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RG1281.AM:  Lorenzo Albert Simmons, 1857-1937

Papers:  1936 and undated

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Pioneer

Size:  Two items


Lorenzo A. Simmons was born in Story County, Iowa on May 22, 1857. He came to Nebraska Territory in 1862 with his parents who settled near Nebraska City. In March of 1863 the family moved to Lancaster County and most of Simmons’ early life was spent on a farm near Saltillo.

Lorenzo Simmons married Margaret A. Porter on January 30, 1879. Simmons served as postmaster of Cortland for four years and then became station agent and operator for the Union Pacific Railroad at Princeton. In 1900, the railroad transferred him to Raymond where he remained until 1915. Simmons moved to Lincoln following his 1916 election as Lancaster County Sheriff. In 1922 he was chosen president of the Nebraska Territorial Association. From 1919 to 1930 he was in the contracting and building business, and from 1931 to 1934 he was weight master and clerk for the municipal coal yard, retiring in 1935. He died in Lincoln on February 14, 1937.


This collection consists of two manuscript items. The first item is the undated autobiography of Lorenzo Simmons. In his text Simmons discusses the early days of settlement in Lancaster County. The second item is a map drawn by Simmons in 1936 titled, “Sketch of the Old Freight Road Across Lancaster County.”



  1. Autobiography, Lorenzo A. Simmons, n.d.

  2. Map, “Sketch of the Old Freight Road Across Lancaster County,” 1936


Subject headings:

Freight and freightage — Nebraska

Lancaster County (Nebraska) — History

Lincoln (Nebraska) — History

Steam Wagon Road


AIP/ksa                  10-1990

Revised TMM        01-25-2007