Thursday evening August 9th at seven fifteen p.m. Jacob Zimmerman a prominent farmer of Protection township succumbed to an operation at the Wichita Hospital, Wichita, Kansas, where he had been taken the Tuesday before for surgery.
Mr. Zimmerman had been ill but a short time, that is, critically so. He had in fact never fully recovered from the effects of a fall in 1914 and that fall was probably much of the indirect cause of Mr. Zimmerman's death.
After consultation by the local physicians last Monday week it was decided to take him to Wichita to surgery and he was taken up Tuesday morning, accompanied by his wife and son Elmer. His condition was so critical that on arriving at the Wichita Hospital it was found necessary to operate at once in the hopes of saving Mr. Zimmerman's life but at that time it was known that the operation was a last resort and his chances for recovery very slight. He never rallied from the shock of the operation and died Thursday, the same evening in which the operation was performed at the time given.
The body was brought to Protection Friday and kept in state at the home until Monday when interment was made in the cemetery at the Mennonite Church south of Protection. The funeral was held from the home and attended by a large concourse as Mr. Zimmerman was widely known and respected and held in highest esteem by all neighbors and friends.
Mr. Zimmerman was a large land owner and a prosperous farmer, frugal in habit, honest and shrewd in his dealing with the business world. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and one of the leaders of the local congregation. He was liberal with his fellow men broad in his sympathies, free handed with his charities and consistent in his religious beliefs and held steadfast to the tenets of his people.
His untimely death is to be regretted and the sympathy of friends and neighbors is extended the bereaved family.
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