CORRECTION.--In the obituary notice of Pre. Abram Ebersole, of Sterling, Ill., in our last issue, the name of Bro., John Nice should have been added, he having assisted in the funeral services.
STUTZMAN.--On the 17th f February, 1892, near Sharon Center, Iowa, of the infirmities of old age, Iost Stutzman. He suffered for quite a while, but bore his affliction patiently. Buried on the 19th. Funeral services by C. J. Miller and F. Schwartzentruber. Many relatives and friends followed the remains to the grave.
ALBRECHT.--On the 16th of February, 1892, in Livingston Co., Ill., of kidney trouble, Bro. August Albrecht, aged 30 years and 8 months.
SUMMER.--On the same day, in the same county, a few hours later, of consumption, Bro. Christian Summer, aged 61 years, 8 months and 5 days. Both corpses were laid to rest in the Waldo graveyard on the 18th, followed by a large assembly of relatives and friends. Funeral services by Stephen Staehly, Christian King and others, from John 4:9, 10. Both brethren were members of the Old Amish Church. They had both suffered a good deal and were ready to depart and be with Christ. Bro. Albrecht leaves a deeply bereaved wife and one child, parents, five brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. Bro. Summer leaves a son and two daughters, besides a number of grandchildren.
HILDEBRAND.--On the 11th of February, 1892, in Rockingham Co., Va., Bro. John Hildebrand, aged 81 years, 1 month and 23 days. He was buried on the 12th at Weaver's church. Funeral services by John Geil and Henry Wenger. The deceased had been afflicted with cancer for several years, from which he suffered considerably at times, but died of blood poison. He was unassuming, faithful member of the Mennonite church from his youth. He leaves a daughter and five grandchildren to mourn his departure.
PETERSHEIM.--On the 10th of February, 1892 near Kalona, Iowa, Sarah, wife of John Petersheim, aged 65 years, 1 month and 1 day. The deceased sister suffered considerably from jaundice. She fell calmly asleep in Jesus. Funeral services by J. Plank and C. J. Miller from Rev. 21.
BEACHY.--On the 28th of January, 1892, at Aurora, Preston Co., W. Va., of heart failure, supe induced by the grippe, Elizabeth Beachy (maiden name Yoder), aged 66 years, 3 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 31st. Services by Christian Beachy and Bish. Joel Miller, of Grantsville, Md., from Rev. 14:13. She leaves a husband, our aged bishop, Daniel Beachy, and ten children to mourn her departure.
HERSHEY.--Near McKnightstown, Pa., Jan. 26th, 1892, departed this life very suddenly of heart disease, Bro. Joseph Hershey, aged 67 years, 7 months and 11 days. Bro. Hershey and his youngest son were on their way taking a load of wood of Gettysburg, Pa. Bro. H. was walking back to the wagon, and when they were not far on the way, near his oldest son's residence, Bro. H. gave a cry of pain and fell. This attracted the driver's attention and he went hastily back and lifted him up; but life had fled. We have three warnings of "I come quickly" in Rev. 22:7, 12, 20. His companion preceded him to the spirit world over seven years ago. He left three sons, two daughters, one sister, and many friends to mourn his departure. Their loss is his eternal gain. He was a loving, consistent member of the Mennonite church at Mummasburg, and was buried there on the 29th. Pre. Martin Whisler preached the funeral sermon from Heb. 9:27, 28.
There is a glorious world on high,
Resplendent with eternal day;
Faith views the blissful prospect nigh,
While God's own word reveals the way.
On wings of faith and strong desire,
Oh, may our spirits daily rise;
And reach at last the shining choir,
In the bright mansions of the skies! J. F. B.
BEAR.--Feb. 13, 1892, in Mahoning County, Ohio, Elias H. Bear, aged 32 years, 9 months and 23 days. He was buried at Oberholzer's church where services were conducted by Bish. John Burkholder and Jacob Stouffer. While suffering with La Grippe for several months he became alarmed about the welfare of his soul. He sought salvation, and according to his desire was baptized some weeks before his death.
BLOOME.--On the 13th of January, 1892, of La Grippe and lung fever, Anna Velera, only child of George and Ida Bloome, aged 8 months and 23 days.
STOLTZFUS.--On the 29th of January, 1892, near Leacock, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Eli Stoltzfus, aged 72 years, 6 months and 15 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, two brothers and four sisters, seven children, twenty-five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral on Feb. 1. Services by John Zook and G. Stoltzfus.
"Jesus the name that calms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
ëTis music to the sinner's ear,
ëTis life and health and peace."
WILLOWER.--Feb. 7th, 1892, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Fannie Malinda, wife of Henry Willower, aged 64 years, 5 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 10th; text, Psa. 90:12. Buried at Hernly's meeting-house. A solemn call.
GINGRICH.--Feb. 14, 1892, near Erisman's meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Rebecca, widow of Bro. Samuel Gingrich, deceased, aged 64 years, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 17th in the forenoon at Erisman's meeting-house; text, Rev. 7:16, 17, and in the afternoon at Petersburg meeting-house; text, I Peter 4:9. Buried at Petersburg M. H. A large congregation assembled to pay a tribute of respect for the deceased. Sister Gingrich was a faithful member of the Mennonite church.
