M. S. SIMMONS, druggist, was born in Sharon, Schoharie county,
New York, son of Severenus, a farmer and wool carder, and Catharine
(Gasper) Simmons, who were active members of the Dutch Reformed church.
They were the parents of three children. M. S. Simmons was educated in the
common schools, began his business life in wool carding and dressing cloth
for his father, and assumed control of this branch of the business of the
latter at the age of twenty-three years. He continued this for three years
and then opened up a mercantile store in Broome county, his native state.
After ten years of successful experience in this business he left there
and removed to Pithole City, where he remained until 1867, when he began
the drug trade in Petroleum Center. From there he removed in 1872 to Oil
City, where he has continued to merit a large patronage. His first
marriage occurred in 1850 to Miss Almira Ball, by whom he had two
children: Charles, interested with his father in the drug store, and
Minnie, a daughter removed by death at an early age. His second marriage
was to Permilla A. Carr and to this union has been born one son, Clyde.
Mr. Simmons was township clerk while in Broome county, New York, and
assistant postmaster for five years up to the time of removing to this
state. He is a member of the Masonic order, a Republican in politics, and
with his wife is a member of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church, of which
he is one of the trustees.
History of Venango County, Pennsylvania
: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and
British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent
growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich
oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs,
townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and
biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.,
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, page 871.
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