Brother James W.
Zimmerman was born in Washington County, Texas, on September 10, 1847,
and at an early age in life he moved to Brazos County, Texas, and
settled near what was then called "Tyron's Church", but later named
Kurten, where his father was engaged in farming.
On Wednesday, November 27, 1867, Brother Zimmerman was united in marriage to Miss Caroline C. Nevils, and to this union were born nine children, all of which are now deceased.
Brother Zimmerman was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on
September 26, 1868. He was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on
October 31, 1868, and was raised to the sublime degree of a Master
Mason on November 28, 1868, in Cedar Creek Lodge No. 300 A.F. &
A.M., located at Kurten, Texas, in Brazos County.
Brother Zimmerman left
Brazos County in the early 1880s and moved to Burnet County and settled
near Naruna Community, some ten or twelve miles northwest of Burnet,
the County Seat.
Brother Zimmerman demitted from Cedar Creek Lodge No. 300 on April 1,
1882, to become a Charter Member of Blufton Lodge No. 551 A.F. &
A.M., located at Blufton, Texas, in Llano County. He demitted
from Blufton Lodge No. 551 on June 8, 1889, and he remained a demitted
Mason until December 9, 1909, when he affiliated as a Charter Member of
Lake Victor Lodge No. 1011 A.F. & A.M.
On March 15, 1919, Brother Zimmerman was made a life member of Lake
Victor Lodge No. 1011. However, on February 27, 1926, he demitted
from Lake Victor Lodge No. 1011 to become a Charter Member of Naruna
Lodge No. 1234 A.F. & A.M. located at Naruna in Burnet County.
On November 27, 1933,
Brother Zimmerman passed into the great beyond at his home near Naruna,
Texas. He was buried with full Masonic Rites conducted by Lake
Victor Lodge No. 1011 A.F. & A.M., with Brother M. P. Hahn
officiating, with interment in the Naruna Cemetery.