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Grover W. Sims

Grover William Sims, Sr, 81, retired insurance man, of Winona Lake, died  Monday at St Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., where, he had
undergone heart surgery on June 25. He also maintained a winter home at Fort Myers, Fla.

For the past several months he had been hospitalized at Fort Myers and at the Murphy Medical Center in Warsaw.

Mr. Sims was born Dec. 24, 1889 in Audrain County, Mo., the son of William Price and Nellie Virginia (Shepherd) Sims.

At age 17 he left his home and went to Kirksville, Mo., where he completed a four-year high school and four-year college course all in
six years. After his first year he earned most of the money to pay for his schooling by going out into the hills and teaching at an old-time
singing school.  He later went to Chicago to study at the Chicago Music College.


Leaving there he took charge of the music department of a little college at Oakland City, Ind., where he remained eight years. During these years he spent his summers studying in NewYork City. He was a member of the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera Co., and was enrolled as a graduate student at Columbia University during the winters of 1916 and 1917.

For the past 25 years he was special agent in this area for the Farmers Mutual (Crop) Hail Insurance Co., of  Des Moines, Ia.

Mr. Sims was a member of the Rozella Ford Men's Golf Assn., of the Fort Myers, Fla., Municipal Golf Club, and of the Warsaw Elks

SARAH SELF (Mrs. T.H. Self)

Laddonia Herald Jan. 26, 1899
Mrs. T. H. Self Dead.
This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Sarah E. Self, wife of T. H. Self -- She was aged 47 years -- She leaves a husband and four children, two sons and two daughters.
Contributed by Cheryl Oberhaus, not related-no other information

SUSAN SHOCK     WI 30 Oct 1919 P2C1
Former Audrain Woman died in Hallsville
  Mrs. Susan Shock, 81 years old, formerly of Audrain County, died in Hallsville at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Loren, Sunday Monday at 11 o'clock. Mrs. Shock had been in ill health for the past year but had been confined to her bed only two months.   She was born in Kentucky in 1837 and moved to Audrain with her mother when a child and settled on a farm near Cant. She was married to Tom Shock and seven children were born into this union of which five are living. After her husband's death about ten years ago she moved to Hallsville and made her home with her daughter the remainder of her life.   She had been a member of the Christian church since childhood and was known to her many friends as a fine christian character. During the time she lived in Audrain county she made a large coterie of friends who will be grieved to know of her death.   She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Nannie King of Nevada, MO; Mrs. Louen Shock of near Nevada Mo; Mrs. Ida Loren of Hallsville; Marlow Shock, southwest of Mexico and Granville Shock of Hallsville.WI 16 Apr 1942 P2C7
Submitted by
Peggy Luce 

MARLOW SHOCK    WI 16 Apr 1942 P2C7

Services for Marlow Shock held Sunday

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the McPheeters Brother's funeral chapel for Marlow Shock, life-long resident of Audrain coutny, who died at 3 o'clock Saturday morning at his home, 420 West Love street. He was 61 years old.

Mr. Shock was born June 7, 1880, on a farm northwest of here, the son of Thomas and Susan Ann Shock. He was married to Miss Buford Woolery Oct. 23, 1901, and the couple continued farming until ten years ago when they moved to Mexico. He was proprietor of the North Side Cafe.

Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, G. L. Shock; a sister, Mrs. W. J. Loren, both of Hallsville; and a host of other relatives and friends who join the Intelligencer in Extending sympathy.

The Rev. Lewis McAdow, pastor of the First Christian Church, was in charge of the services, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Pall bearers were James Sims, James Woolery, Harry Day, Theodore Barnes, Porter Cauthorn and Ralph Dean.
Approximately 700 attended the funeral. Submitted by
Peggy Luce


Funeral services for William Price Sims, 85, were held at the Jernigan Funeral Home at 11:00 A. M. Wednesday, conducted by Rev. J. H. Hardy of Columbia.
Interment was in Mt. Pisgah cemetery near Sturgeon.  The deceased died at the McCormick Hospital in Moberly at 1:45 P. M.
January 6. He was born in southwest Missouri, October 18, 1862, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse A. Sims. He and his wife lived north of Centralia until a few years ago, when they moved into town. Mrs. Sims preceded him in death two years ago, He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Erle Coe, Centralia; Mrs. Minnie Forbis, Madison; two sons, Clarence E. Sims, Madison and Grover W. Sims, Winona Lake, Ind.; 7 grandchildren and 7 great­grand children The Centralia Fireside Guard, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, Friday, January 10, 1947.


