Herald of Truth Obituaries - December, 1889

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 23, December 1, 1889, page 364, 365

FATAL ACCIDENT AT A RAILWAY CROSSING
On the 16th of November, 1889, Julius Prine was instantly killed in Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, by a train. The lad was employed by Bro. Simon Good, and on the morning of the accident Bro. Good sent him with a team and wagon to Elida, for a load of saw-dust. Just as the team was crossing the P. Ft. W. & C. R. R. tracks, the passenger train from the west came along and struck the team and wagon, throwing the lad and wagon on one side and the team on the other. The lad and both horses were instantly killed and the wagon demolished. Thus the lad who had reached the age of 15 years and 11 days, was ushered into eternity without a moment's warning. May it serve as a warning to all, not only to be careful in crossing a railway track, but to be at all times prepared for death. The burial occurred on the 17th, at the Pike church. Services by C. B. and M. Brenneman from Mark 13:35-37.

A SAD ACCIDENT
Jerry
, the only child, of Nancy A. King, widow of Christian King, died on the 16th of November, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., aged 17 years, 3 months and 27 days. The circumstances connected with this death are very sad. The mother with her son Jerry and his grandmother Elizabeth Detweiler, widow of Jonathan Detweiler, live in Champaign Co., Ohio. Mrs. King and her son came to Mifflin Co., Pa., on the 6th of September on a visit to their friends, and the time set for their return home was near at hand, but Jerry, having a desire to hunt wild turkeys, he, with Samuel Detweiler, started on the morning of the 17th of October for the mountain in search of game. A Mr. Yoder, of Juniata Co., Pa., and Prentiss Beck were also hunting on the same ground, neither party knowing anything of the other. Beck had a heavy charge of large buck-shot in his gun, and seeing something which he took to be a turkey, he shot. One ball took effect in Jerry King's shoulder. He called to S. Detweiler that he was shot, and when Detweiler came to him, he was resting his head on his hand. He asked him where he was hit, and he pointed to his shoulder and fainted away. By this time Yoder and Beck came up too. Beck had done the shooting and said he had taken him for a turkey. A postmortem examination revealed the fact that the shot had entered King's right shoulder below the blade, cutting an artery, then passing through the ribs into the body, through one lung and lodging on the centre of the backbone. He was carried off the mountain on a door to the nearest house, then on a bed to the house of Mrs. Samuel Y. Plank, his mother's sister, where everything that care and skill could supply were cheerfully given, his mother being at his bedside all the time, and the doctor using all the skill possible. For one month he suffered very much, without a murmur or complaint, seemingly fully resigned to the Lord's will, and then peacefully passed away. He was a bright youth and will be greatly missed in the home of his mother and aged grandmother. He was taken to his mother's home in Champaign Co., Ohio, and buried in the Amish graveyard. We feel to deeply sympathize with the bereaved mother and grandmother, and with them would comfort our hearts in the language of the poet.

"Dearest Jerry, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us.
He can all our sorrows heal."
DAVID DETWEILER

OBITUARY. - On the 1st day of June, 1889, near Cowan's Station, Rockingham Co., Virginia, of the infirmities of old age, Pre. Daniel Showalter, age 87 years, 4 months and 28 days. Buried on the 3d in the Trissel church graveyard, followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services were conducted by the Brethren Samuel Coffman and Samuel Shank from Ps. 90. There were born unto him eight children; four sons and four daughters. His companion, two sons and two daughters have preceded him to the eternal world, leaving four surviving children. His grandchildren number fifty-two living, and eleven dead, great-grandchildren, one hundred and five living and seven dead; one hundred and eighty-three descendants in all. Bro. Showalter was a zealous Christian, and an active laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. He was a man of forethought and sound in mind, and feared not to declare the whole counsel of God; a man of great meekness, lowliness and humility in all its forms; this he taught by precept and example, thus giving us a bright pattern of non-conformity to the world, and of self-denial, as the Savior has said: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and follow me." The gospel appears to have been his meat and his drink, and in which he labored between fifty-five and sixty years; always early to church and ready for duty, often first at the place of worship, not only in fair weather, but rain or snow, heat or cold; ever advocating the true principles and doctrine of the Mennonite church. His seat in time of service was seldom vacant. May we never forget the earnest appeals and labors of our departed father and brother in the faith, and thank the Lord for his kind admonitions and words of comfort in the pilgrimage of life. ABRAHAM SHANK

BERNHARD. - On the 11th of August, near Shad Furnace, Cambria Co., Pa., wife of George Bernhard, aged 75 years, 7 months and 17 days. Buried in the family graveyard on the 12th. Services by Samuel Gindlesperger from 2 Cor. 8:1. A large congregation assembled on the solemn occasion.

