LaSalle County


Ever since he was a little lad of twelve years, perhaps, the subject of this article has been associated with his father in business. He is a practical man of affairs and for some time has been the manager of the extensive commercial interests of his senior, whose history appears at length in the preceding sketch.

The parents of our subject, Christian and Louisa (Gmelich) Zimmermann, have been residents of LaSalle county for over half a century and are numbered among her representative and honored citizens. Christian Zimmermann, Jr., was born in LaSalle, Illinois, January 31, 1857, and has spent his whole life in that town and in Peru. In this place he has been a resident for thirty-three years, uninterruptedly. His education was acquired in our local schools, and as soon as he was old enough he commenced working for and with his father. Their business relations have always been very harmonious and the younger man generously attributes much of his success in the financial world to the judicious training given him by the father. When the youth was found able to meet the exigencies of any situation, the senior man gradually withdrew in favor of the son, and thus the latter has learned every department of the business. The firm deals in lumber, lath, sash, doors, blinds, etc., and in addition conducts an extensive trade in coal and other fuel. Energy and keen, shrewd business sense are marked characteristics of our subject, and year by year he has been forging to the front.

In 1892 Christian Zimmermann, Jr., built a beautiful modern home on the corner of West and Fourth streets, and fitted it with all the comforts and conveniences of the times. The lady who presides over this attractive home was formerly Miss Anna Lassig, a daughter of Gustav and Eliza (Throne) Lassig. The marriage ceremony which united the destinies of our subject and wife was solemnized in February, 1892, and two bright little boys — Arthur and Harry — are the pride of the household.

Politically Mr. Zimmermann is affiliated with the Democratic party, and socially he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He belongs to the German Evangelische Lutheran church.

Extracted 13 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 652-653.

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