"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Zimbal, Herbert who is successfully conducting a garage business at Merrill which he opened in the fall of 1919, was born at Sheboygan, Wis., May 16, 1893, son of Edward and May ZIMBAL. The parents were natives of Sheboygan County, Grandfather ZIMBAL having come to Sheboygan when it was an Indian village and bought land on which the present city stands and engaged in farming. He and his wife were natives of Germany. Edward ZIMBAL was also a farmer for many years, finally retiring form active work and he and his wife taking up their residence in the city of Sheboygan, where they are still living. There are seven children in the family, six sons and one daughter, namely: Albert, Ernest, Oswald, August, Herbert, Walter, and Amelia, the last mentioned being the wife of Joseph HERR of Sheboygan. Herbert ZIMBAL was reared in Sheboygan and acquired his education in its public schools. Then, after spending one summer on the home farm, he went to work in the garage of Robert Fellman & Co., where he learned the automobile and garage business in all its branches, becoming an expert mechanic and also foreman of the concern, and remaining there until 1917. Having in that year entered the army service of the United States, he was sent to Columbus barracks and later to Newport News, where he assembled army trucks and drove them to different camps. On July 15, 1917, he embarked for France, where he served with the auto-mechanic department until the armistice was signed. After that he was attached to the army of occupation, being stationed in Coblenz until May, 1919, when he was honorably discharged and returned home. In the fall of 1919 he came to Merrill, purchased a building on East Main Street and opened the Zimbal Garage which he has since conducted. He handles Dodge cars, carries a full line of parts for both Dodge and Ford cars, and auto accessories, and conducts an up-to-date repair department, keeping three mechanics. As a part of his equipment he has a grinding machine for regrinding cylinders. His business is now well established and he enjoys a large and increasing trade. Mr. ZIMBAL was married in Merrill July 15, 1919, to Theodora STRAUSSBURG, daughter of Charles and Anna STRAUSSBURG, who are now residents of Merrill. Mr. and Mrs. ZIMBAL are the parents of two children, Dorothy and Raymond.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 730-731, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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