Oscar Zimbal is the sole proprietor of the Oscar Zimbal Brick Company, which he has been conducting with constantly increasing success for twenty-two years, his enterprise now being numbered among the thriving industries of Sheboygan. The only child born of the marriage of August and Christiana (Heyer) Zimbal, his birth occurred on a farm in the vicinity of Sheboygan, on May 16, 1872.
August Zimbal was born and reared in Breslau, in the province of Silesia. Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States in 1851, coming direct to Sheboygan county. Very soon thereafter he purchased eighty acres of wood land in the vicinity of this city, that he cleared and cultivated for many years. He prospered in his agricultural pursuits and by degrees extended the boundaries of his farm until he had acquired the title to two hundred and forty acres of land, all of which he brought under high cultivation. He was one of the highly esteemed citizens of his community and took an active interest in the local political life and held the various township offices. He was a republican in his political views and gave his unqualified endorsement to the principles of that party. He passed away in 1903, having lived to attain the venerable age of eighty-seven years, and was laid to rest in Wildwood cemetery. His widow still survives him.
There were five children of a former marriage, which are as follows: Edward, who is residing on the old homestead; Herman, also a farmer of Sheboygan county; Ernestine, the widow of Christian Bollman, a farmer of this county; Augusta, the widow of Henry Friedrichs, a pioneer blacksmith and hardware merchant of Sheboygan, who is mentioned at greater length elsewhere in this work; and Bertha, the widow of Charles Frohlich, who founded the business now owned and conducted by our subject.
Reared at home, Oscar Zimbal attended public school until he was a youth of sixteen years in the acquirement of an education, after which he took a commercial course covering a period of two years in a local business college. In 1890 at the age of eighteen years, he was placed in charge of the business he now owns. It had been purchased by the father from the estate of the late Charles Frohlich and was conducted under the name of A. Zimbal & Son until the fathers death. It started from a small beginning but under the capable management of Mr. Zimbal it has developed in a most gratifying manner and is now a very prosperous enterprise. As it is the only establishment of the kind in the city and he manufactures a product of excellent quality, Mr. Zimbal is favored with orders for practically all of the building brick used in this locality. His factory is run at full capacity all of the time and furnishes employment to a large corps of capable workmen.
In this city on the 5th of April, 1906, Mr. Zimbal was united in marriage to Miss Anna Twig, a daughter of Herman and Augusta Twig, the father a pioneer and a well known mason of this city. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Zimbal, both of whom died in infancy. The family residence is at 1535 Georgia street, where Mr. Zimbal has erected a very pleasant and attractive residence.
Mr. Zimbal is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and in politics he is a republican. He is now and has been since 1908 police and fire commissioner. Mr. Zimbal is a man of many commendable qualities, conducting his business transactions in an honorable and upright manner, while in matters of citizenship he is public-spirited and loyal to the community's best interest, giving his stanch support to every progressive movement.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL