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Charles X. Zimmerman


Charles 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