Josephine Simon Hayden was born on her family’s farm near Thompson, North Dakota on May 25, 1890. Her father, Nicholas Simon, moved from Watertown, Wisconsin to Grand Forks County, North Dakota, in 1879. He homesteaded in Americus Township on a quarter section of land. He opened a blacksmith shop in 1880, one of the first businesses in Thompson, which remained open for several years. Josephine later moved to Buchanan, Michigan, where she died in July 1978.
Trydahl, Gladys Morrow and Anna M. C. Weber, eds. Memories of Yesterday: Thompson Centennial, 1881-1981, June 26-27-28, Thompson, North Dakota. Grand Forks, ND: Tri- County Press, 1981.