"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Rice, Rev. Peter C. pastor of the St. Patrick's Church at Minocqua, was born in Dundalk, County Lough, Ireland, Dec. 13, 1880. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick RICE, were farmers who spent their lives in their native land. They had nine children, as follows: Owen, Matthew, and Patrick, now engaged in educational work at Dundalk, Ireland; James, who is a farmer there; Joseph and Michael, residing in Pittsburg, Pa., where they are employed in a large grocery business; Margaret and Sarah, teachers in Dundalk, Ireland; and Peter C., subject of this sketch. Peter C. RICE received his education in Ireland, England, and Belgium, taking seminary work at St. Andrew's College of London, England and St. Peter's Colelge of Wexford, Ireland. He came to America in January, 1907, remaining in New York City until June of the same year, during which time he further pursued his studies. He came to Minocqua in July and was ordained at St. Patrick's Church here July 28, 1907, after which he was sent to Merrill, Wis. as assistant priest until October of the same year. He then went to Bruce, Wis., remaining until October, 1909, and from there going to Stanton, Wis. Under his pastorate the church and rectory at Stanton was rebuilt, and he remained there until 1915, when he was transferred to Superior, Wis., as rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral there. In 1917 he returned to Minocqua and he has since well served the congregation here, building a new and fine church in 1922. He is well lvoed by his people and in fact by the community in general, is an eloquent speaker, and is in every way an able and competent man for the high position he holds.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 737, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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