Richardson, George A.
Age: 27, credited to Dorset, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/21/62, CSSGT, 14th VT INF, m/o 7/30/63 [College: MC 60]
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Birth: 03/22/1835, Manchester, VT
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta, WI
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 140857438
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Middlebury College Archives, off-site
College?: MC 60
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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GEORGE W. RICHARDSON
From the Sparta (Wisc.) Herald of recent date we take the following obituary notice of one who was born in this town, and married a Dorset girl more than 50 years ago.
Mr. George Richardson, who passed away in this city at 3:30 o'clock Thursday morning, March 4, 1915, who was one, though not engaged in actual professional work or business, yet filled as large a place in the community, in the church and society, and in various positions of trust, that probably no one will be more missed, or his loss more generally regretted in Sparta than he.
Mr. Richardson was born in Manchester Vermont, March 24, 1834, the youngest of seven children in the family of Nathan and Jane Livingstone Richardson. As a boy he attended the district schools, graduated later from Burr and Burton Academy in his native town, and then following a period of teaching in the same academy he entered Middlebury College, Vt., from which institution he graduated with honors in 1860, taking the second prize in his class.
It was natural with the great internecine conflict raging in this country that he should enter the army. where he served as Quartermaster Sergeant, and was present at the battle of Gettysburg.
Following his discharge from the army he turned his attention to teaching, accepting the position of principal of the schools at Constantine, Michigan, where he remained for nearly two years. In the vacation intervening he returned to Vermont, and was then married at Dorset on August 18, 1864, to Miss Julia L. Sykes, who accompanied him to Michigan, and in 1866 to the city of Sparta, where they have resided continuously, living for 43 0f the 49 years they have been in the city, in the residence on North Water Street.
Singularly happy and well mated their life together has been a benediction to the church and community, and many good things have had their origin in their hearts and home. Last August they observed in a feeling way with their loved one and friends around them, their 50th anniversary of their marriage, and all hearts grew young as stories of that long ago courtship were retold.
Two children came to enrich their lives. and brighten their home, one of whom, Miss Helen C. passed away September 21, 1899. The other, Mrs. J. S. Hotten of Chicago remains, with her three stalwart sons, and the husband, who has been a son indeed, to mourn with the mother and wife the earthly termination of happy relationships.
The years following his arrival in this city Mr. Richardson was admitted to the bar, and later served a term as District Attorney, but gradually withdrew from active practice of law, and entered the bank of M. A. Thayer and Co., where he remained until 1893. Since then he has maintained an office downtown for the transactions of business which occupied him.
While still a student at Middlebury College he united with the Congregational church, and upon removal to this city, transferred his membership to the First Congregational church of Sparta, sustaining that relationship to the end. Here he served as deacon for a period of 30 years, taught in the Sunday School, faithfully attended the services, and by his piety and devotion won the esteem of all.
Source: Manchester Journal, March 18, 1915
Courtesy of Deanna French