It was with feelings of profound sorrow that the many relatives and friends of Abram Palmer received the sad news of his sudden death which occurred at Rockford last Tuesday afternoon December 5, 1911. Mr. Palmer was apparently as well as usual at noon and was cheerful as he ate a hearty lunch.

In the afternoon he was teaming. About 2:30 he was found lying face downward on the ground. Examination proved that he had died of heart failure probably brought on by exertion.

Mr. Palmer was born near Adeline, September the fifteenth, 1849. He was united in marriage to Anna Rebecca Morris, December the twenty second, 1873. To this union were born seven children: three sons; Henry of Bakersfield, CA; one son who died several years ago and Earl who is still a young man at home, and four daughters; Mrs. Bess Sprecher of Waverly, Iowa; Mrs. Lydia Fairclough of Chicago, Edna and Pearl of Rockford.

He became a member of the United Brethren Church at Lightsville when a young man.
He spent the greater part of his life in and near this neighborhood. He lived for about eight or ten years in Iowa. He was a farmer and owned a farm about eight miles north of Oregon.

Several years ago he left the farm and moved with his family to Rockford. Two years ago his wife died after an illness of several months. He leaves to cherish his memory besides his children three brothers: Messrs John, Jacob and Henry Palmer and four sisters, Mrs. Charles Stine, Mrs. Dorr Hazzard, Mrs. Ernest Pyper all of Leaf River and Mrs. Emma Piper of California. The funeral service was held in the Christian Church at this place; pastor Rev. R.W. Pittman. . . belonged to the Mason Lodge of Oregon. . . all of the children present except Henry of Bakersfield, CA. . . out of town guests included Mrs. Samuel Walker and daughter Mrs. Nora Fontaine of Rockford, Mesdames Corts, Beeler and Lowman of Lanark.. . . Interment was made in the Silver Creek Cemetery. The pall bearers were: Messrs John Williar, Henry Meyer, Andrew Schreiber, Joseph Keefer, Henry Reber and Alva Gitchell. [source: Vaida Palmer King's clippings]

Contributed by Carol Palmer Schmidt

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