Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     EMIL ZELLMER is another striking example of the ambitious young man coming to the country totally lacking in financial means who, by his own pluck and business capabilities, tills the soil and eventually works himself up to a state of prosperity and influence in his community.
     Born on April 16, 1868, in the province of Posen, Germany, he was a son of August and Ernestine (Wanke) Zellmer, both also natives of the same province.  The father, now seventy years of age, who is living a life of retirement on a farm in his native country, has been a man of great prominence in the German army.  He was reared on a farm but early in his career adopted the life of the soldier and soon succeeded in working himself up in rank until he attained to the office of commander.  He was an officer during the war with Denmark, 1864; with Austria two years later, and with France in 1870-71.  For his bravery and for his saving of human life he was honored by the crown with the Iron Cross medal, a marked distinction in the German army.  After his long service Mr. Zellmer resigned his commission to retire to his farm where he is now living with his wife in comfort on a substantial income.
     The brothers and sisters of Emil Zellmer are: Mrs. Tilla Spilker, Mrs. Minnie Schuldt, Mrs. Bertha Baum, Mrs. Ernestine Yanke, Mrs. Emma Brandt, Mrs. Helen Kruger and August.
     The first fifteen years of Mr. Zellmer's life were spent on a farm, during which time he received a liberal German education.  In the spring of 1883, in company with his sister Minnie, he sailed from Hamburg, and twelve days later arrived in New York.  They came on the steamer Frisia, carrying on that voyage one thousand five hundred and seventy-five passengers, which later was lost in a wreck.  From New York Mr. Zellmer came west to Chippewa county, Minnesota, where he attended school in order to master the English tongue.  In 1887 he came to Spokane, where he worked at various occupations until coming to the vicinity of Rocklyn in 1888.  As soon as he reached his majority he filed on a homestead here, which, by working for wages among his neighbors, he improved, and after making final proof on his claim he sold it and purchased a farm near Harrington.  This he also sold, and bought his present farm in 1903.  He now owns four hundred and eighty acres, most of which is agricultural land, good modern buildings, plenty of water, stock and farm implements.
     On November 27, 1892, Emil Zellmer was married to Elizabeth Bargmann, a native of Holstein, Germany, both of whose parents are dead.  Her brothers and sisters are: John, Mrs. Emma Greenburg, and Mrs. Maggie Fuller.  To Mr. and Mrs. Zellmer have been born five children: Albert E., Emma E., Edward H., Frida E. and Walter A.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Zellmer are members of the German Methodist Episcopal church.