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Harry Melvin Rice
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1896
Death: May, 1918
Arizona, USA


Body of Harry Rice Brought from Arizona to His Home for Interment

The body of Harry Rice, who died at Camp Douglass, Arizona, of empyema, last Thursday, will be laid to rest in Logan Valley cemetery, Bellwood, on Friday, with the honors of war. The body arrived yesterday morning, accompanied by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Rice, who had arrived at Douglass a short time before he died. Cause of death was not scarlet fever, as has been rumored, but a collection of pus in the pleural cavity. Harry Rice was born December 14, 1896. He graduated from the Antis township high school and later took a business course and became a Pennsy stenographer, which was his occupation at the time of his enlistment, February 18. He was assigned to Headquarters troop, Seventh cavalry, at Camp Henry J. Jones, Douglass, Arizona. His letters to friends at home had been cheery and the news of his critical illness came as a shock and his death as a great grief to a host of friends here. Funeral service will be held at the Lutheran church, Bellwood, on Friday afternoon at 2:30, followed by interment in Logan Valley cemetery. The body has been taken to the Rice home, North Tuckahoe street, Bellwood, where friends may view it at any time.

Altoona Tribune, Wednesday morning, May 15, 1918, page 1


Military Funeral for Harry M. Rice Attended by a Large Concourse

Not since 1898, when the body of Bruce Tweed was brought home from Chicamagua, a victim of the typhoid scourge, has there been such an outpouring of Bellwood people to do honor to a fallen soldier as occurred yesterday, when the funeral of Harry Melvin Rice took place. Schools were dismissed and business places closed early in the afternoon. The Lutheran church was not nearly large enough to accommodate the people - no church would have been. More than 2,000 were in the throng at the cemetery. Floral tributes were numerous and impressive tokens of the esteem in which the young man was held. At the church Miss Currence Beard presided at the organ. The choir sang a touching selection and D. E. Wentzel an appropriate solo. Rev. H. R. Shipe, the pastor, made an eminently fitting address based upon the text, "Behold thy Son." He referred to the fact that war is always taking the best of the young men and that they answer the call for service in the spirit of the Christ. This spirit of service became the American spirit, and now abroad in the world are the spirit of Christ and the American spirit, exemplified in the young men who give their lives. Emphasis was also placed on the call for sacrifice, self denial and consecration, and a closing word of great comfort given the bereaved family. The Bellwood Division band led the long line of march to the cemetery. Finley
Strunk, John Campbell, William Miller, Wilbur Trout, Warren Burns and William Hoffman were honorary pall bearers. Roy Pickens, Ray Strunk and Earl Farnsworth, home on furlough, and three Civil war veterans, D. A. Raugh, J. F. Gilmore, and J. T. Criswell, acted as escort, together with Troop C, Pennsylvania Reserve militia, led by Captain McKinney, forty in number. Following the horse-drawn hearse was the riderless horse of the cavalry funeral. Thus headed, the long procession of autos and people afoot wended its way to Logan Valley cemetery, where after the ceremonies at the grave the volley was
fired and the body of the young man, who died for his country just as truly as if on the fields of France, was left in its last resting place.

Tribute of a Friend.

Harry is dead.
It seems such a short time ago that he told us he was leaving for the army. Before we were fully able to realize it he had gone from our midst; and now, to our great sorrow, that common enemy has come and taken him still further away from us. Singer, as he was better known to all his friends, came to this world December
14, 1896. Bellwood has been his home ever since, except for the short time he had been away just recently. He attended the public schools of Antis township ever since a child, ambition being with him from the very start. At the age of 17 he graduated from the Antis township high school. Still having that desire for more knowledge and
education he entered Zeth's Business college of Altoona. He completed his course there in a very short time and was given the honor of being the best and most accurate stenographer ever having finished from that institution. This has been proven by him successfully filling the position as third stenographer to the general superintendent, Pennsylvania Railroad company, Altoona. It was from this office that he heard his country call him and he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry, February 18, 1918. Upon being asked why he had chosen that branch of the army, he said, "I am particularly fond of horses and am sure one would be a good companion."
Singer was very fond of music and also talented along this line, mastering the piano in a most pleasing manner. Yes, he could sing. Nothing delighted him more than to be with the boys singing some good old melodies. Nothing pleased us more than to have him. It was so easy to like him. His smile was so ready and his character so open and sincere. It was at Camp Harry J. Jones, Ariz., where he was taken ill. Not for one minute did he think of surrender. They did everything that surgery could do.
To the very end he fought off the great common enemy with every ounce of grit and courage in him. It was a hopeless battle; but he fought it manfully. In reading the reports that have come up to us from Arizona, I have thought
again and again of those lines of Shakespeare's: "Nothing in this life became him like the leaving of it." He was singularly free from selfishness. What his plans may have been for the further future I do not know, but we do know that he had always succeeded in all his undertakings. We were proud that he was a Bellwood man. And in his death -
a sacrifice for his country as truly as though he had died in France - we have mingled with our grief a solemn and a sacred pride.

T. Finley Strunk

Altoona Tribune, Saturday morning, May 18, 1918, page 13

Family links: 
  John William Rice (1864 - 1953)
  Amelia Hanna Rininger Rice (1870 - 1923)
  Mildred Rininger Rice Robinson (1895 - 1995)*
  Harry Melvin Rice (1896 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
Logan Valley Cemetery
Blair County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Sep 02, 2011
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Harry Melvin Rice
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Harry Melvin Rice
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