|Birth: ||Mar. 2, 1858|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1930|
Son of Peter and Helena Christina Palmehn of Sweden. Homesteaded in the Madras area in 1893. His homestead near Grizzly is believed to be the oldest inhabitable homestead in the county (2009). Madras was originally supposed to be named Palmain after him, but the name was rejected because of its similarity to another existing Post Office.
An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, Western Historical Publishing Company, Spokane, WA. 1905:
CHARLES WILLIAM PALMEHN, who is one of the pioneers of the Pacific coast, now resides one mile west from Grizzly. He was born in Washington county, Minnesota, on March 2, 1858, the son of Peter and Helen Christeen (Lund) Palmehn. In 1866, the family left Minnesota and came via the Isthmus to Polk county, where the father bought an interest in a sawmill. He operated the same until his death and our subject received his education at the home place in Polk county. Until 1881 he remained there, then came to Eastern Oregon, taking a homestead where Madras now stands. He and his brother are engaged in the sheep business there and as they prospered, bought more land until they owned the entire basin. In 1892 they bought the place where our subject now resides, which consists of four hundred acres. Mr. Palmehn gives his attention to general farming and also raises stock. He has shown industry and thrift in this occupation and is reaping a good reward for his labors. He has one brother, John, and one half brother, Walter Waymire. The latter lives in Whitman county, Washington.
He also has the following sisters and half sisters : Mrs. F. J. Waymire, in Wilcox, Washington ; Mrs. Clark Randall, Pulman, Washington ; Mrs. Abram Robinson, Waverly, Washington ; Mrs. J. A. Waymire, Mt. Idaho ; and Mrs. Glide Hale. The last named one is the half sister.
Mr. Palmehn's father came from Northern Sweden in 1846, or thereabouts, and worked in a sawmill somewhere on Lake Michigan until he became head sawyer. In 1856 he purchased a piece of land in Minnesota. His death occurred in 1873, eight miles south from Dallas, Oregon. The mother came with her parents from Southern Sweden about 1845 and settled in Illinois. A few years later they removed to Minnesota and there she married Mr. Palmehn. After his death she married Mr. Waymire, and is now dwelling at Wilcox, Washington.
Our subject went to work in a sash, door and, furniture factory and continued at that business until 1879. Then he tried farming and in 1880 he was teamster for the surveying party that was running the narrow gauge in the Willamette valley.
Mount Jefferson Memorial Park
Plot: Block 9 Lot 6 Sp 5
Created by: Carrie and Allen
Record added: Aug 14, 2008
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