Court Officer of Norfolk County and Had Been Tyler of a Masonic Lodge for 47 Years.
NORWOOD. Sept 26—Warren E. Rhoads, one of the best-known citizens of Norwood, and widely known throughout Norfolk County as the court officer of the District Court of Northern Norfolk, died this morning, after a long illness, aged 73. Mr. Rhoads had lived In Norwood most of his life and was a familiar figure in civic affairs.
He was the first chief of police of the town, having been elected to that position in 1896, when the police force was organized, though he served as constable and special policeman from continuously. He held the position of chief of police until 1907, when he resigned, having been appointed court officer of the District Court.
Mr. Rhoads was well known in Masonic circles throughout the State. He had been Tyler of Orient Lodge, A. F. & A- M., for 47 years continuously, and four years ago was presented a jewel by the lodge. He was also a member of Hebron Royal Arch Chapter of Norwood. Hyde Park Council. R. & S M.. of Hyde Park. Cyprus Commandery, Knights Templar, of Hyde Park. Aleppo Temple. Mystic Shrine, of Boston, Tiot Lodge, I. O. O. F.. Loyal Contentment Lodge, Manchester Unity, Nahatan Tribe of Red Men. and several other organizations.
He was one of the best informed persons on the history of the town and was a member of the Norwood Historical Society.
Mr Rhoads was of genial disposition and had many friends all over the State. He was probably known to nearly everyone in town. He was an attendant at the Universalist Church.
Mr Rhoads is survived by his wife, two sons. John Bernard Rhoads of this town and Fred L. Rhoads of Walpole; two daughters. Mrs Oscar F. Adams and Mrs. George M. Lepper, both of this town, and four grandchildren.