Submitted by Virginia (Simms) Toney.
George Miller Simms was born 9 Sep 1851 in Greene County, Pa., near the West Virginia state line. He was the son of John Simms, Jr. and Philena Miller. He married Clarissa (Clara) L. Hupp c1876. She was born 20 May 1856, also in Greene County and was the daughter of Everhart Hupp and Hannah Scherich. George Miller Simms died 15 Oct 1912 and Clarissa died 14 May 1891. Both died at Cameron, Marshall County, W.Va. and are buried in the Wise Cemetery at Quiet Dell, Pa. Their children were:
Orange Leroy Simms
Mary Maude Hennen
Funeral services for Thomas B. Hennan, well-known Island resident who passed away Tuesday evening at his late home, 91 Maryland Street, will be held this evening at 8 o'clock at the place of death, with the Shield of Honor lodge members in charge. Further services will take place at the home tomorrow afternoon, with Rev. W. (E or B, it's cut off) Craig officiating. Interment will be in Greeewood cemetery.
Mr. Hennan was born in this city 6- years ago. For many years he has been a millwright at the Benwood plant of the Wheeling Steel & Iron Co. He was a member of the Thomson M. E. Church at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Percy Hennan of this city, Clyde Hennan of Detroit, Mrs. Maud Simms of St. Marys (sic), Idaho, Mrs. Charles Allen and Miss Ada Hennan of this city.
Wheeling Register Feb 23, 1922 pg 5
Wife of Late Thomas B. Hennen is Dead on South side.
(d/o Lorenzo Dolbeau born in WV & Anna Harden born in WV.)
Cora Belle Hennen, 67, wife of the late Thomas B. Hennen, died at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter Mrs. C. A. Allen, 4325 Jacob Street. Her death followed a lingering illness of complications.
Mrs. Hennen was born December 25, 1857 in Phillipi, W.Va. She was married in 1880 and came to Benwood in 1901. Eight years ago Mrs. Hennen moved to Warwood and then to the Island, where her husband died four years ago.
Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Hennen migrated to St. Maries, Idaho, and did not return to Wheeling till July of this year. She was a member of the Thompson M. E. Church.
Mrs. Hennen is survived by two sons, Clyde of Detroit, Mich., and Percy of Wheeling; two daughters Mrs. O. L. Simms of St. Maries, Idaho and Mrs. C. A. Allen of Wheeling.
Death record #56, pg 1126, Ohio County, WV Courthouse. Her obituary from the Wheeling Register, dated Dec. 05, 1915 page 10.
The death of Mrs. O. L. Simms early Wednesday morning came as a shock to her many friends as they had held hopes that her condition was slightly improved. Mrs. Simms suffered a stroke of paralysis about 8:30 Sunday morning and never regained consciousness, although symptoms Tuesday morning were such that she was considered some better. Mrs. Simms' family and her sister, Mrs. John Hallas of Kellogg, were with her when she passed away. She was extremely devoted to her family, giving her husband and children a beautiful and unselfish love. Their loss is an unconsolable one, although her gentle influence will always remain with them.
Mary Maude Hennen was born at Jolly Town, Pennsylvania on 30 May 1881, and lived to be 53 years, 4 months and 11 days of age. Her home was in Jolly Town until she entered nurses' training. She was a graduate of Reynolds Memorial hospital of Glen Dale, West Virginia. Her natural aptitude and sympathetic manner made her nursing a real success and she continued with her work until she was married.
Miss Hennen and Orange L. Simms were united in marriage on 28 Nov 1912 at Wheeling, West Virginia. However, Mrs. Simms' mother was in poor health at that time and she felt she could not leave to join her husband in St. Maries, so the wedding was kept secret until Mrs. Simms came West in July 1913. The family home has since been in St. Maries. Mrs. Simms, a member of the Presbyterian Church, has always been an enthusiastic worker in the church and aid. She belonged to Idaho chapter Order of Eastern Star and was a Daughter of the Nile. Mrs. Sims leaves to mourn her death her husband and three daughters, Cora Mildred, Ada Virginia, and Clara Wilma; one sister, Mrs. John Hallas of Kellogg; two brothers, Clyde Hennen of Detroit, Michigan, and Percy Hennen of Wheeling, West Virgnia.
