The Rev Thomas de Gruchy

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The Rev Dr Thomas de Gruchy (1858-1929)


Dr and Mrs Thomas de Gruchy both died of pneumonia within six hours. From the Penn Yan Democrat, Thursday 24 January 1929

Dr Thomas de Gruchy (1858-1929), of Penn Yan, well known in this country as a Baptist pastor and for many years one of the leaders in the fight for temperance and local option laws, passed away in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital at 9.30 Saturday evening, 19 January. Within six hours, at 3 o`clock the next morning, his wife died at the home of their daughter, Mrs A N Dewey, in Dundee. Both were 71 years of age.

Dr and Mrs de Gruchy lived on Liberty Street in Penn Yan, the third house south of the Liberty Street School, but they were spending the winter months with Mr and Mrs Dewey in Dundee. They were taken ill with pneumonia and Dr de Gruchy was removed to the local hospital for care, when Mrs Dewey was stricken with the sickness. Mrs Dewey is recovering.

Dr de Gruchy was born in the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel and came to this country when he was four [twenty-four?] years old. His wife, nee Marietta Vigenant, was born in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Dr de Gruchy came to Penn Yan from Scranton, Pa. and served as pastor of the local Baptist church for six years and three months, 1903 to 1909, during which time the organ was moved to the front of the church and the auditorium repaired. From here he went to Medina as pastor, then to Ticonderoga, then to Skaneateles [all in New York State], finally returning to Penn Yan to make his home. During the past seven years, while living here, he has served faithfully as pastor of the Lake Keuka Baptist church at Crosby. He preached in the Crosby church two weeks ago Sunday for the last time.

He started in the ministry at Newton Castle, Mass. From there he went to Chicopee, Mass, and Wakefield, RI, and then to Scranton.

Dr and Mrs de Gruchy are survived by two daughters, Mrs A. N. [L. M.] Dewey of Dundee and Mrs Elias de Gruchy, who is spending the winter in St Petersburg, Florida. Dr de Gruchy has one sister living, Mrs de la Haye of the Isle of Jersey.

To permit Mrs Florence de Gruchy`s attendance, the private funeral was postponed from Tuesday, as first announced, to Wednesday morning at 10 o`clock. The bodies lay in state at the home Tuesday afternoon and evening, during which time many Penn Yan residents paid their respects to Dr and Mrs de Gruchy.

The Rev William H Wheatley of Penn Yan and Rev Thomas Carter of the Dundee Baptist church officiated. The bodied were placed in the vault of the Lake View cemetery in Penn Yan.

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