ZIMMERMAN, Solomon, farmer, Highspire P.O., was born on the farm he now occupies, February 15, 1850. He is a son of Henry and Catherine (Hawk) Zimmerman. His grandfather was also named Henry, and was a son of Peter Zimmerman, of Cumberland county, Pa. He came to Dauphin county at an early date, married Barbara Greiner, daughter of Philip Greiner, and in 1814 purchased the farm now occupied by Solomon. He was also a wheelwright. He died in 1839; his wife survived until March, 1866. He was one of the prominent men of his day. In politics he was Democratic. They reared twelve children to maturity, namely: Rebecca, married Peter Brenner, and died in Oberlin, Pa.; Elizabeth, married John Becker, died May 19, 1895, at Springfield, Ohio; Catherine, married Samuel Hanshue, died in Steelton, Pa.; Philip died in Middletown; Henry; George, of Springfield, Ohio; Simon, died in Ottawa, Ill.; Isaac, died in Springfield, Ohio; Mary, married Benjamin Brubaker, died in Springfield, Ohio; Valentine, of Lower Swatara township; and Magdalene, widow of Henry Meyers, of Conewago township.
Henry Zimmerman, father of Solomon, was born in Lower Swatara township, in 1816. He was educated by his own efforts, not having the advantage of schools. He learned the trade of carpenter and millwright, but made farming his chief occupation. He became one of the prominent farmers of the county, accumulating a handsome property by his own efforts. He was a Democrat. His wife was Catherine, daughter of Christian Hawk, of Swatara township, who owned the land upon which Oberlin is now built. This land was purchased by Henry Zimmerman, who, in turn, sold it to the persons who plotted the village. Henry Zimmerman died in 1882. His wife survives and lives at Steelton. They were members of the United Brethren church. They reared nine children, of whom seven are now living: Solomon; Morris, of Springfield, Ohio; Benjamin, died at seven years of age; Mary Ellen, wife of Henry Wolf, of Swatara township; Adeline J., wife of George Hocker, of Paxtang; Kate, died at twenty-four years of age; Samuel S., of Steelton; Alice Frances, wife of A.C. Hocker, of Highspire; and Henry R., commercial traveler, of Pittsburgh.
Solomon received his education at the White Hall Academy and Lebanon Valley College, Annville, and at Millersville Normal School. After completing his education he became a teacher; he taught in the schools of Middletown, Steelton, Oberlin, and Swatara township. He leased the stone quarries at the Half-way House and operated them six years, in partnership with George W. Cumbler. In 1883 he purchased his present farm. In addition to ordinary farming he carries on a dairy, and also conducts the stone and lime business. He has large interests in Steelton, and owns many houses there. He is one of the charter members and a director of the Highspire, Middletown and Steelton Street Railway Company. He is a Democrat in politics. He has served as school director of the township. He was married, in 1886, to Miss Lizzie M., daughter of John E. Ricker, of Swatara township. They have no children. Mrs. Zimmerman is a member of the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001
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