All books must start somewhere, and this one starts in East Germany, 1/2 mile from Poland, in a little town called Silesea, 35 miles northeast of Breslave.
It starts with a man called Ernest F. Zimmerling, who was a farmer who loved to hunt. He met a lady who was a painter. They fell in love, got married, and eventually moved to America and on to Kansas. They had seven children while in Germany, and two later in Kansas. Not much is known about Ernest F. and Karoline (Paul) Zimmerling, but what is known about their children will keep you reading for a while.
Ernest and Karoline Zimmerling They were from Silisea, East Germany; capital, Breslave. They lived 35 miles northeast of the capital. All of our ancestors were hunters and farmers.
Ernest Zimmerling came from a farm of 60 acres, one of the largest farms in the neighborhood, 1/2 mile from Poland, yet there were no Polish people in the family, and the Germans didn't speak Polish.
Karoline was from another village. She was a painter, and some of the family still have some of her work. She married Christian Webber. He had a hotel and a farm. To this union one son was born -- Robert. Christian died, Karoline and her child ran the hotel. She later married Ernest Zimmerling, who was a farmer (but a hunter at heart).
He decided that the time was right to go to America, a new country with new opportunities.
After a few months in America, he returned to
Germany where he sold his farm and brought his
family to the new country. Karolines son by her
first marriage remained in Germany with his
grandparents. Later he visited his mother in
Kansas, but returned to Germany. Ernest also had
two children by his first wife.
Augusta (married Herman Hahn)
Berthold (never married)
Ernest (married Louise Kramme)
Eda (married G. J. Tangeman)
Bertha (never married)
Tena (married Herman Ackerman)
Anna (never married)
Emma (married Henry Kossow)
Oscar (married Clara Brant)
Note: Emma and Oscar were born in Kansas
Following are obituaries, Anniversary notices, misc. newspaper clippings, etc., for this family:
Obituary for Ernest F. Zimmerling,
At the residence one-half mile north of Home City Tuesday, October 3rd at 11 p.m. Services for Ernest F. Zimmerling, Sr. , age 71 years, 10 months, and 8 days. Funeral will leave residence Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
(note: no date mentioned in obituary and was not included in submission).
Obituary for Karoline Zimmerling, 1837-1902
(Note: loosely translated from German)
Sunday 6 April 1902 (either death or funeral date)
Age: 64 years, 9 months & 29 days
Obituary for Bertha Marie Zimmerling
Passed away at the farm home of Mrs. Henry Koscow Thursday, December three, 1953 at 7:30 A.M.
Bertha Marie Zimmerling
Age 85 years, 7 months and 2 days
Funeral services for Bertha Maria Zimmerling,
85, Carden community resident who who died
Thursday, December 3, 1953, were held Sunday here
at the Evangelical Church, the Rev. Howard Beer
officiating and burial was in Home City Cemetery
She was born May 1, 1868 in Wehlige, Germany. She came to the Home City community at an early age and had resided with her sister, Mrs. Henry Kossow, near Carden since 1916. She never married.
Surviving are her brothers Ernest W. Zimmerling, Oscar Zimmerling, and sisters Emma Kossow and Edity Tangeman. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Augusta Hohn, her brother Berthold Zimmerling, and a half sister and two half brothers.
Obituary for Anna M.
In Memory of
Anna M. Zimmerling
Born: May 16, 1873
Final Resting Place:
Home City Cemetery
Obituary for Emma Zimmerling
Emma H. Tangeman
Date of Birth:
September 1, 1886
Date of Death:
December 16, 1964
Friedens Lutheran Church
Home City, Kansas
Saturday, December 19, 1964
Rev. Vernon Swenson
Home City Cemetery
Obituary for Wilhelmine
(Tena) Zimmerling Ackerman
Wilhelmine A. Ackerman
March 6, 1871
July 23, 1960
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Saturday, July 23, 1960
Rev. Harry Hirsch
Marysville Church, Kansas
More to Come
Copyright 1999 by Marcy Leipard