Biography of Charles Rice, 
Volney, Oswego Co., NY


Many thanks to Colleen for taking the time to send in this biography. These are not my relatives, but I thought someone might like to have the history for their records. It came from the: "1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros", in Michigan.  Hope it helps someone.  Colleen. myscolleen@hotmail.com
 

CHARLES C. RICE. Among the business men of Clio, who have done much for the social and moral progress of the village, is the general dealer in hardware and harness, who is carrying on a lively trade in these directions. He was born October 12, 143, in the town of Volney, Oswego County, N.Y., and is the son of Samuel C. RICE, a native of Bridgeport, Addison County, Vt., who was born about the year 1817 and died in 1884. he had removed at the age of fifteen to Oswego County, N.Y., where he reared a family of nine children, eight of whom are still living.

The brothers and sisters of our subject are Sarah E., a teacher in the public schools at Hornellsville, N.Y.; Harriet, who died in her twelfth year; Catherine W., who is living in Massachusetts; Willis S., a groceryman of Clio; Bertha, who married E.M. CHAPIN, of Holyoke, Mass.; Edmund P., a lawyer and Circuit Court Commissioner in Midland, this state; Henry W., a jeweler of the same city; and Edith L., who married I.R. FIELD, a farmer of Vienna Township, Genesee County. The father was a public-spirited man, and a Republican in politics. He served for several years in New York as Highway Commissioner, and was also a farmer and stock-dealer and wool buyer. He came to Clio about the year 1879, and bought the building now owned by his son, carrying on a hardware store, and building the Railroad Flouring Mill. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary WHEELER, is a native of Mexico, N.Y., and still makes her home in Vienna Township.

Charles RICE had his early training on his father's farm, and in the district school, remaining at home until he reached his majority, when he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Eighty-fourth New York  Infantry, and was sent to the front under Gen. Sheridan's command. He took part in the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, and received his honorable discharge June 29, 1865. Soon after this he came to Michigan, and for seven years was with a mercantile firm at Hubbardston, Ionia County. Upon first coming to Clio, in 1872, he went into business for himself, but was burned 
out two years later, and after that disaster he clerked for various firms until about 1881, when he succeeded his father in business, since which time he has built up an extensive and prosperous trade, and is one of the most prominent men of Clio.

The lady who, upon the 6th of October, 1868, became the wife of our subject, was Miss Almira, a daughter of the Rev. E.W. BORDEN, a Presbyterian minister. Four children came to brighten this home. The eldest is Emma E., who was born July 5, 1869, and after taking an education in the Clio schools, studied at the Flint Normal School, and then after teaching one term, became a stenographer and book-keeper. She worked for a Buffalo (N.Y.) firm some time, and is now her father's book-keeper. The second daughter, Margaret M., was born June 30, 1872, and has had her education at Clio schools; Clayton C., who was born January 7, 1876 died October 21, 1880; and Carlton, who was born July 17, 1882. The family are members of the Congregational Church at Clio, and are useful in many lines of work in both church and social circles.

Mr. RICE was formerly a Republican, but for the past six years has been a Prohibitionist. As Trustee of the Village Board in 1888, he was largely instrumental in banishing the saloons from the village, and thus did good service to all who are interested in the moral and social welfare of the community.



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