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Transcribed biography of Englebert Zimmerman


Englebert Zimmerman, son of Engelbert and Ada (Longshore) Zimmerman, was born September 15, 1907 in Valparaiso, Indiana. His father was a member of the Editorial department of the Vidette-Messenger. His paternal grandfather Englebert Zimmerman, started the Valparaiso Messenger newspaper on the 7th of March, 1871. His maternal grandfather, John A. Longshore, was of a family of builders who built many of the larger buildings and fine homes in the early days of the city. In his later years he was employed by the U.S. Post Office.

Englebert graduated from Valparaiso University Law School in 1929, in the Great Depression. After being Advertising Manager for the Vidette-Messenger, Editor of the Porter County Herald, Deputy County Clerk, he became a partner of Judge Mark Rockwell in the Porter County Abstract Co. He was president of this company until it was sold to the Pioneer Title Co. He then practiced Law with offices in the First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc., also acting as their attorney.

On September 15, 1828 he married Frances Stappenbeck of Slinger, Wisconsin. Her parents, Henry and Amy (Balcom) Stappenbeck came from Utica, New York to attend Valparaiso University, where Henry graduated from the Pharmacy School in 1904.

Engelbert and Frances had three children: Robert Gene, born October 9, 1929. Married Helen Miller, of Valparaiso, in 1952. They had two sons, Jeffry Steven, born July 4, 1953; Martin John, born March 8, 1956. Robert retired as Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force in 1975. He was also a graduate of Valparaiso Law School; Alan, born February 11, 1934 graduated from Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, also attended school in Fontanblieu, France. He served in Germany for two years with the U.S. Army. He was owner of the Alan J. Zimmerman, Interiors firm; Carol Ann, born September 1, 1938. Married William Griffin, of Valparaiso, September 20. 1958. They both attended Indiana University where William graduated in 1958. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was employed by I.B.M. They had four children; Kimberly Ann, born August 21, 1959; Pamela Sue, born June 26, 1961; William David Jr., born September 23, 1966; Michael Englebert, born January 6, 1970.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 179-180

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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