From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 597, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Lewis Zimmer, Jr., a practical general farmer, of section 21,
township 18, range 11, was born on his present farm March 19, 1861. He
has since lived on the farm and was educated in Bluff Springs precinct.
He lived with his parents until after he became of age, and since that
time he has had control of the home farm, which he has run
successfully. He is the son of Lewis Zimmer, a native of Prussia,
Germany, and came of German ancestry. He was reared a farmer and while
yet a young man he came all alone to America and settled in Cass
county. This was in the ‘40s. He later began to buy land and finally
accumulated the large and substantial farm he now owns. Here Mr.
Zimmer, Sr., and his wife lived until some six years ago, when they
retired to Beardstown, and are spending their last days quietly,
leaving the farm in the charge of Lewis. Mr. Zimmer, Sr., married his
wife in this county, her name being Catharine Keil, a native of
Germany, who came to America when young. She has proven herself a good
wife and mother. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmer are members of the German Lutheran
Church of Beardstown. Mr. Zimmer is a Democrat.
Our subject is the second child and only son, his only sister
being Maggie, wife of Theo. Krohe, an agricultural dealer in
Beardstown. The farm consists of 200 acres, 100 of which he owns
himself. It is in fine condition.
Lewis was married in this county, to Matilda Krohe, born in this
county, February 1, 1862, and was reared and educated in her native
county. She is the daughter of August and Mary Krohe, who now live in
Beardstown and are retired farmers, owning a large improved farm in
township 18, range 11. Mr. and Mrs. Krohe are both natives of Germany,
but have lived in Cass county since their marriage. They are Lutherans.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmer are members of the Lutheran Church, and Mr. Zimmer
is a Democrat. They have three children: Calvin L. P., Clara M. C. and
Theodore E. Both Mr. Zimmer and his wife are highly respected and have
hosts of friends in the county, where they are well known as honest,