Simms, Claibourne R. 1899

East Liverpool Tribune
Claibourne R. Simms


The Oldest Resident of East Liverpool Passed From This Life Monday, in His Eighty-Seventh Year – Deceased Came Here Seventy-Four Years Ago – The Last Member of His Family.

Claibourne R. Simms died at his home on Second Street, Monday at 5 p.m., after an illness of a very few days. He was aged 86 years, and had made his home in this city since 1824.

The cause of death was a very severe “grip cold,” which was too much for his strength to withstand. He sat at the dinner table at noon on Saturday for the last time. About three o’clock he laid down on his bed and in the evening grew alarmingly worse. At seven o’clock a telegram was sent to his son, Martin B. Simms, at Steubenville, and he came up Sunday morning on a boat, and was with him until Monday morning, when he returned to arrange his business so he could return. Monday towards noon the deceased began to grow weaker and his breath came in very short gasps. It was evident his long life was nearing its end, and yet he retained a remarkably clear mind up to a few moments before five o’clock, when he seemed to settle down into a sweet sleep, which carried his spirit away with it, and he passes away without a struggle. He knew the end of his life was near at noon and said to those around the bedside: “I am almost gone. It will soon be all over.” He met the messenger of death without the least fear, and the long journey of Eternity seemed to have no terrors for him. There was unmistakable evidence he felt all was well with him.

Claibourne R. Simms was born Nov. 5th, 1812, at Wheeling, W. Va., and in 1824 came here with his father’s family. His father at that time purchased from Fawcett & Pemberton, all that territory west of Market street, extending to Jethro, then platted as far as the alley between Jackson and Jefferson streets. At that time there were only about six houses and a general store here. Three of these houses still stand. The father of the deceased built the first steam flouring mill in Ohio, on the present site of the West End Pottery. After his father’s death in 1833, C. R. Simms assumed charge of the farm, and all that portion of town from Market to Jefferson streets was planted in wheat for several years. AT that time the village was known as Liverpool and there was no railroad, the mails and travelers coming by stage coach. The post office was in the hat of Nathaniel Martin, who made the distribution of the mail.

(Note – Died January 23, 1899)