Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1876

Herald of Truth - Volume XIII, Number 12 - December, 1876 - page 206, 207


On the 30th of November, in Elkhart, Indiana, of Bronchial Consumption, Bro. HERMAN DYCK, aged 42 years, 10 months and 19 days. Buried on the following Sunday. Services by Henry Shaum and J. F. Funk, from 1 Thess. 4: 13, 14 and Jn. 11: 25, 26. Bro. Dyck was born in the village of Swallow, four miles from Eibing, in Prussia, in 1834. His great-grand-father, Deitrich Penner, was one of the pioneers of the Mennonite Settlements in Russia, nearly one hundred years ago, emigrating from Prussia to that country. After Bro. Dyck grew to manhood years he left his native home, visited Russia and Poland, and in May 1868, went to England, when shortly afterwards he married. After spending some years in England, he came to America that he might be with his mother in her last days, who was residing at Chicago and in declining health. In the spring of 1875, he removed to Elkhart and became and employee in the office of the Herald of Truth. He was employed on the translation of the "Complete works of Menno Simon," from the Holland into the German language, at which he labored faithfully as long as bodily health permitted him to do so and had completed the first volume and commenced the second one, when his failing health compelled him to cease his labors. He had been engaged chiefly during his whole life time in literary labors. Our readers no doubt all remember, both his poems and other articles, which from time to time appeared in the Herald, and only fourteen hours before his death, he dictated a most beautiful poem, which will appear in the next number of our paper. The poem represents the close of his own life, and is not only beautiful in thought and expression, but perfect in metrical execution. Of his Christian life, we are glad that we bear testimony to the fact that he was a sincere Christian. He tried faithfully to fulfill every requirement of both the moral and divine law. No one knew him but to love and respect him. In his spirit he manifested the harmlessness of the lamb, and the meekness of the dove, but in defense of the doctrines of the Bible, the tenets of his faith, and the principles of the church, he was bold and unyielding. He possessed naturally a strong mind, which by travel, reading and observation, he had enriched with a vast store of useful and valuable knowledge, and being naturally of an agreeable and generous disposition, he as indeed a most entertaining companion. He was self-denying to a remarkable degree, and always only concerned for the comfort of others, while he entirely forgot himself. He united with the Mennonite church in Germany when sixteen years of age, and when he came to Elkhart, he desired to be admitted to the membership of the church here. He honored his profession while among us with a Christian walk and conversation. But a short time before his death he became concerned about his condition, feeling that his baptism had not been performed as the gospel requires on confession of his faith, he had been at that time in an impenitent condition, and did not possess a living faith. He was advised to consider this matter very carefully and prayerfully, and if after doing so, he could not feel satisfied, his request would be granted. The desire grew and his convictions became stronger, until, as he saw his rapid decline, he could not longer defer the matter and his wish was granted, after which he felt entirely at peace, saying that "he was dying in the faith of this fathers." His only trust was it Jesus-his only reliance, the merits of a crucified Redeemer. He selected his funeral text, Jn. 11: 25, 26, and the hymns to be sung, and desired that the following verse, of his own composition, might close his death-notice in the HERALD. "Lowly may be the portal And dark may be the door, The mansion is immortal- God's palace for the poor."



A very serious and fatal accident occurred, near Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, by which HUGH HENRY BELL lost his life the 31st of October. Aged 16 years, 6 months and 9 days. Remarks by J. A. Beutler and J. M. Culbertson. The young man was hunting, and while standing on a log loading one barrel of his gun, the other containing a charge, the gun slipped off the log, the hammer striking it, discharged it, the load taking effect in his left side, lodging in the breast. He lived thirty-six hours after, when death released him of his suffering. Losing his mother in infancy, he was brought up in the family of Samuel Sites, a kind neighbor. Hugh Henry Bell was beloved by many with whom he was acquainted. He was obedient, and tried to make all around him happy. He was an attentive and faithful scholar in the Sabbath-school held at Holdeman's church. He retained his faculties till the last. Although a good boy, he had never made peace with God while in health, but through affliction he was brought to know that all was not well with him, and he desired his friends and those who came to see him, to pray for him. Ere his life ebbed away, he found peace with God, and died in the triumph of a living faith. His remains were followed to Shaum's burying ground by a large number of sympathizing friends, and especially his Sabbath-school associates. We hope this sad event will be a warning to all in handling fire arms; and also a greater warning to all who are yet without hope, or without God in the world. Therefore, be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh. JAMES M. CULBERTSON.

October 30th, in East Lampeter, Lancaster Co., Pa., of old age, ELISABETH FRANTZ, aged 96 years, 2 months and 10 days. Funeral sermon by David Burkholder and John Landis. Text: Rev. 14: 12. "Here is the patience of the saints."

Nov. 3rd, in McLean Co., Ill., of the infirmities of age, ANDREW SALZMAN, aged 77 years. Buried the 5th. Services by Joseph Stuckey, from Rev.14: 13.

