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town. He was also an Odd Fellow. He was one of the few who were instrumental in having erected the first German Lutheran church in Johnstown.
To the marriage union of Charles Zimmerman and Christina Fronheiser were born the following children: Charles; Alexander, deceased; Jacob; Amanda, deceased, was the wife of Louis Reitz; Edward A.; Kossuth, deceased; and Emma, wife of J. D. Lopentein, of Pittsburg, now residing in Orange, California. Mrs. Zimmerman died on November 20, 1886.
CHARLES ZIMMERMAN, an affable gentleman and successful business man of Johnstown, is a son of Charles Zimmerman, whose sketch appears above. He was born at Biedenkopf, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, November 14, 1837. He was brought to Johnstown by his parents, and his education, so far as books and schools were concerned, was obtained in the schools of that place. The greater part of his education, however, and the most useful part, has been obtained in the great practical school of business and by traveling and mingling with the world. Leaving school, he learned the trade of a tinner and worked at it for three years. In 1858 he caught the gold fever and went to California, where for about one year he delved for the precious metal on the slopes of the Pacific. In 1859 he returned to Johnstown, and three years later entered the service of his country in the Civil War. He enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirteenth regiment, Pennsylvania cavalry, and was soon elected a second lieutenant. He took part in all the battles of his regiment up to the second battle of Bull Run, when he was taken prisoner, and for two months was confined in Southern prisons,
when he was paroled and discharged shortly afterward because of disability. He again returned to Johnstown and engaged in the buying and selling of horses, which business he has followed to the present time. During his experience in this line he has made many trips to Kentucky and has bought and sold many thoroughbreds, for which that State is noted. In 1872 he added to the above business that of a first-class livery, which he has also conducted to the present time.
Religiously, Mr. Zimmerman is an attendant upon and contributor to the Lutheran church, and is a member of Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, G.A.R., of Johnstown. Mr. Zimmerman has been twice married. His first marriage was with Miss Mary Kennedy, whilst his second union was with Ella Atkinson, of Kent county, Delaware, and to the latter union have been born two children: Eugene and Marion.
JACOB ZIMMERMAN, a son of Charles Zimmerman, the founder of the family in Cambria county, and one of the most prominent attorneys of the Cambria county bar, was born in Johnstown, this county. He obtained a good preliminary education, studied law under the late A. Koplin, and was admitted to the bar of Cambria county in 1868, and has practiced continually and successfully before that bar to the present time.