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From the book entitled: The Biographical directory of the railway officials of America
Publisher: Railway Age Pub. Co., 1901

Ira O. Rhoades,  General Purchasing Agent Oregon Short Line Rd. Office Sait Lake City, Utah. Born Dec. 1. 1863, at Rockiand. Me. Educated in the public schoois of Omaha. Neb. Entered railway service 1880 with supply department Union Pacific Ry at Omaha, since which he has been consecutively to 1884, messenger, receiving clerk, shipping clerk and tie and lumber inspector same road; 1884 to 1888. chief clerk to store keeper; 1888 to March 17, 1897, chief clerk purchasing department same road; March 17, 1897 to" date, general purchasing agent Oregon Short Line Rd.