Anishinaabe Way: Josephine Zimmerman

Anishinaabe Way: Josephine Zimmerman

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Josephine Zimmerman was the first person confirmed in the Chippewa Church, more formally known as St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In a letter she sent to the Cook County Historical Society in 1971, Mrs. Zimmerman relates her memories of the church and tells the story of the 1907 forest fire, that nearly burned the church to the ground. Mrs. Zimmerman and family lost their house to the fire. Built in 1895, this year the Chippewa Church celebrated its 120 year Anniversary.