Guide to the Lewis Henry Rhoades Papers 1864-1966
Cage 271

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Rhoades, Lewis Henry
Title
Lewis Henry Rhoades Papers
ID
Cage 271
Date [inclusive]
1864-1966
Extent
8.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
4 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Rhoades family papers: correspondence, photographs, clippings, bills, receipts, bank statements, legal papers; business records of the Occidental Oyster Company, 1904-1912.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 271, Guide to the Lewis Henry Rhoades Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Lewis Henry Rhoades was born in Fulton County, Illinois, August 1844. He crossed the plains with his parents by ox-team in 1848, arriving in Marion County, Oregon, in September 1848. Six months later Alfonso Rhoades relocated to a new claim in Clackamas County. Alfonso and Phebe Rhoades relocated on a third claim at French Prarie, where they remained until 1862, farming, stock-raising, and milling.

Catharine Parrett was born in England in 1845. Her parents, Samuel and Marie Parrett sailed from Liverpool in 1852, around Cape Horn, to Portland, Oregon. They arrived in 1853, settling at "The Mountain" near Newberg, in the Willamette Valley.

Catharine Parrett and Lewis Rhoades were married December 27, 1860. Their first child, Henry Lincoln, was born and died in Marion County, Oregon. Lewis and Catharine Rhoades moved to Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, in the summer of 1862, arriving at Ilwaco in August. Lewis Rhoades worked at the Daniel Wilson Mill. His father, Alfonso Rhoades and his four year old brother Lucius joined the young couple in 1863. The Rhoades moved to the first falls on the Palix River, to build a new mill and to establish their first homesite. In August 1863, Lewis Rhoades moved to Bruceport so he could harvest oysters at night.

Catharine and Lewis Rhoades were the parents of thirteen children. Phebe Helen was the first child born in Washington Territory in October 1863. In 1864 Lewis Rhoades walked to Olympia to obtain the land patent for the Sand Point Ranch, acreage two miles south of what became the village of Bay Center. The Rhoades established a home in Bay Center in 1874.

Beginning c.1877, Lewis Rhoades was engaged in oystering. The Occidental Oyster Company was a Rhoades family enterprise. Lewis Rhoades also served as a Methodist preacher c.1878. He went to Alaska on a Methodist mission trip in 1900. In 1910, Lewis Rhoades moved to Roseburg, Oregon, establishing "L.H. Rhoades & Co.: Hardware, Harness and House Furnishings-All Kinds of Second Hand Goods." He died of cancer in Astoria, Oregon, in 1913. Catharine Rhoades remained in Bay Center until her death at Rhoadesia Beach in 1927. Grace Rhoades Lang, their youngest daughter, lived in Bay Center until her death in 1969. Lewis and Catharine Rhoades and five of their children are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Bay Center, Washington.

Lewis Henry Rhoades, born August 20, 1844, Fulton Co., Illinois. To Oregon, overland 1848, married December 27, 1860. Died July 14, 1913, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Bay Center,Washington.

Catharine Parrett Rhoades, born October 27, 1845, Hever, England. To Oregon by ship 1853, married December 27, 1860. Died October 15, 1927, buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Bay Center,Washington.

