Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers, 1848-1972

Title

Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers, 1848-1972

Text

Edwin F. (1887-1965) and Paul S. Rice (1890-1973)

 

Papers, 1848-1972

 

7 Linear feet (6 archival boxes and 38 oversize bound volumes)

 

Farmer brothers of Akron Township, Peoria County, Illinois.  From 1913 to 1954, the office of township treasurer was held by either one or the other brother.  Joint owners of Rice Brothers Farm, Princeville.

 

Township treasurer account books, school district records, ballots, poll books and farm accounts.  The collection documents township education expenses and the financial records of the Rice brothers’ farm.  Also included are photocopies of ledger belonging to G.O. Greeley of De Kalb County. 

 

One broadside was transferred out of the collection.

 

Access:   Open for research

 

Acc. No.   74-1, 82-66

 

Processed by   Rod Myers; Cheryl Schnirring, November 1982

 

                                                                                                                        Dsh/2009

 

                                                            Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice                                                 Page 2

Biographical Sketch

 

 

Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice, farmers, were life-long residents of Peoria County, Illinois.  Both of the brothers had served as treasurers of Akron Township.  Edwin was born near Princeville, Illinois, on April 3, 1887.  His brother, Paul, was born on May 4, 1890.  They were two of six children born to James and Pauline Soboleski Rice.

 

In 1913 Edwin was appointed AkronTownshiptreasurer by the township board of trustees.  The township treasurer was responsible for the payment of all the township school districts expenses authorized by the board of trustees or by township citizens in a general meeting.  Before entering the military in 1917, Edwin appointed Paul to fill the position of treasurer during his absence.  Paul continued to carry out the duties of township treasurer until the position was abolished in 1954. 

           

From 1914, Edwin and Paul jointly owned and operated a farm near Princeville under the name “Rice Brothers.”  After Edwin’s death in 1965, his brother became sole owner and managed the property as the Paul Rice farm.  The principle crop was grain. 

           

Neither Paul nor Edwin married.  Both were members of the Princeville Presbyterian Church, and Edwin was a member of the American Legion.  Edwin died in February 1965.  Paul died several years later on November 7, 1973. 

 

 

 

 

                                                             Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice                                                 Page 2

Scope and Content

 

 

The Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers, 1848-1972, consist of 6 cubic feet and 38 oversize volumes of Akron Township trustee’s reports, township treasurer’s account books, school schedules (attendance records), ballots, poll books, school directors annual reports, farm account books and income tax returns.  The bulk of the collection comes from the office of the township treasurer and includes records of the Rice brothers’ predecessors in the office (some material dating as early as 1848).  The financial and administrative activities of the township treasurer and township school districts are documented.  Financial records of the Rice brother’s farm detail expenditures and progress of the family owned farm over a fifty year period. 

 

The collection is divided into two files:  Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958 and Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1868-1972 [1918-1972]. 

 

The Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958 (Boxes 1-6 and 38 oversize bound volumes) include township treasurer’s cash or account books, township trustee’s reports, school schedule (attendance) records, ballots and poll books, school board annual reports and some miscellaneous material pertaining to the office of township treasurer.  A town book from 1850 to 1879 records the actions taken in town board meetings.  The material is arranged chronologically by record type.

 

The Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1868-1972 [1918-1972] (Box 6) include the yearly account books for the Rice brother’s farm from 1918 to 1972.  After Edwin Rice’s death in 1965, the farm was known as the Paul Rice farm and the records for the Paul Rice farm are included in this file.  Paul’s and Edwin’s income tax returns from the more recent years are included.  This material is arranged chronologically.  The final folder in this file contains a photocopied ledger dating from 1868 from the George O. Greeley farm in De Kalb County (Greeley (b. 1835) was the grandfather of the wife of Philip Rice, nephew of Paul and Edwin Rice).   The Greeley ledger folder also included copies of receipts of Jonathan Rice (1822-1865) of Medina, the grandfather of the Rice brothers.  Also in this last folder are unidentified expense records dating from 1949 to 1954. 

 

 

                                                      Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice                                       Page 4

Container List

 

Box     Folder                         

                                   

                                    Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958

1          1 (BV)            Township Journal, 1848-1861

            2 (BV)            Town[ship] Book –AkronTownship, 1850-1879

            3                      Township Trustee’s Reports, 1863-1954

Oversize BV 1                        Township Treasurer [Receipt and Expenditure Journal, 1851-1861]

            4 (BV)            Township Treasurer [Receipt Book, 1862-1877]

            5 (BV)            School Treasurer’s Cash Book, 1861-1876

            6 (BV)            Township Treasurer’s Cash and Loan Book, 1877-1902

            7 (BV)            Township Treasurer’s Cash Book, 1889-1901

            8 (BV)            Township Treasurer’s Cash Book, 1902-1916

            9 (BV)            [Township Treasurer’s Account Book, 1862-1874]

            10 (BV)           [Township Treasurer’s Account Book, 1877-1890]

 

2          1 (BV)            Township Treasurer’s Account Book, 1902-1910

            2 (BV)            Township Treasurer’s Account Book, 1911-1913

            3                      Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1913-1958

