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Hank Anderson

United States

#1 Feb 27, 2010
Ok, Talk to your parents or grandparents lol. There was a family living ouside Rehersburg, the Zimmermans. They had 12 adopted and 12 foster children at one time. This was in the 60's and 70's. They also sang at churches and did shows. I was one of the foster children and attended school in Rehersburg elem. Remember Mr.Wisehopper? lol I am interested in any that remember them, especially any music recordings of them that may have survived the yrs.
Charlie

Longwood, FL

#2 Jul 13, 2010
I was one of those children also, along with two brothers and two sisters during the late 60's. There are articles to be found about the "Singing Zims" on Ancestry.com .
I do want to find where exactly I was at that time. I remember it as a farm house. Happy hunting!

Since: Jul 10

Stroudsburg, PA

#3 Jul 18, 2010
Pretty amazing that someone actually remembers them, especially kool that some of the kids would even be searching for info about them.
Charlie

Winter Park, FL

#4 Jul 19, 2010
Hey Chris!
Harry Zimmerman from Womelsdorf was what we found. When I come up we'll do some more research. Maybe Lebanon Co. will give us a hand.
Hank Anderson

Elizabethville, PA

#5 Jul 29, 2010
Charlie wrote:
Hey Chris!
Harry Zimmerman from Womelsdorf was what we found. When I come up we'll do some more research. Maybe Lebanon Co. will give us a hand.
By chance a Jacobs?
Hank Anderson

Elizabethville, PA

#6 Jul 29, 2010
Charlie wrote:
Hey Chris!
Harry Zimmerman from Womelsdorf was what we found. When I come up we'll do some more research. Maybe Lebanon Co. will give us a hand.
Harry Zimmerman is correct. Wife Anna Children adopted...Ruth Anne..George..Timothy...Judy.. .Julia...David...Vickie...Fait h......Lois...Luke...And I'm missing a couple. Some of the Foster children were the Jacobs, Andersons, Cerecini and many more.
Hank Anderson

Elizabethville, PA

#7 Jul 29, 2010
Charlie wrote:
I was one of those children also, along with two brothers and two sisters during the late 60's. There are articles to be found about the "Singing Zims" on Ancestry.com .
I do want to find where exactly I was at that time. I remember it as a farm house. Happy hunting!
Charlie, feel free to contact me..email [email protected] I can take you to the farmhouse...It's still there although the Zimmerman's are long gone. Julia was the last one there and she moved to Texas years ago. Unfortunately she remarried and I forgot her married name. When we lived there she was married to Earnest Reed.
gretta

Jim Thorpe, PA

#8 Aug 9, 2010
I am chris's and charlie's sister--it great to accually find people from the same place from way back then--unfortunately I only have two memories from them 1 being a dresser drawer fell on my big toe and the toenail fell off--2 my brother chris fell out of bed from the top of a bunkbed. Maybe researh and seeing the place will bring back more memories.
Hank Anderson

Elizabethville, PA

#9 Aug 14, 2010
Actually, I just talked to my brother Roger. Him and Lela remember you guys better than I do. Seems I left about the time you all arrived. Get bit more info and maybe set up a Zimmerman reuion! lol!
gretta

Jim Thorpe, PA

#10 Aug 14, 2010
it would be incredible to meet and find out what they remember
Jason

Fayetteville, NC

#11 Sep 27, 2010
I am the son of Julia Zimmerman and I just came across these posts. Ruth Anne was the last one on the farm and she was the one who eventually moved to Texas. Several of the children still keep in contact with each other. My mom, George, Allen, Miriam, Vicky, Judy, and Luke. I stay in contact with Ruth Anne's daughter, Becky, as well. If you would like to get in contact with any of the children, just email me at [email protected]
Charlie

Winter Park, FL

#12 Aug 11, 2011
Well, got to go to the farm with Julia and Chris and Gretta :)
What a flood of memories!
The big willow tree was removed and there is a new building, but not much has changed except the condition of the place.
I want to thank everyone that helped take care of us while we lived there as children.
Alice Perdue Bowden