Children

  • 1. Henry Lincoln b.March 26, 1862. d.June 26, 1862. August 1862, Moved to Pacific County, Washington Territory
  • 2. Phebe Helen b.October 5, 1863. d.March 19. 1931. m. G.W.Brown
  • 3. Rufus Dee b.November 24, 1865. d.July 31, 1941. m. Ella
  • 4. Jean Marie "Janie" b.February 22, 1868. d.April 2, 1945. m. Harold J. Stearns
  • 5. Minnie Belle b.December 3, 1870. d.November 16, 1956. m. G.F.Goodpasture
  • 6. Amy Joyce b.March 25,1873. d.July 28, 1949. m. Carl J. Kallgren
  • 7. Charles Owen b.March 12, 1875. d.May 21, 1948. m. Emma
  • 8. Mary Augusta b.August 8, 1877. d.May 21, 1948. m. Howard Wilson
  • 9. Alice Maude b.January 5, 1880. d.December 3, 1942. m. Roy Seaman
  • 10. Emma Catharine b.December 29, 1882. d.October 29, 1959. m. R.M.Moore
  • 11. Grace Darling b.December 5, 1884. d.March 15, 1969. m. Frank W.Lang
  • 12. stillborn daughter b.April 14, 1887.
  • 13. Walter William b.May 11, 1888. d.November 15, 1894.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lewis Henry Rhoades papers include correspondence, diaries, family business papers, records of the Occidental Oyster Company, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, sermons and short stories, written by Lewis Rhoades 1911-1912.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged chronologically, beginning with the papers of Lewis and Catharine Rhoades, then those of their eleventh child and eighth daughter, Grace Rhoades Lang, and concludes with the correspondence of Grace Lang's younger son, Byron Lang.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © ca 1976

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Occidental Oyster Company

Personal Name(s)

  • Rhoades, Lewis H.--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Business, Industry, and Labor
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Oyster culture--Washington (State)--South Bend
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Rhoades family business correspondence 

Box Folder

Sand Point Ranch Land Lease undated [ca 1864?] 

1 1

L. H. Rhoades. Farm Journal 1899 

1 2

Business 1881-1909 

1 3

Business 1910-1928 

1 4

Business undated-1955 

1 5

Land Tax bills 1913-1926 

1 6

Land Deeds 1915-1929 

1 7

L. H. Rhoades, Sermons, texts 1878-1879 

1 8

L. H. Rhoades, Sermons 1880 1881-1882. 

1 9

L. H. Rhoades, Text book 1882 

1 10

L. H. Rhoades, Sermons 1883 

1 10

L. H. Rhoades, Sermons undated 1901 

1 11

L. H. Rhoades, Memo Book undated 

1 11

L. H. Rhoades: "The Preacher" January, 1879 

1 12

L. H. Rhoades: Methodist Year Book 1881 

1 12

L. H. Rhoades: "The Preacher's Cabinet" undated 

1 12

L. H. Rhoades: Misc. supplies and Brokaw letters. 1876 

1 13

L. H. Rhoades: Misc 1889 

1 14

L. H. Rhoades: Methodist Laymans Relief Legion 1906 

Box Folder

L. H. Rhoades: Misc. Amy Rhoades' M. E. Catechism #3 and "I'm a Little Pilgrim," Proverbs and Hymns undated 

1 15

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Series 2: Rhoades's Occidental Oyster Company 1877-1945 

Box Folder

L. H. Rhoades: Oyster Book 1877 

2 16

L. H. Rhoades: Indian Oyster Book 1884 

2 16

L. H. Rhoades: Slaver & Walker Book. "Culling 1890 

2 17

L. H. Rhoades: Oyster Account Book, Bay Center, Wa. 1899 

2 17

L. H. Rhoades: Oyster Account Book. ca 1910 

2 18

L. H. Rhoades: Occidental Oyster Company. Monthly Statements 1904-1915 

2 19

L. H. Rhoades: Occidental Oyster Company. Correspondence 1886-1945 

2 20

L. H. Rhoades: Oystering. Photographs 1902 

2 21

L. H. Rhoades: Letter re: photographs 1966 

2 21

L. H. Rhoades: "History of Oystering," photocopy of January 20, 1913 article reprinted in 1933. 1933 

2 22

L. H. Rhoades: "An R in Every Month" February 1932 

2 22

L. H. Rhoades: "First Cannery at Bay Center," by Ray Moore undated 

2 22

L. H. Rhoades: South Bend, WA Journal March 3, 1933 

2 23

L. H. Rhoades: Original newspaper clipping: "When Bruceport was Oyster Metropolis" January 20, 1913 

2 23

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Series 3: Rhoades family correspondence 1895-1942 

