JOHN F. RICHARDS (1901-1905) #17As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.John Francisco Richards (1834-1922) was appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners in 1901 and served until 1905. Richards was born in Virginia; his family moved to St. Charles, Missouri in 1836. After his mother’s death in 1848 (his father died in 1837) Richards went to work as a clerk at Fort Osage, Missouri. In 1853, Richards became clerk to an Indian agent in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Moving back to Missouri in 1855, he began work at a hardware store in St. Louis. In 1857, he opened a hardware store in Leavenworth, Kansas. During the Civil War he was in the Kansas Militia for a short period of time and participated in the Battle of Westport in 1864.He opened a branch of his hardware business in Kansas City in 1875 but remained in Leavenworth until 1887. In 1881, Richards became a partner with John Conover and the Kansas City branch became the Richards and Conover Hardware Company, one of the largest hardware wholesale and retail businesses in the west.After moving to Kansas City in 1887, Mr. Richards became involved in various Kansas City organizations including the Commercial Club, Masonry, and the Kansas City Club, along with continued involvement in the Richards and Conover Hardware Company. In the mid-1890s, Mr. Richards was on a committee to help arrange the purchase of Kansas City’s water works and water supply system from private ownership of the National Water Company to ownership of the City of Kansas City government. #KCParks #FromTheArchives | KC Parks Instagram Photos

JOHN F. RICHARDS (1901-1905) #17As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.John Francisco Richards (1834-1922) was appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners in 1901 and served until 1905. Richards was born in Virginia; his family moved to St. Charles, Missouri in 1836. After his mother’s death in 1848 (his father died in 1837) Richards went to work as a clerk at Fort Osage, Missouri. In 1853, Richards became clerk to an Indian agent in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Moving back to Missouri in 1855, he began work at a hardware store in St. Louis. In 1857, he opened a hardware store in Leavenworth, Kansas. During the Civil War he was in the Kansas Militia for a short period of time and participated in the Battle of Westport in 1864.He opened a branch of his hardware business in Kansas City in 1875 but remained in Leavenworth until 1887. In 1881, Richards became a partner with John Conover and the Kansas City branch became the Richards and Conover Hardware Company, one of the largest hardware wholesale and retail businesses in the west.After moving to Kansas City in 1887, Mr. Richards became involved in various Kansas City organizations including the Commercial Club, Masonry, and the Kansas City Club, along with continued involvement in the Richards and Conover Hardware Company. In the mid-1890s, Mr. Richards was on a committee to help arrange the purchase of Kansas City’s water works and water supply system from private ownership of the National Water Company to ownership of the City of Kansas City government. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

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