RICHARDSON, CLARA BELLE. - Springfield, as the capital city, is a center of social life, as well as of political interest, and is consequently the home of some of the most charming and gracious ladies in the State. One who is prominent alike in social and church circles, is Mrs. Clara Belle Richardson. She was born in Carlisle, Sullivan County, Ind., October 18, 1850, and is a daughter of the late Squire M. Patterson and his wife, Mary M. (Bemfeil) Patterson. The former was born in Vincennes, Ind., October 16, 1812, while the latter was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, October 14, 1820. Mr. Patterson was a bookkeeper.
Mrs. Richardson was educated in Terre Haute, Ind., and Mattoon, Ill., and remained at home until her marriage, on April 19, 1871, to James C. Richardson. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Richardson: Gertrude, born February 11, 1872; Mark P., born November 9, 1874; Frank G., born July 14, 1876, and Earl A., born September 29, 1878.
For many years Mrs. Richardson has been one of the earnest and effective workers in the Congregational Church, of which she is a member, and many of the present excellent conditions are due to her influence and support. She belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star and the W.C.T.U. Her efforts in behalf of the latter organization have been marked with success, and she is welcomed in any gathering of her co-workers. Earnest and kind hearted, devoted to the good work she believes in so thoroughly. Mrs. Richardson has been for years an important factor in Springfield life, and her influence has resulted in a remarkable moral uplift.