game was done to prevent R. T. Richardson from receiving his commission as postmaster of New Martinsville, after he had been recommended for appointment, Mr. Richardson's commission arrived Friday morning and he assumed the duties of the office Saturday evening.
Mr. Richardson succeeds James F. McCaskey as postmaster, who has held the office for the past twelve years. For the present he will retain Clem Watkins as stamping clerk and Miss Delia Standiford, clerk at the general delivery office. T. G. Allen, who has been employed as cashier for the B. & O. railroad company at the local freight office, will be first assistant postmaster, and entered upon his new duties Saturday evening.
The appointment of Mr. Richardson to the office of postmaster of the city came at a time when the breach in the Republican ranks in the county was much wider than it has been for years and has caused more soreness. It was generally believed that Mr. McCaskey would be allowed to retain the office until Congress met. It has been known for several weeks that Mr. Richarson had been appointed postmaster but for some unknown reason his commission did not arrive.
Following the return of Postmaster General Hitchcock from Europe and after an interview with President Taft at Beverly, Mr. Richardson's commission was ordered sent to him, and it arrived Friday morning. It is alleged that Mr. Richardson received the appointment over the protests of congressman W. P. Hubbard and United State Senator Stephen B. Elkins. They were kept busy for several weeks prior to the appointment in endeavoring to hold up the recommendation but finally the word came that Mr. Richardson would be appointed and that nothing further could be done.
Mr. Richardson's appointment is largely due to the influence of his son, Dr. J. J. Richardson, who is a well known throat specialist of Washington, D.C., and who accompanied President Taft during his campaign for the presidency. The post office will remain at the present location but will probably be moved to Mr. Richardson's building on Main street in the near future, as the government may terminate the lease at any time.
Wetzel Democrat, Friday, August 26, 1910

R. T Richardson, postmaster of the city,has discontinued his drug store. Mr. Richardson did not take out a drug license the first of the year and Monday closed his store.
Wetzel Democrat, Friday, August 26, 1910

J. D. Nesbitt and sister Mrs. W. T. Wegg spend Sunday in New Martinsville with post master R. T. Richardson, and family.
Sistersville Daily Review, March 14, 1911

J.D. Nesbitt and sister Mrs. W. T. Webb spent Sunday in New Martinsville with Postmaster R. T. Richardson and family.
Spirit of Democracy, March 16, 1911 Sardis

Dr. Harry Richardson of Iowa, is in the city, having been called here by the serious illness of his father Dr. R. T. Richardson.
Wetzel Democrat Friday, June 6, 1924