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.