MORNING APPEAL. SATURDAY DECEMBER 1, 1877
THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE HENRY F. RICE.
The Right Reverend Bishop Whittaker, assisted by Rev. H. L. Foote, Rector of this Parish, conducted the funeral services yesterday, over the mortal remains of our lamented fellow citizen, the late Henry F. Rice, President of the Town Council of Carson City. We have seldom seen so numerous an attendance. Gentlemen and ladies from Storey, Washoe and Douglas counties came in very considerable numbers. About 2 o'clock, the coffin, preceded by the Bishop and Rector the former reciting the service for the dead, entered the south aisle of the church and proceeded to the chancel. The coffin was borne by pall bearers selected from the ranks of the attendant Masons, the deceased being of that order. The church was filled as was also the Sunday-school room. Many, being unable to get even standing room in the church remained in the yard. The choir was composed of three male voices, Messrs. Laughton, Mason and Scoville. Miss Frances Hodgkinson presided at the organ. The services closed by singing the Hymn beginning with the words, "When I can read my title clear." This hymn was sung to the music composed by Professor Passmore for the funeral of the late Chas. E. DeLong. The dirge was sung with much solemnity of tone and effect. The altar was appropriately draped in black with immortelles of evergreen, and with flowers. In all respects the services were exceedingly impressive. Among the bodies of men in attendance were thirty-eight employees of the Mint, including Superintendent Crawford and other officers. The Masons were largely represented. The cortege was very long and contained a great number of private and public carriages. The Town Council was in attendance, also the State officers and many members of the Bar of Ormsby and Storey counties. The attendance of ladies was very large. Many Pioneers were observable in the throng. At the grave the solemn ceremonies of the Episcopal church were observed. And thus is laid in the earth all that is perishable of a man whose character, whose work and whose sense of duty as a citizen and a public servant are fit subjects of emphatic approval and private emulation. Our dead neighbor deserves well of his remaining townsmen ; and the spot where he is laid should be marked for future honors.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. DEATH OF PRESIDENT RICE.
At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Carson, held on the 28th instant, the
following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Whereas, We his official associates, are left to mourn the death of the President of this body, Hon. H. F. Rice, now be it Resolved, That the bereavement thus sustained is a public calamity such as befals a community whenever one of its most honorable, trusted and useful members is taken away. We mourn the death of a man whose wisdom, honesty of purpose and executive capacity were for many years faithfully devoted to the private business with whose conduct he was intrusted ; of a man whose industry and sagacious management were in valuable aids in the formation of Ormsby county and the administration of its earlier affairs, of a man whose superior qualifications were made available in the construction and original organization of the United States Mint in this city ; and of one who, ever since the incorporation of our Town Government, has been called, by the almost unanimous voice of his fellow citizens, to a membership of this Board. Resolved, That we offer our heartiest sympathy to the wife, son and relatives who by this mournful visitation are bereft of a kind and indulgent husband, father and friend. Resolved, That the members and officers of this Board attend the funeral in a body; that these Resolutions be spread upon the minutes ; and that a copy of the same be transmitted to the widow of our deceased associate. D. A. Bender, President pro tern. Attest : Alfred Helm, Clerk. Carson, Nev. , Nov. 28, 1877.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, I877
DEATH OF H. F. RICE.
A telegram received in this city yesterday morning from Mr. H. M. Yerington brought the startling news of the death, at Stockton, California, of Mr. H. F. Rice. The telegram stated that he died yesterday morning from an overdose of medicine. Also his friends were informed that the remains would be immediately sent here for interment. We believe they are expected to arrive this morning. There is no explanation needed in any Ormsby county paper of who Mr. Rice was, or any relation of what he had done to entitle himself to respect and his memory to kindly mention. He came here while "Washoe" was yet a Territory. For the greater part of two decades he was the trusted and efficient agent of Wells, Fargo & Co's banking and express establishment at this point. During several years Mr. Rice gave his almost indispensable services to the county as one of its Commissioners. His death causes a vacancy in the Board of Town Trustees, of which he was the President. The collapse of the stock market last Spring, carried with it the brokerage house of Rice & Peters. Ever since that calamity Mr. Rice has been in a very depressed state of mind ; and he had gone to Stockton to seek the advice of the experienced physicians connected with the Asylum there. (This is not to be understood as indicating that he was an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum ; for in truth he went to Stockton of his own will, and was not regarded by Dr. Shurtliff as being insane.) If Mr. Rice's death had not been hastened by an artificial cause, if there had been no overdose of powerful drugs to account for his departure, and yet his death had occurred, we should have said he died of a broken heart. Certainly a more inconsolable man than he has been these six months or more we have never seen. His was always a highly sensitive nature. The shock of calamity, involving not only his own fortune but impairing the fortunes of others, was more than he could bear. Nothing less than this can be said. The deceased was a native of Massachusetts and was in his sixtieth year. Many years ago Mr. Rice was associated with Mr. Barney, one of the original founders of the house of Wells, Fargo & Co. , in the express business in Boston. Subsequently he was interested in manufactures in Cleveland, Ohio. In all the employments in which he was engaged he preserved the very highest standard of probity and trustworthiness. The management of the house of Wells, Fargo & Co. justly regarded him as one of their most useful, faithful and efficient agents. Probably he would have been continued in their employ for life, even had his years been prolonged into old age and infirmity. This death is one of the most notable in the history of Western Nevada. There is a universal sense of sympathy and a very widely experienced feeling of bereavement. The afflicted family, especially the grief-stricken wife, have our heartiest condolence.
Appointed to U.S. Postmaster of Carson Territory in 1860. Henry Freeman Rice was Carson City's first mayor. His wife was Jennie E. Hume, born 1820 in West Canada, the sister of Susan Mary Hume (Mrs. Henry Marvin) Yerington.
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