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Title: William C. Rhode
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One of the enterprising farmers and stock men of Adams township, Warren county, Indiana, who has been content to spend his life in his native community, rightly decided that this section of the great Hoosier state held as good if not better opportunities than any other state in the Union. He is a representative of one of the old and well known families of Warren county, members of which have figured more of less prominently in local affairs from pioneer times and his record shows that he has kept untarnished the honored family name.

William C. Rhode was born in Warren township, Warren county, Indiana, on September 20, 1854, and is the son of Seymour and Lucy (Benge) Rhode. Jonathan Rhode, the subject's grandfather, was born and reared to manhood in one of the Carolinas, from which state he moved to Ohio, from there to eastern Indiana, and thence to Warren county, where they decided to locate. Here they entered government land under three patents, as follows: January 3, 1826, signed by John Quincy Adams; April 2, 1829, signed by Andrew Jackson, and February 8, 1831, signed by Andrew Jackson. Seymour and Lucy Rhode spent the rest of their years on this farm and were numbered among the respected and honored families of the community. They were the parents of the following children: Thomas, deceased; Jonathan, deceased; William C., the subject of this sketch; Joseph F., deceased; James N. and Celia J. Seymour Rhode was a Whig and Republican in politics.

William C. Rhode attended the common schools of his home community, and the book learning received there has been liberally supplemented during the subsequent years by habits of close observation and by valuable experience, which is, after all, the most effectual teacher. He has always followed farming and has been a very successful man in his business affairs. He is the owner of three hundred acres of as good land as can be found in Warren county, and on this he raises all the crops common to this locality. He is a thoroughly practical man in his operations, giving due attention to the soil conditions and other phases of farming which are now considered of such vital importance. In connection with the tilling of the soil, Mr. Rhode gives some attention to the raising of live stock, which he has found to be a profitable source of income.

On September 18, 1879, Mr. Rhode was united in marriage with Jennie Milligan, the daughter of James and Eliza (James) Milligan. These parents were natives of Ireland, who came to America in 1842 on a sailing vessel, the trip across the ocean requiring three months. They landed at St. John's, New Brunswick, then went to New York city, and from there to Hamilton, Ohio, where they remained for some time. Subsequently they came to Attica, Indiana, and eventually settled in Warren township, Warren county, where he followed farming until his death. They were the parents of nine children, all of whom are living, as follows: William J., John H., Robert A., George W., Sanford F., Alfred A., Jennie, E$mma and Lousia, who is the widow of the late Jasper Rhode. Three of these chilfren were successful teachers, William J. having taught for forty years. To Mr. and Mrs. Rhode have been born four children, namely: Bertha, the wife of John Claypool, of Pine Village, Warren county' Charles J. married Vynna Parker and they live in Adams township, Warren county; they have one child, Eunice Corrine; Seymour A. married Kosie Cobb, of Pine Village; Marshal C., at home.

Politically, Mr. Rhode has always been a Republican and has given a proper attention to the public affairs of his locality. Mr. Rhode possesses some old relics in the way of tax receipts issued to his grandfather, Jonathan Rhode, in 1815, 1825 and 1845. The receipt of 1815 is written in ink on unevenly cut store paper, about one inch wide by four inches long. Mr. Rhode is a man of forceful personality, though unassuming, and because of his genuine worth he has won and retains the sincere respect of all who know him.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001081
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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