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Ernest Loren SIMPSON

Ernest Loren SIMPSON

Male 1869 - 1939  (69 years)

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  • Name Ernest Loren SIMPSON 
    Born 2 Jul 1869  Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census Jul 1870  Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 14 Jun 1880  Lincoln Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1 Jan 1895  Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    News 2 Mar 1899  Humboldt, Humboldt, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Purchased horse - "Havana", The Humboldt Independent, Ernest Simpson last week brought from Storm Lake M. J. Myles' new purchase "Havana." He has the Wilkes blood prominent and will make a fine addition to Humboldt's good horses.
    News 31 Aug 1899  Fonda, Pocahontas, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 9 Jun 1900  Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    News 19 Jul 1901  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • CAUSE FOR DIVORCE
      Ernest Simpson Burned His Wife’s Shoes - Now She Will Leave Him.
      Special to Times-Republican.
      Fort Dodge, July 19,- Ernest Simpson burned a pair of new shoes belonging to his wife. Now she sues for a divorce. There are other allegations beside this in the notice which case to the office of Sheriff Doud this morning from Ringgold county, but the burning of the shoes evidently made a deep impression on Mrs. Simpson, as it is mentioned prominently in a series of questions for a deposition of certain witnesses. Simpson has been working at the carpenter trade in this city and was at work this morning when served with the notice. His wife asks the custody of their three children. Simpson admits he burned the shoes and is willing to grant the divorce, but wants the custody of the children, and will make an effort to get them.
    News 30 May 1902  Dakota City, Humboldt, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census 1905  Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Census 20 Apr 1910  Lincoln Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    News 23 Oct 1911  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Manson
      Mrs. Ernest Simpson has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of her husband Ernest Simpson, on the charge of desertion. She says he has failed to provide for the support of herself and children for some time and that he had deserted her. The officers arrested Simpson at Fort Dodge and he was committed to the county jail at Rockwell City to await the action of the grand jury, as he was unable to furnish bonds. The town has been called upon to supply funds for the support of the family at [ - ? - ] times, and it feels as if it were time for some action to be taken, as the man Simpson spends most of his time in drunkenness.
    News 5 Jun 1915  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Hope he comes to Manson
      [Manson Democrat]
      Mrs. Earnest Simpson was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, the other day, where she will be operated on for an internal tumor. Her condition is very serious. She has been suffering with her trouble for some time and the operation is necessary to save her life. Her case is a sad one. Deserted several years ago by the man she married and who is the father of her five children, she has struggled against all odds and supported her little ones as best she could, while the man in the case has been bumming around the country, nobody knows where. Charitable people have divided the children among themselves and will give them good homes while the poor mother battles for what little life is left in her. It is quite probable that if Simpson should ever show his face in Manson again he would get it badly broken or terribly twisted before he got two blocks from the railroad station.
    News 10 Dec 1915  Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • Mrs. Ernest Simpson and five children left the first of this week for Kansas City, where they will enter the Julia A. W. Baker home. The children will be kept at the home and sent to school, without being separated or adopted.
    Census 5 Feb 1920  Havana Township, Steele, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Correspondence 15 Feb 1921  Dundas, Rice, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Dr. George M. Simpson to Ernest L. Simpson 
    Correspondence Aug 1927  Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Susan Locke to Ernest Simpson 
    Census 10 Apr 1930  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    News 4 Sep 1930  Terril, Dickinson, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Visited H. Simpson 
    Correspondence 16 Feb 1937  Boring, Clackamas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    George Barlow to Ernest Simpson 
    Correspondence 9 Jan 1938  Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    George Barlow to Ernest Simpson 
    Died 2 Jun 1939  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 23, 24
    News 5 Jun 1939  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Buried 5 Jun 1939  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    • Crystal Lake Cemetery
    Person ID I225  New England Roots
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2021 

