El Dorado County








Frank B. Richards, the owner of the Arcade Bakery, at Placerville, has built up a large and prosperous business on the basis of the superior quality of his products and painstaking attention to the wants of his patrons. He was born in El Dorado, this state, on the 19th of April, 1889, and is a son of James and Mary Louise (Barnett) Richards. The father, a native of England, came to California in young manhood and engaged in mining. Several years later he returned to his native land to wed the sweetheart of his youth and brought her back to California with him. He became well known as a mining engineer, and was connected with a number of the most important mines in this and several other western states. Later in life he quit engineering and was engaged in the grocery business for several years. His death occurred in Placerville, in June, 1930, and his widow is still living at that place. Further reference is made to Mr. Richards in a separate sketch on other pages of this work.

Frank B. Richards received a high school education and after leaving school was associated with his father in the grocery business at Placerville, during which time he also attended night school. When the United States entered the World War he enlisted in the air service and, after preliminary training, was sent to France, where he was on duty for ten months. On returning to his country he was honorably discharged. The grocery store having been sold, he looked around for a suitable business opening. In 1920 he bought his present business, the Little Arcade Bakery, in the management of which he is ably assisted by his wife. They have six employees, all skilled in their line, and they carefully maintain the quality of their products, so that they have built up a large business throughout El Dorado County.

Mr. Richards was married to Miss Frances W. Wickham, who was born and reared in Alameda County. Mr. Richards is a Republican in his political views and is a member of the American Legion. Sincere and friendly in manner, he is well liked wherever known and greatly esteemed among his associates.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Pages 266-267. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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