|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1828|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1909|
THE DAILY TRIBUNE (JOHNSTOWN, PA), MONDAY 09 AUG 1909, FRONT PAGE & P. 10
OLDEST NATIVE OF FLOOD CITY GONE
Simeon H. Parks Dies of General Debility at Home
IN EIGHTY-FIRST YEAR
WAS A DRIVER ON THE OLD CANAL OVER A DECADE
Worked for the Late A. J. Haws Twenty-one Years, Making the Brick Which Were Used in the Construction of the Cambria County Almshouse---Father of a Large Family
In the death of Simeon Haynes Parks, which occurred at the Parks homestead, No. 824 Napoleon street, Sixth Ward, at 1 o'clock this afternoon, Johnstown loses its oldest native, Mr. Parks having been born on Canal street, now Washington, opposite the Penn Traffic Company's store, on September 2, 1828, almost eighty-one year [sic] ago. Mr. Parks' health began to fail some time since, but he was able to be about until three week ago, when he took his bed. His death was due to general debility.
Simeon Haynes Parks was one of a family of nine boys and two girls and is the tenth of the number to pass away. The surviving member of the family is Thomas Parks, of Conemaugh Township, this county, the youngest of the brothers. The parents of Simeon H. Parks, Isaac and Rebella [Walling?] [sic: Worley] Parks, came to America from England almost a hundred years ago and settled in Johnstown. Isaac Parks died here about 1849 and his wife in 1878.
Long and Busy Career.
The deceased began work as a driver on the Pennsylvania Canal, running between this place and Pittsburg, on the Leech Line. he remained on the canal for eleven years and received a number of promotions in that time. After leaving the canal service he learned the brickmaking trade, later going to work for the late Andrew J. Haws. He remained with Mr. Haws for twenty-one years. Following the Great Flood of 1889 he found employment in the Cambria Smith Shop under the late Joseph P. Layton. When the latter retired, Mr. Parks worked for Henry Burrell, being compelled to relinquish his duties three years ago.
While employed by A. J. Haws, Mr. Parks made the brick used in the construction of the Cambria County Almshouse, near Ebensburg.
Father of Thirteen Children.
On July 17, 1855, Simeon H. Parks and Miss Fannie Jones, a native of Maryland, were united in marriage in Johnstown by the Rev. William F. Lauck, then pastor of the Franklin-street Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Parks survives her husband, together with the following children: Elizabeth, wife of John A. Kidd, of Market street and School place; Rebella, wife of Alvin Pfeifer, of Sharon; Ella, wife of Martin S. Miller, of No. 311 Strauss avenue, South Side; Daisy, wife of Adolph Slick, of No. 930 Franklin street; Annie, wife of Robert Voegele, of Wilkinsburg; George, of No. 1147 Franklin street; Margaret, wife of Charles Thoburn, of Sharon, and Fannie, at home. John, Frank, Laura, Sallie, and Lillian Parks preceded their father to the grave. Besides his widow and son and daughters, Mr. Parks is survived by twenty-six grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Anna Gertrude Lewis, the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis, of Singer street.
Joined M.E. Church in 1874.
The funeral will probably take place on Wednesday afternoon, when services will be conducted by the deceased's pastor, the Rev. j. W. G. Fast, of the Franklin-street Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Parks united with this congregation in 1874 during the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. H. C. Beacom. In politics Mr. Parks was a Democrat.
Rebella Parks (1795 - 1878)
Fannie Jones Parks (1841 - 1916)
Mary Elizabeth Parks Kidd (1858 - 1929)*
Sarah A. Parks (1860 - 1878)*
William Frank Parks (1881 - 1884)*
Isaac Parks (1820 - 1894)*
Simeon Haynes Parks (1828 - 1909)
John W. Parks (1835 - 1891)*
Plot: Sec CE3, Lot 251
Created by: Patricia R Reed
Record added: Jan 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83939287
For my GGGrandfather|
Added: May. 31, 2012