Thomas Richardson

9 Apr 1844 - 17 Dec 1924

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9 Apr 1844 - 17 Dec 1924
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Thomas Richardson


Inkom Cemetery

3047-3203 N Rapid Creek Rd
Inkom, Bannock, Idaho
United States

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A Missionary to the Indians


July 11, 2013


June 27, 2013

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Idaho State Journal Pocatello, Idaho, Sunday, April 6,1980 Mormons Helped Lay Rails Into Idaho, Settled in Area By Betty Hale

Colaborador: jdeanhagler Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

It was 1878 when the narrow gauge Utah Northern Railroad reached Pocatello from the south. The road from Ogden to Franklin, Idaho, was promoted by the LDS church and mining interests in Butte, Mont. Northern Utah was rich agricultural area which would profit from railroad connections. Its most lucrative market had come to be the mining camps around Butte, which had been experiencing a boom since the middle 1860's. While Butte, Virginia City, and Helena were fully 500 wagon miles north of Ogden, they depended heavily on Mormon farmers for their food and freighting. Every mile that a railroad was pushed toward Montana would increase the mutually profitable exchange between Butte and northern Utah. Farmers and men of all occupations were "called" by Brigham Young to work on the railroad. The church was an important stockholder. From Franklin on, the railroad was under new management. The Union Pacific purchased interests and formed a new company. Some Mormon families and small groups followed the railroad north and established homes in Pocatello and the Upper Snake River Valley. Among them was a Thomas Richardson, the son of Thomas Richardson who joined the church in England. The elder Richardson's family was in Nauvoo, Ill., when the Saints were driven across the river to Montrose. Young Thomas was born there. His mother died. He and his brothers and sisters were taken into families of friends. Their father was called back to England on a mission for the church. When he returned the United states was at war with Mexico and he was recruited as a member of the Mormon Batallion. He marched to California where he was released from the army. (He actually was on the sick detail in Pueblo) He walked back to Utah where he and a friend were outfitted with a wagon and they went back to get their families. Young Thomas was seven years old when he and his father and other brothers and sisters came back to Utah with the Cutlers Handcart Company, again walking all the way. The family settled in Utah and eventually young Thomas moved to cache Valley where he went to work for the railroad. His wife, Mereb Stone Richardson, came along with him and as they laid rails through McCammon and along the Portneuf Valley she ran the cook shack. There were few women in the group and she taught Indian women to help her. They learned to mix bread and helped serve meals. Thomas was section foreman. July 4 came while they were working on the road and they wanted to celebrate. The railroad site was dry, dust, sage-covered desert with no shade. Among there granchildr4en is Arla Lish of Inkom, who says: "They tell of dumping large kegs of spikes to use the kegs to hold up a platform. I guess the spikes were too heavy to move. I would hope they put up their platform down near the river where there was a little shade. grandma Richardson made an American Flag." Arla is sure that Grandfather Richardson was one of the performers. He was a talented step dancer and enjoyed entertaining. Thomas continued to work for the railroad until his retirement, working for the Oregon Short Line Construction crews and later in the Pocatello railroad yards. He eventually settled in Inkom where he built a little log cabin which is still in evidence. Many others came to Pocatello to work for the railroad. Many Pocatello people will remember Arthur Petersen, who was a telegrapher, and his father who came here when he was a young boy. They came and stayed and became part of the many nationalities and people of many religious persuasions that made up early Pocatello.

Life timeline of Thomas Richardson

Thomas Richardson was born on 9 Apr 1844
Thomas Richardson was 16 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Thomas Richardson was 25 years old when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Thomas Richardson was 36 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Thomas Richardson was 39 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
Thomas Richardson was 52 years old when George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
Thomas Richardson was 65 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Thomas Richardson was 73 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Thomas Richardson died on 17 Dec 1924 at the age of 80
Grave record for Thomas Richardson (9 Apr 1844 - 17 Dec 1924), BillionGraves Record 4432775 Inkom, Bannock, Idaho, United States