Husband: George Samuel Zimmerman (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)
Born: 26 Feb 1885 in Yamhill, Yamhill, OR (9 10 11)
Married: 03 Jan 1911 in Klamath Falls, OR (25)
Died: 25 Sep 1976 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon (12)
Father: Christian Zimmerman
Mother: Louisa Sophia Nolte
Wife: Oka Swingle (13 14)
Born: 31 Aug 1891 in Oregon (15)
Died: Oct 1980 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon (16)
01 (?): Living
02 (M): Norval Leonard Zimmerman
Born: 26 May 1919 (17)
Died: 24 Feb 1920 (18)
03 (F): Linola C. Zimmerman (19 20 21 22)
Born: 13 Oct 1921 in Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon (23)
Died: 15 Oct 2003 in Downey, Los Angeles, California (24)
Spouses: Walter; Oliver Riggs
04 (?): Living
Additional Information

George Samuel Zimmerman:

Buried: Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery


1930 Census - George is employed in general farming.
He and his family are living right next door to his brother, Peter and Family.

Middle Initial 'S' per note with 1905 photo from Mrs. E. C. Droomgoogle of Lincoln City, OR. via J. Rose, Feb 2005.

From "The Christian Zimmerman Story" by Dianne Z. Stevens 2013:
Christian and Louisa's second son, George Samuel Zimmerman (1885 Oregon – 1976 Oregon), bought the family farm from his father. He developed a grain elevator business. He was very active in his community of Yamhill, Oregon, serving as a county commissioner, and working on the development of roads as the country moved from horse to automobile traffic. He and his wife, Oka Swingle, had two daughters and a son. Another son died in infancy. The son that lived, Gordon Zimmerman, is an operatic tenor and sang professionally for many years in the San Francisco area until he suffered from Bells Palsey and asthma. He has made many recordings and we have one of them. He has been a lifelong railroad enthusiast. He is the author of the book A Song of Yamhill and furnished material for this Zimmerman History. George and Oka's daughter, Linola, also had a beautiful voice and sang in Opera. Her career was cut short by a mental illness. George and Oka's fourth child, daughter Celia, was very active in genealogy. She married Emmitt Dromgoole.

Oka Swingle:


Per 1930 census - Ok'a parents were both born in Oregon.
The Swingles were descended from the famous Zwingli, religious reformer in Switzerland.

(02) Norval Leonard Zimmerman:

Cause of Death: flu

  1. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  2. Christian Zimmerman Family Sheet #1.
  3. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), Ch 6; P 7.

    George was the second boy in this family. He married Oka Swingle and they had four children,
    three of whom are still living. Their names are: Norval, Celia, Nona and Gordon. Two of the children are
    vary musically inclined. Gordon the son has a very beautiful voice and is aspiring to become an opera
    singer. Nona is also a beautiful singer and is making a remarkable record for herself in the field of music.
    George is a very capable man with a lot of business ability. He is now the owner and operator of a grain
    elevator and a feed and seed store, besides looking after some farm interests. He is a fine and respected
    man much loved for his kindness and fair dealings with his fellow men. George and his family live near
    Yamhill, Oregon.

  4. Obituary, News-Register; McMinnville, Oregon; p.1.
    (27 Sep 1976)

    George Zimmerman dies at age 91

    Pioneer Yamhill County farmer and businessman George Samuel Zimmerman 91, Yamhill, died Saturday, Sept. 25.
    He served as county commissioner from 1920 to 1924, where his special interest was easier access to, and realignment of, county roads. The first state market road, between Yamhill and Newberg, was built under his leadership.
    He was one of the early advocates of the Nestucca Road across the coast range to Highway 101 and for years promoted Highway 47 between Mcminnville and Vernonia as a scenic road.
    Zimmerman built and operated the first prune dryer in the area that used electric forced air drying.
    In 1913 he became the first commercial livestock buyer in this region and in 1916 he built a commercial grain elevator. It was incorporated as the George S. Zimmerman Grain Co. in 1952 and he was active in its management for over 60 years,
    He also helped establish the Yamhill County Health Association and the first Union High School District in the state. He acted as member and clerk for several farmer-owned cooperatives, was an adult sponsor of the Future Farmers of America, and with his brother rejuvenated the Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery, serving as its president for many years.
    Zimmerman was listed as a "distinguished citizen" in "Who's Who for Oregon."
    At the time of his death he was the oldest alumnus of Yamhill-Carlton Union High School and he was the last living charter member of the Oregon Feed, Seed and Suppliers Associaiton. He was a charter member of the Withycombe Club organization.
    Services will be Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Yamhill United Methodist Church.
    ... with internment in Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery.
    ...Son of Christian and Louise Nolte Zimmerman, he was born Feb. 26, 1885, in Yamhill County.
    He attended local schools and graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (Now Oregon State University) with a degree in agriculture in 1910.
    On Jan 1, 1911, he married Oka Swingle of Klamath Falls.
    He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Yamhill Grange and Yamhill County Farm Bureau.
    Survivors include his wife, Oka, Newburg; daughters Cecilia Dromgoole, McMinnville, and Lenola Walter, San Pedro, Calif.; son Gordon N., San Francisco; brother, Ed, Yamhill; grandsons, Gordon, Yamhill, and Paul Dromgoole, Seattle; and two great-grandchildren.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery.