Box Folder

Brother Charles 1895 

3 24

Dear Captain 1896 

3 24

Adda Brown to L. H. R. undated 

3 24

Dear Brother, "Dear Papa," "Dear Father," "Dear Brother Rhoades & Wife" 1900-1910 

3 25

Mary Rhoades Wilson undated 

3 26

Charles & Emma Rhoades 1896-1927 

3 27

C. O. Rhoades Strawberry Business 1921-1929 1946 

3 28

L. R. Rhoades, Pacific State Bank, Deposit Book 1937-1938 

3 29

Scott Robinson to Anna Rhoades (Mrs. L. R. Rhoades) 1953 

3 30

Map of Bay Center, WA, drawn by Byron Lang. Old Fashioned Fourth of July undated 

3 31

L. H. Rhoades. Roseburg, OR. United Press College of Authorship Correspondence Course. Story: "How I Was Robbed". November 28, 1911 

3 32

L. H. Rhoades, Lessons xx-xxviii. Letter, and Pamphlet. March 21, 1912 

3 33

L. H. Rhoades, Lessons xxvii-xxx. April 12, 1912 

3 34

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "A Heavenly Story," and Letter. June 4, 1912 

3 35

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "A Mystery Solved" 1912 

3 36

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "A Pacific County Pioneer-William Cushing" 1912 

3 37

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "Brass and Cheek" 1912 

3 38

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "Discovery in a haunted house-An Oregon Story" [c] 1912 

3 39

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "Exploration among the planets" 1912 

3 40

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "Narrow Escapes" 1912 

3 41

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "Story of a Pioneer" 1912 

3 42

L. H. Rhoades, Story: "The Oyster and The Clam" 1912 

3 43

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Journal and recipe book. 1884 

4 44

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Diary. 1890 

4 45

Catharine Parrett Rhoades & Daughters: Correspondence. Amy & Carl; Emma; Jean Marie/"Janie"; Maude, and Phebe. 1900-1952 

4 46

Catharine Parrett Rhoades & Sisters: Correspondence. 1904-1921 

4 47

Catharine Parrett Rhoades: Letters from Eastin 1904 

4 48

Catharine Parrett Rhoades: Letters from William P. Matthews 1921 

4 48

Catharine Parrett Rhoades: Letter "Dear Girl," undated 

4 49

Rhoades Family: Poems and Stories 1900-ca 1942 

Box
4
Folder
50

L. H. R.: Trip to Alaska, Journal entries 1900 

C. P. R.: Poem, "Reaching Heaven," undated 

C. P. R.: Poem, "Billy's Rose," undated 

Anon.: "A Memory Chain, Link 1- The Boy with Brown Eyes," undated 

Charles O. Rhoades: Poem, "A Merry Rhyme for the Old Home Town," undated 

Grace Rhoades Lang: Poem, "Behind a Little Gate," undated 

Grace Rhoades Lang: Poem, "Dog Fennel," undated 

Grace Rhoades Lang: Poem, "To a Young Girl," undated 

Anon.: "Identity," undated 

G. Frank Goodpasture: Poem, "Requiem," ca 1942 

[Frank Lang's sister Ella]: Poem, "The Break of Day," undated 

Rhoades Family. Photographs. 

Box
4
Folder
51

L.H.R. and ?; metal plate, L.H.R. and ? undated 

L.H.R. & C.P.R. undated 

[small boy, ?] undated 

Couple, Newberg, OR undated 

Rhoades Family. Newspaper clippings 

Box Folder

Rhoades Family. Newspaper clippings, obituaries.[photocopies] 1888-1955 

4 52

Rhoades Family. Newspaper clippings [photocopies] Maude Rhoades Seaman: Pioneer Family Stories 1928 

4 53

Rhoades Family. Newspaper Clippings [photocopies] Parrett Reunion, Thirtieth 1954 

4 54

Rhoades Family. Original Newspaper Clippings 1888-1955 

4 55

Rhoades Family. Original Newspaper Clippings, Maude Rhoades Seaman: Pioneer Family Story 1928 

4 56

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Series 4: Catharine Parrett Rhoades:Clipping Scrapbooks 1878-? 

