Page 559 - Louis R. Richmond, proprietor of the
Richmond Stamp Works, of Grand Rapids, is a descendant of the first Dutch
immigrant to settle permanently in that city. He was born in Grand Rapids,
September 23, 1875, the son of Eugene and Mary (Lyon) Richmond, both of whom
were natives of Michigan. Eugene Richmond was born in Grand Haven in 1850, and
came to Grand Rapids when he was still a small child, with his parents. He was
active in politics in Grand Rapids and was the first Republican alderman elected
from the Fifth Ward of that city. He and his wife were passengers on the first
train to enter the city on what was then the Grand Haven and Milwaukee. Eugene
Richmond died in 1922 in Grand Rapids where his widow is still living. Louis R.
Richmond received his education in the grade schools of Grand Rapids, and in
1889, he became engaged in the manufacturing of stamps of all kinds. He
manufactures rubber stamps and steel stamps, his business being one of the
largest of its kind in this section of the state. The enterprise has been
developed solely through his own efforts, and his achievements have won him
recognition as one of the successful business men of the city. In 1900, Mr.
Richmond was united in marriage to Miss Marie Mankle, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. William Mankle, deceased, pioneer residents of Grand Rapids. To this union
have been born two children, Richard born in 1903, and now living in California,
and Virginia born in 1908, and now a student in the Grand Rapids high school.
Mr. Richmond is a member of the Exchange Club and is affiliated with the Central
Church of Christ. He is greatly interested in Filipino boys who come to Grand
Rapids for their education, and each year finds several of them living at his
home while they are attending school. He has been an active worker in the Y. M.
Louis R. Richmond
Transcriber: Marcia Shears
Created: 25 November 2002