SYLVESTER PALMER                                   

The Goodland Republic-News, April 1, 1910

Died:  Mar. 30, 1910



Sylvester Palmer Answers Final Roll Call

Funeral Held at Christian Church Thursday

And Burial Mad in Goodland Cemetery

“Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in its season”


  Sylvester Palmer, residing on West Tenth street, died of a stroke of paralysis at one o'clock p.m.. Wednesday, after an illness of about six days. The funeral was held Thursday forenoon at 10 o'clock, at the Christian church, and burial was made in the city cemetery, Rev. J. H. Crutcher officiating. There was a large attendance at the funeral and burial.

  Mr. Palmer was 74 years of age on September 5, 1909. He was taken with a paralytic stroke sometime between six and seven o'clock Thursday morning, March 24. He was found lying on the floor of his bedroom when Mrs. Palmer went to call him to his breakfast. A physician was summoned and pronounced it paralysis. His right side was paralyzed: he was unable to talk, and gradually grew worse until death come to his release. He had been working hard assisting to take down his barn and coal bins, and probably had overworked for a man of his years. At about 2 o'clock in the morning he had spoken to his wife, and did not complain of being ill. It is supposed that when he attempted to get up the stroke came which left him prostrate on the floor. Practically, "he ceased at once to work and live."

  Sylvester Palmer was born in the Dominion of Canada, September 5, 1835. While yet a babe his parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Indiana. Wriile he was yet a child his mother died and his father married again. When 21 years of age he united with the Christian church, with which religious body he has ever since affiliated.

He married Miss Elizabeth Rummel at Hamilton. Ind.. November 21, 1858, from which union ten children were born, three dying in infancy, and a married son. Cyrenus Palmer, who died December 7. 1909, in this city after a lingering illness caused by accidental dislocation of the cervicle (sic) vertebrae.

  His wife and six children survive him: VIrs. William Stevens of Hale. Mo., Mrs. Aaron Wells. Mrs. D. A. Tittle. Mrs. Lucy Blodgett, and Miss Hattie Palmer: and a son, Alfred Palmer, all residents of this county.

  Of his father's family two half-brothers and one half-sister survive him. They are Silas P. Palmer of Norton. Kan.: Henry Palmer of Eden. O.. and Mrs. Melissa Smith of Wichita, Kan.

  Mr. Palmer was a veteran of the civil war, having served sixteen months in Company C, Thirty-eighth Ohio Infantry, and was discharged on account of disability. Before coming to this county, he resided ten years in Missouri, and settled ten miles south of Goodland in 1887, where he lived until he came to Goodland five years ago. He was a man. earnest and sincere in what he believed was right and just, and withal above reproach.