RIEHL.--On the 4th of Feb., 1892, in Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Franklin, son of Christian and Betzy Riehl, aged 13 days.
"íTis hard to part with one so dear,
And we are led to wonder why
Thou hast been called to leave us here,
Yet will we meet thee by and by."
EBY.--On the 30th of January, 1892, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of a complication of diseases, Christian Eby, aged about 65 years. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1827, and in 1849, with his parents, four brothers, and four sisters, of whom four brothers and one sister, Mrs. Catharine Hoover, are still living--came to Wayne County, Ohio, and in March, 1854, he was married to Mary Ann Schrag. Six children were born to them, four of whom, namely, Christian Eby, Jr., Elizabeth Barbara Eby, and Mrs. Mary Markel, near Wooster, and the aged companion, survive him. The deceased brother was a resident of Wayne County 43 years, and about 7 years ago united with the Mennonite church of Medina County. The funeral was held on the 1st of February. Services in the Amish church in Milton by Pre. English of the M. E. church of Smithville, and Bish. Isaac Good of the Mennonite church of Medina, from Rev. 14:13. A large concourse of friends, relatives and neighbors were present to pay respect to the memory of the departed.
KINDY.--On the 30th of December, 1891, in Altharp, Saline Co., Arkansas, Angeline, wife of Elias B. Kindy, formerly of Elkhart Co., Ind. She was married to her surviving husband Jan. 28, 1875. Eight children are the result of the union, four of whom are still living. Her life was a quiet, devoted one, and she was loved by many friends and relatives. She was a good wife and a kind and loving mother. It is hard, indeed, to bury one so dear, but God knows best. She is with the ones gone before, and they now await the coming of loved ones. A part of the family are now in heaven and a part on earth. She has gone to dwell forever in the "Better Land." Let her bereaved ones here strive to enter at the straight and narrow gate and join her in that home of the soul. A TRUE FRIEND.
WEAVER.--On the 17th of February, 1892, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Warren Deloss, son of Jacob and Kate Weaver, aged 1 year, 10 months and 21 days. He was buried on the 20th at the Yellow Creek Mennonite church, where services were conducted by John F Funk, from Matt. 18:3--5; and Noah Metzler, from Luke 2:35. May God comfort the dear parents in this sad affliction and ever help them to seek comfort in that kind heavenly Father who doeth all things well.
"Found parents, calm the heaving breast.
The Savior called him home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom.
"Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom,
That fills your throbbing heart;
ëTwas Jesus kindly bade him come,
And called him to his rest."
MCDONNELL.--On the 15th of January, 1892, near Winchester, Frederick Co., Virginia, Sister McDonnell, aged about 57 years. Buried the 17th at the Macedonia church. Services were held by the writer. CHRISTIAN BRUNK.
SNIDER.--On the 17th of January, 1892, near Shibboleth, Decatur Co., Kansas, of La Grippe and lung fever, Frederick Snider, aged 65 years less a few days. He leaves his wife and six children to mourn his departure. May our loss be his eternal gain. Funeral services by Bish. John C. Birkey, from 2 Cor. 5.
FULMER.--On the 22d of January, in Concord Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of lagrippe and the infirmities of old age, John Fulmer, aged 84 years, 8 months and 23 days. He was born in Baden, Germany, on the 29th of April, 1807, was a tailor by trade, and performed, while following his trade in Europe, many long and weary some journeys, working in the different cities, and always as he used to tell, finding friends, as he tried to do his duty and deal honestly and uprightly toward all. He finally came to America and has been for many years a resident of Elkhart county, Indiana. He was active and industrious man, attending to his affairs as long as health and strength permitted, and during his last sickness he was much concerned for the salvation of his soul, desiring the prayers of God's children and expressed his hope of salvation through Jesus Christ. He leaves a bereaved wife and a number of children to mourn their loss. He was buried on the 25th. Services by J. F. Funk and Henry Shirck of Carroll Co., Ill., from Ps. 90:10.
WHISLER.--On the 19th of January, 1892, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption of the bowels, Noah, son of Johan and Christiana Whisler, aged 21 years, 3 months and 3 days. He was a young man of exceptionally good qualities and good morals, so that he was much beloved and respected by all who knew him, He was married on Christmas eve to Amanda Musser, and thus leaves a sorrowing widow, father, brother and sister to mourn his early death, his mother having died several years ago. A short time before his death he saw himself a lost sinner before God, gave himself to Jesus, was baptized and received into fellowship with the church. He gave evidence that he had accepted Christ and fully trusted his merits and that he departed in peace and in the hope of the better life beyond. He was buried on the 22d at the Yellow Creek Meeting-house where an immense concourse of relatives and friends had met to manifest the high esteem in which he was held. It is estimated that 1200 people were present at the funeral. May his good example and earnest admonitions be long remembered and be the means of leading others also to accept Jesus. Services by J. F. Funk, Martin A. Hoover and S. W. Baer from Eccl. 12:1.
