From the book entitled: History of Idaho: a narrative
account of its historical progress, its people and its principal
interests, Volume 3
History of Idaho: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its
People and Its Principal Interests
Author : Hiram Taylor French
Publisher: Lewis Publishing Co., 1914, 966-67.
Dorsey L. Rhodes. Holding a firmly-established position in the
confidence of his fellow-townsmen through the recognition of his
ability in the field of law and jurisprudence and because of his
efficient and conscientious services in the office of county attorney,
Dorsey L. Rhodes, of Idaho City, holds a conspicuous place among the
members of the Boise county bar. He has been a resident of Idaho since
1907, coming here almost immediately after the completion of his legal
training, and has had no reason to regret his choice of location for
the prosecution of his labors, as he is in the enjoyment of a large
general practice as well as the regard of his fellow practitioners.
Dorsey L. Rhodes was born in Avoca, Pottawattamie county, Iowa, May 8,
1880, and is a son of Silas and Evangeline (Cheatem) Rhodes, retired
farming people of Wagner, South Dakota. His parents had a family of
five children, as follows: Lotta. who married H. W. Strayer, of Wagner,
South Dakota; Dorsey L.; Ivy, who married E. J. Dolph, of Schuyler,
Nebraska; Edith, who married C. A. Strayer, of Moore, Montana; and
Jesse, who is a college student of Iowa City, Iowa.
After attending the public and high schools of his native place, Dorsey
L. Rhodes became a student in the State University at Iowa City, where
he was graduated from the law department with the class of 1907.
Shortly thereafter, he came to Idaho, and in 1907 was admitted to the
bar in Emmett, where he entered practice. In 1910 he was elected on the
Democratic ticket to the office of county attorney of Boise county, and
now practices in Idaho City, although he still maintains his office in
Emmett, and has a large practice in both cities. In Emmett he is
associated professionally with James P. Reed. Mr. Rhodes has been
connected with a number of important cases of litigation during his
comparatively short residence in Boise county, and it is a recognized
fact that these have been conducted ably and honorably. To his office
he has brought a high regard for the responsibility placed in his hands
and his faithful services in the discharge of his duties have been such
as to stamp him as a public-spirited citizen no less than an able
official. His success in the profession of his choice has been due
entirely to his own abilities and efforts, and he may truly be said to
have been the architect of his own fortunes.
On July 20, 1910, Mr. Rhodes was united in marriage with Miss Bernice
Laravea, the daughter of Stephen Laravea. Both have numerous friends in
Idaho City and are favorites with the younger social set.