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Herald of Truth - Volume IX, Number 12 - December, 1872, page 190, 191
Died on the 5th of November, in Livingston co., Ill., of inflammation
of the nerves and bladder, VALENTINE AUGSTEIN, aged 51
years and ten months. He was buried the 7th in the presence of
many relatives and acquaintances. He was a faithful member of
the Amish Mennonite church, and a co-laborer in the vineyard of
the Lord, leaving, a deeply grieved wife and five children to
mourn their loss. We hope that he is now resting from his labors
in heaven, where he frequently desired to be. Funeral services
were delivered by Jacob Naffziger, of Woodford co., Ill., at the
house, from 2 Cor., 15 and a very impressive exhortation at the
graveyard; by Christian Schloegel at the church from Ps. 103,
and by the writer from 1 Thess. 4:13-18. He evidently departed
this life in a living faith, by which to comfort his family and
friends. The day before his death he could say, "I am ready."
These were the last words he uttered that could be distinctly
The physicians had intended to perform an operation on him, and when the day set for that purpose had arrived, they found him too weak for them to undertake the work. He had very severe pain to endure until death relieved him of his suffering, which he bore with christian fortitude. He frequently prayed his Maker for a happy end. He also comforted his affectionate wife in his last days, saying she should not grieve so much over his departure, and that the heavenly Father would care for her if she would depend on him, saying, "I am freed from my pains, and will enter into everlasting joy and glory.
He commanded her to bring up the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He then reached his hand to the children; commanding them to be faithful and obedient to their mother.
In this manner he set his house in order. He was a light to the church and to the world. His heart was filled with love toward God and man; and to the poor and needy he rendered assistance. In his earlier years he was very poor and could barely support himself and family, and often he said to his wife, that if ever he should accumulate enough to help the poor, that none should ever go from him without assistance.
In this he fulfilled his word, and commanded his wife thus to do after his departure. It grieved him very much to see people who are richly blest with the comforts of life, to send the needy away empty.
Let us all take these things well to heart especially those upon whom God has bestowed an abundance of this world's goods, and consider if we are willing to discharge our duties to the poor and needy, and make use of God's rich bounties lo(sic) his honor and glory or not. JOHN P. SCHMITT.
CORRECTION.-In the death notice of DAVID FRANKLIN GERBER, in the Nov. No. instead of 23 years, 3 months and 6 days, read 13 years, 3 months and 6 days.
On the 10th of March, in Livingston Co., Ill., JACOB KING, aged 16 months. Services by Chr. Schlegel, and J. P. Schmitt.
On the 15th of July, in Livingston co., Ill., ELISABETH, daughter of Christian and Anna SPRINGER, aged 15 months. Sermon by Chr. Schlegel, and J. P. Schmitt.
On the 20th of July, near Middlebury, Elkhart co., Ind., ALLEN L., son of Levi E. and Maria MILLER; aged 5 years, 10 months, and 29 days. Sermon by Benjamin Schrock, and John Nusbaum.
On the 15th of August, in Shelby co., Mo., of brain fever and spasms, EMMANUEL J. GSELL, aged 6 weeks and 4 days.
On the 26th of August, in Livingston co., Ill, of the infirmities of old age, BARBARA SHERTZ, aged 80 years. She was a faithful member of the Amish church. Buried the 27th in the presence of a large concourse of friends and acquaintances. Services by Chr. Schlegel, from 1 Cor. 15, and J. P. Schmitt from Psalm 90.
On the 22nd of Sept, 1872, in Locke township, Elkhart co., Ind., from an injury received by lifting a pump from the well, SOLOMON BERLIN, aged 45 years, 3 months, and 22 days. He leaves a wife and two children (two of his children died before him), five sisters and his aged parents to mourn their severe loss. He is the last of four brothers all of whom died by injuries received in different ways. The subject of this notice was a man of excellent reputation, beloved and esteemed by all who knew him and lived a very exemplary life. When asked whether he was prepared to die he replied, "I have nothing to fear. Peace to his ashes.
On the 10th of September, in Lancaster co., near Morgantown, Pa., of sore throat, CATHARINE, daughter of Isaac and Maria MAST, aged 5 years, 7 months, and 12 days. The occasion was improved by John P. Mast, from Heb. 2: 10.
On the 21st of September, near Morgantown, Lancaster co., Pa., AMOS K., son of I. and M. MAST, aged 8 years, 10 months, and 17 days. Sermon by Moses Hertz, and J. P. Mast, from Ps. 23: 1.
On the 23rd of September, at North Point, Augusta co., Va., of inflammation of the bowels, Sister MARGARET HUDDLE, aged 61 years, 6 months, and 18 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church, and died with the living hope of a glorious immortality. Sermon by Jacob Hildebrand from 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
On the 8th of October, in McLean co., Ill., of dropsy, HANNAH, wife of Jacob STAHLY, and daughter of Jonas Troyer, in the 22nd year of her age. Services were held by John Stahly and Chr. Rupp.
