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Rice / Ryse

The  Shelbyville  News  
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Author's work was unappreciated in his hometown.
Ron Hamilton,  Columnist
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The  Shelbyville  News
August 23, 1955
Page 2
Marilyn Mohler
Is Feted With
Personal Shower
          Mrs. Carl K. Meloy  and  Mrs. George Beal  entertained with a personal shower Sunday afternoon honoring  Miss Marily Mohler,  bride-elect of  William Rice,  at the Meloy home on North Riley Highway.
          Decorations and appointments were in the bride-elect's chosen colors of lavendar and white.  Piano selections were presented by  Miss Carolyn Rigsbee  and  Miss Virginia Hites  sang two songs from "Show Boat," during the evening and  Mr. Vincent Evans  spoke on points of interest in San Francisco, Calif., the future home of Miss Mohler.
          Guests for the occasion were  Mesdames [?] Ralph Mohler,  Harold Laird,  Robert Duckworth,  Floyd Coers,  O. W. Cushman,  Louis King,  Manuel Moulton,  Harold Meloy,  Earl Hites,  Harry Sherritt,  Fleming Kennedy,  David Hester,  Ralph Stuart,  Emerson Rigsbee,  David Pearce,  Russell Branson  and  Glenn Hubler.
          Other guests were the Misses Marian Miller,  Joyce Ann Duckworth,  Karen Duckworth,  Patricia Branson,  Nancy Hester,  Kay Johler,  Jan Sherritt,  Patricia Kennedy,  Virginia Hites  and  Joyce Free.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Indianapolis  Sunday  Star  
February 14, 1923
Page 11 
poem by Alonzo L. Rice, Shelbyville, Ind.

It seemed I knew the way my loved one chose;
I knew by some dim prescience undefined:
Nor could I err; the sweetness of the rose
Is herald of its beauty to the blind.
The knowledge of her charming presence came.
A fair revealment to me, like the thought
Of haunting music; turning we hear the same
Sweet melody along the breezes brought.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Atlanta  Constitution
November 21, 1909.
How brief the stay, as beautiful as fleeting.
     The time that baby came with us to dwell;
Just long enough to give a happy greeting.
     Just long enough to bid us all farewell.
Death travels down the thickly settled highway,
     At shining marks they say he loves to aim;
How did he find far down our lonely by-way,
     Our little girl who died without a name?

She seemed so like a tender bird whose winglets,
     Are broken by the stress of rain and storm.
With loving care we pressed the golden ringlets,
     And wondered could there be so fair a form;
For death had chiseled without pause or falter
     Each feature that the sunny tresses frame;
No change of scene nor length of time can alter
     Our little girl who died without a name.

We do not know the fond endearment spoken
     To which she listened when she fell asleep.
And so, beside a column that was broken,
     We laid her to her slumber calm and deep.
We traced upon the stone with loving fingers
     These simple words, affection's tear to claim:
"In dreams, beyond all earthly sorrow, lingers
     Our little girl without a name.

Close folded there within the Bible hidden,
     A flower fades that withered on her breast;
Upon the page where such as she are bidden
     To seek the circle of His arms for rest.
"Of such a kingdom,"  comes to us as sweetly,
     Those little ones without a touch of blame;
We know He shelters in His love completely,
     Our little girl who died without a name.

She sleeps serene where fragrant mossy willows
     In sweet and workless tunes forever wave
And summer seas in long and grassy billows
     Break into bloom around her lonely grave.
In memory's hall now many heroes slumber,
     We gild their deed upon the scroll of fame;
We treasure far above this mighty number
     Our little girl who died without a 
                               ----- Alonzo Rice.
Contributed by Michael Kirley

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, October, 22, 1909.
          Lon Rice  went to Indianapolis Friday morning.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, October 21, 1909
Page 5   Column 2
Alonzo Rice, Shelby County's Illustrious Bard,
Won Signal Honors a Few Days Ago,
When Selection from His Pen Was
Placed Under "Point and Pleasantry."
          Alonzo Rice,  the poet laureate of Shelby county, won signal honors a few days ago, when the publishers of the Success Magazine accepted a contribution from his facile pen.  The title of the selection was "Autumn Flowers" and was written in Mr. Rice's characteristic good style.  The poem was placed under the heading of "Point and Pleasantry," and the author will receive payment at the rate of ten cents a word.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 26, 1905
          Alonzo Rice, Shelby county's versatile poet, placed the Democrat under renewed obligations to his honored self Saturday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 16, 1905
         Mrs. John Rice  and  Mrs. Frances Westerfield, of Manilla, were in Shelbyville, Saturday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  New  York  Times
August 31, 1901
Q U E R I E S.
          ALONZO RICE, Waldron, Ind.:  "Where can I procure 'Pepys's Diary' complete and cheap?  I have Boccaccio's 'Decameron' containing the suppressed tales.  Where can I dispose of it?"
          Two recent editions of Pepys's "Diary," complete and published at a reasonable prices, are:  Bohn Library edition, edited by Wheatley, nine volumes, each $1.50, (the Macmillan Co.,) and Lord Braybrooke's edition, with additional notes by the Rev. M. Bright, ten volumes, $10, (Dodd, Mead & Co.)  Our correspondent gives too brief a description of his copy of the "Decameron."  There are many editions of the book and the majority have little value.
Contributed by Michael Kirley