Oct. 22nd, in Adams Co., Pa., of spinal disease, at the residence of John H. Keagy, JENNIE DOMBACH, aged 2 years, 11 months and 16 days. The little girl and her mother, Frances Dombach, came to Adams Co. on a visit; and while there the child died very suddenly. On the 23rd its remains were sent home to Lancaster Co., Pa., and on the 24th, consigned to their final rest. Services at the former place by Samuel Myers and Isaac Hershey; and at the latter, by Benjamin Lehman and Abraham Witmer. Text, Matt. 19: 14. Asleep in Jesus, Jennie dear; For you we shed the farewell tear, Yet hope to meet in heaven more sweet, With joy each other there to greet.

Oct. 20th, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sister SARAH HARTZLER, widow of John Hartzler, aged 78 years, 2 months and 6 days. She suffered greatly, but bore it with Christian fortitude, and died in a living faith. She was a member of the Amish Church. Buried on 22nd, in the presence of a great many relatives and friends. Funeral services, by Christian Steiner, John Smiley, and Peter Schantz of Iowa.

Oct. 28th, near Berlin, Ohio, C. D. Yoder, aged 49 years, 8 months and 7 days.

Nov. 5th, in Wayne Co., Ohio, MARTIN BOEHS, aged 69 years, 3 months and 10 days. Services by John Smiley and David Z. Yoder, from Rev. 14: 13; Philip. 1: 20, 21.

Nov. 9th near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind. of croup, MARTHA SALOME, daughter of David and Susan LECHLITNER, aged 2 years, 3 months and 11 days. Buried at Shaum's. Services by J. M Culbertson. Martha Salome's gone to rest, Peaceful in the Savior's breast. Where the wicked cease from troubling, And the weary are at rest.

Nov. 3rd, in Oxford Co., Ontario, Bro. SAMUEL FRIED, aged 72 years, 2 months and 29 days. Buried the 5th. Funeral services by Henry Schantz, John McNelly, and David Sherk.

Oct. 26th, in Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., Catherine, daughter of Andrew and Emma Defrees, aged 9 months and 11 days. Services by Jonathan Smucker and M. E. Kreider.

Nov. 7th in W. Lampeter twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of palsy, Sister MARY KREIDER, in the 70th year of her age. Buried at Mellinger's where assembled a large concourse of friends to pay the last tribute of respect to the aged sister.

Oct. 7th, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, of palsy, Preacher JACOB SMITH, at the advanced age of 82 years, 2 months and 5 days. Bro. Smith was a faithful servant in the service of the Lord, until the last year he became very feeble. About four weeks previous to his death he was stricken a second time. We have reason to believe that he has gone to await the crown of glory which is in reserve for the faithful in the Lord. His remains were consigned to the silent tomb on the 10th, where appropriate remarks were made in German by Joseph Bixler, and in English by Michel Rohrer.

Nov. 20th, in McPherson Co., Kans., of diphtheria, MARY ELLEN, daughter of Jacob and Catharine HOLDEMAN, aged 7 years, 5 months and 4 days. Services by John Evers and Cornelius Wedel, from Luke 18: 19; and Psa. 103: 15, 16. The Lord has visited this family but he is able to heal the afflictions of his humble servants.

Nov. 10th, at Markham, Ont., Sister MARY ANN, wife of Abrm. B. RAMER, age 48 years, 10 months and 21 days. Funeral services by Jacob Wideman in German, and J. B. Moore in English, from Rev. 14: 13, "And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." Unwearied was our care and love, But O't was all in vain; No one could give the ease or rest Until the Savior came.

Aug 26th, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Bro. DANIEL HAMMAKER, aged 65 years, 7 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Rev. 14: 12, 13. Buried at Petersburg graveyard. A large number of friends and acquaintances assembled to sympathize with the bereft family. Bro.. Hammaker was a kind-hearted husband and indulgent father, a beloved brother in the Church. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.

Sept. 7th, near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., BENJAMIN GROFF, aged 65 years, 3 months, and 23 days. Funeral on the 10th. Text, Rev, 14: 12, 13.

Sept. 22nd, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., MARTHA R. MOHN, aged 16 years, 4 months and 10 days. Funeral on 24th. Text: Isaiah 40: 7, 9.

Oct. 5th, in Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Sister MAGDALENA HERSHEY, aged 57 years, 3 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text: John 10:9.

Oct. 13th, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., OSCAR EDWIN YUNT, aged 10 months and 7 days. Funeral on 15th. Text: 2 Kings 4:26.

Oct 14th, near Annville, Lebanon Co., Pa., FRANZ WIDMYER, aged 79 years, 5 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text: James 5: 7, 8; and Phil. 1:21.

Oct. 23rd, near Quarryville, Lancaster Co.., Pa. MARTHA WERTZ, wife of Henry Wertz, in her 40th year. Funeral on the 26th. Text: Luke 10: 42.

Aug. 15th, in Waterloo Co., Ontario, of consumption, Sister MAGDALENA BOCK, aged 54 years, and 11 days. Funeral the 18th. Services by Wentel Hallman, Jacob Hallman and Moses Bowman.

Oct. 10th, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., daughter of Jacob and Sarah Brandley, aged 2 years, 2 months and 13 days. Buried the 12th, at Poplar Grove burying ground. Discourses by Samuel Gettig and M. W. Shank, from 1 Tim. 6: 6,7.

