Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913) p 930
That the career of such a man as Edgar A. RICE, the former efficient and popular incumbent of the office of County Clerk of Montgomery County, besides being treasured in the hearts of relatives and friends should have its public record also, is peculiarly proper because a knowledge of men whose substantial reputation rests upon their attainments and character must exert a wholesome influence upon the rising generation. While transmitting to future generations the brief chronicle of such a life, it is with the hope of instilling into the minds of those who come after the important lesson that honor and station are sure rewards of individual exertion. He was for a number of years one of the popular educators of this locality, and has shown himself to be a public-spirited citizen. Mr. Rice was born on February 24, 1877, in Union Township, Montgomery County, Indiana and he is a son of William A. and Martha E. (Hipes) Rice. The father was born on December 29, 1838 in Kentucky, from which state he removed to Indiana in 1852, locating in Montgomery County where he became well established and well known. His death occurred on August 11, 1911. The mother of our subject was born March 9, 1850, in Virginia, and her parents removed to Indiana when she was a child. Thus in this state the parents of our subject grew to maturity, received a meager education in the common schools and here were married, and spent their lives engaged in agricultural pursuits. They became the parents of seven children, five of whom are still living, namely: James is deceased; Charles, lives in Danville; Henry was next in order; Edgar A, of this review; Bessie, is deceased; John W. and Clay M. were the youngest.
Edgar A. Rice grew to manhood in this County and he received a good education in the common schools, later attending the Central Normal at Danville, Ill also the Indiana State Normal in Terre Haute. On January 5, 1902 he was united in marriage to Ona M. Surface, who was born in Illinois June 16, 1883. She received a common school education, and was a daughter of Aaron F. and Amanda (Talbert) Surface. The following children were born to our subject and wife: Helen E, born March 1, 1905 is in school; Meredith born October 25 1909. Mr. Rice began life as a teacher in the schools of Montgomery County in 1897, following the same with success for several years. In 1900 he came into the courthouse as deputy County Clerk under Mr. Kennedy, and he continued in that position for a period of 8 years with much satisfaction to all concerned as may be ascertained by his long retention there. He mastered well every detail of the work in that office, and in 1908 the people of the County showed their appreciation of his services and their confidence in his integrity by electing him clerk of Montgomery County, the duties of which he discharged in a manner highly acceptable to all. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic Order, Lodge no. 50, at Crawfordsville, also the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Tribe of Ben Hur and the Patriotic Order Sons of America. Mr. Rice owns his own home in Crawfordsville. He is president of the Crawfordsville Investment Company, and is a director in the Crawfordsville Young Men's Christian Association. He is a member of the Country Club, and is superintendent of the Christian Bible School. In all of the above he is active and influential and stands well in all circles in which he chooses to move.kbz