Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Charles Zimmerman




Charles Wesley Zimmerman was born on August 13, 1878 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. His parents were Jacob and Margaret Augmaugher/Ammaugher Zimmerman. Charles married Lydia Tester Smith on June 4, 1908 by Justice of the Peace Chamberlin in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Their marriage witnesses were Stewart Tester and Lydia Rigg. Lydia Tester Smith's parents were George and Susan Loop Tester.


Charles and Lydia had the following children:




1.  John "Jack" Smith - Stepson





2.  Charles "Henry" Zimmerman

3.  Gladys Zimmernan  was born 1913 and died 1981.


In 1916, Charles and Lydia owned and operated forty acres on the SW corner of Grabowski and Fenmore Roads in Section 27 of Lakefield Township. Their neighbors were George Most, John Honaman, Jacob Brown, David Dubay, Tom Gulick, George Green, and Anthony Grabowski. Charles and Lydia's children, John and Henry went to the Brown School.


When Charles registered for the WWI draft on September 12, 1918, he and his family were living in North Star, Gratiot County, Michigan.


Lydia died on March 14, 1926 in Hamilton Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.


Charles later married Emma Millicent Tester on July 14, 1928. She was born on September 11, 1900 in Lakefield Township. Emma's parents were William and Emma Button Tester.



SOURCES: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 United States Census; Charles W. Zimmerman's birth record and WWI draft registration; Charles and Lydia Zimmerman's marriage record; Lydia Zimmerman's death record; Charles W. and Emma Zimmerman's marriage record. Find-A-Grave website and the Brown School photograph around 1912.




Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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