Sid Williams Richardson was born in Athens, Texas in 1891 and attended both Simmons (later to become Hardin-Simmons University) and Baylor University from 1910-1912. Subsequently, he entered the oil business in partnership with his friend, Clint Murchison, amassing a fortune in 1919-1920. In the 1920s, Richardson’s fortunes rose and fell with sharp oil market fluctuations. Then, in the early ’30s, with a small investment and support from friends, he struck it big in the Keystone Field in West Texas turning his oil business into a booming success.
With his fortune established, Mr. Sid, as he was known to his friends, was able to indulge his interest in cattle and horses, acquiring large ranching operations both in Texas and Oklahoma. A lover of fine animals, Richardson raised registered Quarter Horses and Santa Gertrudis cattle on his ranches. His favorite riding horse was Dude, a big paint that came to him at the call of his name.