Researched and compiled by Faye V Bell, SLC (2012)



            Leo D Rhodes was born April 23, 1890, at Ravenwood, Missouri, to Thomas and Marietta Allen.  His schooling was limited to Ravenwood, MO.  He came to Wyoming on March 1, 1914 and farmed for 2 years in the Big Horn Basin.  In 1916, Mr. Rhodes entered a partnership with J W Pulliam in the buying and selling of horses and in the operation of the Worland, Wyoming, Sales Barn.  He sold that business to enter the United States Army on November 1, 1918.  He served as night marshal in Worland, Wyoming, in 1919.  From 1920 to 1925 Mr Rhodes trucked from Worland to Ten Sleep, hauling livestock and supplies.  In 1925 he leased the Ten Sleep Garage [The article mentions a sawmill building ties??] and built a service station in 1928.    He built Rhodes Service Station and operated that for a decade, but in December of 1945 he opened the Rhodes hardware which he sold in 1967. (The foregoing is from “The Historical Encyclopedia of Wyoming”, 978.7 D3p (p 483) found in the Family History Library, SLC.)


            Leo married Ida Streiff in 1917 in Denver, CO.  She was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas.  The Rhodes had three sons:  Leo Lawrence (Dusty Rhodes), Charles Sherman (Chuck) and Erwin Dale (Dale).


            Leo Rhodes served on the school board for 18 ears and was county commissioner for 12 years.  He served on the town council for 16 years and was a member of the Game and Fish Commission from 1961 to 1962 (ibid) p. 483. 


NOTES:  I am not sure that he leased the Ten Sleep Garage in 1925.  The Ten Sleep Garage belonged to Millard F Moses and the sign lay beside the Moses family garage until 1941.  It is true that both Millard and Leo had garages, both had had sawmills, but the two did not merge in business deals.  Fvb


MEMORIES:  Leo was very civic oriented and did good deeds for those in need at any time he was called to do so.  Fvb