Oversize BV 2                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1914   

Oversize BV 3                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1915

Oversize BV 4                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1916

Oversize BV 5                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1917

Oversize BV 6                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1918

Oversize BV 7                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1919

Oversize BV 8                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1920

Oversize BV 9                        Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1921

Oversize BV 10          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1922

Oversize BV 11          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1923

Oversize BV 12          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1924   

Oversize BV 13          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1925

Oversize BV 14          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1926

Oversize BV 15          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1927

Oversize BV 16          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1928

Oversize BV 17          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1929

Oversize BV 18          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1930   

Oversize BV 19          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1931   

Oversize BV 20          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1932   

Oversize BV 21          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1933   

Oversize BV 22          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1934   

Oversize BV 23          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1935

Oversize BV 24          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1936   

Oversize BV 25          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1937,

                                       1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943          

Oversize BV 26          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1944   

Oversize BV 27          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1944   

Oversize BV 28          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1945

Oversize BV 29          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1946   

                                                Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice                                       Page 5

Container List

 

Box     Folder                         

                                   

                                    Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958

Oversize BV 30          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1947   

Oversize BV 31          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1948   

Oversize BV 32          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1949   

Oversize BV 33          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1950   

Oversize BV 34          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1951   

Oversize BV 35          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1952   

Oversize BV 36          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1953   

Oversize BV 37          Township Treasurer’s Account Book, Year ending June 30, 1954

            4                      [School Schedules - District 1, 1858-1917]

            5                      [School Schedules - District 2, 1857-1917, 1929]

            6                      [School Schedules - District 3, 1856-1924]

            7                      [School Schedules - District 4, 1858-1901, 1928]

 

3          1                      [School Schedules - District 5, 1857-1918, 1925, 1927]

Oversize BV 38          [Attendance Register - District 5, 1861-1867]

            2                      [School Schedules - District 6, 1858-1895, 1899-1901, 1903, 1906-1918]

            3                      [School Schedules - District 7, 1858-1919]

            4                      [School Schedules - District 8, 1857-1918, 1924-1929]

 

4          1                      [School Schedules District 9, 1856-1902, 1907-1919, 1925]

            2                      [School Schedules - Union District of Akron and Hallock, 1866-1901;                                               Miscellaneous Districts and Unidentified Schedules]

            3                      [Ballots and Poll Books - Districts 1-2, 1880-1929] (incomplete chronology)

            4                      [Ballots and Poll Books - Districts 3-4, 1858-1929] (incomplete chronology)

            5                      [Ballots and Poll Books - Districts 5-6, 1880-1929] (incomplete chronology)

            6                     [Ballots and Poll Books - Districts 7-8, 1862-1929]

 

5          1                      [Ballots and Poll Books—District 9 and miscellaneous, 1860-1929]                                                    (incomplete chronology)

            2                      [(School Board of) Directors Annual Report—Districts 1-5, 1864-1925]                                            (incomplete chronology)     

            3                      [(School Board of) Directors Annual Report—Districts 6-9, 1864-1924]                                            (incomplete chronology)

            4                      [Tax Records, 1866-1952 [1870-1930]; State Distributive Fund, 1889-1947];                                    School Bonds]

            5 (BV)             [Bond Issues for Building Schools—District 1 (1901), District 5 (1900),                                            District 8 (1883), District 9 (1895)]

            6                      Deputization of Paul Rice to succeed Edwin Rice as Township Treasurer,                                          1917; [School District Census Reports, 1873-1924 [1900-1919]]; Township                                    Treasurer’s Reports, 1859-1953 [1859-1880], 1909-1915]; Teachers’ Annual                                      Reports, 1913-1919; Clerks’ Reports of Organization, 1881-1919

           

6          1                      [Miscellaneous School Items]

            2                      [SchoolTownship Blanks]

                                                Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice                                       Page 6

Container List

 

Box     Folder                         

                                   

                                    Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958

6          3                      [Miscellaneous Blank Forms]

            4                      [Miscellaneous Items]

 

                                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1868-1972 [1918-1972]

            5                      Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1918  

            6                      Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1919

            7                      Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1920

            8                      Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1921

            9                      Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1922

            10                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1923

            11                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1926-31

            12                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1932-46

            13                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1947

            14                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1948

            15                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1949

            16                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1950

            17                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1951

            18                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1952  

            19                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1953

            20                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1954

            21                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1955  

            22                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1956

            23                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1957

            24                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1958

            25                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1959

            26                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1960

            27                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1961

            28                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1962

            29                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1963

            30                    Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1964-1965

            31                    Paul Rice Farm Accounts, 1966

            32                    Paul Rice Farm Accounts, 1967

            33                    Paul Rice Farm Accounts, 1968-1969

            34                    Paul Rice Farm Accounts, 1971

            35                    Paul Rice Farm Accounts, 1972

            36                    G. O. Greeley Ledger, 1868-1904; 1949-1954 [photocopies]

 

 

           

           

           

           

           

           

Citation

“Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers, 1848-1972,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed May 26, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/536.