PALMER TOWN HISTORIAN
During a huge political rally on April 28, 1990, at Swiss Memorial Elementary School in Gruetli – Laager for the upcoming Democratic Party Primary, we snapped what has become an historic photo.
It seems that everyone wanted to visit with the late Pepper Sanders of Palmer (left). One of Pepper’s favorite sayings was, “Plain talk is easily understood.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had more plain talk in today’s world?
The late Wayne Gipson (right) of Gruetli – Laager was a successful candidate for school board “member-at-large”. To add an unusual twist, his son, Michael, represented the 2nd District, so you had a father and son on the board at the same time. Why was the member-at-large position started, and why was it ended? If you have information on this, please let us know.
Michael told us recently that his parents, Wayne and Linda Partin Gipson, would have been married 59 years this month if Wayne had lived. Today, Michael and his wife Cindy operate The Fruit Stand in Tracy City. He’s a Democratic Party representative to the Grundy County Election Commission.
Who is the young whipper snapper in the middle? That’s none other than Mike Partin of Pelham, who was a candidate for Register of Deeds. He is now the head of Sequachee Valley Electric Coop. His once black hair is slowly greying, but old man time has a way of doing that to all of us.
This concludes our series on the Democratic Party Legends of the past and the Democratic Party Primary of 2018.