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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Herman Zumwinkle, an estimable pioneer, was born in Germany, Jan. 16, 1835, and was there reared. He was a youth of but sixteen years when he came to America and located in Ohio. From there he went to Rock Island, Illinois. In that state, on Sept. 2, 1857, he married Elizabeth Nelson, who was born in Norway, June 6, 1832, and died Jan. 16, 1911. In 1862 he came to Minnesota, and located in Le Sueur county where he remained for two years. Subsequently he lived in Shakopee and St. Peter, working in these places as a harness maker. In 1870 he came to Renville county and purchased a farm in Flora township. In 1871 he bought 120 acres in section 22, Beaver Falls township, where he successfully carried on general farming until 1897 when he sold his farm to his son, Frank E., and moved to Beaver Falls village. He was a prominent man, served on the township board for many years and had his part in the upbuilding of the community.
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