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Ira J. Rhodes, the efficient cashier of the McDowell County Bank, at Welch, West Virginia, is one of the town's much esteemed citizens. He was born in 1871, in Rockingham County, Virginia, and is a son of Jacob S. and Katherine ( Beery) Rhodes, both of whom are of Dutch extraction. The father was a farmer of Rockingham County. Both he and his wife belonged to the German Baptist Church.

Mr. Rhodes was educated in the common schools and after completing the prescribed course of instruction accepted a clerical position- in a store, in 1896 entering The Bank of Bramwell, Bramwell. West Virginia, as bookkeeper. He remained in that capacity for four years. In July, 1900. the McDowell County Bank was organized, at Welch, and since that time he has filled the responsible position of cashier of the institution. As a financier he is highly valued and his accommodating spirit has won him many business friends.

In 1900 Mr. Rhodes married Janie Gibboney. who is a daughter of James M. and Lucy Gibboney. of Wytheville, Virginia. They have one daughter. Elizabeth. Mrs. Rhodes belongs to the Protestant Episcopal Church. Mr. Rhodes is a Knight Templar and Shriner. In politics he votes independent.

Title: Men of West Virginia ...
Volume 1 of Men of West Virginia
Contributor: Biographical Publishing Company
Publisher: Biographical Publishing Company, 1903

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