NameWilliam Henry SIMPSON II , Grandfather, S512
Birth14 Jun 1869, Fayetteville, Johnson, Missouri
Death25 Jan 1954, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
Burial27 Jan 1954, Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott
Birth14 Jun 1875, Fayetteville, Johnson, Missouri
FatherWilliam Henry SIMPSON I (1843-1905)
MotherSarah E. NEIGHBORS (1844-1924)
1Ada Mae BROWN , Grandmother, B650
Birth9 Feb 1886, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
Birth? Feb 1884, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
Death22 Feb 1974, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
DeathSt. Luke’s Hospital
BurialEvergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott
FatherJacob Feltinberger BROWN (1844-1926)
MotherMartha Anne CAPPS (1856-1919)
Marriage11 Sep 1907, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
ChildrenClarence Alfred (1908-1991)
 Orville Marvin (1910-1974)
 Forrest Melvin (1914-1967)
 Sarah E. (1915-1982)
 Dorothy Mae (1918-)
 Gladys Lucille (1921-1995)
MarriageDec 1898, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
Divorce18 Oct 1901, Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas
Notes for William Henry SIMPSON II
1888 William is listed in the Rich Hill / Butler, Missouri Directory, page 36 working in a smelter and living at Cedar near 4th Street

1888 Family photograph taken at Williams Studio, First and Main, Fort Scott, Kansas

1896, William is a laborer, and lives at 518 East 1st Street, Fort Scott. 1898, and William is a car repairman. He and his father live at 1024 East Wall Street. He marries Etta this same year. Fort Scott, Kansas Directory of 1900-1901 records William H. working for the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Missouri Railroad. Residence is listed as 715 Wall Street, with his parents.
Directory of 1902-1903 shows William living at 209 North Caldwell, Fort Scott. His father is at the same address. The directory of 1905 reports William H. working as car repairman for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, and that he has moved to 212 North Little, with his brother, John L.
Directory of 1907 reports William H. working as car repairman for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, and that he now boards at 1104 East Wall Street with his mother, Sarah. He marries Ada Mae BROWN that same year.
1909, William is an inspector for the railroad, and has moved to 215 North Caldwell with his wife, Ada Mae Brown.
1911 William is still an inspector and they have moved to 1120 East Wall Street.
By 1916 through 1920 William works as a car repairman for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, and they have moved to 1238 East Wall Street. This will be their last move. The house on Wall Street stayed in the Simpson family until after the death of Ada Mae in 1974.
The city directory of 1938 shows William working for the WPA. William, W.P.A. I.D. number1806-493 was terminated from W.P.A. project number 8364 on 23 oct 1941. The reason was stated as “Necessary Reduction”.

According to his obituary, Willam H worked as a brakeman for the Frisco for 38 years before becoming a stonemason. He worked on the stadium and wall at Frary Field.
William H. Simpson
Fort Scott Tribune
January 25, 1954

William H. Simpson, 84, retired stonemason and Frisco air brakeman, died at his home, 1238 East Wall, this morning at 9:15. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the Konantz Funeral Home.

The deceased was born in Warrensburg, Mo, June 14, 1869, son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Simpson. On Sept. 11, 1907, he was married to Ada Mae Brown at Fort Scott.

Surviving besides the wife are three sons, Clarence of Cherryvale, Kas., Orval of Kansas City, MO., and Forrest M., of 602 Main; three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Wurtz, Mrs. Sarah Henning, and Mrs. Dorothy Coleman, all of Kansas City, MO.; 15 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson.

Mr. Simpson was one of the stonemasons who worked on the Frary Field Stadium and wall. He was a member of the Baptist church and active in Masonic work.

He served as Tyler of the A.F. and A.M. Scottish Rite here for 30 years. Mr. Simpson served with the Frisco for 38 years as an air brakeman before becoming a stonemason.

He is the last of a family of six brothers and sisters.
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