From the book entitled: Annals of the Early Settlers
Association of Cuyahoga County, Volume 3
Author: Early Settlers Association of Cuyahoga County
Publisher: The Association, 1892, p. 318.
[Leader,(a newspaper) April 6, 1894]
The funeral of Charles L. Rhodes, who died on Tuesday, was held
yesterday afternoon, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. b: Hough,
No. 804 Case avenue. Rev. William Knight conducted the services in the
absence of Rev. Dr. Charles S. Pomeroy, who was officiating at the
funeral of Dr. L. L. Leggett, at Sandusky. The services were brief and
consisted only of the reading of passages of Scripture and a prayer.
The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. The following
gentlemen acted as honorary pall-bearers: Messrs. Fayette Brown, James
J. Tracy, John Coon, E. S. Flint, James Upson, and Daniel Upson, Judge
Pease and General J. S. Casement. The active pall-bearers were Messrs.
A. b: Hough, A. H. Hough, Robert R. Rhodes, W. C. Rhodes, M. T.
Marshall and Dr. Pease. The burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
The death of Mr. Rhodes brings to mind the fact that the men who helped
to shape the destinies of Cleveland in her early days are fast passing
from the scene of action. Mr. Rhodes was the last survivor of the
Commissioners of Annexation who arranged the terms of union with Ohio
City, now known as the West Side. Though a native of Vermont, he has
been a resident of Ohio since early manhood, and older citizens will
remember him as being prominently identified with railroad and
commercial affairs since the days when Cleveland was only a thriving
town. For many years he was a member of that quaint organization known
as the "Ark," which met for social intercourse. It was provided with
permanent quarters by the late Leonard Case. It was to have unlimited
control so long as one member survived. Upon the death of the last one,
the property reverts to the estate. The ranks have been rapidly
depleted since the death of Mr. Case, and it will not be long before
the last man will be left alone.