Grubb, Elmer F. (1872-1959)

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Born 12 August 1872 in Elkhart County, Indiana, to David B. and Elizabeth (Witters) Grubb, Elmer Grubb married Esther Eunice Johnston, (b. 17 March 1877), the daughter of Jacob W. and Lydia (Nye) Johnston in 1896. On 15 October 1897 they united with Silver Street Mennonite Church, Goshen Indiana. Elmer Grubb was ordained in 1900 by his pastor, John C. Mehl. In May 1901 he became pastor of the Stevensville, Ontario congregation (General Conference Mennonite Church). In November 1903 he began serving the Wadsworth Mennonite Church, Wadsworth, Ohio. He was called by the Home Mission Board (GCM) to begin the first urban mission of the General Conference Mennonite Church—in Los Angeles. Arriving 12 July 1909 he started the River Street Mission at 1432 San Fernando St. (later North Spring St.). In 1912 the work was moved to Avenue 19 and Albion Street and named "Whosoever-Will Mission." His ministry was terminated 1 July 1917 when the board decided to develop a German-speaking Mennonite church.

Grubb became the assistant probation officer in Los Angeles County, and retired in 1942. The family joined the Mount Washington Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles.

Elmer and Esther Grubb had three children: Ezra, (b. 1 May 1898), John C. (b. 13 January 1901), and Ruth (b. 24 August 1903). Elmer Grubb died in Los Angeles on 15 November 1959.


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Author(s) David L Habegger
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 357-358. All rights reserved.

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