Mrs. W. P. Sims, 82, died at her home here Sunday morning at 6 a.m., following several month's illness of a heart ailment and complications.  She had been bedfast for four weeks.

 Mrs. Sims was born in the state of Illinois, March 13, 1862 and was married to William P. Sims in that state on February 3, 1881.  Shortly afterward they came to Missouri and bought a farm north of Centralia in Audrain county and lived in that vicinity until they moved here on North Allen street about a year ago.

 Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters and two sons: Mrs. Minnie Forbis and Mrs. Earl Coe, both of Centralia; Grover Sims of Wynona Lake, Indiana and Clarence  Sims of near Madison, Mo. seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; also two sisters. Mrs. Clem Ellege, Nebo, Illinois and Mrs. Otis Snodgrass, Yakima, Washington; and a brother Ira Sheppard, of Kampsville, Illinois.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at 11 a. m. at the Baptist church by the Rev. J. H. Hardy, of Columbia.

Pallbearers were Maurice W. Forbis, Lieut. Vaughn Coe, Melville Shores, Clarence Sims, Earl Coe and Dorsey Forbis.

Burial was made in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery north of Sturgeon.

EUNICE SIMS (Mrs. W.P. Sims)  The Centralia Fireside Guard, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, Friday,
December 1, 1944
Eunice Sims, Dead
Eunice the six-year old daughter of William Sims and wife, of near Tulip died Saturday morning of blood poisoning.  The little girl, while at play, fell and cut a small place upon her thumb, but as the place was very small it was not thought dangerous until the child became ill.  The remains were buried at Pisgah, in Audrain County, after burial services.
The Centralia Fireside Guard, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, Friday, June 22, 1906.

SCOTTLaddonia Herald. Jan. 26, 1899
Scott Infant dead
The little 7-month old child of J. R. Scott died at Rush Hill Friday and was buried in the Wellsville cemetery Saturday by the side of it's mother.
Contributed by Cheryl Oberhaus, not related-no other information

Surviving are his, wife, the former Gertrude Babcock;  three daughters Mrs. Jack (Billie) Emalie, Hinsdale, Ill., Mrs. Jean Silveus, and Mrs.
Jim (Ginevra) Pauley, both of Fort Pierce, Fla.;  two sons, Grover, Jr., of Rensselaer, and Richard,  of Logansport; a
stepdaughter, Mrs. Fred (Vivian) Vetor , Warsaw; two sisters,  Mrs. Minnie Forbis,  Moberly,  Mo., and Bess Moore, Centralia.  12
grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Clara Wells, on July 23, 1963; and by one daughter, Claudia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Titus Funeral Home with the Rev. Peter Pascoe, pastor of the Winona Lake
Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will in Oakwood cemetery.

Friends will be received the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Warsaw Times-Union,  Warsaw, Kosciusko Co, Indiana, Tuesday, July 6, 1971, p? c 1&2
SIMS, Clara Wells
Mrs. Grover (Clara Wells) Sims, of Winona Lake, died of complications at 10:30 p.m..
Wednesday at the Murphy Medical Center. She had been hospitalized three weeks

Mrs. Sims was born in South Dakota, July 12. 1890. to Albert and Martha Wells. She was married at Lucerne, Mo., in 1913 to Grover Sims, Sr., who survives. She had been a resident of Winona Lake for 40 years where she was a member of the Winona Lake First Presbyterian Church, Winona Literary club, and was past president of the Progress club.

Survivors in addition to her husband include three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Billie) Enslie of Saukville, Wisc.; Mrs. Dick (Jean) Silveus. of Warsaw; Mrs. Jim (Ginevera) Paulet, Cocoa Reach, Fla.; two sons, Grover Sims, Jr., of Rensselaer; Dick Sims, of Logansport, one sister, Mrs. Grace Maxwell. of Mesa, Ariz., 12 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. One daughter preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Winona Lake First Presbyterian Church with Rev. R. W. Anderson in charge of the services.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Landis funeral home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and at the church from noon Saturday until the hour of the service.

