|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1849|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1919|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Oris C. Palmateer was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, August 22, 1849, and is the sixth of the seven children born to Benjamin and Phebe (Johnson) Palmateer, natives respectively of New York and Ohio, and of French and English extraction. In 1827, when about seventeen years old, Benjamin Palmateer moved to Guernsey County, and was there married December 1, 1836; he was a carpenter, but for a number of years engaged in flat boating; later he moved to Cumberland, Ohio, was engaged in mercantile pursuits there, was elected Constable, and then began the study of law, which for several years he followed as a profession. In 1851, he moved to Crawford County, Ill., where he worked at carpentering and engaged in farming; in April, 1861, he brought his family to Olney. In Crawford County, he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he proclaimed the gospel until his death, December 31, 1873, in his sixty-fourth year.
Oris C. Palmateer, in December 1863, when fourteen years of age, enlisted in Company F, Forty-Eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war, and took part in the battles of Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta (where he was wounded in the breast), and elsewhere, and also marched with Sherman to the Atlantic.
After the war, Mr. Palmateer, was employed with the United States mail service at St. Louis, for a time. In 1866, he returned to Olney and worked at painting and carpentering in the summer, and attended school in the winter, for a number of years; in 1870, he began teaching; in 1875 and 1876, he clerked in Norris City, Ill., and then became local editor of the Olney News; In December 1877, he was appointed Deputy County Clerk; in 1881, he was elected City Clerk, and re-elected in 1883. September 12, 1871, he married Miss Ella L. Shelby, who bore him three daughters, and died September 4, 1882. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was Mr. Palmateer. In politics, he is a Republican, although is at present local editor on the Olney Times, the Democratic organ of Richland County, and is one of the enterprising and prominent citizens of the city and county. [Richland County, Illinois History]
Oris C. Palmateer, Richland county's youngest soldier in the Civil War, whose life for more than twenty years was spent here, died yesterday at his home in Seattle, Wash.
Mr. Palmetter was born in Guernsey county, O., Aug. 22, 1849. His father, on first coming to Illinois, settled in Crawford county. He came to Olney in 1861.
In 1863, when only fourteen years old, Mr. Palmateer enlisted in Co. F., 48th Illinois Infantry. He served until the close of the war, was wounded in the breast at Atlanta, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea.
After the war Mr. Palmateer was employed in the U. S. mail service at St. Louis for a time. Later he returned to Olney during which time he attended school.
He began teaching in 1870. In 1875 he became local editor of the Olney News. In 1877 he was appointed deputy county clerk under Clark Shelby. He was elected city clerk in 1881 and again in 1883. For a time thereafter he was editor of the Olney Times.
He was married in 1871 to Miss Ella L. Shelby. She died in 1881, leaving three daughters. Mr. Palmateer later married Miss Ridgway, who survives him.
The three surviving daughters are: Mrs. Ola Poupney of St. Louis, Mrs. Carrie Myers and Mrs. Eunice Louborg of Palm Beach, Fla. – Olney Daily Mail
Daily News, August 25, 1919
Benjamin Palmateer (1808 - 1872)
Phebe Johnson Palmateer
Ella L. Shelby Palmateer (1854 - 1882)*
Olie May Palmateer Poupeney (1874 - 1960)*
Ivy Green Cemetery
Plot: GAR Section
Maintained by: Kathy (Kuenstler) Hursta
Originally Created by: Margie & Bob
Record added: Mar 20, 2009
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