FROM: History of Rush County, Indiana, from the Earliest Time to the Present: With Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc., Together with a Short History of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana.
BY: Brant & Fuller
HENRY S. RHODES, a native-born citizen of Center Township, was born December 13, 1839, being the son of Abraham and Mary Rhodes, a history of whom appears elsewhere in this work. He was reared upon the old Rhodes homestead in his native township, and continued with his parents until he became of age. On the Ioth day of May, 1860, he was married to Miss Mary A. Ruby, who is also a native of Center Township, born August 10, 1832, being the daughter of Jacob and Mary Ruby, who were natives of Bedford County, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes entered upon their married life upon the farm they now occupy and there they have ever since continued to reside. The life occupation of Mr. Rhodes has been farming, and in this connection his efforts have been liberally rewarded. They have been the foster parents of three children: The first was William A. Schaffer, who remained with them from the age of thirteen to the age of twenty-one, when Mr. Rhodes gave him a horse, saddle and bridle, suit of clothes and $300 in money. The second child was Ettie Eagle who remained with Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes, from the time she was five years old until she became of age. The third child was Elmer Roberts, who is a nephew of Mr. Rhodes. He has now reached the age of fifteen and his home has been made with Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes ever since he was seven months old. Mr. Rhodes and wife are members of the Christian Church. In politics, Mr. Rhodes is a Democrat. He has a farm of eighty acres which is in a good state of improvement and cultivation.