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Obit for Henry Andrew Palmer, Leaf River newspaper [received from Stu Pyper]:
Feb. 24, 1888

Henry Palmer a much respected citizen, died very suddenly at 1 o'clock today, at his residence, two miles northeast of this place. Mr. Palmer has been complainng slightly for a few days, but neither he nor his family thought anything serious would result from his slight indisposition. When stricken down, Mr. Palmer was reclining in his easy chair, and the summons being so sudden, the family did not realize his condition until the breath had departed from his body. The deceased came to Illinois from Maryland at an early day, and by industry and economy had gained for himself a competency to ease his condition in his declining years. The deceased leaves a wife and a large family of children to sorrow over his departure. The children who have all grown to man and womanhood, are numbered among our most respectable citizens. The remains of the deceased will be interred in the cemetery at Lightsville on Sunday at 10:00 o'clock. Thus another of the bright landmarks has passed beyond the river of tears, and beyond the river from whence no traveler returns. The sympathy of the entire community go out to the bereaved family in this their saddest hour of sorrow.

More obit; probably same newspaper: [received from Stu Pyper]
He was buried in Lightsville Cemetery, Saturday February 1888. . Deceased was born in Washington County, Maryland, October 24, 1824. He first settled in Mt. Morris Township in September 1845. On the 14th of December he was wedded to Miss Lydia Beeler, in the town of Maryland and they resided here until the Spring of 1853, when they moved to Leaf River Township. Rev. Schwartz, Methodist minister of Leaf River, delivered an appropriate funeral discourse. The pall bearers were John Kershner, Daniel Zellers, Horatio Wagner, Jack Hammond, Henry Shrader and Milo Davis. This community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of another old settler and staunch resident. In th death of Mr. Palmer the community loses one of their most reliable and successful farmers, his neighbors a kind sympathetic and liberal hearted friend and his family a kind father and noble friend. He leaves a wife and nine grown children to mourn their loss. Peter Beeler and wife, Mr. Champion and wife, Mrs. Henry Rhinehart and William Corts [sic - Courts], relatives from near Lanark, attended the burial.

Contributed by Carol Palmer Schmidt

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