Husband: Adam Zimmerman (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Born: 02 Jun 1837 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada (8)
Married: 03 Aug 1858 in Evangelical Church, Preston, Fillmore, Minnesota (53)
Died: 03 Apr 1899 in Canby, Clackamas, OR (9)
Father: Johann Christian Zimmerman
Mother: Elizabeth Dorothea Knoll, Kneil Knell
Spouses: Elizabeth Britzius
Wife: Eve Hopp (11 12)
Born: about 1838 in Quatmeinheim, Strasburg, Alsace. (13 14)
Died: 16 Dec 1867 in Filmore Co. MN (15)
Father: George Hopp
Mother: Marguretha Strub
Spouses:
Children
01 (F): Elizabeth Zimmerman (16 17 18 19 20 21 22)
Born: 13 Jul 1859 in Minnesota (23 24)
Died: 11 Jul 1934 in Cavalier, Pembina, ND (25)
Spouses: John Krak
02 (F): Mary Zimmerman (26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34)
Born: 09 Mar 1861 in Preston, Fillmore, Minnesota (35)
Died: 15 Oct 1929 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon (36)
Spouses:
03 (M): Henry Zimmerman
Born: Jun 1863 in MN
Died: 20 Dec 1866 in MN
Spouses:
04 (M): William Zimmerman (38 39)
Born: Dec 1864 in Minnesota (40)
Died: 15 Aug 1865 in Minnesota
Spouses:
05 (F): Infant Daughter Zimmerman (41)
Born: 09 May 1866 in MN
Died: 15 May 1866 in MN
Spouses:
06 (M): William Zimmerman (42 43 44)
Born: 09 May 1866 in Preston, Fillmore, Minnesota (45 46)
Died: 13 Mar 1900 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon (47 48)
Spouses:
07 (F): Sarah Zimmerman
Born: 09 Aug 1867 (51)
Died: 15 Feb 1868 in MN (52)
Spouses:
Additional Information

Adam Zimmerman:

Buried: Zion Cemetery, Canby, Clackamas, Oregon 10

Notes:

Census 1880 - He is living in Carrolton Twsp, Fillmore Co., MN -Occupation : farmer
listed with his family is Emile Joseph, age 17, farm hand, born - Germany, both parents born - Germany

The Adam Zimmerman Story

2 Jun 1837 Sebringville, Ontario, Canada – 3 Apr 1899 Canby, Oregon, USA


5 February 2005
Dear Children

Tonight I will tell you about one of your great-great-great grandfathers. Even though he is our direct ancestor, I know less about him than I do about some of his brothers because nobody wrote too much about Adam. But here is his story as much as I have been able to uncover.

Adam Zimmerman was born in Sebringville, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 2 June 1837, the second child of Christian and Elizabeth Knoll Zimmerman, both immigrants from Altheim, Darmstadt, Hesse (now Germany.) Adam and Katherine Zimmerman, his next younger sibling, went to Minnesota in or before 1858.

Why did Adam go to Minnesota, and why did he take his sister with him? During my research for this story I have discovered a number of families in the Preston, Minnesota area that migrated from near Sebringville, Canada to Fillmore County, Minnesota. Some of their names are Krause, Krusp, Reihl. We have heard some of those names when we learned about Adam's brothers in the last story. A Krusp family that came to Fillmore County recorded the following route (from memories of a Krusp grandson found on Ancestry.com):

1. They drove a team and wagon to Port Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
2. They sold the team and wagon.
3. They crossed the St Clair river via ferry to Port Huron, Michigan.
4. From there, they took a train to Chicago, Illinois and on to LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
5. They took a steamboat to Winona, Minnesota.
6. They took a train to St. Charles, Minnesota
7. The final leg was a stage to Preston, Minnesota

Adam and Katherine very likely took this same route. Though we don't know exactly why they decided to move to Minnesota, we do know there was stress in the Canada family after the father died and the oldest son, Henry, was running the farm. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson wrote:

"At the time of grandfather's death the older boys (Henry and Adam) were fourteen and thirteen, and my father (Philip) who was the youngest was only five or six months old. Very sad and lonely hours followed the breaking up of the once so happy home. The church formed a council of which a man by the name of John Kastner was one of the leading men. The council decided that most of the property should go to the oldest boy, Henry, which was an English custom, and that the other
boys should help Henry until they were sixteen, and go to school six months out of every year. But Henry was too youthful to understand and manage the family affairs properly..."

Henry was actually 16 the year his father died and Adam was turning 14, but hardly the ages that boys would be expected to have a lot of business sense. Since the farm was given to Henry, perhaps Adam was resentful. During that decade people were flooding into Fillmore County, Minnesota. Adam had no doubt heard of the opportunities there from other westward moving German neighbors. We don't really know the details. But he and Katherine went together and there they met the Hopp family.

The Hopps were a large family that had immigrated from the Alsace Lorraine area of eastern France/western Germany. Sometimes it was French, sometimes German. On some censuses the Hopps said they came from France, on others, Germany. Adam and Katherine both married into the Hopp family, and had a double wedding at the Evangelical Church in Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota on August 3, 1858. Adam married Eve Hopp, Katherine married George Hopp.

