Bio of ZIMMERMAN, Charles A. (b.1844 d.1909), Ramsey Co., MN
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From:  HISTORY of RAMSEY COUNTY and the CITY OF ST. PAUL, including the
EXPLORERS AND PIONEERS OF MINNESOTA  by Rev. Edward D. Neill and
OUTLINES OF THE HISTORY OF MINNESOTA by J. Fletcher Williams
Minneapolis Morth Star Publishing Company 1881.   book at San Diego Pub Lib.

   Charles A. Zimmerman was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1844.  Came to 
 America in 1848 and came to St. Paul.  At the age of fourteen he made his 
 first attempts in the art of photography, by the aid of a few books and a 
 rude camera construsted by himself.  He entered the Whitney gallery as a 
 boy, working for eight dollars per month, and gradually worked his way to 
 ownership.  Subsequently he purchased a building on Third street, the 
 four stories of which are devoted entirely to photography, making it one 
 of the largest galleries is the United States.  In 1871 Mr. Zimmerman was 
 awarded the Philadelphia gold medal for photography, and in 1876 the 
 centennial gold medal for the same.  His literary works embrace 
 contributions on light optics and the chemistry and the working of 
 processes:  papers to children in St. Nicholas:  papers on outdoor sports 
 and rod and gun abound in the columns of Forest and Stream,  Chicago 
 Field, and Scribner.  His best known water color paintings are. "The 
 Light Shell",
"Trying for a Double",  "In The Gloaming" and "Interupted".   The 
copyright for the first two netted $3,000.  His largest painting "Damascus 
Commandery Encampment" was finished July 1st, 1881.  Mr Zimmerman has held 
the office of secretary and treasurer, of the St. Paul Sportsman's Club, 
for a number of
years.  In 1881 he purchased the placed in successful operation a fleet of 
fine pleasure steamers on Lake Minnetonka.
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Charles A. Zimmerman died September 23, 1909.  His death was without 
warning.  As he was about to step up on the cars at Mound on Lake 
Minnetonka, he fell suddenly to the ground and expired instantly.  His 
obsequies were on September 25th, the funeral exercises being held at the 
residence of Mrs. E. O. Zimmerman.  Rev. A. C. Stevens, pastor of the 
First Methodist Church of St. Paul, officiated  and made most appropriate, 
comforting and eloquent remarks.
Selections of music were excellently rendered by the St. Paul 
Quartette.  At the family's request, Dean W. S. Pattee gave a brief 
account of Mr. Zimmerman's career, and the Acker Post took charge at the 
cemetery and committed the remains of their honored Comrad to their rest 
with military honors.
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Here are some photos collected of Family and History:



Edward Zimmerman and unidentifed boy
Photograph Collection ca. 1865 



Barbara Zimmerman with her family following the death 
of her husband Edward
Photographer: Whitney's Gallery 
Photograph Collection, Stereograph 1866 



Mrs. Edward Zimmerman
Painter: Frederick J. Wallis 
Art Collection, Oil ca. 1870 



Barbara (Beatrice?) Zimmerman (Mrs. Edward)
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1870 



Ida Zimmerman (Mrs. Charles A.)
Photograph Collection ca. 1870 



Edward Zimmerman
Photograph Collection ca. 1872



Madeline Cleaver, cousin of Barbara H. Zimmerman
Photographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Photograph Collection, Cabinet photograph ca. 1873 



Wedding party of Paul H. Zimmerman and 
Barbara M. Heinlein at Minnehaha Falls
Photograph Collection, Stereograph 5/23/1877 



Paul Zimmerman
Photographer: Whitney & Zimmerman 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1880 



Barbara Heinlein Zimmerman (Mrs. Paul H.)
Photographer: Zimmerman 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1880 



Nellie Zimmerman
Photographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1885 



Young people skating on pond in front of the 
E. O. Zimmerman residence, 
St. Paul.
Photograph Collection 1886



Zimmerman residence, Enchanted Island, Lake Minnetonka.
Photograph Collection 1887 



Nellie Zimmerman
Photographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1888 



Nellie Zimmerman
Photographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1888



Charles A. Zimmerman residence, 342 Market, St. Paul
Photograph Collection 1890 



752.   E.O. Zimmerman
Photographer: Thomas M. Swem 
Photograph Collection, Cabinet photograph ca. 1890 
Location no. por 19120 r1 



751.   Nellie Zimmerman
Photographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Photograph Collection, Carte-de-visite ca. 1890 
Location no. por 19099 r1 
Negative no. 93934 



Zimmerman home Bowlder Lodge, Enchanted Island, 
Shorewood or Minnetrista.
Photograph Collection ca. 1900 



Zimmerman Brothers Photo Supplies, 
375 Minnesota
St. Paul
Photographer: Charles P. Gibson 
Photograph Collection ca. 1902



A Side Shot
Lithographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Art Collection, Chromolithograph 1883 



Hunter Loading his Shotgun
Lithographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Art Collection, Chromolithograph ca. 1885



Hunter with Dogs
Lithographer: Charles Alfred Zimmerman (1844-1909) 
Art Collection, Chromolithograph ca. 1885 
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Information from:
Library:  MN Historical Society
Location:  TR140.Z7 I3
Title:  In memoriam, C.A. Zimmerman.
Publisher:  [Saint Paul? 1909?]
Description:  14 p. port. 23 cm.
General-Note:  Title from cover.
Subject:  Zimmerman, Charles Alfred, 1844-1909.
Bib-Record-Id:  00-30310148


***Note from Submitter:
I am 1st cousin 3 times removed of photographer and artist Charles A. 
Zimmerman.  His birth name was Karl Alfred Zimmermann, husband of Ida 
Frombau.  Son of Edward and Anna Barbara Schoettelle Zimmermann.  He is 
also sibling to Edward O. Zimmerman also residing in St. Paul.  Charles 
and Ida had 3 issues Ida, Charles and Nellie.

Thank you,
Janice Buchanan