Obit: Zillmer, Albert F. (1879 - 1931)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 02/05/1931

Zillmer, Albert F. (26 Jan. 1879 - 1 Feb. 1931)

Albert F. Zillmer, one of Colby’s most prominent and leading merchants, suddenly passed on to the distant shore last Sunday at 2:30 P.M., a stroke of apoplexy being the cause of his departure. Mr. Zillmer was in the store at twelve o’clock, noon, with Mrs. Zillmer when the latter went up to their living quarters for a minute when Mr. Zillmer was stricken. He did not regain consciousness and died at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church in Colby at one o’clock Tuesday, Rev. O. Hoffman officiating. The pall bearers were K. Andrews, R. G. Salter, H. E. Crosby, Dr. H. H. Christofferson, James Durland and Frank Jackson. The remains were then taken to New London where services were held at the Emanuels’ Lutheran church Wednesday at 2:00 o’clock and internment took place at Oakwood cemetery, Weyauwega.

The deceased was born in the town of Dupont, Waupaca county, January 26, 1879, the oldest child of Wm. and Mary Zillmer. He started in the mercantile business in 1900 at New London by buying one-half interest in the Archibald & Freiburger store. Later he acquired the Archibald interest and maintained the store until 1921 when he disposed of the New London store and devoted his entire time to the Colby store which he established in 1917, making Colby his home to the time of his death. He took an interest in his store continually although the past few years he had been suffering from high blood pressure.

Mr. Zillmer was one of the group of men who organized the Farmers’ State Bank at New London, which started business January 2, 1912, and he served this institution as director the following twelve years. He served the city of New London as supervisor of the fourth ward for eight years. At the time of construction of the Emanuel’s Lutheran church at New London, he was active as a member of the finance committee.

At Colby, Mr. Zillmer was active with the Central Canning factory, acting as one of its directors.

He was married April 26, 1911, to Emma Bauer of Weyauwega, Wis., who, together with her brother, Edward, and sister, Martha Jossie of New London, survive.

He always took a great interest in local affairs and conditions and we always admired his candid, outspoken temper, eminently fitted to mould sound sense with strong convictions. It was the writer’s good fortune to have known him long and well, and we only knew him to esteem him more highly, as the years passed by, for his excellent Christian habits and fine moral character. We will miss his kindly and friendly greeting and we long in vain to hear his views and suggestions regarding business conditions and the affairs of our little city.

The out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Grubb, Stanley; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Uttormark and son, F. H. Uttormark, Marion; Martha Jossie Zillmer and Ed. Zillmer, New London; Gust Herrmann, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Mero and Miss Elanore Herrmann, Iron River; F. W. Bauer, Weyauwega; J. E. Bauer, Freemont; and Rev. and Mrs. A. Kirchhoefer, Kellner.



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