Wrestler Louis Zimmerman helped rescue several
news story refers to Zimmerman as, "the wrestler,"
suggesting he was known in Chicago, but I have not
yet found information about him. I found one
reference in a 1903 Chicago newspaper to an amateur
boxer named Louis Zimmerman. He was a member
of the Chicago Fencing and Boxing Club.
If the fire story got it wrong and Zimmerman was a
boxer rather than a wrestler, could it have been
Dutch Zimmerman, a boxer who earned a place in
boxing history in 1908? Zimmerman was a common
German name and Dutch was a common nickname for
Germans so in the early 1900s there were many Dutch
Zimmermans, including in baseball, track and
football, if not professional players then amateurs.
Makes researching it difficult. According to
Chicago city directories there were no Zimmermans
living at 602 Lincoln.