John Harvey Zimmerman Obituary

Death of Prominent Young Attorney.

J. Harvey Zimmerman Passes Away After Short Illness - Was Burgess of Waynesburg Four Years.

J. Harvey Zimmerman, Esq., one of Waynesburg's prominent citizens and a member of the Greene county bar, died at his home, corner of Main street and Montgomery avenue, Thursday evening, February 4, a few minutes after eleven, aged 36 years.

His death proved a shock to many friends as he had been seriously ill only a short time.

Last December he had an attack of grippe, but later convalesced sufficiently to go out again; however, he suffered a relapse and with this other complications appeared which finally developed into typhoid fever and proved fatal.

Mr. Zimmerman was born in Whiteley township, Greene county, January 24, 1879, being a son of Henry J. and Nancy Fuller Zimmerman. After completing a public school course he attended Waynesburg College, and also taught school several terms. While in college he was popular among the students and was a leader in athletics, having been manager of the football team.

He began the study of law in the office of D. C. Cumpston, Esq., and was admitted to the Green county bar in 1903, since which time he had been in active practice here.

In 1909 he was elected burgess of Waynesburg, upon the Citizen's ticket, and served in that office four years, making an excellent official. In politics Mr. Zimmerman was a Democrat and one of the leaders of his party in this county. Five years ago he was urged to become a candidate for State Senate, but declined, J. Carter Judson being elected. In 1912 he was elected a delegate to the Democratic State conention. During the past few months he had been spoken of as a probable candidate for judge. At the time of his death he was attorney for the Directors of the Poor. In manner he was genial and always fair toward those who did not agree with him in political or legal matters.

His death is a loss not only to the Greene County Bar, but to our entire community.

He was a member of the Methodist Protestant church and was an active worker in the church. He was also a member of the I. O. O. F., Knights of Pythias and B. P. O. E.

He had united in marriage with Miss Norma Long, daughter of Wayne Long, deceased, of near Carmichaels, and the widow and three children survive, the latter being Inez, James and J. Harvey Zimmerman, Jr. He is also survived by his parents, three sister, Mrs. Milton Morris, Mrs. Oma Cree, Miss Goldie Zimmerman, and one brother, M. R. Zimmerman, all of near Fordyce, Pa.

The funeral was held on Firday at 1 p.m. from his late residence and a large number of persons were present. The services were conducted by Rev. David Jones, D. D. The members of the bar and other fraternal organizations to which the deceased belonged attended in a body. Interment in Oakmont cemetery.

Waynesburg Republican, February 11, 1915 (Greene County, PA)

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