Charles Jacob(8) Simonds (Charles Granby(7), Joshua(6), James(5), Joshua(4), Joseph(3), Joseph(2), William)(1)) was born at Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois, 16 March 1873, and died at Aztec, New Mexico, 3 June 1945. He was educated in the rural schools of Cass County, Missouri and in the schools of Harrisonville and Warrensburg, Missouri. He married at Peculiar, Missouri, 26 September 1899, Lula Alta Funk, born at Peculiar, 9 May 1878, and died at San Diego, California, 26 November 1968. She was the daughter of Joseph Henry5 (Joseph4-3, Henry2, Heinrich1) and Mary Frances (Swank) Funk.
Between 1899 and 1902 Charles Simonds worked as a farmer on rented land in Cass County, MO before moving to Henry County, MO at the very end of the latter year. He first purchased the Thomas Gray farm east of Calhoun, but a year later, he sold that farm and purchased another one upon which he built a new house with the help of Mr. Nathan Ingle. It was a single story house with no running water, and they later added a second story. They planted cinnamon vines out front.
His farm had 200 acres and he later rented another 50 acres. About 1913 he went into the dairy business with a herd of eighteen to twenty Jersey cows, to which a Gurnsey was eventually introduced to produce a mixed breed that his son Linneus says gave especially good milk. He also grew wheat and corn.
Charles J. Simonds was active in the local community where he was a member of the school board, a stockholder in the Farmers’ Elevator in Calhoun, and a member of the Mystic Workers. He was a deacon in the Calhoun Methodist church where he sang as a tenor in the church choir. Politically, he belonged to the Democratic Party.
In 1930 Charles and Lula went for a time to Gruver, Texas where they helped their son Joseph raise turkeys, and lived in a little wooden shack. They then returned to Calhoun, Missouri. Sometime after 1934 he and his wife sold the farm in Calhoun and moved back to West Peculiar Township to run the farm of Lula’s uncles, John and William Funk. In 1939 Charles and Lula Simonds retired and came out to Bayfield, Colorado for a short time before moving that same year with their son Linneus to Aztec, New Mexico where they had bought a house on Fairground Road near the cemetery. Charles did a little beekeeping with his son Linneus up until the time of his death in 1945.
Children of Charles and Lula (Funk) Simonds, the first two born in Peculiar, the other four in Calhoun, Missouri:
i. Marion Ashby, b. 12 Aug. 1900, d. 18 May 1978 at San Diego, California.
ii. Joseph Charles, b. 22 Nov. 1902, d. at Oroville, CA, 16 June 1983. He was my grandfather (Matthew Simonds)
iii. Mary Eunice, b. 14 March 1906, d. of a brain tumor at Denver, Colorado in 1950.
iv. Perry Lawrence, b. 3 July 1909, d. at Escondido, California(?), 22 May 1995.
v. Linneus Albert, b. 13 Jan. 1912, d. at Salem, Oregon 23 September 2000.
vi. Lula Alta
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