|Repository:||Atlanta History Center|
|Title:||Rhodes Family Papers|
Amos Giles Rhodes (1859-1928) was born in Henderson, Kentucky on December 29, 1859. In 1875, he came to Atlanta to work for the L and N Railroad. He married Amanda Dougherty in 1876. The couple had two children, Joseph D. and Louanna. In 1878, he opened a furniture store on Decatur Street. He is credited with being the originator of the installment payment plan because he allowed customers to make weekly payments on purchases. In the 1880s, A.G. Rhodes’s furniture business thrived, and he opened additional furniture stores all over the country. In 1890, he formed a partnership with J.J. Haverty, who also lived in Atlanta. Rhodes-Haverty Furniture opened its doors in St. Louis, Missouri in 1891, and it operated until 1912, when the partnership ended amicably. A.G. Rhodes died on June 16, 1928.
The collection consists of family papers, including the Last Will and Testaments of A.G. Rhodes (18 October, 1928) and his wife Amanda Wilmot Rhodes (24 December, 1926). Included are worksheets documenting the dispersal of bequests and legal documents that reference their estate. In his Last Will and Testament, A.G. Rhodes left money to numerous relatives and to the A.G. Rhodes Home for Incurables and Peachtree Christian Church.
[identification of item(s)], Rhodes Family Papers, MSS 13F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.
Gift of Judith Cody, 1985 (1985.065)
Collection reprocessed in 2007
This collection is open for research.
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.