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Jacob Zimmerli


(1843 - 1925)
Born: 24 February 1843 in Unterentfelden, Canton Aargau, Switzerland.
Died:15 March 1925 in Cornland, Logan County, Illinois.
Marriage: 12 July 1868 in Springfield, Sagamon County, Illinois to Gesine Brummerloh (1850 - 1929)

Biography of Jacob Zimmerli
Born 24 February 1843 in Unterentfelden, Canton Aargau, Switzerland. Died 15 March 1925 in Cornland, Logan County, Illinois. Married Gesine Brummerloh 12 July 1868 in Springfield, Sagamon County, Illinois. She was born 11 July 1850 in Aschwarden, Osterhultz, Germany. She died 27 April 1929 in Cornland, IL. Both came to America in 1865 and settled in Springfield, IL, where they met and were married in the German Baptist Church there. His parents were Jacob and Anna Zimmerli, and her parents were Johann Heinrich Brummerloh and Annchen Reinhart Brummerloh.
Jacob and Gesine had eleven children:

Jacob J. Zimmerli Jr. - born 2 August 1869 in Springfield, IL. died 21 October 1948.
Henry H. - born 25 May 1871 in Springfield, IL. died 15 March 1952.
Samuel Zimmerli - born 17 February 1873 in Springfield, IL. died 30 April 1964.
Anna Zimmerli- born 21 March 1875 in Rochester, Sagamon County, IL. died 31 October 1956.
- Was married to Henry Curphey -
Fred W. Zimmerli - born 21 October 1877 in Rochester, IL. died 21 June 1880.
M. Bertha Zimmerli - born 10 January 1880 in Rochester, IL. died 12 May, 1957.
- Was married to Charles Lercher on 12 February 1902 -
Ida Zimmerli - born 30 April 1883 in Rochester, IL. died 14 September 1883.
Emma Zimmerli - born 25 September 1884 in Rochester, IL. died 17 April 1938.
- Was married to Samuel Phares -
Otto A. Zimmerli - born 29 november 1887 in Rochester, IL. died 6 August 1969.
Frank G. Zimmerli - born 11 November 1889 in Cornland, IL. died 29 June 1956.
Ida May Zimmerli - born 8 April 1892 in Cornland, IL. died 27 March 1893.

Jacob J. Zimmerli

1869 - 1948

Born: 2 August 1869, Springfield, Sagamon Co., IL
Died: 21 October 1948, Hubbard Co., MN
Marriage: 10 December 1892, Springfield, Sagamon Co., IL to Cora Lee Brachear (1873-1917)

Biography of Jacob J. Zimmerli
Born August 2 1869 in Springfield, Sagamon County, Illinois. Died October 21, 1948 in Hubbard County, Minnesota. Married Cora Lee Brachear December 10, 1892 in Springfield, Ill. She was born December 4, 1873 in Cornland, Logan Co., Illinois and died March 5, 1917 in Jackson, Minnesota. They were farmers in Jackson County and Hubbard County, Minnesota. They belonged to the Methodist Church. They had eight children:

Dana Walter Zimmerli - born: 22 June 1893, died: 8 January 1985
Ina Naomi Zimmerli - born: 14 November 1894, died: 15 July 1986
- Married to Glen C. Mix -
Delmer Zimmerli - born: 1 June 1897, died 14 March 1900
Edith Zimmerli - born 6 January 1899, died 6 January 1899
Goldie Zimmerli - born 5 November 1901, died 17 August 1902
Henry Zimmerli - born 23 March 1904, died 23 March 1904
Anna Gesine Zimmerli - born 28 October 1905, died 4 September 1994
- Married to Clyde Ellis -
Virgil Vance Zimmerli - born 12 January 1914
- Was married to Evelyn Czeczok -

Dana Walter Zimmerli Sr.

1893 - 1985

Born: 22 June 1893, Cornland, Logan Co., IL
Died: 8 January 1985, Jackson, Jackson Co., MN
Marriage: 21 November 1914, Jackson, MN to Isabel Rebecca Carter (1898-)

Biography of Dana Walter Zimmerli Sr.
Born 22 June 1893 in Cornland, Logan Co., Illinois. Died 8 January 1985 in Jackson,
Jackson Co., MN. Married Isabel Rebecca Carter 21 November 1914 in Jackson, MN.
She was born 10 September 1898 in Sommerset, Warren Co., Iowa, and passed away in the Good Samaritan Home in Jackson, MN on June 14, 2002.

