From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler
and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 574-575, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George E. Richardson of Elkhorn township was born in St. Louis,
Missouri, in 1846. He was the son of Robert H. and Sophia (Armbrewster)
Richardson. He came with his parents to Illinois when a boy, and before
he was of age went on the river and learned to be an engineer and
followed that business until 1864, when he died. His father's family
were farmers and mechanics.
George remained at home until he was nineteen years old, having
remained at school until fourteen. He entered an office in St. Louis as
shipping clerk, and afterward came to this county and settled in Mt.
Pleasant, and worked for an uncle one year on a farm. He then took to
running a portable sawmill. Since then he has farmed and continued his
business in the sawmill. He has been Assessor and Collector, and is now
a Democrat, although he first voted the Republican ticket.
He was married April 22, 1875, to Miss Martha J. Gerrish, who
was born in this county April 9, 1854. She is the daughter of Sewall
and Elizabeth (Grove) Gerrish. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson have five
children, namely: Otis E., Josie L., Sewall H., George Everett and Nina
L. Mr. Richardson and family are prominent people in the township and
they are steady church going people.