GEORGE H. PALMER, senior proprietor and editor of the Winchester, Standard, a bright, newsy and aggressive sheet, noticed elsewhere in this volume, first saw the light in the historic city of Limerick, Ireland, on the 9th of March, 1827. His father, David Palmer, and family crossed the sea, and landed in Kingston, Canada, in 1836. He remained in Canada about two years, when he went to New York State, and in 1843 came to Illinois, settling in Carroll County in 1845, being then thirty-seven years of age. The educational advantages of George H. were comparatively meagre, and he was, when ten years of age, apprenticed to learn a trade, that of a tailor. He commenced this vocation in the State of New York, and, after coming to Illinois, he gave many years of assiduous and painstaking application to his business in the towns of Exeter and Winchester, Ill.
In August, 1861, our subject saw that his country needed his services, and, therefore, enlisted at Exeter, this county, as a musician in company B, 27th Illinois Infantry, and served to the full end of the term of enlistment. He rose to the rank of Orderly Sergeant in Company 34, 2d Battalion, Invalid Corps, this promotion being fully deserved. His war record is one of which he should be proud, as he took part in all the battles in which his regiment participated, among which was the siege and capture of Island No. 10; battle of Farmington, Miss., May 9, 1862; siege and capture of Corinth, Miss., May 28, 1862; battle of Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862, and Jan. 1, 1863. Being incapacitated for active service in the field, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, and May 27, 1864, was promoted to the peculiarly responsible position of Orderly Sergeant of Company 34, 2d Battalion. He was discharged at Paducah, Ky., Aug. 17, 1864, and returned to Exeter. In November, 1865, he removed to Winchester, and in October, 1866, was appointed Postmaster of that city and held that position until July, 1868, from which time up to January, 1886, he was the Postmaster's Deputy, filling that office with rare fidelity and intelligence. Since leaving the postal service he has devoted his whole time to the advancement of the interests of his newspaper.
Prior to the war Mr. Palmer was Postmaster at Exeter. He has also held the office of City Clerk of Winchester; has served as Justice of the Peace four years, and as Notary Public for the same length of time. He is a member of the Christian Church; of Pioneer Lodge No. 70, I.O.O.F.; Saladin Lodge No. 48, K. of P.; Scott Lodge No. 30, I.O.M.A.; Hasse Post No. 203, G.A.R., and Winchester Encampment No. 66, I.O.O.F., of which he is serving his twelfth year as Scribe of said encampment. He was three years Commander of Hesse Post No. 203, G.A.R., and is now Inspector of the last-named order for the twelfth Illinois District.
Mr. Palmer was married at Jacksonville, Sept. 12, 1849, to Miss Elizabeth F. Covington, and there have been born to them two children - Frank M. and Frederick E. The latter died, in 1852, at the age of nine months. To this list may be added the name of a much beloved adopted daughter, Madora E., now Mrs. J.S. Wilson. Mr. Palmer's varied experience has been one to which he can proudly refer. His positive convictions, his indomitable will and singleness of purpose may well be emulated by the rising generation.