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Kathleen Rice fonds
The fonds consists of four series. The first series consists of newspaper clippings about Kathleen Rice. Because of the poor condition of these clippings, they have been photocopied. The second series consists of an excerpt of a chapter about Rice from a book about female adventurers. The chapter is incomplete. The third series consists of manuscripts written by Rice. The fourth series consists of two drawings of natures scenes that may possibly be attributed to Rice.
Kathleen Rice was born in St. Marys, Ontario, in 1883, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lincoln Rice. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1906 and began a career as a math teacher. She taught in Belleville, Ontario before moving to western Canada. Once in the west, she taught mathematics in Alberta and Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In 1913, Kathleen and her brother, Lincoln, decided to stake a homestead near The Pas, Manitoba. Shortly thereafter, war broke out and Lincoln, who later became a Lieutenant Colonel, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Kathleen decided to stay on the homestead alone. After teaching herself about geology and prospecting, she headed to the Herb Lake area north of The Pas. She claimed an island - later called Rice Island - in Weksusko Lake, which turned out to be very rich in copper and nickel.