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Frederick P. Rhodes

RHODES, Frederick P., proprietor of a livery stable and feed barn in Colchester, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Colchester, March 23, 1860, and in his youth attended the public schools of the town. His parents were Ebenezer Rhodes, and Elizabeth (Newland) Rhodes, the former born in McLean County, Ill., and the latter a native of England. The paternal grandfather was Samuel Rhodes, and the maternal grandparents were Abraham and Sarah (Porter) Newland, natives of England.

Frederick P. Rhodes is the third of a family of eight children, six of whom were boys. When ten years old he began working in the coal mines, and continued thus for two years. At the age of fifteen years he was employed as a janitor and also mined coal. He next worked at the carpenter's and painter's trades, and in the winter months was in the employ of a Mr. Stevens in the poultry business. Afterward he worked five years in Farmer & Son's general store. This position he gave up October 3, 1899, and engaged in buying and selling poultry. On March 1, 1903, he sold out and established himself in the livery business, conducting also a feed barn.

On December 13, 1883, Mr. Rhodes was married to Carrie Whipple, who was born in the State of Massachusetts and received her early education in the public schools of Macomb, Ill. Seven children are the offspring of this union, as follows: Neffa E., Nellie A., Porter M., Gayletta U., Earl H., Cecil C. and Mary M. In politics, Mr. Rhodes gives his support to the Republican party, and fraternally, is affiliated with the I. O. O. F., K. of P., Rebekahs, Court of Honor, and the Mutual Protective League.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 990-991, extracted 29 May 2020 by Norma Hass.

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