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From: Historical Encyclopeida of Illinois


John Rhode, - Boone County has reason to be proud of her citizens of German nativity. Wherever he settles, the man from the Fatherland brings with him a love of education, a respect for law and a patriotism which he is as willing to expend for the benefit of his adopted country as he would have been for the land of his birth. Always industrious and frugal, almost invariably honest, usually liberal in his views on all subjects, conceding to others all the rights which he claims for himself, he naturally and inevitably develops into such a fine citizen as would be the pride of any land. Of such nativity and of such citizenship is John Rhode, one of the prosperous farmers of Flora Township. Boone County, Ill.

John Rhode was born in Germany, Septembe'r 11, 1858, the second of the four children of John and Christina Rhode, both of whom died in their native land. The son John remained in the Fatherland until 1882, when with his wife and two children, he emigrated to America, landing at New York. From New York he came west, locating at Racine, Wis., where he lived for six years, and gained the highest esteem of his fellow citizens. Then, coming to Boone County, Ill., he rented land until 1902, when he bought the fine 160-acre farm which is his present home. He is constantly improving the property and will make it eventually one of the best in its vicinity. While giving his attention largely to general farming, he has developed a good stock-raising business. In politics he is a Republican, and in religious matters is a member of the Evangelical Church.

Mr. Rhode married in Germany, in November, 1880, Miss Minnie Krusea, a native of that country, who bore him six children, namely:John, William, Charles, Herman, Ida and Mary. Mrs. Rhode died July 2, 1906, aged fifty-six years.

On February 25, 1908, Mr. Rhode married Agatha Wambach, born in Germany, a daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Eisenbart) Wambach, also natives of Germany. The father of Mrs. Rhode is now deceased, but his widow survives and lives in Germany.