Biography of Chester Zimmerman


Zimmerman, Chester, an old and prominent citizen of Tonawanda, was born in that place, October 13, 1838, a son of Peter Zimmerman, a pioneer who was a native of Montgomery county, N. Y. He was reared on a farm and acted as teamster during the war of 1812. In 1819 he came to Tonawanda and settled on a piece of land which he cleared for farm purposes; he was a jack of all trades, having been a carpenter and wagonmaker, also a shoemaker. He erected many buildings in Tonawanda and at his death owned two nice farms. His wife was Elizabeth Wire, by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Chester Zimmerman attended the publie school and remained with his father until he died. He inherited a farm which he sold in 1891, only reserving one acre for his own use, where he now lives a retired life. In 1859 he married Jobannah Kennedy, a native of Ireland, and they have five children Maria, Nettie, Lillian, Emma and Birdie Belle. In politics Mr. Zimmerman is a Republican, but not an aspirant to public office.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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