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Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge and Others
Published Winona, MN by H. C. Cooper, Jr., & Co., 1920
Republished Currently by Higginson Books

Zarling, August F. (page 772), who, though a comparatively young man, has already acquired a competence in the farming industry, and is at present living practically retired in Plainview, was born in St. Charles Township, Winona County, Minn., May 22, 1886, son of William and Caroline (Laske) Zarling. He was educated in the district schools of Winona and Wabasha Counties, and grew to manhood and was trained to agriculture on his parents' farm. In 1910 he started in for himself, buying a farm of 160 acres near the home place, and he and his brother Emil conducted the two farms for six years. August then sold his farm and bought another, of 180 acres, which he greatly improved by fencing and rebuilding some of the buildings and erecting others, including a silo and hog-shed. There he followed diversified farming and stock raising, keeping a good herd of Shorthorn cattle, with a full-blooded sire at the head. His management was good and produced such satisfactory financial results that in the fall of 1919 he rented the place to a tenant and moved to Plainview village, where he purchased a nice residence in which he and his family now make their home. He is a stockholder in Smithfield Creamery in Highland township. Mr. Zarling was married September 29, 1915, to May Miller, who was born in St. Charles Township, Winona County, Minn., December 28, 1891, daughter of Albert and Minnie (Millbrandt) Miller. The children of this union are: Ruth May, born August 26, 1916; and Lorna Dora, born January 28, 1919.

Albert Miller, father of Mrs. A. F. Zarling, was born in Germany, and was married to Minnie Milbrandt in Winona County, of which she was a native. They settled on a farm in St. Charles Township, that county, where they resided until 1903. They then sold that place and moved across the line into Olmsted County, where they purchased a farm on which they are still residing engaged in agriculture. They have six children, Clarence, Roy, May, Della, Edward and Goldie.

Zarling, Herman (page 711), who is farming successfully on section 26, Highland Township, was born in St. Charles Township, Winona County, Minn., in 1885, son of William and Caroline Zarling. The parents were born in Germany and came to the United States in the late seventies, settling on the farm in Winona county on which their son Herman was born. In 1895 they removed to Highland Township, Wabasha County, where William Zarling became the owner of 700 acres of land, besides owning 180 acres in Winona County. They carried on the farm until he died in 1910. His wife passed away in 1917. They had a family of eleven children, all of whom are now living, namely: Bertha, wife of henry Limekoul; Lizzie, wife of Matt Schelling; Herman, August and Emil; Maggie, wife of Jacob Schilling; Lena, wife of Louis Timm of Winona County; Ludie, wife of Tater Zierell; William, Caroline and Albert. After the death of the father the 700 acres in Highland Township was divided among the children, the mother keeping 160 acres. Herman's farm contains 180 acres. William Zarling, the father, was a member of the Congregational church, and served as school director for a number of years. He was a well known and highly respected citizen, his wife sharing his popularity as a worthy woman and good neighbor. Herman Zarling was given a district school education and was reared on his parents' farm in Winona County. After the family moved to Highland Township, Wabasha County, he continued his schooling in district No. 40. He remained at home helping on the farm until he was 25 years old and then engaged in farming for himself on section 26, where he has since remained. He successfully raises both crops and stock, the latter consisting chiefly of Durham cattle and Duroc-Jersey hogs. He has a good residence, which, with the other buildings on the farm, is lighted with electricity. His barn measures 30 by 60 feet, and his other buildings, all substantial, include two silos, milk house, granary and machine shed. He milks on an average of 14 cows. He also uses the De Laval Milking Machine in his dairy, and with his brother Emil owns and operates a threshing-machine, which he has operated 14 years. Mr. Zarling was married in 1914 at Dover, Winona County, to Della Miller, daughter of Albert and Minnie Miller. Her parents were natives of Germany, but came to this country when quite young and were reared in Winona County, this state. By a previous marriage Mr. Miller had two children, Roy and Clarence. By his second marriage, with Minnie Millbrandt, he had four ~ May, Della, Goldie and Edward. Mr and Mrs. Zarling are the parents of four children: Eva, Howard, Kenneth and Earl, the last mentioned being an infant born March 21, 1920.

