Elma (Bowman) Simmons (1862 - 1943)

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Elma (Bowman) Simmons
1862 - 1943
September 8, 1862
Milan Township, Dutchess County, New York USA
December 20, 1943
Milan, Dutchess County, New York USA
Elma (Bowman) Simmons was born on September 8, 1862 in Milan Township, New York USA. Her maiden name is Bowman and she married into the Simmons family. She is the child of Jane (Milroy) Bowman and John S. Bowman, with siblings Mary, Otis, and Louisa. According to her family tree, Elma was mother to 2 children. She married Charles Bruce Simmons on January 2, 1884. They were married until Charles' death in 1911. They had children Dorothy (Simmons) Triebel and Mabel B. (Simmons) Herrick. She died on December 20, 1943 in Milan, New York USA at age 81.
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The Rhinebeck Gazette Rhinebeck, New York December 23, 1943 Page 8 Mrs. Elma Simmons Mrs. Elma Bowman Simmons, wife of the late Charles B. Simmons, died Monday morning at the home of her son, Harrison Simmons, in the town of Milan. She was 81 years old, born ni [sic] the town of Milan, a daughter of the late John S. and Jane Milroy Bowman. She was a member of the West Pine Plains Christian church. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Franklin Triebel of Red Hook; one son, Harrison Simmons; one sister, Mrs. Mary Duncan; one brother, Otis Bowman of Milan, twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Services were held this Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the Bowman home with the Reve. David Freer officating [sic]. Interment took place in the Evergreen cemetery, Pine Plains. ====================== The Register-Herald Pine Plains, New York Thursday, December 30, 1943 Page 2 Grandchildren acted as bearers at the funeral for Mrs. Elma Simmons Thursday, Malcolm and Roswell Simmons, Harold Herrick and Donald Triebel.

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In 1862, in the year that Elma (Bowman) Simmons was born, on July 1st, the Bureau of Internal Revenue was created. Established to raise funds for the Civil War, income tax was supposed to be temporary and was allowed to expire 10 years later. The Internal Revenue Service was created in the early 20th century.

In 1883, when she was 21 years old, on May 24th, the Brooklyn Bridge - one of the oldest bridges in the US - was opened to traffic. Bridge construction began in 1869 and took 14 years to complete.

In 1900, Elma was 38 years old when the U.S. population exceeded 75 million, rising about 13 million from the 1890 census. 87.9% of the population was white, 11.6% was African-American, 0.7% was Hispanic, and 0.5% was Native American, Asian, and other minorities.

In 1937, she was 75 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1943, in the year of Elma (Bowman) Simmons's passing, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

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