Palmer Brothers Granite Co. was started by Ben and O.C. Palmer on March 1, 1919 at our present location. Early photos show their father was also present and involved in the business making Palmer Brothers now a fifth generation business. In the beginning they were in a small cement block building with a dirt floor and a huge pot-bellied heating stove. The lettering and carving was painstakingly executed with the newly developed air hammer and chisel. Even then, the fledgling firm was known for the quality of their workmanship. And, from the first they sold the finest of granites.
In 1924 they bought out Bruce Monument Co. and in 1929 the Glaze Monument Co., both of Holdrege. They also absorbed the Kimball Monument Co. of McCook in 1955. In 1949 the old building was torn down and replaced by a new, modern granite front building. In 1969 it was extensively remodeled to make it the most efficient monument plant in Nebraska, Kansas or Colorado. In the years that followed the building has undergone many renovations and improvements making it a focal point and one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in Holdrege.
Today, we are privileged to serve four and five generations of the same families throughout the surrounding areas of Holdrege, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island, McCook, Lexington, and across northern Kansas in Colby, Oberlin, Norton, Phillipsburg, and Smith Center. Indisputable evidence that we are a firm you, too, can safely trust. Unless you know granite and carving and lettering and setting procedures very well, the only safe thing is to know your monument dealer. You can be sure when you place your trust in Palmer Brothers Granite Co. of Holdrege, Nebraska.