Adam and Eve had seven children on their farm near Preston in Carrrollton township. But, the stars were not aligned right for Adam and Eve. Four of their children died in early childhood or infancy. Then Eve died in December of 1867. I have a photo of Eve's tombstone in the Methodist Cemetery in Preston, her four little babies' tombstones roundabout her. Then in March of 1868, just four months later, Adam married again to Elizabeth Britzius, also of German descent. Elizabeth was the oldest of 15 children and no doubt brought some good homemaking skills with her. Though Adam had poor luck with his first family, he still had three little children that needed care, Elizabeth age 8, Mary 7, and William 2, so he was anxious to get a new wife.

Sometime around 1865 Adam took a trip back to visit his family in Canada. Things were not going well back on the farm with brother Henry in charge. When Adam returned he brought his 14 year old brother Philip with him. Soon after, brothers Peter and Christian arrived. Philip turned 14 in January 1865; Peter married in Preston, MN in Jan 1868, so it was within this time frame that the two middle brothers arrived. Peter and Philip stayed in Minnesota. Christian left for western adventures and eventually settled in Oregon.
Meanwhile Henry lost the home farm in Canada and mother, Elizabeth Knoll Zimmerman, soon joined her sons in Minnesota. Annie Marie says mother lived mostly with Philip but she was living with Adam when she died in 1888.

Adam and Elizabeth had better luck at having children than did Adam and Eve. They had Emma, Aaron, Clara, George, Margaret, Sarah, and Della. But, they also had two babies die. Their children John and Katherine died in 1875. John was six when he died on July 14. Then Katherine, age 2, died on August 6, less than a month later. John and Katherine are also buried at Preston.

Back in the 1800's babies were much more likely to die before the age of 5 than they are today. The number of children up to age five who die out of every 1000 who are born is called the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). In 1860 in the USA the IMR was 197. That means almost one out of every five babies died before they reached 5 years old. In 2012 in the USA the IMR was below 6. In the 1800's children died of many diseases for which we now have vaccines, like small pox, diphtheria, whooping cough and typhoid. So if Adam and Eve and Elizabeth had 16 children all together and 7 died before age 5 can you figure the infant mortality rate for that little part of our family? (I know, I'm counting John who had turned six!)

Adam's mother died in 1888 and is buried in Preston, Fillmore County. Adam's daughter, Emma, married Charles Druschel of Clackamas County, Oregon about 1891. Emma may have been the daughter that went out to Oregon with her half-sister, Mary. Annie Marie says Adam followed his children to Oregon. Adam's younger brother Christian had already gone west and settled in Yamhill, Oregon. If Adam followed his children, perhaps Emma was the one to find Canby. We don't know why Adam ended up there, but we know from our Wintermantel story, there was a growing German settlement there that included the Druschel family. Before 1899 it included the Zimmermans. Adam's home in Canby was about 25 miles to the west of Yamhill where his brother Christian had settled.

One summer when I and my family visited my grandfather in Portland, Oregon he took us to Canby to see the home where he lived with his family, and so I have a photograph of the Canby house.

Annie Marie wrote the following about Adam:

"(The Zimmermans) were all of a very good disposition except for a slight touch of severity which I noticed in my father's (Phillip's) two oldest brothers. For example, Uncle Adam wanted to arrest people who according to his way of thinking desecrated the Sabbath. He thought it should not be allowed, and if people would not do right, they must be compelled to do right...

Adam Zimmerman, my father's second brother, lived near Preston, Minnesota on a farm until most
of his children were grown. Then he followed them into the West to the state of Oregon, and bought a home for himself in that state at Canby. At one time he had been thrown from a horse and injured, causing hernia, so that for many years he was compelled to wear a truss. Shortly before he started for Oregon he came in touch with the Zionist movement in Chicago. They had a program of divine healing and told him to throw away his truss; that God was able to take care of him. He finally did throw it away and his old trouble, hernia, soon killed him. He died very suddenly in Canby, Oregon, at the age of about 67 years. He was a very robust, healthy man, and if he had continued to wear his truss, or if he had had an operation, he probably could have lived many years longer. He left a widow and eight children to mourn his loss..."

Adam died at Canby on 3 April 1899. He is buried at Zion Cemetery in Canby.


We have a copy of Adam's estate papers. You can see it all by looking in Adam's sources in the family tree program. Here are the parts I found interesting:

Adam loaned out over $6000 during 1898 and 1899. There are several familiar names on the list.
He loaned $1000 to Charles Druschel. Charles Druschel was married to Adam's daughter, Emma.
He had two loans outstanding to John Krusp for property in Fillmore County, Minnesota, total $4750. Krusp was the name of Adam's brother, Henry's, wife. John was probably one of her relatives.
He loaned $30 to J. D. Britzius. Britzius is Adam's wife's maiden name. This is one of her relatives.
He had loaned $18.25 to Leonard Haas. A Leonard Haas was the father of Zora Haas who was married to Adam's nephew, John William Zimmerman.
George Hoff paid a debt of $212. George was married to Adam's daughter Clara.
William Druschel paid a debt of $6.63. William Druschel was the future husband of Adam's widow, Elizabeth.

The other names on the list of loans are Riep, Rappe, Tollefsen, Sauer and Morgan. At the time of his death Adam owned only a house and seven acres in Canby so this money may have been from the sale of his Minnesota farm.

