Biography of Wayne E. Timmerman
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Wayne Edward Timmerman. - Well known in Franklin County as the capable city manager of Saranac Lake, Wayne E. Timmerman is a native of New York He was born at Theresa, Jan. 8, 1894, the son of George Hemperly and Rhoda (Edwards) Timmerman.

George Hemperly Timmerman was born at Orleans, N. Y., in 1857. In early life he was a farmer and later engaged in business at Massena, N. Y. He is now a resident of Greenwich, Conn. He was married twice, his first wife having died shortly after their marriage. He was married second in 1892 to Miss Rhoda Edwards, whose father was a veteran of the Civil War. To them were born two sons: 1. Wayne Edward, the subject of this sketch. 2. Ray Walrath, born Nov. 10, 1902, identified with the Greenwich Power Company at Greenwich, Conn.

The name of Timmerman was originally Zimmerman, early members of this family having come to the United States from Germany. Henry and John Zimmerman, brothers, came to America from Hamburg in 1750. They settled in the Mohawk Valley and at that time the spelling of the name was changed to Timmerman. Both enlisted for service in the Revolutionary War. John received the commission of lieutenant and was killed in an encounter with the English and Indians. Henry Timmerman became the father of Frederick, who was born in 1788, and died in 1860, the latter became the father of George Frederick Timmerman, who was born in 1813, and died in 1902. He was the father of George Hemperly Timmerman, father of the subject of this sketch.

Wayne Edward Timmerman received his early education in the public schools of Massena, N. Y., and received a degree of civil engineer from the Clarkson College of Technology, at Potsdam, in 1918. At that time he enlisted for service in the World War as a member of the 472nd Engineers. After the close of the war Mr. Timmerman resumed his former employment with the Aluminum Company of America, having been identified with that concern during his college career. In 1921 Mr. Timmerman became village engineer of Massena and held that office for eight years. Since June, 1929, he has served as city manager of Saranac Lake.

On June 12, 1923, Mr. Timmerman married Miss Clara Anne May, the daughter of Mrs. Catherine May, a native of Germany, who now lives at Atlantic City, N. J. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman had three children, one of whom died in infancy. The other children are : 1. Richard Thomas, born Aug. 29, 1927. 2. Catherine Klock, born June 13, 1931.

Politically Mr. Timmerman is independent. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Rotary Club, Omicron Pi Omicron fraternity, Saranac Lake Boat and Waterways Club, and New York State Society of Engineers. He also is a member of the National City Managers Association.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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