From: Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Corness University
Edited by:John H. Selkreg
Published: d: Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Bertrand Rhodes, was born in the west portion of the town of Dryden, May 30, 1837. His father, W. S. Rhodes, was born in Dryden in 1812, and spent his lifetime of sixty six years as a farmer, also engaging in the lumber business. Bertrand Rhodes received a common school education, but through force of character soon became known as one of the prominent farmers of his town, having 126 acres of land, a part of his father's estate, to which he has added different pieces of adjoining property. At the age of twenty six he married Maggie Brennan, who died in 1874, leaving four sons, Elmer, Earl, William, and Orra. In 1876 he married Rosa Fogarty, daughter of John Fogarty, of Dryden, and they have one daughter, Estella. He takes the Democratic side in politics and an intelligent interest in educational and religious matters. He is a progressive well informed citizen, keeping well abreast of the times and recognized in his town as a practical and successful farmer.