All these loans were paid off by the time the estate was settled. Reading about them makes me wonder about the state of banking in 1898 in a less developed area of the country. People will tell you, “Never loan money to friends or family,” however in an earlier time that may have been the only way to get money in an emergency.

Adam's property in Canby, house and land, was valued at $550. Altogether his estate totaled about $7000. Elizabeth got the home. After bills were paid half of what was left went to his widow, the remainder was divided up among his 10 children.

During the two years it took to settle the estate Elizabeth was allowed $40 per month for the care of herself and her three under age children. You may not think an estate of $7000 is not very large by today’s standards and it wasn't huge even a hundred years ago. But when you consider four people being able to live on $40 per month, $7000 looks a lot larger.

Here is a bit about Adam's children:

Adam and Eve's first child was Elizabeth Zimmerman (1859 Minnesota – 1934 North Dakota). She married John Krak and had seven children. She and her husband farmed near Cavalier in Pembina County, North Dakota. The children were Rosa Anna, Ruben, Edna, Flossie,Dewey, Miles, and Pansy Pearl Katy Krak. Elizabeth and John Krak are shown living with their daughter and husband, Harry and Edna Carlson, on the 1930 census. In Adam's estate papers, Elizabeth is credited with $700 already received, which is more than twice as much as the other kids got.

Adam and Eve's second child was Mary Zimmerman (1861 Minnesota – 1929 Oregon) I have a whole story about Mary. In the meantime here is what Annie Marie wrote about her:

Mary, was never married. When she was eighteen she had a stroke of paralysis from which she never entirely recovered. After doctoring for a number of years and receiving very little help she came out to Portland with a half-sister, and went into business for herself. She always was successful and spent a very profitable life.

Adam and Eve's third child was Henry Zimmerman (Jun 1863 Minnesota – Dec 1866 Minnesota)

Adam and Eve's fourth child was William Zimmerman (Dec 1864 Minnesota – Aug 1865 Minnesota).

Adam and Eve's fifth child was an infant daughter that lived from 9 May to 15 May 1866, Minnesota.

Adam and Eve's sixth child was a second William Zimmerman (9 May 1866 Minnesota – 1900 Portland) who was a twin to the baby girl that died (#5 above.) Here's what Annie wrote about William:

(William) was a boy whom they called Willie, who died of pneumonia contracted while he was
drilling a well. He was about thirty years of age when he died, and had never been married. When he
was a small child he lost an eye by getting lye into it while his mother was making soap.

Adam and Eve's seventh child was Sarah Zimmerman (Aug 1867 Minnesota – Feb 1868 Minnesota). Sarah died two months after her mother died.

Eve Hopp Zimmerman died 16 Dec 1867 in Fillmore County, Minnesota.

Adam Zimmerman married Elizabeth Britzius 25 March 1868 in Olmstead County, Minnesota.

Adam and Elizabeth's first child was John Zimmerman (1869 Minnesota – 1875 Minnesota).

Adam and Elizabeth's second child was Emma Zimmerman (1870 Minnesota – 1962 California). Annie Marie seemed to believe that Emma was the half-sister with whom Mary went to Oregon. Emma married Charles Druschel in Canby, Oregon in 1891. Charles ran the Druschel and Klein Butcher Shop in Portland. Emma outlived Charles by 25 years. After he died Emma went to live with her daughter Mildred in Long Beach, California, where Mildred was a High School teacher. Emma's son, Clifford was also a high school teacher. He taught social studies and music, in Naperville, Illinois. Annie Marie says Emma only had two children, but I discovered she and Charles also had a son William who died at about age 13 in 1907.

Adam and Elizabeth's third child was Katherine Zimmerman (May 1873 Minnesota – Aug 1875 Minnesota). I know it must have been horrible for these parents to watch so many of their children die. But I wonder what it must have been like for the children that lived. Adam's daughter Elizabeth was 15 when Katherine died. Mary was 14. They had experienced the deaths of six younger brothers and sisters.

Adam and Elizabeth's fourth child was Heinrich Aron Zimmerman (Dec 1875 Minnesota – 1946 Waukegan, Illinois). He was called Aron. Sometimes his name is spelled Aaron and sometimes Arien. Here is a little about him from his obituary:

"Aaron Zimmerman, 72, of 2712 Edina Blvd., Zion, died yesterday ay Victory Memorial Hospital after a 12 day illness. He was born in Preston, Minn., and moved to Zion in 1914 from the state of Washington. A retired farmer, Mr. Zimmerman was affiliated with Masonic lodges in Rockford, Waukegan and Coolie Dam, Washington.
Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his wife, Hannah; two sons, Rollin of Chicago, and Wesley of Denver, Colo; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Poulsen of Zion, and Mrs. Gladys Kreuschner of Kenosha, Wis.; one brother, George of Portland, Ore.; four sisters, Della and Margaret Zimmerman of Seattle, Wash.; Sarah Zimmerman of Portland., Ore., and Mrs. Emma Druschel of Long Beach, Calif., and eight grandchildren."