Zarling, William (page 772), one of the skilled agriculturists who helped to develop the resources of Highland Township, was a native of Germany. He married Catherine Laske, a native of the same county, and they settled in St. Charles Township, Winona County, Minn., where Mr. Zarling was engaged in diversified farming until 1892. He then sold out his interests there and came to Wabasha County, purchasing 360 acres in Highland Township, which farm he operated successfully until his death, August 24, 1909. His wife died April 2, 1917. They were the parents of eleven children, namely: Bertha, Lizzie, Herman, August F., Emil, Maggie, Lena, Luddie, William, Caroline and Albert.

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Zickrick, Arnum (page 526), a recent arrival among the agricultural population of West Albany Township, was born near St. Charles, Winona County, Minnesota, December 4, 1891, son of Edward W. and Harriet (Biers) Zickrick. The father was a native of Lamira, Dodge County, Wis., born in 1851, the son of Michael and Gustina Zickrick, who came from Germany to the United States in 1848, settling first near Milwaukee, and later at Lamira on land now within the city limits, which they bought and farmed. In 1864 the family moved to Elba Township, Winona County, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zickrick taking a farm of 200 acres on the township line, near St. Charles, to which place they moved in about five years after, Michael being engaged in the manufacture of brick there until his death in 1888. Edward Zickrick spent the first thirteen years of his boyhood in Wisconsin, and subsequently followed his parents' fortunes until he came to Wabasha County in 1909, when he bought the farm of 160 acres in sections 12 and 13, Highland Township, on which he has since lived, though since the fall of 1919 he has been retired. His marriage to Harriet Biers occurred July 18, 1878. Arnum, who was the youngest of his parents' four children, was educated in the common school, which he attended up to the eighth grade, and in the Dover High School, where he was a student for one year. Trained to agricultural work, as a youth he aided his father, and from 1913 to 1919 operated the home farm in Highland Township; also, during the three last years of that period he operated with it the Mrs. Bertha McNallan farm of 200 acres. In the fall of 1919 Mr. Zickrick bought his present farm, known as the Carl Moechnig farm, containing 240 acres, and located in sections 22 and 27, West Albany. It is well improved, being provided with a good residence, steam-heated and gas-lighted, two good barns, two corn-cribs, a machine-shed, hog house, tool shed, thresher shed and poultry house, all substantial buildings and in good condition. Mr. Zickrick has 195 acres of his land under the plow, and is doing general farming, his farm being well stocked with grade Shorthorn cattle and Poland-China hogs. His operating equipment includes six work horses, and he also owns a Chevrolet touring car. He is admirably provided with everything necessary to carry on a successful farming business, and his practical experience and industry are guarantees of success. Mr. Zickrick was married June 12, 1917, to Caroline Sass, daughter of Frederick A. and Amelie J. Sass, of West Albany Township. He and his wife are the parents of one child, Geneva Florine, who was born April 13, 1918. The family are affiliated with the West Albany M. E. church. Mr. Zickrick is also a member of the Masonic lodge at Kellogg, which he served as junior and senior warden. He is also a 32nd degree Mason of Winona lodge. Politically he is a Republican.

