Biography of Philander Simmons
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Simmons, Philander, Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, November 24, 1832. Stillman Simmons, the father of our subject, was a native of Vermont, born in Woodstock, August 16, 1800. He was reared in his native State and learned the shoemaker's trade. About 1825 he emigrated to St. Lawrence county, living one season at Morley. He then came to Potsdatn and located at Yaleville, where he followed his trade for a few years, and then engaged in farming, which he followed a short time, when he resumed his trade. He died in July, 1877. He married in Vermont, Sophronia Walker, a native of Bridgewater, Vt., and they had ten children, three now living: Mrs. Fidelia Harris of Potsdam; Volney, working in lumber mills at Antigo, Langlade county, Wis.; and Philander. Mrs. Simmons is still living at ninety two years of age. The whole life of our subject has been spent in this town. He was educated in the common schools and when of age he learned the shoemaker's trade. About thirty years ago Mr. Simmons engaged in the mercantile business in West Potsdam, where he has ever since conducted a store. Under Lincoln's administration Mr. Simmons was appointed postmaster, and held the oftice of constable two years, also justice of the peace eight years. He married in 1857, Margaret, daughter of William Benson, a native of England, whose daughter was born in Norfolk. Mr. Simmons has one son and a daughter: Frank Leslie, a partner in the store; and Clara L., wife of William Wilcox, a farmer of Potsdam. His beautiful residence was erected by him in 1882, after the old homestead was burned. Frank L. is a cheesemaker by trade, but is now in partnership with his father. He is justice of the peace of West Potsdam.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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