SAMUEL D. RHODES, M. D. This prominent physician and surgeon, and old soldier of the Civil War, was born in Seneca Falls NY and a son of Loyal and grandson of Samuel Rhodes, natives of New York and Vermont reflectively. The latter took part in the War of 1812, and died in Wayne County, N. Y. The father was a speculator, first at Seneca Falls and later in Wayne County, N. Y., where he built boats and engaged in the real-estate business, and during the war was in charge of his own barges, with he carried on a successful business. In 1884 he located at Bellevue, Eaton County, where he is now living a retired life. His good wife, who died in 1877, bore the maiden name of Emily Hull, and was born in Locke, N. Y. She was a daughter of David Hull, a soldier in the War of 1812. who was wounded and taken prisoner by the Indians.
Our subject is the eldest of two children, and was born December 2, 1841. He was reared in Newark, and attended the common schools until the age of sixteen when he took a three years' course in the Amsterdam Academy. In 1860 he began his medical studies with Dr. C. G. Pomprey, of Newark, and in 1863 he went to Columbia College, to learn surgery, and later made application and was appointed as medical cadet, and at once enlisted in the spring of 1864 in the Twenty-second New York Cavalry, Company H.
The young soldier took part in the battles of the Wilderness,Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Bowling Green, White Oak, and the Wilson Raid, after which he was taken sick and sent to the hospital. Later he was detailed on the Hag of truce steamer, ''New York," as hospital steward, and was on the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. In 1865 he returned to his regiment, which was stationed near Winchester, and received his honorable discharge upon the 1st of August.
After returning home Dr. Rhodes spent one winter in the oil regions of Pennsylvania, and in the spring of 1866 located near Hillsdale, this State, where for eighteen months he engaged in farming, and in 1868 went to Martinsburg, Mo., and there for two years carried on stock-raising and farming upon a splendid farm of three hundred and twenty acres. During all this time he was pursuing his medical studies by himself, and after his return to Newark read with Dr. Pomprey and in 1871 entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he was graduated in 1873.
The young Doctor spent six years each in Ontario, Wayne County, N. Y., and Seneca Falls, and later took a trip through the South, subsequently studying for twenty months under Dr. H. D. Hull, of Bellevue, Eaton County, Mich., and being his assistant in practice. In 1889 he became a partner with Dr. Nottingham in Bay City, but later practiced alone, using both schools of practice but eonfining himself mostly to homeopathy.
Dr. Rhodes was married in Newark, in 1866, to Carrie Wilbur, who died in Seneca Falls, leaving two children—Nancy L. and Emma. The Doctor's second marriage took place in Seneca Falls, and his bride was Jenn}y Berry. This gentleman is prominently connected with various medical societies, being a member of those of Seneca County, Wayne County, New York Central, New York State, and is a member of the Board of Health of Bay City, besides having been one of the examining Board for Insanity in Seneca County, N. Y. He is a Grand Army man and a Knight of Pythias, and is a Democrat in his political views.
Title: Portrait and biographical record of Saginaw and Bay counties, Michigan: containing historical sketches of prominent & representative citizens...together with biographies of all the presidents of the United States
Publisher: Biographical Publishing Co., 1892, p. 242