A FATAL ACCIDENT
A sad and fatal accident occurred on the 2d of March, by which Noah Troyer, or as he is commonly known, the "Sleeping Preacher," living three miles north of Kalona, Washington Co., Iowa, lost his life. On the morning of the fatal day he and his son went out to shoot a chicken. His son loaded the gun, and not feeling well, asked his father to shoot. The charge drove out the breech screw, striking Troyer's face just below the left eye, and penetrating the head so far as to fracture the skull at the back of the head. He lived only three hours after the accident. After his death the screw was extracted and found to be one and three fourths inches in length. He leaves a sorrowing wife and four children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. May their loss be his eternal gain. He had reached the age of 55 years, 1 month and 22 days. He was buried on the 4th of March, when services were held by C. Wary and Stephen Miller from John 11:25, 26, and Mark 3:35.
LEATHERMAN - On the 23rd of Feb., in Akron, Ohio, of Tubercular meningitis, Perry Burton, son of Elias and Ella Leatherman, aged 10 years and 4 months. Buried on the 25th at Akron. He was a bright and promising boy, always kind and trying to do right.
Dear parents, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not see its dark shadows and gloom,
And I shall not fear, though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide:
You'll know where to find me, dear parents, -in heav'n
Though every fond tie you have cherished be riven.
You'll follow me home to the land of the blest,
Where sighs are not heard, and the weary ones rest.
SHARP - On the 14th of Feb., in Brady Tp., Huntingdon Co., Pa., Jacob Sharp, aged 67 years, 3 months and 13 days. Deceased was never married. He was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his youth, and was highly respected for his kindness and usefulness. He was buried in the Amish graveyard near Allensville, Pa., where services were held by Joseph H. Byler, Michael Yoder and Abraham Myers from John 5:21-29.
MILLER - On the 11th of March, near Kalona, Washington Co., Iowa, John, son of Peter and Maria Miller, aged 2 years, 10 months and 20 days. He suffered long from internal injuries, but death released him at last. Buried on the 13th at Shetler's graveyard. Services by J Plank and C. P. Miller from Mark 10:16.
FUNK - On the 10th of March, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of a lingering illness, Mary, daughter of William and Catharine Funk, aged 32 years. 6 months and 22 days. She manifested in her protracted sufferings a remarkable degree of patience and Christian resignation, and expressed herself not only as willing and ready to die, but desired to go and be with Christ, which is far better. When referred to the pleasant associations of this world and the desirableness of one of the vigorous years of life to live and labor for the good they can do, she replied; "But this world is not a very good place to stay in after all." She admonished her brothers and sisters not to forget religion, and requested her father to tell her pastor when she was gone to preach the truth of the gospel to the people and tell them not to neglect the great work of salvation through Jesus Christ. Her funeral was very largely attended at Shaum's grave-yard, where services were conducted by J. D. Belt from Luke 10:42. May God comfort the sorrowing father, brothers and sisters, and may her good example, her patient suffering, and her earnest anxieties for the salvation of those near and dear to her not be soon forgotten.
KAUFMAN - On the 23rd of Feb., in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Joseph Kaufman, aged 75 years, 11 months and 2 days. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services were held by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger from John 5:24--29.
BONTRAGER - On the 3th [sic] of March, in Logan Co.,
Ohio of lung fever, Lena C., youngest daughter of J. J.
Bontrager, aged 1 year, 3 months and 14 days. Three months
ago, the mother was taken away, and now the joy of the whole household,
but we hope that they may look to God and say: "Thy will
be done." Buried on the 10th, when services were held by
Abednego Miller and C. K. Yoder from Matt 18:3 and Mark 10:14,
"God knoweth best, his name be blest,
He doeth all things well;
He took them to their heav,nly rest
In heaven above to dwell."
ZIMMER - On the 8th of March, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., of consumption, Noah Zimmer, aged 18 years, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held by Joseph Gasho and Joseph Shlegel, from Heb 4: ----. Deceased was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
KAUFMAN - On the 8th of March, in Miami Co., Ind., of diphtheria, Lydia, infant daughter of Jacob and Sarah Kaufman, aged 11 months and 13 days. Buried on the 9th. Services were held by Moses P. Miller from Matt. 19:13-15. "Let the children come unto me."