His granddaughter, Mary Alexander, shared the following:

"I got a copy of (Aaron's) land record in WA. He was a blacksmith, didn’t buy the land until 1910 and then moved to Zion (Illinois) in 1914 and rented his land. . . .Aaron died in April 1946 of prostate cancer. He and Hannah had come to visit us in Denver for Christmas in December 1945 when I was nine and that was the last time I saw him. He was a quiet person and can’t remember him stating his opinion or taking a stand on anything. Actually the only thing I really remember is he would let either my sister or me sit on his lap and went we weren’t expecting it he would spread his knees and we would almost fall – he thought that was funny."

Zion is a small town just up the road from where I lived as a teenager in Waukegan, Illinois. It had a famous lace factory where Aaron worked part time as a mechanic, probably after he retired from farming. By the time we moved to Waukegan in 1955 Uncle Aaron was dead. Some of his children were still in the vicinity but we never met them.

Adam and Elizabeth's fifth child was Clara Phoebe Zimmerman (1877 Minnesota – 1917). Here's what Annie Marie wrote about Clara:

Clara (next younger than Aron) died in 1917. She had been married to a man by the name of Huff (George Johann Hoff) who was a minister but turned out later to be a scoundrel. I am told that he deserted his wife and family many years ago and has not been heard from since. She had four children, Kenneth, Harold, Violet and Myrtle. Violet and Myrtle live in Portland, Oregon. Harold lives in Cleveland, Ohio. I do not know where Kenneth is; I think he was in the army.

On the 1910 Census Clara reports that she has given birth to six children but only four are still living. Clara's daughter Violet lived in Portland and helped her Uncle George, my grandfather, a great deal when he was elderly and trying to care for his bed-ridden wife, and his only child, my father, was half the continent away. I met Violet in 1954 when Aunt Musa took me on a vacation and we stayed in Portland for several days. Violet and her husband, Harold Moore, invited us to stay with them. They were lovely, gracious people. They had a sweet home with a beautiful garden full of flowers and a pool with fish in it. Harold lived to be over 100 years old. Violet and Harold had one daughter, Muriel.

Adam and Elizabeth's sixth child was George Edward Zimmerman (1879 Minnesota – 1965 Portland). He was my grandfather and has his own story.

Adam and Elizabeth's seventh child was Margaret S. Zimmerman (1882 Minnesota – 1964 Washington).Margaret never married. She worked as a private duty nurse and later, as an embalmer in a funeral home. Do you know what an embalmer is? It's a person that gets dead bodies ready to be buried. Margaret lived in Seattle from 1920 until she died in 1964.

Adam and Elizabeth's eighth child was Sarah R. Zimmerman (1884 Minnesota – 1948 Portland). She married Ed Gunther who worked in the fruit wholesale business. They had two daughters, Eleanor and LaVerne, and they lived in Portland all their lives.

Adam and Elizabeth's ninth and last child was Della C. Zimmerman (1888 Minnesota – 1979 Washington). Della never married. She worked in Seattle as a bookkeeper from 1920 on. She and her sister Margaret lived together part of the time. Later on she bought a home with her friend Carol Richmond. My brother, Jon Zimmerman visited her in Seattle when he lived nearby in the 1960's. At that time she had been working as a schoolteacher for many years.

I don't know if you kept track, but I figure Adam had 24 grandchildren. That's a pretty good number considering how he and Eve started out.

After Adam died, Elizabeth stayed in the home in Canby, at least for awhile. The 1900 Census shows her living there with Sarah, age 16, and Della, age 11. Several older children were living with their half-sister Mary, at her rooming house in Portland. By 1910 Elizabeth had moved to Portland and was living with her daughters Margaret and Della at 540 Clay Street. That is where she died on 19 March 1911. She is buried at Zion Cemetery in Canby.

Adam was a pioneer twice in his life; once as a young teenaged boy when he moved from Canada to Minnesota, and again when he moved his family from Minnesota to Oregon. Both moves were undoubtedly difficult He saw a lot of grief in his life with the deaths of at least six children and one wife. Life on the frontier in the 1800's required courage, intelligence, and a lot of very hard work just to survive. Both Minnesota and Oregon were on the frontier when Adam moved to those places. Adam Zimmerman gave it all he had. We can all be proud of our Adam.

Love,
Granny


from the Anna Zimmerman Nelson story of our immigrant Zimmerman ancestors:

"When Philip was fourteen years old, Henry, being in need of money, advised Philip to work for someone who would pay him a salary. So it came about that he was employed by an old Scotchman for six months for ten dollars a month and board and room. When the six months were up, the Scotchman paid him the salary in silver dollars. Philip carried those sixty silver dollars home six miles to Henry, who gave him seventyfive cents out of it for spending money. This was the first spending money Philip had ever had, and the first thing he bought was a comb for himself, thinking how fine it would be to have one all his very own. Then, as most boys would have done, he bought a jack-knife, and with the money he had left, he bought a candy treat for his brothers. He was badly in need of a suit of clothes at this time, so that he could go to church and Sunday School, but that seems to have been out of the question. Adam, who was next younger than Henry, and who was now living in the United States at Preston, Minnesota, made a visit to Canada about this time. When he returned to the states, he brought Philip with him. Elizabeth lived with her children in Minnesota until her death, October 18, 1888, at the Adam Zimmerman home three or four miles north of Preston."

Eve Hopp:

Buried: Methodist Cemetery, Preston, MN

Notes:

Per 1930 census report of daughter Elizabeth, Eve Hopp was born in France.