Warsaw Times-Union, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co, Indiana, Thursday, July 25, 1963, p?, c3



Mrs. Anna M. Sheppard, 82 years old, who had lived with her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Sims of Tulip, died at the home of her daughter at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  She is survived. by one son in Illinois and one daughter, Mrs. Sims.  Burial will be in Nebo, Illinois.
The Centralia Fireside Guard, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, Friday, June 19, 1925
              [They missed 5 surviving children]

   Ann M. Fry was born near Louisville, Ky, July 16, 1842, departed this life June 16,1925 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Nellie Sims near Centralia, Mo. She was 82 years and 11 months old.     She was united in marriage to John V. Sheppard at the age of 19  To this union were born eight children. Her husband and one daughter preceded her to the world beyond. These living are Nellie Sims of Centralia, Mo., Harriet E. Sheppard of Bartonsville, Ill., S. A. Sheppard of Nebo, Louis I. Sheppard of E. St Louis Ratie Elledge of Nebo, M. H. Sheppard of Jacksonville, Ill., and Lula Bland of Somners, Washington.

   Ann M. Sheppard was a kind and  loving mother, loved by all who knew her, and was a kind Christian woman.  Besides her children she leaves to mourn her loss 26 grand children and 14 great grand children and a host of relatives and friends.
   Sleep, on dear mother and a get thy rest, The Lord has called you he knows best.

   We wish to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the friends and neighbors who were so thoughtful of us after the death of out mother, Mrs. Ann M. Sheppard. The Children

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Anna Sheppard Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. Will Simms of Centralia Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Ira Sheppard of E. St Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sheppard, Mrs. W. L. Barton of Wood River, and Mr. M. H. Sheppard of Jacksonville.
Nebo Banner, Nebo, Pick County, Illinois, Wednesday June 24, 1925, p1, c1&2

Obituaries for Mary Caroline (Harrison) Smith, 1846-1888
From the Mexico Weekly Ledger dated Thursday, December 13, 1888, page 4, column 1.
Mexico, Audrain Co. MO
Mrs. Doc Smith, who lived south of this city, died Tuesday, of dropsy, aged 45 years. The funeral took place on the 5th. Deceased leaves a family.
From the Mexico Weekly Ledger dated Thursday, December 20, 1888, Page 2, column 4, under BEAVER DAM NEWS.
Died, Dec. 4, Mrs. Mary Smith, wife of Stephen J. Smith. Funeral service took place at Beaver Dam Church, conducted by Eld. Strawn, of Mexico.
NOTES: Mary Caroline HARRISON was born near Mexico, Salt River Township, Audrain Co. MO on March 6, 1846 and died there Tuesday, December 4, 1888. Mary was buried in the Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery on Wednesday, December 5, 1888. Her headstone is still standing. She was the daughter of William Perry and Nancy HARRISON of Audrain Co. MO. Nancy HARRISON was of the Callaway County HARRISONs and was a distant cousin of William. Stephen Irving (S.I.) SMITH of Audrain/Callaway Cos. married Mary Caroline HARRISON on February 25, 1868 by the Elder Dennis M. Granfield (Christian Church), location currently not known. They raised 8 known children.
Stephen Irving (S.I.) SMITH was born in Orange Co. VA on July 11, 1834, the youngest son of Tartan and Lucy (MALLORY) SMITH who moved from Orange Co. VA to Callaway Co. MO in late 1834 and lived in the Richland Creek area north of Fulton. When the Civil War began, he became a member of the Missouri State Guard in 1861. He voluntarily entered Confederate Army service at Mulberry AR on November 8, 1862 with a rank of first corporal with Company E, 9-th Missouri Infantry Regiment CSA, commanded by D.M. Frost. He fought and was wounded at the Battle of Pleasant Hill (Louisiana, during the 1864 Red River Campaign) on April 9, 1864. S.I. SMITH surrendered at Shreveport LA and was paroled at Alexandria LA on June 7, 1865, since the Civil War was over. After the war was over in 1865, he lived with his aunt, Mrs. Eliza J. (SMITH) THRELKELD in the Beaver Dam Community, south of Mexico. Eliza's husband, Marcellus N. died in December of 1865.

He married Mary Caroline HARRISON and raised their family. After the death of his wife in 1888, he moved back to Callaway Co. MO. Afterwards, he traveled the West, returning to Callaway Co. about 1912. He was admitted to the Confederate Home of Missouri (now the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site near Higginsville, Lafayette Co. MO) on May 21, 1913. According to MO State records, Stephen Irving SMITH died there on Monday, April 3, 1916 of influenza and was buried in the Home cemetery on Wednesday, April 5, 1916.
Contributed by by Dan Smith