Harvey Rice (1827-1886) was the father of Nettie Rice Irvine, who married James Irvine I. His portrait hangs over the main fireplace of the Katie Wheeler library. He was an educator, lawyer, real estate salesman, and prolific author, serving in the Ohio legislature. As a state senator, he took an active part in badly needed prison reform and sponsored the bill that established Ohio’s public school sytem and school libraries. His fellow citizens gratefully knew him as the “father of the common school system of Ohio.”

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