    Father George W SIMPSON,   b. 25 Jan 1824,   d. 5 Dec 1878, Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Achsa R SISCO,   b. 25 Oct 1827, Sutton, Brome-Missisquoi, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1905, Northfield, Rice, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1845 
    Family ID F222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rowena Maud WILLEY,   b. Aug 1871, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 May 1891  Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Children 
     1. Alva SIMPSON,   b. Abt Oct 1891,   d. 28 Jan 1892, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)  [natural]
     2. Clarence Vernon SIMPSON,   b. 11 Nov 1892, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1952, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
     3. Jessie Pearl “Deloise” SIMPSON,   b. 17 Mar 1895, Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1964, Martinez, Contra Costa, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     4. Horace Wiley SIMPSON,   b. 12 Aug 1896, Ringgold (historical), Ringgold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1972  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F235  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maggie M HOAG,   b. 4 Apr 1881, Coalville, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1984, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 103 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1901  Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [27, 28
    Children 
     1. Margaret Louise SIMPSON,   b. 1902, Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1988, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. George D SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1906, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     3. Mae Alice SIMPSON,   b. 14 Apr 1907, Newell, Buena Visita, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1991  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     4. Frank SIMPSON,   b. 21 Feb 1909, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1909, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     5. Edna M SIMPSON,   b. 13 Aug 1910, Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 2005, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
     6. Dorothy SIMPSON,   b. 17 May 1912, Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 2007  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Susan Belle STANWOOD,   b. 15 May 1885, Santiago, Sherburne, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1946, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1918  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Children 
     1. Goldie Mae SIMPSON,   b. 3 Oct 1921, Havana Township, Steele, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 2004, Temecula, Riverside, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Baby Boy SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1924,   d. Abt 1924  (Age ~ 0 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jul 1869 - Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Jul 1870 - Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 Jun 1880 - Lincoln Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 May 1891 - Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jan 1895 - Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 2 Mar 1899 - Humboldt, Humboldt, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 31 Aug 1899 - Fonda, Pocahontas, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Jun 1900 - Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 19 Jul 1901 - Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Oct 1901 - Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 30 May 1902 - Dakota City, Humboldt, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1905 - Manson, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 20 Apr 1910 - Lincoln Township, Calhoun, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 23 Oct 1911 - Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 5 Jun 1915 - Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 10 Dec 1915 - Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jan 1918 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 Feb 1920 - Havana Township, Steele, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCorrespondence - Dr. George M. Simpson to Ernest L. Simpson - 15 Feb 1921 - Dundas, Rice, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCorrespondence - Susan Locke to Ernest Simpson - Aug 1927 - Oregon, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 10 Apr 1930 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - Visited H. Simpson - 4 Sep 1930 - Terril, Dickinson, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCorrespondence - George Barlow to Ernest Simpson - 16 Feb 1937 - Boring, Clackamas, Oregon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCorrespondence - George Barlow to Ernest Simpson - 9 Jan 1938 - Oregon, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jun 1939 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews - 5 Jun 1939 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Jun 1939 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Ernest L. Simpson, far right
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    Siblings Ernest L. Simpson, Susan (Simpson) Barlow Locke, and Frank O. Simpson
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    Siblings Ernest L. Simpson, Susan (Simpson) Barlow Locke, and Fred O. Simpson
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    Ernest L. Simpson, Goldie Simpson, Susan (Stanwood) Simpson, and Beatrice Clark
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    Ernest and Susan (Stanwood) Simpson
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    Ernest and Susan (Stanwood) Simpson
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    Ernest and Susan (Stanwood) Simpson
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    Susan (Stanwood) Simpson with husband, Ernest L. Simpson, and grandchildren John, Patricia and Jerry Anhorn

