The following article from the Wilkie, Sask. press will be of interest to many people in this district as it concerns an old resident of Grimsby.
Mr. Palmer died suddenly of heart failure on April 9th. He was born in Grimsby on January 3rd, 1851, a son of the late Brock Palmer.
The whole of the neighbouring community bordering on Wilkie were shocked at the unexpected sudden death of Mr. Alba Daniel Palmer from heart failure last week. Mrs. Palmer had been away last winter and she was on her way home when the news reached her at Vancouver.
She arrived at Phippen on Saturday morning and was met by members of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer and family were amongst the earliest settlers in the district. For many years Mr. Palmer officiated as magistrate. He had been a member of the Masonic Order for over 50 years and it was a very fitting testimony to his faithfulness and his honest integrity as a brother of the Order assembled from the Unity, Adanac and Wilkie Lodges at the service in the home and also at the cemetery at Adanac.
Many beautiful floral tributes were heaped on and around the casket, when the Rev. R.Y. Tindale, of Wilkie, one of the earliest ministers in the Nottawa settlement, rose to conduct the funeral service.
Despite the very inclement weather and bad roads, practically the whole neighbourhood in which the Palmer family live, had gathered together to pay respects to the dead and to pay tribute to the memory of a splendid neighbour and truly Christian man.
Brethren of the Masonic Lodge acted as pallbearers - many vehicles escorted the cortege to the burial ground at Adanac, where, after a short committal service by Rev. R.Y. Tindale, minister of the Methodist Church, the Masonic brethren took charge and went through their funeral rites.
Mr. Palmer has passed the allotted span of three score years and ten, but he was one of the kind that we can ill afford to lose, and the words of the Old Book are indeed applicable to him: "He being dead, yet speaketh."