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ZIMMERMAN, George Z., of the firm of C. O. Zimmerman & Co., brickmakers, was born in Harrisburg, July 11, 1863. He is a son of Conrad O. and Mary (Gonter) Zimmerman, the former born in Harrisburg, August 9, 1820, and the latter in Sharpsburg, Jefferson county, W. Va., in 1835. C. O. Zimmerman was long a resident of Harrisburg, and was a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. He was engaged in the manufacture of brick from an early date, and built up a large and productive trade. He held various positions of trust, among which was the chairmanship of the city water works committee. He was also a member of the common council. He was twice married. To his first marriage there were born three children, of whom George Z. is the only survivor. Mrs. Mary Zimmerman died May 3, 1869. The second wife of C. O. Zimmerman was Annie E. Ward. To this marriage two children were born, both of whom died in infancy. Mr. Zimmerman died January 26, 1895; his wife is still living, and resides in Harrisburg.

George Z. Zimmerman was educated in the public schools of Harrisburg, and at Pennsylvania State College. After completing his education, he entered the employment of his father, and in 1885 was admitted to a partnership in the business. Since his father's death, he has continued to carry on the business. The Zimmerman brickyard, managed by him, is one of the largest and best equipped plants in the State. It occupies thirty-two acres of ground, situated at the corner of Ninth and Reily streets. It is fitted up with four kilns of one hundred and seventy-five thousand capacity each; a Chambers' Bros. brick machine, a disintegrator, an elevator and a pug mill, all of the very latest make; also a steam brick dryer. The motive power is a ninety horsepower engine, with two boilers, of ninety and fifty horse-power capacity. The daily capacity of the plant is 45,000. The products are of all kinds of paving and building brick.

George Z. Zimmerman was married in Harrisburg, January 25, 1890, to Emma S. Burn, of Cumberland county, Pa. Their children are Paul, born August 26, 1892, and Helen, born June 21, 1894. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M.; Tribe No. 340, I. O. R. M., of which he is a member of the State finance committee. He is an enterprising business man, and universally popular.

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Date of Transcription: 22 Nov 2000

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