However, 1860 census shows 2 other Hopp families in Carollton twsp, Fillmore co., MN (where Adam appears in 1880.) Both those, who are probably brothers, report being born in Germany.

Per Zimmerman History book, Eve and brother George were thought to be from Quatmeinheim, Strasburg, Alsace.

From: "The Adam Zimmerman Story" by Dianne Z. Stevens - 2013

Adam and Katherine went together (from Canada to Fillmore County, Minnesota) and there they met the Hopp family.

The Hopps were a large family that had immigrated from the Alsace Lorraine area of eastern France/western Germany. Sometimes it was French, sometimes German. On some censuses the Hopps said they came from France, on others, Germany. Adam and Katherine both married into the Hopp family, and had a double wedding at the Evangelical Church in Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota on August 3, 1858. Adam married Eve Hopp, Katherine married George Hopp.

Adam and Eve had seven children on their farm near Preston in Carrrollton township. But, the stars were not aligned right for Adam and Eve. Four of their children died in early childhood or infancy. Then Eve died in December of 1867. I have a photo of Eve's tombstone in the Methodist Cemetery in Preston, her four little babies' tombstones roundabout her. Then in March of 1868, just four months later, Adam married again to Elizabeth Britzius, also of German descent. Elizabeth was the oldest of 15 children and no doubt brought some good homemaking skills with her. Though Adam had poor luck with his first family, he still had three little children that needed care, Elizabeth age 8, Mary 7, and William 2, so he was anxious to get a new wife.

(02) Mary Zimmerman:

Cause of Death: Mitral regurgitation

Buried: 18 Oct 1929, Zion Cemetery, Canby, Oregon 37

Notes:

Mary Zimmerman
(born 1861 - died 1929)

February 4, 2005
Dear Children,

I want to tell you about my grandfather George's half-sister, Mary. The "half" part means they only shared one parent. They had the same father, but different mothers.

Mary was born about 1861 in Minnesota. She was one of only three children of Eve Hopp and Adam Zimmerman to survive to adulthood. Five others died as infants or very young children and then Eve died as well. Mary was Forrest's favorite aunt. The 1910 census shows Mary running a boarding house at 385 Third St., Portland, Oregon. She has 31 boarders plus her sister Margaret who is listed as "Nurse." Mary and George were quite close, so after WWI George moved to Portland because Mary was there. In the 1920 Census George is at 1289 Morrison St. and Mary's Boarding house is at 410 Morrison St. She has 50 boarders including her niece Violet Hoff.

Mary had what Forrest described as a "withered" arm, but he could not recall what had happened to it. According to her death certificate she suffered from paralysis of the left arm and leg and she had suffered with that problem for 43 years, which would mean something happened to cause it in about 1886 when she was 25 years old.

She originally went to Portland to work as a domestic. Mary loved children and the people she worked for appreciated this fact and were very kind to her. They helped her get into the business of running a boarding house. Her small inheritance from her father of $260.65 probably helped too.

At that time boarding houses were quite common in the United States. Single people could rent a room in a boarding house for much less money than a hotel room. Most boarding houses would also supply one or more meals throughout the day. There were few convenience foods then. Preparing a nice meal was a fair amount of work. It had to be started from scratch. So boarding houses were a nice solution for single men and working women who did not have the time or facilities to devote to cooking.

Mary bought a small desk for her boarding house that supposedly went around Cape Horn three times. She bought it in Portland after it had come around the Cape from the eastern US. Then she got the idea life might be better in Boston, so she shipped the desk back east, around the Cape a second time. She was wrong. Life was not better in Boston, so she returned to Portland, shipping the desk around the Cape for the third time. The Panama Canal opened for business in 1914, so these moves must have taken place before then. The desk had several unusual features to it and kids loved to play with it. George inherited the desk from Mary. Then Forrest inherited it and had it refinished. Now it belongs to Jon Zimmerman.

In 2001 I did a skit for talent night at church based on Aunt Mary, her legendary kindness, and her boarding house. They loved it.

Aunt Mary died 15 Oct 1929 at the age of 68 of heart problems. At the time of death Mary was living at German Baptist Home at 201 East 82nd St. North. Mary is buried at the Zion Cemetery in Canby, Oregon.


Even though Mary never married or had children, she has an important place in our family tree. We remember her because of her great kindness.

Love, Granny

(03) Henry Zimmerman:

Buried: Methodist Cemetery, Preston, MN

(04) William Zimmerman:

Buried: Methodist Cemetery, Preston, MN

Notes:

from "The Adam Zimmerman Story" by DZStevens
Adam and Eve's sixth child was a second William Zimmerman (9 May 1866 Minnesota – 1900 Portland) who was a twin to the baby girl that died (#5 above.) Here's what Annie wrote about William:

(William) was a boy whom they called Willie, who died of pneumonia contracted while he was
drilling a well. He was about thirty years of age when he died, and had never been married. When he
was a small child he lost an eye by getting lye into it while his mother was making soap.

(05) Infant Daughter Zimmerman:

Buried: Methodist Cemetery, Preston, MN

(06) William Zimmerman:

Cause of Death: nephritis

Buried: Zion Cemetery, Canby, Oregon 49 50

Notes:

William, age 33, living in Canby, is listed as an heir at the time of his father's death, but by the time of distribution, William has died and his share goes to his estate.