    Documents
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    Marriage license for Ernest L. Simpson and Rowena Maud Willey
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    Marriage record for Ernest L. Simpson and Rowena Maud Willey
    SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_03_02_001
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    The Humboldt Independent, Ernest Simpson last week brought from Storm Lake M. J. Myles' new purchase "Havana." He has the Wilkes blood prominent and will make a fine addition to Humboldt's good horses.
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    SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_08_31_001
    Last Sunday, E.L. Simpson, of Manson, drove to Fonda to visit his brother Dr. M.G. Simpson, veterinary surgeon. His valuable hunting dog “Queen,” an English pointer, came with him, and in working the fields along the route became overheated and died about one hour after reaching here. “Queen” was out of the Sioux City gun club kennel,…
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    CAUSE FOR DIVORCE
    Ernest Simpson Burned His Wife’s Shoes - Now She Will Leave Him.
    Special to Times-Republican.
    Fort Dodge, July 19,- Ernest Simpson burned a pair of new shoes belonging to his wife. Now she sues for a divorce. There are other allegations beside this in the notice which case to the office of Sheriff Doud this morning from…
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    Marriage record for Ernest L. Simpson and Maggie Hoag
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    Manson
    Mrs. Ernest Simpson has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of her husband Ernest Simpson, on the charge of desertion. She says he has failed to provide for the support of herself and children for some time and that he had deserted her. The officers arrested Simpson at Fort Dodge and he was committed to the county jail at Rockwell City to…
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    Hope he comes to Manson
    [Manson Democrat]
    Mrs. Earnest Simpson was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, the other day, where she will be operated on for an internal tumor. Her condition is very serious. She has been suffering with her trouble for some time and the operation is necessary to save her life. Her case is a sad one. …
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    Hope he comes to Manson
    [Manson Democrat]
    Mrs. Earnest Simpson was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, the other day, where she will be operated on for an internal tumor. Her condition is very serious. She has been suffering with her trouble for some time and the operation is necessary to save her life. Her case is a sad one. …
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    Mrs. Ernest Simpson and five children left the first of this week for Kansas City, where they will enter the Julia A. W. Baker home. The children will be kept at the home and sent to school, without being separated or adopted.
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    Certificate of marriage, Ernest L. Simpson and Susan (Stanwood) Clark
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    Letter from Dr. George M. Simpson, veterinary surgeon, to his brother, Ernest L. Simpson
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    Page Two of Letter From Susan (Simpson) Locke to Brother Ernest L. Simpson
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    Letter from George W. Barlow to his uncle, Ernest L. Simpson - Pages 1 & 2 (of 6)
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    Post card from George Barlow to Ernest L. Simpson announcing death of Ernest's sister, Susan (Simpson) Barlow Locke
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    Letter from George W. Barlow to his uncle, Ernest L. Simpson - Pages 1 & 2
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    Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Simpson, of Minneapolis, visited Thursday and Friday at the Herbert Simpson home. Mr. Simpson is a great uncle of Herbert.
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    Rites for Ernest L. Simpson, 69, 1001 E. Lake street, were today. He was a painter and decorator. Surviving are the wife and two daughters, Goldie of Minneapolis and Mrs. John Anhorn of Austin, Minn.

  • Notes 
    • Ernest "Bob" Simpson was adored by his daughter, Goldie, the only surviving child from his third marriage to Susan Belle (Stanwood) Clark. Goldie was only 17 years of age when her father died in 1939, but she recalled many facts and details of his life, which were passed down to her granddaughter and recorded in notes taken in 1991. The following history of Ernest's life comes from these notes as well as details learned through research into the Simpson family.

      Ernest had two wives prior to his marriage to my great grandmother; he told Goldie that he divorced one of these wives as he came home to find her in the act of adultery. Goldie only knew of her eldest siblings - Clarence, Jessie and Horace, but never met them. It was a surprise when genealogical research uncovered her father's second marriage to Maggie Hoag and their six children, Margaret, George, Mamie, Frank, Edna, and Dorothy the youngest two who were just a toddlers when Ernest and Maggie divorced, likely about 1915-1916.

      Ernest had written the address of his eldest son, Clarence, on an envelope, so it assumed he continued to have contact with his son. His nickname for Horace was "Happy," and he severed contact with his daughter, Jessie Pearl, who was later known to her immediate family as "Deloise." It's unknown what caused the family rift, nor why he apparently did not have contact with (nor discuss) the children from his second marriage. In January 1916, Ernest penned a poem, and wrote "Passing the Nite away":

      As I sit here To Nite, Sad and Dreaming
      While Memories, Cum back to Me
      I just have to stop And Wonder
      If theres any wone, Thinking of Me...

