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From the book entitled: A history of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and its people, Volume 2
A History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and Its People, Lewis Historical Publishing Co
Authors: John Woolf Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co
Editor: John Woolf Jordan
Publisher: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1914

Harry W. Rhodes.  Son of a native born manufacturer of Delaware county, Mr. RHODES Harry W. Rhodes has also spent his entire life within the confines of that county, beginning business life as clerk and rising to his present position at the head ot Media's only Title and Trust Company.

Harry W. Rhodes was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1865, son of William K. and Lydia (Cummins) Rhodes, both born in Delaware county of old and prominent families. William K. Rhodes was for many years a contractor and brick manufacturer, later in life joining with his brothers, John b: and Samuel Rhodes, in manufacturing enterprises. He was a Democrat in politics, but although influential in party and business, never accepted public office. He died in October, 1887, his wife in 1893—both buried in the cemetery of Calvary Church, at Rockdale.

Harry W. Rhodes was educated in the public schools and Gilbert Academy, finishing his studies in Chester high school. He began his business career as clerk in the office of the Robert Wetherill Company, at Chester, remaining with that company three years. He then entered the clerical service of the First National Bank, of Chester, continuing three years, then accepted a position with the newly organized Chester County National Bank, at Media. After four years with that, now well known institution, he assisted in the organization of the Media Title and Trust Company and was elected in 1892 its secretary and treasurer. The trust company began business in 1891, Mr. Rhodes continuing as its secretary and treasurer until May 14, 1908, when he was chosen president to succeed George Drayton, deceased. Mr. Rhodes brought to his high position a valuable banking experience of nearly twenty-five years, seventeen of which had been as a high official of the institution, of which he is now the honored head. The trust company maintains a general banking and savings department as well as title, trust, real estate and safe deposit department. The company has been a very successful one and shows by its annual report a most flattering condition, surplus and individual profits exceeding its capital stock of one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. The officers and directors of the company are men of high standing and in his official capacity, Mr. Rhodes shows ability as a wise conservative financier. His is the wisdom born of experience and knowledge of true banking and trust company operations, as well as of the general laws governing all financial transactions. The condition of this company but reflects the wisdom of its management. He has also other business interests that show a like prosperity.

Mr. Rhodes is a Democrat in politics, and as an active interested citizen, not as a politician, has served his borough as school director and in other public capacities. He is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities, and one of the organizers and a charter member of the Spring Haven Country Club. He is a member of the Episcopal church, of Rockdale.

Mr. Rhodes married, June 5, 1902, Anna L., daughter of John b: and Ann (Warren) Rhodes, of Delaware county. The family home is at Moylan, Delaware county, where they are prominent in social life.