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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Dan Rice / Daniel McLaren


Dan Rice, the famous clown, died at Long Branch last Thursday, aged 77 years. Death was caused by Brightís disease and dropsy. He had been sick in bed a week. Dan Riceís real name was Daniel McLaren. He was nicknamed Dan Rice by his father, after a famous clown in Ireland. When Dan Rice was a boy his father died and his mother married a man named Monahan who kept a dairy farm near Freehold. Young Rice served his step fatherís customers with milk. At an early age he left Freehold and went to Pittsburg, being successively stable boy, race-rider and hack driver. Soon afterward he launched out in the show business and in a few years was extensively billed as a clown. For two seasons Rice received $35,000 a season for his services as clown and another season he got $1,000 a week. He had made three fortunes but died comparatively poor.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Feb 28, 1900

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