      I would be just so glad, If only I had
      A card or a Telephone Call
      Just sumthing to take, my mind off from This
      And Know I've a Frend, after All

      If Only I had, a Frend like This
      Just Sum Wone, who understood Me
      I know I could make a Much better Fight
      And Oh how, Happy Ide Be...

      If Bob is Your Frend, Just Remember
      That he is your Friend, All the Time
      Wiling to share all your Troubles
      And redy to give, His last Dime

      Its Off time I've been, without Money
      But I never Robed, any wons Till
      For I've always Tried, to be Honest
      That won, Gleme of Sun Shine Still

      I wonce had a home and happy
      The futcher looked cheerful and bright
      But how quickly the shadows can gather
      I was robed of that home in a night

      It certainly seems likely Ernest is reflecting on his wife's infidelity, and the wound was still quite raw.

      Ernest and Susan married January 12, 1918, having met at a funeral in 1917. It is likely this was the funeral of Ernest's brother, O. Fred Simpson, who was married to Susan's aunt, Flora (Stanwood) Howe. Fred died July 18, 1917. On August 6, 1917, Ernest wrote a poem entitled, "Facts," obviously written about his new love, Susan:

      As I site here to nite, Sad and Lonely
      As memories cum back to me
      It makes me stop and wonder
      If thers anyone thinking of me

      Our strole to the bridge in the evening
      And Guys back porch at nite
      Whare we sat in the dark not a bad thing you know
      For Lidie had turned off the light

      As we sat ther unbinding the hours or time
      Wraped up in each other just love blind
      And mother up stairs spent a sleepless nite
      The stars they had faided twas broad day light

      Now if to nite was an other such nite
      With Guys back porch and Lide dark lights
      And Mother in dreamland with out a care
      I would give all I have got sweetheart to be there

      But what is the use of wishing my dear
      When your over ther and I am over here
      And Guys back steps he can take them in
      For I don't think we will need them again

      One week and a day the times flying fast
      At a depotless platform I kissed you last
      The rest of the bunch and my sister was thare
      But you got the last kiss so why should we care

      Now little woman you know this is true
      I am just riting out my thoughts to you
      Its an offul quere thing how love is made
      So cum love me up for I am not afraid

      Composed and Ritten by Bob Simpson
      One rainy nite at Lakefield Minn Aug 6 - 1917

      One other poem written by Bob that same night:

      Twas just a little smile
      Just a little look
      Just a little hand
      Laid upon my coat

      Just a little flutter
      From eyelash I could see
      Just one word of comfort
      And the world had changed for me.

      These and others of Ernest's many poems were saved by Goldie, and are now in the possession of her granddaughter.

      Shortly after Ernest and Susan married, they moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa, and later to Havana (near Owatonna), Steele County, Minnesota, where Goldie was born in 1921. They owned a farm there in Owatonna, and sold it about 1924. They used part of the profits from the sale of the farm to purchase a car, which is believed to be the Ford Model T which Ernest was very proud of. They went and visited relatives in Iowa and then went on to South Dakota to visit Ernest's brother Frank Simpson and his wife Emma. Sometime after this, Ernest and family moved to Iowa, possibly Rock Rapids, where they owned a hotel and restaurant. It is unclear when or how long they operated the business, but it was during Goldie's early childhood. They sold the business when the cook killed his wife and then himself in the kitchen of the restaurant.

      Also during the early '20s, Ernest temporarily resumed horse racing, which he had done during the time prior to his marriage to Susan. He was also a painter and hung wall paper, and it was likely this occupation that had allowed him to work in trade for a phonograph, which he gave his to his daughter Goldie when she was about 6 or 7 years of age. She gave the phonograph to cousin Grover Elphick when she married and moved to California about 1940.

      In 1961 Goldie wrote of her father, "Daddy was a vigorous Paladin sort of man. He was much older than Mama, and his past was colored with numerous tales, many of which I am sure were not told to me. An ordinary deck of playing cards came to life under his fingers. To see him shuffle and deal was a lesson in not playing cards with a stranger. He often remarked that he preferred a fine horse or dog to most people any day. His horses were a constant source of fascination to a very small me. I loved the smell of stables, and the velvet softness of a horse's nose. Daddy bred, trained, and drove many superior harness horses. I was crammed with information regarding trotters, pacers and ever "mudders", (which are not colt's mothers), also I recall he would shudder and speak disgustedly of 'stump suckers'. I wonder if such a beast was troubled with emotional insecurity.

