Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 395 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
condition. For nearly three years Mr. Palmer
has been superintendent of public instruction
of Dallas county, and is now a
candidate for re-election, his many friends
feeling certain that he will remain in office.
Mr. Palmer was married in 1876 to Miss
Rosa Carter, daughter of John R. Carter, of
Wayne county, Illinois, and after six years
of happy married life she was called to
her last home, aged twenty-two years. She
was a most amiable woman and a devoted
member of the Christian Church. October
28, 1888, he was again united in marriage
with Miss Katie O'Brate, a native of Missouri.
At an early age she went with her
parents to Kansas. Her education was received
in Kansas City, and for seven years
she has been engaged in teaching, in Kansas
and Texas. Mrs. Palmer is a lady of much
culture and refinement, is well posted on
general topics, and, like her husband is
deeply interested in educational matters.
Both are members of the Christian Church.
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
having taken the blue lodge, chapter
and Knight Templar degrees. In politics
he is a Democrat.
0WEN C. BIGGER, prominent among
the successful legal lights of Dallas
county, was born in Massillon, Stark
county, Ohio, in 1844. His parents, Daniel
and Martha L. C. (Michener) Bigger, were
natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and
Ohio. His father was a popular druggist,
and was noted for his upright, honorable
character, while his mother was related to
some of the first families of the Buckeye
State, and was greatly esteemed because of
her intelligence and amiability of character.
The subject of this sketch was the eldest
of a family of three children, and received
his primary education in the public schools
of Massillon and Freeport, Illinois, where he
resided until he was eighteen years of age,
when, on August 10, 1862, he enlisted in
Company F, Ninty-Second Illinois Infantry,
as a Corporal, at Freeport, Illinois.
He participated in many battles, the hardest
being that of Chickamagua, and served
his country faithfully until 1864, wlien he
was honorably discharged, by a special order
of the War Department as First Sergeant.
He never missed a day from duty, and escaped
without a wound.
On returning home lie entered the Uriiversity
of Michigan and graduated in law in
March, 1868, when he at once began the
practice of his protesson in St. Louis, Missouri,
where lie remained until 1875; then
he came to Dallas, Texas, where he has since
lived. He has been very successful in the
practice of his profession, has a large patronage,
and is highly endorsed by his brother
attorneys at Dallas and elsewhere, as well as
enjoying the respect of the various comn
munities in which he has the pleasure to
Mr. Bigger was appointed United States
Attorney by President Arthur, in 1882, and
served until 1885, continuing under President
Cleveland. He is now President of the
Dallas Republican Club, Assistant Adjutant
General Department of Texas G. A. R.,
and a member of the Republican State Executive
Committee. He has prosecuted the true
principles of Republicanism with vigor, and
is well and favorably known throughout the
State and country as a rig, sinaggressive,
energetic and capable gentleman. He has
twice been the nominee of his party for Congress.
Socially, he is a Royal Arch Mason.
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/395/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.