Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 261-62.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  C. J. Jimmerson

C. J. Jimmerson is one of the active and prosperous farmers and stockmen of Elk township, where he operates a farm of three hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land.  He was born in Red Wing, Minnesota, on the 15th of August, 1854.  His father, J. E. Jimmerson, whose birth occurred in New York in 1826, was there reared and in early manhood took up his abode near Peoria, Illinois, where he wedded Miss Margaret Doty, a native of the Prairie state.  After carrying on farming there for some years Mr. Jimmerson removed to Red Wing, Minnesota, and in 1856 located in Benton county, Iowa, where he opened up a new farm.  Subsequently he went to New Hartford, Butler county, where he spent his remaining days, passing away in 1902.  His wife, however, still survives him and makes her home in New Hartford. 


C. J. Jimmerson accompanied his parents on their removal to New Hartford and was there reared and educated.  In 1872 he came to Storm Lake and was employed as a farm hand for two or three years, on the expiration of which period he entered upon a clerkship at Storm Lake, working for the Russell brothers for about four years.  On the 12th of February, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy J. Angler, who was born in Garnavillo, Clayton county, Iowa, but was largely reared in Storm Lake, where she taught school for several years prior to her marriage.


Subsequent to that important event in their lives the young couple took up their abode in Alta, where Mr. Jimmerson was connected with the elevator business for seven years, being employed by E. W. Benson, A. Leander and J. W. Slutz successively, and acting as grain buyer during a part of the time.  In 1892 he located on a farm and has since been connected with agricultural pursuits, having lived on his present property since 1899.  During the first five years he carried on farming for a friend, C. W. Garberson, but has since been engaged in agricultural interests on his own account, meeting with a gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity in his undertakings.  He is likewise engaged in raising and feeding stock and fattens about two carloads of cattle and three carloads of hogs annually.  He resides on section 33, Elk township, and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community as a man of excellent business ability and unfaltering integrity.


Unto Mr. and Mrs. Jimmerson have been born fourteen children, of whom the following are living:  James B., Roland J., Ned D., George C, Eugene M., Calvin D., Murray A., Lillian E., Grace V., Maggie L., Ollie M. and Hazel E.  They lost a son, Charley, who died at the age of eleven years, and an infant girl. 


In his political views Mr. Jimmerson is a stalwart republican and takes an active and helpful interest in the local work of the party.  He has served as road supervisor for two years and for six years has capably filled the office of assessor, being still the incumbent in the latter position.  For several years he did effective and beneficial service for the cause of public instruction as a member of the school board, and has likewise been a delegate to numerous conventions.  Fraternally he is connected with the :Modern Woodmen, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodic Episcopal church of Elk township.  Mr. and Mrs. Jimmerson are people of genuine personal worth and many excellent traits of character and are widely and favorably known throughout Buena Vista county, where they have long resided.