HERMAN PALMER, a useful and highly respected citizen of Brookfield, N.Y., a veteran of the late war, was born in this town April 11, 1846. In early life Sheffel Palmer, grandfather of Herman, moved from his birthplace in Stonington, Conn., and settled in Sherburne, Chenango County, N.Y., where he spent the remainder of his days. Herman's father grew up on the home farm, and was trained to agricultural pursuits. He afterward moved to Otselic, Chenango County, and from there to Brookfield, where he purchased a farm and resided permanently.
He married Adelia Moore; and they reared five children: Herman, the eldest; Devilla; Elmer; Ella; Ora. Both parents died on the home farm near North Brookfield.
Herman Palmer received all the advantages of a good education in the public schools, and remained at home assisting on the farm until twenty-one years of age. He then learned the carpenter's trade with J. Hart, and worked for him two years, going from there to his Uncle Sardis Palmer's home, where he stayed three years. He then took up farming again, renting a place where he lived for eleven years, buying it at the end of that time, and since making it his home. He married Laura M. Brown, daughter of Nelson Brown, whose family dates back to the very first settlement of Brookfield. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer reared four children; namely, Gladys E., Glamis, Lawrence A., and Mott. Mrs. Laura M. Brown Palmer died in 1885, and Mr. Palmer married for his second wife Miss Julia M. Jordan. To this marriage three children have been born--Shirrell, William, and Lillian.
Mr. Herman Palmer served during the Civil War, and is a member of the Searle Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He is also a member of the Grangers, and has been a Deacon in the Baptist church for twenty-five years. His sympathies and study of politics have led him to give his support to the Republican party. He has been Tax Collector for one year and Assessor for three terms, which has made a service of nine years in that position. Mr. Palmer is an active worker in the cause of religion and in the public affairs of his town, ready to do his part, and in everything that will in any way promote the material, moral, and spiritual improvement of the community.
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