Physician's certificate of death says William died of nephritis with a predisposing condition of kidney calculus. The undertaker's certificate gives his address at time of death as 314 3rd St. but gives no town. I assume it to be Portland but it might be Preston, MN. The death certificate is unclear.

(07) Sarah Zimmerman:

Notes:

Adam and Eve's seventh child was Sarah Zimmerman (Aug 1867 Minnesota – Feb 1868 Minnesota). Sarah died two months after her mother died.

Marriage Notes

per Zimmerman History - Adam married Eve Hopp and his sister Katherine married Eve's brother George in a double wedding ceremony in Preston.

Footnotes
  1. Lloyd, Steve, Zimmerman, Christian - descendants (EMail).
  2. Adam Zimmerman Estate Papers, Clackamas County Court, state of Oregon; 3 Apr1899 - 3 Mar 1902 (County Court, State of Oregon, County of Clackamas - 28 Jun 1899 until 3 Mar 1902), page 1.
  3. Census, Federal - 1880 - Fillmore County, Minnesota, Carrolton twsp, p. 281A; Ancestry p. 17 of 21.
    (23 Jun 1880)

    Line 47 Dwelling 138 Household 138

    Zimmerman, Adam age 44 Farmer Canada Ger Ger
    Elizabeth 35 wife Keeping House Ohio Ger Ger
    Lizzie 20 dau MN Can Ger
    Mary 19 dau MN Can Ger

    Next page
    William 14 son MN Can Ger
    Emmie 10 dau MN Can Ohio
    Arien 5 son MN Can OH
    Clara 3 dau MN Can OH
    George 8/12 son MN Can OH
    Joseph, Emile 17 servant Farm hand Ger Ger Ger

  4. Anna Zimmerman Nelson, History of Christian and Elizabeth Zimmerman, updated (pages 32-40 of the Zimmerman History Packet received by DZStevens from J Rose on 26 Feb 2005).
  5. Census, Minnesota Territorial and State, 1849- 1905 - 1885 - Fillmore, Carrolton, pp. 4-5.

    Family 46

    Adam Zimmerman age 49 b. Canada
    Mrs. A " 42 Ohio
    Lizzie 26 MN
    M.A. (mary) 24 MN
    William 13 MN
    Emma 14 MN
    Aren 10 MN
    Clara 8 MN
    George 5 MN
    Mage 2 MN
    Sarah 1 MN

    [This one is from 1885]

  6. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), Ch3; p. 12.

    Adam Zimmerman, my father's second brother, lived near Preston, Minnesota on a farm until most
    of his children were grown. Then he followed them into the West to the state of Oregon, and bought a
    home for himself in that state at Canby. At one time he had been thrown from a horse and injured,
    causing hernia, so that for many years he was compelled to wear a truss. Shortly before he started for
    Oregon he came in touch with the Zionist movement in Chicago. They had a program of divine healing
    and told him to throw away his truss; that God was able to take care of him. He finally did throw it away
    and his old trouble, hernia, soon killed him. He died very suddenly in Canby, Oregon, at the age of about
    67 years. He was a very robust, healthy man, and if he had continued to wear his truss, or if he had had an
    operation, he probably could have lived many years longer. He left a widow and eight children to mourn
    his loss.

    His oldest daughter, Lizzie, married Mr. Krack, a farmer who lived near Cavalier, North Dakota.
    The second child was a boy whom they called Willie, who died of pneumonia contracted while he was
    drilling a well. He was about thirty years of age when he died, and had never been married. When he
    was a small child he lost an eye by getting lye into it while his mother was making soap. The third child,
    Mary, was never married. When she was eighteen she had a stroke of paralysis from which she never
    entirely recovered. After doctoring for a number of years and receiving very little help she came out to
    Portland with a half-sister, and went into business for herself. She always was successful and spent a very
    profitable life. Her half-sister Emma after a few years married Charlie Druschel, and still lives in
    Portland, Oregon. Aron, the oldest boy with the second wife has a family and lives in or near Chicago,
    Illinois. George, who is Aron's younger brother, married a woman eight years older, and lives in
    Washington State somewhere. Sarah, the next to the youngest in the family, married a Mr. Gunter and
    also lives in Portland. Margaret works in an undertaking establishment and was never married; and Della
    lives with her at least part of the time. She is not married [and both live in Seattle, 1952].

  7. Census, Minnesota Territorial and State, 1849- 1905 - 1885 - Fillmore, Carrolton, 1865 state Census.

    108 Adam Zimmerman (Male)
    Eve " (female)
    Elizabeth " "
    Mary " "
    Henry " (Male)
    William " "

  8. Zimmerman, Forrest- notes from conversation with.
  9. Adam Zimmerman Estate Papers, Clackamas County Court, state of Oregon; 3 Apr1899 - 3 Mar 1902 (County Court, State of Oregon, County of Clackamas - 28 Jun 1899 until 3 Mar 1902), p. 1.
  10. Zion Cemetery Sexton, Canby, Oregon (Note sent in response to request for information by Patsy Clark, July 2003).
  11. Lloyd, Steve, Zimmerman, Christian - descendants (EMail).
  12. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  13. Zimmerman History Packet Received from J. Rose 26 Feb 2005.
  14. Preston Methodist Cemetery, Section 7 - Preston twsp, Fillmore Co., Minnesota.

