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William Daniel "Dan" Richardson worked for [c1905 - c1913] and later took over his father's undertaking business in Park City, Utah about 1913 (for a more on this undertaking business, click here). In addition to being an undertaker, in 1916 Dan Richardson became Marshall of Park City, Utah for 19 months. The Park Record newspaper had 2 articles where he single handed captured a murderer and he conducted a raid on a gambling and drinking establishment, arresting 14. The Park Record goes on to say that Dan resigned as Marshall August 1, 1917 and that he was "going to help his father on his farm in Idaho" but he must have just gone for the Fall harvest. By 1919, "Dan" was listed as "Smelter Man" for an occupation on the birth certificate youngest daughter "Jane", where as, on the birth certificates of the first 4 children, he was shown as an "undertaker". In 1921**, Dan, finally sold the Mortuary and Dan moved his family from Park City, Utah to Ontario, California.

In Ontario, CA, there was a storm of controversy when Dan established the "Richardson Funeral Home and Ambulance Service" on "A" Street, in a downtown Victorian mansion, called "Belldon Hall". W.D. Richardson was very active in Masonic and community projects. He died suddenly, near Ontario, California in 1930. The day of Dan's funeral Ontario, California lowered its flags and closed its businesses according to the Daily Report. After the death of William Daniel and Juanita Richardson, Beldon Hall was sold c1935. Later, a new Richardson Funeral Home was built on "G" Street in Ontario c1936 (now called: Richardson-Petersen Funeral Home). The Richardson Funeral Home is no longer in the family after the retirement of Dan and June's son William David "Bill" Richardson in 1956.

Left: Picture of the children of William Daniel and Juanita (Noblet) Richardson in front of the Victorian house, "Belldon Hall" built in 1893, used as Richardson Funeral Home as well as family residence in Ontario, California c1920.

Right: Picture of William Daniel "Dan", Juanita "June", George Robert, Juanita, and Minnie Jane (bottom left off camera) Richardson in Ontario, California c1929.

(photos from Donald Richardson collection)

William "Dan" Daniel Richardson (8/14/1882 La Veta, CO - 2/13/1930 Upland, CA) (Note: US Navy 5/17/1902 - 12/21/1903*)
Juanita "June" Noblet (d/o Samuel and Jane Woolstenhulme) (8/23/1886 Kamas, UT- 7/22/1932 Ontario, CA) m 6/14/1905 Park City, Utah

* Note: My grandfather, was in the US Navy when both of his brothers died tragically, within one year of each other.

** In a letter from Dan's uncle Richard Levi Richardson (who also lived in Park City) to his brother Daniel Webster Richardson dated April 7, 1919, the economic conditions in Park City were slow and expected to get worse after World War I had ended. The drop in the Metals Market was the main cause, according to his letter. In 1921, the silver mines closed. Note: Park City was a mining town and one of the few in Utah not founded by Mormons. (photocopy of this letter provided by Doris Richardson Wright)

*** Ella Juanita Richardson is listed as Juanita Richardson Finney and Minnie Jane Richardson is listed as Jane Richardson Wheeler on their death certificates.

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