SPRUNGER - On the 7th of March, in Miami Co., Ind., Clara, daughter of Charles and Eva Sprunger aged 15 years and 21 days. Services were held by Nobertius Sproll, from John 7:9-53. She leaves 3 brothers, 2 sisters and many friends to mourn their loss.
LANDES - On the 15th of Feb., very suddenly of heart disease, while in town (Akron, Ohio.) Ephraim F. Landes, aged 53 years, 1 month, and 5 days. He was buried on the 21st in the Wadsworth graveyard. Funeral services were held by Ephraim Hunsburger, M. Leatherman and -------- Gross from Matt. 24:44. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his sudden death.
HOUGENDOBLER - On the 11th of March, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Hougendobler, aged 69 years, 6 months and 9 days. He was buried on the 11th in the Silver Spring graveyard. Text, Rom. 6:23.
BURKHOLDER - On the 4th of March, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, sister Anna N., wife of brother Samuel Burkholder, aged 50 years, 6 months and 22 days. She was buried on the 7th at Kraybill's meetinghouse. Services were held from Rev. 7:14-17. Many people assembled to show their respect for the departed sister. Sister Burkholder led a consistent Christian life. May God comfort the bereft family.
BURKHOLDER - On the 12th of March, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., Amelia E., daughter of brother and sister Samuel Burkholder, aged 3 years, 11months and 10 days. Buried on the 15th at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Services from Acts 17:30, 31. May the good Lord comfort the bereft brother in his double affliction, having witnessed the burial of his wife on the 7th of this month.
EBY - On the 7th of March, near Buyerstown, Lancaster
Co.,Pa., Mary, wife of Bish. Isaac Eby, aged 49
years, 8 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 10th at Hershey's
Meeting-house. Services were held by Jonas Martin from John 11:28.
An immense congregation assembled to show their respect for the
departed sister, and to sympathize with the bereft family. Sister
Eby was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves
a sorrowing husband and 9 children to mourn their loss.
"Farewell husband and children dear,
I am not dead but sleeping here;
Prepare for death, for die you must,
And with me slumber in the dust.
A loving mother, good and kind,
Has gone and left us all behind.
The chain of love that broke in twain
We hope to reunite again.
HILDEBRAND - On the 15th of Feb., in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., very suddenly of heart disease, George Hildebrand, aged 73 years, 2 months and ----- days. The day before his death, he and his wife visited at a neighbor's where he ate a hearty supper. He went to bed at night in usual health, and next morning he was corpse. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one son and one grand-daughter. He was buried in the Hershey burying-ground. Services were held by Isaac Eby from Rev. 23:12, 13. He was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and a kind friend and neighbor to all who knew him.
WEBER - On the 13th of March, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of palsy of the heart, Nancy, widow of the late Joseph Weber, and sister of the late Pre. Samuel Weber, aged 61 years, 3 months and 21 days. Her remains were interred on the 15th at Martin's Meeting-house, where services were held by Elias Snyder and Abraham Martin from Matt. 5:3, 4.
GRUBE - On the 22d of Feb., near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart disease, Amos B. Brube, aged 49 years, 7 months and 27 days. He was buried on the 27th at the Landisville Meeting-house. Services were held from Matt. 24:44 and Mark 13:33, 37.
ERB - On the 10th of March, near Manheim, Lancaster, Co., Pa., Bro. Daniel Erb, aged 87 years, 10 months and 10 days. He was buried at Erb's Meeting-house on the 13th, when services were held from 1 Pet. 4:19. Bro. Erb was a faithful servant of the Lord. Peace to his ashes.
WALKER - On the 11th of March, near Kinderhook, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Martha, wife of Wm. Walker, aged 70 years, 11 months and 30 days. Buried at Ironville on the 14th. Text, John 10:27-31. Many people assembled to show their respect for the beloved sister.
NORTHEIMER - On the 6th of March, in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., William Northeimer, aged 93 years, 11 months and 23 days.
