Winfield Scott Simon

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 340

WINFIELD SCOTT SIMON is serving his second term as
county assessor of Barbour County. He is one of the
leaders in county republican politics, and his earnest, hard-
working citizenship has won him a strong and loyal follow-
ing of friends who repose implicit confidence both in his
words and his actions.

His grandfather was Anthony Simon, a native of old
Virginia, who for many years conducted a farm on the
waters of Stewart’s Run in Barbour County. He married
Minerva Corder. They had three sons and one daughter:
Joseph B. A., Stephen, John and Helen, the latter of whom
married J. B. Dickenson. Joseph B. A. Simon, father of
the county assessor, was commissioned an officer in the
Union Army, but was never called to active duty. He has
been a farmer, is a member of the Baptist Church and is
affiliated with the Junior Order United American Mechanics.
Joseph B. A. Simon married Mildred McCoy, daughter of
Benjamin and Mathilda Johnson McCoy. Of their ten chil-
dren seven reached matured years: Winfield Scott; Tella,
wife of O. J. Paugh; Addie, wife of Clark Wood; Icie,
who is Mrs. Elbert McWhorter; John, of Junior, West Vir-
ginia, and there were also triplets in the family, named,
Dora, Cora and Ora, the two survivors being Dora, wife
of Albert McWhorter, and Cora, wife of James White.
J. B. A. Simon is now seventy-six years of age, and lives
with his son Scott. By a second marriage, to Miss Nettie
Russell, he has a daughter, Frasie, wife of John Woodford,
of Pittsburgh.

Winfleld Scott Simon was born in Elk District of Bar-
bour County June 4, 1867. His parents were poor. He was
fourteen years of age when his mother died, and he and
the other children were scattered and grew up chiefly
among strangers. Scott Simon had only the advantage of
the free schools in his neighborhool, and his environment
was the farming district. He had no capital by inheritance,
and his first means were supplied from farm labor and work
at the carpenter’s trade, which he learned and followed for
a number of years. During dull seasons at the trade he
worked at farming, and he continued in this way until he
was chosen superintendent of the county farm. His admin-
istration of the county farm for seven years was a very
efficient one, and during that time the farm became self
supporting. When he turned it over to his successor the
cash balance was greater than it had ever been at any
previous transfer of administration.

Mr. Simon left the superintendency of the county farm to
become candidate for county assessor. In the republican
primaries of 1916 there were five candidates, and he de-
feated his nearest opponent by 137 votes. In the election
he defeated Shaffer, the democrat, by 117 votes. He en-
tered the office as successor of C. E. Corder. In the primaries
of 1920 he was nominated over two competitors, and he
defeated his democratic opponent, Lloyd England, by a
majority of 1,756. This was a larger vote by 700 than was
given to President Harding in 1920 in Barbour County. His
reelection is a high testimony to the judgment and fair-
ness with which he has administered his office. Incidentally
it should be noted that the total assessed valuation of prop-
erty in Barbour County in 1916 was $13,000,000, while five
years later the valuation rose to $22,000,000.

So far as his financial means permitted Mr. Simon has
contributed generously to matters affecting the general wel-
fare of Philippi and Barbour County. He was one of the
contributing stockholders of the old woolen mill, which failed
under the first management, but is now one of the live
industries of the county. Mr. Simon has never voted any
other ticket than republican, and is one of the able and in-
fluential workers of the party in the county. He was a
delegate to the state convention at Huntington for the
naming of supreme judges. Fraternally he has served the
chairs in the Knights of Pythias Lodge, is a member of
the social branch of the order D. O. K. K., is a member
of both branches of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and the Junior Order United American Mechanics.

In Barbour County November 6, 1889, Mr. Simon mar-
ried Miss Cora Reed, daughter of Nathan and Sallie Reed.
She was born in Barbour County and died June 24, 1902.
Her two children are Otto Simon and Helen, the latter the
wife of Dellett Lanham. At Oakland, Maryland, October
13, 1909, Mr. Simon married Miss Alta West, a native
of Gilmer County, West Virginia, and daughter of S. W.
and Hanna (Wiseman) West, being one of their four sons
and four daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Simon have one child,
Paul, now eleven years of age.