Dr. Simeon G. Story was born on the 14th of March, 1866 in Harwich Township, near Cedar Springs. He was the 2nd of 8 children born to Ralph Story and the former Elizabeth Laird. His father’s first marriage was to Roxanna Tyrrell in 1856. They had a son named William Story (who died in infancy) and a daughter named Lovina Story. Mrs. Roxanna Story died in 1862 at the age of 27. She was buried at the Craford Cemetery near Cedar Springs. Dr. Story’s father married his mother, Elizabeth Laird on the 8th of October, 1863. Dr. Story’s parents were farmers and his siblings were; Jannet Story, Sidney H. Story, Margaret Story (who died at the age of 11), William S. Story, Robert (who died at the age of 8 years old), Susan Story and Minnie Story.
Dr. Story was educated at the Fourth Line School near Cedar Springs and he furthered he continued his studies 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. Mrs. Story was born on the 21st of August, 1866 in Dysart Twp, Haliburton County. She was the 5th of 12 children born to Thomas Gould and the former Isabella Dow Menzies. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; George H. Gould, Grace Gould, John William Gould, Elizabeth Gould, Robert Gould, Isabella M. Gould, Mary Agnes Gould, Henrietta Gould, Thomas H. Gould, Anna Bertha Gould and Ellen Evaline Gould. It is believed that Margaret Story 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. Simeon Story built a fine home/office 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.
Dr. Story enjoyed fencing and boxing as his hobbies.
Dr. Story was joined in his medical practice by Dr. George Bryce Kendrick a few months before his death.
Dr Story practiced medicine for 18 years until his death on the 4th of November, 1912. Mrs. Story died on the 4th of May, 1953. Dr. and Mrs. Story were buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim.
*Dr. Story’s son Ralph Gould Story served during WWI and he is featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**Dr. Story’s son, Dr. Alexander “Laird” Story, Dr. Daniel James Van Velsor and Dr. George Bryce Kendrick are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.