Yearbook – Asbury College – Denton M. Gerow

Purchased 3 Yearbooks at an Az antique store. From Asbury College dated 1927, 1929 and 1930

One has the name “Denton M. Gerow” written inside. He is a Senior in the 1930 Yearbook.

Now lets meet Denton in his Senior Photo that says “Wilmore, Kentucky, Denton M. Gerow, A.B. Major – Religious Studies”

Pretty neat little clip found when googling his name, Found in some old newspaper articles

“Reading Eagle, April 5, 1940 – President Roosevelt responded to a question sent to him by Rev. Denton M. Gerow, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.. “What in your opinion is the most fundamental need in the lives of the young people in America Today?” Mr. Roosevelt replied “No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion- a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world.”

There was more but the paper fades out after the next paragraph

From link,70947

His wife

Marthella Blevins Mayhall Gerow, 84, died Dec. 8, 2010, in Sun City. She born March 21, 1926, in Harlan, Ky. She moved to Arizona from St. Louis about 40 years ago.


So this may be how his yearbooks were in Az and with her death in 2010 may have ended up in the antique store as part of an estate sale or something.



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12 responses to “Yearbook – Asbury College – Denton M. Gerow

  1. Interesting to see what you have found from these Year Books. I don’t think I have ever seen one in the UK. Does anyone know whether they exist here?

  2. Bob maybe they have a different name? Typical here in US, school books for each year, typically for High School grades 9-12 but younger grades now have them too

  3. Denton look studious, but warm hearted. I think he probably followed the right career path.

  4. I have a friend that just threw away some yearbooks from the 1930s. I thought it was really sad after the books had already survived so long.

  5. Oh, the mysteries … don’t you wish that you could just pick up the phone and call some of these people? Well, I’m glad that the yearbook was donated and that you bought it and have shared it with us.

    Kathy M.

  6. Tom Young

    My father attended Asbury in 1928 or 1929. His name was William Wade Young. Would you be able to verify if he is pictured in either books?
    Tom Young

    • Hi Tom,
      Sorry been in the middle of moving, I will take a peek when I have sometime and let you know if hes in the Yearbook. Do you know what grade he would have been in during those years? Helps to narrow down for searching. Thanks!

  7. Jim Gerow

    Denton is my grandfather. I’d like to learn more about those yearbooks.
    503-550-6565, mobile

    • Charles B. Crowder

      Denton was my stepfather and his second wife Marthella was my mother. You are absolutely correct. After my Mother died in December 2010, we held an estate sale at her home in Sun City, May 2011. I debated making these books a part of the estate sale, but had to clear everything out and didn’t know what to do with them. We had no contact with any of Denton’s relatives. The yearbooks made their way to the Arizona antique store, possibly purchased at the estate sale by the proprietor.

      Now, just like in an O. Henry story, this giving up has led to a return – a connection that I never thought would be made. Denton’s grandson Jim posted a note on 9/15/13. I will give him a call.

      In response to Christine’s post, Denton was indeed extremely warm-hearted – a gregarious man with a booming voice, keen intellect and infectious laugh.* His father was a minister and pressured him to enter the ministry. Denton had a successful career, with the high point being the project that he udertook to celebrate the bicentennial of a Presbyterian Church in Washington, New Jersey. He sent letters to hundreds of prominent politicians, scholars, and entertainers, asking them all the same question. U.S. News and World Report and many newspapers reported on the project.

      (*Although Denton probably followed the right career path, he did once confess in my presence that his dream job was to be a radio announcer – he had a mellifluous baritone voice. I’m sure the mere thought scandalized his strict, fundamentalist father.)

      Thank you so much for this post. You have brought back many wonderful memories.

      Charles Crowder

      • Charles,
        Thank you for your comment! And for giving us some back story about your Step Father! And Im so glad you were able to make a connection, hopefully the phone number worked? I think I may have emailed Jim? Not sure or if I missed his comment.

  8. Elaine Crowder

    Interestingly, from the opposite side of the country I independently discovered this post and my brother’s comment made earlier today. Jim, we knew your grandmother Virginia as well as Denton when they were living in Sun City AZ. I tried googling to find family when our mother died thinking someone in the Gerow family might like some of Denton and Virginia’s things. Would love to connect with you.

    Re the blog entry that mention’s about Reading Eagle and Denton’s question to Roosevelt – I found these references to a Brig General L. T. Gerow who consulted with FDR during WWII – Perhaps the name was familiar to Roosevelt and that’s why Denton Gerow received a reply to his query from a sitting President:
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6

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