Mount Lemmon Realty, the oldest real estate firm on Mount Lemmon, was started by a Mount Lemmon pioneer, Tony Zimmerman who fell in love with Mount Lemmon on a hunting trip. He began selling properties in 1939 and continued until the 70′s when his son, Bob Zimmerman and Bob’s wife Fran Zimmerman began their careers in real estate. In recent years, their daughter, Jenni has joined the firm.
Tony built and ran the Mount Lemmon Inn, Mount Lemmon Construction Company, the Mount Lemmon Sawmill and the Mount Lemmon Bus Lines. He built the Inn from lumber cut at his sawmill. He was also instrumental in starting the Mount Lemmon Water Cooperative and bringing electricity to Mount Lemmon in the early ’50′s.
Beginning in 1910, before Arizona was a state, Tony taught school in Arizona for the next 30 years. His first school was the one-room school located in a very small town near the eastern border, Blue, Arizona. The pay at that time was $90 per month. He also taught school on near by Eagle Creek and later on the Aravaipa Creek were it joined the San Pedro River, not far from an early location of Fort Grant. Later, he moved to Tucson and taught algebra and history at Safford Junior High for twenty years.
Tony Zimmerman died in 1996 a few days short of his 104th birthday, while still living alone in Tucson. The elementary school on Mount Lemmon the Zimmerman Accommodation School is named in his honor.
Bob and Fran along with their daughter Jenni have continued the family tradition of serving the community of Mount Lemmon in various capacities: President or Chairman of the Mount Lemmon Water Cooperative, Mount Lemmon Fire District, Mount Lemmon Women’s Club, and Mount Lemmon Homeowner’s Association. They still hold offices in many of these organizations. Both have been awarded the coveted Summit Award bestowed by the Mount Lemmon Homeowners Association for their dedication to the community