"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.


Zimmerman, Emmet W. postmaster at Phelps, was born at Trimble, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1878, son of Joseph and Lydia (JOHNSON) ZIMMERMAN. The parents were natives of Ohio; the father is now living at Albany, Ohio, while the mother died Jan. 11, 1906. Emmet W. ZIMMERMAN was educated in the country schools of Ohio and graduated from the high school at Glouster, Ohio with the class of 1899. He then entered the University of Ohio at Athens, Ohio, and after graduating from the commercial department there he became bookkeeper for the Hy-sylvania Coal Co. of Trimble, Ohio. In 1903 he became a traveling salesman for the Cashocton Sign and Novelty Co., remaining in that work for about two and a half years. He then went to Cincinnati and established a novelty store at Elmwood, a suburb of that city, which he sold out after conducting it for two years. The next three years he was engaged in the insurance business at Cincinnati, Ohio with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., resigning to accept a position as traveling salesman with the Phillips-Carey Mfg. Co. of Cincinnati, with whom he remained for two years, being located at Chicago and at Des Mosines. In July of 1914 he came to Phelps and entered the employ of the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co., remaining in their office for three and a half years. In 1918 he accepted a position as manager of the Kerr farms, from which work he resigned after meeting with an accident in which he suffered a broken leg in 1920. He then took the civil service examination for postmaster and was appointed to the office at Phelps, March 17, 1922, under President HARDING. Mr. ZIMMERMAN has a great deal of influence in the community, and this influence he has always directed toward furthering the best interests of the village and surrounding territory. He is a member of the Welfare Assocation of Phelps. He served as a member of the school board for six years and as assessor of Phelps village and township for three years. Mr. ZIMMERMAN was married Oct. 26, 1902 to Elizabeth WOODYARD, at Carpenter, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. ZIMMERMAN have three children: Madrice, who was born March 4, 1904, and is now a graduate of the Antigo, Wis., high school; Paul, born April 29, 1906, a student in the high school at Phelps; and Ruth, born April 14, 1911, a pupil in the Phelps grade school.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 504; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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