Marvin W. Richards, manufacturer of lumber and drain tile, was born in Jackson Township, Huntington Co., February 22, 1856, the son of Daniel and Harriet (Smith) Richards, natives of Stark County, Ohio. He was reared a farmer, enjoyed the advantages of a common school education, and on attaining his majority engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he carried on successfully until the spring of 1886; at that time he began dealing in farm implements at Huntington, and one year later purchased an interest in a saw mill and tile factory two and a half miles southwest of Roanoke, with which he is at this time connected. He is an energetic man, and in his latest business venture has met with the most encouraging success. December 19, 1878, he married Miss Rosa McCaughey, daughter of James W. McCaughey, of Jackson Township. She was born in Huntington County, August 3, 1857. The father of our subject, Daniel Richards, was born March 14, 1814, the fifth child of Benjamin and Rachael (Warner) Richards, natives of Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively. He is by occupation a farmer, and began life for himself at the early age of fourteen. April 24, 1837, he married Harriet Smith, and a little later moved to Summit County, Ohio, where they lived until they removed to Huntington County, Ind., in the fall of 1851. He located where he now lives, having redeemed from the forest a fine farm of 100 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Richards, in 1838, became converted and have been active Christian workers ever since. They are the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living, to-wit: Ruhamma E., Byron A., Mary A., Marvin W., Ervin E., Harriet R., and Newton B. E.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Jackson Township, pages 657 and 658.