Perry E. Palmer, who is engaged in cultivating the family homestead on section 23, Cedar township, was born
upon that farm on the 30th of December, 1883, a son of Eli and Emma (Wallace) Palmer. The father, whose birth occurred
in Ohio, went from that state to Wisconsin and thence to Keithsburg, Illinois, where he remained until he came
to Nebraska. While living in the Prairie state he joined the Union army and served for three years, after which
he was honorably discharged. About 1866 or 1867 he homesteaded land on section 23, Cedar township, Saunders county,
Nebraska, to the cultivation of which he devoted his energies until 1905, when he removed to Cedar Bluffs. There
he died in 1914 and in his passing the county lost one of her honored pioneers. When he settled here much of the
land was still a part of the public domain and before he could plant crops it was necessary for him to break the
prairie sod. In many ways life was much different from what it is at the present time. His first home was a sod
house, which was later replaced by a log house, which in turn was succeeded by a frame residence His wife was born
in Illinois, where their marriage occurred, and she was called to her reward about 1890. Both are buried at Cedar
Bluffs. To them were born ten children, namely: Albert, a resident of Wheeler county, this state; Bertha, now Mrs.
Fred Putnam, of Redlands, California; Myrtle, the wife of Guy Wallroth, of Albion, Nebraska; Almeda, who married
Bert Walker, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Carrie, now Mrs. Frank Paul, of Cedar Bluffs; Irene, who married John Butterick,
of Cedar Bluffs; Maud, the wife of Carl Brown, of Omaha ; Gertrude, the wife of Frank Rogers, who is farming near
Cedar Bluffs; Perry E.; and Zora, the wife of William Hoxby, residing near Cedar Bluffs.
Perry E. Palmer was reared at home and received his education in the schools of Cedar Bluffs. When seventeen years
of age he began operating the home farm and is still so engaged. The place has been brought to a high state of
development and its improvements compare favorably with those of other farms in the township. He raises both grain
and stock and his well directed labors return to him a good income. He owns two hundred and thirty acres and has
accumulated more than a competence.
On February 28, 1906, occurred the marriage of Mr. Palmer and Miss Fanny May Clapham. He supports the democratic
party at the polls and is interested in the local government but has never been an office seeker. His wife holds
membership in the Presbyterian church, which he attends, and fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order
of United Workmen at Cedar Bluffs. He has passed his entire life in this county and has never had occasion to regret
his continued residence here, for he has found opportunities which he believes to be the equal of those offered
elsewhere and has gained an enviable measure of success.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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