KORNHAUS - On the 5th of March, near Morrison, Whiteside Co., Ill., of lingering illness of 3 years from paralysis, Sister Lydia, daughter of Pre. John Kornhaus, aged 16 years, 4 months and 5 days. She embraced religion shortly before she died, and although at times delirious, she would sing "What a friend we have in Jesus, &c." until she was exhausted. The funeral was largely attended. Services were held by H. Nice, A. Ebersole and J. L. Reimer from John 14:19.
KEENER - On the 15th of March, in Washington Co., Md., Susan, wife of Bro. Henry Keener, and daughter of Jacob and Fanny Risser, aged 27 years, 5 months and 9 days. She was buried on the 6th* at Reiff's Meeting-house, leaving a sorrowing husband and 2 children to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held by Adam Baer and Michael Horst, from Luke 13:23 and Mark 13:37.
[*Transcriber's Note: There must be an error here since she died on the 15th.]
MARTIN - On the 7th of March, in Washington Co., Md.,
Ida May, infant daughter of Abraham and Lizzie Martin,
aged 4 months and 9 days. Buried on the 10th at Reiff's Meeting-house,
where services were held by Adam Baer and Josiah Brewer from Mark
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose"
Unbroken by the last of foes."
ROTH - On the 25th of Feb., in Page Co., Iowa, Mary Roth, in her 76th year. At her request, the corpse was taken to Henry Co., Iowa, where she was buried on the 27th in the Mennonite burying-ground by the side of her husband. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. Funeral services were held by S. Gerig and S. T. Miller.
HEADINGS - On the 4th of March, near New Wilmington, Lawrence Co., Pa., of catarrha fever, John, son of Jacob and Mary Headings, aged 11 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 16th. Services were conducted by John R. Zook from Peter 1:24 and Rev. 20:11-15.
WEAVER - On the 11th of March, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Henrietta, wife of Christian Weaver, aged 64 years, 8 months and 1 day. She died very suddenly, while sitting in a chair, shortly after rising in the morning. She leaves a husband, two daughters and three sons. Services were held at Weaverland, by ------- Gerhard and Benjamin Horning. More than one thousand people attended the funeral.
BRUBACHER - On the 12th of March, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Deacon John W. Brubacher, formerly of Pennsylvania, aged 82 years, 3 months and 3 days. About eight months before his death he was rendered helpless by a stroke of paralysis, and in this condition he remained until death released him from affliction, and we trust translated to eternal joys. He was a consistent and active member of Mennonite Church. He was buried on the 14th at the Conestogo Meeting-house. Services were held from Phil. 1:21. Many friends were present.
WEBER - On the 13th of March, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., of the infirmities of old age, Nancy, widow of Daniel Weber, aged 83 years, 9 months and 15 days. She leaves two sons, fifteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Sister Weber was weary of life and had waited long for her end, when she might go home. Her remains were buried on the 15th, at Martin's Meeting-house, where many friends and relatives were assembled. Services were held from Matt: 11:28, 29 and Rev. 12:13, 14.
WEIDMAN - On the 24th of Feb., in West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Jacob Weidman, aged 34 years, 4 months and 24 days. She leaves two daughters to mourn the death of a loving mother. She was a member of the Lutheran Church for many years. Services by ------- Umbenhen from Phil. 1:23, 24.
WEAVER - On the 6th of March, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Bertha May, infant daughter of David G., and Mary A. Weaver, aged 12 days. Services by Jonas Martin and John Zimmerman.
HORST - On the 9th of March, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Horst, aged 81 years, 2 months and 9 days. He leaves a widow, eight children, forty-eight grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren.
MUSSER - On the 11th of March, in the house of Jacob Horst, whose death notice appears above, Mattie Musser, aged 84 years and 12 days. Both funerals were held on Friday, the 12th of March. In the forenoon Bro. Horst was buried in Zimmerman's graveyard, and in the afternoon the remains of Sister Musser were taken to the Bowmanville cemetery, and there buried. Services were held by Jonas Martin, Horning, Zimmerman, Stauffer and Wenger. Horst was a brother-in-law of Sister Musser.
