Mary Alice Perry (Rice) (1848 - 1927) MP

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Birthplace: Marlboro, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Vermont, United States
Managed by: Erlene Kim Best (Bremmer)
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About Mary Alice Perry (Rice)

Mary Alice Rice (always known as Alice) was born November 7, 1848, the youngest of the five children of Abel Rice and Mary Howe Bigelow. Both families had lived for generations in or near Marlboro where Alice was born. She spent a disastrous year teaching school before marrying a young Universalist minister, George William Perry, on July 7, 1866. Universalist minister, George William Perry, on July 7, 1866. Though the years, George was to serve parishes in Lynn, Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Auburn, Maine, and Rutland, Vermont. They had six children, the eldest, Lulu, was my maternal grandmother.

The Perrys started a camp for the boys of his Rutland church because, being Universalists, they were not considered Christian, and were therefore barred from the Rutland YMCA. One hundred seventeen years later, Eagle Camp is still going strong as a family camp in South Hero, Vermont. Alice cleaned, cook, patched, nursed, making arrangements for the incorporation of the camp to preserve it posterity.

The desscendants of George and Alice have remained very close and a large amount of historical material has been preserved both at Eagle Camp and in private hands. Gerorge was an amateur photographer, and I have many of his pictures, postcards and glass-plate

negatives. Lulu wrote to her mother weekly and those letters from 1888 to 1903 have been and printed. The orginals are at the Schlesinger Library of Harvard University.



Mary Alice Perry (Rice)'s Timeline

November 8, 1848
Marlboro, Massachusetts, United States
July 7, 1868
Age 19
Marlborough, MA
Age 21
April 27, 1872
Age 23
Age 25
Age 29
November 5, 1879
Age 30
Springfield, MA, USA
Age 32
November 27, 1927
Age 79
Vermont, United States