C E Rice
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 11:37:41
C E Rice, the true measure of success if determined by what one has accomplished, and , as taken in contradiction to the old adage that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country, there is particular interest attaching to the career of the subject of this review, since he is a native son of the county in which he has passed his entire life and so directed his ability and efforts as to gain recognition as one of the representative citizens of Boone. He is actively connected with a business which has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any section or community, and in the City Bank he has worked his way steadily upward fro the position of errand boy to that of assistant cashier.
Mr Rice was born November 10, 1856, in Boonesboro, his parents being L J and Jennie I (Moffatt) Ric, both of whom were natives of Jefferson county, New York. At the usual age he entered the public schools and was graduated in Boonesboro high school. In 1875 he pursued a pharmacy course in the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and in 1875 became interested in a drug business in Boone with his father. The latter became an active factor in the conduct of the City Bank in 1880 and our subject then succeeded to the drug business, in which he continued until 1885, when he also became connected with the bank, in which his father was vice president. His advancement has come entirely though his own efforts. He began work in the humble capacity of errand boy and mastered every detail of the business as it came to him. Later he was made bookkeeper and since 1892 he has been assistant cashier of the bank which was organized in 1872, with a capital of fifty thousand dollars. It was organized as a national bank and later surrendered its charter and continued as the City Bank of Boone. Its present capital and surplus amounts to two hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. Its officers are Frank Champlin, president, Louis Goeppinger, vice president, C J A Ericson, cashier, C E Rice assistant cashier, and C H Geoppinger, second assistant cashier.
In 1879 Mr Rice was untied in marriage to Miss Bay Belle Jackson, of Boone, who died November 13, 1881, at the age of eighteen years, leaving one child, Charles, born August 12, 1881, and died at the age of two years and nine months. Mr Rice was again married, June 14, 1887, the lady of his choice being May Goetzman, a daughter of Charles Goetzman, of Boone, and their children are Howard, born May 1, 1890, Margaret, born January 8, 1894. Both Mr And Mrs Rice are well known in Boone and the hospitality of the best homes is extended to them. Mr Rice is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He possesses the typical spirit of the west, being enterprising, progressive and always alert and watchful for favorable business opportunities, nor is he afraid of that laborious attention to labor without which there is little real success.
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