Kent, Luther M.
Age: 21, credited to Lincoln, VTVITALS
Birth: 06/02/1840, Lincoln, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Maple Cemetery, Lincoln, VT
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In the death of Mr. Kent a wide circle of relatives and friends has been touched with a great sorrow.
He was a man who drew people to him by his kindly feeling and his upright character. Those who knew him best said he had not an enemy in the world, but he had a host of friends and they sorrow that they will see his genial presence no more.
Two years ago last April he had a paralytic shock and that was followed by another. Since then his mind and body have been failing and death came as a sweet release in his home at Randolph, Sept. 15, 1900. He passed away as gently as a child goes to sleep.
When measured by length of years his life seems to us incomplete, but when measured by deeds and nobility of character, it then seems long. When the great shadow fell on his pathway he had reached the age of 60 years 3 months and 13 days. He had just located in Randolph where he had lived less than two years. He came there from Rochester where he lived sixteen years, forming many strong and lasting acquaintances and friends.
His birthplace was Lincoln – a town noted for its charming scenery. Here he spent most of his life. This early home had a strong and enduring influence on him. He witnessed great changes in the place of his nativity. In the family in which he was born only one sister is left, Mrs. Green Page, who always gave him a cordial welcome to her home and who, with her husband, could not do too much for him and his family. When his body was brought back to his native town to receive the last solemn and loving rites that the living can pay the dead, it was carried to this sister's home where his silent face received the baptism of a sister's tears.
Thirty-seven years ago he formed a new home which was always a most happy one. He married April 22, 1863, Miss Lydia D. Palmer of Lincoln. From childhood, they had known each other, and their acquaintance ripened into mutual love.
They were the parents of five children. Their only daughter was taken from their home when three years old. In her death, a shadow suddenly fell on their hearts. Four sons grew up to manhood – a support, comfort, and joy to their father and mother.
All his children were present at his funeral. Herbert C. resides in Orange, Mass., Seymour H. in Granville, Fred L. and Luther G. in Randolph.
Mr. Kent is pleasantly remembered as a member of the Lincoln band, which was considered as one of the best in Vermont.
He had a social and genial nature. It is not strange that he desired to unite with the oldest fraternal organization in the world. He was made a Mason in the lodge at Bristol and when he moved to Rochester he was admitted to Rural lodge of which he was a member at his death.
He believed that life was us not for social or personal pleasures alone, but for higher purposes. He listened to and obeyed the call of duty. When our country needed brave and patriotic men to defend its government, he was ready to make the sacrifice. He enlisted in Co. G, 14th Vt. Vols. In September 1862 he went to the front and did valiant service. On July 3, 1863, he was in the battle of Gettysburg, where he received a severe wound in the arm. The doctors advised amputation but he protested and the result proved that his objection was well founded. His arm was saved and did good service as long as he lived. He was a member of the Grand Army post at Rochester. The Lincoln post came as a body to his funeral and paid him a soldiers' honor at his grave.
The services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. S.A. Parker of Bethel, who spoke of his life and character and who said that his religion was the Golden Rule reduced to daily practice.
Many choice and beautiful flowers were on and around the casket, emblems of life and immortality.
West Randolph Herald & News, Sep. 27, 1900
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.