History of Bureau County - Biographical Sketches 1885
DR. GEORGE IDEN RICE, Lamoille. The genealogy of the RICE family in America is as follows: The progenitor of the family as far as known is Edward RICE, an Irish gentleman, whose son Edward RICE, Jr., emigrated from the parish of Killman, County Tyrone, Barony of Dunganon, Ireland, in the year 1736. He came to America and settled n Bucks County, Penn., where he was among the earlies pioneers, and reared a family of eight children. Of these, Joseph RICE was born on the old homestead where he died. He married Letitia Hartley, a native of North Wales, who was the mother of four children, viz: William, Catharine, Letitia and Joseph RICE, Jr. The latter was a farmer by occupation, and died there in June, 1863. He was married to Julia IDEN, also a native of Pennsylvania, where she died in June, 1861. She was of Welsh descent, and a daughter of George and Hannah (FOLK) IDEN, who were the parents of eight children, viz.: Anna, John, Thomas, Greenfield, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paulina and Julia, Mrs. Julia RICE was the mother of four children, viz: Joseph G., William H., George IDEN, our subject, and Lewis C., who is also a physician. Our subject entered a printing office at the age of fourteen, where he remained till he was nineteen years old, and then attended William McLean's school in Salem, Ohio, for two years, after which he taught school. In 1856 he entered the Pennsylvania Medical College at Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1858, and located in Morrisville, Penn. When the war clouds gathered Dr. RICE was not inactive, and tendered his services to his country. He received a commission as Assistant Surgeon, and was appointed to the third Regimen of Pennsylvania Reserve Veteran Corps. In March, 1863, he was sent to the Nashville Hospital, No. 1, where he labored till September, 1864. In October of the same year he came to Arlington, Ill., and in 1870 located in Lamoille, where he now enjoys the confidence and patronage of the people. Dr. RICE was married to Miss Julia M. Newport, a daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Newport and a native of Belmont County, Ohio. She is the mother of the following children: Mrs. Ellulia E. MORRISON, Gertrude C., George I. and John RICE (deceased). Dr. and Mrs. RICE are members of the Congregational Church. Their ancestors were Quakers. He is identified with th Republican party, and is a Master Mason of the A. F. & A. M. fraternity.