From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 12, 1971:
At an annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society, attorney Raymond Rice presented the finalized deeds to the "old city hall" (Watkins bank, 11th and Massachusetts) to the 160 members of the society present. The members then approved a proposal to establish and operate a museum at the site. Rice was then honored in a surprise ceremony which paid tribute to his years of service. "Douglas County has benefited handsomely from the talent, devotion and generosity of this able person," said Dolph Simons Sr. just before presenting a resolution honoring the 88-year-old Rice, who had graduated from KU Law School in 1908.