ⓘ Rice Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Rice Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

ⓘ Rice Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

The first recorded white settler in the vicinity of modern-day Rice Township was Conrad Wickeiser in 1798. Samuel B. Stivers and William Vandermark were the first known white settlers in what is now Rice Township. Additional settlers entered the territory and constructed the first houses and sawmills. The first schoolhouse was erected in 1840.

Rice township was originally a part of Hanover and Wright townships. Hanover was granted to captain Lazarus Stewart in 1770. April 12, 1851, the township of Wright was formed from the segment of Hanover township, it was named in honor of Honorable Henry B. Wright of Wilkes-Barre. Rice township was officially formed in 1928 from a piece of township Wright. In the 1920-ies and 30-ies, a major industry in the village of rice was harvesting ice, which was sold in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton. The ice industry faded with the growing popularity of the electric refrigerator.

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