Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Peter A. Rice
Peter A. Rice was born in New Boston, Illinois. Before locating in Sandusky in 1901, Mr. Rice was involved in the hotel business in Conneaut, Ohio. On May 15, 1901, P. A. Rice took charge of the Sloane House Hotel. By 1910, Rice was the senior member of the firm Rice and Bonn, which operated the Sloane House and West House hotels in Sandusky.
Mr. Rice died on March 16, 1901, following a sudden illness. He left behind a widow and an elderly mother. Peter A. Rice was very involved in community organizations, including the Sandusky Business Men's Association, Elks Lodge, Science Lodge No. 50, and the Knights Templar. He was one of the original promoters of the "Greater Sandusky" movement. The Sandusky Register of March 17, 1910 stated, "He gave freely of his time and means with no thought of personal reward. As a public spirited citizen P.A. Rice will long be remembered." P. A. Rice is buried in the family vault at Oakland Cemetery.