From: Our County And Its People
A Descriptive Work On Jefferson County
Edited By: Edgar C. Emerson
Published: The Boston History Company, Publishers 1898
Orlo b: Rhodes, editor of the Watertown Daily Standard, was born in the town of Scriba, Oswego county, N. Y., January 14, 1849, the only child of Schuyler and Amanda M. (Sherman) Rhodes. He was brought up on a farm and attended the district school until he was thirteen years old, when he entered one of the ward schools of Oswego. At the close of the school year he entered the Oswego High School and was prepared for college He entered Brown University at the age of seventeen from which he was graduated in the class of 1870. He was elected vice-principal of Hungerford Collegiate Institute, Adams, N.Y., which opened in September of that year with Albert b: Watkins, Ph. d: principal. He served in that capacity until 1876, when he became joint principal with Dr. Watkins and held that position until 1878 and then accepted a call to the Morgan Park Military Academy at Morgan Park, Ill., where he remained one year. In 1882 Mr. Rhodes returned to Adams and was connected with the Hungerford Collegiate Institute one year, then became principal of that institution as the successor of Dr. Watkins. Under his principalship the debt of the institute was paid off, a small endowment was established and the name was changed by the Board of Regents of the State to Adams Collegiate Institute, Mr. Rhodes remained principal until July 16, 1894, when he became editor of the Watertown Daily Standard. During his service as a teacher Mr. Rhodes taught chiefly Greek and Latin and prepared a good many boys for college, acquiring a marked reputation in this work. He also gave much attention to English literature and as an educator was highly regarded in the State. He is a man of decided intellectual tastes, which have showed themselves in his teaching and in his editorial work. He has written a good man educational papers, lectures and hook reviews, Some of which have been recognized as of exceptional force and ability. Mr. Rhodes still resides at Adams, going back and forth to his editorial ditties each day.