    AE 29 yrs

  15. Hopp, Eve - photo of tombstone.
  16. Census, Federal - 1880 - Fillmore County, Minnesota, Carrolton twsp, Film # T9-0619, p. 281A; Ancestry p. 17 of 21.

    Line 47 Dwelling 138 Household 138

    Zimmerman, Adam age 44 Farmer Canada Ger Ger
    Elizabeth 35 wife Keeping House Ohio Ger Ger
    Lizzie 20 dau MN Can Ger
    Mary 19 dau MN Can Ger

    Next page
    William 14 son MN Can Ger
    Emmie 10 dau MN Can Ohio
    Arien 5 son MN Can OH
    Clara 3 dau MN Can OH
    George 8/12 son MN Can OH
    Joseph, Emile 17 servant Farm hand Ger Ger Ger

  17. Adam Zimmerman Estate Papers, Clackamas County Court, state of Oregon; 3 Apr1899 - 3 Mar 1902 (County Court, State of Oregon, County of Clackamas - 28 Jun 1899 until 3 Mar 1902).
  18. Census, Federal - 1930 - Pembina Co, ND, Hamilton twsp, ED 34, sheet 1B (Ancestry - image 3).

    Line 79 Dwelling 16 Household 16

    Carlson, Harry E. Head rents Radio Farm age 41 m. at 31 KA Sweden Sweden Farmer
    Edna E. wife 35 25 ND NY MN
    Krak, John father-in-law 69 27 NY GER GER
    Elizabeth mother-in-law 70 28 MN Can France
    Miles M. brother-in-law 28 ND NY MN Farm Laborer

  19. Census, Federal - 1920 - Pembina Co, ND, Cavalier twsp.

    Name: Elizabeth Krak
    Home in 1920: Cavalier, Pembina, North Dakota
    Age: 59
    Estimated birth year: abt 1861
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    [Massachusetts]
    Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Spouse's name: John Krak
    Father's Birth Place: Canada
    Mother's Birth Place: Alsace-Lorraine
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Female
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Krak 58
    Elizabeth Krak 59
    Rosa Krak 30
    [20]
    Flossie Eva Krak 23
    Dewey Mckinley Krak 20
    Miles Roosevelt A Krak 18
    Pansey Pearl Katy Krak 17
    Charles Wieseker 52

  20. Census, Federal - 1900 - Pembina County, ND, Hamilton twsp, ED# 114, sheet 4B (Ancestry p 8 of 22).

    Line 64 dwelling # 45 Household # 45

    Krak, John head b Feb 1861 age 39 m. 12 yrs NY GER GER occ: Farmer
    Elizabeth wife Jul 1859 40 12 ch b./ch living 5/5 MN Can Ger
    Rosa A. dau Sep 1888 11 ND Can MN
    Ruben J. son Jun 1890 9 ND CAN MN
    Edna E. dau Sep 1894 5 ND Can MN
    Flossie E. dau Jan 1897 3 ND Can MN
    Dewey M. son Jan 1898 1 ND Can MN
    Geiger, Edward servant Jun 1880 19 Can Can Can Immigrated 1896
    Gillis, Jas servant Dec 1878 21 Iceland Iceland Iceland 1889

  21. Census, Federal - 1910 - Pembina Co., ND, cavalier twsp, ED# 141, sheet 4A (Ancestry 7 of 14).

    Name: Lizzie Krak
    Age in 1910: 49
    Estimated birth year: abt 1861
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Father's Birth Place: Canada
    Mother's Birth Place: Germany
    Spouse's name: John Krak
    Home in 1910: Cavalier, Pembina, North Dakota
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Krak 48
    Lizzie Krak 49
    Rosanna Krak 21
    Ruben J Krak 10
    Edna E Krak 15
    Flossie C Krak 13
    Dewey Mc K Krak 11
    Miles R A Krak 8
    Pansy P Krak 7

  22. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), Chapter 6; p. 4 1952 update.

    (Lizzie) spent her married life on a farm near Cavalier, ND

  23. Census, Federal - 1900 - Pembina County, ND, Hamilton twsp, ED# 114, sheet 4B (Ancestry p 8 of 22).
  24. Findagrave (http://www.findagrave.com/).
  25. Ibid.
  26. Forrest Zimmerman, Zimmerman Family Tree.
  27. Dianne Zimmerman Stevens, Zimmerman Family History.
  28. Census, Federal - 1920 - Multnomah County, Oregon, city of Portland, ED# 22, sheet 13.
    (Jan 1920)

    410 Morrison St.

    Mary Zimmerman head age 58 single MN Can/Ger France/Ger Landlady/Rooming House own account

  29. Census, Federal - 1880 - Fillmore County, Minnesota, Carrolton twsp, Film # T9-0619 p. 281A; Ancestry p. 17 of 21.

    Line 47 Dwelling 138 Household 138

    Zimmerman, Adam age 44 Farmer Canada Ger Ger
    Elizabeth 35 wife Keeping House Ohio Ger Ger
    Lizzie 20 dau MN Can Ger
    Mary 19 dau MN Can Ger

