Allentown Fire Chief, 41, Dies; Ill a Month

Allentown--Edwin L. Palmer, fire chief and grocery store owner in this community, died Saturday about 1:30 p.m. in Jones Memorial Hospital.  He had  been ill about a month.

Mr. Palmer, 41, was born in Friendship, the son of Carl Fay and Pearl Miller Palmer.  He was graduated from Wilsonian High School in Angelica and lived in Friendship, Portville and Angelica prior to purchasing the store and settling in Allentown in 1942.

Jan. 31, 1937 he was married to the former Gertrude Hunt, who survives.

Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Louise Palmer; one son, Howard of Allentown; Two sisters, Mrs. Paul Williams of Stannards and Mrs. Leighton Graham of Angelica, and a brother, Lawrence Palmer, also of Angelica.

Mr. Palmer was a member of the Allentown Methodist Church and was a past Noble Grand of the local Odd Fellows Lodge.  He was past President of the Allentown Fire Department and held life memberships in both the Allegany County and Southwestern Volunteer Firemen's Associations.  At the time of his death he was serving as Sergeant-at-Arms in the county organization.

The body will lay in state Tuesday at the Allentown Methodist Church from 12:30 p.m. until church services which were conducted at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. Howard Hall of Scio, assisted by Rev. Alfred Gross of Andover.

Burial was in Until Day of Dawn cemetery in Angelica.  (Note: Until The Day Dawns Cemetery).

(Born 1915, Died 9-15-1956)

Obituary from Wellsville Daily Reporter