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- [S2803] The Trowbridge genealogy. History of the Trowbridge family in America, Francis Bacon Trowbridge, ( New Haven, Conn., Printed for the compiler [Press of the Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor company]), 621-622 (Reliability: 2), 5 Jun 2022.
1184. Rev. Luther Henry Trowbridge (Willard1078, Willard1035, James1018, Daniel1009, James1003, James1000, Thomas1), born May 10, 1833, in Houseville, N. Y.; died December 18, 1904, in Los Angeles. Cal.; married June 14, 1860, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Mary Elizabeth Day, daughter of Rev. Gershom Bulkley and Elizabeth (Benjamin) Day, born October 2, 1840, in Sturgis, Mich. She resides in New York City.
Luther H. Trowbridge was brought in infancy by his parents to Ohio and grew to manhood on his father's farm in Delta. He pursued studies in Maumee City, and later, with Professor Page, removed to Kalamazoo College and was graduated from the classical department of that institution in 1860. The following year he was ordained to the ministry, being the first and only pastor of the newly organized church in Three Rivers, Mich. There he built a fine church edifice and increased the membership in eight years from thirty members to over four hundred. During the Civil War he was appointed chaplain of the 11th Michigan Infantry, but was not mustered.
He resigned his pastorate in Three Rivers in 1869 to accept the financial secretaryship of Kalamazoo College. In 1870 he founded the new series of
the Christian Herald, published in Detroit, Mich., official organ of the Michigan Baptist State Convention. He was editor and proprietor of this paper for over thirty-two years, owning its building and printing plant. His health failing, he retired from active business in the summer of 1902, and later went with his wife to California. He died about two years later in Los Angeles.
The following paragraph is excerpted from his funeral sermon preached by Rev. Robert J. Burdette in the Temple Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
"'Well done, good and faithful servant.' Sweetly these words fell upon the soul of this man, as he looked upon the face of his Lord. For all the years of his life he had served, faithfully, tirelessly, joyfully. When at last his hand fell from the plough, how broad and abundant were the fields of his tillage. When the lightning carried the news throughout the breadth of this land last Sabbath that Luther Trowbridge had entered into rest, a thrill of sorrow ran through a hundred veins of Christian activity. In every department of Christian work in the Baptist denomination his voice had been heard, his hand had been felt, for nearly half a century of zeal and devotion. In our educational institutions, in every department of missions, home and foreign, in the work of the great publication society, in the pulpit and on the rostrum, in the councils of Christian organizations, among the leaders of great movements, and serving as zealously and happily with the rank and file, all his life he was a living power in the church of God."
As a memorial to her husband, Mrs. Trowbridge in 1905 deeded her home in Detroit to Kalamazoo College.
[Footnote: * Mrs. Mary E. D. Trowbridge pursued a course of study in Kalamazoo College and studied
music in New York City. In 1869 she was called to the chair of music in Kalamazoo College, which position she filled for four years, resigning to devote her entire time to literary work. Removing to Detroit in 1873, she occupied a position on the editorial staff of the Christian Herald until April, 1902, when the failing health of her husband, Rev. Luther H. Trowbridge, made retirement from business necessary.
Mrs. Trowbridge is a member of a number of educational and philanthropic societies; was a constituent member and officer of the Twentieth Century Club, Detroit, and chairman of the finance committee of the Century Association which build the fifty-thousand dollar club building. Since 1872 Mrs. Trowbridge has been actively identified with the interests of the American Association fnr the Advancement of Science; has served under appointment of the state as examiner of schools of higher education; has prepared papers for meeting of the state board of health; and is the author of several brochures issued by the American Baptist Publication Society of Philadelphia; notably: "The Way of Life"; "This Do in Remembrance of Me": and "Pioneer Days and Vacation Notes" (a series of European letters). In 1895 Mrs. Trowbridge was appointed historian by the Michigan Baptist State Convention, and with collaborators is preparing a history of the denomination in Michigan which is to be published early in 1908. ["Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography."]