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Martin L. Zimmerman, a farmer and practicing physician, occupies a pleasant rural home on section 26, Center township, Doniphan county, Kansas, his postoffice address being Troy, and claims Maryland as his native state. He was born in Frederick county, near Creagerstown, April 29, 1841, a son of John P. and Sophia (Eichbelberger) Zimmerman, both natives of that county. In 1855 the family came west to St. Joseph, Missouri, and the same year removed to Doniphan county, Kansas, where Mr. Zimmerman pre-empted a claim of one hundred and sixty acres, for which he paid one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre. This was the family home while the parents lived and here the mother died, in 1869, at the age of seventy years, and the father the following year, at the same age. He was a strong Republican and anti-slavery man and was well known and much respected in the community in which he lived. They had four sons. namely: James L., John C.. Jacob N. and Martin L.

Martin L. Zimmerman spent his youth in Maryland, receiving his early education in the public schools. Some time after coming to Kansas he began reading medicine and subsequently he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he pursued the regular course and in 1880 received the degree of M. D., his system of medicine being the eclectic. He has since been engaged in the practice of his profession and at the same time has carried on general farming and stock raising, maintaining his home upon his farm.

August 17, 1869,. Dr. Zimmerman was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. White, the Rev. Mr. Chase officiating. Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Jimtown, Andrew county, Missouri, in 1850, a daughter of Thomas and Matilda (Ethrington) White, and at the time of her marriage was a resident of Monroe county, Kansas, where her father was the president of a bank. She was educated in the common schools and at St. Mary's Convent at Louisville, Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman have been born four children, of whom two died in infancy, and one, Helen White Zimmerman, August 22, 1897. The only one living is John Patterson Zimmerman, a promising young man who was educated at Onaga and at the State Normal School of Kansas.