"A Good Man Gone--A Deserving Family Destitute," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 2 Nov. 1865, 3.
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- George Sims
A GOOD MAN GONE—A DESERVING FAMILY DESTITUTE.—The brief telegram from Elder Taylor, announcing that Elder Geo. Sims had been drowned in the Platte, fell upon our ears on Monday evening with heavy sadness; and we are certain that many will read the intelligence in this paper with sincere grief. Elder Sims was unqualifiedly a good man: honest; guileless and innocently simple in his dealings and intercourse with everybody. For his family's sake, on whom this sad intelligence falls with crushing severity, we mourn his loss, and we feel disappointed in not being permitted to welcome him again to his mountain home, where his heart was unchangeably centred, yet we write his obituary with a feeling of resignation to this affliction of Providence which only the remembrance of a good man's life could create. He is dead, still he lives, and will live forever.
The deceased was a native of London, 43 years of age: came to Utah in '53: in 55 he found occupation in President Young's office and remained there as a copying clerk till May, '62, when he left to go on a mission to England, from which he was returning when he was drowned.
We are pleased to see that his former associates are not unmindful of his family and have already moved in a subscription for their aid. As brother George is extensively known, a general and large subscription will be expected, to help to place his young family beyond the reach of want. The following paper is now in circulation:
The unlooked for calamity which has befallen the family of the late Elder George Sims, who, the telegraph has informed us, was, unfortunately, drowned in the Platte river a few days ago, while returning from his mission to England, leaving a wife and numerous family of minor children, has induced some of his former friends and associates to head the within subscription list, as a means of their temporary relief, and as a befitting method of exhibiting their respect for deceased, believing that all who knew brother George, will gladly respond, and they bespeak the kind consideration and aid of a generous public for the bereaved family.
As many of our citizens will doubtless be overlooked and not called upon, we are authorized to say that Mr. D. O. Calder will be very pleased to receive for such, any contributions to that end, in money, store pay or produce.