Herald of Truth - Volume X, Number 7 - July 1873 - Page 127
Terrible and Sad Accident
On Thursday, June 19th, the proprietors and students of the Wadsworth Mennonite Educational Institute, as well as the citizens of the town, were startled at the following alarming accident. As seven students were bathing in a mill-dam near Wadsworth Station, one of them, John N. Moyer of Mahoning Co., Ohio, got into a dangerous place out of which he was unable to come, as he could not swim. Another student much younger who was a good swimmer, hastened to assist him. He took a shirt from the shore and reached it to the drowning man, who did not take hold of it, but immediately sank. The other swam to him and was caught by his foot. The one caught now called for help. A third reached him his hand. They were both drawn farther into the water, and as this last one could not swim, he left the hand of the second one go. Almost immediately Moyer let go his hold of the foot, and the two who were helping saved themselves, but Moyer sank to rise no more alive.
His earthly remains were taken to his bereaved parents on the following day, who had been previously informed of the sad event by a telegraphic dispatch. On Saturday* he was interred in the presence of a large assembly of sad and mourning relatives and friends, in Oberholtzer's burying-ground. Discourse by Pre's Bixler, Culp, and C. J. von der Smissen.
John N. Moyer was 25 years, one months and 25 days old. He was a student at the Institute during the past two months. It was his intention to return home to his parents on Saturday,* and on the same day he was consigned to the earth. As a student he was faithful and diligent. His behavior with his associates, and his conduct gave evidence that he was strictly conscientious. As his teacher, and in the name of my fellow teachers, I bear testimony that the impression he made upon us was that he was striving to do that which was right before God. The instruction he received from the word of God appeared to give him great joy. The suffusion of tears from his relatives and friends, gave evidence that he was loved and respected. We will submit ourselves under the sad misfortune that had come upon us, believing that God has done all things well. M. S. Moyer _______
*In the German, for Sunday read Saturday.
CORRECTION. - In the obituary of Lydia Bender in the June No., Scarlet fever, should be Puerperal fever.
June 17th, in Mahoning co., Ohio, of a tumor and Dropsy, Anna, wife of John Metzler, aged 63 years, 9 months, and 17 days. She was confined to a bed of suffering about four months. She died with a firm hope in Jesus Christ. Buried the 19th, in Metzler's burying ground.
In Line Lexington, Montgomery co., Pa., Levi R. Clymer, aged 50 years, 1 month, and 9 days. Buried the 14th of June. Sermon by _____ Yerick, and _____ Reinerd.
June 11th, in Hilltown, Bucks co., Pa. Fredrick Schmidt, aged 55 years, 3 months, and 10 days. Sermon by J. M. Haldeman, and _____ Berkmeyer.
June 14th, in Hilltown, Bucks co., Pa., Mary F. Vanluvance, aged 22 years, 10 months, and 13 days. Remarks by J. M. Haldeman.
May 5th in Bridgeport, Waterloo co., Ont. Ellen, wife of Solomon Kraft, aged 17 years, 1 month, and 5 days. Sermon by D. Wismer, and _____ Meenelly.
May 23rd, in Page co., Iowa, of Lung fever, Sister Sarah, wife of John S. Good, aged 64 years, and 6 months, less one day. Sermon by Enos Pricket, from Phil 2:21. She leaves a husband and nine children to mourn their loss.
May 24th, in Wayne co., Ohio of Dyptheria, David H., son of Adam and Anna Kornhaus, aged 6 years, 8 months, and 3 days. Sermon by H. Martin and G. Brenneman.
June 4th in Jefferson co., Kansas, Sister Anna Brown,
aged 64 years, 5 months, and 15 days. The Sister was unable to
attend public worship for two years, yet her faith in her Redeemer
remained firm to the last.
She's gone to join the angels,
On yonder shining shore;
She sweetly sleeps in Jesus,
Where pain is felt no more.
June 9th in Elkhart co., Ind., Sister Elisabeth Beutler, aged 71 years, 11 months, and 5 days. She was unwell, at times feeling weak and faint for several weeks, but was up and around most of the time. The morning on which she died, she sat to the table and ate her meal, shortly after which she became very sick, and being laid upon the bed, she soon expired. Her last words were "Come, Lord Jesus." D. Brenneman spoke in English, from these words, Rev. 22: last clause of 20th verse and by J. M. Christophel in German from 2 Cor. 5:1. She lived in widowhood 32 years. She had nine children, of whom 6 daughters and one son are yet living. She has gone to her rest. Peace to her remains.
June 10th, in Franklin co., Ohio, of Consumption Sister Mary,
wife of Levi Dochdermein, aged 46 years, 2 months, and
26 days. Buried the 12th.
[Dyptheria spelled as it was written.]
Transcribed by Ruth Schrock, Indiana