Charles X. Zimmerman
Date of Birth: January 18, 1865, in Cleveland, Ohio
Date of Death: November 14, 1926, in New York, New York (61 years old)
He was a military commander, businessman, civic activist, and sportsman.
He was the son of Charles X. and Theresa Reis Zimmerman. After receiving
his education in Cleveland public schools, he joined the Ohio National Guard
May 8, 1884 and rose through the ranks to become a captain. He served in the
Spanish American War 1898-99 and was promoted to Colonel.
After duty on the Mexican border in 1916-17, Zimmerman was appointed
Brigadier General and commanded the 73rd Infantry Brigade during
World War I. As a civilian, he worked as the assistant auditor of Cleveland
1910-11, and later was president of the Amiesite Asphalt Co. of Ohio.
Zimmerman was elected Mayor of Euclid Village in 1921 and during his
four years in office the village improved their waste disposal. In 1926 he
obtained a Cleveland franchise in the newly organized American Football
League, and his CLEVELAND PANTHERS, co-owned with M. Fred Bramley,
played their games at LUNA PARK at Woodland Ave. at Woodhill, posting a
won lost record of 3-2 before disbanding at the end of October of that year.
Zimmerman married Ethel M. Vogt 5 June 1900, and they had a son and
daughter. A resident of Euclid Village, Zimmerman died suddenly in New
York and was returned here for burial at Knollwood Cemetery.
(source: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History)
1926 Cleveland Panthers (AFL I) Owner