ZIMMERMAN, Philip, son of Henry and Barbara (Greiner) Zimmerman, was born November 22, 1812. He spent his early boyhood days amid the rural scenes of a quiet farm life. His early school days were spent both at Churchville and Highspire. He early evinced an active disposition for business. He resided for several years on the farm near Middletown now owned by William H. Ulrich. He exchanged this farm with David Brenneman, of Middletown, and moved to that place into the house that is now occupied by L. F. Hemperly. He first ran the old saw mill on Race street, and soon after sold this house to L. F. Hemperly and built for himself the house which Mrs. Seymour Raymond occupies. He engaged in business with Dr. Mercer Brown as Brown & Zimmerman, having a lumber yard and a saw mill at the "Point." Dr. Brown having retired, he associated himself with Joseph Lescure in the same business as Zimmerman & Lescure. The firm, after doing a large trade for several years, was, owing to losses and misfortune, compelled to make an assignment and relinquish business. He was always active and energetic, and after this failure he was engaged in a number of enterprises, but none of them proved to be very successful. He was married to Mary Vogle, daughter of the late Henry Vogle; she died November 26, 1881; by whom he had three daughters: Mrs. Kate Stofer, renowned being the first editress of Pennsylvania, resided in Middletown; Mrs. Ada Campbell, of Reading, Pa., and Mary, who died in infancy, and three sons, Joseph and William, who died in infancy, and Simon, who was unfortunately drowned in the Swatara creek, by the upsetting of a sail boat, when he was about twenty years of age. At the time of his death Mr. Zimmerman was living with his daughter, Ada Campbell, in Reading, and was interred by the side of his wife in the Middletown cemetery. He was a man of most amiable disposition, possessed a rather philosophical mind and seemed to take little interest in the political events that were transpiring about him. He died July 6, 1889, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. His death caused many a deep regret and sincere sorrow on the part of all who ever had the good fortune to live in the atmosphere of his generous disposition and chivalric kindness.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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