ZOOK.-- Near Wilmington, Lawrence Co., Pa., of Locomotor Ataxa, Solomon Zook. He was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 17, 1829, and died Jan. 3, 1892, aged 62 years, 10 months and 17 days. He was married to Elizabeth Kurtz and lived in matrimony 36 years and 7 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. He was the father of five children (one son and four daughters), of whom four daughters survive him. He had nine grandchildren. Bro. Zook suffered more than pen can describe the last six years, often walking from twelve to fourteen hours at one time to ease his pain. Sometimes he would fall to the floor where he would lie helpless till some one came and lifted him to his feet. His suffering was such that he could not lie down, so he had to rest on a chair. He often wished he could go home and be at rest with Christ. The last year of his life his limbs were very much swollen. He was very much concerned about the church and often admonished the minister to be faithful, that the church would not become conformed to this world, but be faithful to the teachings of Christ. He bore his suffering with great patience. On the evening of Oct. 4, 1891, he partook of the emblems of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 by Randolph Byler and J. R. Zook, from 2 Cor. 5:1-10, and Rev. 20:12-15, and 21:1-4.
STONER.--On the 16th of January, 1892, near Stonerville,
Pa., Bro. Christian Stoner, aged 80 years, 4 months and
1 day. Just one week before his death he and his youngest daughter
went to Scottsdale in a sleigh, and before reaching the public
road the sleigh upset. He said he did not hurt himself, nor felt
any worse for it. After arriving at the home of another daughter
in Scottsdale, and conversing freely for a little while he attended
to some business and then returned home, still not complaining.
He retired in the evening as usual; but commenced vomiting before
midnight. In the morning he arose, but not making any effort to
get ready for breakfast, his daughter asked him why he did not
do so, when he answered, "I do not want anything as I have
been sick nearly all the night." She urged that he should
drink some warm coffee, which he did, and then returned to his
bed. They sent for the family physician, who, after making an
examination, stated there was serious trouble. On Monday and Tuesday
he lay in a semi-conscious condition. On Wednesday morning he
appeared brighter and conversed freely during the day, but on
Thursday night he fell into a stupor and continued so until the
day of his death, when he calmly fell asleep in Jesus.
"Blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep."
He was born and lived in the home where he died. He was married to Sarah Overholt. To them were born two children, who are still living. The mother dying, he married Sara Fulkrath; to them were born five children, three of whom are still living. The mother being again called away by death, he married Margaret Fisher, with whom he lived happily for nearly 40 years. To them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, one son dying when young. There were 15 children, 50 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His last companion preceded him to the better world nearly two years. Bro. Stoner was always and honest and upright man. He united with the Mennonite church in early life and remained a consistent member to the end. He served in the capacity of deacon for the last thirty years or more. He engaged in the undertaking business about 40 years ago and continued in the same about 35 years, laying to rest nearly 1,000 persons of all ages. Buried on the 18th at Stonerville. Services conducted by Pre. Jno. N. Durr, assisted by Pre. Mickley, of the Reformed church, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But ëtis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the days of life are fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
KILMER.--On the 10th of February, 1892, at the home of his son-in-law R. J. Heatwole, in Harvey Co., Kansas of lagrippe, Michael Kilmer, aged 72 years, 8 months and 7 days. He was born in Juniata Co., Pa., and at the age of 14 he moved with his parents to Ashland Co., Ohio. In 1840 he was married to Catharine Pletcher, who died in 1852. His second wife was Sara Ritter who survives him at the ripe age of 76 years. Of his eight children six remain. He spent twenty years of his life in Elkhart Co., Ind. Twenty years ago he came to Kansas, being one of the first settlers in that part of the country where he spent the remainder of his life. The funeral, at the Pennsylvania meeting house was largely attended. Funeral services by B. F. Hamilton in English from John 11:25,26, and by Benjamin Schmidt of the Holdeman church in German from I Thess. 4:14-18 and 5:1-11.
SANDERS.--On the 3rd of February, 1892, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of lagrippe and pneumonia of which she suffered about 10 days. Susan Stauffer, widow of Daniel Sanders, aged 52 years, 10 months and 22 days. She was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, on the 12th of March 1839, moved with her father's family to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1851, was married to Daniel Sanders July 10th, 1856, was the mother of four children, three daughters and one son. Her husband died April 2d, 1877, and the son and one daughter survive her. She united with the church some twenty years ago, and lived a devoted and zealous Christian life, and because of her kindness and self-sacrificing spirit she was greatly beloved and esteemed by all who knew her. During the last twelve hours of her life she was unconscious, but for an hour before she became unconscious she talked and prayed, expressing her happiness and assurance in Jesus, and her deep concern for her brother in Kansas, and at last, when she found her strength ebbing, she said, she guessed she was now done. She will be greatly missed, both in the neighborhood and in the church, but we feel that our loss is her eternal gain. We hope to meet her where all tears shall be wiped away. She was buried on the 5th at Yellow Creek. Services by John F. Funk from 2 Cor. 5:1. A very large number of people were present to show their love and esteem for her.