Salisbury, MD

#13 Apr 10, 2012
My mother has been trying to find "The Singing Zims". They came to the church in Salisbury, Maryland that we were attending. I wrote back and forth with Vicki. My parents name one of my sister Judy in November of 1967 and we always said that she name her after your sister Judy. Our parents went to Bible College in Springfield, Missouri when I was a teenager. He pastor a church in Ash Grove, Missouri and then started the Salisbury Baptist Temple in Salisbury, MD. In our church's Christmas programs we have used one of your sister's poems many times. It starts with "Across the dusty, deserted plains and into Bethlehem came two who's child was to be the Saviour of all men. Later it talked about the innkeeper saying "Don't bother me, you can't come in, against them slammed the door." I even used that part a few Sunday's ago with my Sunday School class. It would make my mother's day to find one of the "Singing Zimms." My email address is [email protected] and my facebook is Alice Perdue Bowden. Thanks and God bless.
Alice Perdue Bowden

Salisbury, MD

#14 Apr 10, 2012
Hank Anderson wrote:
<quoted text> Harry Zimmerman is correct. Wife Anna Children adopted...Ruth Anne..George..Timothy...Judy.. .Julia...David...Vickie...Fait h......Lois...Luke...And I'm missing a couple. Some of the Foster children were the Jacobs, Andersons, Cerecini and many more.
Maybe Mariam?
Ruth Anne Cox

Pensacola, FL

#15 Apr 12, 2012
Hi there to all my foster siblings,

Through a friend I found this link. What a pleasant surprise to read all the messages concerning "The Singing Zims" and Zimdale, the memories etc.

It would be nice to hear from each of you. Are you married...do you have families...what are you doing these days?

I am retired, living with my husband, Clyde in beautiful Pensacola, FL. We have a singing group of 7 called, "A Faithful Few," and keep quite busy. I continue to write music and published a book last May, titled, "No Scrip for my Journey," which is my life story. I tell how each of the adopted children came into the Zimmerman Family, and about our adventures as we travelled for 27 years. Of course there is much more concerning my life and how the Lord has preserved me to this present moment, otherwise I would not be living on planet Earth.

I hope each of you are doing well, and that you are blest by our Heavenly Father.

Love to all, Your big sis,

Ruth Anne
Linda

Chambersburg, PA

#16 Jun 28, 2012
My uncle Allen was one of the adopted Zimmermans. I just returned from his funeral. I googled the singing zims and found this post.
Linda
Ruth Anne Cox

Pensacola, FL

#17 Jun 28, 2012
Linda wrote:
My uncle Allen was one of the adopted Zimmermans. I just returned from his funeral. I googled the singing zims and found this post.
Linda
Hi, Linda, I am the oldest of the Singing Zims and just received a notice of your post. Allan was next to me in age, by 21 months younger. How are you related to him? I'm thinking you may be from Nancy's side of the family. Sorry I wasn't able to attend the funeral, but nice to read your post. Allan was a good brother and a wonderful farmer. His heart and soul was in his profession. One day we will meet again, and I look forward to that time.
Lela Anderson Swank

Lebanon, PA

#18 Sep 5, 2012
I was one of the little girls . I am Hank 2nd youngest sister.I was lil grandma. May faverate memeries are. I was help drying dishes and ask why we do dishes . So at supper time my plate was dirty. I AS WHY MY PLATE DIRTY. They said why do we wash dishes. Also when Sherrie trow a hissy fit and got stuck in the milk pail. They send everyone to the bedroom and had to saw the metal bucket. I have lots more gotta go to bed for work
Ruth Anne Cox

Pensacola, FL

#19 Sep 6, 2012
It's been fun catching up with your guys. Hank and I have been busy chatting for a number of weeks now. If any of you would like to contact me, my email address is: [email protected]
Gretta, Chris, and Charlie...I haven't heard from you. What are you up to? Let me hear from you. I've also been in contact with Lela,(lil' grandma) and Sherrie, as well as Paul, who never resided in Zimdale. Roger, it would be nice to her from you, as well. Blessings to each and all.

Since: Sep 12

Lebanon, PA

#20 Sep 6, 2012
Linda wrote:
My uncle Allen was one of the adopted Zimmermans. I just returned from his funeral. I googled the singing zims and found this post.
Linda
sorry to hear that my bro hank and I AND SOME OTHER ARE POSTING PIC FORM THEM PLEASE BEFRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK LELA ANDERSON SWANK

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