FRANK M. PALMER, manager, associate editor and one of the proprietors of the Winchester Standard, the leading Republican paper of Scott County, was born at Exeter, this State, July 20, 1850. He was educated at the public schools of Winchester, and at the age of sixteen years began the printing business on the Winchester Times. After an experience of several years as journeyman printer upon various papers, he came to the conclusion that "a rolling stone would gather no moss," and so in 1874 he purchased an interest in the Waverly Illinois Times, from which he retired with in a few months, and returned to Winchester. Here he was on the Independent about two years, working next in order and in various capacities on the Jacksonville Daily Journal and Rock Island Union. In 1877, associated with his father, George H. Palmer, he purchased the Morrisonville Times, to which he devoted about three years of labor. During the year 1880 he was for a short time one of the proprietors of the Roodhouse Review; and during the winter of 1880-81 he traveled in the interest of the Good Templars as Grand Lodge Deputy. In May 1881, again associated with his father, he took charge of the Standard, which paper under their joint ownership and management has rapidly risen in public favor, patronage and influence, and as a molder of public opinion, takes high rank within the scope of its circulation. In 1883 it absorbed the Independent, and now holds undisputed sway as the leading Republican paper of the county.
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Christian Church, and is prominently identified with the I.O.O.F., the K. of P., the Modern Woodmen and the Sons of Veterans. He was married in Jacksonville, this State, July 8, 1876, to Miss Naomi A. Van Winkle, the accomplished daughter of T. J. Van Winkle, Esq., and has had born to him five children, four of whom are living, as follows: Georgia, Jesse M., Era, and Fred.
Socially, Mr. Palmer is closely connected with all projects that look to the betterment of society, and in politics he is an aggressive, stalwart Republican.