History: Zillman Brothers Horse Drawn Carriages (1911)
Contact:  Carol A. Johnson

Surnames: Pokallus, Zillman, Johnson, Kopke, Ebbert, Meiselwitz, Grunwald, Vobach, Feind, Schaltecker, Wartman

----Sources: Family Photo Album, Thorp Historical Society, Federal Census Reports, Wisconsin State Records, Newspaper Clips

Going through some old photos belonging to my father, ( Albert Herbert POKALLUS 1899-1971) of his home-town. I ran across what I suspect may be of interest to a 'History Buff'. The handwritten caption on back of photo reads, "Colby Wisc. 1911" Since I am not sure which side of what street the photo was taken, in Clark or Marathon Co.'s, I shall pass it along hoping someone may enjoy this little taste of yesterday.  Carol A. Johnson

Zillmann Brothers, Colby, Wisconsin, 1911

-----Source:  THE GAZETTE, STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN, Wed., 14 Jun 1916, pg. 5


Mrs. Ed. Zillmann and sons, Donald and Herman, returned to their home in Colby last night after spending a couple of days at the home of Mrs. O. A. Young and Mrs. W. R. Johnson. They had previously been at Milwaukee.


----Source: Unknown Newspaper Clip

William Zillmann, aged 78, passed away at the Zillmann farm home in Rockville, Wisconsin at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, following an illness of eight months.

The deceased was born in the town of Herman on July 11, 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Zillmann, Sr. In April, 1869 he came to his present farm home with his parents.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Anna Ebbert, and a brother, Edward, both residing in Colby, Wisconsin and a brother, George of Thorp, Wisconsin.  A brother, Alfred, preceded him in death January 25 of this year.

Funeral services will be conducted this Friday at 2 pm at the Meiselwitz Funeral Home, with the Rev. H. O. Grunwald officiating. Burial will be made in the Rockville cemetery. - March 1941

Family Notes

The Zillman brothers were the sons of William (13 May 1832, Germany - 15 Jun 1900) of  Manitowoc, Wis. and Katherine Kopke (22 Nov 1839, Germany - 1911, Wis.).

William and George Zillman

(Brothers to Herman, Ed and Richard)

1900 Federal Census, ED 17 Colby town Colby city Ward West, Clark, Wisconsin, United States


Herman Zillman, single, white male

occupation: Horsedrawn Merchant
birthplace: Wisconsin
relationship to head of household: Boarder
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany

Household Members
head Herman Vobach M 37 (Sep 1863) Germany, Hotel Keeper
wife Alyesta Vobach F 29 (Feb 1871) Germany, House keeper, 1 living child, both parents b. Germany
daughter Lena Vobach F 8 (Nov 1892) Wisconsin, both parents b. Germany
servant Lizzie Feind F 22 (Mar 1878) Wisconsin, house servant, both parents b. Germany
servant Emil Schaltecker M 23 (Nov 1877) Switzerland, chore boy, both parents b. Switzerland
boarder Huy Wartman M 61 (Mar 1839) Germany, stone mason, both parents b. Germany
boarder Albet Seistecow M 42 (Feb 1858) Germany, furniture maker, both parents b. Germany
boarder Frank Wiersauzky M 40 (Nov 1860) Germany, cabinet maker, both parents b. Germany
boarder Herman Zillman M 29 (May 1871) Wisconsin, Horse drawn Merchant both parents b. Germany
boarder Ed Zillman M 27 (Sep 1873) Wisconsin, partner in bros. business, both parents b. Germany
boarder Richard Zillman M 25 (Jan 1875) Wisconsin, partner in bros. business, both parents b. Germany


1910 Federal Census, Colby West Ward, Clark, Wisconsin, pg. 3


Herman Zillman, white, single male
birthplace: Wisconsin
relationship to head of household: Self
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany

Household Members
self Herman Zillman M 38y Wisconsin
moth Katherine Zillman F 70y (1839) Germany
sis Anna Zillman F 42y Wisconsin

1920 Federal Census, Colby, Clark, Wisconsin

Edwin Zillman, white, married, male
father's birthplace: Wisconsin
mother's birthplace: Illinois

Household Members
self Edwin Zillman M 46y Wisconsin
wife Pauline C Zillman F 41y Illinois
daughter Irma A Zillman F 17y Wisconsin
son Donald H Zillman M 13y Wisconsin
son Herman R Zillman M 9y Wisconsin
daughter Marie A Zillman F 4y4m Wisconsin

Wisconsin Birth Records

Donald Herman Zillmann
gender: Male
birth date: 16 Aug 1906
birthplace: City of Colby, Clark Co, Wisconsin
race: White
father's name: Edwin Zillmann
father's birthplace: Rockville, Wisconsin
mother's name: Pauline Caroline Herrmann
mother's birthplace: Chicago, Ill.

Wisconsin Marriage Records, Sheboygan County

wedding: William J. F. Zillmann and Catherine Kopke, v.2, p.66
marriage: 15 May 1859

officiating minister: from the Town of Herman
groom: William J. F. Zillmann
parents of groom: Daniel Zillmann and Louise
birth: Pommeran
bride: Catherine Kopke
parents of bride: Henry Kopke and Adeliede


Wisconsin Death Records

William Zillmann, v.34 p.136 (Brother of Herman Ed and Richard of Colby, Wis.)
11 Jul 1862 - 4 Mar 1941,
Son of William Zillmann and Katherine Kopke (parents b. Germany)
Born Town of Herman, Sheboygan County

Occupation: farmer
Cause of death: “volvulus (bowel obstruction), defuse *arteriosclerosis, chronic **myocarditis”
Burial: Rockville Cemetery, Town of Schleswig

*Arteriosclerosis refers to a stiffening of arteries.

**Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle



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