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A bride and two dollars

Harold Richardson at his home in Stewart's Point

Harold Richardson and John Browne

Young Herbert Archer (HA) Richardson arrived in San Francisco in the late 1860s with his new wife Aletha at his side and $2 in his pocket, recounts their grandson Harold. He landed a job at a sawmill in northern Sonoma County, and she got a job at a hotel in a nearby town. From those humble beginnings HA went on to build up a profitable timber business in Stewart’s Point, where he literally owned the small seaside town. He also had several merchant sailing ships in the era when all goods moved by ship. In the 1920s, he got the contract to build 40 miles of Highway One–a job his son Font did with a small crew of men using pickaxes, dynamite, and a primitive tractor.

Today, Harold Richardson is 93 years old and the Richardson family still owns the Stewart’s Point store and logs the surrounding forest. Join us in the Story Shed as he shares talesĀ  of what life was like back when a coon skin was worth $4 and the only ice in town arrived by boat.

Listen to the show by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.