In 1880, Gussie was a widow living with her brother Samuel and his wife, Mary, in Mill Hall. With her lived her two sons, Samuel and Albert.
"Aunt Gussie" Palmer lived to celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception and dinner and the best wishes of relatives and friends all over the nation. She died from a stroke suffered a few months shy of her 101st birthday. Born when James K. POLK was president, Mrs. PALMER had received on her 100th birthday a greeting from his present successor in the White House, President TRUMAN. Sarah Augusta Hunter married Solomon P. Palmer, a Civil War Veteran who died at the age of 28 some 72 years ago. She lived all her life in Mill Hall and has been known as "Aunt Gussie" to hundreds of relatives and acquaintances in this vicinity. She was the daughter of Samuel H. and Mary E. Thomas Hunter, one of a family of ten children all of whom lived to advanced ages. Her last surviving sister died in Pittsburgh last summer at the age of 92. She and James J. Maley of Lock Haven, who was also born in 1846 but in Ireland, have been sharing honors as Clinton County's two centenarians. Mr. Malley passed his 101st birthday in August. Mrs. Palmer was an active member of the Mill Hall Methodist Church and was the last charter member of the Mill Hall P.O. of A. Lodge. She served for a time as church treasurer. On a birthday several years ago she was honored when the Ladies Aid Room was dedicated as the "Aunt Gussie" room in the church. Survivors include her son, Albert T. Palmer of Mill Hall, four grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. Another son, Samuel, died at the age of 21 of typhoid fever. On the year that James K. Polk was president, Mrs. Palmer had the honor of receiving on her 100th birthday a greeting from his present successor in the White House, President Truman.
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