MILLER - On the 20th of March, in Johnson Co., Iowa, Eliza, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Miller, aged 18 years and 10 months. She was buried on the 22d. Services were held by J. F. Schwarzentruber and C. J. Miller. Deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Church, and during her sickness exhorted her friends to prepare themselves for death by conversion and a christian* life. May her exhortations not be in vain.
[*Transcriber's Note: "christian" was not capitalized in the original.]
GROSS - On the 15th of March, in New Britain Twp., Bucks county, Pa., of scarlet fever and diphtheria, Willie, son of Joseph L. and Margaret Gross, aged 10 years and 17 days. He was buried on the 18th at the Doylestown burying-ground, where services were held at the house by John Gross and Samuel Godshalk and Isaac Rickert at the church from John 14:4.
Farewell, dear Willie, how we miss thee
Since thy form we see no more,
But we know thou art rejoicing
Over on the other shore.
Farewell, dear parents, weep no more,
I am not dead, but gone before;
Brothers and sisters, fare you well.
Prepare your souls with Christ to dwell.
Transcribed by David W. Mann, Arizona
KEIM - On the 18th of Feb., in Elk Lick Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy, Christiana, widow of Jacob Keim, aged 83 years, 9 months and 25 days. She was born in this same county, and married Jacob Keim when nineteen years of age. Her husband died in 1879. She was buried at the Mennonite Church on the 20th. She was highly respected in the community in which she lived. Services were held by Joel Kenegy and Lewis Peck. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 55 years. She belonged to the small flock of the Elk Lick Church, where they had no minister nearer than forty miles for a period of forty years. She saw the church grow from 21 to 100 members. She was always a regular attendant at church when the weather permitted. She had many trials and afflictions to pass through, and died in full hope of eternal life. A few weeks before she died she lamented to the writer, the coldness and weakness of some members with the remark: "I am a member of the church for fifty-five years; I never had any difficulty with the church, and was never prevented, and never felt unworthy when the time came to partake of the Lord's Supper. My prayer has always been, that the Lord may help these backsliders to be honest to their Master and continue to be workers in the Lord's vineyard." She was the mother of twelve children, one of whom is Bish. David Keim, and one of her daughters is married to Bish. Jonas Blough. We hope our loss is her eternal gain.
MILLER - On the 23d of March, in Douglas Co., Ill., Jonas, infant son of John A. and Delila J. Miller, aged 2 years, 5 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held by Daniel Shrag and D. J. Bitschey from Mark 10:13 - 16.
HOCHSTETLER - On the 3d of April, in Marshall Co., Ind., of cholera infantum, _____, infant son of Martin and Eve Hochstetler, aged 5 months and 19 days. Buried on the 4th in Burkholder's Grave-yard. Funeral services were held by J. L. Schlabach from Matt. 19:13 - 26.
GINGRICH - On the 12th of February, near Preston, Ont., Mary, widow of Michael Gingrich, aged 79 years, 3 months and 10 days. She died very suddenly and was buried on the 15th. Funeral services were held by Jacob Gingrich, Benjamin Hall and Aaron Hunsberger from 2 Cor. 5, and Phil. 1:21. She was a faithful member of the River Brethren Church.
KURTZ - On the 5th of March, in East Freedom, Blair Co., Pa., very suddenly of old age, Abraham Kurtz, aged 77 years, 3 months and 8 days. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. He was buried in the Roaring Springs grave-yard. Funeral services were held by Jacob Snyder from Rev. 14:12, 13.
SMOUSE - On the 16th of March, In Millerstown, Blair Co., Pa., _____, daughter of Fred. And Rachael Smouse, aged 5 months and 28 days. Buried on the 18th in the Mt. Pleasant Ref. Church Grave-yard. Funeral services were held by J. H. Long and J. Stoner from 2 Kings 4:26.
HENDRICK - On the 27th of Feb., in Bridgetown, Bucks
Co., Pa., Lydia, wife of Abraham A. Hendrick, aged
47 years, 3 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 4th of March
at Perkasie, where many were present.
Dear Lydia left this world of care
And went to heaven to be an heir;
Inherited that bliss and love,
And sings with angels there above.
