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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Louis Zinne, a prominent farmer of Beaver Falls township, was born in Germany, July 27, 1859, son of Frederick and Charlotte (Meyer) Zinne. His father came to America in 1869 and secured 160 acres in section 12, Beaver Falls township, where he remained until his death, in 1888. His mother died in 1907, at the age of seventy-three. Louis Zinne remained on the home farm until his marriage. He rented the home place for five years, then he bought 160 acres in section 12, southeast quarter of Beaver Falls township, in 1888. He now owns 426 acres, one of the other farms being in section 31, Norfolk, and one in Beaver Falls. He has improved his farms and erected good buildings. Mr. Zinne has been a stockholder in the Morton State Bank for several years and is a stockholder and president of the Morton Rural Telephone Company. He is a director in the Flora township Mutual Fire Insurance Co. He has been clerk of school district No. 135, for fourteen years, and has served as township treasurer for seventeen years and been a member of the township board for the past three years. He is a member of the German Lutheran church in Morton, and has been a trustee and treasurer of the church since its organization in 1889. Mr. Zinne was united in marriage June 1, 1883, to Bertha Schmidt, who was born Feb. 9, 1862. Her father, Christian Schmidt, was a farmer in Winfield township and died in 1889, at the age of eighty-six. Her mother, Wilhelmina (Keuhn) died in 1877, at the age of forty-eight. Mr. and Mrs. Zinne have had nine children: Anna, born April 12, 1884; now married to Albert Kline, a truck farmer, near Olivia; George, born March 10, 1886, who is at home and has followed the threshing business for many years; Louis H., born Feb. 20, 1888, a farmer of Beaver Falls township, who married Minnie Ewert, a school teacher, and has one child, Carl; William, born Dec. 23, 1889, and died Sept. 18, 1902; Lucy, born June 23, 1892, who is at home; Meta, born Jan. 23, 1895, and died June 27, 1913; Wilhelmina, born April 12, 1897, and died April 9, 1898; Ernest, born May 9, 1899, and Arthur, born Nov. 3, 1902, who are at home.
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