SIMS, DAVID HUDSON, a substantial farmer and large landowner living at Latham, Logan County, Ill., is a native of the place where he now resides, born July 8, 1838. He is a son of David and Elizabeth (Elston) Sims, who lived on a farm at Latham. The father, who was of Scotch descent, was born in Charlotte County, Va., January 1, 1801, and the mother was born in Henry County, Ky., March 5, 1806. David H. Sims was educated in his native county and was reared to farm work, in which he has since been very successful on his own account. Besides the 400 acres he owns at Latham he also has 160 acres in Kansas, 160 acres in Texas and several hundred acres in old Mexico.
Mr. Sims earned a good record as a soldier, enlisting as private in Company H, Thirteenth Infantry. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant, three months later to rank fo First Lieutenant, and in 1865 was again promoted. At the close of the war he resumed his farming operations. He has been successful in his agricultural operations and is recognized as a man of energy and ability.
Mr. Sims was married, at Marshalltown, Iowa, July 4, 1860, to Miss Ann Burkes, who was born June 30, 1845, daughter of James and Marcy Burkes. Three children blessed this union, namely: Mrs. Clara M. White, born December 6, 1866; Myrtle R., Mrs. Huston, born January 21, 1875; David Benjamin, born January 6, 1882. Mr. Sims is a Republican in politics and he is a member of the Christian Church. He has been a member of the Masonic Order for fifty years, for forty has been a member of the Knights of Pythias, and also belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Sims is Vice President of the Springfield & Jacksonville Interurban Railway Company, engaged in constructing an electric line between the two cities.