12. Simon Shubel WHEELER was born on May 25 1865 in Calais, VT..6,7 He died on Dec 27 1947 in North Montpelier, VT. He was buried in Robinson Cem., Calais, VT..
When Simon and Inda were married they went to live in the small house close to the Maple Corners schoolhouse (it's still there as of 1992).
It was here that Julius was born. Later they moved to Kents Corner where Joel was born. (It's not known for sure which house but it may have been the Bulluck house.)
After this they lived on a farm on the county road in East Montpelier. These buildings burned; were rebuilt and later lived in by Chester and Lucy Anderson, Inda's half sister. After the fire Simon and Inda went to live with her brother and wife, Irving and Nellie and family of daughters at the Robinson homestead -- reached from a road leading off the Calais-Worcester road just beyond Curtis Pond.
The farm buildings, including a large brick house with white ell sets on top of a hill from which there is a magnificent view of Maple Corner Village and the mountains beyond. Raymond was born here and it was shortly after his birth that Simon and Inda purchased the Bennett farm just out of Maple Corners on the County Road toard Montpelier. There is a Cape Cod style house, painted white and with attached woodshed, horse barn and storage shed. Simon was a successful farmer, keeping his buildings in tip top shape and raising good crops for his dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, hens, and horses.
He also worked on the town roads and was known as an excellent teamster. They raised their three sons here and taught them good farming practices.
They also made a home for a local homeless girl, Florence Berry.
During World War I Joel took over the farm. Julius had married and had his own place and Raymond was in the army.
In time the couple moved to Maple Corners and lived once again in the house they occupied when first wed. They were also caretakers at different times at the Oscar Gallagher home next door. Later they lived in the apartment in Julius and Mary's farm home just across the brook. It was there that Inda died of a heart attack in 1944. He was married to Inda M. ROBINSON on Sep 25 1889.
Simon Wheeler is in the center, with the big hat. One of his sons, Raymond Wheeler is the boy sitting on top of the log pile holding a peavy. Picture by one of his other sons, Joel Wheeler.