The  New  York  Times
August 31, 1901
Q U E R I E S.
          ALONZO RICE, Ray's Crossing, Ind.:  "Where can I get the 'Decameron' at a small cost and unabridged?"
          A complete translation cannot be had in cheap form. J. B. Lippincott publish an unabridged version in four volumes at $4.
Contributed by Michael Kirley

The  Washington  Post
August 13, 1899
The Work of Mr. Alonzo Leora Rice Attracts Attention.
Helen Gray, in Saturday Review.
           A poet of growing fame whose name has appeared on the Review pages, is Mr. Alonzo Leora Rice, editor of the department of poetry in the Sunny South.
          Mr. Rice's literary work, in the words of  Frank Stanton, "is fast gaining a national reputation for him>"
          Such journals as the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Transcript, &c., have been pleased to open their columns to him.
          Personally, Mr. Rice is a young Indianian of about thirty years. His father was a Kentuckian, and his mother a North Carolinian.  He is devoted to his home, and seldom cares to leave it.  He must be agreeable, for, says the Indianapolis News, "Whenever Mr. Rice is in a crowd, there will be sunshine there."  His chief delight is his library, with its eight hundred volumes of splendidly bound books, but he loves to wander out into the woodlands, and, as some one remarks, "under some towering oak" indite his verses . "I am a great lover of nature," he says, "and find my greatest delight in the works of those authors that follow in her footsteps.  Byron is my favorite.  Among our own poets I prefer Bryant.  I never read prose when I can find poetry, but among those writers I consider Victor Hugo master."
          The Boston Literary World pronounces Mr. Rice's "Sonnet to a Dead Bee" as a beautiful example of his work:
Within the golden lily's scented bell
          The bold freebooter lies. No royal King
          Has couch more splendid; folded is his wing
From further conquest down the sunny dell;
His shining shield beside him where he fell,
          Reflects no more the glint of tourneying.
          No more among the roses will he sing.
Nor in the meadowlands at noontide dwell.
          He's dead -- this is the only thing we say,
And profitless his busy, summer task;
          A million others fill the sun's fair ray,
And though he's dead, do any stop to ask?
          So when I, too, have toiled and passed away
Will nature smile behind her tearless mask?
Here is what Charles Major, the author of that most beautiful book, "When Knighthood Was in Flower," says of Mr. Rice: "He is tasteful and poetic, and above all, in my opinion, has the artistic termperament highly developed. His own work is finished and true, and I predict that a day of great recognition is in store for him."
Contributed by Michael Kirley

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, July 29, 1899
Page 4
          A. L. Rice yesterday received twenty-five cents a line for a poem used by the "Judge," of New York City.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming, Jan 2001

The  Shelbyville, Indiana,  Daily  Democrat
Tuesday, July 18, 1899
          The Sunny South is printing some remarkable sonnets these days.  Some of them would do credit even to  Mr. Aldrick, and the very best of them are written by  Mr. A. L. Rice, of Indiana. --- Frank L. Stanton, in Atlanta Constitution.
          This is a high and deserved compliment on "our poet," and coming from such a gifted genius as Frank Stanton, should cause Mr. Rice to feel proud and no doubt he does.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday November 17, 1898
Page 1 column 3
(Fairland, Indiana November 10, 1898)
          Comrades Charles Rice and  Archibald Treon have made application for admission to the soldiers home at Lafayette.  Comrade Rice was a late member of the 3rd Indiana Battery whole Mr. Treon is a veteran of the Mexican war.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 27, 1894
Page 3 column 2
          Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ryse  and children are here from Burney, Decatur county, with the former's father,  William J. Ryse.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Democrat
Shelbyville, Ind.
June 6, 1892
Page 4
          Richard Ryse  was in the city to day.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 18, 1884
Page 3 column 1
          Mr. Richard Ryse, formerly of this city, and  Miss Lelpha A. Duley, were married at three o’clock Saturday afternoon, December 14th 1884, at the residence of  Mr. A. C. Dodge, in Millbank, Dakota.  The Democrat extends its congratulations and best wishes for their future happiness.

