|William George Simmons|
1861 - 1949
William George Simmons
Born: June 10, 1861 in Morgan, Morgan, Utah
Died: February 7, 1949 in Lovell, Big Horn, Wyoming
Buried: February 9, 1949 in Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming
|Clara Alice Olpin Simmons|
1865 - 1907
Clara Alice Olpin
Born: September 30, 1865 in Round Valley, Morgan, Utah
Died: October 30, 1907 in Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming
Buried: November 2, 1907 in Cowley, Big Horn, Wyoming
William and Clara Simmons were a part of the first group of pioneers to settle in Cowley. After a challenging trip by wagon from Morgan, Utah they arrived May 24, 1900 along with their seven young children: William Henry, Clara Minnie (Robb), Walter Charles, Ida May (Rasmussen), Edith (Peterson), Joseph Marvin, and Mary Agnas (Peterson). Two children, Eva Millie (Small) and Vernal were born in Cowley after the family had moved to Cowley.
William George Simmons helped build the Sidon Canal as well as the railroad between Frannie and Pryor Gap. He and his sons built the first sawed log house with a shingled roof in Cowley during the winter of 1900. It is still standing and was most recently occupied by Everett and Betty McConahay. William was also one of the first men to plant an orchard in Cowley. He also established and operated the first butcher shop in Cowley along with William Godfrey. He was a member of the first Big Horn Stake High Council.
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