From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 440-441, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George W. Zimmerman was born in Pike county, Illinois, August 5,
1837. He was the son of George and Mariah (Lutz) Zimmerman, of German
descent. They came to America when young, and to Illinois in 1837, and
settled in Pike county and built a frame house on a bit of wild land.
He is still living on his farm as is also his wife.
Mr. George Zimmerman remained at home until married, in 1859,
and helped his father on the farm. He received a fair business
education in a neighboring school. After his marriage he rented a farm
in this county, of his mother-in-law. He remained here for two or three
years and then bought 100 acres, on which there were no improvements.
He built a small frame house and lived in it for fifteen years, and
then built a good farm house, in which he still lives. He has added to
his farm until now he has 300 acres, while all he had to start with was
one pair of horses. He has held local offices. He voted first for
Stephen A. Douglas on the Democratic ticket. When the Greenback
movement started he took an active part in it, and still advocates its
principles. He was a delegate to the State convention at Danville. He
was made a delegate to the People's party Congressional convention at
Roodhouse, as for several years he has been giving close and careful
attention to their movements. He was elected from Roodhouse in the
spring of 1892, to the national convention held at Omaha, July 4, 1892.
Mr. Zimmerman is a very important man in politics in this part of the
county. He has faith in his convictions and is not afraid to express
them upon all occasions. He is president of the Alliance in this
He was married in 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Winters, born in
Calhoun county, Illinois, a daughter of Peter and Willmina (Shaffer)
Winters, who also came from Germany and died on the old farm in Brown
county. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman have three children, William P., George
H. and Nettie, all married. Mr. Zimmerman and his wife are members of
the Methodist Church.