Biography - EUGENE RICE

Eugene Rice, ex-member of the Legislature and a man of considerable prominence throughout the county, was born in Madison county, Kentucky, March 22, 1848. He is a son of Martin Rice, who was one of the most widely and favorably known of the early settlers of Camargo, and whose sketch with ancestry of the family is printed in full on another page. Mr. Rice came to the township with his parents in 1854 and resides at present on the old homestead. He is extensively engaged in farming and stock raising and is known as one of the most successful farmers in Douglas county. In 1887 and 1889 he was elected to the Legislature from the district composed of Coles, Cumberland and Douglas counties, as a Republican. He served on several committees — federal relations, agriculture, penitentiaries, fish and game, contingent expenses, drainage, live stock and dairy, printing and others — and during the extra session helped to pass the World's Fair bill.

Mr. Rice has never married, and resides on his beautiful farm within a half hour's ride from the village of Camargo, where he entertains his friends and enjoys life. As a member of the Legislature he was conscientious and a hard worker in the interest especially of the farmer, who it has, it seems, been sadly neglected as to legislation in both state and nation.

Extracted 09 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 206.

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