Joe E. Rhea is recognized as one of the representative business men of Erie where he is engaged in the brokerage
business. He is a native of Forney, Texas, where he was born Aug. 3, 1882, the son of R. P. and Nannie Belle (Burts)
R. P. Rhea is a prominent citizen of Dallas, Texas, He located there after 45 years in the mercantile business
at Forney, Texas, and he is now among the leading cotton merchants, shippers and brokers of Dallas.
Joe E. Rhea was educated in the public schools of Forney, Lewis Academy, and Sherman College, Texas. After several
years in the investment business in Kansas City, Mr. Rhea returned to Dallas, where he volunteered for service
during the World War. He served with the marines for two and one half years and held the rank as auditor to the
paymaster's department. During the war he was stationed at New York, Virgin Islands and South America, and was
discharged May 15, 1919. He then represented the J. D. Webb Company, investment brokers of Chicago, the Motor Mortgage
Company of Pittsburgh, having charge of their Neiv York business, and in 1922 Mr. Rhea located in Erie. He specializes
in hotel securities, and recently disposed of a quarter of a million dollars worth of stock in Erie of the New
Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
On June 4, 1920, Mr. Rhea was united in marriage with Miss Mabelle Larson of Chicago, and they have two children,
Mabelle Lenox, born July 17, 1922, and Joseph E., Jr., born Friday, Feb. 13, 1925. Mrs. Rhea is a daughter of Benjamin
Larson, a prominent Chicago building contractor.
Mr. Rhea is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Masonic and Elks lodges, the Knights
of Pythias, and the Y. M. C. A. He is well and favorably known in Erie and has many friends.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
Erie County Pennsylvania Biographies
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