Frank Simpkins

June 8, 1870, Ashterville County (Ashville County?), Ohio.

March 4, 1939, Riverside, California.

Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Riverside, California.

Simpkins’ education included a time at the Preparatory School, Hiram College, Hinsdale, Ohio. He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and traveled for a time with an evangelist. He wrote a number of hymns during the early 1900s. He entered the field of education and taught in Ohio: Kinsman Township School (1915-16); Music Director (1916-1924); Assistant County Superintendent and Supervisor of Band and Orchestra in Trumbull County (1924-28); Music Director of Cortland Village School. He was known as the Father of the School Band Movement in Trumbull County.

After retirement, Simpkins moved with his wife Matilda to Riverside, California. There he met hymn-writer Carlton C. Buck, and became a member of the Church where Buck was pastor. Through this association, he renewed his interest in hymn writing. A pianist, he also wrote hymn tunes and collaborated during his retirement years on several hymns with his pastor.

  1. Am I Ashamed of Christ?
  2. Beyond the Dark River
  3. Christ the Loving Shepherd
  4. Draw Me Nearer
  5. Drifting Away from God
  6. Eternity
  7. Feasting in the Center of His Love
  8. Glad Hallelujahs
  9. I Am Coming, Lord, to Thee
  10. I Love to Think That Jesus Knows
  11. I Will Sing the Praises of My Great Redeemer
  12. In the Golden Morning
  13. Jesus Is Calling
  14. Make Me White as Snow
  15. My Savior Sought Me
  16. Oh, for a Glimpse of That City
  17. One by One, They Are Crossing the River
  18. Redeemed, Redeemed
  19. Scatter Sunshine
  20. Sinner, Why Have You Been Straying?
  21. Tell Again the Wondrous Story
  22. ’Tis So Sweet to Walk with Jesus
  23. When God Speaks
  24. Wonderful Peace

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