    Next page
    William 14 son MN Can Ger
    Emmie 10 dau MN Can Ohio
    Arien 5 son MN Can OH
    Clara 3 dau MN Can OH
    George 8/12 son MN Can OH
    Joseph, Emile 17 servant Farm hand Ger Ger Ger

  30. Adam Zimmerman Estate Papers, Clackamas County Court, state of Oregon; 3 Apr1899 - 3 Mar 1902 (County Court, State of Oregon, County of Clackamas - 28 Jun 1899 until 3 Mar 1902).
  31. Census, Federal - 1910 - Multnomah Co., Oregon, Portland, ED # 158, p. 7B & 8 A.
    (21 Apr 1910)

    Line 29 385 Third St. Dwelling 98 Family # 191

    Zimmerman, Mary Head age 45 S MN Can-Ger Ger-Ger Occ: Landlady/Boarding house
    Margaret Sister & Nurse 27 S MN Can-Ger Ohio Nurse/private family
    Plus 30 other roomers

  32. Census, Federal - 1900 - Multnomah Co, city of Portland, Ward 4; dist 52 Ancestry p. 17 of 35.

    Line 7 430 Yaw(?) Hill St. Dwelling 88 or 89 Family # 102 or 103

    Zimmerman, Mary Head b. Mar 1865 age: 35 S MN Can Ger Occ: Lodging House Keeper
    Aaron Dec 1874 25 S same Blacksmith
    George Oct 1879 20 S " Driver (Hardware store)
    Maggie Dec 1882 17 S " Dressmaker
    7 additional lodgers

  33. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), ch 3; p. 12.

    The third child,
    Mary, was never married. When she was eighteen she had a stroke of paralysis from which she never
    entirely recovered. After doctoring for a number of years and receiving very little help she came out to
    Portland with a half-sister, and went into business for herself. She always was successful and spent a very
    profitable life.

  34. Ibid., Chap. 6; pp 4-5.

    Mary, Uncle Adams third child, with his first wife, suffered from a stroke of paralysis all her life.
    In this day and age we would probably call it polio, but in spite of her handicap and the fact that she had
    very little education and no money, she eventually became the owner and operator of a large rooming
    house for young people in Portland, Oregon. She was very much loved by all who learned to know her
    and did a fine Christian piece of work. She was never married and has been dead many years.

  35. State of Oregon, Oregon Death Certificate, state No. 2950, local no. 3069.
    (16 Oct 1929)
  36. Ibid., State No. 2950 Local no. 3069.
    (16 Oct 1929)
  37. Zion Cemetery Sexton, Canby, Oregon (Note sent in response to request for information by Patsy Clark, July 2003).
  38. Hopp, Eve - photo of tombstone.
  39. Census, Federal - 1880 - Fillmore County, Minnesota, Carrolton twsp, Ancestry p. 17 of 21.

    Line 47 Dwelling 138 Household 138

    Zimmerman, Adam age 44 Farmer Canada Ger Ger
    Elizabeth 35 wife Keeping House Ohio Ger Ger
    Lizzie 20 dau MN Can Ger
    Mary 19 dau MN Can Ger

    Next page
    William 14 son MN Can Ger
    Emmie 10 dau MN Can Ohio
    Arien 5 son MN Can OH
    Clara 3 dau MN Can OH
    George 8/12 son MN Can OH
    Joseph, Emile 17 servant Farm hand Ger Ger Ger

  40. Preston Methodist Cemetery, Section 7 - Preston twsp, Fillmore Co., Minnesota.

    AE 9 mos.

  41. Hopp, Eve - photo of tombstone.
  42. Census, Federal - 1880 - Fillmore County, Minnesota, Carrolton twsp, Film # T9-0619 p. 281A.
  43. Adam Zimmerman Estate Papers, Clackamas County Court, state of Oregon; 3 Apr1899 - 3 Mar 1902 (County Court, State of Oregon, County of Clackamas - 28 Jun 1899 until 3 Mar 1902).
  44. Annie Marie Zimmerman Nelson, Zimmerman Family History and Stories;forward by Allan Leslie VanLehn (Unpublished work (c) 2008 by (ALVL)), Ch. 3; p. 12.

    The second child was a boy whom they called Willie, who died of pneumonia contracted while he was
    drilling a well. He was about thirty years of age when he died, and had never been married. When he
    was a small child he lost an eye by getting lye into it while his mother was making soap.

  45. Portland Death Records for March 1911.
  46. Portland Death Records.
  47. Zion Cemetery Sexton, Canby, Oregon (Note sent in response to request for information by Patsy Clark, July 2003).
  48. Portland Death Records.
  49. Zion Cemetery Sexton, Canby, Oregon (Note sent in response to request for information by Patsy Clark, July 2003).
  50. Portland Death Records.
  51. Hopp, Eve - photo of tombstone.
  52. Ibid.
  53. Ancestry.com, Minnesota Marriage index.

    Name: Eva Hopp
    Gender: Female
    Marriage Date: 3 Aug 1858
    Marriage Place: Fillmore, Minnesota
    Spouse's Name: Adam Zimmerman
    Spouse Gender: Male
    Spouse Birth Place: France
    Father's Name: George Hopp
    Mother's Name: Margrett
    Spouse Father's Name: Cristian Zimmerman
    Spouse Mother's Name: Elizabeth
    FHL Film Number: 1316808

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