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History of Palmer, Texas

Also see information at US Gen Web Project - History Trumbull, which contains info about businesses in Palmer

Handbook of Texas Online - Palmer

Wikipedia - Palmer

City-Data - Palmer

US Gen Web Project - Palmer

Texas Escapes - Palmer - No listing

This is a link to a story about Joe Riley Crow, brother of Frances Anne Blocker. Joe Crow died during WWII on Iwo Jima.

We are including a very brief history of Palmer. 

The land of Palmer is part of the early Raphael de la Peņa land grant, which was legalized on Oct. 22, 1834, title given by the Mexican government. The original grant was about 50,000 acres, included various areas of what is now Ellis County, and extends east to the Trinity River.

Early settlers to this area were (alpha order):

     T. H. Andrews

     Alfred Anthony - carpenter and builder

     Jacob M. Blocker, 1876

     John Bunker - successful farmer and merchant

     J. J. Crawford built the first house in Palmer in 1874

     P. R. Johnson

     J. A. NeSmith, 1879

     J. A. Payne

     A. H. Rowe

     Hans Smith on south side of Red Oak Creek - opened dry goods and grocery store

     Robert Smith

     J. W. Stacks

     Peter Stout on Grove Creek - built grist mill

     Columbus Tolleson

    and many more

The town of Palmer was established in 1872 and was incorporated in 1874. John A. Payne was the first mayor..

In 1872 the railroad line was completed and in 1874 a depot was established.


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