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SIMMS, William Sherman 1914–1940


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/12/2013 at 11:29:32

William Simms Dies in Hospital Monday After Short Illness

William Sherman Simms, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Simms, was born on the Sherman Simms homestead northwest of Beaman, Sept. 17, 1914 and passed away at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1940, aged 26 years and six days.

His early schooling was obtained in the Beaman Consolidated school and later the family moved to a farm south of Conrad. He graduated from the Conrad high school in 1933 and attended Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls for one year, 1937-38.

He is survived in the immediate family by his father and mother, a brother Paul and wife, a brother John Edwin and his grandfather, Sherman Simms, all of near Beaman; also a number of uncles, aunts and cousins.

The family has lived on a farm southwest of Beaman for the past 10 years. William was a member of the Presbyterian church at Conrad. He was modest and retiring in disposition and his family ties were very close and affectionate. His only illness was of acute and short duration and everything was done in the way of skill and loving care.

Funeral services were held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Oliver Stevenson, pastor of the Grundy Center Presbyterian church assisted by Rev. James Wray of Conrad and Rev. E. G. Steinman of Beaman. The pall bearers were Ross Hayes, Frank Miller, Jr., Leon Smith, Harold Minnich, Wilbur Galloway and Keith Morrison. The flowers were cared for by Miss Alma Minnich, Mrs. Lyle Dodd, Mrs. Lowell McKibben and Mrs. John Gates. Burial was on the family lot in Oakland cemetery at Beaman.

Source: Unknown newspaper clipping found in scrapbook belonging to my great grandmother.


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