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Zickrick, Edward W. (page 650), now living retired on a farm in Highland Township, on which he was actively engaged in farming for 10 years, was born in Lomira, Dodge County, Wis., March 21, 1851, son of Michael and Gustina Zickrick. The parents were natives of Germany, who came to the United States on a sailing vessel in 1848, settling first in Milwaukee, and later at Lomira, Dodge County, where they bought a farm, the site of which is now occupied by that city. In 1864 they moved to Elba Township, Winona County, Minn., taking a farm of 200 acres on the township line next to St. Charles, which they operated for five years. They then moved to St. Charles, where Michael Zickrick engaged in the brick-making industry, and was thus occupied thereafter until his death in 1888. His wife died in 1909 at the home of a daughter in Owatonna. Michael and Gustina Zickrick had 12 children, one of whom died in infancy. Those who grew to maturity were Michael, Edward W., Mary, Minnie, Gust, Jule, Lydia, Sarah, Jacob, Richard and Emma. Mary, who married Gust Zick of St. Charles, is now deceased. Gust, who lives near Milaca, Minn., has a son, Lisle, who served in the World War. Jule, who was a conductor on the Northwestern railway running out of Winona, is now deceased. Lydia married Oscar McKinley, of Los Angeles, Calif. Sarah, who married George Maxfield, is now a widow residing at Covine, Calif. Jacob is engaged in mining, his residence being in Seattle, where Richard also lives. Emma is now deceased. Edward W. Zickrick was reared up to the age of 13 years on his parents' farm in Wisconsin. In 1864 he accompanied his parents to Minnesota, resided on the home farm in Elba Township, Winona County, where he received his agricultural training, and in that county was engaged in general farming until he came to Wabasha county in 1909. He then bought 160 acres in sections 12 and 13, and engaged in general farming and stock raising, which line of enterprise he followed until the fall of 1919, at which time he retired from active work. His operations were crowned with a success earned by hard work, and he is now in the possession of an ample competence. His recollections go back to pioneer days, when he and his father used oxen on the farm and there was little agricultural machinery in use, and that of a primitive type. Mr. Zickrick was married in Quincy Township, Olmsted County, Minn., to Hattie Biers, July 18, 1878. She was a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Stark) Biers. Her parents were natives of Bavaria, Germany, who came to the United States in 1852, settling in Ohio, where they were married. In 1866 they came to Minnesota and located on a farm in Olmsted County, where Mrs. Elizabeth Biers died in 1902 and Frederick Biers in 1912. They were the parents of the following children: Caroline, wife of Louis Lietz of Olmsted County; Elizabeth, who married Otto Stoltz of Argyle, Minn.; Harriet, Katie and Emma, the last mentioned of whom is the wife of John Bolton of Elgin, Minn.; William, of Winona, and Charles, of Little Valley, Minn. To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zickrick four children have been born: Silas, who is a farmer in Highland Township; Royal, who married Florence Cook of Red Wing, Minn., and is also farming in Highland Township; Etta, wife of Elmer Pomeroy, of Dunn County, Wis.; and Arnum, who married Caroline Sass, and lives on a farm in West Albany Township. The religious affiliations of the family are with the Methodist Episcopal church.

Zickrick, Royal E. (page 650), proprietor of a farm in Highland Township, was born in St. Charles, Winona County, Minn., son of Edward W. and Hattie (Biers) Zickrick. The father was a native of Wisconsin and the mother of Ohio. They came to Minnesota when young, were subsequently married in Olmsted County, and in 1910 settled on a farm in Highland Township, Wabasha county, having farmed for some years in the neighboring county of Winona, in the vicinity of St. Charles. It was in Winona county that their son Royal was reared to manhood, acquiring his education in the district school and in the high school of St. Charles, where he was graduated in 1901. After that he worked on the home farm for one year, and then, at the age of 21, went farming with his brother Silas, with whom he was associated for three years. Desirous of improving his education, he took a course at Mankato Business College, after which he was employed for two years at Madelia. Later, after working a short time for H. L. Reiter, he returned to farming and was thus employed for four years at West Concord. He subsequently followed the same occupation for three years at Pine island, and came too his present farm in section 14, Highland Township. The farm has an area of 200 acres, with adequate buildings, and Mr. Zickrick is profitably carrying on general farming, raising graded cattle and Poland China hogs, besides doing some dairying. He is fraternally affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Zickrick was married at Red Wing, Minn., June 23, 1909, to Florence R. Cook, daughter of George H. and Ella (Corson) Cook. Her father was a native of Dumont, Iowa, and her mother of Minnesota. The former was for some time a merchant in Red Wing and is now operating a general store at New Hampton, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Zickrick are the parents of four children: Lark M., born June 28, 1910; Janette E., born July 7, 1912; Dorothy M., born December 20, 1914; and Cyril F., born July 25, 1918, all residing at home.

