|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1866|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1941|
GEORGE W. SIMS
George William Sims was born December , 1866 near Kirksville, Mo., the fifth in a family of eight children. His father died when he was seven years old; two months before his sister Mary was born. The good mother continued to carry on, facing all the trials and privations of pioneer life. She passed away November 12, 1917 at the age of 89 yeas in Gault, Missouri, where she had lived for 62 years.
The young lad, George, left his family home when he was 15 years old; his sole possession, a little pony. He had heard much of Arkansas City, "The gateway to the Great Southwest," and he traveled for 60 days, alone and with wagon trains, arriving in Arkansas City April 28th, 1882. He wanted to be a cowboy and this was his work for several years, hiring out to farmers and cattlemen from East Bolton Township, where he is well remembered.
Another pioneer family which had come to East Bolton from Iowa was that of John K. Bell. Their youngest daughter, Mary, entered much of the social activities of the community, attending quilting bees, box socials, hayrack parties, and all other forms of entertainment. It was at one of these get-togethers that she met young George Sims and their romance was culminated in marriage July 5, 1889.
To this union was born ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The first-born child is buried in Springside Cemetery; the fifth child, Libby, is buried in Gault Cemetery. Ora Lee Sims died November 26, 1930 and Carrie Bell Turner passed away April 24, 1936. Surviving him are his widow, five daughters, one son, 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sims was a lover of fine horses and until his illness always had a team of well matched draft horses. He was a contract teamster and the building materials of many of our finest buildings were handled by Mr. Sims. (Side note - The Home National Bank of Arkansas City, Kansas building materials were virtually entirely moved by George Sims and his horse teams alone. ref. Arkansas City Traveler 1917)
From 1905 'til 1909 he was the City Marshal and Chief of Police and performed his duties conscientiously and well.
In 1903 he bought the lots in the 1500 block on South Second Street and in 1906 was built the present home; and there he lived for 35 years.
Mr. Sims suffered a paralytic stroke on January 3, 1932 which made him an invalid, and although he was able to get around he gradually failed in health until he had another stroke November 20, 1940 from which he never recovered. After much patient suffering he passed on to his reward at 8:25 P.M. January 8, 1941.
His bodily form is gone from our site, but our memories will be with us forever.
Note: bio info provided by Janice Dean LeMaster (#47119496)
Beverly Howard Sims (1813 - 1873)
Mary Mariah Martin Sims (1832 - 1915)
Menerva Ann Sims Truitt (1858 - 1952)*
Martin Luther Sims (1861 - ____)**
Christina A. Sims Thorp (1863 - 1911)**
Dudley Brownlow Simms (1864 - 1944)**
George William Sims (1866 - 1941)
Thomas Benjamin Sims (1871 - 1945)**
Mary Elizabeth Sims Rusk (1874 - 1957)**
Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Mar 18, 2009
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