      "My daddy had a temper that was as black and sudden as a Mid-Western storm. He once soundly beat a farmer that was forcing tired, under-fed horses. There is no true way to describe the complexities of his nature, with all his masculine sternness there was an old-world courtliness toward the gentle sex. He completely, worshiped my mother, and I was bathed in the same sunshine, perhaps because I was hers, yet bearing the blackness of his eyes and hair. Daddy was Welsh.

      "As I grew as a skinny little weed I often did many things which I knew were forbidden and not to be tolerated. But they were things I wanted to do so badly that the punishment would be minor compared to the fun of the moment. There was the time I went over the brick garden wall at twilight to join the games of the neighboring children. I didn't ask permission or - horror of horrors, answer, when my name was called with increasing emotion. As always, my little bloomers ended up around my knees, I was placed across Mama's lap and calmly and thoroughly paddled. It was always thus, Daddy never lifted a finger toward me in anger.

      "This reluctance to punish I've never understood, because I lived in fear of his frown. I can see it still, he would lower his reading glasses, look over the top of the rim, and say softly, "girl, did you hear your mother?" At such moments I was filled with unreasonable terror.

      "Daddy was a 'do-it-yourself' addict before the term came into being. He excelled at all her did and every spring he got a far-away gleam in his eyes which always came before the re-decorating of everything paintable.

      "This particular spring I was six years old and filled with the joy that only melted snow and Robbins can bring. Daddy decided to re-varnish a floor, completing the task he cautioned me not to enter that room. I tried very hard to remember but it was a worthless effort. I went out to play, and discovered some beauty of spring which I must immediately relate to Mama. Without thought or hesitation I flew through the door - Half-way across the room I remembered with perfect clarity. If fright could kill me I would have died stuck in that varnish. There was nothing to do but retreat sadly. The remainder of that black morning I brooded in the back-yard sun waiting for my sins to catch up with me.

      "An eternity away I was called for lunch, the damage to the floor had been repaired. During the meal the conversation was completely normal, containing no remonstrations for pea-green me.

      "As a child I couldn't understand why the subject was never brought up, or why no punishment was carried out. Now as a three-time mother I believe that I was forgiven because the half-way tracks indicated my innocence of deliberate wrong-doing. Today there are many times I over-look incidents that could be distorted to simulate aggression. Discipline is mellowed by that loving understanding which began to take root many, many springs ago."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1662] Simpson, Gerald A, Letter with family Bible transcription to Rogers, Lauren, Simpson Family Files.
      SIMPSON_George_Family_Record_001
      SIMPSON_George_Family_Record_001


    2. [S1224] Minnesota, Division of Public Health - Vital Statistics, Deaths, death certificate 20546 (1939), Ernest L. Simpson, Hennepin County, Division of Birth and Death Records and Vital Statistics.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_death_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_death_001


    3. [S305] 1870 U.S. Census, Wisconsin, Clark County, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication M593, Weston, p. 11 (handwritten) 492 (stamped); dwelling 84, family 76, George W. and Achsa [Sisco] Simpson with sons Frederick O, Francis E, and Ernest L., all residing with head of house, Fernando Knoop.
      Source Citation
      Year: 1870; Census Place: Weston, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1705; Page: 492A; Family History Library Film: 553204
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1870_Weston_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1870_Weston_001


    4. [S306] 1880 U.S. Census, Iowa, Calhoun County, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T9, Lincoln Township, p. 8, enumeration district (ED) 23, sheet 267D, dwelling 66, family 73, Achsa R. Simpson with sons Frank and Ernest L., residing with Ransom, Emily A. and Dudley J. Simpson.
      Year: 1880; Census Place: Lincoln, Calhoun, Iowa; Roll: 330; Family History Film: 1254330; Page: 267D; Enumeration District: 023
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1880_US_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1880_US_001


    5. [S298] 1895 State Census, Iowa, Webster; State Historical Society of Iowa Microfilm, Fort Dodge, 2nd Ward, p. 305, dwelling 150, family 162, Ernest, Maud, Clarance and Jessie Simpson, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com, citing State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
      Source Information
      Ancestry.com. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.

      Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1895_state_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1895_state_001


    6. [S628] The Humboldt (Iowa) Independent, 2 March 1899, online images, Newspapers.com (http://www.newspapers.com : 7 December 2014), Ernest Simpson purchases horse.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_03_02_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_03_02_001
      The Humboldt Independent, Ernest Simpson last week brought from Storm Lake M. J. Myles' new purchase "Havana." He has the Wilkes blood prominent and will make a fine addition to Humboldt's good horses.


    7. [S1767] "The Fonda Times", The Fonda Times, 31 August 1899, E. L. Simpson, p. 3, c. 3.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_08_31_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1899_08_31_001
      Last Sunday, E.L. Simpson, of Manson, drove to Fonda to visit his brother Dr. M.G. Simpson, veterinary surgeon. His valuable hunting dog “Queen,” an English pointer, came with him, and in working the fields along the route became overheated and died about one hour after reaching here. “Queen” was out of the Sioux City gun club kennel,…


    8. [S184] 1900 U.S. Census, Iowa, Calhoun County, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T623, Manson, enumeration district (ED) 28, sheet 8A, Earnest L., Maud R., Clarence V., Jessie P., and Horace W. Simpson.
      Source Citation
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Lincoln, Calhoun, Iowa; Roll: 421; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0028; FHL microfilm: 1240421
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1900_US_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1900_US_001


    9. [S1700] United States, "Evening Times-Republican", Evening times-Republican, 19 July 1901, Ernest Simpson, p. 4.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1901_07_19_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1901_07_19_001
      CAUSE FOR DIVORCE
      Ernest Simpson Burned His Wife’s Shoes - Now She Will Leave Him.
      Special to Times-Republican.
      Fort Dodge, July 19,- Ernest Simpson burned a pair of new shoes belonging to his wife. Now she sues for a divorce. There are other allegations beside this in the notice which case to the office of Sheriff Doud this morning from…


    10. [S1502] "Renwick Times", Renwick (Iowa) Times, 30 May 1902, Deals in Dirt- Axie Simpson, Ernest Simpson, Frederick Simpson, M. G. Simpson, Susie Locke, Ransom Simpson, p. 4, c. 3.
      accessed : 21 October 2011
      “Deals In Dirt," Renwick (Iowa) Times, 30 May 1902, online images, NewspaperArchives.com (http://www.newspaperarchives.com : 21 October 2011), Achsa Simpson, Ernest Simpson, Frederick Simpson, M. G. Simpson, Susan Simpson Locke.
      SISCO_Achsa_b1828_news_1902_05_30_001
      SISCO_Achsa_b1828_news_1902_05_30_001


    11. [S300] 1905 Census of Iowa State, Iowa, Calhoun, Manson, Population Schedule; Online Images, cards 282-284, Earnest, Maggie and Margueritte Simpson.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1905_state_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1905_state_001


    12. [S185] 1910 U.S. Census, Iowa, Calhoun, Lincoln, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T624, Lincoln, sheet 3B, dwelling no. 69, family no. 69, Earnest, Maggie M, Margaret, George and Mamie Simpson.
      accessed 09 May 2015
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1910_US_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1910_US_001


    13. [S1700] United States, "Evening Times-Republican", Evening times-Republican, 23 October 1911, Ernest Simpson, p. 3.
      Mrs. Ernest Simpson has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of her husband Ernest Simpson, on the charge of desertion. She says he has failed to provide for the support of herself and children for some time and that he had deserted her. The officers arrested Simpson at Forst Dodge and he was committed to the county jail at Rockwell City to await the action of the grand jury, as he was unable to furnish bonds. The town has been called upon to supply funds for the support of the family at [ - ? - ] times, and it feels s if it were time for some action to be taken, as the man Simpson spends most of his time in drunkenness.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1911_10_23_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1911_10_23_001
      Manson
      Mrs. Ernest Simpson has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of her husband Ernest Simpson, on the charge of desertion. She says he has failed to provide for the support of herself and children for some time and that he had deserted her. The officers arrested Simpson at Fort Dodge and he was committed to the county jail at Rockwell City to…