METZLER. - Walter Ray Metzler was born October 19th, 1887 and died November 17th, 1889, aged two years and twenty-eight days. "We loved him much, no tongue can tell, How much we loved him, and how well; God loved him too, and thought it best To take him home with him to rest.

He is sleeping, calmly sleeping
In the new-made grave to-day;
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our Walter's gone away.

SHELLENBERGER. - On the 8th of November, in Ness Co., Kansas of consumption, Rhoda Ellen, daughter of E. M. and R. J. Shellenberger aged 16 years, 10 months and 4 days. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services by J. Stutzman. Text Rev. 22:12. "Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

STAUFFER. - November 9th, in Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa., J. Hiestand Stauffer, aged 28 years, 11 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text 2Rev. 3:2. Buried at Landisville Meeting House. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family. A loud and solemn warning.

DETWEILER. - October 1st, near Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., Pre. Christian F. Detweiler, aged 44 years, 5 months and 3 days. Funeral services on Oct., 3d were conducted by preachers Myers, and Rearich. Text, 1 Pet. 7:3. Pre. Detweiler was an earnest and faithful laborer in the cause of Christ, in the Dunkard denomination, proving his faith by his works. He told his wife a short time before he died that it would soon be all over, that he was fully resigned to the will of the Lord. His place in the church was never vacant as long as health would permit him to be present. He was loved by all who knew him. He was born in Brady Twp., Huntingdon Co., Pa., and was buried in the Wertz family graveyard near Johnstown, Pa.

KAUFFMAN. - October 22nd, near Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Henry L. Kauffman, aged 58 years, 4 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 25th, Text: Isaiah 38:1. Buried at Landisville Meeting House.

WISSLER. - October 30th, in Warwick, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Diphtheria, Susan Barbara, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob B. Wissler, aged 8 years, 1 month and 24 days. Funeral on Nov. 2d. Text: Rom. 8:17. Buried at Hammer Creek Meeting House. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.

HEISEY. - November 8th, near Manheim Lancaster Co., Pa., Salina H, wife of Henry Heisey, aged 34 years, 2 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Matt. 25:13. Buried at Hernley's Meeting house. A sorrowing husband and five children followed her remains to the grave. A large Congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.

KAUFFMAN. - On the 20th of September, in Logan Co., Ohio, of consumption, Ida B., daughter of J. D. Kauffman, aged 14 years, 2 months and 9 days. Funeral at South Union on the 22 where a large number assembled. Services by C. K. Yoder in German and Abednego Miller in English from I Pet. 1:24, 25.

BECHTEL. - On the 5th of June, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Pre. John B. Bechtel, aged 82 years, 2 months and 27 days. He was buried on the 19th at the Herford Mennonite Meeting-house, where he had been a preacher in the Old Mennonite Church for over forty years. Peace to his ashes.

HEMBLING. - On the 16th of November, in Kent Co., Mich., of consumption, Jeremiah Hembling, aged 69 years, 2 months and 1 day. He longed for the hour of his departure, that he might be with the Lord. Services by C. Wenger and S. Sherk.

HERSHBERGER. - On the 14th of November, near Nappanee, Ind., of cancer, Catharine Hershberger, aged 42 years, 9 months and 28 days. She was a member of the old Amish Mennonite church, and was buried on the 15th. Funeral services by Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach from 1 Cor. 15.

MAST. - On the 28th of September, in LaGrange Co., Ind., Mary, wife of Joseph Mast, aged 75 years, 1 month and 26 days. She was a faithful member of the Old Amish Church, and lived about 54 years in matrimony. Funeral services by Manassah J. Borntreger of Indiana and David S. Miller of Holmes Co., Ohio.

MOSIMAN. - On the 17th of November, near Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Barbara Mosiman, (maiden name Schmidt) aged 78 years, 1 month and 1 day. Buried on the 18th in Imhoff's graveyard. She leaves five children, three sons and two daughters, 39 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many friends who followed her to her last resting place. Services in the church by Joseph Stuckey from Ps. 39:5,6 and by Peter Schantz at the grave.

