The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


PALMER, George W - Unadilla

George W. PALMER, youngest son of Thomas Palmer and 
Mary SPENCER his wife, was born April 4, 1818, in Hillsdale, 
Columbia Co., N.Y. His grandfather, Thomas Palmer, Sr., was 
born in 1738. George W. attended the common schools, and 
succeeded in acquiring an education that well fitted him for his 
subsequent successful business career.
He was raised a farmer; but two years after marriage embarked 
in the mercantile business, and also purchased a grist- and flouring-
mill which he operated in partnership with C. COON. He remained 
in business here with several partners, and subsequently located at 
Kinderhook, still engaged in mercantile business. He afterwards 
came to Otsego county and purchased the property now owned by 
Palmer & JOHNSTON, which, like the other mill property, was in 
a bad condition at the time of his purchase. After expending more 
in repairs than the original cost, he succeeded in building a successful 
business. Five years later, Lorenzo HUMPHREY sold his interest 
to Thomas J. WILEY, Peter HUMPHREY, and David M. JOHNSTON. 
Mr. Wiley subsequently retired from the partnership, and about 
two years since Mr. Palmer purchased the interest of Peter Humphrey; 
since which time the business has been conducted by Palmer & 
Johnston. Their spoke-factory and saw-mill were destroyed by fire 
in February, 1873, but have since been rebuilt. Their property is 
now in a splendid condition. A fine double-paged view, showing 
the residences of Messrs. Palmer and Johnston, the paper-mill, and 
their other manufactories, may be seen among the illustrations of 
this town.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 348


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