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Zeman, Joseph, 1914-2009

  • PA 18
  • Person
  • 1914-2009

Joseph (Joe) Zeman was born on February 6, 1914 near Outlook, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Sophie (Voytilla) Zeman. He had two siblings: Frank and Alice. Zeman graduated from Kenaston High School in 1932 and attended Outlook College. He attended Saskatoon Normal School from 1933 to 1934 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (1944) and a Bachelor of Education degree (1969) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Zeman worked as an agricultural economist for the federal Department of Agriculture, Economics Division in Saskatoon from 1944 until his retirement in 1967. He then worked as a teacher part-time until 1976.

Zeman was involved with numerous sport and recreation organizations at local, provincial and national level during his lifetime. He served those organizations as a coach, manager, administrator and executive member and was a founding member of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association; the Saskatchewan Minor Baseball Association and the Saskatchewan Junior Baseball Association. Zeman served as a director for numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Baseball Association (1978-1980); the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association (1964-1975); the Saskatoon Parks and Recreation Board; Sask Sport (1973-1975, 1977-1980); the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (1977-1980) and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1973-1980). Zeman coached and managed numerous baseball and hockey teams, including the Canadian baseball team that participated in the 1967 Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Zeman's hobbies and interests centered around genealogy and history. Zeman conducted research for the 1983 book "Hockey Heritage: 88 Years of Puck-chasing in Saskatchewan", written by his daughter, Brenda Zeman. He also worked on a history of the Slovak people in Saskatchewan with his daughter in the mid 1980s.

Zeman was the recipient of many honours and awards, including the Saskatoon Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award (1961); the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award (1964); and the Award of Merit from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (1980). He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1982); the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame (1986); and the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics Wall of Fame (1986). Zeman was named an honorary life member in numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association; the Saskatchewan Baseball Association; the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association; and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Zeman Court and Zeman Crescent in Saskatoon were named in his honour.

Zeman married Jessie Mary Shewan on October 24, 1941. They had five children: Gary; Dale; Brenda; Kevan and John Allan (died in infancy). Jessie Zeman died on November 17, 2001.

Joseph Zeman died in Saskatoon on July 2, 2009.

Zenon Park (Sask.), 1941-

  • LGA 87
  • Local Government
  • 1941-

The Village of Zenon Park is an urban municipality in north east Saskatchewan. Organized on July 28, 1941, the village is located in the Rural Municipality of Arborfield No. 456 and is 45 kilometres north east of Tisdale. The village is believed to have been named after Zenon Chamberland, one of the first pioneers in the area.

The village is governed by an elected council consisting of a mayor and councillors, all elected for a three year term. Council makes decisions and exercises its power through the passage of bylaws and resolutions. Council aims to provide good government; to provide services, facilities and other things deemed necessary; to develop and maintain a safe and viable community; and foster economic and social well-being. Council is responsible for providing an array of services within the boundaries of the village, including police and fire services; water and sewage treatment services; and library, recreation and cultural facilities. Council is responsible for regulating wild and domestic animals; streets and roads; businesses and business activities; and buildings and other structures. The village gets funding through property taxes, service user fees, license fees and grants from the provincial and federal governments. Council is responsible for hiring an administrator and other employees to manage the daily operations of the village, whose operations are overseen by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

The Village of Zenon Park is currently (2010) governed by a mayor and four councillors. An administrator and maintenance person oversee the daily operations. Council meetings, open to the public, are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The current population of the village, which remains predominantly French speaking, is 192.

Zimmerman, Arthur Martin, 1886-1979

  • PA 201
  • Person
  • 1886-1979

Arthur Martin Zimmerman was born on September 11, 1886 in Ontario. He lived in the Acton district in Ontario for several years before joining a harvesters' excursion and moving west. Zimmerman worked for deep-well digging outfits for several years then purchased a quarter section of farm land near Disley, Saskatchewan in 1911. Crop failures forced him to give up his farm, and in 1916 he accepted a position as an engineer with T. A. Burrows Lumber Company at Grandview, Manitoba. The following year he returned to Saskatchewan to operate the steam engines at the Lumsden flour mills.

After the First World War, Zimmerman moved to Foxwarren, Manitoba and then to Neepawa, where he worked as a shop mechanic in Pedlar's Garage. In 1930 he set up his own business, Art's Garage. The property was later purchased by the North Star Oil Company. Zimmerman accepted a position at the Neepawa Airport in Neepawa, Manitoba, working on airplane engines until the airport's closure in 1950.

Zimmerman died on December 22, 1979.

Zimmerman married Margaret Jane Sayers in 1908. They had four children; Charlie, Arthur, Margaret, and Nell.

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