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Charles E. Zimmerman

ZIMMERMAN, Charles E., a well-known farmer and stock-raiser of Hire Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in McDonough County in 1861, a son of John and Eliza (White) Zimmerman, the former of German birth and the latter a native of Ohio. John Zimmerman, who was a farmer by occupation, came to the United States with his parents when he was four years old, and first arrived in Hire Township, McDonough County, in 1853. Here he grew to manhood and devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. During his residence here he was very successful and acquired from 500 to 600 acres of farming land.

Charles E. Zimmerman is one of a family of six children born to his parents, five of whom are still living. He obtained his early mental training in the common schools of his neighborhood, and after he reached years of maturity, applied himself to farming. He has a farm of 160 acres in Section 32, Hire Township, which he has been engaged in cultivating, and on which he has been raising stock for eighteen years. He is also interested in buying and shipping stock. The improvements on his farm were all made under his management.

In 1882, Mr. Zimmerman was united in marriage with Iva E. Parker, a native of McDonough County, and nine children have been born to them, namely: D. D., Ralph E., John R., Charles H., Iva C., Fred, Cliff, Clyde and Hervey.

The religious belief of Mr. Zimmerman is that of the Baptist Church. He served for two years as Assessor of Hire Township. Fraternally, he is a member of the M. W. and the I. O. O. F. Mr. Zimmerman is a straightforward, upright citizen, full of vital energy, well informed in his vocation, and represents the best agricultural element in McDonough County.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 1053-1054, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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