Person: Helen Mae Leonard

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group: Leonard
  • ID: 2679
    Gender: Female
    Date of Birth: Knw 01-12-1885
    Location of Birth: N/A
    Date of Death: Knw 04-24-1958
    Location of Death: Melrose, Kansas
  • Biography/Notes:
    Helen grew up in Ottawa County as the oldest child of George and Minnie Leonard. She married Frank Sims in 1904, and surely loved being a caretaker. They had a large family of eleven children: Ray, Roy, Pearl Minnie, Oscar, Esther, Anna, Ruth, James, Hazel, Buford, and Ramona. Helen's husband Frank was a farm worker for several years, but later the family moved into Miami, where he found jobs as a laborer. A report in the Miami News-Record in August of 1928 tells of the tragic death of Frank and Helen's son Oscar, who died from injuries after he was gored by a bull in Arthur, Nebraska. He was only nineteen years old. Helen passed away in 1958 and was buried just north of her family's allotments, in Melrose, Kansas. Her youngest daughter Ramona (Sims) Brubaker passed away in 2013. Before his death in 2011, Helen's son James gave the tribal archives some photos of his family, including a photo of Helen. Also included in the tribal archive collec- tions are some photos from her daughter Hazel, who served for several years in the Women's Army Corps.
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Photo courtesy James Sims Collection, M59, MHMA Collection

  • Helen Sims

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...


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