Memorabilia Monday: Monthly Expenses

Brothers Otta Lee Cain ’17 and Edgar Allen Cain ’20 of Yoakum, TX attended Rice Institute before joining the service. Later on, their brother or relative Arthur Benton Cain graduated from Rice in 1922.


Otta Lee Cain


Edgar Allen Cain

Below is a letter from Otta to his father detailing the month’s expenses, along with a daily list.





In his letter, Otta mentions the possibility of entering military service, but admits that he is unsure if he wants to join. Sadly, less than a year after enlisting, he died of pneumonia/influenza in Massachusetts.


Sources: Rice University Memorabilia collectionThe Campanile and the Rice Institute Pamphlets.

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