â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 792-93
Samuel H. Palmer was born on the farm which he now owns and occupies, and his entire life thus far has been spent in association with his present surroundings. He reached manhood with a goodly training in agriculture, which he has since put to excellent use as the owner and proprietor of the old home place, and he is today regarded among the men of the community as one of the most successful and prosperous farmers hereabout. Mr. Palmer was born on May 22, 1874, and he is a son of Jacob and Eliza (Bumbaugh) Palmer, the father being now deceased, though the mother yet survives. They were the parents of ten children, eight of whom are now living, and those who survive are here briefly mentioned as follows: Henry L., of Huntington county; Sarah E., the wife of G. W. Paul; Rebecca, wife of Levi Hendricks; Catherine E., who married Frank Emery; Samuel H., of this review; Ella, the wife of Aaron Shideler of Lancaster township; W. D. Palmer of Huntington, Indiana; and Naomi, the wife of Otto Fulton of Lancaster township.
Samuel H. Palmer was reared on the home farm and had his education, somewhat limited in its nature, in the township schools which he attended in the winter seasons, as was the prevailing custom of the locality with the farming people. When he married in 1900, he was twenty-six years of age, and he brought his young wife to the old home of which he had assumed the management and of which he later came into the ownership. Effie Freel was the young lady of his choice, and they were married on March 3, 1900. She was born in Rock Creek township in November, 1879, and is the daughter of David R. Freel. She had her education in the schools of Huntington township, where she was for the most part reared, and she has borne her husband six children. Carl R., the eldest, is twelve years old; May I. is eleven; Howard W. is now eight years of age; Elizabeth A. is four; Edith M. is two years old and the baby, Ruth F., is three months old at this writing.
Mr. Palmer has prospered in his independent farming and takes a leading place among the farming men of the town. He is popular in social and other circles of the community, and is a member of Star of Hope Lodge No. 464, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a member of the Grand Lodge. He is also Past Chief Patriarch and a member of the Encampment, No. 232. He is a member of Browns Corners Lodge of Rebekahs, No. 348, and a member of the Knights of the Maccabees at Huntington, Indiana.
Mr. Palmer is a democrat, but has never been an office seeker, practically his only office being the one he holds at present of Superintendent of the Kelso Gravel Road, and he has done excellent work in that capacity. He is also a road contractor and is at the present time building five miles of road in Rock Creek township, known as the George Paul road and the Henderson road.