Box Folder

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Scrapbook. In Ledger. 1870 

5 57

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Scrapbook. Handsewn. December 1895 

5 58

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Scrapbook. In 1893 Ledger ca 1903 

5 59

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: Household Information. 

6 60

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: Images. 

6 61

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: News. 

6 62

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: People. 

6 63

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: Poetry. 

6 64

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: Sermons, Stories, etc. 

6 65

Catharine Parrett Rhoades. Unused Clippings: Songs. 

6 66

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Series 5: Grace Rhoades Lang, and Byron Lang, Correspondence 1903-1962 

Box Folder

Grace Rhoades Lang and Catharine P. Rhoades, Correspondence 1903-1904 

7 67

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Emma Rhoades Moore, Correspondence 1904 

7 68

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Maude Rhoades Seaman, Correspondence 1904-1942 

7 69

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Jean Marie, "Janie," Rhoades Stearns and Harry Stearns, Correspondence 1906-1950 

7 70

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Helen M. Rhoades, Letter 1909 

7 71

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Frank Lang, Correspondence 1926-1961 

7 72

Grace Rhoades Lang, and Ella Lang Wallace [sister-in-law], Letters, photos 1925 

7 73

Grace Rhoades Lang. Business correspondence 1926-1952 

7 74

Frank W. Lang. Business Correspondence 1919-1962 

7 75

Frank W. Lang. Letter 1924 

7 76

Grace Rhoades Lang and James F. Lang, Correspondence 1939-1951 

7 77

Grace Rhoades Lang to Byron Lang, Letters 1942 

7 78

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters 1943 

7 79

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters 1944 

7 80

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters 1955 

7 81

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters March 14, 1960-June 26, 1960 

7 82

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters July 21, 1960-October 6, 1960 

7 83

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters undated 1943 

7 84

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters, Letters from Relatives 1932-1933 

7 85

Grace Rhoades Lang, Family miscellany 1917-1956 

7 86

Lang Family Photographs and Negatives [not identified] undated 

7 87

Grace Rhoades Lang, Letters from Friends 1911-1944 

7 88

Grace Rhoades Lang, Methodist Correspondence 1907-1942 

7 89

Grace Rhoades Lang, Family Papers and Trapping Records 1932-1933 

7 90

Grace Rhoades Lang, Farm Account Books 1935 1938 

7 91

Grace Rhoades Lang, "War Planes in Action" 1942-1942 

7 92

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1941 

8 93

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1943 

8 94

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1944 

8 95

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1945 

8 96

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1946 

8 97

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters 1949 

8 98

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters undated 

8 99

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters, received 

Box Folder

from MacMillan 1949 

8 100

from Chehalis 1950 

8 100

from Portland, ME June 19, 1954-July 4, 1954 

8 100
Box Folder

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters, from Pomona, CA January 1957-February 17, 1954 

8 101

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters, from Cape Pole, Alaska March 14, 1960-October 18, 1960 

8 102

Byron Lang to Grace Rhoades Lang. Letters undated 

8 103

Byron Lang from Frank Lang 1949 

8 104

Byron Lang, Graduation Certificates 1937 1942 

8 105

Byron Lang, Miscellaneous Letters 1941-1962 

8 106

Byron Lang, Business Papers 1944-1957 

8 107

Byron Lang, Miscellaneous Drawings undated 

8 108

L. R. Rhoades donor file. Includes historical sketch of family business and biographical information about Lewis Rhoades. 1964-1970 

8 109

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