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Philip C. Palmer Obituary

November 30, 1865

After a lingering struggle of eight weeks with typhoid fever, Philip C. PALMER, of Creek township, DeWitt county, Ill., brother of E. H. PALMER, Esq., of Clinton, died on Monday, Nov. 20, at 1 o'clock P.M., aged 42 years.

The deceased was born in Madison Co., Ohio. His father dying when he was but a lad, he never obtained the advantages of an education, save what was acquired at the old log school house, commonly known as the Walnut Run School House. At a suitable age, he engaged to learn the wagon making business with his uncle, William CRYDER, near London, Ohio. He served out his time faithfully, received a new suit of clothes and set of tools for his reward. He then went to Newark, Ohio, engaged with Ball & Ward, with whom he worked as a journeyman eight years, and became a master mechanic, having received several diplomas and premiums for his skill in the building of fine carriages and wagons. At the end of that time, having married the niece of Mr. Ward, he moved back to London and set up business for himself. He received one or two diplomas and premiums for skill as a workman, by the Madison Co. Agricultural Society.

He carried on business in London till about the breaking out of the war; he enlisted in the service. After a short term camp life brought on disease. He was discharged for disability. He returned home, unable to conduct business; he lingered a couple of years, began to perceive that the fruits of his former toils were being wasted away, his three little boys growing up in idleness, in town; property began to rise; it was then he conceived the idea of selling his town property and settling his family in the country in the West—the glorious West! He partially contracted his town property, came to Illinois, and by the aid of his brother, bought a farm in Creek township. All this was done at a time when in a point of health, he was so feeble as to be scarcely able to walk two squares without rest, but he was a man of wonderful will. When he resolved, it was as good as accomplished. He remarked to his wife in Ohio, "if I could only live till I could settle my boys on a farm in the country, I would be willing to die." He moved to Illinois in August 1863, immediately settled on his farm, and thus accomplished his cherished wish.

He then applied to Dr. W. W. ADAMS, of Clinton, for treatment. The writer will remembers the Dr.'s reply, after making a most thorough examination of his system. "I will try you, at any rate." He improved under the Dr.'s treatment. Indeed the writer has heard him say he felt as well as he ever did. But alas! this sickly season came on, diarrhea set in, then the chills, then came the typhoid fever, which proved itself to be beyond the power of medicine and skill of man; and he died Monday, Nov. 20, 1865, at 1 o'clock P.M., in the full possession of his faculties. A few hours before his death, he called his family around him, and whispered audibly, "farewell! farewell!" So, farewell, brother, father and husband. We loved thee when alive, we will mourn thee when dead. Our loss, we hope, is thy gain.

Submitted by Jeff Palmer

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