Edward A. Simons

Edward A. Simons owns and conducts in his native city of Grand Rapids a large and well ordered general garage, at 640-46 Wealthy street, southeast, and here he has developed also a prosperous business in the sale of popular Auburn automobiles. Mr. Simons was born in Grand Rapids, August 27, 1890, and is a son of Albert W. and Emma Elizabeth (Allen) Simons, the former of whom was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1857, and the latter at Kent City, Kent county, Michigan, in 1861. Albert W. Simons was a lad of about eight years when his parents came from Canada, in 1865, and settled in Grand Rapids, where they passed the rest of their lives and where Albert W. was reared to manhood under the conditions of the middle pioneer period in the history of this city, he having been for many years successfully engaged in the wholesale meat business in Grand Rapids, where his death occurred in 1907 and where his widow still maintains her home. After having profited by the advantages of the Grand Rapids high school Edward A. Simons advanced his education by attending Michigan Agricultural College. He has been continuously identified with the automobile business since that time. After working several years as an automobile mechanic he was for nine years service manager at the automobile establishment of B. W. Owen, Inc., and upon resigning this position he established his present independent garage and Auburn sales business, to the pronounced success of which both his technical skill and his personal popularity have contributed in large measure. In the World war period Mr. Simons was in service thirteen months in the United States navy, in the capacity of chief petty officer, and he was, during this service, assigned to duty at the Great Lakes Naval Station, near Chicago. He is affiliated with the American Legion, and has membership in the Grand Rapids Association of Commerce, and Grand Rapids Motor Club. June 8, 1918, Mr. Simons was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Wandron, daughter of the late Joseph L. Wandron, whose widow still resides in Grand Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Simons have one child, James.

Transcriber: Nancy Lesser
Created: 4 March 2003
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