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  Ezra R. Zimmerman

Originally Published in the Emmitsburg Chronicle ~ 1905

Mr. Ezra R. Zimmerman, Postmaster and one of the most widely known and popular citizens of this place, died at his residence on Main Street, an early hour on Monday morning, after until this covering a period of more than a year, age 53 years, one month and 23 days.

The decease began his career as a public school teacher, which the what profession he followed until he was married, what he engaged in farming for short time, and giving up vocation of an agriculturalist, he moved to this place in engaged in the mercantile business. His brother-in-law, Mr. Francis Maxell, being associated with him in this enterprise. Upon the building of the Emmitsburg Railroad to this place, they came up store keeping and embarked in the warehouse business under the firm name of Motter, Maxell & Co, and when J. Taylor Motter, the senior member, withdrew from the firm, the business was continued under the name of Zimmerman and Maxell. A few years ago this particular partnership was dissolved by Mr. Francis Maxell withdrawing. Mr. Zimmerman then continue the business under the firm name of E. R. Zimmerman and continue the business under this name to the present time

He was the agent of the Adams Express Co. From the time its office was first open here until his death. For many years he was a director as secretary of the Emmitsburg Water Company, being retired from this position about two years ago. Mr. Zimmerman efficiently and faithfully served this county as a member of the board of county school commissioners for about 18 year, part of the time being president of the board. His less commission as the school board commissioner expired in 1900. He was appointed Postmaster at this place in February 1903 having succeeded Mr. John Horner, which position he held at the time of his death.

In politics he was an uncompromising Republican and took much interest in the success of that party. In his death Emmitsburg loses a worthy citizen, one who interested himself in every movement intended for the benefit of the talent and community

Mr. Zimmerman was twice married. His first wife, Miss Margaret Maxell, died a number of years ago. By this marriage there are two sons, Luther M. And Thaddeus E. Zimmerman, both of this place. His second wife who survives him, was Miss Emma Motter, sister of Judge John C. Motter. The deceased is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Zimmerman, and one sister, Miss Ida Zimmerman, and three brothers: George, Elmer, and Eugene.

Mr. Zimmerman was a member of the Lutheran Church, was a member of the church council, and a teacher in the Sunday school. The funeral service was held in this church, and a very large attendance of relatives and friends should be esteemed in which he was held by the people of this place in surrounding community. The service was conducted by his pastor Rev. Charles Reinewald, who was assisted by Rev. Koontz of the Methodist Church, Oscar Klinger, a former pastor of the Lutheran Church in this place and Rev. Shulenburg other Reformed Church.

Acasia Lodge, A. F. & A. M.. Of Thurmont, of which the decease was a member, attended the funeral in a body, the Masonic burial service being read at the grave. The pupils of the public schools of this place, also attended the service in a body.

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