Memorial - City of Winters Marshal William Preston Rice

City Marshal Rice was killed in the line of duty on October 18, 1912. Marshal Rice was unarmed when he assisted Constable Andrews, who was responding to a call about an intoxicated man waving a gun in the street. Marshal Rice had been able to talk to the man on previous occasions and entered the intoxicated man’s residence. Marshal Rice entered through the front door as Constable Andrews and the reporting party (identified as James W Chapman) went around the back. The intoxicated man fired and shot Marshal Rice in the chest. He was arrested as he stepped into the street to re-load his gun. Marshal Rice had been employed for six months. He was married to Alice Chadwick in 1906. He left behind a son, Harry Rice aged 14 months.

Thanks to the generosity of Winters residents, numerous documents pertaining to the Rice Family individuals and the death of Marshal Rice have been located, including the names of 8 generations of the Rice Family. The Department would like to thank Al Graf and Theresa Sackett for contributing their memories, photographs, and notes. The Department would also like to recognize Tom Crisp for his research of Marshal Rice’s family through Ancestry.com. Through his efforts, he was able to locate Kathy, who is a great-grandchild of Mary Ottie “Molly” Rice. Mary Rice is Marshal Rice’s sister.

City Marshall William Rice's name has been added to the Yolo County Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Woodland, the California Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Sacramento, and the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC.