Former B'ville mayor turns 100

Arthur Richardson celebrated his 100th birthday Tuesday Dec. 15.

Richardson, who served as mayor of Baldwinsville from March 18, 1960 to March 21, 1961 and as village justice for four terms (14 years), now resides in Hendersonville, N.C., where he and his wife have enjoyed an active senior life for several decades.

Richardson moved to Baldwinsville in 1951 when his position with Allied Chemical moved him from New Jersey to Central New York. After nearly 10 years as an active participant in the community, a local lawyer approached Richardson about running for mayor. He accepted because "it sounded like interesting work and I was interested in the village of Baldwinsville."

When asked what his platform was when he ran for village justice, Richardson laughed and said, "Just being a good judge." He recalled judging all kinds of cases, traffic, civil and criminal. He found civil cases to be the toughest; traffic cases were surprisingly both easy and hard.

A long-time member of Kiwanis International and serving as president of the Baldwinsville club for one year, Richardson said he did not have any single accomplishment that stood out, but instead "mostly enjoyed participating in the town and being involved with the community he had quite a fondness for." He was also a prominent figure in the Syracuse area Boy Scouts of America.

"I like just about everything from Baldwinsville -- they're good people there," Richardson said.

After retiring from the position of village justice in 1977, Henderson and his wife moved to North Carolina in 1979. Richardson celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Heritage Lodge in Hendersonville yesterday.

Richardson was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 15, 1909. He was the third of four children born to Elmer and Elizabeth Richardson. As a young man, he lived in St. Paul and Brooklyn. He married Daisy Harriet Krey of Brooklyn, and has two children, Robert and Janet.

Richardson received a degree in business from New York University while raising a family and working in Manhattan for the Allied Chemical and Dye Corporation. The family moved from Brooklyn to Somerville, N.J., then to Baldwinsville.

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