(From the Dayton, Oh 1928 City directory)
Earl B. Richardson opened
up his lunch car in Silver Creek in 1912. In 1921 he started manufacturing
lunch cars. In late 1923, he leased out a plant in order to build
the lunch cars under cover. Two months later, the plant caught on
fire and burnt down. A year and a year and a half later, Mr.
Richardson died. The article in the "Grape Belt & Chautauqua
Farmer", states that 26 lunch cars were built in his new factory on Hawkins
St. during that year.
| Newspaper articles and blurbs help a great deal in tell
some of the story of these dining car companies. Especially the Richardson
Dining Car Co. Previous to my research, people just thought of this
company as another company that tried to follow in Ward & Dickinson's
footsteps. And how wrong that is! Following Albert Closson,
Earl Richardson is the reason we have Ward & Dickinson and Mulholland
and the other smaller companies. These newspaper articles help to
show that of all the Silver Creek lunch car companies, it was Richardson
that sold, by far, the most lunch cars to local citizens.
So, if you're interested in just Richardson articles, you can check out the Richardson articles page. Or, you can go back to the main dining car companies page And scroll down, on the left side, to check out all three local Silver Creek newspapers. These papers contain small blurbs, some of which refer to people purchasing Richardson built lunch cars. Also, the Ward & Dickinson page has a link to articles specific to their company.
If you are just interested in the lunch cars built by the Richardson concern, just scroll down to the bottom of the page. All of these diners/lunch cars have been verified to be Richardson's by newspaper mentions. If you're interested in lunch cars built by the other companies and the unsure lunch cars, then click on that link.
1925 - Silver Creek News
The manufacture of dining cars, in Silver Creek has become one of the main industries during the past year. The Pioneer builder Mr Earl Richardson, formerlv of Westfield, N.Y. started building dining cars in the yards of Madigan Lumber Company. The business picked up with such speed that it was necessary to build a factory which could handle the orders. This plant was built close to the depot in account of loading the building material A concrete building was erected about 80x30, complete with the latest wood working niachinery. The new car recently installed to replace the old one which has been in Central Avenue near Main Street for the past few years, is the last word in dining car elegance. During the last year cars have been made in the Richardson Dining Car factory and sold to the following parties:
Byron Legters, Pen Yan, N.Y.
George Dickinson, Newark, N.Y.
Sullivan & Emmiger, Buffalo, N.Y. - 821 Abbott
Anthony Siefert, Erie, Pa - unknown address
Joe Muscato, Franklin, Pa.
Charles Tiedeman Erie, Pa - 712 Peach
Howard Clute, Ravenna, Ohio
Neil Paul, Belleview, Ohio
Ed Root, Galion, Ohio.
C. E. Hofer, Falconer, N.Y.
Harold Huer, Warsaw, N.Y.
H. Smith, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
George Shultz, Buffalo, N.Y. - unknown address
Harry Hotchkiss, Fredonia, N.Y.
H. Jackle, Ashtabula, Ohio
S. Neebuhr, Conneaut, 0hio
Geo Dietzen, Painesville, Ohio
Wm. Martin, Greenville, Pa
Ted Graf, Warren, Pa.
R. Philps, Hamburgh, N.Y.
George Smith, Corry, Pa.
Chas. Haviland, Wellsville N.Y. - moved to Bolivar
A. G. Wasmund, Wesleyville, Pa.
Clem J. Yonk, Bryan, Ohio.
Jack Frost, Springville, N. Y.
[ NOTE: Only cars that can be verified as Richardson's. ]