HIGH - On the 5th of March, in Bucks Co., Pa., Rosa,
daughter of Reuben F. and Sarah High, aged 11 years, 5
months and 13 days. She was buried on the 8th at Deep Run.
Rosa dear, thou now hast left us,
We without thee lonely feel;
But tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
HIGH - On the 11th of March, at the same place, in the
same family, Fannie, aged 5 years, 9 months and 22 days.
Buried in Deep Run.
Fannie went to be with Rose,
In heav'n with Jesus to repose;
She met her on the shining shore,
And now they'll sing forevermore.
SWARTLY - On the 18th of March, in New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of John Swartly, aged 53 years, 9 months and 29 days. She was buried on the 22d at Line Lexington Meeting-house, where many friends were assembled to sympathize with the bereft ones.
MEYERS - On the 8th of March, in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Maggie and Howard, children of Mahlon and Mary Meyers, aged 7 years, 5 months and 8 days, and 3 years, 7 months and 8 days, respectively. They were buried on the 12th at Deep Run.
MEYERS - On the 11th, at the same place, in the same
family, Henry, aged 1 year, 5 months and 11 days. Also
buried at Deep Run. The first two of these children were buried
in the same grave. This is a very severe affliction. May God comfort
the deeply bereaved parents, who, although deeply grieved by the
loss of their dear little ones, have the consolation that they
have gone to dwell with their Savior.
"Farewell, father, farewell, mother -
Now we've gone to our home above;
Farewell, brothers, farewell, sisters,
We're at home where all is love.
We are sleeping calmly sleeping,
In our new made graves to-day;
You are weeping, sadly weeping,
For your loved ones gone away.
William Howard and Maggie F.
In one grave together sleeping lie,
While Henry F. beside them rests -
Called so soon, ah, so soon to die.
God will you bless and comfort give,
In holy confidence to live;
Will lead you to bright Canaan's shore,
Where parting will be known no more.
OVERHOLT - On the 15th of March, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., Rachel, wife of John Overholt, aged 30 years, 5 months and 21 days. She was buried on the 19th at the Deep Run Meeting-house.
MILLER - On the 12th of March, in Douglas Co., Ill., of consumption, Amanda, daughter of Christian and Barbara Miller, aged 19 years and 9 months. Funeral services were held by D. J. Bitschey and J. A. Miller from 1 Cor. 15.
MILLER - On the 22d of March, in Newton Co., Ind., of inflammation of the lungs, Catharine, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Miller, aged 14 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was buried on the 23d in Miller's grave-yard. She leaves a bereaved father and mother, two brothers and three sisters to mourn her early death. The same week she was at school and a corpse. Funeral services were held by Isaac Tschubb and Val. Hochstetler.
BECKER - On the 24th of Feb., in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Ella M., only daughter of John H. and Fannie Becker,
in the second year of her age.
"Though cast down, we're not forsaken,
Though afflicted, not alone;
Thou didst give and Thou hast taken"
Blessed Lord, Thy will be done."
KAUFFMAN - On the 17th of Feb., in Juniata county, Pa.,
after a lingering illness of five months, of consumption, A.
K. Kauffman, aged 53 years, 6 months and 12 days. He survived
his companion two years. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite
Church. He was interred in the Lost Creek grave-yard. Funeral
services were held by G. W. Lesher from 2 Cor. 4:17.
O many lips are saying this,
'Mid falling tears to-day;
And many hearts are aching sore,
"Our father's passed away;
We watched him failing day by day,
As they went slowly by;
But cast far from us every fear
That he must ever die.
He seemed so good, so pure, so true,
To our admiring eyes,
We never dreamed this glorious fruit
Was ripening for the skies;
And when at last the death stroke came,
So swift, so pure, so true,
The hearts that held him here so fast,
Were almost broken too.
HOOVER - On the 23d of March, Barbara Ann, wife of Amos Hoover, aged 32 years, 8 months and 6 days. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Pre. Ephraim Shellenberger, after which the remains were taken to the Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill., where services were conducted by Henry Nice and Eph. Shellenberger from Isa. 3:10, 11 and 2 Cor. 5. Her death was very sudden, being sick but a few days during which time she suffered severely, but bore her affliction with christian patience. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves a family of a husband and six children to mourn their loss. But let us hope that their loss is her eternal gain.
