PALMER, Lafayette, was born in Goldsboro, York county, Pa., December 13, 1857. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wire) Palmer, both deceased. Both were natives of York county, and of German ancestry. They had ten children, of whom seven are living: Susan, wife of John Herr; George, William, John, Jeannette, Michal Lucinda, and Lafayette.
Lafayette Palmer spent his early life in his native town. He attended the public school during the winter months and worked in his father's cooper shop in the summer. At the age of sixteen he entered the blast furnaces at Newport, Pa., and filled the position of stationary engineer for two years. During the next two years he was employed as engineer at the Pennsylvania Steel Works, Steelton, Pa. He then went to Pittsburgh, Pa., and assisted in building the Braddock Blast Furnaces; for two years he was employed in these works as engineer. From Pittsburgh he went to Albany and was employed as engineer in the blast furnaces at that place for eighteen months. During the four years following he was again employed at the Steel Works, Steelton, at frog and switch making. He was employed at the same work at Carlisle, Pa., for the next three years, after which he again returned to Steelton and worked for one year at frog and switch making for the Pennsylvania Steel Works. In 1888 he abandoned the shop and went into the grocery business in Harrisburg, and has successfully conducted the business since that date.
He was married in Harrisburg, October 25, 1883, to Florence, daughter of Jacob and Mary Galager, of Harrisburg. Of their four children, two died in infancy; the survivors are Amelia B. and Ruth.
Mr. Palmer is the inventor of several patented articles, among which is a funnel and measure combined; another is a boiler tube cleaner; and another, a frog for railroad tracks.
He is a member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F.; of Egyptian Commandery, No. 114, K. of M., and of Harrisburg Council, Jr. 0. U. A. M. His political views are Republican. He and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Palmer stands high in the estimation of the general public. By energy and perseverance he has built up a large and steadily increasing business.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 29 May 2001
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