Thomas Rickard

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Thomas Rickard
BornAugust 1865
DiedMarch 25, 1911
OccupationMining engineer
Spouse(s)Alice Whitmore
ChildrenLeontine (1889–1991), Helen (b.Jun.1891), Donald (1894–1915), and Thomas, Jr. (1899–1927)
Parent(s) Reuben Rickard

Thomas Rickard (1865–1911) was an early resident of Berkeley, California, and served as the last President of the Town Board of Trustees from 1903 to 1909, before the new city charter went into effect, creating the office of Mayor.

Rickard was born in France in August 1865. Both of his parents were English-born. He immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1870s. In 1889 he married his wife Alice Whitmore. They had four children: Leontine (1889–1991), Helen (b.Jun.1891), Donald (1894–1915), and Thomas, Jr. (1899–1927).

Rickard had a cousin whose name was also Thomas, but regularly used his middle initial "A" (for Arthur). Thomas A. Rickard was a prominent writer on the subject of mining. [1]

In 1896 he was appointed by the Governor to the position of State Geologist of Colorado. He served in that position until 1901.

Rickard was a graduate of the University of California, with a degree in mining engineering. From 1901 until his death, he served as vice president of the San Francisco mining firm of Harron, Rickard and McCone. He also served as a trustee of the California Institute for the Deaf and Blind, located in Berkeley.

Rickard's father Reuben Rickard also served as President of the Town Board of Trustees in Berkeley from 1891 to 1893 and again for about a month in 1895. He was also a mining engineer, having worked throughout the western United States. Thomas' brother Edgar Rickard was the editor of a mining newspaper in London and a close acquaintance of Herbert Hoover. [2]

Thomas Rickard died on March 25, 1911. His wife died September 10, 1945 in San Joaquin County. Although she had remarried, she and Thomas are interred together at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California.

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References

  1. Kirshenbaum, Noel W. (April 1, 1999). "T.A. Rickard and his California Connections". Samuel Knight Chapter - SIA, Newsletter. No. 8. Samuel Knight Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology. pp. 20–21. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12.
  2. "Edgar Rickard biographical sketch". Hoover & Truman. National Archives and Records Administration. Archived from the original on 2007-05-19. Retrieved 15 December 2019.