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Judson Ward Simmons
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
JUDSON WARD SIMMONS owner and proprietor of a grain elevator at Pemberton, O., and a
dealer in coal and farm implements, is one of the well known business
men of Shelby county. He was born in Miami county, O., May 19, 1875,
and is a son of Benjamin Franklin and Rachel Jane (Sanders) Simmons.
Benjamin Franklin Simmons and wife were born in Miami county and
still reside there, well known and highly respected people. Mr.
Simmons engaging in fanning and stock raising. He is a democrat in
his political views and he and wife are members and liberal
supporters of the Christian church. The following children were born
to them: Effie, who is deceased, was the wife of A. E. Wilson: Judson
Ward; Harry E., who married Daisy Miller: Frederick, who married Ella
Lotz; and Charles, who married Guirtude Motter. After leaving school,
Judson W. Simmons turned his attention to assisting his father and
remained on tlie farm until he was twenty years of age, when he
accepted a position as manager of a grain elevator at Fletcher, O.,
for the Slauson Grain Company, of Piqua, and remained there for two
years. He then leased the Robert Hasting elevator at Botkins, O.,
continued there for two years and then came to Pemberton and in 1900
purchased his present plant of M. D. Burke and has continuously been
engaged here, sometimes alone and at others having partners, the firm
style for a season being Simmons, Faulkner & Cook. Mr. Simmons finds
time also to look after the management of his two farms, the one in
Jackson township containing 100 acres, and the second farm in Perry
township, comprising 160 acres, all valuable property. On October 20,
1897, Mr. Simmons was married to Miss Minnie McKnight. a daughter of
William J. and Mary J. McKnight. William J. McKnight is a farmer in
Miami county. His first marriage was to a Miss Bull and they had
three sons: Thomas J., William R. and Edward. To his second marriage
the following children were born: Leota, Minnie, Lillian, wife of
Oral Walburn, and all are residents of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Simmons
have one daughter, Marjorie Aileen. They attend the Baptist church,
Mr. Simmons being one of the church trustees. In his political
affiliation he is a democrat and has always been an active citizen
and his usefulness to his township has been more than once proved. He
is no office seeker but has served two terms as township treasurer.
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