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Ahrend G Zimmerman
January 7, 1831–November 29, 1904
Mr. Ahrend G Zimmerman died at his home in Amber, last Tuesday, the 29th ult. , at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 21 days. Mr. Zimmerman had been ill for more than a year. Death resulted from stomach trouble and an enfeebled condition.
The deceased was born at Strackholt, Province Hanover, Germany, January 7th. 1831. He came to America in 1853 and settled at Dixon, Illinois. On the 10th of July, 1858, he was married to Anna Catharine Grumm. They came to Jones county by wagon in 1860, and made their home at the town ot Monticello for six years.
While in Monticello the deceased followed his trade, that of a shoemaker. He built the first brick building that was erected in the town, it being the Arduser building now occupied by Miss Ottos' milinery store. Mr Zimmerman pursued his calling in that building for several years. His eyes were turned toward the farming land of Wayne township where he saw great possibilities.
He acted wisely for he lived to see his landed possessions which he bought six miles south of Monticello increased in value from a few dollars to $100 per acre. The family was prosperous and Mr. Zimmerman added to his landed possessions until he became one of the well to do citizens of Wayne township, the owner of one of its large farms. Four years ago he retired from the active management of his business, and removed to Amber.
Mr. Zimmerman was a good citizen. honest industrious and progressive he was a fair representative of those German residents of the county who have done so much in making it rich and prosperous. He was the father of eleven children eight of whom surive. The survivors are: William, John, Herman and George Zimmerman, Mrs August Toenjes, Mrs. John Burrack, Mrs. Henry Behrends and Mrs. George Mardorf. The funeral services will be held tomorrow forenoon at 11 o'clock, and interment will be had at the German Lutheran cemetery. Rev. C. Mardorf will conduct the funeral.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, December 1, 1904

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