I would love some suggestions from folks who know the local records well..
I am looking for a family named Rice that lived in Colton bet abt 1860s-1890. There were 5-6 kids, three of whom are known: Grace Lou Ellen Rice 1870-?; Robert Rice abt 1870-? and Leon Russell Rice 23 Oct 1888-?. Both parents died; the mother died around April 1889, the father abt 1890, probably in Colton.
Other tidbits: may have been employed in the railroad; may have been relatives or friends of Thomas Shears of Denver (Shears family of Aurora, IL); lived on a farm in Colton; Grace took care of the kids for awhile and went on to become a vaudeville entertainer. She gave Leon up for adoption--he was much younger than the other kids.
I have searched all the census, vital, cemetery and other online records I can find, but no luck.