Richard Blanchard Sr. Biography

	Richard Bogardus Blanchard Sr. was born on 
June 27, 1893 in Gardner, Massachusetts.Birth Certificate
He attended Gardner High School until the ninth grade
when he left school to begin his silversmith apprenticeship
at age fourteen. It was common practice to began to learn
a trade at an early age and this is how such a high level
of skill was achieved. His father was a silversmith,George
P. Blanchard His House but it is unknown where Richard began
his apprenticeship. Richard's older brother, Porter, also
became a silversith.
	Richard Sr. joined the U.S. Army during World War I
and left for training on August 18, 1917. He shipped out to
France with the 105 Aero Squad on November 23, 1917 and
arrived in New York after the war on April 26, 1919. He
received an honorable discharge at this time. Army Docs 





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