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Page content last modified: July 17, 2009, photograph of William Simmons and information on Louise after 1920.
March 22, 2009, added detail on Louise Mains and the two Simmons daughters; updated the 1900 Simmons family census transcription.

MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

WILLIAM KETTLE SIMMONS 1882-1920
EDNA LOUISE MAINS 1884-1960

 


 
WILLIAM K. SIMMONS
August 17, 1882
February 7, 1920
 

 

Thanks to Wayne Melanson for sharing
later references to the Simmons daughters.

A photograph of infant twin brothers, William and Calvin Simmons. FOR DISPLAY ON THIS WEBSITE ONLY. Click to see an enlarged view.
A photograph of William Kettle Simmons as a young man. FOR DISPLAY ON THIS WEBSITE ONLY.

William Kettle Simmons and his twin brother, Calvin D., were born August 17, 1882, in Fountain Green Township, Hancock County, Illinois, sons of Andrew Ringer Simmons and Mary E. Kittle.

He married Edna Louise Mains of Philadelphia, Cass County, Illinois, on February 7, 1906.  She was born in Illinois on October 11, 1884, the daughter of Armsted Mains and Mary Belle Black.

When William filled out a Selective Service form in 1918, he reported that he was the State Sales Manager for Appleton Manufacturing Company of Batavia, Illinois.  His residence was at 718 DeWitt, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He was described as being of medium height, stout build, with brown hair and grey eyes.

In the midst of a promising career, William died of pneumonia in Kalamazoo on February 7, 1920. His remains were returned to Illinois for burial at Majorville Cemetery.  Obituary

The News of Fountain Green
October 24, 1923

Mrs. Louise Simmons and Mrs. Grace Evans drove to Peoria last week in Mrs. Simmons' Buick.  Mrs. Evans visited her brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Mull, Mrs. Simmons went on business and purchased a beauty parlor in Pekin, which she expects to take possession of soon.  Her daughter, Thelma, has graduated from the Liberty School of Beauty Culture.

 

The News of Fountain Green
October 15, 1924

Mrs. Louise Simmons of Pekin, Ill., dau. in law of A. R. Simmons was here for a short visit recently.  Mrs. Simmons is the proprietor of a beauty parlor in Pekin.  Her oldest daughter,Thelma and husband make their home with her.  Her youngest daughter, Leota, is at home going to high school.

Louise remarried after 1920.  Robert D. McChesney, an Illinoisan, was born February 17, 1896.  In 1930 they were living in Camden, New Jersey, where Robert was a foreman in a radio factory.

Robert died in Los Angeles County, California, on June 3, 1960.  Louise died five months later, on November 2, 1960, in Tehama County, Californiay.

 
The daughters of William K. Simmons and Louise Mains were:

i. Mary Thelma Simmons, born January 14, 1907, in Illinois, died August 29, 1983.  She married Alexander Lewis Devonshire (April 18, 1904 - December 21, 1983), from New Jersey.  They both died in Humboldt County, California.
 
ii. Leota Lee Simmons, born January 22, 1911, in Illinois, died October 20, 1987, in Tehama County, California.  Her married surname was Hare.
 

The photo of the twins is from the collection of Okle Campbell Browning.  Click on the image to see an enlarged view and the reverse side.   The photograph of William Simmons as an adult is from the collection of Bob Wetzel.

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 118A
enumerated June 25, 1900, dwelling #231

Simmons, Andrew R, head, white, male, April 1846, 54, married for 11 years, born IL, both parents born KY, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 170

Sybil T, wife, white, female, Jan 1849, 51, married for 11 years; mother of 4 children [error], all living; born IL, father born NH, mother born NY, could read, write and speak English

Grover C, son, white, male, May 1885, 15, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 8 months, could read, write and speak English

Willie K, son, white, male, Aug 1882, 17, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 6 months, could read, write and speak English

1900 Illinois Census, Cass County, Philadelphia Precinct ED 12, page 116A
enumerated June 6, 1900, dwelling #61

Mains, Armsted, head, white, male, Nov 1850, 49, married for 29 years, born IL, father born OH, mother born England, grain dealer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 45

Mary B, wife, white, female, May 1855, 45, married for 29 years; mother of 9 children, 6 living; born IL, father born TN, mother born KY, could read, write and speak English

William, son, white, male, Dec 1877, 22, divorced, born IL, both parents born IL, elevator hand, months not employed - 3, could read, write and speak English

Reatta L, daughter, white, female, Aug 1880, 19, single, born IL, both parents born IL, could read, write and speak English

Edna L, daughter, white, female, Oct 1884, 15, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 8 months, could read, write and speak English

Joseph L, son, white, male, Dec 1887, 12, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 8 months, could read, write and speak English

1910 South Dakota Census, Gregory County, Dallas Precinct, Dallas, page 56A
enumerated April 19, 1910, dwelling #63, Foster Avenue

Simmons, William H [sic], head, male, white, married (1st) for 4 years, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, real estate, working on own account, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - no, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - 0, could read and write, rented his home

Louise E, wife, female, white, 25, married (1st) for 4 years; mother of 1 child, living; born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, music teacher, at home, working on own account, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - no, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - 0, could read and write

Mary T C, daughter, female, white, 3, single, born IL, both parents born IL

1920 Michigan Census, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo, page 261B
enumerated January 14, 1920, dwelling #295, 820 Stock Bridge Avenue

Simmons, William K, head, rented his home, male, white, 37, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, traveler commercial, Appleton Mfg. Co; working for salary or wages

Edna, wife, female, white, 35, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Mary T, daughter, female, white, 13, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1919, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Leota L, daughter, female, white, 8, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1919, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

1930 New Jersey Census, Camden County, Camden ED 59, page 162B
enumerated April 19, 1930, dwelling #558, family #581, 15-2 Terrace Avenue

McChesney, Robert D, head, renter, monthly rental 50, did not own a radio, male, white, 33, married, age at first marriage - 19, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, foreman, radio factory, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no

Louise, wife, female, white, 45, married, age at first marriage - 21, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

 

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