CULP.--On the 7th of January 1892, in Allen Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Sister Elisabeth Culp (maiden name Good), wife of the late Pre. Christian Culp, aged 78 years, 7 months and 6 days. Buried on the 9th at the Salem church. Services by C. B. Brenneman, John Blosser and A. Shenk. She was as well as usual apparently, on Monday morning, and while in the act of washing herself, she suddenly fell to the floor unconscious. Her son Christian and wife (with whom she had been living since the death of her husband) succeeded in getting her to bed, where she remained, until Thursday at 1 oíclock she closed her eyes to open them no more in this life. Thus we have one more example of the suddenness of the coming of the Lord. May all of us be always ready. She was married to Christian Culp on the 30th day of Nov. 1837; to this union were born ten children, of whom one died in infancy. There are 59 grandchildren living, and 9 dead, 11 great-grandchildren living and two dead. Thus she leaves many to mourn her departure, but we are glad they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for grandmother Culp was a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted sister in the Mennonite church for more than 50 years.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are oíer;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can disturb thee more.
Farewell, mother, sweetly sleep
Till God shall bid thee rise;
Our tears weíll dry, we will not weep,
Weíll meet thee in the skies." S. B.
MARTIN.--On the ninth of February, 1892, in Elkhart
Co., Ind., Maria Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and -----
Martin, aged 47 years, 6 months and 27 days. She united
with the Mennonite church at the early age of 16 years, and was
a consistent member of the church and an earnest, devoted Christian
until 17 years ago, when she lost the use of her mind and continued
in this condition to the time of her death. She was buried on
the 11th at the Olive church, where services were held by John
F. Funk and Henry Shaum, from I Cor. 15:57. This funeral met,
at the church the funeral of Elizabeth Beutler, and the services
for the two funerals were held together.
*See also Beutler.
GROSS.--In Doylestown township, Bucks Co., Pa., on the 10th of February, 1892, Warren H., son of Samuel L. and Anna Gross, aged 3 years, 11 months and 3 days.
MYERS.--On the 17th of February, 1892, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Anna Elizabeth Clay, wife of William Myers, aged 23 years and 13 days. She left three children, one only nine days old. Funeral services at Wakarusa by J. J. Copeland. She was buried in the Olive burying-ground.
"Death has robbed us of our mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, darling mother,
Can we help but shed a tear?
Yes, we miss her, O, we miss her,
When we see her vacant chair;
Ah how sad the home without her,
For there is no mother there."
BEUTLER.--On the 8th of February, 1892, near Wakarusa,
Elkhart Co., Ind., Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth
Beutler, aged 56 years, 7 months and 25 days. She had been,
since the death of her mother, under the care of her sister, Mary,
wife of Bish. Daniel Brundage, and though old in years, yet in
mind she has always been a child. She was buried at the Olive
church on the 11th, where appropriate services were held by Noah
Metzler and Henry Weldy, from Job 5:8,9. This funeral met, at
the church, the funeral of Maria E. Martin, and the services for
the two funerals were held together.
*See also Martin.
JOHNS.--On the 11th of February, 1892, in Pashan, Lagrange Co., Ind., of a strange and unknown disease, Jacob H., son of Jacob J. and Malinda Johns, aged 1 year, 10 months and 23 days. On the 10th little Jacob occupied his place at the dinner table as usual, but soon after that he became ill, and from then until his death at 4 oíclock next morning he had four spasms. His mother preceded him to the spirit world about 18 months. The funeral was held in the afternoon of the 12th. Services by J. D. Miller in German from Psa. 16:6 and D. D. Miller in English from Job 1:21.
CHARLES.--Christian H. Charles was born Sept. 24, 1817; died Feb. 4, 1892. He was the youngest of a family of ten children. He leaves a sister aged 77 years, and his widow with four sons and five daughters. One child preceded him. His children are, Katie F., married to C. H. Hoffman, living near Oxford, Chester Co., Amos F., living at Rohrerstown, Annie F., married to B. G. Mellinger, living at Willow Street, Fannie F., married to B. E. Mann, living at Letort, Lancaster Co., and Ellen F. married to A. H. Kauffman, living at Millersville. Levi F., Christian F. and J. Clayton are farming his three adjoining farms in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., where he spent his life. He retired from active life one year ago, living with his wife and only unmarried daughter Emma on the farm with his youngest son J. Clayton. His wife's maiden name was Fanny Forry. They were married 45 years ago, and have been members of the Mennonite church for 33 years. His seat at Habecker's meeting-house was seldom vacant at church services. Besides his children he leaves 34 grandchildren. His funeral on the 7th was very largely attended. Funeral services by Benjamin Lehman in German from Psa. 39:4, and by John K. Brubaker in English from John 8:51. Bro. Charles was an exemplary member of the church and will be sadly missed.
HIGH.--On Jan. 13, 1892, in Covntry Twp., Chester Co., Pa., Sister Mary Ann High, daughter of Henry and Ann High, aged 61 years, 9 months and 4 days. Buried in the Coventry Mennonite cemetery. Services by Pre. Jacob Hunsberger.
YODER.--On the 25th of January, 1892, near Monitor, Kansas, of scarlet fever, Gilbert Yoder, aged 3 years, 11 months and 3 days.
