Jacob Daniel Palmer, member of Leaf River Village Board for the past fourteen years passed away at his home here Sunday evening about 7:45, very suddenly. Mr. Palmer had attended a silver wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Rothermel, Mrs. Rothermel being a niece of Mr. Palmer. Jacob Daniel Palmer, son of Henry and Lydia Palmer was born in Leaf River Township, May 4, 1860. He was united in marriage to Miss Helen Smith, Oct. 19, 1882. Mr. Palmer was a charter member of the Christian Church here for about forty years. He had served as janitor for the church for twenty years. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer operated a farm for a number of years in and around Leaf River until about twenty years ago when they retired. For a number of years he had a milk route in the village retiring from that work about three years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer had returned to their home Saturday after having spent the past week with their nephew, Earnest [sic?] Palmer and family of Warrenville. While there they also attended the World's Fair.

He leaves to mourn his loss besides his widow, one son Albertus of Leaf River, three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Hazzard, Mrs. Nora Pyper, Mrs. Minnie Stine and one brother, Henry, all of Leaf River and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the home at 1:30 and 2:00 from the Christian Church. Rev. R.W. Pittman officiating. Burial in the North Grove Christian Church.

Leaf River, June 26--Jacob Palmer, 73, member of the Leaf River Village Board for the past fourteen years and a charter member of the Christian Church, died suddenly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at his home in Leaf River.

Born May 4, 1860, in Leaf River Township, the son of Henry and Lydia Palmer, he had resided all of his life in this vicinity. His marriage to Miss Helen Smith took place Oct. 19, 1882, the couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary last year.

For the past twenty years Mr. Palmer had been janitor of the Christian Church. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son, Albertus, residing two miles east of Leaf River; three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Hazzard, Mrs. Nora Piper and Mrs. Nannie Stine, all of Leaf River; and Henry Palmer, also of Leaf River.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. at the residence and at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church. The Rev. R.W. Pittman, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the North Grove Christian Cemetery.

[source: Vaida Palmer King's clippings]

Jacob Palmer and brother John Beeler Palmer lived just a few farms apart from each other in Leaf River Twp. [see 1900 census] These two brothers married Smith sisters Harriet ['Hattie"] and Lydia Helen, daughters of John and Susan Myers Smith. Their aunt, Adeline Myers, and Uncle Joseph Kendel, lived between the two families. And next door to the Kendels was another Palmer sister, Nora Belle Palmer and husband Ernest Pyper

Contributed by Carol Palmer Schmidt

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