  5. Census, Federal - 1930 - Yamhill Co, Oregon, Precinct 24.

    Name: G S Zimmerman
    Gender: Male
    Birth Year: abt 1885
    Birthplace: Oregon
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Precinct 24, Yamhill, Oregon
    Map of Home: View Map
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's Name: Oka A Zimmerman
    Father's Birthplace: Canada
    Mother's Birthplace: Canada


    Military service:

    Rent/home value:

    Age at first marriage:

    Parents' birthplace:
    View Image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    G S Zimmerman 45
    Oka A Zimmerman 38
    Celia R Zimmerman 14
    Linona O Zimmerman 8
    Gordon Zimmerman 6

    [George is living nexr door to his brother Peter]

  6. Census, Federal 1940, North Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon.

    Name: George Zimmerman
    Respondent: Yes
    Age: 55
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Oregon
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1940: North Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon
    Map of Home in 1940: View Map
    Farm: Yes
    Inferred Residence in 1935: North Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon
    Residence in 1935: Same House
    Sheet Number: 10A
    Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 199
    Occupation: Merchant Farmer
    House Owned or Rented: Owned
    Attended School or College: No
    Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year
    Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 48
    Class of Worker: Working on own account
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 26
    Income: 450
    Income Other Sources: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    George Zimmerman 55
    Aka S Zimmerman 48
    Nona Urple Zimmerman 18
    Gordon Neal Zimmerman 16
    Eric Sandlin 62
    Roscoe Roberts 44
    Ddward Hagen 30

  7. Census, Federal 1900, North Yamhill, Yamhill, Oregon, ED # 169; p. 4.

    Line 10 Dwelling # 71 Family # 71 Farm # 5 Owned

    Zimmerman, Christ head b. Aug 1848 age 51 m18 yrs Can(FR) Ger Ger nat. 1866 citizen 34 yrs OCC: Farmer
    Louise N. wife Apr 1857 43 18 Can (Fr) Can Can 1884 16 7 chil b/4 liivng
    Frank B son Feb 1883 17 Can(Fr) Can Can 1884 16
    Samuel G son Feb 1885 15 OR Can Can
    Christ P son Aug 1886 13 OR Can Can
    Edward son Jun 1891 9 OR Can Can

  8. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    George Samuel Zimmerman had a very active year during 1910. He graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in June, he bought the family farm where he was raised from his father, established a cattle brokerage business, started his own farming operation and made arrangements to marry his sweetheart, January 1, 1911.
    His cattle brokerage and farming prospered. A major problem of this business was the inability of his clients to secure a dependable year round supply of fed for their farm animals. Consequently, in 1916 he and his brother Edward founded Zimmerman Bros. Elevator at Yamhill.
    By 1919 and the coming of the Model T Fords into this area of Oregon, it became evident something had to be done about the roads. These new heavy and powerful (by horse drawn wagon standards) Model T's were chewing up the roads so bad they could hardly be used for horses and wagons. His cattle brokerage business suffered because farmers could not get to the cattle pens at Yamhill RR depot. Fat hogs would be loaded into RR cars but would arrive in the Portland market as cripples, due to the long walk. They would have to be sold at discount. Also, with these bad roads farmers could not get to town to buy feed. Consequently, he ran for County Commissioner, was elected and served from 1920 to 1924.
    He was instrumental in establishing Market Road #1 from Yamhill to Newberg. This was the first state supported road in the state of Oregon. He re-organized the county road system, making them suitable for automobiles.
    He also became active in schools. It was through his efforts that Union High School District #1 was formed, the first in the state. In 1936 it was through his urging that the High School built a school building large enough to accommodate the students from the neighboring town of Carlton. This finally was accomplished.
    In the early 1930's he purchased his brother's half of the grain business, incorporated it in 1952, still maintained his separate farming operation. George Zimmerman died in September, 1975.

    [This was a sheet of paper received from Gordon on 1 Dec 2005. Other than that I do not know the origin.]

  9. Census, Federal - 1930 - Yamhill Co, Oregon, Precinct 24, sheet 4A.
    (15 Apr 1930)
  10. Christian Zimmerman Family Sheet #1.
  11. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    "His mother was pregnant with him on the train trip west."

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  12. Christian Zimmerman Family Sheet #1.
  13. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  14. Census, Federal - 1930 - Yamhill Co, Oregon, Precinct 24.
  15. Social Security Death Index.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  18. Ibid.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  19. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  20. Census, Federal - 1930 - Yamhill Co, Oregon, Precinct 24, sheet 4A.
  21. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  22. Findagrave (, 17359665.

    Birth: Oct. 13, 1921
    Death: Oct. 15, 2003

    News-Register, McMinnville, Oregon, October 18, 2003

    A private family graveside service for Lenola O. Walter, also known as Nona Zimmerman Riggs, of Downey, Calif., will be held in Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery, Yamhill.

    Ms. Walter died Oct. 15, 2003, in Downey Care Center. She was 81.

    She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Yamhill, the daughter of George S. and Oka Swingle Zimmerman. She was raised and educated in Yamhill. She graduated from Oregon State College in 1943 with the highest grade point average to have been achieved in the college at the time. She belonged to Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honor society and many other campus groups. She was chosen as the graduating senior who had contributed most to performing music in her college career.

    She studied voice at the University of Washington and performed as an alto soloist with many groups in the Seattle area, including the Seattle Symphony. In the early 1950s, she moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., and studied with opera star Lotte Lehman in the Music Academy of the West. In the late 1950s, Ms. Walter was a teacher at the University of California at Santa Monica. She had been under the care of her family for the last 30 years.

    Survivors include a brother, Gordon Zimmerman of Yamhill, and a sister, Celia Dromgoole of Milwaukie.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Riggs, in 1968.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

    Family links:
    George Samuel Zimmerman (1885 - 1976)
    Oka Swingle Zimmerman (1890 - 1980)

    Note: Daughter to George S. & Oka Zimmerman

    Yamhill-Carlton Cemetery
    Yamhill County
    Oregon, USA

  23. Gordon N. Zimmerman correspondence.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  24. Ibid.

    [received 21 Nov 2005]

  25. Christian Zimmerman Family Sheet #1.
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