Biography of Winsor V. Rice
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WINDSOR V. RICE
Among the careers of the really big men of the West none stand out more brilliantly than that of Windsor V. Rice, the subject of this sketch.

Born in the little town of Riceburg, near Montreal. Canada, in 1850, young Rice received his earlier education in the public schools of that village and of Montreal. and at an early age gave promise of a mechanical genius which later was to place him in the foremost ranks of his profession, that of mechanical engineer.

His father was Martin Rice, for years connected with various iron works in Canada and his mother. Permilla Vincent Rice. In 186:3 the young man removed to the State of Michigan and at the age of sixteen he began his active career. Ile spent eight years in Michigan, where he continued his studies and at the same time gained the practical knowledge which enabled him to assume his duties as manager of the Ottawa Iron Works at Grand Haven. In 1871 be returned to the scenes of his boyhood days in Canada, and there in partnership with a brother, under the style of Rice Brothers. he engaged in the foundry as well as sawmill and gristmill business. These enterprises were notably successful, but an overpowering ambition for wider fields possessed him, and soon caused him to seek new fields of action. In 1897 he came West, and located in Park City. Utah.

At that time the Ontario and Daly mines were the only producing properties in the camp, and having a thorough practical knowledge of mechanics and machinery, it was not strange that mining should attract his attention. Mr. Rice soon worked into a position where his practical knowledge and experience were early demonstrated, and in an incredibly short time he formed a connection with the Anchor Mining Company, subsequently becoming connected with the Woodside. the Quincy, the famous Silver King and Steamboat Mining Companies. Later he assumed the management of the Park City waterworks, and at one time was the principal owner of the electric light plant. Through the purchase of a block of stock of the First National Bank of that city, Mr. Rice became identified officially with that institution, from which time on he continued to make investments in Park City, all being very successful.

When attention was called several years ago to the undeveloped mineral resources of Nevada, Mr. Rice was among the first to enter that State and apply his capital to the mining industry. His interests have expanded until in Goldfield. Rhyolite. Fairview and Arington he is recognized as one of the fortunate operators of that rich State. Mr. Rice is a director of the Silver King Coalition Mines Company of Park City. one of the greatest dividend paying organizations of the country. He is president of the Nevada Hills Company, another dividend paying mining proposition, and he is treasurer and director of the Nevada Douglas Copper Company. one of the largest straight copper smelting companies of Nevada. Colorado and Idaho as well have attracted him, and even in far off British Columbia the name of Windsor V. Rice is known and appreciated as representing one of the really big men of the mining West.

In Salt Lake City, where he has a beautiful residence and an ideal home life. Mr. Rice has been one of the most faithful pillars of numerous charitable institutions. his unostentatious support of educational and relief associations for the uplifting of humanity stamping him one of the most desirable and intelligent of philanthropists.

Possessed of a large circle of friends. Mr. Rice is no less prominent in social than in business circles. Well informed on current events and widely traveled. he is a delightful companion. easily approached and one from whom knowledge and optimism are to be obtained. Fortunate in the possession of physical strength. and more than ever convinced of the greatness of the west. Mr. Rice bids fair to be even more successful and a power for a good many years to come.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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