A resident of Pasadena, California, William L. Troyer (1863 – 1955) was an itinerant preacher for the Pilgrim Holiness Church,
a Los Angeles prison chaplain, Bible class teacher, and a handyman for members of his congregation and neighbors. He kept
a daily diary for over 30 years, from 1924 to 1955. The diaries are full of comments on churches, preachers, missions, camps
and movements of his era, as well as his own daily round of prayer meetings, street evangelism, repair work, gardening, church
preparation, Sunday School lessons and visitation.
In 1924 he took a cross-country automobile journey with a “Brother Blemquist” of Fresno, California, escorting two missionary
ladies to Nebraska. Starting from the mission in Sawtelle, passing through Salt Lake City, where they attended a Mormon temple
service, on through Wyoming, Nebraska and Michigan to Jamestown, New York, their return journey took them through Montana,
Washington and Oregon. Along the way they visited with many church leaders, attended services, tent meetings and prayer meetings,
each one commented upon.