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The Joseph F. Rhodes is from the book "Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Sea" By John Steven McGroarty, published in 1921.

Joseph F. Rhodes is a building contractor with a long list of industrial, business and residence construction to his credit in California.
He served a thorough apprenticeship at the business and is regarded a master of building technique, as well as highly capable executive and
leader of men.

He was born at Chicago November 18, 1881, and was given a liberal school and university training by his parents, J. Foster and
Margaret (Patterson) Rhodes. He attended the Harvard School in Chicago until he was twelve years old,. and was then sent to St. Paul's
School at Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from St. Paul's in 1899, and entering Yale University, received his Bachelor of Science
degree in 1903. As a means of learning the contracting business he entered the services of one of the greatest contracting firms of America,
the George A. Fuller Construction Company, at New York City. He was in the estimating department of this company and also in outside
work as material clerk for one year. He then came to Pasadena, spent one year as manager of the Blow Planing Mill, and for two years was
in the credit department of the Baker Iron Works at Los Angeles.
Having properly rounded out his training and experience, he became engaged in the contracting business for himself. Mr. Rhodes erected
the factory of the Pacific Coast Biscuit Company at Los Angeles, the Hertel Building in Pasadena, and has built many business blocks, apart-
ments, houses, hotels, and some of the fine residences of southern California.

He is a member of the Merchants' & Manufacturers' Association, the Los Angeles Realty Board, California Yale Club, California Club,
Ceritos Gun Club, Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena, and is a Republican and Presbyterian.
At Pasadena, February 14, 1906, he married Louise Bond. They have four children : Foster Bond, born in 1907 ; Robert E., born in
1910; Kenneth O., born in 1912, and David E., bom in 1915. The three older sons are students of the Polytechnic Elementary School at
Pasadena, where the family reside.