ZOOK - On March 17th, near James Creek, Huntingdon county, Pa., Rufus A. Zook, aged 41 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was an earnest, working member of the church of the Brethren, and died greatly lamented by his widow and many friends and neighbors. He did not seek to become rich or noted, but had a good gift - which he used often - of speaking privately to erring and unconverted ones concerning the salvation of their souls. He was instrumental in leading a goodly member "nearer to God."
HARTZLER - On the 5th of March, in Menno Twp., Mifflin county, Pa., Jacob C. Hartzler, aged 71 years, 5 months and 19 days. In his early years he made a confession of his faith in Christ as his Savior, was a quiet and peaceable member of the Amish Mennonite Church through life, and during his last days expressed a strong desire to leave this world of sin and sorrow. He passed away as one going into a pleasant sleep.
MOYER - On the 25th of March, in Montgomery county, Pa., Ervin H., son of John and Lucy Ann Moyer, aged 3 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 28th, at Franconia Meeting-house. Services by Josiah Clemmer and Henry Bower from Mark 5:39.
NISSLEY* - On the 5th of Feb., near Salunga, Lancaster county, Pa., John R., son of Samuel and Emma Nissly,* aged 5 months and 2 days. He was buried at the Landisville Meeting-house, where services were held by Henry Longenecker and John Brubacher.
[* Transcriber's Note: Surname spelled two different ways in the original.]
GOETZ - On the 24th of March, near Petersburg, Huntingdon county, Pa., Anna R., daughter of Noah and Fanny Goetz aged 3 years, 9 months and 17 days. Buried at Petersburg, where funeral services were conducted by John Landis and John K. Brubacher.
YODER - On the 21st of March, near Burr Oak, Stark county, Ind., of cancer and dropsy, Mary, wife of Solomon Yoder, and daughter of Bish. Isaac and Sarah Smucker of the Haw Patch Amish Mennonite Church, LaGrange Co., Ind., aged 45 years, 7 months and 12 days. On the 19th previous to her death she was up and around nearly all day, dividing bedding between her children and arranging matters before her final departure, after which she seemed to be at ease and rested well all night. She bore her afflictions patiently. She was a faithful christian, and often said when speaking of her affliction: "Just as the Lord will." She died in the full hope of glory, retaining consciousness almost to the very last. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, three children, an aged father and mother, one brother and three sisters to mourn their loss.
LEHMAN - Lydia (Hochstetler) Lehman was born Sept. 21st, 1846. When she was 19 years of age she was married to John R. Lehman, with whom she lived a little over twenty years. In December, 1882, they moved to Antrim county, Mich. In November, 1886, by request of her parents they moved back to LaGrange county, Ind., with the intention of living with and taking care of her aged parents, the remainder of their lives, but God willed it different, and about Nov. 1st 1885, she was taken with consumption, of which she died March 5th, 1886, aged 39 years, 5 months and 13 days. She was the mother of eight children, four of whom remain with the father to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. In her death the Mennonite Church loses a faithful member, the husband a dutiful wife, and the neighborhood one that was loved and respected by all; but we have the confidence that all this loss is her eternal gain. In her affliction, which she bore with christian fortitude, the writer frequently visited her, and her desire was to be fed the bread of life, and it seemed that the family was all the earthly care that she had, but a few hours before her death she called them all to her bedside and bade them good-by, and once more kindly and earnestly admonished them to meet her in heaven, and expressed a desire to go where parting is unknown. She remained conscious to the last and passed away quietly, in the confidence of meeting a loving Savior. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her to her last resting place on the 7th.