Zickrick, Silas (page 632), a prominent farmer of Highland Township, the owner and operator of a well improved farm of 250 acres, was born at St. Charles, Winona County, Minn., February 11, 1880, son of Edward E. and Hattie (Biers) Zickrick. The father was born in Lomira, Dodge County, Wis., and the mother in Canton, Ohio. When children they came to Minnesota and were subsequently married in Olmsted County. In 1910 they came to Wabasha County, settling on a farm of 160 acres in Highland Township, having previously farmed for a number of years in Winona County. They had four children: Silas, Ray, Arnum and Etta, the last mentioned of whom is the wife of Elmer Pomery, a farmer of Downing Wis. Silas Zickrick was reared on the home farm and educated in the district school. He remained at home assisting his father until reaching his majority, after which he worked for three years in Argyle, Minn., and in North Dakota. He then returned to St. Charles and for six years worked on farms in that vicinity. At the end of that period, or about 1910, at the time his parents moved to this county, he also came here and bought his present farm of 250 acres in section 1, Highland Township. At that time there were no improvements on the place, but since then he has cleared six acres and put 135 acres under cultivation, besides erecting all the buildings. These include a five-room house; a barn 32 by 50 feet, with a lean-to 24 by 50; a silo 14 by 36; machine shed 24 by 50; a granary 12 by 40, with a lean-to 16 by 40, also used as a machine shed; a chicken house 12 by 40; feed house 12 by 14, and a hog house 12 by 24 feet. He has also fenced the entire farm. Mr. Zickrick carries on general farming and stock raising, breeding graded cattle, Chester-White hogs and Belgian horses. He is a member of the Masonic order, having taken the thirty-second degree, Scottish rite, and also belongs to the Modern Woodmen. He was married at Kellogg, Minn., June 16, 1909, to Margaret Young, daughter of George and Catherine Young. Her father was born in Muskegon, Mich., and her mother in Iowa. They came to Wabasha county at an early day and followed farming, but are now retired and are living in Kellogg. Mr. and Mrs. Zickrick have one son, Kermit, who was born July 4, 1910, and is now attending school in Cook's Valley.

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Zillgitt, Otto L. (page 342), who is operating a farm of 226 acres in West Albany Township, is a native of Wabasha County, having been born in Lake Township, April 27, 1888, son of Christ and Wilhelmina (Furst) Zillgitt. The parents were born and married in Germany, and there their two eldest children were born Lena and Hannah whom they brought to America with them. On arriving in Wabasha County, Minn., they settled in the close vicinity of Lake City, where the state camp is now located, and the remainder of their lives was spent there, both father and mother passing away about 1903. They had in all ten children, eight being born in this country. Of the two born in Germany, Lena married Clifford Long and lives in Saskatchewan, Canada; and Hannah married George Taylor and lives in California. Those born in this country are: August, a farmer near Oak Center, Wabasha County; Edward, who operates a truck farm in Lake City; Clara, wife of Louis Rolland of Lake City; Albert, a truck farmer of Lake City; Otto L., of West Albany Township; John, a farmer of Lake Township; and George, residing in Lake City. Otto L. Zillgiltt resided with his parents as long as they lived, then from 1903 to 1905 he worked as a farm hand, and subsequently rented and operated farms in Lake Township. In the fall of 1917 he came to his present farm known as the Zwick farm in section 17, West Albany Township, eight miles south of Lake City, where he is now operating 226 acres of land as a general farmer, and with good financial results. He keeps a good grade of stock, has a good operating equipment, is a hard worker, and is making farming pay. Politically he is independent. Mr. Zillgitt was united in marriage, June 14, 1912, with Rosina Henn, daughter of Henry and Mary Henn. She was born in Goodhue county, July 29, 1890. This union has been blessed by four children, born as follows: Allen Walter, August 2, 1913; Florence Clara, December 6, 1914; Frederick John, September 5, 1916; and Gladys Rosina, January 2, 1920. The family are members of St. John's Lutheran Congregation at Lake City.

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