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    JOSEPH ZIMMERMAN is engaged in farming operations in Newton Township, Miami County, Ohio, and is the owner of fifty-four acres located in Section 14 of that township. He was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, November 3, I856, and is a son of Charles and Sophia (Trost) Zimmerman.

    Charles Zimmerman was born in Germany, February 11, 1822, and after his marriage came to the United States. He located at Dayton, Ohio, and for some three years worked out by the day. He then bought a farm of thirty acres in Montgomery County but after a couple of years sold out and farmed on shares near Harrisburg for two years. At the end of that time he moved to Newton Township, Miami County, Ohio, where he purchased an eighty-acre farm. He was subsequently the owner of a forty-acre tract in that township, which he afterward sold. He continued to live on the former place until his death on January 23, 1896. He was married in Germany to Sophia Trost, a daughter of John and Dora Trost, and they reared the following children: Charles, Fred and Henry (twins), Katherine, Joseph, John, Samuel, Margaret, Mary, and Emma. Religiously, they were members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Zimmerman died in the fall of 1894, and both she and her husband were buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

    Joseph Zimmerman attended the Quaker School and the Inglewood School in Montgomery County, and the Fall Branch School in Miami County. He worked on his father's farm until he reached the age of twenty years, after which he worked out by the month for four years. At the end of that time he farmed the home place one year for one-third of the crop. After his marriage in 1881 he settled on a farm south of the home place and there farmed for a period of twenty-two years. He then purchased his present farm of fifty-four acres from John Cox. He has added to the house and barn and has made many desirable improvements throughout the place. He follows general farming and has about two acres out in tobacco. He rents out seven acres to others for tobacco raising. Mr. Zimmerman is a wide-awake and progressive citizen and takes a deep interest in public affairs. He is a Republican in politics, and has served twelve years as school director, supervisor one year and pike superintendent eight years. He also served two terms on the Petit Jury.

    January 29, 1881, the subject of this, sketch was united in marriage with Miss Annie E. Jay, a daughter of Jonathan M. and Mary Ann Jay, and they have been blessed with the following children: Edna, who married Frank Zumbrink and has two children, Glen and Herbert; Meda, who is the wife of Lewis Slegle and has a daughter, Mildred; Jud C.; and Roxie. Religiously, the family attends the Christian Church at Pleasant Hill. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Pleasant Hill.

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