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Taken from: Historical encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1904), p. 813

   Jacob W. Rhoads, merchant, Compton, Ill., was born in Seneca County, Ohio, Jan. 25, 1857, son of John and Sarah (Williams) Rhoads, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and Ohio, who came to Lee County in 1856.  Jacob W. Rhoads is a partner of John L. Clapp in the mercantile business at Compton.  On December 2, 1875, he married Rhoda Koons, daughter of Nathan and Charlotte (South) Koons, and of this union there are seven children: Harvey L., Joseph W., Emma M., Ethel D., Minnie, Glenn and Nathan.  In political opinions he is a Republican, and has been a member of the Village Board seventeen years, and for the last two years has been clerk of the same.  Fraternally he is a member of the M.W.A.  Mr. and Mrs. Rhoads are members of the United Brethren church at Compton.