SAUDER. - On the 23d of September, near Gap, Lancaster Co., Pa., of Typhoid fever of three weeks, Lida Ann, daughter of Peter and _____ Sauder, aged 22 years, 7 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 25th. She is very much missed by her parents, brothers and sisters, but we hope what is their loss is her everlasting gain.

"Dearest Lida, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel:
But 'tis God that hath bereft us.
He can all our sorrows heal."

STECKLEY. - on the 8th of November, in the vicinity of Black Creek, wife of Daniel Steckley, of Whitechurch Twp., York Co., Ontario, aged 62 years, 3 months and 17 days. She had gone to visit her children at the first named place and also for her health, but while there she had a severe attack of stomach disorder which soon terminated fatally. Her remains were taken to her home and interred in Heisey's graveyard. Funeral services by Henry Heisey and Frederick Elliott.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter , Michigan

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVI, Number 24, December 15, 1889, page 380, 381

A SAD OCCURRENCE. - On Saturday, the 5th of October, a party of relatives (formerly from Cass county, Mo.,) consisting of J. G. Plank, wife and two children, J. H. Glass, wife and child, and T. M. and D. H. Glass (both young men) started from their homes east of Mt. Tabor in a two-horse wagon, for a pleasure trip to Eagle Creek, Oregon. When near the Union M. E. church, some fourteen miles from Portland, T. M. Glass having been out of the wagon to procure feed for the horses, climbed in again and was buckling about his waist a belt that held a large Colt's revolver, when the revolver slipped out of the scabbard, struck on the seat, and was discharged, the ball passing directly through the head of his nephew, little Earnest Plank, a bright boy about 8 years of age. The lad fell lifeless into the arms of his uncle, D. H. Glass, who was sitting by his side. The party, overwhelmed with grief, returned the same afternoon as far as the home of a Mr. Porter, just east of Mt. Tabor, at which place the funeral was held next day. Little Earnest was the only son of Mr. Plank. He was a promising, diligent, affectionate little boy, and his sudden death was a very severe shock to the parents, and the young man, T. M. Glass, was almost wild with grief.
Should not this sad occurremce* be another warning to many young friends who still find pleasure in carrying these dangerous weapons. It is sorrowful to say that so many Christian professors are violating the law and making themselves liable to many destructible deeds by carrying these offensive weapons. Let us take heed of what we are trifling with and abstain from such evils.

BROSSMAN. - On October 24th, in Brecknock township, Lancaster county, Pa., Hannah Brossman, widow of the late John Brossman, aged 85 years and 22 days. She died with a living hope of everlasting life. She left two sons and one daughter, Rudy and William Brossman, living near Bowmansbille, and Mrs. Jesse Hiltenbaetl, of Reading. Interment at the Center graveyard, where the funeral services were conducted by B. G. Welder.

WINTERS. - On Nov. 7th, in Goodville, Lancaster county, Pa., Isaac D. Winters M. D. aged 60 years, 11 months and 15 days. The doctor was in ill health for a long time, but was not confined to his bed until a few weeks before he died. He accepted Christ about one year before he died, and during his last illness he often spoke of the important and happy step which he had taken when he gave himself to Christ. His long practice of forty years made him widely known, and he was loved by all who knew him. His funeral was held on November 11th at the Weaverland Mennonite meeting-house, where Bish. Jonas Martin and John Zimmerman, of the Mennonite church, and B. G. Welder, of the Lutheran church, spoke words appropriate to the occasion. He leaves a widow and two sons, Barton N. and John L. Winters.

REICH. - On Nov. 20th, in Earl Township, Lancaster county, Pa., of dropsy, Mattie, wife of Valentine Reich, aged 51 years, 7 months and 11 days She was a sufferer for two years, yet she died unexpectedly. She leaves besides a mourning husband, two young daughters, and her aged parents. Her father is Bishop Samuel Weber, of the Mennonite church, near Hinkletown. Her burial took place at the Pike church in Earl township.

MUMMA. - November 17th, in Newtown, Lancaster county, Pa. Bro. Jacob Mumma, aged 88 years, 9 months and 2 day, Funeral on the 19th. Text, Amos 4:12. Buried in the Newtown cemetery.

ROHRER. - November 24th, near Sporting Hill, Lancaster county, Pa., of inflammation of the bowels, Christian K. Rohrer, aged 57 years. Funeral on the 27th. Text, Mark 13:33-37. Buried at Erisman's meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family.

