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EUGENE J. RHODES. JR. For most of us life has the elements of abundant cheeriness in it. It represents more of encouragement than discouragement, more of satisfaction than disappointment, more of joy than sorrow, more of comfort than pain. Souls that are depressed and downcast are quite likely to be weighted down by borrowed trouble. A successful business man must be of the former type. Understanding this, Eugene J. Rhodes, Jr., who is engaged in the motorcycle business in Springfield, never permits the little things of daily life that "wear and fret the soul" manifest themselves in his countenance or disposition, and his agreeable manner is a good asset in his business.
Mr. Rhodes was born in Arkansas on March 26, 1883. He is a son of Eugene J. Rhodes, Sr., a prominent business man and citizen, formerly of northern Arkansas, now living in Springfield, a complete sketch of whom is to be found on another page of this volume, hence will not be reproduced here.
Our subject moved with his parents from Arkansas when young to Springfield and here he received his education in the high school and the State Normal. For three years he worked as deputy under his father, when the latter was surveyor, after which he engaged in the lumber business in Arkansas, also engaged in this business in Springfield with his father for some time, then for a year or more he engaged in the grocery business in this city, and in 1911, with his brother, Clyde A. Rhodes, he began in the motorcycle business, under the name of Rhodes Brothers, at 319 South Jefferson street, where they have remained to the present time, and have enjoyed a large and growing business all the while. They handle all kinds of motorcycle Supplies and auto accessories, maintaining a well-equipped garage and repair shop, doing all kinds of auto and motorcycle repairing promptly and of the highest grade of workmanship. They are also agents for several standard grades of motorcycles, including the Indian, Flying Merkel and Thor, and have built up a large trade in these. Our subject has made this line of business his special study for a number of years and has kept well up-to-date on the same.
Eugene J. Rhodes, Jr., was married on July 14, 1901, to Murel Hart, a native of Iowa and a daughter of W. H. and Dora Hart. Mrs. Rhodes came with her parents to Springfield when young and she received a good education. To our subject and wife five children have been born, namely: Boyd, born on February 15, 1903; Vivian; born on September 22, 1906; Hugh, born on February 14, 1909; Maxine, born on April 7, 1912, and Mildred M., born on January 21, 1915.
Politically Mr. Rhodes is a Republican, and Mrs. Rhodes is a member of the Christian church.
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