Biography of Marcus Circero Zumwalt
Tulare County, CA Biographies





MARCUS CICERO ZUMWALT.
In the largest and best sense of the term, Marcus Cicero Zumwalt has been for many years a leader in his community and as such his life record is entitled to a conspicuous place in the history of Tulare county. As an associate of L. E. Schoenemann since 1886, he enjoys the distinction of belonging to the oldest business partnership in his county. Mr. Zumwalt is a native of California, born in Red Bluff, the son of J. B. and Lydia A. (DeWitt) Zumwalt. He is the scion of a long line of sterling ancestors, his family having been established in America in 1728 by Jacob Zumwalt, who located in York, Pennsylvania. Adam Zumwalt was a soldier for the colonies in the War of the Revolution, serving five years, was with Daniel Boone in Kentucky in 1796-97 and later was one of the founders of the city of St. Charles, Missouri. J. B. Zumwalt was orphaned at an early age and in 1849 he left St. Charles and crossed the plains by ox team to California. He first engaged in mining in Hangtown (now Placerville), later engaged in farming in Red Bluff and in 1878 located in Tulare county, where he bought a tract of railroad land. He was successful in his business affairs, gained considerable prominence in the community and took part in all enterprises for the advancement of local improvements. He was one of the first to advocate the bringing of water through ditches for irrigation and was the first president of the ditch company organized for that purpose. He died at the age of fifty nine years. His wife had also been a pioneer of California, having crossed the plains in 1859. They were the parents of eleven children.

Marcus Circero Zumwalt was born in Tehama county, December 18, 1860, was reared on his father's farm and received a good public school education. In 1886 he entered into a partnership with L. E. Schoenemann and engaged in the gents furnishings business, in which he has continued to the present time, a period of almost forty years. During this period he has witnessed and taken an active part in the wonderful transformation which has taken place in this county and has been financially successful to a gratifying degree, being considered one of the substantial business men of Tulare county. A man of great force of character, he has usually been found in the lead when any movement has been set on foot for the betterment of his city or county. He has been, in the strictest sense, the architect of his own fortune, for the success which has come to him has been gained only through his persistent and indefatigable efforts and because of the fact that he has ever been true to the highest ideals and principles in business, civic and social life.

Mr. Zumwalt was married to Miss Louisa A. Hunt of Visalia, who was born in San Jose, California. Mr. and Mrs. Zumwalt have a daughter: Dorothy J., who is now the wife of Lynn H. Thompson of Salt Lake City. Mr. Zumwalt is a republican in politics. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Rotary Club. He is a charter member of the board of trade of Tulare, of which he was secretary for seventeen years. He is a life member of the executive committee of that body, having been a member since 1892 and now its oldest member in point of years of service. Governor Hiram Johnson appointed him a member of the State Reclamation Commission and he was reappointed to that position by Governor Stephens, serving nine years as a member of the commission.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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