From Fulton County Indiana, Obituaries, 1931, The News-Sentinel, by Jean C. and
Wendell C. Tombaugh, Pub. by Tombaugh House 700 Pontiac Street Rochester,
Indiana 46975-1538, 1996. Thursday, February 12, 1931
John L. RHODES, 57, life-long citizen of Argos, died in the Elkhart General
hospital at 4 o’clock Thursday morning as the result of injuries received
in an auto accident which occurred a mile ad a half east of Union Mills at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday. C. N. SWOGGER, an employee of the Argos State Bank, who
was accompanying Rhodes on a business trip to Coldwater, Mich., received minor
cuts and bruises.
According to word received from Elkhart today the Argos men were driving
eastward on U.S. Route 112 when a westbound Plymouth sedan owned and driven by
Vance FOSTER, 49,
a salesman of 45 Owen Ae., Detroit, met in a head-on collision with the
Rhodes’ Chevrolet coach with such terrific impact that both machines were
Dr. FRYBARGER, of Bristol, who was summoned to the scene brought the injured
men into the Elkhart hospital where it was found Rhodes was suffering from
fractured ribs and a punctured kidney. Foster received a fracture of his left
arm and severe cuts, while Stogger’s injuries were found to be of minor
The body of Rhodes was removed to his home in Argos early today in an Argos
ambulance. The coroner of Elkhart county has not as yet given his verdict in
regard to the responsibility for the accident.
The accident victim was born in Argos on April 11, 1873, the son of William
and Clara RHODES, and has resided in that town throughout his entire life. For
a number of years he was owner of the Argos Greenhouses in which business he
made a wide acquainance of friends throughout Marshall and Fulton counties.
Survivors are the widow, four daughters, Mrs. Grace McMILLEN, of Argos, Mrs.
Robert W. WALTERS, of Richland Center, Mrs. Francis BURKETT, of Leiters Ford,
Mrs. Florence GARMAN, of Richfield, Ohio, and a son William RHODES, of New York
City and two brothers, Bert [RHODES] of Beloit, Wis., and Jesse [RHODES] of
Funeral arrangements will not be announced until word has been rceived from
distant relatives. Mr. Rhodes was a member of the Christian Church at Argos.