George Zin has resided in Knoxville for twelve years and during that time has proven his right to be ranked
among the energetic and capable business men of the city. He is dealing in real estate and has negotiated a number
of important transfers of property. He was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, on the 22d of September, 1861, a son
of Charles and Elizabeth (Long) Zin. The Zin family is of English descent. The father was born February 13, 1833,
in Jackson (now Vinton) county, Ohio, a son of Samuel Zin, who was a farmer of that locality. Charles Zin was reared
in his native county and resided there until 1858, when he came west, settling in Appanoose county, Iowa. His marriage
occurred in that county in 1859 and he farmed there for a few years afterward. He then came to Marion county and
followed agricultural pursuits here, owning one of the best farms in Knoxville township. In 1887 he sold his land
and removed to Harvey county, Kansas, where he engaged in banking. A few years later he located in Wichita and
still later bought a farm in Sedgwick county, where he made his home until his death, which occurred February 1,
1904. He was one of ten children, all of whom were early residents of this part of Iowa and all are deceased. His
wife, who was in her maidenhood Miss Elizabeth Long, was also a native of Ohio and about 1855 accompanied her parents
to Iowa, the journey being made by ox team. Her brother, John B. Long, died at Carlisle, Iowa, in 1913. She resides
near Mount Hope, Kansas, at the age of seventy seven years. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church,
as was Charles Zin. To their union were born four sons and two daughters, namely: George, of this review; Mrs.
Laura E. Cain, who died in July, 1887, near Knoxville; Calvin L., a general merchant of Melcher, Iowa, who also
owns a farm in that locality; Harvey A., a farmer residing in the vicinity of Hinton, Oklahoma; Mrs. Mary Overman,
who resides with her mother; and Ira P., who is farming near Pond Creek, Oklahoma.
George Zin attended the country schools in the acquirement of his early education and later was a student in Central
College at Pella for a number of terms. From early childhood he was accustomed to farm work and as a man followed
that occupation until his health failed. He then removed to Knoxville and has since engaged in the real estate
business. He is an excellent judge of realty values, especially of the worth of farm land, and as he is also an
astute business man he has succeeded in becoming one of the well known and substantial real estate agents of the
city. He also supervises the operation of his farms which he has leased to others.
Mr. Zin was united in marriage in this county on the 18th of January, 1884, to Miss May E. Goodspeed, who was born
in Ohio, but accompanied her parents to this county when a child of about three years. She has a brother residing
at Enid, Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. Zin are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church and their support is always given to movements
which seek the moral betterment of the community. Mr. Zin is a democrat in politics and fraternally belongs to
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife is a member of the Rebekahs. They hold a high place in the estimation
of all who have been brought in contact with them and are numbered among the valued residents of Knoxville.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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