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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John Zimmerline.

John Zimmerline, one of the successful farmers of Prussia township, was born in Germany, March 3, 1853.  His parents, Henry and Barbara Zimmerline, were also natives of that country and the father engaged in wagon making there until 1859, when he emigrated with his family to America.  They located in Bureau county, Illinois, where he purchased land which he operated for eleven years.  At the end of that time a removal was made to Lee county, that state, and there he farmed until his demise in 1890.  His widow survived him for ten years.

John Zimmerline passed the greater part of his boyhood and youth in Bureau county, Illinois, as he was but six years of age when the family located there.  He received his education in the public schools and remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority.  He then rented land in Lee county, Illinois, for four years, but in March, 1879, came to Adair county, Iowa.  After operating leased land in this county for twenty-one years he purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Prussia township, to the cultivation of which he devotes his energies.  He has made a number of improvements upon his place, which is one of the valuable properties of his township, and is meeting with gratifying success in farming and stockraising.  He also owns stock in the Farmers Lumber Company of Casey.

In September, 1876, Mr. Zimmerline was married to Miss Rose Longbine, a daughter of Nicholas Longbine, a native of Germany, who became an early settler of Lee county, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life.  He died in 1884 and his wife passed away when their daughter, Mrs. Zimmerline, was but a small child.  Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerline have become the parents of nine children, eight of whom are living:  William, John, Peter, Edward, George, Barbara, Adelia and Rose.  Charles is deceased.

Mr. Zimmerline casts his ballot in support of the candidates and principles of the democratic party but has never desired to hold office.  He guides his life by the teachings of the German Lutheran church, of which he is a member and to the support of which he contributes.  During the many years that he has resided in this county he has gained the respect of all who have come into contact with him and the warm friendship of many.



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