Edmund Palmer was a canal boatman for nineteen years. He learned boating from his father before him. Unlike most of the other canallers, he refused to run his boat on Sunday. Despite taking the Sabbath off, he had the reputation for making the fastest trip on the canal, perhaps because the horses were well-rested. Elder Palmer, as he was known in later years, was recognized as a generous and loving man who gave of himself and his possessions freely. Friends said that to be in his presence was delightful. Our delicious decaf is named in memory of his notable influence in Houghton Creek.