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P. W. Zachary. Success consists in a steady betterment of one's material conditions and an increase of one's ability to render service to others. Measured by this standard, one of the exceptionally successful men of Holt County is P. W. Zachary, who has spent nearly all his life in Northwest Missouri, and who is now one of the largest landed proprietors in the vicinity of Mound City, and the father of a large and useful family. From the beginning of his independent career over thirty years ago, when he started with a nucleus of eighty acres of land, Mr. Zachary has been steadily advancing to independence, and is now considered one of the most substantial men in his section.
P. W. Zachary was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, October 6, 1856, a son of Bourne and Nancy (Haskell) Zachary. The parents were married in Kentucky, and there were nine children, five of whom are still living. The father was a farmer, and from Kentucky brought his family to Northwest Missouri, making the greater part of the journey by railway, and then driving overland to a place in Andrew County, where they spent one winter, and the following spring came to Holt County. The father rented a farm in what is now Clay Township, but later moved to Nodaway County, and lived for about five years in town, and ran the mail route while his sons looked after the farm. He then bought a farm -adjoining the one occupied by P. W. Zachary, comprising 160 acres of raw land, and he and his boys worked hard to improve and cultivate the soil, and the father continued increasing his land holdings until at his death his estate comprised 320 acres. He had also bought eighty acres and had given it to his son Henry. Bourne Zachary died in September, 1883. He was affiliated with the Masonic Order and in politics a democrat, and in his personal characteristics was noted for his good habits, his hard working ability and an absolute rectitude in all his relations with his neighbors. When he came to Northwest Missouri he was practically penniless, and became a fairly wealthy man according to the standards of the time through hard industry. His widow is still living, at the age of eighty-two, and enjoys the best of health. Her home is with her son John. She is a member of the Christian Church.
P. W. Zachary acquired most of his education in Nodaway County. There were a few months each year when work on the farm was slack, and that was the term when school advantages could be enjoyed, but otherwise he was engaged from an early age in the practical responsibilities of farm life. In 1883, after the death of his father, Mr. Zachary married Nancy Browning, whose father Napoleon Browning was one of the pioneers of Holt County. Mr. and Mrs. Zachary began their wedded life on eighty acres of land, an improved farmland that is the nucleus around which has been accumulated their present large estate. Mr. Zachary has kept adding to his holdings until at the present time they aggregate 560 acres, and all of it is in a condition of improvement and mostly under the plow. Mr. Zachary is one of the large cattle raisers, and raises and feeds great quantities of corn.
Mr. Zachary and wife are the parents of eleven children: Emmett, deceased; Earl, who married Maud Lundy; Paul; Mabel, deceased; Helen; Myron; Esther; Ralph B.; Ruth; Mary; and Dorothy. All the children were born on the present farm and those still living are either at
home or located within convenient distances of the old homestead.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1890; Pgs.1807-1808; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


J. W. Zimmerman. A traveler through Andrew County, Missouri, cannot fail being impressed with the signs of thrift and prosperity presented all through the agricultural sections, together with the genial and hearty hospitality of the people. He may be fortunate enough to become acquainted with J. W. Zimmerman, one of the prominent and substantial citizens of Rochester Township, who owns a finely improved farm of 166 acres, situated in section 16, which through his own efforts has been developed from its original unproductive state. Mr. Zimmerman is not only a successful farmer and stockraiser, but he is also a veteran of the great Civil war, and has been a resident of Andrew County for forty-six years.
J. W. Zimmerman was born in Highland County, Ohio, April 2, 1846, and is a son of Samuel and Maria (Smith) Zimmerman. His father was born in Virginia, November 2, 1819, and lived mainly in Ohio until he came to Andrew County, Missouri, in 1869. He lived upon his farm until 1901, after which he resided with his son, J. W., until his death, which occurred January 21, 1905. He was twice married, first to Maria Smith, and second to Mrs. Augeline (Binegar) Wilson, a widow. Mrs. Maria Zimmerman was born in Ohio, December 2, 1822, and died in that state in July, 1859. Her mother belonged to the Woodson family and married Rev. Adam Smith, a Methodist preacher, of the Kentucky Smiths, who later removed to Ohio. To the first marriage of Samuel Zimmerman, the following children were born: Alsina, who married Irving MeVey, left ten children when she died; Sally, who married Elmer Welchmermer, and they now live at Washington Court House, Payette County, Ohio; J. W.; Jacob, who is a farmer in Ohio; A. C, who is a resident of Rochester Township, Missouri; Lyda Jane, who died in 1871, was the wife of Joseph Ellis, of Fayette County, Ohio; Lizzie, who is the wife of John Aber, a blacksmith at Linden, Ohio; Charles Emery, who died in childhood; and Martha, who died in infancy. Three children were born to his second union: Effie, who is the wife of Lewis Castle, of Avenue City, Andrew County; Ettie, who is the wife of Joseph Castle, of Andrew County; and Emma, who died in infancy. Angcline Zimmerman, the second wife, died in July, 1908, at the residence of J. W. Zimmerman.
J. W. Zimmerman attended the district schools in boyhood and remained with his father on the Ohio farm until 1863, when he enlisted for service in the Civil war, entering Company G, Seventy-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in active service until the close of hostilities.
He took part in all the battles and marches of his regiment, fought at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, was with Sherman's forces on the memorable march to the sea and can vividly recall the long tramp back through the Carolinas and the splendors of the great final review of the home-coming victorious troops at Washington, District of Columbia. Although he never consented to leave the regiment to be cared for, Mr. Zimmerman three times suffered bullet wounds, and no doubt a less courageous man would have considered them serious enough for hospital care. After the close of his military life he returned to Ohio.
On January 1, 1866, Mr. Zimmerman was married to Miss Mary M. Wilson, who was born in Indiana, August 14, 1850. In girlhood she had accompanied her parents to St. Clair County, Missouri, but after the death of her father, she and her mother returned East and located in Fayette County, Ohio, where she married. Following marriage, Mr. Zimmerman and wife, with the former's brother, Jacob Zimmerman, started for Missouri, driving over the prairies and finally locating near Oregon, in this state. As everything was not satisfactory, in the spring of 1868, Mr. Zimmerman and family went back to Ohio and remained there one year, in 1869 returning to Missouri and locating on the present farm in Andrew County. He recognized the value of this land and as he had no fear of not being able to develop it if given time, he borrowed the money with which to make his first payment, of $35 per acre, and it has proved a wise investment as he would not at present accept $150 an acre for any of it. He bought the farm from Samuel Ensworth, a wellknown character, who subsequently died on this place, having been eared for in his old age by Mr. Zimmerman and family. General farming is carried on here. Mr. Zimmerman devoting himself to his industries very closely and making them profitable through his good judgment and practical methods. He has greatly improved his property and has every reasonable comfort and convenience.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman have had seven children born to them: Elisha, whose death, at the age of twenty-two years, was a crushing blow to the family, was a young man of bright promise and a successful school teacher; Emma Estella, who is the wife of Harry McElwain, of Helena, Andrew County; Elmer, who died at the age of four years; Arthur, who is a meat inspector for the United States Government, at St. Joseph, Missouri; Emelius and Gamelius, twins, who did not survive infancy; and a babe that also died.
Mr. Zimmerman is a well-balanced, thoughtful man and keeps thoroughly posted on public questions. Until 1896 he cast his votes with the republican party, but in that year voted for Hon. William Jennings Bryan for President, and since then has used his own judgment in supporting candidates. He is a representative citizen of Andrew County.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1890; Pgs.1865-1867; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

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