    14. [S1700] United States, "Evening Times-Republican", Evening times-Republican, “Hope he comes to Manson,” pg. 7.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_06_05_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_06_05_001
      Hope he comes to Manson
      [Manson Democrat]
      Mrs. Earnest Simpson was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, the other day, where she will be operated on for an internal tumor. Her condition is very serious. She has been suffering with her trouble for some time and the operation is necessary to save her life. Her case is a sad one. …
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_06_05_002
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_06_05_002
      Hope he comes to Manson
      [Manson Democrat]
      Mrs. Earnest Simpson was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines, the other day, where she will be operated on for an internal tumor. Her condition is very serious. She has been suffering with her trouble for some time and the operation is necessary to save her life. Her case is a sad one. …


    15. [S1700] United States, "Evening Times-Republican", Evening times-Republican, 10 December 1915, Mrs. Ernest Simpson, p. 8.
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_12_10_001
      SIMPSON_ERNEST_b1869_news_1915_12_10_001
      Mrs. Ernest Simpson and five children left the first of this week for Kansas City, where they will enter the Julia A. W. Baker home. The children will be kept at the home and sent to school, without being separated or adopted.


    16. [S271] 1920 U.S. Census, Minnesota, Steele County, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T625, Havana, sheet 3B, dwelling no. 58, family no. 58, Edward (sic) L., Susie and Beatrice [Clark] Simpson.
      accessed 08 May 2015
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1920_Havanna_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_census_1920_Havanna_001


    17. [S302] Simpson, Dr. George M., Letter to Dear Brother, 15 February 1921.
      Dear Brother will drop you a line you will see I am at George’s but have got to go to Mankato Saturday as they have sent for me to examine a cople (of horses that the vets there have gave up. Have had some pretty bad caves (sic) here but have brought them out if you think I could get a cople of weak of decent work I would come down. Will go have pretty soon I sent home and got my dentist tools.
      Right me to 114 Cherry St. Mankato. I will be there Saturday the 19th. Hope this will find you and family well. Give my regards to your wife.
      From Your Brother Dr. Simpson
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1921_02_15_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1921_02_15_001
      Letter from Dr. George M. Simpson, veterinary surgeon, to his brother, Ernest L. Simpson
      SIMPSON_George_b1850_letter_1921_01_07_001
      SIMPSON_George_b1850_letter_1921_01_07_001
      Letter, George M. Simpson to Ernest L. Simpson


    18. [S303] Locke, Susan A. (Simpson), Letter to Ernest L. Simpson (inferred), n.d, page one missing; page two signed “Ever your old Sister Sue”.
      ...Billy being gone. When I go to George’s there is always something missing and in a day or two just have to come away. Lila is a dear little thing. She will tell me about Billy with such sad eyes. She told me of how Billy went in to the deep water and died. Then a man put him in a long box and then dug a deep hold in the ground and put it all in there. There were So many flowers. Billy don’t want them when he is dead. You know he was drowned a year ago the 28 of Aug. On Little Leo’s birthday.
      Well please do write to me.
      With lots of love to you and yours.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1927_08_28_after_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1927_08_28_after_001
      Page Two of Letter From Susan (Simpson) Locke to Brother Ernest L. Simpson


    19. [S800] 1930 U.S. Census, Minnesota, Hennepin County, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T626, Minneapolis, sheet 13B, 2840 12th Ave. So, dwelling no. 167, family no. 240, Ernest L., Sussie (sic) and Goldie Simpson.
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_census_1930_US_001
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_census_1930_US_001


    20. [S1492] "Spirit Lake Beacon", Spirit Lake (Iowa) Beacon, 4 September 1930, Terril - Ernest Simpson visits nephew Herbert Simpson.
      accessed : 18 October 2011
      "Terril," Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, 4 September 1930, online images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : database online 18 October 2011), Ernest Simpson visits nephew Herbert Simpson.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_news_1930_09_04_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_news_1930_09_04_001
      Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Simpson, of Minneapolis, visited Thursday and Friday at the Herbert Simpson home. Mr. Simpson is a great uncle of Herbert.


