John T. Rice

John T. Rice

John Temple Rice, born in Danville, Virginia, on December 9, 1888. His family moved to Spencer, North Carolina. Rice assumed the role of taking care of his sisters and mother after his father’s passing. The family moved to El Paso, Texas in 1904. At the time he operated one of the leading drugstores in El Paso. John Temple Rice was active in St. Clements Episcopal Church and served as vestryman and senior warden. *St. Clements was founded by the masons of El Paso Lodge # 130 A.F. &. A.M. He served his country proudly and enlisted in the 36th division of the Texas National Guard, as a medic and served in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The Meuse-Argonne offensive is considered as the second deadliest battle in American history. John T. Rice is perhaps the most decorated mason El Paso Lodge # 130 A.F. & A.M. Had. He served as President of the lodge in 1915-1916. In the Shriners, he served as El Maida’s Potentate. In 1937, served as Grand Master of masons in Texas. In York Rite – he was elected Grand Commander of Knights Templar in Texas and more notably, was elected as Grand Commander of Grand Encampment of North America. He was coroneted honorary 33rd Inspector General of the Scottish Rite. Everyone who knew him said he knew every person by name. “Live respected and die regretted”

Area: Central / Downtown

Source: EL PASO LODGE # 130 A.F. & A.M. ARCHIVES

Uploaded by: Alonso Wells IV

Comments

Add a comment
Thank you for your comment

Report this entry

Choose the most important reason for this report

Your name

Your email address

Optional detail

Thank you for your report

More from the same community-collection

Little Caples Building

Little Caples Building in downtown El Paso, Texas. Located at ...

City Hall circa 1915, El Paso, Texas

Intersection of Myrtle & San Antonio Streets between 1910-1920. ...

Street Scene-Automobile Row

This section of North Kansas Street was known as "Automobile ...

Abdou Building

Henry Trost designed this seven-story reinforced concrete ...

Church and County Courthouse in 1890s

This picture, dating back to the 1890s, shows the County ...

Bird's Eye View of El Paso from Mesa Garden

The picture captures El Paso between 1890 and 1900. It was taken ...

The Popular Dry Good Company

The Popular department store chain, founded by Adolph Schwartz, ...

Lawmen On Horseback

Lawmen on horseback in downtown El Paso, Texas.

Street Car Downtown

A street car travels between the Grand Hotel and the El Paso ...

Local Bar In El Paso, Texas

A local bar in El Paso, Texas between 1910 - 1920.

Otis A. Aultman

Otis A. Aultman playing cards with friends, he is to the far ...

Downtown El Paso

Image of downtown El Paso between 1910-1920. City Hall to the ...

El Paso Preachers

This group of Protestant ministers includes Dr. Poe of the ...

Chamber of Commerce Anniversary Luncheon

These are the past and present directors of the El Paso Chamber ...

Southwest University Park

Southwest University Park is a stadium in El Paso, Texas. It is ...

White House Department Store

The popularity of the White House exceeded the size of its ...

Southwest University Park

Southwest University Park is a stadium in El Paso, Texas. It is ...

East San Antonio Avenue

This sign marks the corner of East San Antonio Avenue and South ...

Architecture

A once beautiful building in downtown El Paso, TX.

Lamppost

Downtown El Paso is dotted with revival styles from the turn of ...

N. Mesa Street Downtown El Paso, Texas

Image of N. Mesa Street with sign and lamp post in downtown El ...

Kress Sign

This sign marks the location of Kress & Co. Department store at ...

Betty Moor MacGuire Hall - El Paso Texas

The Betty Moor MacGuire Hall is the entry lobby and patio room ...

home.search_collection