NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Peter Zimmer, the earliest known ancestor of the branch of the family here under consideration, was born in Alsace, Germany, April 16, 1800, died 1871. He married Anna Elizabeth Pbuer, born April, 1800, died April, 1886. They emigrated with their family of eight children from their native place to the United States, landing in New York City in May, 1843, from whence they went directly to West Turin, N.Y., purchasing a farm in what is now (1910) High Market, and there they dwelt until their deaths. They were the parents of ten children, eight of whom were born in Germany, and the two youngest in West Turin, N.Y.:
Peter, John (mentioned below), George, John George, Jacob, John Peter, Anthony, Mary, Gregory and Eve.
(II) John, second son of Peter and Anna Elizabeth (Pbuer) Zimmer, was born in Alsace, Germany, Feb. 14, 1825. He accompanied his parents to this country, having previously acquired a pratcial education in common schools adjacent to his residence, and settled in West Turin, N.Y. For a few years after their emigration he assisted his parents with the work of the farm, and then purchased a farm on his own account in West Turin, managing the same for a period of five years, after which he disposed of it and moved to Leyden, where he had previously purchased a farm. He cultivated this property, bringing it to a high state of perfection, and after a residence of thirteen years theron, disposed of it in order to reside nearer the market and to acquire more improved land.
Mr. Zimmer was a man of sound judgment, keen foresight, practical in all his methods, honest in all his dealings, and thus achieved success in his undertakings, winning the high esteem of the residents of the communities in which he made his home.
He married, May 18, 1847, Katherine Schmid, born in West Turin, N.Y., Oct., 1828, daughter of George M. and Mary (Hilt) Schmid.
1. Mary, born March 2, 1848; married John Shue; resides in Leyden, N.Y.
2. Adeline, born May 1, 1849, died Feb., 1880; married Vincent Sebastian.
3. Eva, born Feb. 23, 1851; married, Dec. 30, 1869, Frank Domser.
4. Catherine, born Oct. 16, 1852; married, 1876, Jacob Dupert.
5. John, born July 1, 1854; in August, 1881, he left home, and the following February his people had a communication from him. He was then in a small town near Buffalo, N.Y., and since that time nothing has been heard of him by his family.
6. Anthony, born June 5, 1856, resides in Montana.
7. Joseph, born April 1, 1858, died Sept., 1899; married Flora Schwinck.
8. Leo, mentioned below.
9. Josephine, born June 20, 1863; married, August, 1886, Wendel Dupert.
10. Margaret, born Dec. 24, 1865; resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.
11. Edward, born Dec. 5, 1867, died March 24, 1904.
12. Louise, born Sept. 25, 1871.
13. Frank, born 1874.
(III) Leo, son of John and Katherine (Schmid) Zimmer, was born April 11, 1860, in Leyden, N.Y. He attended the common schools in the neighborhood of his home, and after completing his studies assisted with home duties until the year 1880, when he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and secured employment in a railroad machine shop, but owing to ill health was forced to resign his position. He returned to his home, and after recovery to perfect health, assisted his father with the management of his farm until 1885 when he engaged in the hotel business at Talcottville, Lewis county, N.Y., and is now (1910) proprietor of one of the best-conducted and most attractive country hotels in northern New York, the cuisine and appointments being first class in every respect, giving evidence of the most painstaking effort. In connection with this enterprise Mr. Zimmer manages a productive farm, one of the best in that section, which supplies his hotel with fresh vegetables and fruits in their season. He is also owner of some blooded Holstein cows, Yorkshire hogs, and chickens of pure breed, among which are Rhode Island Reds.
In his business career Mr. Zimmer displays ability of a high degree, practical common sense, perseverance and sagacity, and is one of the influential and repesentative men of the community, taking an active interest in all that pertains to the welfare and advancement of the section wherein he makes his home and from which he derives his livlihood.
Mr. Zimmer married, Aug. 5, 1886, at the Mohawk Hill church, Theresia, born in the town of Lewis, N.Y., Jan. 22, 1864, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hasler) Ford. Joseph Ford was born in Germany, Sept. 20, 1820, died March 25, 1899; his wife, Elizabeth (Hasler) Ford, was born in Germany, Nov. 19, 1819, died March 26, 1900; their children were: Laurie, John, Emma, George, Mary Emma, Marcus, Ida, Clara, Joseph, Leo, Catherine, Theresia (Mrs. Zimmer).
Children of Mr. & Mrs. Zimmer:
1. Leon G., born June 5, 1887; married Feb. 27, 1906, Cora Kreaker; children: Florence Irene, born Dec. 24, 1906; Stanely Clayton, April 22, 1909. [transcriber's note: since this material was published in 1910, any children born after this date aren't listed.]
2. Pearl Madeline, born Jan. 2, 1889, died Jan. 26, 1894.
3. Clarabelle, born Jan. 9, 1891, died Jan. 12, 1894.
4. Walter William, born June 14, 1895.
5. Ruth C., March 16, 1897.
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