Fred Simonton was born on a farm near the site of historic Fort Ancient, in Warren County, Ohio, on August 10, 1878. He attended both the common and high school and has no mean education. For a number of years he served as motorman on interurban traction cards, and was so engaged when appointed to the police force, December 16, 1908. Mr. Simonton is not married. He is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. In addition to being employed as motorman, previous to his appointment, he filled several clerical positions.