LLOYD H. PALMERTON
Lloyd H. Palmerton, one of Loyalton’s respected and useful citizens, is the capable assistant cashier and assistant secretary of the Sierra Valley Bank. He was born on his father’s farm at Springville, Erie County, New York, February 16, 1895, a son of Myron E. and Almyra (Williams) Palmerton, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of New York. The mother died when her son Lloyd was twenty years of age, leaving three sons and four daughters, of whom Lloyd is the only one now living in California. The youngest son, Loren, who was formerly for about six years employed as a lumber grader for the Clover Valley Lumber Company at Loyalton, is now with the Kesterson Lumber Company, at Klamath Falls, Oregon. The father, who is now seventy-six years of age, lives at Springville, New York. The Palmerton family is of English origin and the name was formerly spelled “Palmerston.”
Lloyd H. Palmerton was reared on his father’s farm and early became familiar with the work of the fields. He attended the district schools of his home neighborhood and the high school at Springville, after which he took a commercial course in a business college in Buffalo, New York. After completing his studies he continued his farm work until the home place was sold by his father. He then hired out by the month, working on various farms in New York, and was so engaged when drafted for service in the World War. He became a member of Company L, Three Hundred Ninth Infantry, was soon transferred to a replacement battalion and after four months’ training at Camp Dix, New Jersey, was ordered overseas, landing at Brest, France, January 31, 1918. He saw much active service, spending six weeks in the Cantigny campaign. He had gone to France with the replacement battalion for the First Division of Regulars and saw some very hard fighting at the Aisne and the Marne from the 19th to the 21st of July. On the last day he was seriously wounded in the right knee, and was also a victim of poison and mustard gas. For six months he was in the United States Base Hospital at Limoges, and for three months in the American Base Hospital at Bordeaux. On April 6, 1919, he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged at Camp Upton, New York, May 17, 1919. He returned at once to his New York home, where he remained about a month and on June 19th, started for the west. Stopping off near Hastings, Nebraska, he hired out as a farm laborer, but his wound and the poison gas superinduced blood poisoning and after six weeks in a hospital at Hastings without getting relief, he started for California, arriving here in December, 1919. He first went to Oakdale, Stanislaus County, and engaged in ranching near Purcell. He drove a six-horse team in putting in a crop of grain, after which he took a job as truck driver at Oakdale, but he continued to suffer from his war injuries and in May, 1920, took advantage of the government’s offer to disabled soldiers and entered the Sacramento Business College for vocational training. After thoroughly review the commercial course in Heald’s Business College, and taking a short post-graduate course, he accepted a position as bookkeeper for the United States Rubber Company at Sacramento in March, 1921, and remained with that concern until June, 1923. There was then an opening in the Sierra Valley Bank for an assistant cashier and Mr. Palmerton accepted the place and has been identified with this bank to the present time, being also its assistant secretary. He is a hard worker, is thorough and dependable in everything he does, and has proven well qualified for the position which he holds.
While a student in Heald’s Business College, Mr. Palmerton formed the acquaintance of and married Miss Eunice Miller, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Miller, the former a prominent rancher at Sierraville and now chairman of the board of supervisors of Sierra County. He was born at Sierraville and is a graduate of Heald’s Business College at Sacramento. Mr. and Mrs. Palmerton own a comfortable and attractive home in Loyalton and are the parents of a son, Melvin, now five years of age.
Mr. Palmerton is a Republican in his political views and has shown a helpful interest in those things which pertain to the development and prosperity of the community. He is a member of Loyalton Lodge, No. 359, F. & A. M. at Loyalton, and Darrel Dunkel Post, No. 1, American Legion, at Reno, Nevada. His possesses a pleasing personality, is friendly in manner, and since coming to this city has a won a high place in public esteem.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 170-172. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.