Anthony Rode


Born: Geneseo, IL – 9 Apr 1859

Died: Bakersfield, CA – 6 Mar 1944

Father: Ernst Ludwig Hermann Rode

Mother: Margaret Salter Rode

Spouse: Mary Noble Ellis Rode

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Great Grandfather Anthony Rode

My great grandfather Anthony Rode was born in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois on April 9, 1859. He was the third of seven children. His parents, Ernst and Margaret were 29 and 25 when he was born. By 1870 they were living in Moline Township, Rock Island County, Illinois. 

He married Mary Noble Ellis on December 24, 1883 in Rock Island, Illinois. They had five beautiful daughters named Lottie Violet, Luella Rio, Irene Eva, Mary Ellis ‘May’, and Margaret Drucilla ‘Reta’. The middle daughter, Irene, lived to be 105 years old and in her mid-90’s wrote a couple of books about her life. Her book “My Yesterdays” is packed with stories about her father Anthony and mother Mary. Book 1 covers 1899 - 1909 while living in Illinois and Book 2 recounts the years 1910 - 1934 after moving to Idaho.

March 1893 - According to Irene Rode Hazelbaker, her Papa had saved enough from his years of coal mining to buy his first farm. It was a 72-acre piece of ground 3-3/4 miles southeast of Cable, facing the south and running to the Edwards River on the north. 

Feb 1902 - Irene Rode wrote that her Papa bought a farm one mile north and 1/2 mile west of town - a square 160 acres with a small creek running thru it from past the middle of the west side to the northwest corner. There is a photo of the house taken in 1902 and also a 1905 township map showing the Rode land in section 72.

Sept 23, 1904 - Wife Mary dies in Edgington, Rock Island County, Illinois.

1905 Land Ownership - Anthony Rode and Gustav Hintermeister each owned farms near Edginton, IL in 1905. Anthony in the center of #72 and Gustav in the upper center of #71. Godfrey Schneider has 158 acres on the west edge of Taylor Ridge. Godfrey's sister Anna married Gustav Hintermeister.

Late 1909 - GGpa Anthony and his son-in-law, my grandfather Albert Hintermeister, traveled to Idaho searching for farmland. They were successful and each purchased land north of Grangeville, Idaho.

31 Jan 1910 - GGpa Anthony arrived in Grangeville with his five daughters: Lottie was 26, Luella 22, Irene 20, May 17, and Reta 14. They all stayed at a hotel in Grangeville until they could move into their new home. The oldest sister, Lottie, was married to Albert Hintermeister who had arrived earlier with all their possesions of those of Anthony and the other daughters.

Feb. 2, 1910 - GGpa Anthony and his younger 4 daughters moved onto their land about 10 miles north of Grangeville. They found a small red house that needed a lot of attention and they began turning it into a home. That house forever after was known as the Little Red House. 

During the Depression the land was taken over by Anthony Rode's daughter Reta who was married to Joe Hazelbaker. They farmed the land for many years and turned it over to their son Fred Hazelbaker. In the early 1980’s, Fred sold the farm to his nephew Rick Hazelbaker who now farms the land. Rick is the great grandson of Anthony Rode meaning the farm has been in the family for 4 generations since 1910.

 In 1983 this photo was taken from the air showing that the Little Red House was still standing. It has since been taken down.


Anthony Rode lived in Idaho and listed his occupation as ‘farmer’ and prospered until his retirement when he moved to California for his health. He lived in a hotel in Los Angeles for many years and played checkers and walked and was an avid reader. Sometime in the late 1930’s Anthony moved in with his daughter Luella and her husband Lara Cross. They were living in Kern County, CA.

Anthony died March 26, 1944 in Bakersfield, California and is buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield. 


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