WILLIAM FRANKLIN RHOADES
a man of character and standing in Loramie township, Shelby county, O., who for seven years has been president of the Beech Grove special school district and still earlier a member of the board, was born December 13, 1864, in Newberry township, Miami county, O., and since the age of twenty-one years has resided on his present valuable farm of 210 acres, lying in section 25, Loramie township.
John Rhoades, father of W. F. Rhoades, was born in Pennsylvania and at the age of twenty-one years came to Miami county, O., and settled on 160 acres in Newberry township, where he cut the first tree ever taken from the native forest in that section. In Montgomery county he married Miss Barbara Apple, and ten children were born to them, not all of whom, however, survived her. One of her sons. Henry Rhoades, died while serving as a soldier in the Civil war. The second marriage of John Rhoades was to Elizabeth Schneck, who was bom in Pennsylvania but was reared in Montgomery county, O., and she became the mother of five children, dying when aged seventy-five years. Of the second marriage W. F. Rhoades was the second born.
W. F. Rhoades, with his wife, moved on the farm of eighty acres they purchased in the spring of 1886 and in the year 1889 purchased fifty acres adjoining the home place. He cleared eighty acres of his farm and tiled all of it. In the year 1897 they built the large bank barn and erected the wind pump with supply tanks and hydrants. In the year of 1904 they built the large buff pressed-brick house, with all modern improvements, which is their present home. In 1909 they purchased the Apple homestead of eighty acres, this farm being well improved with a large brick house and bank bam.
Mr. Rhoades was married in Miami county, O., to Miss Lucinda B. Loxley, who was born in that county, a daughter of Benjamin and Phebe Ann (Kaylor) Loxley. The mother of Mrs. Rhoades is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades have two children: Grover Franklin and Orville Leslie, and they also reared a niece. Myrtle Loxley, now the wife of Morris Cothran. Mr. Rhoades and family are members of the Lutheran church at Bloomer, in which he is a deacon and is assistant superintendent of the Sunday school. A lifelong democrat, Mr. Rhoades has been a loyal party worker but has accepted few offices except those concerned with the public schools, in which he has been deeply interested. He belongs to the Bloomer Horse Thief Association, of which he was president, is a member of the Knights of Pythias, attending the last named lodge at Versailles, O. Mr. Rhoades is president and for the past eight years has been manager of the Bloomer Home Telephone Company, and is one of the charter members of this enterprise. Few men in Shelby county are better known in the quiet walks of life.