David Hume Rice

David Hume Rice, of Colorado Springs, who has been identified in former years with the medical profession and with important business interests, still retaining the presidency of the Colorado Springs & Interurban Street Railway Company, was born on a farm in Adams county, Illinois, in 1855. His father, William D. Rice, was a native of Rising Sun, Indiana, born in 1823, and was married in Illinois to Martha Staker. The father died in 1873 and the mother in 1909.  

The youthful experiences of David H. Rice were those of the farm-bred boy who divides his time between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the tasks assigned him by parental authority. After leaving the schools he determined to enter upon a professional career and in carrying out his purpose became a student in the Missouri Medical College of St. Louis, in which he pursued the full course and was graduated with the class of 1885. His identification with Colorado Springs dates from 1888. in which year he opened an office and entered upon the practice of medicine. For many years he followed his profession with excellent success but for some time has not engaged in active practice, having retired from the practice of medicine in 1910. He had been physician to the late W. S. Stratton, Colorado millionaire, and appreciation of his worth and ability on the part of the Stratton family led to his appointment as managing director of the Stratton Home. He is now president of the Colorado Springs & Interurban Street Railway Company, is the president of the Myra Stratton Home and a director of the Exchange National Bank. His political endorsement is given to the republican party and at all times he has kept in touch with the vital problems of the country which become matters of state and national legislation, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him.  

In 1882 in Adams county, Illinois, Mr. Rice was united in marriage to Miss Ida M. McClaske and they have a daughter, Ethel Hume.  

Mr. Rice is a Mason, having taken the degrees of the York and Scottish Rites and also of the Mystic Shrine. He is likewise connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He has membership in the El Paso Club and the Broadmoor Golf Club. He is a man of dynamic force, carrying forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. His plans are always carefully considered and promptly executed. His powers of concentration enable him to readily grasp every phase of any situation and, acquainted with principle and detail, he readily places a correct valuation thereon. With him time and opportunity have been used to the best possible advantage and marked ability on his part has found tangible expression in the substantial success which he has achieved, becoming in the course of his residence in Colorado Springs one of its popular and. moreover, one of its most honored and respected citizens.

by Stone, Wilbur Fiske, History of Colorado, Volume III.  Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918.