ZIMMERMAN, CHARLES X. (18 Jan. 1865-14 Nov. 1926) military commander, businessman, civic activist, and sportsman, was born in Cleveland, the son of Charles X. and Theresa Reis Zimmerman. After receiving his education in Cleveland public schools, he joined the Ohio National Guard 8 May 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.