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George A. Trice. In Texas, where he lived until moving to Oklahoma, George A. Trice had a record as a successful teacher, legislator and lawyer. These experiences have come to maturity and fruition since he came across Red River into Oklahoma in 1908, and since that year has been one of the leading lawyers of Coalgate. It is said that in the past seven years Mr. Trice has participated in the trial of twelve hundred criminal cases in the courts of that section, and in one year was counsel in thirteen murder cases.
Mr. Trice was n member of the Texas Legislature which enacted the law permitting the adoption of a commission-form charter by the City of Galveston, from which the “Galveston Idea” has spread and permeated the municipal organic laws of cities in every part of the country. Oklahoma has a number of model charters based on the commission idea, and some share of credit for this must also be assigned to the Coalgate lawyer.
George A. Trice was born in DeSoto County, Mississippi, July 24, 1876, a son of William F. and Katherine (Broadway) Trice. His father, a native of Alabama and a Confederate veteran of the Civil war, settled in Ellis County, Texas, in 1878, and with Mrs. Trice is still a resident of that county. There were six children in the family as follows: George A.; Dr. Joseph, a physician and surgeon in charge of a hospital at Wonsan, Chosen (Korea); Edward, bookkeeper for a wholesale grocery company at Tyler, Texas; Mrs. Reb Parmelly, wife of a farmer and stockman at Abilene, Texas; Miss Bernice, an employe of the firm of Trice & Field at Terrell, Texas; and Raymond, still pursuing his education and living with his parents in Texas.
George A. Trice was reared on the home farm and attended the public schools up to the age of eighteen, at which time he began teaching and was a teacher in Texas until 1901. In the meantime he studied law at home and in the office of Watson & Robbins at Clarksville, Texas. After being admitted to the bar in the fall of 1001 he became a partner of David Watson, who had been senior member of Watson & Robbins, a firm which dissolved when Mr. Robbins was elected district attorney. With seven years of experience with that firm, Mr. Trice removed to Oklahoma in 1908 and located at Coalgate, where he became associated with the firm of Cutler, Trice & McInnis. This was later dissolved and Euel Moore, who had been a student of Mr. Trice in Red River County, became junior partner in the firm of Trice & Moore.
Mr. Trice was elected a member of the Texas Legislature in 1901, serving one term during the administration of Governor Lanham. He was a member of the joint committee of that session that wrote the present game law of that state, after which some other states have patterned. At Clarksville, Texas, he served as a member of the city council. He is an active democrat and has taken a conspicuous part in the campaigns of his party in Oklahoma. In 1915 Mr. Trice was appointed by Governor R. L. Williams a member of the Oklahoma Commission on uniform state laws, and, with Judge D. H. McDougal and Robert Adams, the other members of the commission, assisted in furthering the cause of uniform laws at Salt Lake that year, during the session of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Trice was married in 1904, at Vernon, Texas, to Miss Mamie Peck, who died in 1914, leaving two daughters, Katherine, aged six years, and Josephine, who is four years old. Mr. Trice is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Knights Templar of the Masonic Order, of the local lodge of the Woodmen of the World, and of the county, state and national organizations of his profession. He occupies his own comfortable, modern home at Coalgate.