Biography of Ghehart Simon
Winona County, MN Biographies

GHEHART SIMON was born in Germany in 1801, where he lived on his parents' farm until he reached manhood, when he went out working at farm labor among his neighbors. In his twenty-seventh year he entered the iPrussian army, of which he was a member for three years in accordance with the law of that country. At the expiration of his term of service he returned to the home farm until the year 1855, when he emigrated to America, going to the city of Milwaukee, residing there some five years. In 1860 he came west to Mt. Vernon, where he took up land. He married in 1831 Miss Elizabeth Weitz, by whom he had five children, all of whom are living. His wife died some three years ago at the ripe age of seventy-eight. Mr. Simon, by dint of perseverance and industry during his twenty-two years residence in Mt. Vernon, has accumulated a handsome competency, giving each one of his sons a farm of 260 acres on their reaching manhood. Mr. Simon is today a healthy, hale and hearty old gentleman of eighty two summers and bids fair to live many years, yet universally respected by his neighbors and beloved by his sons, daughters and numerous grandchildren.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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