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George E. Zumwinkle
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
George E. Zumwinkle, a leading citizen of Beaver Falls township, was born in St. Peter, this state, Aug. 6, 1867, son of Herman and Elizabeth (Nelson) Zumwinkle. He was brought to Beaver Falls township as an infant and was here reared, securing his early education in the district schools. During the winters of 1887-88 he attended the Curtis Business College at Minneapolis. He was only seventeen years of age when he became a clerk in the dry goods store of King Brothers at Redwood Falls. Subsequently he clerked in a grocery store at Minneapolis for five years. Next he engaged in the grocery business for himself in Minneapolis for about two years. For four years he was yard clerk of the C. M. & St. P. R. R. at Minneapolis. Then he went to St. Paul where he held the same position for the Great Northern for two years. During the next two years he was the chief clerk of the same railroad at Como Station, then becoming cashier, which office he held for four years. For two years he was the correspondence clerk of the G. N. R. R. & G. W. R. R. at the Minnesota Transfer. During the next two years he rented his father's farm at Beaver Falls township, but at the end of that time he went back to clerking, remaining for two and a half years with R. B. Henton of Morton. Then he bought 80 acres of the home farm in section 22, receiving the western half of the northeastern quarter, where he still is. Mr. Zumwinkle is a member of the M. W. A. of St. Paul and is Vice Grand of the I. O. O. F. at Morton. While living at Merriam Park the family were members of the Presbyterian church and attend the Methodist Epsicopal church at Morton. He was united in marriage May 6, 1891, to Edith Elliott, born Oct. 12, 1867, daughter of Alonzo Elliott, born April 22, 1833, and died Sept. 12, 1901, a farmer and pioneer of Dodge county, and Lucy (Leach), born March 14, 1839, who now lives with her daughter, Mrs. George Post, in Santa Ana, California. Before her marriage Mrs. Zumwinkle attended the Wesleyan Methodist Seminary at Wasioja, Minnesota, and also the Northwestern Conservatory of Music at Minneapolis in 1888-89. Mr. and Mrs. Zumwinkle have two children, Lyle Edwin, born Oct. 6, 1893, now a law student at the University of Minnesota, and Gladys Elizabeth, born May 21, 1895, who is at home.
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