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William C. Zumwinkle
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
William C. Zumwinkle, a thrifty farmer and substantial citizen of Beaver Falls, was born in Le Sueur county, Minnesota, March 24, 1862, son of Herman and Elizabeth (Nelson) Zumwinkle. At the age of twenty-three William C. Zumwinkle started in the harness business at Beaver Falls, where he remained two years. Then he passed the next three years in farming in section 2, in Flora township. In 1888 he bought 80 acres in section 10, Beaver Falls township, where he still lives, and where he owns 240 acres of land. He has a well improved farm and has erected all the buildings since he came upon the place. Mr. Zumwinkle is a member of the I. O. O. F. of Morton and has filled all the chairs of that lodge. He is a stockholder in the Farmers' Coöperative Grain Company of Morton, a stockholder in the Farmers' Elevator Company at North Redwood, and also a stockholder of the New State Bank at Morton. He has held several public positions at Beaver Falls, having been the assessor for ten years, clerk for ten years, justice of the peace for ten years, and also treasurer of school district No. 4. He is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Beaver Falls. Nov. 20, 1882, Mr. Zumwinkle was married to Catherine Smith, born Nov. 29, 1861, of the parents John Smith, a farmer, who came to Flora township in 1866, and Julia A. (Falkal) Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Zumwinkle have three children, Harry J., born Aug. 21, 1883, who is a farmer in Beaver Falls township, Charles G., born Feb. 27, 1886, who is at home, and Vernon F., born Dec. 17, 1888, who is also at home.
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