Bob Dylan and His Mother Beatty (Stone) Zimmerman

Bob Dylan and His Morher Beatty (Stone) Zimmerman


Beatrice “Beatty” Rutman (Stone)

Her maiden name was Stone, later she became Rutman.


Beatrice “Beatty” Rutman (Stone)

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Wife of Abe Zimmerman ve Joseph Rutman
Mother of Bob Dylan ve <private> Zimmerman
Sister of Vernon Stone; Lewis Label Stone ve <private> Goldfine (Stone)


Abe and Beatrice Zimmerman lived in Duluth for 14 years before moving to Hibbing, when Bob was 6 and David was 2. Abe Zimmerman died of an apparent heart attack in Minnesota in 1968. Beatrice later married Joe Rutman of St. Paul; he died in 1985.


They say prayer has the power to help
So pray from the mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I’m trying to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain’t going well



Beatty spent most of her adult life in Hibbing, Minnesota, where the family moved when Bob was six. Abe Zimmerman had an appliance store, and Beatty was a popular figure in town. “All these years later,” she says, “I can’t walk down the street there without everybody stopping me to say hello.’


Bob and Mom at the
Kennedy Awards 1997.

Then she adds, “Of course, I love everything he does. I’m his mother.” And what’s more, “He’s a remarkable, wonderful man. He’s a very ordinary person; he’s full of compassion; he has no ego. People don’t really know him. But I do, and I’m grateful for it. Every mother should have a son like Bobby.”



Life got interesting when Bobby reached adolescence. He had been a quiet, introspective boy; Beatty says she expected him to become an English teacher. But at ten he started playing the guitar and soon Bob Dylan—he renamed himself for Dylan Thomas—was carrying his guitar from college campus to college campus, where he found both an audience and a reason to avoid going to high school. His mother was alternately angry and admiring. “There were lots of times when he was ready to come back to Minnesota,” Beatty recalls. “But he stuck with it. No one helped Bobby—they shut doors in his face, but no one helped him.” She watched his progress from afar—“and then, when he was ready for Carnegie Hall, he called us.”








Beatty with Joan Baez and Bob at the Rolling Thunder Revue 1975.


When Abe, aged 22, married 18-year-old Beatty, whom he’d met on one of her weekend trips to Duluth, on June 10, 1934 at her parents’ house in Hibbing, his older brother Paul was best man. They honeymooned in Chicago and then came back to live in Duluth, with Abe’s mother and the three youngest brothers at 402 East 5th Street. Abe’s father, Zigman, had moved out and had an apartment in the Kinsley Apartments on West 1st Street. On July 6, 1936, he died of a heart attack in the street on 2nd Avenue West, in a heat wave, at the age of 60. 


Abe duly became a senior manager at Standard Oil, and ran the company union; he and Beatty moved house several more times, finally escaping Abe’s siblings by moving into the upstairs of a duplex at 519 3rd Avenue East, high up on the hillside overlooking the port and Lake Superior. Their first child, Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born at the nearby St. Mary’s Hospital on May 24, 1941, weighing in at 7lb 13oz: ‘about as big as a good-sized lake trout,’ writes Dave Engel, in Just Like Bob Zimmerman’s Blues—Dylan in Minnesota. Robert Allen’s Hebrew name is Shabtai Zisel ben Avraham. 


In 1947 the family moved to Hibbing, where Abe’s brothers Maurice and Paul had set up Micka Electric Co. the year Bob was born. Abe became an appliance salesman. When Bob’s little brother David was a bit older, Beatty started working as a clerk at Feldman’s clothing shop in the main street, Howard Street. 



Beatty died on January 25, 2000, in St. Paul. She was 84. She was survived by her children, Bobby and David, grandchildren (including singers Jakob Dylan and Seth Zimmerman) and great-grandchildren. Her family released one of the poems Bobby wrote for her as a young boy. It read:

“My dear mother, I hope that you
Will never grow old and gray,
So that all the people in the world will say:
‘Hello, young lady, Happy Mother’s Day.'”

Bob Dylan and His Morher Beatty (Stone) Zimmerman

Sources :



Recipe from Bob Dylan’s Mother – Beatty Zimmerman’s Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Bread


Bob dylan ‘s footsteps Hibbing Part-1


Bob Dylan as Family Man (35 Photographs)


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  1. I met bob the day he did the video for Political world. that was in Bloomington, IN. We talked alone and he was very nice. Yes, he is a regular person. Nice guy. I lost my own mother 3 years ago. I’m sure he is still sad after all these years.

  2. No one ever seems to comment that Bob’s relative inactivity in 1968-1969 could have partly been a result of the death of his father.

  3. Lovely family you come from. Both my husband and I of (51yrs of marriage) have
    roots in Minnesota. My husband’s family (a furrier’s on his grandfather’s side
    was in the Minneapolis area), and my family in Hallock, MN. from Sweden, but on
    my Mother’s side a Rosenberg, who brought the waltz to Scandinavia, also Gypsy
    Sinti roots, as well as Basque.

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