Sept. 20th., near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., of typhoid fever, MARY MAGDALENE, daughter of Preacher Jacob and Anna DRIVER, aged 14 years, 10 months and 16 days. She was sick eight days. Her sufferings were intense. She was interred, on the 22nd, in the new burying-ground at Mt. Clinton.

Oct. 23rd, near Dale Enterprise Rockingham Co., Va., of typhoid fever, Sister AMANDA RHODES, in the 21st year of her age. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for some years. She sought the Lord early, and it is believed she found Him; for before her sickness, she spoke of departing and expressed a desire to know how it was in heaven, and in her last hours she sung in a distinct, audible tone, of her blessed state of those that die in the Lord. She also admonished some of her nearest friends, and earnestly pleaded that they should become Christians and live a better life.

Oct. 24th in Elkhart Co., Ind., SAMUEL HARTMAN, aged 59 years, 3 months and 1 day. He was buried on Sunday following at Pipinger's burying-ground. Text: Isaiah 13: 17. The deceased was a son of Samuel Hartman Sr. who died several years ago.

Oct. 1st, on Elkhart Prairie, after a long illness of dropsy, Sister BARBARA, daughter of Isaac and Martha HARTZLER, aged 15 years, 4 months and 27 days. A few weeks previous to her death, she found peace in the crucified Savior, and was received in the visible church through baptism. Funeral service by John L. Miller and Joseph Yoder, from 1 Thess. 13-18.

Sept. 18th, in Elkhart Co., Ind. son of Bro. Henry and Sister Anna GARBER, aged two years, 5 months and 25 days. Services by J. J. Weaver, H. A. Miller and J. Hoover. Text: Matt 24: 44.

Nov., 7th in Holmes Co., Ohio, MICHAEL D. MILLER, aged 67 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Nov. 9th, same place, JOHN KRAMMER, aged 44 years, 6 months and 28 days.

Oct. 7th, same place, MARY MILLER, wife of D. F. Miller, aged 63 years, 5 months and 22 days.

Nov. 25th, same place, MARY MILLER, wife of Eli Miller, aged 35 years, 8 months and 20 days.
Farewell, dear sister, a long farewell,
For we shall meet no more
Till we are raised with thee to dwell,
On Zion's happier shore.

Oct. 31st, In Elkhart Col., Ind., DANIEL FRANKLIN, only son of Michael and Esther KINDY, aged 4 months and 15 days. Buried at Yellow Creek. Services by Gabriel Frame and J. F. Funk, from Matt 18: 10.

Nov. 28th 1875, in Livingston Co., Ill., of Palsy, JOHN HECKELMAN, aged 47 years, 2 months and 4 days. He was from home when taken sick, and died before he could be brought home-we hope he has gone to a better home in heaven. He was laid on his back in this one position he lay for nine weeks without much suffering. Funeral services by - Lease and B. F. Hamilton (The above had been mislaid. We ask indulgence.)

May 23rd, 1876, in Harvey Co., Kansas, ANDREAS VORAN, aged 61 years. He leaves a wife to mourn her loss. He served in the church as deacon, to which office he was ordained in Russia. He was faithful in the discharge of his duty. He had a desire to depart and be with Christ. He was buried in the Mennonite burying-ground in Hoffnengsfeld. Services by V. Krehbiel and Jacob Stuckey. Ps. 90: 2 and 12: 17; 57: 2.

Oct. 31st, near Washington Borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Croup, HIRAM S. MANN, aged 6 years, 3 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 2nd. Text: 1 Pet. 1:3.

Nov. 10th, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., PA., after a long illness, Bro. MATHIAS DELLINGER, aged 78 years, 7 months and 21 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text: Rom. 8:17, 18.

Nov. 24th, near Siddensburg, York Co., Pa., after a lingering illness, Sister BARBARA NICHOLS, aged 54 years, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 26th. Text: 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Sister Nichols was a bright shining light.

Died recently, probably in the month of October, in Harvey Co., Kansas, ----- wife of Pre. Peter Baltser, at an advanced aged. She died in the full hope of a triumphant death. She possessed her mind to the last. She leaves the bereaved family a most comforting and blessed assurance of salvation.

In Dakota, near Yankton, Jacob Kaufman, son of Bishop Peter Kaufman, aged 29 years. He leaves a wife and one child.

On the 10th of October, in Harvey Co., Kansas, Helena, wife of David Schroeder, aged 52 years. Formerly of Elizabeththal Rudnerweide, Russia.

On the 10th of November, in Olive Twp., Elkhart County, Ind., Seth, son of Solomon and Anna Culp, aged 1 month and 13 days. Services by C. Christophel and Jno. Metzler.

Nov. 23rd, near Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., of consumption, MAGDALENA AUGSPURGER, aged 23 years, 8 months and 28 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and little child. Buried the 24th, at which opportunity a discourse was given by Joseph Stuckey and Rev. Platt, from 1 Peter 1: 24.

Transcribed by Brenda Blough, Massachusetts.

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