Dr. Simeon G. Story was born on the 14th of March, 1866 in Harwich Township, near Cedar Springs. He was the 2nd of 9 children born to Ralph Story and the former Elizabeth Laird and his parents were farmers. His father’s first marriage was to Roxanna Tyrrell in 1856. They had a son William, who died in infancy and a daughter Lavinia. Mrs. Roxanne Story died in 1862 at the age of 27. She was buried at the Craford Cemetery near Cedar Springs. Dr. Story’s father married Elizabeth Laird on the 8th of October, 1863. His siblings from his father’s marriage to his mother were; Janet, Sydney, William, Margaret, Robert, Anna, Susan and Minnie.
Dr. Story was educated at the Fourth Line School near Cedar Springs and he furthered his education at Ridgetown High School. In 1891, Dr. Story was recorded as living on the family farm in Harwich Twp and his occupation was listed as a farmer. He graduated M.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine on the 30th of May, 1893. Upon his graduation, Dr. Story joined the medical practice of Dr. Daniel James Van Velsor in Blenheim.
Dr. Story married Margaret Gould on the 30th of October, 1895 in Dysart Twp., Haliburton, Ontario. She was born on the 21st of August, 1866, in Dysart Twp, Haldimand County. She was the 5th of 12 children born to Thomas and Isabella Gould. Her siblings included, George, Grace, John, Elizabeth, Robert, Isabella, Mary Henrietta, Thomas, Hannah and Ellen. Her parents were farmers and it is believed that Margaret was a nurse.
Dr. and Mrs. Story had 3 sons, Ralph Gould Story (1896-1967), Dr. Alexander Laird Story (1900-1971) and Robert Menzies Story (1906-1985).
Dr. Story built a fine home and practice located at 15 George St., in Blenheim, in 1897. During his time in Kent County he acted as President of the local and county Association of the Conservative Political Party. Dr. Story served as the Master of Kent Lodge No. 274 and he was a member of the Mocha Temple Shriners in London, Ontario. An ad in the June 1st, 1895 edition of the Chatham Daily Planet advertised Dr. Story’s “5 minute headache cure for most severe sick or nervous headaches” and it cost 10 cents per package.
He practiced medicine for 18 years until his death on the 4th of November, 1912. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. Mrs. Story died on the 4th of May, 1953 and she was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
*His son Ralph Gould Story served during WWI and he is featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**Dr. Daniel James Van Velsor and his son Dr. Alexander Laird Story are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.