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Henry O. Zumwinkle
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Henry O. Zumwinkle was born in Rock Island county, Illinois, July 23, 1860, son of Herman and Elizabeth Zumwinkle. He was brought to Beaver Falls township by his parents, was here reared, and here attended the district schools. He also attended the Mankato Normal school for a year. In 1882 he purchased from his father the 80 acres in section 22, Beaver Falls, where he now successfully carries on general farming. Like the other members of his family, he has attained considerable prominence in the community.
He has held several township offices, having been assessor for two years, constable for twenty years, deputy sheriff for twelve years and a member of the school board for twelve years. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. of Morton and has held all the chairs. Mr. Zumwinkle was married Sept. 17, 1882, to Martha Ann Carruth, born June 1, 1864, daughter of James and Mary (Cosens) Carruth. James Carruth was born June 16, 1832, in Belfast, Ireland, and came to America in 1848 and lived in Canada until 1872, when he moved to Renville county and secured a homestead in section 2, Beaver Falls township. Here he remained until 1897 and then moved to Le Sueur county where he lived eight years, next coming to Beaver Falls village where he still lives. His wife was born April 20, 1838, and they were married Jan. 5, 1859. There were fourteen children in the family, ten of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Zumwinkle have nine children: Mary E., born Aug. 5, 1883, married to B. G. Brown, a farmer of Beaver Falls township; Carrie B., born Dec. 22, 1884, now Mrs. H. M. Hale of Beaver Falls township; Evalena, born Jan. 29, 1887, married to William Schablin, a farmer of Beaver Falls township; Edward H., born March 24, 1889, assistant county surveyor of Renville county; William J., born June 16, 1891; Lillian, born July 3, 1893; Maude A., born Feb. 14, 1898; Theodore A., born Dec. 27, 1890; and Blanche L., born Nov. 18, 1903.
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