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Days Gone By

Descendents of the John Henry Timmerman and George Edward Timmerman Sr. families gathered for a reunion on Saturday, July 15, at the home of Ed and Paula Fiedler of Prescott. Relatives traveled from California, Arizona, Oregon and various parts of Wisconsin to attend.

John Timmerman and wife, Verra, along with brother, George Timmerman Sr. and wife, Vivian, moved to the River Falls area from Monticello, Minn., with their families around 1930. Both families worked for many years as dairy farmers.

John and Verra's son, George Ellwood Timmerman and wife Eleanor (Wideman) eventually took over the family farm during the 1940s and built their dairy herd into one of the top producers in the nation. According to a River Falls Journal article, before the herd was dispersed in 1966 it set a Wisconsin state record of 20,000 pounds of milk and 800 pounds of butterfat according to DHIA tests.

Other children of John and Verra Timmerman include Larry and wife Irene (Pelletier) who moved to Oregon and ran a beef cattle and cash crop ranch; Gladys who married Wilbur Peters and taught school. Wilbur's position with the U.S. Agriculture Department enabled them to live in Hawaii and Thailand; Joy with husband Harvey Fiedler ran a large dairy farm in Prescott and taught school; and Donna, who with husband, DeForrest Morrow, ran a large dairy farm in River Falls.

John and Verra's grandchildren have gone into various occupations including, education and administration, sales, office management, investment counseling, dairy farming, beef and crop ranching and purchasing.

George and Vivian Timmerman Sr. farmed in South Fork, Kinnickinnic and the town of Troy. Their sons Merton and wife Eleanor, Albert and wife Peg, and George Jr. and wife Clarice also had farms in the River Falls and Roberts area. Three grandsons also farmed for a short time.

Daughter Leone had been a teacher prior to her marriage to Archie Johnson.

George and Vivian's grandchildren have a wide variety of occupations including education and administration, engineer, veterinarian, conservation, recreation, postal clerk, realtor, lawyer, mechanic and transportation.

Editor's note: During this time of year county fairs and threshing bees are in the news. The Timmerman family has long been known in the local farming community and provided the Journal with photos and family history.