WALTER SIMS & HANNAH CROMPTON
Hannah was born the 21 of Dec 1881 in Almy, Uinta, Wyoming to David Crompton and Elizaeth Black Kennedy. She spent her
childhood and attended grade school and later business activities there.
Her father ran a slaughter house. The Indians would come to their house and beg for biscuits. They wouldn't leave until they got
them, even if she had to make them. They were also given parts of the meat at the slaughter house that her father David didn't use.
Walter Sims, who lived in Evanston, heard that David was hiring help for running his sheep. Walter went to Almy and got the job.
One day David sent Walter to the house to get something for him and that is when he first met Hannah, she was 16. She was making
pies and he somehow managed to get a piece of pie from her mother, which didn't set to well with Hannah, and she didn't care for
him at all. He found out that she would go ice skating with friends in the evening. They would make a fire and bake potatoes while
they were skating and then sit around and eat them. So he decided to go, but never did skate, but he waited around to talk to her. At
first she didn't pay much attention to him. He kept coming and gathered wood and kept the fire going. He walked her home one night
and they started going together.
They were married on the 12th. of July 1900 in Almy. Their first house was a wash house made into a one room house about 12 X 16
ft. They had a table with 2 chairs, a bed and a stove. The cupboards were made from orange crates. The curtains were made of sugar
sacks. They pumped their water from outside.
My mother, Edna June Sims was their first child born there in June 1901. Then Frank was born Jan. 21 1904. when they were a little
older they moved into the big house Arthur W. Sims, Walters father had been living in. He decided to sell his property which had two
houses on it. He divided it between his two sons, they each had a farm. He moved into town and became Justice of the Peace. There
were five more children born here. They were Ruth, Lida, Arther, Walter C. and Alice.
They raised sheep until a big storm killed the whole herd. Walter used a paid up insurance policy and bought fifty head of white face
heifers for beef. Hannah made butter, and her and her daughter Edna would deliver the butter to their customers on Saturday. One
time they put their boxes of butter in their one horse cutter and started on their Saturday trip delivereing the butter. There was a lot
of snow so they tried to stay on the beaten path. But the snow tipped the cutter over and all boxes of butter fell out of the cutter.
Between the two of them they got their cutter up on the beaten path and loaded their butter back in their cutter and went on their
way without anymore mishaps.
Eventually the family moved into the city, two more children were born here, Edith and Betty. They had nine children in all.
Hannah also raised a grandson, whose mother died at his birth.
Hannah was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of LaterDay Saints the 13 of Ded. 1921 in Evanston. She
was active in Relief Society. She was quilting chairman, and chairman of the banquet committee for many years. Other church
positions she held were assistant teacher in Y.W.M.I.A. Teacher of religion in Evanston First Ward. Her special talents were
crocheting and cooking. Interests: She loved to travel .
Hannah and Walter were endowed and sealed the 15th. of Dec. 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had their youngest daughter sealed
to them also. She died on the 16th. of Sept. 1942.
                                Hannh Crompton by Louise Duke - March 2005
                                 By BonBertagnolli Zehrung • 2 September 2013