He was a farmer for a number of years and then worked at road construction, state highway maintenance, taxi owner/driver, and after retirement as office man for HyPane Gas in Jackson, MN. His wife was a homemaker and they belonged to the United Methodist Church. They had six children:

Dana Walter Zimmerli Jr. - born 2 September 1915
- Married to Dorothy Cook 8 June 1941 -
Twyla Ethel Zimmerli - born 29 March 1918
- Married to Raymond Mier 11 June 1938 -
Lyla Edith Zimmerli - born 29 March 1918
- Was Married to James Wing 21 November 1937 -
Nelda Lucille Zimmerli - born 14 July 1920, died 7 January 1980
- Was married to Morgan Johnson 23 November 1941 -
Jacob Wesley Zimmerli - born 15 August 1925
- Married to Dagney Synstelien 20 October 1946 -
Robert Leslie Zimmerli - born 8 July 1929, died 2 May 1963
- Was married to Lavonne Sirovy 13 April 1951 -


Jacob Wesley Zimmerli

1925 -

Born: 15 August 1925, Jackson, Jackson Co., MN
Marriage: 20 October 1946, Jackson, Jackson Co., MN to Dagny Idelle Synstelien (1926-)

Biography of Jacob Wesley Zimmerli

Born 15 August 1925 in Jackson, Jackson Co., Minnesota. Graduated from Jackson High School in June 1943. Entered the military service (US Army) in February 1944 and served in the South Pacific during World War Two, seeing combat in the Phillipines and Okinawa, Japan, returning home in February 1946. Married Dagny Idelle Synstelien on 20 October 1946 in Jackson, Jackson Co., Minnesota. She was born 29 December 1926 in Dalton, Ottertail County, Minnesota. Her parents were Elvin M. and Selma Amanda (Dahlager) Synstelien. Dagny graduated from Ashby, Minnesota High School in June 1943. After his discharge from the military, Jacob worked as a service station attendant, taxi owner/driver with his father, and as a carpenter. In October 1948 he began working for the Minnesota National Guard in a permanent duty status. In January 1951 the Minnesota National Guard was called to active duty and he served at Camp Rucker, Alabama until May 1952. He worked at Kersting Dairy in Jackson until February 1953 when returned to work for the National Guard. In May 1956 he was medically discharged for a heart condition. Having attained the rank of warrant officer, he was placed on inactive reserve for five years. He then worked as a carpenter until April 1961 when he began working for Redwood County, Minnesota in the Welfare Department as an accountant. In 1967 he was appointed Administrator of the Redwood County Nursing Home, a position he held until he resigned in 1969. In September 1969 he began working for Gold & Carlson, Public Accountants in Marshall, Lyon County, Minnesota. He left Gold & Carlson in 1973 to work for Fran Dwyer Oldsmobile in Redwood Falls, but returned to Gold & Carlson in 1974, and moved from Redwood Falls to Marshall. He retired in April 1989. He and Dagny moved to a small home on the west side of Little Bass Lake near Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota.
During these years, Dagny was a homemaker, worked at J.C. Penney stores in both Jackson and Redwood Falls, the United Methodist Church, the Redwood License Bureau, and Great Plains Natural Gas Co. in Marshall. They both were active members of the United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and boards at the local, district, and conference level. Jacob was also active in the Lions Club in Marshall and held several offices within the club. After retirement he became active in the Disabled American Veterans organization in Itasca County.
They had six children:

Paul Wesley Zimmerli - born 18 September 1947
- Married to Pattie Ann Kirk 15 July 1972 -
Gary David Zimmerli - born 6 March 1953
- Married to Cheryl M. Palmer 11 August 1973 -
Kevin Eric Zimmerli - born 30 November 1954
- Married to Jeanette Frank 24 May 1974 -
Michael Kent Zimmerli - born 29 January 1957
- Married to Mary Spranger 27 December 1980 -
Brian Keith Zimmerli - born 25 October 1959
- Married to Shannon Holbrook 17 July 1993 -
Mark Robert Zimmerli - born 30 May 1963 (stillborn).


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