San Bernardino County
WILLIAM DANIEL RICHARDSON
††††††††††† Although a resident of Ontario for less than a decade, the late William Daniel Richardson occupied a place of prominence in business circles of the city and was accounted its leading mortician.† Born in La Veta, Colorado, August 14, 1882, he was a son of Jacob and Sarah Isabelle (Poore) Richardson, the former a native of Hardinsburg, Kentucky, and the latter of Keokuk, Iowa.† The father was engaged in business in Los Angeles, California, for a number of years and both he and the mother are now deceased.
††††††††††† William D. Richardson was one of six children and after attending the public schools of Park City, Utah, went to Denver, Colorado, where he completed a course of study in embalming.† His knowledge of that science was utilized as a funeral director of Park City, Utah, before his removal to Ontario, California, in 1921, and here he established what is now the finest funeral home in the city.† The equipment and appointments were carefully selected and he maintained a high grade of service that was adapted to every need.† His business was systematically and efficiently conducted and he remained at its head until his death on the 13th of February, 1930, at the age of forty-seven years.
††††††††††† At Park City, Utah, on the 11th of June, 1909, Mr. Richardson had married Miss Juanita Noblet, a daughter of Samuel and Jane Elizabeth (Woolstenhune) Noblet, natives respectively of Colorado and Utah.† Mrs. Richardson acquired her education in Utah and died July 20, 1932.† She was the mother of three sons and two daughters:† Jacob Franklin, a young man of twenty-six, who married Mildred Webster and is the father of one child, Barbara A.; William David, twenty-four years of age, who married Katherine Church; George Robert, aged twenty years, who married Margaret Buckholz; Ella Juanita, a young girl of seventeen, who is in high school; and Minnie Jane, aged thirteen years, who is also attending school.
††††††††††† Hunting and fishing were Mr. Richardsonís favorite sports.† He filled the office of grand exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, was a past master of the blue lodge of Masons at Ontario, a member of the consistory, and a noble of Al Malaikah Temple of the Mystic Shrine in Los Angeles.† A worthy exponent of these orders, he stood equally high as a businessman and as a citizen and his passing brought deep sorrow to all with whom he was associated in the varied relations of life.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 159-160, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis.† 1933.
© 2012 †V. Gerald Iaquinta.