WEST HIGHLAND RIM FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
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"The four generations in the lumber business started with James’ maternal grandfather, Arthur Treat. Due to the fluctuating stave market, Arthur owned and operated several stave mills in Arkansas, Indiana, and Illinois with his sons and sons-in-law. James’ father, Roy, worked for his father-in-law before eventu-ally obtaining his own sawmill in Wynne, Arkansas, about an hour west of Memphis. That business, Roy Richardson and Son, operated in Wynne from 1950 until 1992. James, the third generation, gave up a col-lege football scholarship to partner with his father in the sawmill business, eventually buying him out in 1978 and changing the name to Richardson Lumber Company, Inc.