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.