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Simonds, David Kendall


Age: 0, credited to Peru, VT
Unit(s): 3rd TN INF
Service: 3rd TN INF [College: MC 62]

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Birth: 04/05/1839, Unknown
Death: 03/29/1917

Burial: Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT
Marker/Plot: 4
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 57812760


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: yes, widow Ellen L., 4/13/1917, VT, not approved
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: MC 62
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT

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Civil War Veteran Who Was Newspaper Editor and Publisher Large Part of His Life.

MANCHESTER, March 30. - David Kendall Simonds, one of Manchesterís most distinguished citizens, died yesterday, after an illness of several months.

David Kendall Simonds was born in Peru, April 5, 1839. He was a son of David Simonds and his boyhood was spent in the town of his birth. His education was gained in the public schools of his native town and in Burr & Burton seminary at Manchester and he graduated from Middlebury college in 1862, being a Phi Beta kappa man. After graduation he taught a year a Champlain, N. Y. Later on he went to Tennessee, and in 1863 he enlisted in the 2d Tennessee regiment from which he was honorably discharged in February, 1864.

Mr. Simonds came back to hi native state and studied law in the office of Crane & Bisbee at Newport. He was editor of the Newport Express and Standard, 1865-66.

In 1870 he came to Manchester and took a position as editor of the Manchester Journal, then recently purchased by the late Franklin H. Orvis. In 1871, Mr. Simonds purchased the Journal and was its sole owner and editor from that time until May, 1905, when he sold the property to its present owner. He was a charter member of the Vermont Press association and an honorary member at time of death.

He was appointed postmaster by President Grant in1872 and with the exception of during President Clevelandís terms, was postmaster continuously until 1913.

Mr. Simonds wrote the history of Peru, his native town. This work is recognized as one of the best histories of any Vermont town ever published.

In 1873 he was chosen town clerk of the tow of Manchester and was retained in that position for 35 years when he resigned.

Mr. Simonds represented Manchester in the general assembly as representative in 1886 and as senator in 1888. For eight years he was county examiner of teachers. He was a trustee of Burr & Burton seminary and a Fellow of Middlebury college.

He was a member of Adoniram lodge, No. 42, F. And A. M., Adoniram chapter, no. 18, R. A. M., and of the local Eastern Star. Was also a member of Taft commandery, No. 8, of Bennington, and was past grand patron of the O. E. S.

In 1873 Mr. Simonds was married to Ellen Louise Clark of Peru, daughter of Rev. Asa P. Clark, for 20 years pastor of the Congregational church in Peru, who with a daughter, Mrs. George Orvis, of New York, a son, Charles D. Simonds, of Portland, Ore., and several grandchildren, survive.

The funeral will be held next Monday, the time to be announced later.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, March 30, 1917.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.