My Present Past
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Argentine, Kansas
Lizzie L. Simmons was born October 18, 1872 in New Lennox, Will County, Illinois. She was the adopted
daughter of George W. and Lucinda J. (Seward) Simmons. In 1880 they were residing in
Ashkum, Iroquois
County,  Illinois. George W. Simmons  was the son of
Philander and Harriett (Geddes) Simmons. George's
brother, Geddes was one of the first settlers of Argentine, Kansas in 1881.

Lizzie came to
Argentine, Kansas in late February of 1882, along with her mother Lucinda J. (Seward), brothers
Gilbert G. (Gib), born September 17,1873, Charles C., born August 27, 1875 and sister
Anna Margaret who was
born after they arrived on February 06, 1887. They joined their father George, who had arrived in Argentine
on February 01, 1882. George first purchased a boarding house and then later established a livery and stable
business at 2113 Silver Avenue which later became an undertaking establishment.
1895 Kansas Census Lizzie Simmons          Argentine, Kansas
1900 Census Lizzie Simmons         Argentine, Kansas
While growing up in Argentine, Lizzie went to work as the book keeper for her fathers business. In 1900 they
were living at 237 Ruby Avenue, right next door to the Paul Haas family. Sometime between 1900 and 1905
Lizzie married
Maxwell Turpie. She continued to live in the Argentine area until her death on April 19, 1920.
Background:
Speer Avenue looking south from the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe depot in Argentine, Kansas.
Speer Avenue is now 26th Street after annexation with
Kansas City, Kansas in 1909
1910 Census Lizzie Turpie                        Argentine, Kansas
1920 Census Lizzie Turpie                    Argentine, Kansas
Gilbert George Simmons was born September 17, 1873 in Ashkum, Iroquois County, Illinois to George W. and
Lucinda J. (Seward) Simmons. Moving to Argentine in 1882, he attended Lowell School in Argentine as a child.
Around
1895 he joined his father in the undertaking business at 2113 Silver Avenue.
On May 06, 1896 he married
Carrie M. Corman, the daughter of William Matt and Marrietta (Westmoreland)
Corman, born December 12, 1877 in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. To them four children were born:
Luetta on February 27, 1897, Anna Laura on June 13, 1899,  Howard on June 20, 1903 and
Marjorie on June 26, 1913.
Gib was instrumental in purchasing Dr. Clopper's hospital at
1404 South 37th Street in April of 1935 from
Dr. Haas and moving the Simmons undertaking establishment to that location. Gib, Carrie and their daughter
Marjorie moved into the converted living quarters at the mortuary that same year. In 1941 they built a house
at 2206 South 49th Street and resided there until Carrie died on
March 22, 1942 and Gib passed away on
April 11, 1947. Gib was a member on the Ben Hur Masonic Lodge, Caswell Consistory of the Scottish Rite,
Abdallah Shrine and the Argentine Activities Association.

Source:
Centennial History of Argentine
Kansas City, Kansas 1980
Left:
1920 Census Gilbert Simmons Argentine, Kansas

Below:
1930 Census Gilbert Simmons Argentine, Kansas