John Rhode, - Boone County has reason to
be proud of her citizens of German nativity.
Wherever he settles, the man from the Fatherland
brings with him a love of education, a respect
for law and a patriotism which he is as
willing to expend for the benefit of his adopted
country as he would have been for the land of
his birth. Always industrious and frugal, almost
invariably honest, usually liberal in his
views on all subjects, conceding to others all the
rights which he claims for himself, he naturally
and inevitably develops into such a fine citizen
as would be the pride of any land. Of such nativity
and of such citizenship is John Rhode, one
of the prosperous farmers of Flora Township.
Boone County, Ill.
John Rhode was born in Germany, Septembe'r
11, 1858, the second of the four children of John
and Christina Rhode, both of whom died in their
native land. The son John remained in the
Fatherland until 1882, when with his wife and
two children, he emigrated to America, landing
at New York. From New York he came west,
locating at Racine, Wis., where he lived for six
years, and gained the highest esteem of his fellow
citizens. Then, coming to Boone County,
Ill., he rented land until 1902, when he bought
the fine 160-acre farm which is his present home.
He is constantly improving the property and will
make it eventually one of the best in its vicinity.
While giving his attention largely to general
farming, he has developed a good stock-raising
business. In politics he is a Republican,
and in religious matters is a member of the
Mr. Rhode married in Germany, in November,
1880, Miss Minnie Krusea, a native of that
country, who bore him six children, namely:John, William, Charles, Herman, Ida and Mary.
Mrs. Rhode died July 2, 1906, aged fifty-six
On February 25, 1908, Mr. Rhode married
Agatha Wambach, born in Germany, a daughter
of Nicholas and Anna (Eisenbart) Wambach,
also natives of Germany. The father of Mrs.
Rhode is now deceased, but his widow survives
and lives in Germany.