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  • ID: I1364
  • Name: Nellie A Rice
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 17 JUN 1874 in Harrisburg, Lewis, NY
  • Death: 21 APR 1950 in Watertown, Jefferson, NY
  • Occupation: School Teacher
  • Burial: Barnes Corners Cemetery, Lewis, NY
  • Note:
    No issue.
    Nellie had a twin sister, Della.

    1900 Federal Census -
    Lowville, Lewis Co., NY Series: T623 Microfilm: 1070 Book: 1 Page: 132a

    Her obit, taken from The Journal and Republican, April 27, 1950:
    Mrs. Nellie Rice Ryther, 75, totally blind for 35 years, died last Friday morning at 3:05 in the House of the good Samaritan, Watertown, [NY], where she had been a patient since 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Widow of Frank Ryther and long-time resident of Barnes Corners and Lowville, she had been in ill health for three years. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday from the Ryther funeral home, Copenhagen, with Rev. James N. Polney, pastor of the Copenhagen Methodist Church, officiating. The body was placed in a vault for burial at a later date by the side of her husband at Barnes Corners Cemetery. Closest survivors are three nephews and a niece. They are Dr. Arthur C. Peckham, 221 Paddock St., Watertown; Dr. Floyd F. Peckham, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. Fred Peckham, Oswego; and Mrs. Delavan (Gladys] H. Lyman, Alexandria Bay. Mrs. Ryther was born in June 1874, at Harrisburg, daughter of John and Emma Newton Rice. She was a school teacher for 15 years in the public schools of Lewis county and spent most of her life in Lowville.

    In 1915, her sight, which had been weaking for a number of years, failed completely and she was forced to give up teaching. She moved to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Newton, Barnes Corners, and lived there until her marriage on Feb. 23, 1925. Long interested in church welfare and civic work, Mrs. Ryther sewed and knitted garments for the servicemen in World War I, despite her handicap. She began the study of reading methods used by schools for the blind. She learned to read New York print and in 1922 she mastered revised Braille and was able to read through her sense of touch.

    Mr. and Mrs. Ryther had been acquainted for many years, and renewed their friendship when he returned to Barnes Corners from Seattle, Wash., where he had owned and operated a mill for sawing fir timber. He was also a patent holder and maker in the United States and Canada of a type of mailbox that was generally used. The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Arthur Morton, pastor of the Methodist Church at Barnes Corners. Because of the almost impassable condition of the roads that time of the year, there was no wedding trip and the couple went following the ceremony, to their farm home a mile east of Barnes Corners, where they resided. Mr. Ryther died in 1930, and his wife continued to live at Barnes Corners until her illness.

    Father: John M Rice b: 4 MAR 1842 in New York State
    Mother: Emma Newton b: 21 DEC 1846 in Lewis Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Frank George Ryther b: 14 OCT 1864 in Pinckney, Lewis, NY
    • Married: 23 FEB 1925 in Barnes Corners, Lewis, NY

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