The  Shelby  Republican
Shelbyville, Indiana
Sim. J. Thompson Editor
April 13, 1882
          Rice  VS  Rice  is the title of a cause ready for final, disposition.  In 1835  John Rice  of Union township, an old man, died leaving a young wife by a second marriage.  She lived from 1835 to 1878.  During this time the children of Rice by his first wife scattered until they and their descendants lived in almost every state.  There are over 300 heirs.
Typed by Barb Huff; article from Bob Gordon

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Monday, April 10, 1882
          Cas. Rice  moved into his new house on East Mechanic street this morning.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 13, 1879
Page 5, column 6

          In the Shelby Circuit Court, March Term, 1879,  James C. Rice,  William Rice,  John Rice,  Robert Rice,  George Rice,  Joseph Rice,  David Rice,  Andrew Rice,  Dulcena Burke,  Roenna Hill,  Sarah Baker,  Dusky Bennefield and  Riley Bennefield, her husband,  Mary Farrow,  Elizabeth Moseley and  James L. Moseley, her husband,  Catharine Taylor,  William White,  Willis B. Smith,  George W. Smith,  Richard J. Smith,  Milton C. Smith,  Lucy A. Rarick,  Mary C. Hoover,  Thomas J. Smith,  Aaron C. Smith,  Coleman Smith,  John Smith,  Mary A. Wallace,  George H. Smith,  Eva Hunter,  James L. Hobbs,  Mary M. Shouse,  Lucresha Gilchrist,  Cassander Farthing,  Jackson H. Hobbs,  Noah E. Hobbs,  Lucy Whitecotton,  Martha Farris,  Enoch R. Smith,  Martha Harp,  Sarah Wallace,  Margaret Hart,  Lucy Weikles,  William Smith,  Enoch Smith,  Rebecca Smith,  Sarah Wilson,  Robert Smith,  Wallace Smith,  Martha Sargent,  Sarah Belle Bartholomew,  Lindsley Childers,  Charles C. Sidener,  William Sidener,  James Sidener,  Janette Robinson,  Mary Wilhite,  Lucy Wilson,  Ann Buffington,  John R. Keller,  James M. Keller,  Elizabeth Wymore  and  William H. Wymore, her husband,  Thomas J. Carson,  Eliza J. Thomason,  Zadie Bradley,  Amanda Bradley,  Eva Madding, and  James H. Madding, her husband,  John K. Keller,  Nancy K. Craven and  E. T. Craven, her husband,  Adda Keller,  Sarah E. Johnson  and  Joseph Johnson, her husband,  John D. Keller,  Sarah F. Smith and  Asa Smith, her husband,  Eliza J. Kirtley and  P. K. Kirtley, her husband,  Martha A. Smith and  T. R. Smith, her husband,  Nancy Thomas,  Andrew Woods,  Merritt Woods,  Morton Woods,  John Woods,  Inez Young,  Hessie Young,  John R. Young,  Annie E. Young,  Andrew J. Young,  Minnie M. Young,  Jonathan A. Funk,  Morton Funk,  Jacob A. Funk,  Henry C. Funk,  Elizabeth Vince,  Lucy Duncan, and  Mary Lyne, plaintiffs,
David C. Rice,  Newton White,  Elizabeth Dunn,  Martha Roher,  Henry Smith,  Madison Smith,  George Smith,  Stephen W. Smith,  Benjamin M. Smith,  Melvina Melone,  Sarah E. Crask,  Martha Smith,  Dulcena Burgen,  Susan E. Fredrick,  John W. Fredrick,  Robert Fredrick, the unknown heirs of  John Smith, deceased,  George D. Cooley, and the unknown heirs of  Lucy Cooley, deceased,  Elizabeth Smith,  Benjamin F. Smith,  David Smith,  John Smith,  John Sidener,  David Sidener,  Thomas K. Bradley,  John H. Bradley,  Joseph F. Bradley,  James Bradley,  Jefferson P. Bradley,  William A. Bradley,  Leland A. Bradley,  Sarah C. Hayes,  George Keller,  Jefferson Keller,  Samuel Hayes,  Mary Jane Middleton,  Ann Eliza Hayes,  Rice Chriswell, Nancy Taylor,  Mary A. St.Anthony, and the other unknown heirs of  Elizabeth Chriswell, deceased, and William Zike, defendants.
Typed by Barb Huff; article from Bob Gordon

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