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David Hume Rice

  • Birth 6 Sep 1855 Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 1923 El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Block 58
  • Memorial ID 71240832

From: Portrait and Biographical record of the State of Colorado, 1899

DAVID HUME RICE, M. D. Since coming to Colorado Springs in 1888, Dr. Rice has established a reputation as a skillful physician and has built up a large and lucrative practice. He is a close student of his profession, and, in the fall of 1897, with a desire to keep himself posted concerning the latest developments in the science of therapeutics, he went to New York, where he took a post-graduate course in the Polyclinic, receiving a diploma in recognition of his work. His skill and ability have won for him a high standing, not only among his patrons, but among those of his profession in the city and county.

The Rice family is of English extraction. Jesse Rice, who was a native of England, settled in Indiana in a very early day and from there, in 1835, removed to Adams County, Ill., becoming a pioneer farmer of that county. His son, William D. Rice, who was born in Rising Sun, Ind., devoted his active life to agricultural pursuits, and held the office of supervisor and various local positions of trust in his county. His death occurred about 1873. His wife, whom he married in Adams County, was Martha Staker, a native of Kingston, Canada, and daughter of Conrad Staker, who removed from Canada to what was then Adams (now Pike) County, Ill. Mrs. Martha Rice is living in Plainville, Ill. Of her seven children all but one are living, namely: John H., a graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago, and practicing physician in Quincy, Ill.; David Hume; Luther, who occupies the old homestead; Merritt and Meredith, who are twins and are in partnership, as dentists, at Plainville, Ill. ; and Mrs. Mary Sellers, of Decatur, Ill.

On the home farm near Quincy, Ill., where he was born September 6, 1855, the subject of this sketch passed the years of youth. He attended the public schools and Johnson College in Quincy, after which he assisted in cultivating the homestead. The study of medicine he began under Dr. W. C. Trotter, of Richfield, Ill., and afterward took a course in the Missouri Medical College. With his brother, John H., he engaged in practice at Niantic, Ill., for a year or more, then returned to college, where he graduated in 1885, with the degree of M. D. Returning to Richfield he opened an office there, but in the fall of 1885 removed to Cheney, Kan., where he engaged in practice. From there, in 1888, he came to Colorado Springs, where he has his office in the post office block. He is identified with the El Paso County Medical Society and takes an interest in all plans for the advancement of his profession and the enlargement of its usefulness. His participation in politics has been of a quiet nature, but he is stanch in his advocacy of the Democratic Party. In Liberty, Ill., he was made a Mason, and now belongs to El Paso Lodge No. 13, A.F. & A.M., of which he is past master; is also connected with Colorado Springs Chapter No. 6, R.A.M., in which he is past high priest; and Colorado Consistory No. 1, of Denver.

The marriage of Dr. Rice was solemnized in Adams County, Ill., and united him with Miss Ida M. Maclaskey, whose father, George Maclaskey, was a pioneer of that part of Illinois. They have one child, Ethel May.


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  • Created by: Ron West
  • Added: 12 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71240832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Hume Rice (6 Sep 1855–1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71240832, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ron West (contributor 47389384) .