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Palmer, George, was born in Wisconsin, October 6, 1851. He was educated in the public schools and the State University at Madison, Wis. In 1872 he was appointed a cadet at West Point, and graduated with honor in 1876. He was then assigned to Co. K, 9th Infantry, U. S. Regular Army, with the rank of second lieutenant, serving in that company seven years, until 1883, when he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in Co. E, and was in command of the company three years, and was appointed regimental quartermaster, which position he filled with ability the allotted time, four years. He was then assigned to Co. C of the same regiment until the present time 1897; until he arrived here the above service was rendered in Wyoming, California and Arizona. He was promoted captain of Co. D, January 16, 1898. In the year 1887 he married Bertha E. Wardrobe of his native place, and they have two children, Frederick Rodman and Alice Webber. Lieutenant Palmer's father, Rodman Palmer, was born in Catskill, Greene county, N. Y., September 27, 1820; he married Harriet C. Calkins of Hudson, N. Y., and they had three children: George (as above), Mary and Harriet; in process of time the family moved to Wisconsin. Mr. Palmer died in October, 1873, and his widow in April, 1896. Captain Palmer is a member of Waukesha Lodge No. 37, of the State of Wisconsin, F. & A. M., of Waukesha Chapter No. 37, R. A. M., of Waukesha Commandery No. 23, K. T. and of the Media Temple A. A. N. M. S. of Watertown, N. Y. The ancestry of the family is Dutch and English.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898