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Rev. Alonzo C. Lathrop

From "History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountains," Vol. III, pg. 14f. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chicago, 1920.

Rev. Alonzo C. Lathrop, pastor of the Emmett Baptist church, to which he accepted a call in June, 1913, had for nineteen years previously been a representative of the Baptist ministry in Pennsylvania and came to the northwest from the Baptist church at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, where he had served for nearly five years. He was born at Norwich, New York, March 6, 1867, being the only son of Levi Albert and Jennie E. (Lloyd) Lathrop, both of whom were natives of the Empire state. The father was of French descent and the mother of English lineage and the former belonged to one of the old families represented in the Revolutionary war, while he served with the New York troops in the Union army during the Civil war, being one of the first to answer President Lincoln's call for volunteers. In days of peace he followed the pursuit of farming.

When Alonzo C. Lathrop was but five years of age he removed with his parents to Delaware and was reared at Wyoming, that state. He pursued his education in the public schools of Delaware and in the Wyoming Institute, after which he attended the Bucknell University at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, being there graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in the class of 1894. Three years later, or in 1897, his alma mater conferred upon him the Master of Arts degree. He was licensed to preach on the 4th of August, 1888, and was ordained on the 30th of August, 1894, He has since been engaged in the active work of the ministry and in fact has been devoting his life to the preaching of the gospel since 1894. He remained continuously in Pennsylvania until coming to Emmett, Idaho, where he has been pastor of the Baptist church for seven years. He has a nice suburban home of one and a half acres lying just east of Emmett, so that he is enabled to enjoy the freedom and out-of-door life of the ranch and yet neglect no pastoral duty.

At Woodside, Delaware, on the 24th of October, 1894, Rev. Lathrop was married to Miss Anna M. Barbour, who was born in Delaware, December 12, 1867, and is a daughter of Joseph M. and Martha Frances (Powell) Barbour, the latter a descendant of Revolutionary war ancestry. Rev. and Mrs. Lathrop have become parents of three children: Martha J., born July 21, 1895; Anah Beatrice, who was born April 6, 1898, and was married December 24, 1919, to Cort Zimmerman of Emmett; and Carleton Alonzo, born July 8, 1899. Both daughters have been teachers in the public schools of Emmett, the elder daughter being teacher of mathematics in the high school, while the younger was a teacher in the eighth grade. Martha is a graduate of McMinnville College of Oregon and Anah has studied in the State Normal School of Lewiston, Idaho. The son is now in McMinnville College as a member of the senior class and was in the Student Army Training Corps at Denison University of Granville, Ohio, when the armistice was signed.

Rev. Lathrop has devoted practically his entire life to the work of the ministry. He is a man of scholarly attainments, constantly reading and studying in order to render more effective his labors for the benefit of mankind. He has done excellent work for the church since coming to Emmett and has been a potent force in the moral progress of the community.




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