Lakeland's Oldest Union War Veteran
Wed,s at age 96


  Lakeland's Oldest living Union Civil War Veteran, Julius D. Sims, 96, was married yesterday ( Nov.2, 1936 ) to his 61 year old housekepper, Mrs. Fairy Dunn.
  The couple were married quietly yesterday afternoon at Me. Sims modest little home at 522 East McRorie Street by Herbert Casebier, local attorney. D. O. Rogers, an old friend of Mr. Sims and his legal advisor, witnessed the cermony.
  It was Mrs. Sims third marriage, her second husband, C. H. Dunn ( Charles Henry Dunn died, June 23, 1932 ) also served with the Federal Army in the War between the States. Originally from British India, Mrs. Sims came to Lakeland from Arcadia in 1926.
  Mr. Sims, who will be 97 July 26, is remarkably strong for his age. Julius served 3 years with Company A, 117th. Regiment of the Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. Reminders of the great conflict are seen in the sabres, guns and Federal Flags that decorate the livingroom of his home.
  Mr. Julius Sims came to Lakeland in 1908, Interested in civic and national affairs, he has voted in every election until this year, He said he would not cast his ballot today.
  Mr. Sims second wife died about a year ago and is buried here. The present Mrs. Sims became his housekeeper at that time. Both are well known here.
  They secured their marriage license yesterday at Bartow from the office of  County Judge Chester M. Wiggins.

( Lakeland Ledger, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1936 )

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