Obit: Palms, George H. (1850 - 1915)

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----Source: GREENWOOD GLEANER (Greenwood, Wis.) 06/10/1915

Palms, George H. (18 May 1850 - 29 May 1915)

Geo. H. Palms died at his home in Tioga, Clark County, Wis. early Saturday morning, May 29, 1915, after suffering several years from a complication of diseases.

He was a man who had materially to do with the early saw mill, stave and heading manufacturing business in this vicinity, and therefore his name will long be connected with our early history.

He was born in Vienna, Oneida Co., N.Y., May 18, 1850, and was sixty-five years old at death. In 1884 he came with his parents to Columbia Co., Wis. and on Sept. 3rd, 1871, was married to Hanna A. Elkerton. In 1885 the family moved to Coon Fork, Wis., where Mr. Palms bought and operated a saw mill and lumber yard for several years. The mill was sold in 1892 and the family moved to Greenwood, Wis.

The following ten years was the period of his life spent here. He first operated a planing mill across the river and later became connected with the Hutchinson Cooperage Co., being in charge of their mill and business in this city during the time the plant was in operation. He also owned a mill at his time at Longwood, Wis., where heading was cut and the product sold in the Hutchinson Co. of this city.

In 1900, in company with Chris Kippenhan, they built and operated the heading mill now owned by the Greenwood Retail Lumber Co. In 1902 Mr. Palms disposed of his interest and moved to Tioga, where, in company with his brother, Jess Palms, they constructed a saw mill. Later he built a home and store, which he stocked and succeeded in doing a good business, which he was forced to dispose of and resign as postmaster in 1912, owing to failure of health.

His health continued to fall until death claimed him.

Deceased was a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, and a candid, outspoken temper, eminently fitted to mould the elements of pioneer society into form and consistency, and aid in raising a high standard of citizenship in our new and growing surroundings.

How much this community owes him and such as he, it is impossible to estimate, though it would be a grateful task to trace his influence through some of the more direct channels, to hold him up in these degnerate days, in his various character of husband and father, of neighbor and friend, to speak of the son and daughters he has reared to perpetuate his name and emulate his virtues.

Deceased leaves a devoted wife, and mother, Amanda E. Palms, and son Wm. E. , all of Tioga. The daughters are Mrs. T.R. Begley of Rib Lake, Mrs. J.N. Riplinger of Oregon, Ill., Mrs. C.D. Shepard of Cashmere, Wash., and Mrs. H.P. Meade of Monroe, Iowa. Three brothers, Jessie M. Palms of Tioga, Squire N. Palms of Hudson and Wm. Palms of Greenwood.

Those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral were: Mrs. F.J. Parker of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hilts, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rose and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Chrystler, all of Augusta, Wis., and Mrs. C.D. Shephard of Fairchild, Wis.

The body was brought to Greenwood Tuesday morning and short services were conducted by the Masonic order, of which he was a member, at the grave.

The city band met the train and escorted the cortege to the Greenwood Cemetery. Many beautiful floral tributes were received from numerous relatives and friends.



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