Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Dr. & Mrs. Robert H. Rice

 

LH-32


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Related collections include the papers of Dr. Robert S. Rice, Dr. John B. Rice, Henry Rice, Ada Rice, Lizzie Rice, Monroe Smith, J. W. Pero, and the Fry family. An extensive collection of Rice family photos accompany these collections.

Biographical Sketch

Robert Harvey Rice, born in Fremont, Ohio in 1837, was the third child of the prominent pioneer family of Dr. Robert S. and Eliza (Caldwell) Rice. Rice attended Oberlin College, studied medicine with his father, and in 1863, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He returned to Fremont to practice medicine with his father. Following the Civil War, he entered into practice with his brother, Dr. John B. Rice, Surgeon of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Dr. Gustavus Gessner, another Fremont physician, joined the Rice brothers in founding the Trommer Extract of Malt Company. Dr. Rice was also a founding partner of the Christy Knife Company.

Rice married Cynthia Fry in 1863, and they were the parents of three children: Henry C., Ada, and Anna (Mrs. J. W.) Pero. One of the area’s most respected physicians, Rice was a member of the Sandusky County Medical Society, Vice President of the Northwestern Ohio Medical Society, and the Brainard Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons. Rice died in 1906 and was buried in Fremont’s Oakwood Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of the personal and business correspondence, medical notes and reports, prescriptions, formulas, and patient records of Dr. Robert H. Rice, covering the years from 1853 until his death in 1906. The collection also contains family memorabilia including: funeral notices, invitations, announcements, Masonic records, school papers, poetry, and insurance documents. Of special note is the correspondence regarding Civil War pension applications contained in Box 11. Applicants’ names appear in the HOTS (Hayes Obituary Tracking System) in the library reading room.

Inventory

Papers, 1853-1933
30 linear ft.

 

Box 1 - Correspondence
Folders:
1. Correspondence - Undated
2. Correspondence - Undated
3. Correspondence - Undated
4. Correspondence - 1853-1860
5. Correspondence - 1861-1862
6. Correspondence - 1863-1865
7. Correspondence - 1866-1871
8. Correspondence - Letters from Europe - 1872
9. Correspondence - Letters from Europe - 1873
10. Correspondence - 1874-1875
11. Correspondence - 1876-1878
12. Correspondence - 1879-1883
13. Correspondence - 1884-1885
14. Correspondence - 1886
15. Correspondence - 1887
16. Correspondence - 1888
17. Correspondence - January-June 1889
18. Correspondence - July-December 1889
19. Correspondence - 1890
20. Correspondence - 1891
21. Correspondence - January-June 1892
22. Correspondence - 1892
23. Correspondence - January-June 1893
24. Correspondence - July-December 1893
25. Correspondence - 1894-1896
26. Correspondence - 1897-1898
27. Correspondence - 1899-1900

 

Box 2 - Correspondence
Folders:
1. Correspondence - 1901
2. Correspondence - 1902
3. Correspondence - 1903
4. Correspondence - April-September 1903
5. Correspondence - October-December 1903
6. Correspondence - January-February 1904
7. Correspondence - March 1904
8. Correspondence - April-June 1904
9. Correspondence - July-December 1904
10. Correspondence - January-June 1905
11. Correspondence - July-December 1905
12. Correspondence - 1906
13. Correspondence - 1907-1911
14. Correspondence - Mrs. Cynthia Rice - 1912-1918
15. Correspondence - Mrs. Cynthia Rice - 1919-1923
16. Correspondence - Mrs. Cynthia Rice - 1924-1926
17. Correspondence - Mrs. Cynthia Rice - 1927-1943

 

Box 3 - Financial Papers
Folders:
1. Financial Papers - Undated
2. Financial Papers - Undated
3. Financial Papers - Undated
4. Financial Papers - Undated
5. Financial Papers - 1865-1868
6. Financial Papers - 1869-1870
7. Financial Papers - 1871
8. Financial Papers - 1872
9. Financial Papers - 1873
10. Financial Papers - 1874
11. Financial Papers - 1875-1876
12. Financial Papers - 1877-1878
13. Financial Papers - 1879-1880
14. Financial Papers - 1881-1882
15. Financial Papers - 1883-1885
16. Financial Papers - 1886-1888
17. Financial Papers - 1889
18. Financial Papers - 1890
19. Financial Papers - 1891
20. Financial Papers - January-June 1892
21. Financial Papers - July-December 1892
22. Financial Papers - January-June 1893
23. Financial Papers - July-December 1893
24. Financial Papers - January-June 1894
25. Financial Papers - July-December 1894
26. Financial Papers - January-June 1895
27. Financial Papers - July-December 1895

 

