Grave marker for William Zimmerman
The grave marker of William Zimmerman, who lived near Philomath and died in 1897 at age 41 from consumption — the term most often used for the disease that would become known as tuberculosis. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on April 7, 1897, in the Corvallis Times, Page 3, Column 4.

Death of William Zimmerman.

William Zimmerman, who has been confined at his home for many weeks, died in the early hours of last Saturday morning. His disease was consumption. The funeral occurred Sunday, and the services were conducted by President Emerick of Philomath college. The remains were interred in the Newton cemetery.

Deceased was a son of John and Mary Zimmerman, and was born at Millersburg, Iowa, August 24, 1855. In 1876 he came to California, and in 1879 he arrived in Benton county. In June 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Hartless, who with a daughter are the surviving relatives. He was a member of the order of the Forresters, in which he held an insurance policy on his life for $2,000.

Published as it appeared on April 14, 1897, in the Corvallis Times, Page 1, Column 6.

Wm. Zimmerman.

WHEREAS: It has pleased the architect of universe to remove from our midst our late brother, Wm. Zimmerman, and

WHEREAS: It is but just and fitting that we express a recognition of his many virtues, therefore be it

RESOLVED: By Backensto lodge No. 120 I.O.O.F., that while we bow with humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well, we do not the less mourn for our brother who has been taken from us

RESOLVED: That in the death of Wm. Zimmerman this lodge laments the loss of a brother who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid and the voice of sympathy to needy and distressed o the fraternity; a friend and companion esteemed by us all; a citizen whose upright life was a standard of emulation to fellows.

RESOLVED: That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the lodge, and a copy thereof be transmitted to the family of our deceased brother, and to each of the newspapers of this county for publication.

J.A. Hawkins,
C.M. Davis,
Ed. L. Bryan.

Published as it appeared on April 30, 1897, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 2, Column 3.


William Zimmerman, son of John and Mary Zimmerman, was born near Millersburg, Keokuk county, Iowa, August 24, 1855. While a young man, he turned his face toward the far west and, January, 1879, found him among the beautiful hills and fertile valleys of Oregon. In June, 1882, he was married to Miss Clara Hartless. Together they planned and toiled, rejoiced and sorrowed as the years have so quickly sped away. Thirteen Junes ago a bright little spirit came to them and her buoyant life has multiplied the jobs of her hillside home. But, alas, Vera and her mother weep the departure of their dearest loved one earth. For, on April 2nd, just as the shadows of the hill fell across the threshold of home, the curtains of death dropped over the eyes of clay, and they see no more. Honorable, accommodating, busy, he was respected by all and will be mourned by others than loving wife and daughter. As the end was approaching, he said to her who knew him best, that he had his peace with God and was ready.