Arthur William Simonson, president of The Wisconsin Agriculturist, published at Racine, succeeds to a business already established and one in which he has the inspirational example of a distinguished and honored father. His training was received under his father’s direction and the course which he is pursuing fully sustains the reputation which has long been associated with the family name in journalistic circles of the state. He was born in Racine. August 15, 1887, his parents being Andrew and Annie (Porter) Simonson, of who mention is made elsewhere in this volume. The Simonsons have been residents of Racine since 1869, when the paternal grandparents arrived with their family.
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In the public schools Arthur W. Simonson began his education, which was continued through successive grades until he became a student in Racine College, afterward spending two years in the University of Wisconsin. He was early trained in the field of journalism and upon the death of his father became manager of The Wisconsin Agriculturist, a paper the value of which has been demonstrated in its increased patronage. As manager he has adopted the most modern ideas of newspaper publication in relation to the interests of the farming class. In February, 1914, he was elected president of the company and now largely controls the destinies of the paper, which is proving a vital force in putting before the farming community facts and theories of educational value in relation to their work.
On the 26th of January, 1910, Mr. Simonson was married to Miss Mary Edna Hare, of Racine, a daughter of Will C. and 011ie B. Hare, of Salem, Ohio, who removed to Racine in 1906. The children of this marriage are Andrew William and Mary Edna.
On political questions Mr. Simonson maintains an independent attitude save where the issue is one of state or national importance. At local elections, where the only matter for consideration is the capability of a candidate for the duties of the office which he seeks, he votes independently. He was made the democratic nominee for the office of alderman in the second ward and such was his popularity with his fellow citizens that he was elected and served for two years. He is a trustee of Racine College. He co-operates in all the well devised plans and measures of the Commercial Club for Racine’s benefit and upbuilding and his fraternal spirit finds expression in his membership in the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His religious faith is evidenced in his membership in the Episcopal Church. In every relation his influence is on the side of progress and advancement and his policy is always to advocate constructive and not destructive measures.