Walden J. Rice was the eldest son of lohn H. and Sadie Marie Rice.
He was born in Stockdale, Ohio in 1896 and came to Alberta about 1909 with his parents. He attended Magrath Schools and after he was grown he worked for his uncle George Culp who farmed in the Bradshaw area. George Culp owned one of the few steam engines in the country and used to break up much of the prairie in the Spring Coulee district.
Walden became a licensed steam engineer and operated the engine in breaking sod and custom threshing until 1927.
In 1921 Walden married Mildred L. Clark of Warner and they leased two sections of the Perry Estate near Bradshaw. They farmed this land until they retired. Walden was always interested in baseball and played on teams from both Spring Coulee and Magrath. He coached a junior team to league championship in 1940 and 1941.
Mildred was active in community affairs in both Magrath and Spring Coulee. She was very active in the United Church, having served on the governing committees and also a leader of the women's groups for many years.
The Rices had four sons who attended Magrath and Bradshaw schools. All the boys played baseball and at one time all were on the same team.
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