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My grandfather, Franklin Zimmerman, was well educated and had a degree in geology. He made his way to the gold-fields of Alaska in the 1890's, and was followed by several of his sisters. I have a journal that details his expenses on his journey and some of the hardships he faced along the way. Please visit my page entitled, The Letters and Diary of John Franklin Zimmerman.
My great grandfather's family.
Frank is second from the left in the back row.
Read Frank's diary (1898) and letters from Ella as she travelled to Alaska (1900).
My grandmother (on my mother's side), Katherine Bartlett, lived in Brule Nebraska as a farmers wife. My mother recalls the great dust storms of the dust bowl era and having to run into the cellar during tornados. We visited their old farm in 1998 and found the original house in which they lived. Read a description of the Trip to Brule Nebraska for more information.
My parents, Bill and Lola (Kammer) Zimmerman, when they were living in Arcadia California. Bill worked for most of his career in the aircraft industry, working for Martin-Marieta and Lockheed before moving to Washington State and working for the Boeing Company. (See the Bill Zimmerman Photo Page.)
My parents in 1999. My father retired from The Boeing Company in 1979 to help my mother found a new business, The HerbFarm. They grew and sold herbs for several years and then supported the HerbFarm by growing small ground-cover plants called sedums. This picture shows what the small plants look like.. My brother, Ron, joined the business with his wife, Carrie and developed the business into a thriving business known as The Herbfarm. Ron and Carrie presently run The HerbFarm Restaurant, one of the premier restaurants in the northwest.