I figured calling Robert would not be a good option based on my previous phone calls. So we just drove to his home. He welcomed us in and shared lots of family pictures, some of which I have used in previous posts, including those about Samuel E. Parmer, who is Robert’s grandfather. Robert’s father is Robert E. Parmer, Sr.
Robert Jr. was interested in preserving family photos. He decided at some point that it was important to pass on family knowledge to future generations. So he made copies of family photos, identified the individuals in the photos, and laminated them. He produced many copies and would give them out at family reunions. Imagine my joy at seeing all those photos!
Here is a collection of some of his photos, along with an introduction in Robert’s own hand.
Introduction to Robert’s photos.
William was born October 27, 1869, the second child, and second son, of Samuel and Hetty. He is shown with his family in the 1870 and 1880 census. On September 3, 1891, William Eckman Parmer and Emma J. Howe were married by Rev. D.W. Gerhard. Here’s a photo of William and Emma:
Emma J. and William E. Parmer. Photo courtesy of Millie Crawford.
Over the next several years, William worked at various jobs until he began working as a clerk at a store. Here’s what we learn from looking at the city directories:
1892 — laborer at 612 S. Duke
1896 — driver, 31 E King; home at 429 Church — a 6 minute walk from home to work
1897 & 1898 — driver; resides at 339 W Marion
1899 — clerk for W D Sprecher Son & Co; resides at 29 Dorwart
1903, 1905, 1907, 1911 — clerk for Sprecher & Ganss (seed and implement establishment); resides at 507 Green
Over this time, William and Emma had their children–Roy, Guy J., Herbert H., Clarence (Nick), Viola, and Franklin William.
Then, sometime betweeen 1911 and 1913, they moved…..to Florida!
Born to William Eckman Parmer and Emma Jane Howe July 18, 1893 in Elizabeth Town, PA. Married Eva Edith Cross. Died April 22, 1992 in Lancaster, PA