Biography of Horace J. Trombley
Monroe County, MI Biographies

HORACE JEROME TROMBLEY was born Nov. 20, 1837, about three quarters of a mile north of the village of Petersburgh, in this county. His parents were Lewis Trombley, of Chazy, Clinton County, N. Y, and Sophia (Gregory) Trombley, of Isle of Mott, Vt. He at an early age manifested a fondness for music. When 13 years of age he became possessor of his first violin, on which he soon became quite a performer for a boy self taught. His younger brothers, William and Lewis E., also having a musical turn of mind, the three brothers formed themselves into a band, which became known as the "Trombley's Quadrille Band." This little trio was much sought alter to furnish music on all occasions, and for many years enjoyed the reputation of being the best in the county. Jerome, in after years. became a traveling musician in connection with circus and theatrical companies, being leader of orchestra for eight or ten years. This gave him an opportunity of seeing much of this great and glorious country and its people. He gave up traveling in 1874 and has since lived on the old homestead, one mile west of Petersburgh. For several terms he has been elected treasurer of the township of Summerfield, and is the present township treasurer (1887). For the last few years he has devoted considerable time to the Study of natural history, his favorite branches being ornithology and conchology. He now possesses a fine collection of bird's eggs, which it is believed will compare favorably with any in the State, there being over 300 species of eggs in clutches and comprising nearly 1,500 specimens. The eggs of every species of bird in the country is represented. His collection of shells, consisting of land, fresh water and marine, includes over 500 species, and his library, chiefly devoted to natural history, contains about 200 volumes.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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