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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.

  
 

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Arthur B. Rice.

Arthur B. Rice owns and operates a farm of two hundred acres on section 34, Harrison township, and is widely recognized as one of the progressive and substantial agriculturists of the community.  His birth occurred in Nodaway county, Missouri, on the 10th of June, 1868, his parents being Gabriel and Mar (Butler) Rice, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana.  Their marriage was celebrated in Missouri, to which state they had removed with their respective parents.  In 1880 they came to Adair county, Iowa, locating on a farm north of Fontanelle which the father operated continuously and successfully until 1906.  During the past nine years, however, he has lived retired in Fontanelle, enjoying the fruits of his former toil in well earned ease.  He is a veteran of the Civil war, having loyally defended the interests of the Union as a member of the Ninth Missouri Cavalry.  The period of his residence in this county now covers more than a third of a century and he is well known and highly esteemed within its borders.

Arthur B. Rice was twelve years of age when he came to Adair county with his parents and in his youth attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education.  On attaining his majority he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and he successfully cultivated rented land for about seventeen years.  On the expiration of that period, in 1906, he purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Grove township but two years later disposed of the property and in March, 1908, bought one hundred and sixty acres of his present home farm in Harrison township.  A year later he purchased an adjoining tract of forty acres, so that his place now comprises two hundred acres of valuable land.  The property is well improved in every particular and yields its energetic owner a gratifying annual income.

In 1889 Mr. Rice was united in marriage to Miss Maud Aspinwall, of Fontanelle, this county, by whom he has two sons:  Rex, who cultivates a part of the home farm;  and Ray, who is also engaged in agricultural pursuits in Harrison township.  Politically Mr. Rice is a stalwart advocate of republican principles and in 1914 was a candidate for nomination to the office of county sheriff.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church, to which his wife belongs.  A man of high standards and principles, he enjoys the respect and esteem of his neighbors and fellow citizens, many of whom he has known from boyhood.

 

 

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