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    CHARLES D. RHOADES, residing on his valuable farm of ninety acres, which is the old Rhoades homestead, situated about six miles northwest of Covington, on the Piqua-Versailles turnpike, in Newberry Township, is one of the representative citizens of this section and a member of one of its finest old families. He was born on this farm, August 24, 1871, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Sneek) Rhoades.

    The Rhoades family belonged in Pennsylvania prior to being established in Miami County, Ohio. John Rhoades was born in that State but spent the greater part of his life in Ohio. He died in 1887. His farm contained 180 acres and it was divided between Charles P. and his brother, George C. Rhoades, the former taking the old home place and the latter the ninety acres to the east. John Rhoades was married twice, (first) to Barbara Apple, and the children of this marriage were: Elizabeth, who died in infancy; Uriah V., deceased; Noah, who was killed by lightning; John, Matilda and Savilla, all of whom died from typhoid fever; Jacob, who was accidentally killed on the home farm by a threshing machine; Henry, who died during the Civil War, a victim of the cruel treatment received while he was a prisoner in Libby Prison; and Mrs. Amanda Hittle, the only survivor, who is a resident of Anderson, Indiana. John Rhoades was married (second) to Elizabeth Schneek, who was born in Pennsylvania and died in Miami County, September 22, 1906. There were five children born to this marriage, as follows: Emma; W. Frank, who lives in Shelby County, Ohio; George C., who is a prominent farmer and citizen of Newberry Township; Allen Jefferson, who died when aged eight years; and Charles D., the youngest of his father's fourteen children.

    Charles D. Rhoades was reared on the home farm and attended the country schools. His business through life has been farming and this he has carried on in a systematic manner that has produced very practical results. He has made many improvements on his place. The barn, which was built by his father, in 1865, is yet a very substantial structure, and the brick house, when first built, was one of the most imposing in this section. In 1901, however, Mr. Rhoades renovated it entirely, making changes in its appearance and adding to its comforts and conveniences.

    On Thanksgiving Day, 1893, Mr. Rhoades was married to Miss Amanda Apple, a daughter of Solomon and a sister of Uriah S. Apple; prominent people in Newberry Township. They have three children: Firman Zeno, Viola and Irma. Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades are members of the Lutheran Church at Bloomer, in which he is a deacon.

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