Napoleon Rice (1895-1947) was a native of Douglas County. He established his business of selling new and used merchandise in 1890. His cousin, Moses Francis Rice (1871-1934) became a business partner with him, forming the Rice & Rice House Furbishes Company. Napoleon Rice served seven years on the Roseburg City Council between 1912 and 1918, and for a two-year term beginning in 1922, he served as Mayor of Roseburg. McKean, Darby, and Baldwin and later Carsten’s Furniture were all owners of this building.