GRIEDER. - November 27th, near Salungo, Lancaster county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Christian Grieder (father of Pre. John M. Grieder of Ohio, and also of Mrs. C. K. Rohrer), aged 90 years and 19 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Psalm 31:5. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to show their respect for the beloved brother.

STOLTZFUS. - August 20th, in Lancaster county, Pa., Simeon Stoltzfus, aged 42 years, 4 months and 13 days. He was buried the 23d in the family graveyard. Funeral services by David Beiler and David Stoltzlus.* A large concourse of people assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased brother. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their loss, which we hope is his eternal gain.

WEAVER. - November 19th, 1889, near Nappanee, Ind., died of consumption, David Weaver, aged 26 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was a beloved husband, and brother in the Amish Mennonite church. He helped with the evening's work and after supper complained of not feeling so well as usual; he retired to bed and about 10 o,clock commenced bleeding at the lungs. A physician was called and relieved him. The next morning about 5 o,clock he commenced bleeding again and his spirit passed away, in a few minutes, to God who gave it. It is a hard stroke upon his companion, as it was just six weeks since they buried their infant child. May the loving Savior draw her nearer to his sympathizing heart, for he has said, "Come unto to Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Funeral services by Jonathan Smucker and Jacob Bleilie in German, and in English by Jas. H. McGowen.

NISSLY. - September 21st, in Mt. Joy Township, Lancaster county, Pa., Freddie G., son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos W. Nissly, aged 11 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 24th. Text, Rev. 3:20. Buried at Risser's meeting-house.

NISSLY. - Oct. 2d, in Salungo, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Christian E. Nissly, aged 70 years, 9 months and 7 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text, Phil. 1:23. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family. May the Lord comfort them.

GOOD. - October 4th, near Strickler's meeting-house, of heart disease, Jacob Good, aged 67 years, 5 months and 1 day. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Matt. 14:44. Buried in the Mount Joy cemetery. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the family in their sudden bereavement.

HERR. - October 5th, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, of pulmonary consumption, Mrs. Leah K. Herr, aged 53 years, 10 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held at Grand Rapids on Sunday the 6th; from thence her remains were sent to Landisville, Lancaster County, Pa. Funeral services were again held at Landisville on the 8th. Text, Heb. 9:27. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. A goodly number of friends assembled on the solemn occasion. A husband and one child survive her.

KORNHAUS. - On the 29th of November, near Sterling, Ill., of general debility, Bro. Joseph - better known in his vicinity as grandfather - Kornhaus at an advanced age. Bro. Kornhaus was twice married, his second wife also preceding him, as did all of his children. He leaves 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. His whole desire was to work out his soul's salvation, and he left the evidence by which we believe that he is now at rest with Jesus. He was buried at the Mennonite meeting-house near Sterling. Services by J. L. Reisner in English, and Henry Nice in German from John 15:26, which text Bro. Kornhaus selected before his death.

MOSER. - On the 15th of November, near Dalton, Wayne county, Ohio, of general debility, Sister Barbara Moser, aged 87 years, 2 months and 15 days. She was buried on the 17th in the Sonnerberg graveyard, followed by a large concourse of friends. Funeral services by Chr. Sommer and Jacob Nusbaum, the latter from 2 Cor. 5:1-11. She leaves 7 children and many relatives and friends who mourn, it is true, but not as those who have no hope. She was for many years confined to her chair, in which she passed her time, earnestly longing for the hour of her departure. Her husband died 19 years ago. She led a quiet, peaceful Christian life and she will long be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

GUENGERICH. - On the 23d of September, 1889, near Amish, Johnson county, Iowa, of heart troubles and general bodily infirmities, Bro. Daniel P. Guengerich, aged 76 years, 1 month and 25 days. At times he suffered great pain. He was buried on the 5th in the church burying-ground, followed to his last resting place by a vast concourse of relatives and friends. Services were held by Peter Y. Brenneman and Bish. William K. Miller. Bro. Guengerich was a faithful member of the old Amish church. He was more or less acquainted with all the Amish churches in the United States and Canada. He was born in Germany. In 1833 he came with his mother and step-father, Jacob Schwartzendruber, to America and settled in Somerset county, Pa., was married in 1835 to Susanna Miller, daughter of Bish. Benedict Miller, after which he moved to Fairfield county, Ohio. In 1846 he moved from there with another family to Iowa Territory, settling in Johnson county. The first six or eight years they had many of the hardships incident to frontier life. The first meeting was held in his house, 14x16 feet in size, by Bish. Joseph Goldschmidt of Lee county, Iowa, who was there on a visit. Six members were present. In 1857 his step-father, Jacob Schwartzendruder* came with his family and settled in Johnson county. In the same year the church was organized, and since that time services have been held regularly. Bish. J. Schwartzendruber labored faithfully in the church until death called him home, and by the blessing of God the church grew and prospered until before Bro. Guengerich's death four large congregations are to be found in Johnson and adjoining counties. He leaves five children, three sons and two daughters, about thirty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, to mourn their loss, but not as those who mourn without hope.

