From: Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Corness University
Edited by:John H. Selkreg
Published: d: Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Omar R. Rhodes, was born in the town of Dryden, October 22, 1854. His father was also born in the town December 30, 1812. The grandfather bought a military title of part of lot forty four and afterwards bought the whole of lot fifty four, which has been handed down to and is now occupied by his descendants. Omar R. Rhodes was educated in the common schools, to which he has added by reading and close observation. At twenty one he married Ellen A. Dart, daughter of William Dart of Rock Run, Stephenson county, Ill., and they are the parents of one daughter, Mabel C. Our subject is one of the largest farmers of his town, having 333 acres of some of the finest farming lands and wood lands in his town, and running a saw mill and shingle mill and planing mill in connection with his farm. He is recognized as a conservative and independent citizen, and a man of high business ability and talent and taking an active interest in the leading events of his day.