Edward Zimbal engages in general farming and stockraising in Sheboygan township half a mile southwest of Sheboygan, where he owns a farm of one hundred and four acres. He is a native of this township, his birth having occurred on the 20th of February, 1852, and a son of August Zimbal. The father was born and reared in Germany and there he was married. Together with their two eldest children Mr. and Mrs. Zimbal emigrated to the United States in 1851, locating in this county.
Upon his arrival the father purchased a farm south of the city of Sheboygan and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, although he had always followed the tailor's trade in the old country. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are still living, our subject being the third in order of birth. The mother passed away on the farm about 1870 but the father survived until February 22, 1904. After the death of his first wife Mr. Zimbal married Miss Christina Hire and to them was born one son, Oscar, who is now married and owns and operates a brickyard in Sheboygan.
The education of Edward Zimbal was pursued in the district schools of Sheboygan county until he was a youth of fourteen years, when he laid aside his text-books and gave his entire attention to the work of the farm, assisting his father with the work of the fields and care of the stock. He remained at home until he was twenty-five years of age, then left the parental roof and started out to make his own way in the world. He was thoroughly versed in the practical methods of agriculture and subsequently became the owner of the farm where he is now living. Here he engages in general farming and stock-raising, and as he is energetic in his methods and conducts his operations along practical lines is meeting with success in his undertakings.
On the 2nd of April, 1877, Mr. Zimbal was united in marriage to Miss Mary Both, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Both, natives of Germany. When they first came to America they located on a farm in the vicinity of Milwaukee, but later they came to Sheboygan county and purchased a farm in Wilson township, which the father cultivated until his death in 1882. He was long survived by the mother who passed away in January, 1907.
Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Zimbal, seven of whom are living: Albert, a farmer in Sheboygan county, who is married and has two children; Amelia, the wife of Joseph Herr, a liveryman, by whom she has had three children; Ernest, who is working on the railroad in Salt Lake City; Oswald, a farmer of Wilson township, who is married; August, who is in the employ of the railroad and resides at Fond du Lac; and Herbert and Walter. Mr. Zimbal is widely known in Sheboygan county, where he has passed practically his entire life, and has a large circle of friends.
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