Carroll Bradford Simmons was born in Hastings 23 July 1903, the son of Frank Anthony Simmons and Nellie Pringle Simmons. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1923. That same year began an antique shop in the family home. In 1930 he set up a display place in the LeDuc Mansion in Hastings; he purchased the property outright in 1941. In 1957 he gave the house to the Minnesota Historical Society; it was the first gift of its kind that the Society had ever received. He married Margaret Dunlop of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in the tower chapel of the LeDuc home in May of 1959. His career continued to flourish throughout the sixties and seventies, and during this time he was recognized as one of the premiere dealers in the Midwest, if not the country. In the eighties a series of estate sales were held, dismantling the majority of his collection. His health, never good, worsened as he entered his eighth decade, and he died 29 April 1992. He is buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Hastings.
Obituary, Hastings Star Gazette. 7 May 1992.
ARTICLES AND DOCUMENTS
Summer of 1926. Hastings Gazette. Two short articles mentioning Carroll as a scoutmaster.
"Antique Shop, Operated By Hastings Youth, Becomes Flourishing Enterprise." From the Hastings Gazette. 1 November 1929.
"Church Tea Held at Gen. LeDuc Home." From the Hastings Herald. 29 July 1932.
Historic LeDuc-Simmons Estate. 1958. A brochure discussing how Carroll furnished the LeDuc house.
Hazel Jacobsen's Tour Guide. 1958-1980. A guide written by Hazel Jacobsen discussing the history of the LeDuc house and the furniture Carroll kept there.
Letter from governor. 21 October 1965.
"Carroll B. Simmons." From The History of Minnesota, by Val Bjornson. 1969.
"C.B. Simmons Antiques." Article written by Carroll B. Simmons. June 1975.
"From Here to Antiquity." From Mpls / St. Paul Magazine, by Judith Leslie. April 1985.
"Carroll B. Simmons." From The Old Times, by Dr. Timothy Trent Blade, Ph.D. August 1992.
"Memories of my Friendship with C.B. Simmons and his sister, Ellen." Article written by Hazel Jacobsen-Theel. September 1996.
"An Uncommon Man." Article written by Dick Darsow, Hastings historian. February 2004.
Note: I have many more articles concerning Carroll and his time at the LeDuc. However, after researching the controversial practice of reproducing newspaper articles online, I decided I don't feel comfortable hosting them in their entirety here. Maybe I will seek permission to add them someday. In the meantime, I have snippets from those articles here. I'm much more comfortable quoting a couple of sentences from each article, versus reproducing them in their entirety. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
Here is a link to a gallery of photos of Carroll.