Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-28
Location: LH-28

(Description ID: 595411)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Lizzie W. Rice


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

Related collections include those of Lizzie Rice’s extended family: Dr. John B. Rice, Dr. Robert S. Rice, Dr. Robert H. Rice, Alfred Rice, Henry Rice, Dr. J. W. Wilson, Ada Rice and the J. W. Pero and Fry families.

Biographical Sketch
Elizabeth Wilson Rice, daughter of Dr. John Birchard Rice and Sarah E. (Wilson) Rice, was born September 18, 1865. A brother, James Wilson Rice, was born in 1877. Lizzie accompanied her father to Washington, D.C. during his single term as congressman from 1881 to 1883. At this time, she attended the school of Mademoiselle Prudhomme and the next year went to Boston where she enrolled in Miss Putnam’s School. Except for these few years, Lizzie was a life-long resident of Fremont, Ohio. She was a member of the Col. George Croghan Chapter of the D.A.R., the local Women’s Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the Women’s Auxiliary of the church. At the time of her death on May 23, 1945 she was survived by several cousins: Ada Rice and Mrs. John (Anna Rice) Pero of Fremont; Charles Rice of Cincinnati; Harriete Bates of Springfield, Illinois; and Mrs. Cornelia Johnson and Justice Wilson of Toledo, Ohio.

Scope and Content
This collection contains materials of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rice and her immediate family. The bulk of this material consists of correspondence and financial papers, mostly daily bills and receipts, from 1880 to 1945. The majority of the correspondence from 1880 to 1920 is from Lizzie’s mother and neighbors in Fremont, Fanny, Julia, and Mary Miller. These letters tell of events in Fremont and news of other family members. The correspondence after 1930 is primarily from her cousins. A few of Lizzie’s school exercise books and an autograph album are found in the miscellaneous folders as well as a tin-type image, presumably of Lizzie.

Other items found in this collection are a series of letters written by Mary Wilson to Charles F. Rice from 1871 to 1873. Charles was the brother of Dr. John B. Rice and the couple married in 1874.

J. (James) Wilson Rice, the brother of Lizzie, attended Kenyon Military Academy and was a member of Co. K 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from 1898 to 1900. A Kenyon exercise book, military certificates, a diary and account book for the years 1918-1919, and correspondence of Rice and his wife, Gladys, are also included in this collection.


Box 1

1 Charles F. Rice Correspondence (from Mary Wilson) 1871-1873
2 James W. Wilson
3 Mr. & Mrs. J. Wilson Rice - Miscellaneous Material
4 Mr. & Mrs. J. Wilson Rice - Correspondence & Financial Papers 1880-1931
5 - 13 Lizzie Rice - Correspondence & Financial Papers 1872-1943
14-17 Lizzie Rice - Invitations & Announcements
18 -19 Lizzie Rice - Miscellaneous Material