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Lewis M. Edmonds

Rev. L.M. Edmonds

This thoroughly good man and deeply anointed preacher of the gospel died at Wausau, Wis., March 13, 1910. Lewis Miles Edmonds was born at Greene Corners, N.Y., February 6, 1832. His mother was a Christian, and she taught him from babyhood to revere the Bible and to pray. From the age of five to twenty he attended district school; Cazenovia Seminary two years, and Albion Seminary one term. He then became a school teacher.

He was converted at Harperville, N.Y., February 4, 1852. It was the result of an earnest sermon by Rev. Enos Puffer preached the evening before.

In two weeks he was baptized by Rev. Zachariah Paddock, P.E., and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. In June, 1852, while attending a camp meeting, he was powerfully exercised about preaching, resolved to do it, and started for Cazenovia to prepare for it.

In April, 1855, he was licensed to exhort, and he honored his authority by immediate and constant practice, until he became a supply pastor at Bethany and Roanoke, Genesee Conference. He was recommended by that charge for admission on trial, and united with the Michigan Conference at Lansing in September, 1857.

Here is the list of his appointments: Kinneyville, 1857; Moscow, 1858; Charlotte, 1859; Buchanan, 1860-1; Summerville, 1862; St. Joseph, 1863-4; Paw Paw, 1865-6; Mason, 1867; St. Johns, 1868; Homer and South Albion, 1869; Nashville and Maple Grove, 1870; Colon, 1871-3; Constantine, 1874; Pentwater District, 1875; Allegan, 1876-8; Climax, 1879-81; North Adams, 1882; White Pigeon, 1883-4; Tekonsha, 1885-6; Bellevue, 1887-9; Concord, 1890-1; Leslie, 1892-3; Winfleld, 1894; superannuated in 1895. He moved to Eaton Rapids, supplying Winfleld charge two years, then moving to Oconto Falls, Wis., where his sons were living. In 1902 he supplied Gillett charge, and for two and a half years prior to his death served as pastor at Brokaw, Wis. Here he signalized and crowned his long and useful ministry by preaching a new sermon every Sunday, and by doing as hard work of every description as had fallen to his lot any time in life.

Our brother was married to Miss Mary Esther Thorpe, an estimable Christian lady, at Tompkins, Mich., September 1, 1858. Six children were born to them: Kate M., Willie L., Edward A., Minnie M., Fred J., all living and prosperous, and George T., who was killed by a fall from a fence at Homer in 1870.

As a minister Brother Edmonds was a splendidly reliable man. His rich religious experience served as a basis for intelligent and positive preaching, and his constant activity in church and parsonage building or renovating, gave him thorough acquaintance with his parishioners. He always had a testimony to give.

"My Christian life," he would say, "has always been to me a constant benediction. I have enjoyed life, health, home, my work, the society of my brethren, and their families. Oh, it is such a privilege to be permitted to be consciously and constantly a child of God, and to have strength and ability and a place to work in the service of the Master, with such a sense of security and such a well grounded hope of a glorious immortality. The past is peace and earnest labor, and it is all clear sky out toward heaven. The dear Saviour so sweetly and so fully saves me."

The funeral services were conducted March 15 by Rev. F.H. Brigham. of Wausau, Wis. Interment at Appleton, Wis., the home of son Edward.

Blessed is the man who lives and serves and works and waits in such a spirit. To him heaven begins on earth, and for him death is only a passport.

J.H.P.

- Michigan Annual Conference minutes of 1910, pp. 392-393