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Aaron H. Simon Family


Photo courtesy of Haskell Simon


Simon Bros. store visible on left side of picture.

Photo courtesy of Matagorda County Museum

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Aaron H. Simon

Sonia Simon

Funeral services for Mrs. Aaron H. "Sonia" Simon, 84, of Bay City were scheduled for 3 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with Rabbi Roy A. Walters officiating. Burial was scheduled for 5 p. m. today at B'nai Israel Cemetery, Victoria.

Mrs. Simon was born July 21, 1903, in Poland and died March 21, 1988 at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

She was a member of B'nai Israel Temple, Victoria.

Survivors include a daughter, Beatrice Simon Franzel of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Haskell Simon of Bay City; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Charles Slone, H. L. Briscoe, Frank Carrington, James Sowell, Jim Gann and Billy Mann.

Honorary pallbearers include Carey Smith, A.S. Dierlam and D. J. Huebner.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, March, 1988

Simon Rites Scheduled Today

Mrs. A. H. Simon of Bay City known for decades of volunteer service in Matagorda County, died early Monday at Matagorda General Hospital at age 85.

The funeral is scheduled for 3 p. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel, with interment to follow at 5 p. m. at B'nai Israel Cemetery in Victoria.

Born in Poland in 1903 and educated to be a pharmacist, Mrs. Simon came to Bay City as a bride in 1928, following a two-year transatlantic courtship by Aaron Simon, Bay City merchant and farmer.

Once their children, Beatrice and Haskell, reached school age, Mrs. Simon began a life of community service which ended only with her death.

During World War II, she was a volunteer Red Cross stationwagon driver providing transportation between Bay City and Camp Hulen at Palacios. This activity required not only that she learn first aid techniques, but also how to drive under wartime "blackout" conditions.

For her early contributions to the Bay City public schools, she was only the second Matagorda County person named Texas Life Member by the Parent-Teacher Association.

The polio threat of the 1950s spurred Mrs. Simon to take an active part in the Mother's March on Polio. In 1957 and 1958, she served as countywide chairman, directing the successful efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

A charter member of the Matagorda General Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), Mrs. Simon had contributed a record-setting 10,000 hours of service by 1987, for which she received an award last year. She remained active as a Pink Lady until her death.

She also worked as a hostess in the family business, the Conspiracy Restaurant, until it closed in 1985.

Mrs. Simon was a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Victoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron, in 1962. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Simon Franzel, of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Haskell Simon of Bay City; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Daily Tribune, March, 1988



Haskell & Freda Schwartz Simon Family


Haskell Simon Is Buried In Houston
July 14, 1886 - January 12, 1929

From Monday's Daily:

Quite a number of Bay City people went over to Houston yesterday to attend the funeral of Mr. Haskell Simon who died at his home in this city Saturday morning.

This good man, who died in the prime of his life and at the very peak of his usefulness, was held in the highest of esteem by everybody in Bay City, regardless of race, color or creed. He was clean, scrupulously honest, well educated, unusually public-spirited and keeping alive to every advancement of the city. He was high-minded, well versed on the topics of the day, and regarded by all as one of foremost of the town's most progressive men.

The out-pouring of people, the tokens of friendship and esteem they bestowed upon his memory and the kindness, consideration and assistance given the family by all, manifested, in no small way, he love, respect, and admiration that has been his during his twenty years of association with the people and pleasant contact with the affairs of the city.

In the midst of sorrowing friends and grief-stricken relatives all that remained mortal of him was laid to eternal rest in the Jewish cemetery in Houston yesterday.

Newspaper and date not recorded

Haskell Simon, 42, Buried In Houston Sunday Afternoon

Haskell Simon, 42, senior member of the Simon-Cohn Company, chain dry goods firm, with stores at Bay City, Alice and Corpus Christi and also interested in the Chevrolet Company at Bay City and extensive farm and ranch properties in Matagorda County, whose death from flu-pneumonia occurred at his home in Bay City Saturday morning, was buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Houston Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Simon was a brother of Abe Simon, retired dry goods merchant of this city, and first made his home in Victoria after coming to this country from Russia 20 years ago. He is survived by his wife, one son, his parents and a number of brothers and sisters.

Victoria Advocate, January 14, 1929

[Married Freda Schwartz July 1, 1915 in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas.]

Freda Simon

SIMON, Mrs. Freda, 75, of Bay City died Tuesday in Columbus, Tex. Funeral services set at 10:30 a. m. Thursday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at 3 p. m. Thursday in the Beth Israel Cemetery Houston. Survivors include one son Moise H. Simon of Bay City. Memorials are requested to be sent to the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Houston. Pallbearers will be Wade Ashcraft, A. J. Tatum, Morris Dombrow, Ashley Etie. L. G. Schwartz, Glenn White, Sidney Schwartz and Sidney Denn. Honorary pallbearers will be H. N. Schwartz, E. L. McDonald, G. P. Hardy, Pete Kogutt, George Wainner and Louis Machewich

Daily Tribune, April 17, 1968

Moise Harold Simon

Funeral services for Moise H. Simon, 60, of Bay City were scheduled for 10:30 a. m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with Rabbi Ted Sanders officiating. Burial was scheduled for 3 p. m. today at Beth Israel Cemetery, Houston.

Mr. Simon was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Bay City to Haskell and Freda Schwartz Simon and died at 11:10 p. m. Sept. 6, 1986, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was an active trial lawyer for 32 years, having founded his law practice in Bay City in 1951. He took his prelaw preparatory education at the University of Texas and received his legal education at South Texas College of Law, receiving a doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1950.

Mr. Simons also served on the Bay City City Council from 1969 - 1979 and was Mayor Pro-Tem from 1976 - 1979.

He was a member of Shearith Israel Congregation, Wharton and Temple Beth Israel of Houston.

He served with the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Jerome Leslie Simon Bay City and Darryl Stephen Simon of Houston.

Pallbearers include Sidney Schwartz, Sidney Denn, Tom Dickinson, Jarrel Evans, Vernon Leissner, Haskell Simon, Eddie Cisneros and Mark Heberer.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Faye Simon.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, September, 1986

Barbara Faye Simon

Barbara Faye Simon, 20, passed away Saturday. Graduate of Memorial High School. Survivors: mother, Evelyn Simon of Houston; father, Moise Simon of Bay City; brothers, Jerome and Darryl Simon; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs Maurice Jacobs all of Houston. Memorial service 11:30 a. m. Sunday. Levy Funeral Chapel with Rabbi Robert Loewy officiating. Family prefers donation to a favorite charity. Levy Funeral Directors, 1402 Cleburne at Austin, 529-6179.

Newspaper and date not recorded

Born February 6, 1959 in Houston, Harris County and died 1979


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