YODER.-- Jan. 26, 1892, of scarlet fever, Emma Yoder, aged 2 years, 3 months and 19 days. These little one were buried on the 27th in the Union graveyard in one tomb. They were the oldest two children of Bro. Jonas D. and Sister Amanda Yoder. Services at the Amish meeting-house by S. J. Swartzentruber in German and S. Miller in English. May God comfort the sorrowing parents in their loss. S. J. S.
HUNSBERGER.--On the 10th of November, 1891, in Coventry Twp., Cherster Co., Pa., of grippe, Sister Dorothy Hunsberger, daughter of John and Eva Hunsberger, aged 90 years, 5 months and 26 days. She was an earnest member of the Mennonite church. Her remains were interred in the Coventry Mennonite cemetery. Services by Pre. Jacob Hunsberger.
HEISTAND.--On the 13th of January, 1892, near Kimberton, Chester Co., Pa., of grippe and pneumonia, Sister Catharine Heistand, aged 67 years, 5 months and 11 days. She was a faithful sister in the Mennonite church and was loved and respected by all. She leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Her remains were interred in the East Vincent Mennonite cemetery. Services were conducted at the church by Pre. John Latshaw, and at the house by Pre. Jacob Hunsberger.
MUNSHOWER.--On December 30, 1891, at Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., of grippe, William Munshower, aged 86 years, 3 months and 7 days. He leaves several children and many friends to mourn their loss. His wife preceded him to the land beyond about a year ago. His remains were interred in the East Vincent Mennonite cemetery. Services were conducted at the house by Pre. Jacob Hunsberger and at the church by Pre. John Latshaw.
HEISTAND.--On Dec. 17, 1891, at Norristown, Montgomery Co., Pa., Isaac Heistand, aged 70 years, 10 months and 21 days. Buried in East Vincent Mennonite cemetery. Services by Jacob Hunsberger.
ZOOK.--On the 12th of February, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., suddenly of heart failure, Daniel Zook, aged 64 years, 11 months and 11 days. Bro. Zook was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and his sudden death has caused a profound sensation in our community where he was much respected for his strict honesty and kind disposition. On the day of his death he was as well as usual at noon and able to attend to his chores and to cut the firewood for the family, and about an hour after eating his dinner he started out to the farthest field of his farm in pursuit of his cattle which had strayed away from the barnyard. He never came back alive. About an hour later his oldest daughter, on her way to the neighboring village across the fields, accidentally and to her great terror found him dead. He was on his knees when found with his chin resting on the fifth rail of the fence. Funeral services on the 15th by A. D. Zook and J. H. Byler.
NAFZINGER.--On the 17th of January, 1892, near Pettisville, Fulton Co., Ohio, very suddenly, Jonas Nafzinger, aged 43 years, 7 months and 7 days. He was well in the evening and next morning he was found dead in his bed chamber. He had been a sufferer from epilepsy for a number of years. Buried on the 19th in the Amish graveyard. Funeral services by D. Weyse, Chr. Stuckey and Chr. Freyenberger from Mark 17:35 and John 11:28. He was a member of the Amish church.
JOHNSON.--On the 24th of January, 1892, near Masontown, Pa., infant son of Isaac and Lizzie Johnson, aged 3 days. Buried on the 27th in the Masontown Mennonite burying grounds. Funeral services by John N. Durr.
"Another little bud has gone,
To dwell with him who gave;
Another little darling babe,
Is sheltered in the grave.
God needed one more darling child
Amidst the shining band,
And so he bent with loving smile,
And clasped our darling's hand.
The little crib is empty now,
The little clothes laid by;
A mother's hope, a father's joy,
In death's cold arms doth lie.
Go, little pilgrim, to thy home,
On yonder blissful shore,
We miss thee here, but soon shall come
Where thou hast gone before. A. F. D.
LUGIBILL.--On the 6th of February, 1892, near Leo, Allen Co., Ind., of paralysis, John Lugibill, aged 61 years and 5 months. On the 5th he did his work as usual and next morning he was found dead in his bed. Truly a loud call to all to prepare for death. Funeral services by John C. Lugibill and Elias Yoder.
MOYER.--On the 22d of January, 1892, in Bucks Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel W. Moyer, aged about 72 years. His remains were interred at the Blooming Glen meeting-house.
BECHTEL.--On the 12th of February, 1892, in Olive township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of lagrippe and pneumonia, Bro. John Bechtel, aged 67 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for 40 years, and leaves six children to mourn his death. His wife died some years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive church by Henry Shaum and John F. Funk from Matt. 25:21. May God lead the sorrowing children in the way of eternal life, that they may meet "loved ones gone before" in the home of the blest.
DENLINGER.--On February 5th, 1892, in Paradise township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John Denlinger Sr., aged 78 years, 11 months and 8 days. He was buried on the 9th in the graveyard at Hershey's church, services by Pre. John K. Ranck, David M. Hostetter and Bish. Isaac Eby; text, John 14:1--6. He was the father of 14 children, 39 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; two of his children died in their young years, the remaining 12 were all able to attend his funeral, Their mother is living yet, but was not able to go to the burying ground. Father lived to see his children all unite with the church except one, many good advices he gave them, but now as we believe, he has fallen asleep in Jesus, waiting for the trump of God to awaken him.