STERNBERG - On the 4th of April, at the residence of his step father, Benjamin Moyer, Elkhart county, Ind., of inflammation of the lungs and bowels, Benjamin Franklin, son of Jacob (deceased) and Mahala Sternberg, aged 10 years, 6 months and 22 days. He was buried on the 6th at Shaum's burying-ground, where services were held by Henry Shaum, Alex Miller and John F. Funk from Matt. 2:18. Little "Benny" was a bright and intelligent boy, beloved and respected by all who knew him. When his mother asked him if he would like to die, he said, "I don't feel ready to die yet. Oh, I hate to leave this beautiful world, but oh! I'll try and be so happy up there with the angels. Pa' and ma', good-by, good-by, Frank, Sister Cora, good-by, good-by!" May God comfort the sorrowing mother, and also her companion and their remaining children, and enable them to find comfort in Jesus, who is a very present help in the hour of need.
HULL - On the 29th of March, near Mt. Holley Springs, Cumberland county, Pa., of apoplexy, Levi Hull, aged 72 years, 2 months and 21 days. He was buried on the 1st of April, at Stone Mennonite Church.
HERTZLER - On the 9th of March, near Churchtown, Cumberland county, Va., very suddenly, Sister Mary, daughter of Bro. Abm. Hertzler, aged about 35 years. She assisted at washing that day. In the evening she complained of feeling unwell, but retired as usual. Her mother asked her some time after if she felt better. She replied that she did. About midnight her mother heard a peculiar breathing. She arose and called the rest of the family, and in a few minutes death came. It was a severe stroke on her aged parents, whose staff she was in their declining years; but they mourn not as those who have no hope. She made a profession of Christ years ago and united with the Mennonite Church, and was a shining light. She was buried on the 12th in the Churchtown grave-yard, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives.
KAUFFMAN - On the 12th of March, near E. Petersburg, Lancaster county, Pa., Mary, wife of Bro. Christian Kauffman, aged 65 years, 11 months and 23 days. She was buried on the 15th at the E. Petersburg Meeting-house. Funeral services were held from Matt. 12:48.
BINKLEY - On the 24th of March, at Pike Valley Mill, suddenly, William Binkley, aged 53 years, 11 months and 15 days. He was buried on the 27th at the Landisville Mennonite Church. Services were held from Matt. 24:44.
GOCHNAUER - On the 27th of March, in E. Petersburg, Lancaster county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Henry Gochnauer, aged 81 years, 6 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 30th at the E. Petersburg Mennonite Meeting-house. Services were held from 2 Cor. 4:18 and 5:1.
HOFFMAN - On the 19th of March, in Drumore Twp., Lancaster county, Pa., Levi son of Henry Hoffman, aged 35 years and 24 days. He was buried on the 23d in the family grave-yard, near Landisville. Services were held from Ps. 35:4, 5.
GEHMAN - On the 30th of March, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks county, Pa., Charles, son of Daniel and Mary Gehman, aged 2 years 10 months and 9 days; and March 31st, Lizzie, daughter of Daniel and Mary Gehman, aged 4 years, 10 months and 15 days; and also April 1st, Mary, wife of Daniel Gehman, and daughter of Charles Bryan, aged 31 years, 8 months and 26 days. May the good Lord comfort the deeply bereaved husband and father in his severe affliction.
MILLER - On the 15th of March, near Mechanics Grove,
Pa., of scrofula, Sister Ida R., daughter of Amos B. and
Esther H. Miller, aged 16 years, 2 months and 14 days.
She was patient in suffering and died happy. Funeral services
were held by Isaac Eby, Elias Groff and Abram Brubacher from John
"A precious one has from us gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our homes
Which never can be filled."
MILLER - On the 4th of April, in Van Buren Twp., LaGrange county, Ind., Barbara, wife of Pre. Daniel J. Miller, aged 48 years, 5 months and 1 day. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church and leaves a husband, eleven children and nine grandchildren. She was buried on the 6th at the Pennsylvania School-house. Funeral services were held from Rev. 21:1 - 8 and Phil. 1:20 - 25.
TROYER - On the 18th of March, in Newbury Twp., LaGrange county, Ind., Elizabeth, wife of Jeremiah Troyer, aged 19 years, 9 months and 27 days. She leaves an infant, a sorrowing husband and many friends to mourn her departure. Before her death, she yet expressed a hope of glory. She was buried on the 20th in Borntreger's grave-yard. Services were held from 1 Cor. 1:1 - 11 and John 5:19 - 47.
Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona