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F. E. Rhodes is president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank at Spencerville, and has long been identified with that community as a practical farmer, and owns part of the noted Rhodes homestead, which has been in the possession of this family continuously since earliest pioneer times.
Mr. Rhodes was born on the farm which he owns a mile and a quarter northeast of Spencerville, January 12, 1868. He is a son of Milus and Elizabeth (Beams) Rhodes. His father was born on the same farm February 22, i8.?8, and died January 16, 1918, at the age of eighty years. The pioneer was grandfather Daniel Rhodes, who came from Ohio and was numbered among the very earliest settlers in Concord Township of DeKalb County. He entered 160 acres of land, and that farm has never been in any other ownership except the Rhodes family and the Government. Daniel Rhodes was a democrat. His children were Daniel, Newton, Milus, Nancy, Mary, Matilda, Sarah, Alice, Manda and Minerva.
Milus Rhodes had a common school education in pioneer days and after his marriage lived on the home farm the rest of his life. He was an active member of the Lutheran Church and a democrat in politics and also belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He had two sons, Raymond R., of Spencerville, and F. E. Rhodes.
F. E. Rhodes is a well educated man. As a boy on the farm he attended district schools, also had a high school course and finished his education in the college at Valparaiso. For fourteen terms he was a teacher. May 18, 1893, Air. Rhodes married Amanda Rhodes, who was born in Noble County, Indiana, in 1867. Her family was not related to that of her husband. She was educated in the district schools.
For two years after his marriage Mr. Rhodes lived at New Paris, Indiana, where he conducted a grocery and bakery. Returning to DeKalb County, he taught for a time at St. Joe and then took up farming. He owns 230 acres, including no acres of the old homestead. His brother has 120 acres of the Rhodes farm.
Mr. Rhodes has one son, M. E. Rhodes, a graduate of high school, and who married Verne Jolly. They are members of the Lutheran Church and he is one of the most liberal supporters and a deacon. Though an active democrat he has never held any office.
The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Spencerville has the following officials : F. E. Rhodes, president; L. B. Fisher, vice president; C. G. Rectenwald, cashier; W. A. Bierbower, Albert H. Peters, F. E. Rhodes, Adam Shilling, W. P. Stewart, L. B.
Fisher, John Beninghoof and Reuben Remm, directors. Mr. Rhodes is also secretary and treasurer of the Township Shipping Association.

From the book: History of Northeast Indiana : LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties
By Ford, Ira
Publisher Chicago : Lewis Pub. Co. 1920.