Valley of the Upper Maumee River: with historical account of Allen County, and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana: the story of it's progress from savagery to civilization by Col. Robert S. Robertson published 1889 by Brant & FullerMadison, Wisconsin pgs. 338 - 339
Simon Bair, a pioneer of Allen County, is a native of Ohio, born February 28, 1815. His father, Christopher Bair, a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., married Barbara Simons, who was born in Washington County, Penn. After her death he came to Indiana and settled in Cedar Creek township, where he remained the rest of his life. Simon Bair at the age of twenty-two years left his native place and removed to Holmes County, where on July 3, 1843, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Croco, by whom he had nine children, four of whom are now living: Sarah, Adam, Christopher, and John. She was born February 22, 1820, and departed this life March 30, 1880: she was a consistent member of the Lutheran church, of which he is also a member. He never had more than a pioneer schooling when there was no work to be done on the farm. When he came to Allen County, September 23, 1845, he had no money, and moving into his little log cabin, his household furniture consisting of one bed, one chest, and two chairs, he made some stools, and by boring holes in the logs of the walls, he put in some small poles around which he wound cord for his other bed. He remained here on first coming two years, but the country being so sickly at the time he was advised by doctors to return to Ohio. He remained there about nineteen years and then removed to Missouri for two years, returning afterward to his home in Allen County. His possessions are all the fruit of his toil, and he has succeeded notably well. He now owns 166 acres of fine farming land in this township, with good buildings. He has always supported the whig and republican parties, casting his first presidential vote for William H. Harrison.