BAER. - On the 28th of August, in Michigan, Barbara Wismer, wife of David Baer, aged 72 years, 10 months and 3 days. She was brought over to Wilmot township, Waterloo county, and buried at Latschaw's meeting-house on the 30th, followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Noah Stauffer.

REIST. - On the 18th of August, near Breslau, Waterloo county, Ontario, David Reist. He was buried on the 19th on which occasion many friends and relatives assembled. He leaves a young widow and one infant child to mourn his early death. Funeral service by Daniel Wismer and Noah Stauffer.

KOCH. - On the 15th of September, in Woolwich township, Waterloo county, Ontario, Pre. Ludwig Koch, aged 88 years, 1 month and 26 days. He was buried on the 18th at the Conestoga meeting-house. Services by A. Martin at the house and by Joseph Guengerich and Noah Stauffer at the church. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors. Bro. Koch was called to the ministry in 1845, filling his calling up to a short time before his death. He was joined in matrimony to Barbara Reist in 1824, and lived in matrimony 65 years. His widow and five children survive him to mourn their loss, but with the assurance that death was to him eternal gain.

WOOLNER. - On the 8th of September, in Waterloo township, Waterloo county, Ontarion, Luana, infant daughter of John and Hannah Woolner, aged 2 months and 17 days. Buried on the 10th. Funeral services by Elias Weber and Noah Stauffer.

SHANTZ. - On the 18th of September, near Berlin, Ontario, Bro. Eli Shantz, aged 72 years, 7 months and 26 days. He was buried on the 21st at Eby's church, Berlin. Many relatives and friends attended the burial. Bro. Shantz leaves his widow and seven children to mourn their loss, but they believe that he is now forever at rest. Funeral services by Samuel Bowman at the house and by Noah Stauffer, Daniel Wismer and Joseph Gingerich at the church.

KREHBIEL. - On the evening of the 8th of November, in Normal, McLean county, Ill., of cancerous troubles, of which she suffered almost two years; Barbara Krehbiel, maiden name Rediger, aged almost 64 years. In all her sufferings, which were at times very painful, she bore up with Christian fortitude, longing daily for her departure. Her husband preceded her last spring. Her remains were taken to Woodford county and interred in the ElPaso graveyard. A large number of friend assembeld to pay their last tribute of respect to a loved friend. Appropriate remarks were made at the grave by John P. Schmidt in the German language, and by an unknown minister in the English language. The departed sister was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and we hope and believe she is now in the sweet rest above. She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.

NEUHAUSER. - On the 9th of December, in Tazewell county, Illinois, of consumption, wife of Christian Neuhauser, aged 39 years, 8 months and 16 days. She felt her end approaching, and she longed for her departure and be with Christ, for she had suffered long and was weary of life, but she was much concerned for the welfare of her husband and three little children. Funeral services by Daniel Roth in German, and Pre. Sauber in English from Heb. 4.

AUKER. - On the 28th of November, in Foutz Valley, Perry Co., Pa. very suddenly, Henry Auker, aged 30 years, 5 months and 9 days. On the day stated he was in the woods with another man,and a little while before evening he told his workman that he would go home and attend to the evening's work, which he did and then went into the house between 5 and 6 o,clock, and washed himself, and was speaking to the family, when in the act of sitting down, and without any previous signs of sickness, the family noticed him sinking down, and in a few moments the spirit had fled. He was buried on the 1st of December in the family graveyard. The funeral was attended by an immense concourse of people who came to pay the last loving tribute to one whom they esteemed. He resided with the parents, and lived so that he won the good will of all who knew him. His sudden death again proves the old saying that in the midst of life we are in death, and is a loud call to the young, We feel to sympathize with the bereaved family. Funeral services by Bish. Jacob and William Graybill and Elias Landis from Matt. 24:44.

* Transcriber's note: as printed by the Herald of Truth

Transcibed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


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