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ZIMMERMAN, HARRISON, farmer, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 5, 1864. Jacob Zimmerman, father of Harrison, was born in the same township, in April, 1833. He was educated in its subscription and common schools. He became a farmer and stockman, and is classed among the progressive and prosperous farmers of Armstrong Valley. He married Sybilla Yoder, born in Upper Mahantango Valley, Schuylkill county, Pa., in 1834, and died in October, 1894. They had eleven children:

Louisa, wife of Isaiah Enders, farmer, Jackson township; Alice, wife of Ed. Specht, Washington township, Dauphin county; Lucinda, wife of Frank Snyder, farmer, Jackson township; Felix, farmer, Jackson township; Harrison; Gabriel, farmer, Jackson township; Calon, resides on the homestead ; Annie, wife of Miner Elvord; Harvey, Robert, and Myron, all three at home. The father is still living, and resides on the old homestead. He is of the Republican party, a prominent citizen, and well liked by his neighbors. He is a member of the Lutheran church.

Harrison Zimmerman attended the schools of Jackson and Jefferson townships. He was a student at Berrysburg Academy, at Cross Road Seminary, and took a cours0e under Major Dill at Freeburg Academy, Snyder county, and also took a course under D. D. DeLong, at Lebanon Valley College. These advantages gave him ample training and equipment for his life work, which was the profession of teaching. He was engaged in that work twelve years, in Jackson, Rush and Halifax townships. He had labored faithfully in his younger days to obtain means for his education; thus he may be called a self-made man. In 1893 he gave up teaching, and bought the old Miller farm of one hundred acres, which he has greatly improved, and is cultivating. Mr. Zimmerman was married, in Jackson township, January 14,1886, to Rebecca Shoop, a native of Wayne township, and daughter of William and Elizabeth (Vise) Shoop. They have five children: Leroy, Raymond, William, Howard, and Herbert. Mr. Zimmerman is a Republican; he has been clerk of elections. He is a member of the United Brethren church, in which he is class leader, steward, Sunday-school superintendent and teacher.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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