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From: Memorial and Biographical History of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California
Published: The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago 1891

John W. Rhodes is the son of Daniel Rhoads, one of California's noblest pioneers, and is a native of the Golden West. He was born in Santa Clara County, November 2, 1857. In November, 1880, he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa A. Sanborn, daughter of John L. Sanborn, a native of New Hampshire and a pioneer of California. She was born in San Jose, California, and reared in Watsonville. They have one child, Ethel. Mr. Rhoads owns a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres of land, four miles north of Lemoore, on which he has built and is making a beautiful home.

He is a Master Mason, a member of Welcome Lodge, No. 255, Lemoore, and is also a member of the A. O. U. W. In politics he is a liberal Democrat. He is a great lover of his native State and takes a just pride in her growth and prosperity.