NAFZINGER.--On the 26th of January, 1892, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio of lagrippe, Sister Barbara Nafzinger, maiden name Rupp, aged 53 years, 10 months and 10 days. She leaves her husband and six children to mourn her death. Buried on the 29th in the Amish graveyard. Funeral services by Chr. Freyenberger and D. Weyse in German and by Chr. Stuckey in English, from Heb. 4.
MILLER.--On the 5th of February, 1892, near Shipshewana, Lagrange Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Fanny Miller, aged 85 years, 8 months and 26 days. Her maiden name was Hershberger, and she was born in Cambria Co., Pa. Her husband died eighteen years ago. Buried on the 7th in Miller's graveyard. Funeral services by Eli Miller and Jacob Weaver from 2 Tim. 4:6-9. Sister Miller had a desire to depart and be with Christ.
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WAGLER.--On the 9th of February, 1892, near Baden, Waterloo Co., Ont., Nicolas Wagler, aged 39 years, 9 months and several days. He leaves his wife and four children to mourn his early departure. He was a faithful member in the Old Amish church. He will be sadly missed in the church and at the services as he was a good singer. His remains were laid to rest on the 12th in the Stemen graveyard. Funeral services by Nicholas Nafzinger, Jacob Bender and Jacob M. Bender.
LEHMAN.--On the 22d of January, 1892, in Wellesly Twp., Waterloo Co., infant daugther of John and Magdlena Lehman, aged 3 months. Buried on the 24th in the Wellesley graveyard. Funeral services by Christian S. Zehr and Joseph Gerber.
TROYER.--On the 19th of February, 1892, near New Carlisle, Holmes Co., Ohio, Stephen Troyer, aged nearly 76 years. He was buried on the 22d of February, in the Shanesville cemetery.
"Yes, he longed to go to Jesus,
To the heavenly home above;
Where there is no pain and sickness,
And where all is peace and love.
Yes, oh yes, we sadly miss you,
And your loss we sadly mourn,
Yet we hope to meet in heaven,
When the angels call us home" NEPHEW.
BISHOP HENRY NICE.
On the 12th of February, 1892, near Morrison, Whiteside Co., Ill., Bishop Henry Nice, aged 69 years, 9 months and 25 days. He leaves a wife, 5 sons, 3 daughters and 39 grandchildren to mourn his departure. Eight grandchildren and four sisters have gone before. His children all survive him, and all attended the funeral, excepting one son, Benjamin, who lives in Akron, Ohio. One brother is still living. The dear brother suffered severely for six weeks; he endured his suffering very patiently. Salt rhenm, with which he was afflicted on his right leg over 30 years, was the cause of his sickness and death.
Bro. Nice was born and brought up in Montgomery Co., Pa. From there moved with his family to Medina Co., Ohio where they resided 15 years. From there he again moved with his family to Whiteside Co., Ill., where he has lived ever since. He was a Bishop in the Old Mennonite church for about 24 years and was a strong pillar in the church. O how many times has he with flowing tears warned the sinners! He has made himself free from the sinner's blood and is now where God shall wipe away all tears, where there is not more suffering, sickness or death. Shortly before he passed away he requested to be buried in a plain and humble way. Three of his sons have also been called to the ministry. The dear brother frequently longed to meet with them once, which wish was granted him last spring, the father and his three sons, Philip, Jonas and John being together in the pulpit in the church at this place.
A little while before he died he sang the first verse of hymn No., 199 in the German Hymn Book: "Wer weiss wie nahe mir mein Ende.,î etc., which was sung at the funeral at the house. He also requested to have a part of the 20th chapter of Acts read at his funeral, commencing at the 25th verse. He chose Bishop Emmanuel Hartman of Washington, Tazewell Co., and Pre. Christian Snavely and Pre. Joseph Shirk, both of Shannon, Carroll Co., Ill., to preach his funeral sermon. Bro. Nice was buried on the 15th. Bro. Snavely spoke in German at the house, and at the church Bro. Hartman preached in German and Bro. Shirk in English. Their text was Rev.2:latter part of the 10th verse. His remains were followed to their last earthly resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends.
The verses selected by the family to the memory of their father and husband are as follows:
"Father, thou has left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered,
ëCome and live with us at home.í
"Husband, thou art sweetly resting
On the lovely Savior's breast,
Where the wicked cease from trouble,
And the weary are at rest.
Grandpa, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are oíer;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.î
STREIGER.--On the 4 h of February, 1892, near Wellesley, Waterloo Co., Ont., wife of Daniel Streiger, aged 45 years, 7 months and 18 days. Her maiden name was Gascho. She leaves her sorrowing husband and four children to mourn her death. Our deceased sister was a member of the Old Amish church. Buried on the 6th in the Wellesley churchyard, followed to the grave by many friends. Funeral services by Christian Zehr, Christian Litwiller and Jacob M. Bender.
LEIS.--On the 25th of January, 1892, in Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., daughter of Menno and Magdalena Leis, aged 1 year, 11 months and 18 days. Buried on the 27th in the Wellesley graveyard. Funeral services by Christian S. Zehr and Christian Zehr.
