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From: Gina Reasoner <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 21:51:31 -0400

History of Ohio
The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925
Volume III, page 336-337

W. EDWIN PALMER. As secretary and assistant treasurer of the Seiberling
Rubber Company, W. Edwin Palmer is close to the seat of power and
responsibility in the "Rubber City" of Akron, and has rounded a full
quarter of a century of experience in the rubber industry. His hobby has
been Masonic ritual and administration, and the various bodies in Ohio have
conferred upon him some of the highest honors of the craft.
William Edwin Palmer was born at Hudson, Ohio, August 31, 1874, son of
James and Malissa (Wireman) Palmer. His father, a native of Connecticut,
was a railroad man of long and competent experience. He located in Summit
County, Ohio, in 1860, and was in the service of the Cleveland, Akron &
Columbus until he retired in 1876. He died at Hudson in November, 1896. His
wife was a native of Wooster, Ohio, and died in February, 1923.
In his home town of Hudson, W. Edwin Palmer attended high school and the
Western Reserve Academy, and soon afterward began his business training in
Akron. After several years with the Enterprise Manufacturing Company he
became bookkeeper, in January, 1889, for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Company. His service became increasingly valuable to the company during the
critical years of its development, and in 1915 the duties of assistant
secretary were added, and a short time afterward he was made treasurer, and
about 1919 was also made secretary of the company. In 1921 he took his
present responsibilities as secretary and assistant treasurer of the
Seiberling Rubber Company. He is also a director of the Ohio State Bank &
Trust Company and the First Trust & Savings Bank.
Some of his Masonic affiliations and honors are represented as follows:
Past master of Adoniram Lodge No. 517, Free and Accepted Masons; past high
priest Washington Chapter No. 25, Royal Arch Masons; member Akron Council
No. 80, Royal and Select Masters; past commander Akron Commandery No. 25,
Knights Templar; Ysef Khan Grotto No. 41; Lake Erie Consistory of the
Scottish Rite; a charter member and treasurer of Tadmor Temple of the
Mystic Shrine; and Cleveland Court No. 14, Royal Order of Jesters, at
Cleveland; St. Benedict's Conclave, Masonic Order Red Cross of Constantine.
At Boston, September 17, 1918, he was crowned an honorary member
(thirty-third degree) in Scottish Rite Masonary. He has been grand warden,
grand standard bearer, grand sword bearer, grand junior warden, grand
senior warden, and in 1924 was grand captain general Grand Commandery
Knights Templar of Ohio, and has represented the Minnesota Grand Commandery
and the Ohio Grand Commandery. He is president of the Akron Shrine Club,
vice president of the Akron Masonic Temple Company, secretary of the
Scottish Rite Society of Summit County, and for several years has been a
trustee of the Ohio Masonic Home of Springfield, Ohio.
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Akron City Club, Portage Country Club and
the First Congregational Church of Hudson, Ohio. he married Miss Mary
Gertrude Ramp, daughter of John Ramp, of Cuyahoga Falls. Their two children
are Elmer J. and J. Kathryn, the daughter a graduate of Penn Hall and now
attending Akron University. Elmer, during the World war, enlisted as a
radio operator in the navy, was commissioned ensign, being in the service
eighteen months, and was executive officer on sub-chasers out of Norfolk.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1919), where he was a Sigma Nu, and
is with the Aetna Life Insurance Company as field representative, group
division, and, like his father, is a Royal Arch, Knights Templar and a
thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason. He married Ruth Maginnis of Akron.

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