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Vinton Eagle; April 21, 1891

Charles L. Rice

Mr. Henry Rice was called to morn the loss of his oldest son who died at 6:30 o'clock Wednesday evening. Charlie Rice aged 17 years had been in poor health for the two years past. Last Saturday he went to Vinton with his father, and Monday was taken sick, and death was the result. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Mershon of the M. E. church at the Primmer church. His body is resting in a quiet, peaceful sleep in the Cox cemetery, awaiting its summons to come forth. The family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.

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Vinton Eagle; May 6, 1921
Harry Rice

The funeral of Harry Rice, whose death occurred Wednesday night at Brandon, will be held from the Brandon M. E. church this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The services will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Soule, and interment will be in the Cox cemetery.

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Blairstown Press; May 15, 1931
Mrs. Albert Rice Dies In 66th Year
Isabelle Rice

Funeral Services Are Held at Family Home, Monday.

Mrs. Albert Rice, a resident of Benton county for the past 65 years, passed away at her home in Blairstown, last Friday. Funeral services were held at the home, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. D. Winter, pastor of the Evangelical church. Interment was in Pleasant Hill cemetery.

The following obituary sketch was read by the Rev. Winter:.

"Mrs. Isabelle Hannen Rice was born in Henry county, Iowa, September 5, 1860, and died at her home in Blairstown on Friday, May 8, 1931, at 9:45 p.m. Her health had not been the best for the past two months; but her death, due to heart disease, came very suddenly, reminding us again of the uncertainty of life. She was 70 years, 9 months and 3 days of age.

"Mrs. Rice, then Isabelle Hannen, came to Benton county with her parents when she was five years of age. On December 24, 1880 she was united in marriage to Albert Rice a the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hannen of south of Blairstown. Mr. and Mrs. Rice lived together in the holy state of matrimony for more than 50 years. It was only last December when the two soul-mates, with their children, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

"To Mr. and Mrs. Rice were born six children, four of whom are living. The surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joe Dionne and Mrs. Mike Grendler both of Blairstown, the latter with her husband and family residing at home with the parents, and two sons, James and Edgar, who reside south of Blairstown. One son, Frank, and one daughter, Emma, passed away while still young children.

"Mrs. Rice with her husband and family spent the greater part of her life on farms near Blairstown. Five years ago they moved to Blairstown, living here, until death took the wife and mother on last Friday.

"Surviving Mrs. Rice are her devoted husband, her four children, five grandchildren, two brothers, William and Henry Hannen, of Blairstown, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Jane Schmidt, of Spirit Lake. May God bless those who mourn the loss of their loved one, and may this period be one when they shall all feel their utter dependence upon Him in whose hands is our destiny."

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Cedar Valley Times; February 11, 1937
Mary E. Rice

Mrs. W. O. Rice, 77, who had spent 64 years of her life in the Vinton community, died here last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Berry. She had been ill since last November with heart disease and arthritis.

Mary Elizabeth Burkhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Burkhart, was born June 16, 1860, in Edingburgh, Indiana. She came to Benton county with her parents in 1873, and was married on September 30, 1880, to W. O. Rice. they farmed in Taylor township north of Vinton until their retirement here in 1910. Mr. Rice died March 3, 1929. Since his death Mrs. Rice had made her home with her children.

Six daughters survive their mother - Mrs. Fred Halgren, Mrs. James Harrison, Mrs. Lloyd Berry, and Mrs. Clark Johnson, all of Vinton, Mrs. Neal Fox of Brandon, and Mrs. Murray Wallace, of Pomona, Cal. Other members of her family are 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Anna King of Vinton is a sister of the deceased.

Mrs. Rice was a charter member of the Primmer Methodist church in the country, later transferring to the Vinton church.

Funeral rites will be conducted at the Lloyd Berry home Saturday afternoon at 2:00 by the Rev. E. A. Sabin of the Methodist church. Burial will be in the Cox cemetery northeast of Vinton.

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Cedar Valley Times; 1929
W. O. Rice

Following a stroke of paralysis Wednesday night, W. O. Rice, 73 years old, native of Benton county, died at ten o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Berry. He had been ill a number of months. The last month Mr. Rice had been cared for at the Berry home.

W. O. Rice was a son of the late James and Mary Rice. He was born on the old Rice homestead east of Vinton, April 20, 1856. His marriage to Miss Margaret Burkhart occurred Sept. 30, 1880. After farming thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Rice came to Vinton eighteen years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church and of the M. W. A. lodge.

Mr. Rice was a charter member of the Primmer church north of Vinton. He helped to organize the church and to build the house of worship. Mrs. Rice is the last surviving charter member of this church. At the time of his death Mr. Rice was a trustee.

The widow and six daughters survive, namely: Mrs. Neal Fox of Brandon, Mrs. Murray Wallace of Pamona, Calif., Mrs. Fred Halgren, Mrs. James Harrison, Mrs. Clark Johnson, and Mrs. Lloyd Berry, all of Vinton. One son and one daughter preceded him in death. Other relatives living include a half sister and two half brothers, Mrs. Lucinda Pauley, Mason City, M. A. Floyd of Vinton, and Dan Floyd of Waterloo. There are sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral will be held at 1:00 p. m. Tuesday at the Lloyd Berry home. Burial will be in the Cox cemetery between here and Urbana. The Rev. A. Raymond Grant of the M. E. church will officiate.

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