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From Germany to Brownton – Zimmerman Farm still stands tall 100 years later

Gustav Andreas Friedrich Zimmerman made his way across the Atlantic Ocean to America from West Prussia, Germany, with his family in 1866 after being born May 9, 1865.
After years of moving around the Midwest, Zimmerman became a U.S. citizen in 1900, married Louise Rickert in 1866, and decided to make a home for themselves in Brownton.
The family purchased 200 acres in Sumter Township in April 1920 from William and Augusta Brandt. Little did they know, their farm would still be in their family 100 years later, leaving behind a legacy for future generations.
Gustav’s great-grandson, Dean Zimmerman now owns the farm with his wife Janel. The Zimmerman Farm was recognized as one of the four century farms in McLeod County and 154 Century Farms this year by the Minnesota State Fair. They would’ve been officially awarded at the state fair this year. The state fair has been canceled because of the pandemic.

(For the complete story, see the July 29 print edition of The Chronicle.)