Biography of Philip U. Rice
North Central Ohio Biographies

Philip U. Rice has been widely known in Wooster and Wayne County for more than 20 years as a florist, landscape gardener, and nurseryman, his place of business being located at 620 East Bowman Street. He was born near Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 13, 1868, the son of William A. and Mary A. (Eaby) Rice.

William A. Rice was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Feb. 14, 1844, and died Feb. 27, 1922. He spent more than 30 years of his life in greenhouse work. He was a Democrat in politics. His wife was the daughter of Daniel Milton and Caroline (Bear) Eaby, who were natives of Lancaster County. They were of Dutch descent and were leading citizens of Lancaster County. Mr. Eaby was a school teacher and farmer. Four sons served throughout the Civil War: Joel, George, Harry, and Daniel Eaby. One child was born to William A. and Mary A. (Eaby) Rice, Philip U., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Philip U. Rice was spent in Lancaster County, where he was educated. As a young man he learned the cigar making trade but after several years was forced to retire from that work on account of ill health. At that time Mr. Rice came to Wooster and entered the employ of James Mullins, as a gardener and nurseryman. The Mullins estate in Wooster was at that time the finest to be found in the city, and Mr. Rice has been in charge for more than 30 years. Since 1910 he has also conducted a floral business in the city, but has practically retired from that business in order to devote his entire time to landscape and nursery work. He is recognized as the county's leading landscape gardener and horticulturist, and hundreds of estates throughout North Central Ohio are specimens of his excellent work.

On Sept. 7, 1893, Mr. Rice married Miss Edith E. Wilhelm, of Wooster, who died in 1918, leaving three children: 1. Caroline Edith, married H. D. Brown, lives at Wooster, and they have a daughter, Edith Rebecca. 2. Philip James, born in 1899, died in infancy. 3. Percy Wilhelm, born in 1901, lives in Canton, Ohio. He married Miss Grace Shank. Mr. Rice was married, second, on Jan. 1, 1920, to Miss Maud Scott, of Wooster, the daughter of John and Frances Scott. Mr. Scott, who was a Civil War veteran, died in 1905. His widow lives in Wooster. Before her marriage, Mrs. Rice spent four years as dietician in the Chase Sanitarium, Los Angeles, Calif., and also served in the same capacity at Wooster College.

Mr. Rice is a Republican and for almost 30 years has served as presiding or associate judge of elections of his precinct. He has also been a member of the city council. He holds membership in the Methodist Church.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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