Hillard T. Rhead was born May 8, 1868, in the town of Garden Valley, one of a family of twelve children born to Truman and Catherine Gregory Rhead, pioneer settlers of that valley.

He was married in November, 1900, at Pigeon Falls, by Rev. A.J. Orke, to Miss Nellie Karine Lanning, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Lanning, early settlers of the town of Northfield.

They purchased a farm in the town of Garden Valley, where they spent the fore part of their married life. Nine children were born to them: Rossie P., Nimmerd I., Blanche (Mrs. Ralph Evenson); Elgie (Mrs. Albert Dressler); Ruth (Mrs. Ray Tyler); Ernest M., Alvin Curtis, Velma and Hillard Gordon. Alvin and Hillard died in infancy. The rest of the children reside in and around Menomonie.

The family moved to Weston, in Dunn County, nineteen years ago, purchasing a farm there. After three years they sold their farm and purchased a farm at Forest Center and later bought one at Rusk, seven miles north of Menomonie, where Mr. Rhead lived at the time of his death.

On Armistice day, November 11, 1918, Mr. Rhead was called upon to mourn the death of his faithful wife, leaving him to rear his seven motherless children. He accepted his lot with fortitude and courage and brought his children up in the Christian faith. His first thought was for the comfort of his family in which he took great pride. All the children are married with the exception of Ernest and Velma, who reside on the home farm with their sister Ruth and family.

Mr. Rhead's health began failing in February of last year, and his strength gradually left him until he was forced to give up his farm work to other members of his family. He was tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. Tyler, until his condition became so serious that he was removed to the Sacred Heart Hospital at Eau Claire, in October. He suffered of a serious stomach trouble and pernicious anemia. He was patient and hopeful during his long illness, never giving up his brave fight for life until about a week previous to his death. He had a very strong constitution and remarkable vitality, and was seldom heard to complain. He had a word of cheer for all, even up to two days before his death. He was much concerned regarding the suffering of others and was sympathetic and interested in his friends who were sufferers in the same hospital, never failing to inquire daily about their condition. His niece, Mrs. Royal Ott, of this city, spent much time with him while at the hospital with Mr. Ott. He was conscious up to Tuesday morning. Members of his family visited him every day and remained with him constantly during the last two weeks. His brother, Erv, also came to remain with him and to be of what assistance he could.

On Thursday evening, January 21, 1932, at 9:30 o'clock, he slept peacefully away. The remains were taken to his home and funeral services were held at 2 o'clock, Monday afternoon, January 25th. Rev. Aaron Johnson, pastor of the Menomonie Lutheran Church officiated. Interment was made in the family lot beside the remains of his wife, in the Menomonie cemetery.

Relatives from this vicinity who attended the funeral were Mrs. John Rhead, a sister-in-law, of this city; sisters, Mrs. Olof Amundson and Mrs. Fred Dunn and husband, of Garden Valley; and a niece, Mrs. Norma Rhead Sorlie, of Merrillan.

Besides his children he leaves to mourn his death four brothers and two sisters, as follows: John Rhead, of this city; Will Rhead, of Disco; Erv Rhead, of Alma Center; and Sydney Rhead, of Canton, South Dakota; Mannie, Mrs. Fred Dunn, and Bertha, Mrs. Olof Amundson, of Garden Valley. Six brothers and sisters preceded him in death: Hattie, Mrs. George Dunn; Elisa, Mrs. Fred Dunn; Cora, Mrs. Ed Burnett; and Amanda, Mrs. Ellsworth Duxbury; and Lee and Hugh, all former residents o the town of Garden Valley. He also leaves six grandchildren.

Mr. Rhead and three of his brothers owned and operated a threshing rig for many years while living in Garden Valley and were well known in the northern and western part of Jackson county. He was a very hardworking man, honest and upright in all his dealings. He was a most considerate and devoted husband and father and his whole life centered about his family. He was a good neighbor and a loyal friend. His memory will ever be cherished by his children, other members of his family and a wide circle of friends. Deepest sympathy is extended by Jackson county friends to his sorrowing relatives.