Biography of John A. Zimmer
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN ALONIS ZIMMER. One of the well known business men of Cleveland is John A. Zimmer, treasurer of the United Banking & Trust Company. He is a native son of the South Side of the city, where he has spent his life. He was born in the family home at what is now Clark Avenue and West Forty eighth Street, on September 8, 1890, the son of John and Anna M. (Pfannes) Zimmer. His parents were born in Germany, the father in 1856, the mother in 1860, both coming to this country when young, and they were married in Cleveland.

John A. Zimmer was educated in St. Stephens Parochial School, where he took the full course and also the commercial course, completing both before he had reached his fifteenth birthday. Leaving school he became a messenger for the Clark Avenue Savings Bank, where he continued for two and a half years. He next became bookkeeper in the State Banking & Trust Company, continuing with that bank for five years and raising to the position of paying teller. He then spent one year as cashier of the Aluminum Castings Company, and then, on January 8, 1913, he became teller in the United Banking & Trust Company, with which he has since continued. In January, 1918, he was made assistant secretary, and in May, 1921, he was elected treasurer of the bank, and so continues. He is also president of the Royal Mortgage Company, and secretary of the Liberty Gauge & Instrument Company, both of which companies he helped to organize.

Mr. Zimmer is a member and treasurer of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Halcyon Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Thatcher Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, HQlyrood Commandery, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory, Scottish Rite, and Al Koran Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Cleveland Athletic Club and the Dover Country Club.

Mr. Zimmer married Adelia E. Hemann, who was born in Cleveland, the daughter of Henry C. and Catherine E. (Gettman) Hemann, and to them one son has been born, Jack Henry, aged four years.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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