Relatives of
Oscar Zimmerman

2. Oscar Zimmerman was born 15 May 1886 at Albany, Linn county, OR, son of Otto Zimmermann and Matilda Robson. Oscar married Violet Cecile Pine in St. Helens, Columbia county, OR 8 August 1906. Oscar died of pneumonia 18 October 1959 in Salem, Marion county, OR , having been sent to the state hospital for dementia, and is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery near Rainier, Columbia county, OR.

3. Violet Cecile Pine was born 4 April 1890 at Brower, Multnomah county, OR, daughter of William Townsend Pine and Louville Campbell. Violet married Oscar Zimmerman 8 August 1906 in St. Helens, Columbia County, OR, at the home of her maternal grandparents Jacob Andrew Jackson Campbell and Rachel Amelia Root. Violet died May 21, 1973 and is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery located near Rainier, Columbia county, OR


From the “Mist” – a St. Helens newspaper: Married: At the residence of J. Campbell in Houlton, on Thursday, August 8th, [1906] at 10:00 a.m. Oscar Zimmerman of Albany, to Violet Pine, of Houlton, Rev. Davies officiating, Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman took the afternoon train for Albany.



Children of Violet Cecile Pine and Oscar Zimmerman:

i. Arthur James Zimmerman b. 12 March 1909 St. Helens d. 24 August 1994; buried in Woodbine Cemetery near Rainier, Columbia county, OR

ii. Harold “Slim” Zimmerman b. 25 January 1910 St. Helens d. 3 July 1974; buried in Woodbine Cemetery near Rainier, Columbia county, OR

iii. Carl Antone “Pat” Zimmerman b. 28 July 1912 Sauvies Island, Columbia county, OR

iv. Paulyne Alice “Peg” Zimmerman b. 26 June 1916 Woodland, Cowlitz county, WA

v. Eunice Myrtle “Sleepy” Zimmerman b. 27 March 1918 Woodland, Cowlitz county, WA

vi. Dorothy “Dot” Zimmerman b. 6 April 1921 Woodland, Cowlitz county, WA d. 8 Oct 1985, Portland, Multnomah county, OR

vii. Robert Zimmerman b. 19 June 1925 O’Dell, Hood River county, OR


The 1910 Federal census for Warren Precinct taken 29 April 1910 lists at household 57:

Oscar Zimmerman, head, m, w, age 23 m1, 3 years, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, fisherman on the river;
Violet, wife, f, w, age 20 m1, 3 years, 2/2, Oregon, Nebraska, Nebraska;
Arthur, son, m, w, 1and 2/12 s, Oregon, Oregon, Oregon;
baby, son, 3/12, s, Oregon, Oregon, Oregon.

Oscar was in San Francisco as a young single man, and working in a steel foundry he sheared fingers off his hand in a steel press… he was there during the 1906 earthquake and laughed often about his room-mate being so terrified that he ran to the street without putting on his pants… Oscar returned to Oregon, going to Milton-Freewater where he met Violet Cecile Pine. They returned to St. Helens where they married.

4. Otto Zimmermann, born in Germany (Dec 1852), died 5 July 1941 at Richmond, Contra Costa county, CA, at the age of 88 years. Otto was interred at Sunset View cemetery in Richmond, Contra Costa county, CA.

Notes: His wife’s surname given on his death certicate was Matilda Radsom, the informant was their youngest son, Arthur Zimmerman.

5. Matilda Robson, born 8 August 1853 in Germany, died 12 Jan 1916 at Oakland, Contra Costa county, CA. the daughter of Frederick Robson and Wilimia Nock. Matilda was interred at Sunset View cemetery at Richmond, CA, 17 January 1916.

Notes: Family members dispute the name of Robson stating it as “Radzum” The informant for the information on her death certificate was her husband, Otto Zimmerman.

Notes: When Otto signed the wedding certificate for his son Oscar he signed Zimmermann with 2 n’s; no one else in the family did that. When Otto came to America is in dispute. He also had brothers that came from “back east” to visit the family at Albany. Grand daughter Paulyne states that Otto and Matilda spoke only German at home… she recalls that the brother to Otto was named Fred (Frederick). Grand son Carl (Pat) also independently recalled a relative named Fred. Otto’s death certificate states he had lived in the USA for 55 years, which would have placed his arrival in 1883… however, information from the 1900 Federal census gives a much earlier immigration date… 1867, Port of entry was Pennsylvania. Matilda immigrated in 1876… their marriage was 22 years old… making marriage in 1878… Another family tradition was that they came around the Horn to San Francisco moving to a community near Scio, Linn county, OR before settling in Albany. Otto made furniture and was listed on the DC as a cabinet maker. Otto petitioned for naturalization 30 May 1882 in Linn county, OR… stating that he was a subject of King William, Emperor of Germany. Otto purchased a home from Philip Baltimere… down the street was a furniture store named Baltimere and Robson… wouldn’t it be interesting if the Robson was Frederick Robson, father to Matilda!!!

Matilda took a trip back to Germany… son Carl escorted her to New York… a pickpocket stole his billfold… Matilda was unable to find any relatives… it was said that the women were in a convent and unavailable… Matilda was said to have been on the last ship out of Germany for America because of the impending war.



Children of Otto Zimmermann and Matilda Robson:

i. Carl Zimmerman b. 1883, Albany, Linn county, OR; d. of pneumonia in 1956 enroute by train; buried Link Cemetery near Klamath Falls, OR
ii. Otto Zimmerman b. May 1884 Albany, Linn county, OR; d. Milton-Freewater, OR
iii. Walter Zimmerman b. d. 10 Sep 1940 Richmond, Contra Costa county, CA
iv. Oscar Zimmerman b. 15 May 1886, Albany, Linn county, OR
v. Paul Zimmerman b. Aug 1887, Albany, Linn county, OR; died at Milton-Freewater, OR
vi. Arthur Zimmerman b. Apr 1894, Albany, Linn county, OR; d. 10 Nov 1964; buried Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, Contra Costa county, CA

Notes: Otto (ii) married Lulu Jones of Milton-Freewater, OR. Eunice Myrtle Zimmerman wrote her a letter in 1977 to which she answered questions:

“When did my Dad’s parents leave Germany? Ans: Carl was born somewhere around 1881 and so they came around 1879.

“Where were they married? Ans: They were married in Germany.

“Did other relatives come to the US? Ans: I don’t think so but they had two uncles in New York.

“Where did they come from to Albany Oregon? Ans: They came around the Horn to San Francisco, CA, then up to Albany, OR

“Were all my uncle Zimmermans born in Albany, OR? Ans:They – Carl and Otto – were born on a farm close to Albany, the rest were born in Albany.

“If other relatives came to the US would you know? Ans: They were their Mother’s brother. They lived in New York, but I don’t know their names.

“Otto said that two uncles used to come to Albany to visit but I never heard Otto mention their names. Heard Otto mention them having Dutch lunch together.

Otto and Lulu had a son called Nick… (Otto) and a daugter Vera Harrison.

8. —- Zimmermann, b. in Germany, by tradition, Berlin.

10. Frederick Robson, b. in Germany, by tradition probably Pomerau…

11. Wilimia Nock, b. in Germany, by tradition probably Pomerau…



Children of Frederick Robson and Wilimia Nock:

i. Matilda Robson, b. …. Germany, married Otto Zimmermann ca. 1878, d. …1916 .

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