Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa.
Unless otherwise noted, the following biographies were submitted by Dick Barton.
E. Zimmerman, an intelligent and enterprising citizen of Red Oak, has been a
resident here since 1882. He was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, May 28,
1859, a son of Daniel Zimmerman, a native of Pennsylvania and now an honored
citizen of Red Oak. Mr. Zimmerman's mother, whose maiden name was Harriet Pifley,
was born in Wittenberg, Germany, and was eleven years of age when brought to
America by her parents. Daniel Zimmerman was married in Lycoming county,
Pennsylvania, and moved to Stephenson county, Illinois, during the early
settlement of that section of the State, and came to Red Oak in 1882. He
purchased of T. E. Brown the present homestead, which was then but partly
improved; and W. E., our present subject, purchased it of his father. There are
160 acres, good land, and nicely improved. Upon it are a good two-story
residence, 16 x 28 feet, and ornamental grounds, orchard, barn, outbuildings,
etc., besides good springs supplying water to the tanks in four different feed
lots, including the pasture. Mr. Zimmerman has some good thoroughbred Herefords,
and also a number of high grades.
was married in Stephenson county, Illinois, February 25, 1880, to Miss Mary J.
Holsapple, of that county, and daughter of De Witt and Malinda (Stahl) Holsapple;
her father was born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, and her mother in the same
place. By this marriage there was one son, named Bert Leonard, who was born
November 1, 1883. Mr. Zimmerman is a Democrat on national questions, and a
leading member of the Farmers' Alliance in his locality, being now the treasurer
of the local organization.