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John Zimbleman


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/11/2006 at 17:12:48

John Zimbleman, brewer, Boonesboro, was born in Switzerland, October 16, 1817, and remained there until 1832 and then came with this parents to the United States and settled in Muskingum county, Ohio, he learned the trade of shoemaking and engaged to work three years for two dollars per month, but his employer not being able to pay even this small sum he was compelled to leave and seek another place, and succeeded in finding work with a man who proved a true friend and of whom he a thorough knowledge of his trade, and he followed it as an occupation thirty-three years, in 1856 he came to Boonesboro and established a boot and shoe manufactory and continued the business for ten years, employing from ten to fifteen hands, in 1866 he engaged in the brewing business, which he has since conducted very successfully and according to the returns of the Collector of Internal revenue of 1879,he exceeded by 1,000 barrels any brewery in Iowa west of Cedar Rapids, excepting on in Council Bluffs, he is one of the self-made men of this times, starting for himself early with the intent of making his an active business life, he has held his true course and succeeded, not by any stroke of fortune, but by steady, practical, personal effort, honest dealing, and fair and honorable deportment, economy and industry: although starting for himself, without means, by strict business integrity and punctuality in all cases involving promise, appointment or obligation, he has built up a high standard of credit and lives in the possession of a competency well earned, he was married April 6, 1837, to Miss Magdalena Stenger, a native of Strasburg, they have a family of seven children: Jacob, Lafayette, Louisa, Rovena, George, Charles, and Alpha, lost two: Mary C and John

1880 Boone Co History Book


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