On the 16th of October, in McLean Co., Ill., son of Daniel KING, aged 5 months, and 21 days. Services by John Stahly and Chr. Rupp.
On the 10th of October, in Plumstead township, Bucks Co., Pa., ELIAS WISMER, in the 70th year of his age. Interred at Deep Run Meeting-house. Funeral services by Samuel Gottshalk and John M. Holdeman.
On the 25th of October, near Middlebury. Elkhart co., Ind, EDWARD, son of David D. and Catharine BLAUCH, aged 6 years, 3 months, and 17 days. Services by Eli S. Miller, and Moses Kauffman, from Luke 18: 17.
On the 25th of October, in Elkhart co., Ind., of typhoid fever, SUSANNA, wife of Samuel PLETCHER, aged 46 years and 7 months. Funeral services in English by Jacob Weaver, and D. Brenneman, and in German by ______ Berky and Eli Miller, from 2 Cor. 5:1.
On the 28th of October, in Putnam co., Ohio, of palsy, Sister, FANNY, wife of Bro. John KELCHNER, aged 74 years, 1 month, and 17 days. She leaves a husband and two sons, whose loss we trust is her eternal gain.
On the 6th of September, in McLean Co., Ill., of lung fever, CATHARINE ZEHR, aged 54 years. A great number of relatives and friends followed her to the grave, to bestow the last tribute, of respect departed. She was beloved by all, and had been several years blind, but with her spiritual eyes she held to him who is invisible as though she could see him. She bore her affliction with christian resignation. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church, and left a bereaved husband and 3 children to mourn their loss. Funeral services by Chr. Schlegel and John P. Schmitt, from 1 Cor. 15.
On the 24th of May, in Elkhart co., Ind., REUBEN, son of Isaac and Rachel LEATHERMAN, aged 2 months and 4 days. Funeral services by Jacob A. Beutler.
On the 3rd of Nov., in Elkhart co. Ind., CORA GERTRUDE, daughter of Benj. and Sarah A. LENTZ, aged 10 months and 12 days. Services by Daniel Brenneman, from Heb.11: 35.
On the 3rd of Nov., in Howard co., Ind., of dropsy, MARY, wife of John ZOOK, aged 50 years, 2 months, and 14 days. She leaves a husband and 10 children to mourn their loss.
On the 8th of Nov., in Branch co., Mich., of spinal disease, ABRAHAM, son of Harvey and Catharine FRIESEN, aged 2 years and 24 days. He was buried at Pleasant Hill, beside his little sister, who died about three years ago. Services by John Krupp and the writer, C. D. Beery.
It must be painful and severe
To know that they are gone:
The thought is sweet that we may see
Them in that heavenly home.
0 mourning parents do not weep,
Your children are at rest;
The little lambs now gently sleep,
Their souls are truly blest.
On the 2nd of October, in Putnam Co., Ohio., very suddenly,
HANNAH AMSTUTZ, aged about 53 years. In the evening she
wrote a letter to her two sons in Williams co., whom she had visited
a few days before, and wrote them of her safe return home. At
10 o'clock she retired in usual health, at about half past 11,
her husband awoke and found that she was dead. This is a warning
to us, that we can see how suddenly we may be called from time
to eternity. Therefore let us prepare for death and judgment,
for we know not how, when or where the Lord will call us to render
up an account but one thing we know, that if we obey his commandments,
and walk in his ways, that we, through grace may enter into his
She had been twice married and leaves a husband and several children to mourn her departure. Interred the 4th. Funeral services at the house by Bro. Abm. Steiner, from Mark 13: 31--37, and at the grave by John Strohm from Rev. 14 13.
On the 11th of October, in Cass co., Mo., LILLY ANN, daughter of Jacob and Catharine KING, aged 7 years, 4 months, and 2 days. She was in usual health in the morning, and before night she lay silent in death. Funeral sermon by Peter Troxel of Wayne Co., Ohio.
On the 20th of October, in Cedar co., Mo., of dropsy of the heart, ANNA, wife of Moses KAUFFMAN, aged 20 years, 5 months, and 14 days. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Her remains were deposited in the grave the 22nd. She leaves a husband and one little child. The occasion was improved in German by Samuel Yoder, and in English by W. Falget.
On the 19th of October, in Fulton co., Ohio. PETER TSCHAD, aged 26 years, 5 months, and 27 days. He leaves a wife with whom he had been married only four weeks, and an aged mother, six brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss. He was buried the 20th, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made in German by N. King, in English by _____ Stutzman from I Thess. 5.
* On the 1? of November, in Fulton co. Ohio, of consumption,
ANNA STUTZMAN, aged 52 years, 11 months, and 10 days. She
was a sister in the Amish Mennonite church. Discourse by Christian
Freienberger and Jephtha Wise, from John
4: 24, 25.
(*transcribers note: date of death is undecipherable in the
Transcribed by: Ron Garber, Kansas