Oliver Clifton Rice

Brief Life History of Oliver Clifton

When Oliver Clifton Rice was born on 10 September 1899, in Neshoba, Mississippi, United States, his father, John Val Eugenia Rice, was 23 and his mother, Julia Lannie Smith, was 13. He married Dessie Cleola Colvin on 12 November 1938, in Bradley, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Egypt Township, Ashley, Arkansas, United States in 1930 and Mill Creek Township, Ashley, Arkansas, United States in 1940. He died on 6 November 1961, in Ashley, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Crossett, Ashley, Arkansas, United States.

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Oliver Clifton Rice
1899–1961
Dessie Cleola Colvin
1907–1983
Marriage: 12 November 1938
George Rice
1944–

Sources (13)

  • Clifton D Rice, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Clifton Rice, "Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944"
  • Oliver Clifton Rice, "Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized pronunciation of one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, from a form originally meaning ‘rash, impetuous’, also spelled Rys and Re(e)s. See also Reese , with which it is interchangeable as a result of different Anglicized forms of the Welsh vowel y, and also compare Preece and Price . Initial R- in Welsh is voiceless and often spelled Rh-, but in English R- is voiced as in the Anglicized surnames Rees and Rice. Welsh y is a short back vowel /ɪ/. In the medieval period the English approximation of this vowel was either /i/ or /e/, lengthened to /i:/ and /e:/. Subsequent sound changes in English produced the alternative pronunciations represented in Rees, Preece and Rice, Price. The name has also been established in Ireland from an early date.

English: either a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a thicket (Middle English ris, rice, ris, from Old English hrīs, Old Norse hrís), or a habitational name for someone who came from a place called with this word, such as Rise (East Yorkshire).

English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English Rys(e) and Re(e)s which when without a preposition could derive from one or other of several Old French and Middle English words, including Anglo-Norman French ris ‘laughter, smile’, Middle English ris, res ‘stem, stalk’, in origin the same word as in 2 above, and Middle English ris, rise, rice, res, Old French ris, riz ‘rice’, perhaps a nickname for a rice dealer or a cook.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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