W. E. Rice
            
W.E. RICE was born at Saint Johns, Canada, in 1842, and came with his family to Michigan in 1852 and lived in Saint Clair County until 1861.  He enlisted in the Twenty-second Michigan Volunteers for three years.  He was present in all of the battles of the Army of the Cumberland, including Nashville, Chickamauga and Atlanta.  He married, at Saint Clair, Miss Mary Brabant, by whom he had a family of two children, Minnie and Charlie.  Mrs. Rice died at Alpena City in 1870.  In 1872 he married Miss May Ripkey, and removed to Alcona County in November, 1873.  He was engaged as bookkeeper for Geo. L. Colwell seven years.  Mr. Rice has also been engaged as master of steam vessels and is at present master of a steam barge and part owner.
 
(Bibliography:  “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 279)
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