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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     JOHN ZIMMERMAN is a very prominent and progressive man.  He has been in Lincoln county for twenty-two years and during that time has manifested industry and sagacity and has wrought steadily, gaining a good holding and improving the county; also he has so conducted himself that he has now hosts of friends.  His estate lies about ten miles northwest from Almira and is one of the very best in the county.  An elegant residence is the home place and other improvements of a fine character are in evidence on the farm.  The estate is well laid out and carefully managed.  In addition to this Mr. Zimmerman has a very handsome residence in Almira, which is beautifully set with shade trees and well laid out grounds.
     John Zimmerman was born in Ontario, on January 27, 1857.  His parents, Henry and Mary (Krusp) Zimmerman, were born in Ontario and Germany, respectively.  The mother came to Ontario at the age of twelve years and is now living with her husband in California.  The father is of German ancestry and moved to California in 1903, being now retired from active life.  The world famous schools of Ontario, contributed our subject's educational training and immediately after those days, he began farming.  In 1882 he journeyed west to Washington and wrought as a carpenter on Puget sound for some time.  Later, we find him in Weston, Oregon, working on a farm.  Then he came to Spokane, after which he walked out to Proebstel springs, just north from Almira.  Being pleased with the country, in the spring of 1883, he took a homestead ten miles northwest from Almira and also took a pre-emption and timber culture later.  He has bought and sold some since.  His farm is well supplied with stock and machinery as well as other improvements.  In addition to his farming, Mr. Zimmerman has a steam threshing outfit which he operates during the harvest season of each year.  He has the following brothers, William, Daniel, Peter, Edward H., and Albert.
     In 1887, Mr. Zimmerman married Miss Parthenia White and to them two children have been born, A. Blessing and Marguerite.  Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Indiana and educated in the public schools of that state.  She came to Washington in 1885 and in 1889 was appointed postmistress at Lincoln which position she held for twelve years.  Her parents were David and Jane (Good) White, natives of Indiana.  Mr. Zimmerman is a civil engineer, having mastered that art perfectly in early life.  For a number of years, he was county surveyor of Douglas county and rendered excellent service.  He takes a keen interest in political matters and is a man well informed on the questions of the day.
 

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