Thomas Township Fire Station Two stands at the corner of Dice and Thomas Roads watching over the houses in the neighborhood. I am not sure if any of the houses standing today are from the town of Dice that once thrived at the intersection. The town was named after local farmer Henry Dice who came to the area in 1860 from Akron Ohio after a three week trip by ox and cart. Dice was formed in the 1870s but for years the post office delivered the mail to the nearby town of Frost. The town continued to grow and had four general stores, two blacksmith shops, and a Church. By 1894 the post office began delivering mail by horse and buggy to Russell’s General store where Frank P. Winslow was the first post master. In the 1890’s Dice was known for its horse races and people would travel to the small hamlet to watch the horses run down Dice Road.
In 1904, the post office in the general store closed, probably because the U.S. Post Office changed to rural free delivery or RFD as it was known. A brick school was built in 1928 to replace the wooden schoolhouse and the town continued on into the 50’s but slowly declined and as of today, I think there is nothing left of the little town of Dice but memories.
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