LEIS.--On the 11th of February, 1892, in Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., daughter of Noah and Catharine Leis, aged 3 years, 9 months. Buried on the 13th in the Wellesley Amish graveyard. Funeral services by Jacob Wagler and Christian Zehr.
FIELDS.--On the 20th of February, 1892, in Ransom, Kansas of inflammatory rheumatism, David A., son of August and Rachel Fields, aged 11 years, 11 months and 14 days. David is the fourth one of their children to be called away in three years. He was a good boy. They have not one boy yet, younger then David. Funeral on the 21st. A goodly number of people were present to sympathize with the parents in their bereavement. Services at the School-house by E. M. Shellenberger and Pre. McBride. E. M. SHELLENBERGER
MANUAL.--February 19th, 1892, in Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Annie Manual, widow, aged 60 years, 3 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 23d; text, Phil. 1:21. Buried in the Columbia cemetery. Sister Manual was a faithful member of the Mennonite church.
KAUFFMAN.--February 22d, 1892, near Petersburg, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Clayton B., only child of Bro., and Sister Amos
K. Kauffman, aged 2 months and 11 days. Funeral on the
24th; text, 2 kings* 4:26. Buried at the Petersburg meeting-house.
*It was not capitalized.
STEINMAN.--On the 22d of February, 1892, in Livingston
Co., Ill., suddenly of throat trouble, Maria Steinman,
aged 54 years and 10 months. She was up quite late in the evening,
and spent the time reading and meditating. The children had already
retired, then she told her husband she would retire too, but was
already breathing heavily. Soon after she called him saying she
could not lie down. He hastened to her side, and in a few minutes
she expired in his arms. She had been afflicted with the grippe,
but had almost recovered. Her maiden name was Oesch. She was born
in Fo*sthof, in Bavaria, on the 25th of April 1837, was married
to Daniel Augsburger, Nov. 14, 1858, who died soon afterward.
On the 7th of September 1862, she was married to Jacob Steinman,
whom she now leaves with 9 children to mourn her sudden death,
but we rejoice that they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Sister Steinman was a faithful follower of Jesus in the Amish
church. Funeral services by Joseph Ackerman from 2 Cor. 5, and
by Daniel Orendorff, Stephen Staehly and John P. Schmitt from
1 Cor. 15. She was laid to rest on the 24th. A large number of
friends and loved ones followed the remains to the grave.
*There is a blank spot, no clue at all to what it should be.
FREDRICKS.--On the 21st of Feb, 1892, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of lagrippe, Agnes Ellen, infant daughter of Joseph and ----- Fredricks, aged 3 months and 4 days. Buried in the Ferrisville burying ground. Funeral services by H. M. Schwalm.
BRENNEMAN.--On the 8th of Feb 1892, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Christian Brenneman, aged 79 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was born Sept. 19, 1812. Buried on the 10th at the Mennonite meeting house south east of Orrville. Bro. Brenneman was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. His funeral was largely attended. Services by J. K. Yoder in German and by Pre. Beck, Orrville in English.
CROYLE.--On the 9th of Feb. 1892, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Lawrence Wesley, son of Bro. Joseph and Sister Polly Croyle, aged 5 years, 6 months and 18 days. Buried on the 10th at the Thomas Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Levi A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger from Matt. 2:18.
"Weep not for me, dear parents,
Your darling is at rest;
In heaven I hope to meet you
To dwell among the blest" L. A. B.
ROSEAMAN.--On the 8th of Feb. 1892, in Upper Yoder Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Clyde M. Roseaman, aged 1 year, 4 months and 16 days. Buried on the 10th. Services by Pre. Cook.
KAUFMAN.--On the 21st of Feb. 1892, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of measles and hemorrhages, Katie Ann, daughter of John and Elizabeth Kaufman, aged 2 years, 9 months and 8 days. Buried on the 23d Services by Samuel Zimmerman.
YODER.--Feb. 29th 1892, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of palsy, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Yoder, aged 72 years, 2 months and 28 days. She was buried at Oberholzer's on the 3d of March, where services were conducted by Michael Rohrer, John Burkholder and Peter Basinger. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her departure.
WENGER.--On the 3rd of Feb. 1892, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Priscilla Holsopple near St. Martin's Morgon Co.,
Mo., Sister Sarah, widow of Abraham Wenger, aged
68 years, 7 months and 21 days. She had been enjoying reasonable
health until about eight months ago, when a paralytic stroke brought
on an illness that caused her death. She was a faithful member
of the Mennonite church for many years, and will long be remembered
for her consistent Christian life, being ever ready to help the
needy, and never failing to use her influence in helping to build
up the church and Sunday-school. She died with the full faith
that she would be redeemed with all the saints in the world beyond,
and sorrowing children are consoled with the fact that she is
infinitely better off than she could possibly have been here.
Besides a number of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends,
she leaves six children--four sons and two daughters--all of whom
have arrived at the age of maturity, and all but two of whom have
expressed a living faith in the saving merits of her Redeemer.
Her remains were laid away in the cemetery, near Bethel church, where the funeral services were conducted by M. S. Moyer and D. D. Kauffman in German, and David Bowman in the English language.
