|Lewis Zimmer I
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 573-574, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Lewis Zimmer is now retired from active labor as a farmer and is
living at the corner of Jefferson and Twelfth streets in Beardstown. He
was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main in Hesse-Darmstadt, July 28, 1819. He
came of Hesse-Darmstadt parents, his father, John Zimmer being a German
farmer in a small way and died when ninety-two years of age. He was an
active old man to the last, and when seventy-five thought nothing of
walking twelve miles. He was a tried and loyal soldier and served his
country for six years as one. His wife, whose maiden name was Margaret
Snyder, died at the age of eighty, at the same place as her husband.
She came of a long lived family. They were both members of the State
Church of Hesse-Darmstadt.
Lewis is the youngest, but one of nine children born to his
parents. Several of the family are still living and married, but Lewis
is the only one who came to the United States. He grew up on the farm
in his native country and after he became of age he enlisted as a
soldier in the regular Germany army, serving six years; when he
received his honorable discharge, he came to the United States, leaving
in August, 1846. He sailed from France on a three-mast sailing vessel,
landing in New York city after thirty-one days' passage. He came thence
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, locating fourteen miles west of that city and
began life in the new country as a day laborer. After about three years
he came to Cass county, Illinois, through the influence of a German
friend who lived there. Here he has lived ever since. He has a nice
farm of 200 acres, a good portion of which is well improved and the
soil is as fine as any in the county. The farm lies against Bluff
Springs, in the valley of the same name. He came to the county a poor
man, renting his farm, but in 1859 he purchased sixty-eight acres and
on this began to farm on his own account. He added to this original
farm until he had accumulated a fine property and fortune, and this
without assistance from anybody but his faithful wife.
He was married in Beardstown to Mrs. Catharine Price, nee Keil.
She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt and after growing up was married to
Conrad Price, a gentleman of the same province. After marriage Mr.
Price with his parents and young wife came in 1845, from Bremen to
Baltimore and thence to Beardstown, Illinois, and here a few years
later he died very suddenly from paralysis, leaving his widow with
quite a family, two sons who are now grown up and prosperous, Henry and
John. The parents of Mrs. Price died in Beardstown when old people,
their names were Conrad and Catherine (Shelman) Price. They were both
natives of Hesse-Darmstadt and were all Lutherans.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmer are the parents of two children: Lewis, Jr.
(see biography), and Margaret, wife of Theo. Krohe, an implement dealer
in the city.
Mr. Zimmer moved into the city in 1888 and is now enjoying the
fruits of his early labors. He is a Democrat in politics and he and his
wife are members of the Lutheran Church.
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