Ernst F. Zimmermann is one of the successful and highly respected men of Sheboygan county, where he is proprietor and operator of a rendering plant located a short distance outside the city limits of Sheboygan. He is a native of Germany, having been born in that country on February 27, 1864, and is a son of Frederick and Christina (Falk) Zimmermann.
On the 12th of October, 1886, Ernst F. Zimmermann took ship at Bremen, having traveled to that port from Pommerania. Sixteen days later, on October 27, he landed at Baltimore and set out at once on the three days' trip to Sheboygan, where he arrived on the 1st of November. His father was by occupation a farmer in his native land and emigrated to America in the spring of 1887, settling in the city of Sheboygan. Following his arrival in this country, he was employed for eighteen years in one of Sheboygan's enterprising manufacturing establishments. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs, Frederick Zimmermann: Carl and August, who are still living in the old country; Augusta, deceased, who was the wife of August Braeger, also deceased; Ernestina, now the wife of Christ Wallow, of this county; Frederick; Ernst; Anna, the wife of August Beiersdorf, of Antigo, Wisconsin; Louisa, who is the wife of Christ Schultz, a farmer of Sheboygan county; and Ferdinand, whose home is in Oshkosh, this state.
Ernst F. Zimmermann was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in Germany, his native land. Upon coming to this country he became an employee in the factory of a wooden ware company and continued in that establishment for four and one-half years. For thirteen years he filled the position of hide man in a Sheboygan tannery and during that period became skilled in all the processes employed in a plant of that character. Subsequently he purchased two and one-half acres of land a half mile west of the city of Sheboygan, upon which he built a rendering plant, it being the only one of its kind near that city, and to the operation of this business he has since given his entire attention.
Mr. Zimmermann was united in marriage on the 26th of July, 1889, to Miss Emily Henning, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Henning. Her parents are both natives of Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. Zimmermann seven children have been born, six of whom are still living: Alice; Minnie, now the wife of Walter Freiher, of Sheboygan; and Arthur, Esther, Ervin and Harvey, all of whom are at home with their parents. Mr. Zimmermann's family are members of the Lutheran church and he is an attendant at its services and gives it his liberal support. He is a member of the Home Order of Foresters and also a member of the Fancy Poultry Association of this state. He takes a commendable interest in local politics and is treasurer of school district No. 6, an office he has held for the past three years. In political matters he supports the men most loyal to the best interests of the people, rather than a party.
Mr. Zimmermann is a man highly esteemed for his integrity and industrious habits of life. His business ability is demonstrated by the success which he has attained in the establishment and successful operation of his rendering works. He is interested in and always identified with any public measure which promises advancement and has in many ways proven his worth to the community, being in the most noble sense of the term a "self-made man."
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