From the book entitled: Missouri the center state: 1821-1915, Volume 4
Missouri the Center State: 1821-1915, Walter Barlow Stevens
Author: Walter Barlow Stevens
Publisher: S.J. Clarke, 1915
HIRAM H. RHODES.
Hiram H. Rhodes has been connected with the railroads for many years
and is now superintendent of the Salem, Winona & Southern. He was
born in Madison county, Missouri, October 27, 1882, a son of David F.
and Emma Rhodes, also natives of this state. The paternal grandparents,
who were born in the Carolinas, settled in Madison county, Missouri,
when that region was still on the frontier and the grandfather was one
of the first state representatives from that county. The father of our
subject was a farmer but in later years also devoted some time to
carpentering and contracting. He is now living retired at Greenville,
where he removed in 1891. His wife also survives. They are the parents
of seven children, those besides Hiram H. being: Dottie, the wife of V.
A. O'Bannon, of Edgemont, Arkansas; Minnie, the wife of J. W. Farley,
of Amarillo, Texas; Lillie, the widow of Otto Lerche, of Fredericktown,
Missouri; and David, Jennie and Nellie, deceased.
Hiram H. Rhodes received his early education at Greenville, Missouri,
and is a high-school graduate. He attended the Bryant & Stratton
Commercial College of St. Louis, thus fitting himself for effective
work in the business world. He was for a few years clerk for the
Halliday, Klotz & Lord Lumber Company of Greenville, and then
entered the employ of the Williamsville, Greenville & St. Louis
Railroad, becoming station agent for that company at Williamsville,
Missouri. In 1905 his faithfulness and knowledge of railroad accounting
led to his promotion to the position of auditor, which he held for two
years. He was then superintendent until 1909, when he resigned and was
auditor of the Salem, Winona & Southern Railway for five years,
being appointed superintendent of the road in May, 1914. His experience
in railroading thoroughly qualifies him for the responsibilities of
this position and he maintains the road at a high standard of
efficiency. He is just in his dealings with those under him and secures
their hearty cooperation in all of his efforts to improve the road.
Aside from his connection with the railroad he has important business
interests, being a large stockholder in the Forest Lumber Company, at
Oakdale, Louisiana, which is under the management of J. b: White, the
well known Missouri lumberman.
In 1907, at Greenville, Missouri, Mr. Rhodes was united in marriage to
Miss Bertha Enloe, a native of Cole county, this state, and a daughter
of John M. and Sarah Enloe, also natives of Missouri. Her grandparents
were among the pioneer settlers of Moniteau county and the Enloe family
has therefore been identified with the state for many years. Mrs.
Rhodes is one of a family of four children, three of whom survive, her
-two living sisters being: Ethel, the •wife of William Young, of
Fresno, California; and Grace, who married Richard Culbertson, of the
same state. The parents are both living and reside in Gasconade county,
Missouri. Mrs. Rhodes is a graduate of the Weltner Conservatory of
Music and taught that art for a number of years previous to her
marriage. She is the mother of a daughter, Melba R., who was born at
Greenville in 1908.
Mr. Rhodes is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his wife
belongs to the Christian denomination. He is a democrat in his
political belief but has never sought public office. Fraternally he
belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and to the Masonic order. His
wife is connected with the Eastern Star and both are popular in the
organizations to which they belong. Their many friends esteem them
highly for their admirable traits of character and all who know them
value their good opinion highly.