Box 4 - Financial Papers
Folders:
1. Financial Papers - Undated
2. Financial Papers - May 1895-June 1896
3. Financial Papers - 1896
4. Financial Papers - 1897
5. Financial Papers - 1898
6. Financial Papers - 1899
7. Financial Papers - 1900
8. Financial Papers - 1901
9. Financial Papers - January-June 1902
10. Financial Papers - July-December 1902
11. Financial Papers - January-July 1903
12. Financial Papers - August-December 1903
13. Financial Papers - January-April 1904
14. Financial Papers - May-September 1904
15. Financial Papers - October-December 1904
16. Financial Papers - January-March 1905
17. Financial Papers - April-June 1905
18. Financial Papers - July-September 1905
19. Financial Papers - October-December 1905
20. Financial Papers - January-April 1906
21. Financial Papers - May-December 1906
22. Financial Papers - January-June 1907
23. Financial Papers - July-December 1907
24. Financial Papers - 1908
25. Financial Papers - 1909-1910
26. Financial Papers (Farm) - 1910
27. Financial Papers - 1911-1912
28. Financial Papers - 1913
29. Financial Papers - 1914
30. Financial Papers - 1915

 

Box 5 - Financial Papers, Estate Papers, Miscellaneous
Folders: 
1. Financial Papers - 1916
2. Financial Papers - 1917
3. Financial Papers - 1918-1919
4. Financial Papers - 1920
5. Financial Papers - 1921-1922
6. Financial Papers - 1923
7. Financial Papers - 1924
8. Financial Papers - 1925
9. Financial Papers - 1926
10. Financial Papers - 1927
11. Financial Papers - 1928
12. Financial Papers - 1929
13. Financial Papers - 1930
14. Financial Papers - 1931
15. Financial Papers - 1932
16. Financial Papers - 1933-1935
17. Financial Papers - 1936
18. Financial Papers - 1937
19. Financial Papers - 1938-1945
20. Anonymous Note to W. W. Stine (Etta Smith case)
21. Dr. Robert H. Rice Estate - Inventory - Appraisals - 5/7/1906
22. Cynthia Rice Correspondence Estate - 1933-1938
23. Cynthia Rice Correspondence Estate - 1939-1947
24. Mrs. Robert H. (Cynthia) Rice - Check Stubs, Receipt books, deposit books
25. Mrs. Robert H. (Cynthia) Rice - Financial Papers - Undated
26. Mrs. Robert H. (Cynthia) Rice - Financial Papers - 1933-1936
27. Mrs. Robert H. (Cynthia) Rice - Financial Papers - 1937-1948
28. Mrs. Robert H. (Cynthia) Rice - Financial Papers

 

Box 6
Folders:
1. Inventions & Patents
2. Court Summons, Promissory Notes
3. Miscellaneous German Material, Wartime Army Regs., Poetry
4. Miscellaneous Invitations/Announcements - Undated
5. Miscellaneous Invitations/Announcements - 1867-1885
6. Miscellaneous Invitations/Announcements - 1816-1890
7. Miscellaneous Invitations/Announcements - 1886-1890
8. Miscellaneous Invitations/Announcements - 1901
9. Miscellaneous Legal Matters
10. Miscellaneous Legal Matters
11. Passenger Steamship Booklets (1889-1900)

 

Box 7
Folders:
1. Miscellaneous Masonic Papers
2. Miscellaneous Household Matters
3. Miscellaneous Household, Advertisements
4. Miscellaneous Household, Advertisements
5. Miscellaneous Advertisements, Booklets
6. Miscellaneous Household, Addresses, Stocks/Bonds
7. Miscellaneous & European Trip
8. Miscellaneous Papers - Various Individuals
9. Miscellaneous School Papers
10. Poetry
11. Miscellaneous School Papers
12. Rice Family Funeral Notices
13. Tributes to Dr. Rice

 

Box 8
Medical Record Books

 

Box 9
Canceled Checks - 1904-1932
Masonic Degree - 1872, 1874

 

Box 10
Physician’s Patient Records - 1867-1905

 

Box 11
Folders:
1. American Medical Society|
2. Medical Notes
3. Medical Notes
4. Medical Notes
5. Medical Notes
6. Miscellaneous Insurance Papers
7. Miscellaneous Medical Materials
8. Miscellaneous Medical Papers
9. Miscellaneous Prescriptions/Formulas
10. N.W. Ohio Medical Association
11. Ohio State Medical Society
12. Veteran Pensions Correspondence - Undated
13. Veteran Pensions Correspondence - 1882-1900
14. Veteran Pensions Correspondence - 1900-1905
15. Veteran Pensions/Miscellaneous Papers [Inventoried in HOTS]
16. Statements - A-B
17. Statements - C-E
18. Statements - F-G
19. Statements - H-I
20. Statements - J-K
21. Statements - L-M
22. Statements - N-R
23. Statements - S
24. Statements - T-Z

 

Box 12
Check Stubs - 1922-1933, Seed Packets

 

Box 13
Check Stubs - 1892-1932
Savings Accounts - 1905-1926
Ledgers - 1866-1915; 1893-1894; 1898-1900; 1902-1903
Receipts - 1906; 1926-1929
Ledger Ballville Farm - 1906-1910

 

Box 14
State/County Ledgers (Mostly Blank)
Check Stubs - 1894; 1895; 1904; 1924

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