Bio: Zimmerman, George F (1886 - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Zimmerman, Crocker, Nourse, Allen,
Andresen, Kleckner, Lauscher, Musil, Unger, Rosekrans, Bergemann,
Devos, Koehler, Harvey
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) March 5, 1953
Zimmerman, George F (12 October 1886 - 2 March
Business in Neillsville to be suspended in honor
of community leader
Funeral rites for George F. Zimmerman,
businessman of Neillsville, will take place at the Masonic Temple
at 2 p.m. Thursday. The service will be Masonic, with A. L. Devos
in charge. The officiating clergyman will be the Rev. William
Koehler of Zion Reformed Church. In respect to Mr. Zimmerman
and to the family the business places of Neillsville will be closed
from 1 to 3 p.m.
end came suddenly for Mr. Zimmerman at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning,
March 2. He was in Rochester, Minn., in the care of the Mayo
Clinic, having been taken there the previous day by his
friend and physician, Dr. Milton Rosekrans. He had in recent
months been indisposed, with some indications of heart difficulty,
but the abrupt termination was unexpected. Early Monday a message
came to Mrs. Zimmerman telling of an attack, and suggesting the she
go to Rochester. She set out quickly, with John Bergemann as driver
and escort, but the end had come before she could reach
Zimmerman was a member of a business family with more than half a
century of activity in Neillsville. When his farther, J. G.
Zimmerman, bought out his partner in what was known as the Big
Store, he sent for his son George, who was then homesteading and
working for a lumber company near Tacoma, Washington. Returning to
Neillsville, George became a member of the firm of J. G. Zimmerman
& Sons. In addition to George, J. G. Zimmerman had as his
associates two other sons, Joe and Harry. This association
continued 20 years, until the sale of the Big Store was made to the
Farmers Store Co.
a time thereafter George and Joe Zimmerman continued with the
Farmers Store, George being manager of it and then Joe. Upon
leaving the Big Store, George continued his residence in
Neillsville, selling life insurance. In 1936, George and Joe
formed the partnership of Zimmerman Bros. and set up the
men’s clothing business which is conducted in their building
at the business center.
Student of Business
George Zimmerman was a trained businessman; a
persistent student of business methods and trends. Born in Avoca,
Wisconsin, October 12, 2886, he came with the family to Neillsville
in 1901, graduated from the local high school and went to business
college in La Crosse. Completing the business course, he went
to work for the R. Connor Co., lumber concern in Marshfield.
Then he went to the Pacific coast in the employ of the Milwaukee
Road, and presently took up a homestead, of which he had only
recently disposed. The homestead was not far from Yakima, and
for a time George taught school in that area. He was the
employ of a lumber company in Tacoma when his father, in 1910,
asked him to return to Neillsville.
Some of Mr. Zimmerman’s characteristics as
a businessman were told Monday evening to the Kiwanis Club, of
which he was a charter member. The speaker was Wells F.
Harvey, who had often discussed practical economics with Mr.
Zimmerman. Mr. Harvey said that George was a careful student
of business, reading one or more business dailies and following
service devoted to business and investment trends. He perhaps
led the local field as a careful student along this line. His
studies and observation had led him to be conservative, and it was
said of him that he exemplified that integrity of character which
is an essential of success in business. His skill was of
continuous advantage in the business of Zimmerman Bros. and in his
connection with the Neillsville Bank, of which he was a
Active in Community
George Zimmerman was active in the civic and
social life of the community. He has served at various times
as a member of public bodies, and had been greatly interested in
the Masonic organizations. He was a member of and had held
practically all the chairs in the three local Masonic bodies - the
Blue Lodge, the Chapter and the Commandery; he was a member of the
Consistory at Eau Claire and of Zor Temple of the Shrine at
Madison. Of the latter he was a past potentate. He was
a charter member of the Moose here and of the Elks at
Zimmerman was married on his birthday in 1913 to Blanche Crocker, a
Neillsville girl. She survives him, as do their two children, Jack
of Detroit and Ruth, Mrs. Jess Nourse, of Ypsilanti,
Michigan. Also surviving are three grandchildren, and the
brothers, Joe of Neillsville and Harry of Madelia,
Pallbearers will be W. H. Allen, Dr. M. K. Andresen, A. J. Kleckner, Ivan Lauscher, James. A. Musil and Adolph Unger.
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