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Rice Hotel and Rice Mercantile

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Rice Mercantile c.1907
  • C.1883 Hotel in Pratt Junction was Built
  • March 1892 Hotel burned with the Mailander Hotel in March 1892. It was rebuilt and run until 1903 when the depot was moved to Pelican Lake.
  • John Rice Moved his business to Pelican Lake.
  • By 1907 the Rice Mercantile was run out of a small building between the Hotel and the Miner Home. Later this building was run as a gas station by Connie Herman until the mid 1950's.
  • 1914 John turned his Pelican Mercantile business over to his sons, John J., and Dennis E.
  • The Mercantile business was moved into a larger building next to the Post Office.
  • In 1922 Richard Porten and his wife Viola Rice established the R. H. Porten Mercantile Co.
  • By the mid 1950's all that was left was a foundation.
Rice's Store Pelican Lake C.1920


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