Biography of William S. Rice
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Rice, William S., was born in the town of Henderson, July 4, 1865. His father, William H. Rice, was horn in the town of Henderson, and his father. Henry Rice came from Guilford, Vt., when a young man with his parents, Seth and wife, who settled in Ellisburg about 1810. W. H. Rice married Mila E., daughter of Reuben Lefflngwell and was identified as a farmer and merchant at Smithville, serving as justice of the peace thirty-five years; be died January 1, 1894. William S Rice was educated at Smithville, and at the age of fifteen entered the employ of Capt. W. A. Collings, manufacturer of trusses. In 1887 he established his present business, manufacturing elastic trusses, abdominal supporters and medical specialties, whose merit has received the approbation and support of the medical profession. In 1892 he married Gertrude, daughter of James A. Crittenton, and they have one son, Charles K. Mr. Rice is one of the self-made business men of Jefferson county, taking an intelligent interest in educational and religious institutions and has ever advanced the best interest of his town and town's people.

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