SIMMS, EDWARD, of the firm of Vollmer & Simms, upholsterers, decorators and manufacturers, was born in the city of London, England May 16, 1869. He is a son of Samuel and Rebecca Simms, both natives of Germany, still living, and residing in London, where Mr. Simms carries on the merchant tailoring business. They had a family of ten children. of whom eight are living: Joseph, the eldest, died in the diamond fields of South Africa, after a residence there of fourteen years; Isidore died in London, at the age of sixteen. The surviving children are: Edward, Ralph, Rose, Estella, Alfred, engaged in the merchant tailoring business, in Harrisburg, Catherine, Leah and Harry, all residing in London, except Edward and Alfred.
Edward Simms was educated in the London schools. There also he learned his trade of upholstering and decorating, and after learning it, carried on in the same city the business of upholstering and cabinet making. In September, 1887, he came to America, locating for five months in New York. Since February, 1888, he has been a resident of Harrisburg, and in business on his own account. He was the first man to establish the decorating business in Harrisburg. he controls the patent right of the Eldrich Steam Feather Renovator, the only dry air process machine made. In 1894 he made a visit to his parents in his native land.
He is a member of Star of America Commandery, No. 113, K. of M.; Warrior Eagle Tribe, No. 340, I. O. R. M.; Herculean Castle, No. 480, K. G. E.; Harmony Commandery, No. 39, Uniformed Rank, K. P. Mr. Simms is well known to the citizens of Harrisburg as an upright business man By his skill and his careful attention to business he has justly earned the confidence of the public, which he enjoys.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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