Sim Family of Scotland History


John Henry Sim

I was born on July 16, 1935, at the Woman's Hospital, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  My brother Bob and sister Jane and I grew up in a house our parents purchased, at 2525 E. Norris St.  This was in the old Fishtown area of Kensington Section of Philadelphia.  I have always been known as Jack.

Age 1

Joe Heston, my cousin
holding me

The three of us attended Adair Elementary School and Penn Treaty Junior High School.  I went on to Northeast Public High.  I attended Drexel Institute of Tech. for a short period before joining the Army in January, 1955.

I took my basic training at Camp Gordon, Georgia and Engineering Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.  I was then transferred to the 62nd Engineer Bn. one of the permanent party companies at Ft. Wood. 

While at Ft. Wood I met and married Betty Washburn.  We had four children:

Helen Elizabeth, born February ?, 1958, in St. Roberts, Missouri
Barbara Jean, born August ?, 1959, in Bryn Mahr, Pennsylvania
John Henry Jr., born October 30, 1960, in Philadelphia, PA
Paul, born 196?.  Paul died at birth.

I was discharge in July, 1958 after serving three years, six months in the service.  My rank was SP5 (E-5).

After returning to Philadelphia I went to work for Gerber Baby Foods.  In January, 1960 I decided to go full time to college.  I had attended Villenova night school while working for Gerber, but transferred to Penn State University (at their Philadelphia campus).  In 1960 we moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where I attended Southeast Missouri State College (now University).  I graduated in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.  After graduating we moved to St. Louis, where I went to work for the Travelers Insurance Company in their Life, Health department.  In late 1964, I resigned and became an agent for the Travelers selling insurance. 

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