Jacob Rhodes, who follows farming in San Joaquin county, his ranch being located near Banta, was born in the Edgefield district of South Carolina on the 26th of February, 1835, and in the paternal line is of English descent. He is a son of Roland and Mahala (Goldman) Rhodes, both of whom were natives of South Carolina. When seventeen years of age Jacob Rhodes left his native state and in company with his uncle, Cullen Rhodes, went to Louisiana. He remained there but two months, however, after which he went to Jefferson county, Arkansas, there remaining until 1856. In that year he came to California, crossing the plains, making his way across the mountain ranges until at length he reached the green fields of the Golden state. He went to the mining regions of Tuolumne county, where he engaged in mining gold for a short time. In 1857, however, he came to San Joaquin county, which was then in the early stages of development, and for a number of years he was connected with the live-stock industry. He settled upon his present farm near Banta in 1867, and it has been his home continuously since, covering a period of thirty-seven years. He is among the well known farmers of the community, owning and operating nearly a half section of land, which responds readily to the care and cultivation he bestows upon it, yielding to him good crops. He is among the well known pioneers of his locality, and as a business man has gained the confidence of those with whom he has been associated through his reliable methods and unfaltering energy.

Mr. Rhodes votes with the Democracy, and while he has never been an active politician in the sense of office-seeking he is, nevertheless, ever true and loyal to the principles which he believes contain the best elements of good government. He has served for several years as a trustee of the Valley school district. In 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Hanna, who was born in Pennsylvania, and they have become the parents of four children: Annie, John J., Harry A., and Arthur. The family is well known in the community where the family home has been so long maintained. Mr. Rhodes has done much pioneer work and has thus contributed to the material development and substantial upbuilding of his portion of the state.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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