Arrangements have been made for funeral services to be held on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home with Rev. J. H. Dickson and the Eastern Star in charge. The body will later be taken to Spokane by Mitchell and Wessa for cremation.
SOURCE: St. Maries Gazette Record, 11 Oct 1934, St. Maries, Idaho.
Another of St. Maries well-known and beloved pioneers was called
to his reward Tuesday, 21 Mar, 1939, at 8:10 a.m., when O. L. Simms passed away at his home in this city after an illness of about a year's duration.
Mr. Simms, for 30 years a resident of St. Maries, would have been 82 years of age on 1 Apr. At his bedside at the time of his death, were members of the immediate family.
About a year ago, Mr. Simms and daughter, Cora Mildred, left St. Maries for an extended visit with friends and relatives in the east. Just a week after leaving St. Maries, and shortly after reaching Wheeling, West Virginia, he was taken seriously ill at the home of his sister. He recovered sufficiently at that time to return to St. Maries in June, but since that time has been steadily failing in health. When returning west Mr. Simms and Cora Mildred were accompanied by another daughter, Wilma, and his brother, Melvin.
Orange L. Simms was born 17 Apr 1877 in Cameron, West Virginia, to the union of George and Clara Simms. Here he spent his youth and young manhood and went to work at the occupation which was to be his for the remainder of his working days, a railroad engineer. At the age of 30, he left West Virginia and came West, his first assignment being out of Othello, Washington. About this time, the Milwaukee completed the section of its main line through St. Maries and Mr. Simms moved to St. Maries to make this city his home the rest of his life.
Before coming west, Mr. Simms met the girl who was to be his wiŁe and the mother of his children, Mary Maude Hennen. After a stay of a few years in this section, he went back to West Virginia to make her his bride in a ceremony performed at Wheeling. To this couple were born three daughters, Cora Mildred, Ada Virginia and Clara Wilma.
Mrs. Simms preceded her husband in death about four years, passing away in October 1934, and being interred in Spokane. Mr. Simms was an active church and lodge worker, being a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Masonic order. His Masonic affiliations included lodge No. 17 A.F. and A.M., Cameron, West Virginia; Osiris Temple of the Shrine at Wheeling and he was a charter member of the St. Maries commandery No. 18, of which order he was a past commander & a 32nd degree Mason. In addition to the above community affiliations, Mr. Simms' chief interests in life were his family, garden and outdoor life. He was an ardent fisherman and hunter.
Funeral services will be on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Masonic temple with Rev. Dick Farrell officiating.
Following the services, the body will be taken to Spokane by Merager & Turnbull for interment in Riverside Mausoleum.
Active pall-bearers will be E. N. Smith, J. W. Kersey, F. R. Elwell, Thomas Egan, E. E. McLaughlin, all of St. Maries, and C. A. Clark of Spokane. Honorary pallbearers are Wm. Frail, Dr. O. D. Platt, R. A. Nelson, P. J. Mickelson, C. W. Craney and C. L. Copenhafer. Survivors are the three daughters, Cora Mildred, Ada Virginia and Clara Wilma, all at the home here; two brothers, M. P. Simms and O. E. Simms, Wheeling, and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Peters of Wheeling, and Mrs. Pearl Murray of Baltimore, Maryland.
SOURCE: "St. Maries Gazette Record", 23 Mar 1939, St. Maries, Idaho.
SOURCES: Hubert Carlin Simms; Family Bible records; 1900 Census records; Tombstones; Courthouse records, Moundsville, WV; Personal knowledge of Cora Mildred Simms Webster; George Simms; Jack Peters; Eleanor Murray.