    21. [S299] Barlow, George W., Letter to Dear Uncle, 16 February 1937.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1937_02_16_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1937_02_16_001
      Letter from George W. Barlow to his uncle, Ernest L. Simpson - Pages 1 & 2 (of 6)


    22. [S1206] Barlow, George W., Letter to Dear Uncle, 9 January 1938.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1938_01_09_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_correspondence_1938_01_09_001
      Letter from George W. Barlow to his uncle, Ernest L. Simpson - Pages 1 & 2


    23. [S1540] Crystal Lake Cemtery (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Grave Markers, Ernest and Susan Simpson, lot 103, section 26, undated plat. The actual gravestone (viewed by the author, 1989) reads SIMPSON “FATHER ERNEST L” and “MOTHER SUSAN B”.
      Crystal Lake Cemetery (Minneapolis, Minnesota) to Lauren Rogers Mahieu, Cemetery Plat, Ernest and Susan Simpson, lot 103, section 26, undated plat. The actual gravestone (viewed by the author, 1989) reads SIMPSON “FATHER ERNEST L” and “MOTHER SUSAN B”.
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_burial_001
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_burial_001
      Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN, burial record of Ernest and Susan (Stanwood) Simpson


    24. [S1540] Crystal Lake Cemtery (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Grave Markers, Joint grave marker for “Simpson,” noting “Father Ernest L. (1869-1939)” and “Mother Susan B. (1885-1946)” photograph by Lauren Rogers Mahieu, October, 1993.
      Crystal Lake Cemetery (Hennepin, Minnesota; Penn Ave N & 40 Ave N), joint grave marker for “Simpson,” noting “Father Ernest L. (1869-1939)” and “Mother Susan B. (1885-1946)” photograph by Lauren Rogers Mahieu, October, 1993., database
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_grave_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_grave_001


    25. [S207] “Rites for Ernest L. Simpson,” undated clipping, ca. July 1939, from unidentified newspaper;.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_obit_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_obit_001
      Rites for Ernest L. Simpson, 69, 1001 E. Lake street, were today. He was a painter and decorator. Surviving are the wife and two daughters, Goldie of Minneapolis and Mrs. John Anhorn of Austin, Minn.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_obit_002
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_obit_002
      Rites for Ernest L. Simpson, 69, 1001 E. Lake street, were today. He was a painter and decorator. Surviving are the wife and two daughters, Goldie of Minneapolis and Mrs. John Anhorn of Austin, Minn.


    26. [S304] Iowa, Webster County, "Marriages", Ernest L. Simpson and Rena Maud Willey, marriage license and record no. 125 (1891) Webster County Clerk of Court, Fort Dodge.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1891_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1891_001
      Marriage license for Ernest L. Simpson and Rowena Maud Willey
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1891_002
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1891_002
      Marriage record for Ernest L. Simpson and Rowena Maud Willey


    27. [S270] "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992", entry for Ernest L. Simpson and Maggie M. Hoag, dau. of George Hoag and Emma Warren, m. 16 Oct 1901, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
      Citing Ft. Dodge, reference 2:3L7L9WN; FHL microfilm 1,401,727.

    28. [S1702] "Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 ", Ernest L. Simpson and Maggie M. Hoag, 16 October 1901.
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1901_001
      SIMPSON_Ernest_b1869_marriage_1901_001
      Marriage record for Ernest L. Simpson and Maggie Hoag


    29. [S217] Minnesota, Hennepin, Marriage Certificates, Original Marriage Certificate for Ernest L. and Susan (Stanwood) Clark Simpson (privately held by Lauren Rogers Mahieu, Newark, Delaware, 2016).
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_marr_002
      STANWOOD_Susan_b1885_marr_002
      Certificate of marriage, Ernest L. Simpson and Susan (Stanwood) Clark



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