Born: June 8, 1870, Ashterville County (Ashville County?), Ohio.
Died: March 4, 1939, Riverside, California.
Buried: Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Riverside, California.
Simpkins’ education included time at the Hiram College Preparatory School, Hinsdale, Ohio.
He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and traveled for a time with an evangelist. He wrote a number of hymns during the early 1900s.
He entered the field of education and taught in Ohio: Kinsman Township School (1915–16); Music Director (1916–24); Assistant County Superintendent and Supervisor of Band and Orchestra, Trumbull County (1924–28); and Music Director, Cortland Village School. He was known as the
Father of the School Band Movement in Trumbull County.
After retirement, Simpkins moved with his wife Matilda to Riverside, California.
There he met hymn writer Carlton C. Buck, and became a member of the Church where Buck was pastor. Through this association, he renewed his interest in hymn writing.
A pianist, he also wrote hymn tunes and collaborated during his retirement years on several hymns with his pastor.
If you know where to get a good photo of Simpkins (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?