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Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers

Identifier: MS-BC543

Scope and Contents

The Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers, 1848-1972, consist of 6 archival boxes and 38 oversize volumes ofAkron Township trustee’s reports, township treasurer’s account books, school schedules (attendancerecords), ballots, poll books, school directors' annual reports, farm account books, and income taxreturns. The bulk of the collection comes from the office of the township treasurer and includesrecords of the Rice brothers’ predecessors in the office (some material dating as early as 1848). Thefinancial and administrative activities of the township treasurer and township school districts aredocumented. Financial records of the Rice brothers' farm detail expenditures and progress of thefamily-owned farm over a fifty year period.


  • Created: 1848-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice, farmers, were life-long residents of Peoria County, Illinois. Edwin was born near Princeville, Illinois, onApril 3, 1887. His brother, Paul, was born on May 4, 1890. They were two of six children born toJames and Pauline Soboleski Rice.Both of the brothers served as treasurers of Akron Township. In 1913, Edwin was appointed Akron Township treasurer by the township board of trustees. Thetownship treasurer was responsible for the payment of all the township school districts' expensesauthorized by the board of trustees or by township citizens in a general meeting. Before entering themilitary in 1917, Edwin appointed Paul to fill the position of treasurer during his absence. Paulcontinued to carry out the duties of township treasurer until the position was abolished in 1954.From 1914, Edwin and Paul jointly owned and operated a farm near Princeville under the name “RiceBrothers.” After Edwin’s death in 1965, his brother became the sole owner and managed the property asthe Paul Rice farm. The principle crop was grain.Neither Paul nor Edwin married. Both were members of the Princeville Presbyterian Church, andEdwin was a member of the American Legion. Edwin died in February 1965. Paul died severalyears later on November 7, 1973.

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Language of Materials



The Edwin F. and Paul S. Rice Papers are a collection of two farmer brothers of Akron Township, Peoria County, Illinois. From 1913 to 1954, the office oftownship treasurer was held by either one or the other brother. They were joint owners of Rice Brothers Farm,Princeville.The collection includes township treasurer account books, school district records, ballots, poll books and farm accounts.The collection documents township education expenses and the financial records of the Ricebrothers’ farm. Also included are photocopies of a ledger belonging to G.O. Greeley of De KalbCounty.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series: Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958, and RiceBrothers Farm Accounts, 1868-1972 [1918-1972].The Akron Township Treasurer’s Records, 1848-1958 (Boxes 1-6 and 38 oversize bound volumes)include township treasurers' cash or account books, township trustees' reports, school schedule(attendance) records, ballots and poll books, school board annual reports, and some miscellaneousmaterial pertaining to the office of township treasurer. A town book from 1850 to 1879 records theactions taken in town board meetings. The material is arranged chronologically by record type.The Rice Brothers Farm Accounts, 1868-1972 [1918-1972] (Box 6) include the yearly account booksfor the Rice brothers' farm from 1918 to 1972. After Edwin Rice’s death in 1965, the farm wasknown as the Paul Rice farm and the records for the Paul Rice farm are included in this file. Paul’sand Edwin’s income tax returns from the more recent years are included. This material is arrangedchronologically. The final folder in this file contains a photocopied ledger dating from 1868 from theGeorge O. Greeley farm in De Kalb County (Greeley (b. 1835) was the grandfather of the wife ofPhilip Rice, nephew of Paul and Edwin Rice). The Greeley ledger folder also includes copies ofreceipts of Jonathan Rice (1822-1865) of Medina, the grandfather of the Rice brothers. Also in thislast folder are unidentified expense records dating from 1949 to 1954.

Processing Information

One broadside was transferred out of the collection. Processed by Rod Myers and Cheryl Schnirring, November 1982


Archon Finding Aid Title
Rod Myers, Cheryl Schnirring, and Lauren Redfield
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Repository Details

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