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Rhodes family collection

Identifier: L537

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of the Rhodes family, including papers from the Kreglo and Lauler families which married into the Rhodes family. It contains mortgages and deeds of Mary A. Kreglo, Sophia E. Rhodes (Kreglo), and John W. Rhodes from the late 19th century, as well as the legal papers of John William Rhodes. It also includes various investment papers of Joseph Lauler, particularly those regarding oil prospects in Texas. Finally, there are assorted personal items, such as greeting cards and travel souvenirs from members of the Rhodes family.

The collection includes numerous oversize materials, comprising a mortgage bond, March 31, 1865, a warranty deed, March 22, 1882, a stock certificate for Joseph Lauler, December 11, 1923, two Rhodes Pharmacy advertisements, 1930, a Trico Field plat map, 1939, and a "Texas and Louisiana Gulf: New Sands in Two Pools and Interesting Tests in Brazoria" article, June 21, 1944, several land documents and contracts, ranging from 1864 to 1880, a Lake Minnetonka travel brochure, circa 1909 (OB057, Folders 1-5); mortgage and tax title deed, ranging from 1874 to 1878, a plat map circa 1870-1900, two undated sketches of interior rooms, and a 1918 army map of Western Europe (OBE008).


  • 1821-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jacob and Mary A. Kreglo came to Indiana from Maryland in the early 1850s. The couple had at least four children: Sophia E., Ellen, Mary E., and Alice. Jacob Kreglo worked as a carpenter; Mary A. and Sophia E. Kreglo were probably involved in real estate.

John W. Rhodes was born in the mid-1830s in England. He immigrated to the United States and became a real estate agent. In the mid-1870s, he married Sophia E. Kreglo. Together they had at least one child, Mary, although there was probably at least one son born to the couple as well. Their grandson, John William Rhodes, was the proprietor of the Rhodes Pharmacy in Indianapolis.

Joseph Lauler was a member of the Association of Master Bakers and worked at a bakery in the Indianapolis area. He married Elizabeth Oeftering, and they had at least three children, Helen, Herman, and Ernest. Helen Lauler married John William Rhodes on June 15, 1922.


Items in the collection. 1860 United States Federal Census Record. Accessed November 21, 2006. 1900 United States Federal Census Record. Accessed November 21, 2006. 1930 United States Federal Census Record. Accessed November 21, 2006. Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed November 21, 2006.


1.85 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes; 6 oversize folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Helen Rhodes Heimann on 2005/10/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/11 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid created 2006/11 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter. Oversize collections reprocessed and EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/03; 2021/11/23 by Lauren Patton; 2022/11/04 by Brittany Kropf.
Rhodes family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.