From the book: A History of Southern Illinois (V.3); A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests
Publisher: Chicago: The Lewis Pub. Co. Publication date: 1912
Orange Hampton Rhodes. As the popular proprietor of the leading livery business of Vienna, Illinois, Orange Hampton Rhodes is well known to the citizens of his community, who have realized and appreciated the fact that he has endeavored to give them the best of service. Mr. Rhodes is an excellent example of the self-made men of whom this country is so proud, and is gratified by the fact that whatever success has come to him has been brought about by his own efforts. Mr. Rhodes was born January 19, 1862, in Wabash county, Indiana, and is a son of Ezekiel and Clarissa (Johns) Rhodes, natives of Virginia.
Ezekiel Rhodes, who was a carpenter by trade, followed that occupation in his native state and later in Indiana, where he died in 1864, leaving twelve children, seven by his first wife and five by the mother of Orange H., whose other children were: Alphonsus Jerome, Martha Alice, Margaret Catherine and Elzorah Ellen. The brave mother, although left in humble circumstances, managed to keep her family together, rearing her children to sturdy man and womanhood and fitting them for the positions which they later took in life. Her death occurred at the home of her son, Orange H., in Vienna, January 31, 1910, at the p. 660 age of eighty-six years, her birth having occurred in Virginia, January 23, 1824.
Orange Hampton Rhodes secured his education in the public schools of his native county, and began work at a very early age to do his share towards supporting the family. When he was only seventeen years of age he went to Benton county, Indiana, where he remained until 1894, following various occupations. During the winter months he taught school, while in the summer he worked as carpenter, painter, telegraph operator, or at whatever occupation presented itself, and thus, by the spring of 1894, had enough money to bring his family to Johnson county, Illinois. From that time until 1901 he managed a farm for the Hon. Pleasant T. Chapman, and the next three years were spent on his own eighty-acre farm, which he had purchased from his savings, and he is now the owner of one hundred and forty-eight acres of well-improved property, located one and one-half miles west of Vienna. In 1904 Mr. Rhodes purchased the livery business of Dwyer & Company, at Vienna, and he now operates a hack line from the Big Four Depot and to West Vienna. All of his equipages are modern in every respect, while his horses are well groomed and of good breed. In addition to the livery business Mr. Rhodes has been engaged in the hay, grain and coal industry, and has built up an excellent trade in Vienna and the vicinity. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank, is fraternally connected with the Knights of Pythias, and he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church in this city.
In 1888 Mr. Rhodes was married to Miss Fannie May Ale, of Benton county, Indiana, daughter of John and Rebecca Ale, and five children have been born to this union, namely: John, who is twenty-one years of age, and associated with his father in business; and Robert, Herbert, Clarissa and Alice May, who are attending school. Mr. Rhodes is well known and very popular in Vienna, where he has displayed traits of character that mark him as an excellent business man, a good friend and a public-spirited citizen.