Page 439-440, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


I. A. Zimmerman, a prominent farmer and stockman of Plum Grove township, is a native of Ohio. He was born near Urbana, Champaign county, October 19, 1848, and is a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Miller) Zimmerman. The Zimmerman family is an old American family of German descent. Isaac Zimmerman, the father of I. A., was a son of George and Barbara (Norman) Zimmerman, the former a native of Germany, and the latter of Virginia. They were married in Rockingham county, Virginia, and shortly afterward, migrated to Ohio. They drove from Virginia to Ohio with ox teams, and settled in the wilderness of Ohio, which was then a new and undeveloped State. They built a little cabin on the banks of Owen creek, and shortly afterwards, removed to the Nettle creek bottom. Here George Zimmerman built his pioneer log cabin, and cleared away a little ground where he followed farming of the primitive, pioneer nature of that day. This was considerably over one hundred years ago, and that same place is still


the home of one of George Zimmerman's descendants, being owned by Isaac Zimmerman, a brother of our subject, and here is where I. A., the subject of this sketch, was reared to manhood. He was one of a family of eight children.

Mr. Zimmerman came to Kansas in 1883, and the following year, settled in Butler county, and bought half a section of land in Fairmont township. He sold this later, and afterwards bought another half section in Plum Grove township, which is his present home. This is one of the best farms in Plum Grove township, and Mr. Zimmerman is recognized as one of the successful stockmen and general farmers of Butler county.

On April 28, 1872, Mr. Zimmerman was married to Miss Martha Comar, who died October 19, 1878, leaving two children: A. G., El Dorado, and Alice, wife of Joseph Sicklebower, El Dorado. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Zimmerman married Mary Barger, who died January 19, 1880. No children were born to this union. January 28, 1882, Mr. Zimmerman married M. M. Yates, a native of Miami county, Ohio, and to this union the following children have been born: Carrie, the wife of James Dooley, Newton, Kans.; Nettie, wife of W. M. Day, Kansas City, Mo.; Lutie, wife of Jason Markee, Butler county; John, resides at home with his father, and Lydia, wife of P. M. Puckette, farmer, Plum Grove township.

Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Peabody Lodge No. 113, and his wife is a member of the Rebekahs; and politically he is a Democrat.

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