WULL.--On the 18th of Feb. in Bucks Co., Pa., Lydia, wife of John Wull, aged 22 years, 2 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 22d at Deep Run, where a large number of people were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by Samuel Godshalk at the house and Abrahm Moyer at the meeting house from Isa. 41:10. She leaves a babe 3 weeks old. May God comfort and bless the bereaved friends.
ZIMMERMAN.--On the 23rd of Feb. 1892, in Livingston
Co., Ill., of the infirmites of age, widow Magdalena Zimmerman,
aged 82 years. She was found dead in her bed in the morning, having
retired as usual the evening before. Before midnight her daughter
had gone to her room, and found her quietly sleeping. For several
years her mental vigor had wandered, but her trust in God remained
steadfast. She was a faithful mother in Zion and had been a widow
for many years. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services by John P.
Schmitt from Sir. 41:last seven verses, Joseph Buercky of Bureau
Co., and Daniel Orendroff, from 2 Cor. 5. The deceased sister
leaves one son and two daughters, 23 grandchildren and 15 great
LANDES.--On the 16th of Feb. in Elkhart Co. Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Christian Landes, aged 92 years, 8 months and 25 days. He was born in Bucks Co., Pa., on the 21st of May 1799. Buried at Yellow Creek meeting-house. He leaves two children, a son and a daughter. He reached a ripe old age and we trust he has gone to the blessed rest of the people of God. He was a quiet friendly man and was beloved and respected by all who knew him.
GARBER.--Ann Garber, maiden name Hoover, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 1st 1832, married January 8th 1856; died Feb. 12th 1892. Aged 59 years, 3 months and 11 days. She was a faithful member of the Church.
KURTZ.--On the 21st of January 1892, near Volant, Lawarence Co., Pa., of spinal and nervous disease, Katie Kurtz, aged 54 years, 5 months and 9 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. She suffered very much at times and was an invalid for ten years, and for the last four years, she was often confined to her bed. She often wished that the Lord would call her home, and she died with a living hope. She leaves five brothers and two sisters. Buried on the 24th where an unusually large number of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased sister. Services by Daniel Byler of Geauga Co., Ohio. Text John 5:25-29 and Rev. 20:12--15.
PLANK.--On Pretty Prairie, LaGrange Co., Ind., Fannie (Morrell) Plank. She was born February 12, 1843, died February 17, 1892, aged 49 years and 5 days. She was married to Gideon Plank January 9, 1866. To this union were born two sons and one daughter. In March, 1870, they emigrated to Greene Co., Mo. They had been there only a short time when her husband was stricken with small pox. They made their home with her brother, Joseph Morrell, who had moved to Missouri three years before. Having no other place to stay they were obliged to remain with her brother. The house being small, with two families, it was only a few days until her brother contracted smallpox also. Next in turn was her brother's wife. Her husband, brother, and his wife all lay at one time very sick with the terrible disease, with her alone to care for them and for both families. No one would come to their aid, only within a few rods of the house, to find out what was needed. In this way her wants were supplied, Bro. John Plank, now living in Lane Co., would visit the place every day and see that provisions, etc., were brought within their reach. In a short time death took away both Plank and Morrell. The remains were taken by authorities and buried according to law. During this time her three children were also stricken down with the same disease. With untold sorrows she had her sister-in-law and three children still to care for; no one coming to her relief for fear of contagion. Occasionally a colored lady would drop in and help her a little. There she remained a lonely widow in a new county where nearly every person was a stranger to her, with a sick family. As soon as the family was able to be moved, her father, David Morrell, brought her and her family to his home on the Hawpath, Ind. Three years afterward when was married to Bro. C. I. Plank, of Pretty Prairie, Ind., with whom she lived 19 years and 15 days. To this union was born one son. All her children survive her. She was an affectionate mother and admonished her children very earnestly to live God-fearing lives, that they also may be ready when the hour to make a solemn change comes. She had her children and husband by her bedside a few days previous to her death, and said,"Oh how glad I feel that I am prepared to die. I am not sorry for what I have done for Jesus, and so very glad and thankful that he has done so much for me. Oh now do as I tell you, and you wont be sorry for it. The time will come to you, just as it has to me, when you must leave this world, and if you are prepared how happy you will be. Oh now do obey my calling and obey your father who has often given you good counsel and be obedient to him" In this way she talked very earnestly with a clear, distinct voice, so that she could be heard throughout the house for several minutes, when her voice gave way, after which time she seemed contented and had but little more to say. She was sick about ten months, first being taken with La Grippe in the latter part of March, 1891. She had not recovered from La Grippe when measles laid her low again for about one month. She recovered so far however that she could look after her household duties and would at times visit her neighbors and was able to attend the family reunion of Christian and Elizabeth Plank's family, near Middlebury, Ind. Time seemed to prove that consumption was taking hold on her. Everything possible was done for her, but all to no avail, as she grew weaker and weaker. She was confined to her bed for about four weeks before her death. Most of the time she suffered but little pain until the last few days, when pleurisy set in, from which she suffered very much, growing weaker until she quietly fell asleep in Jesus with full assurance of meeting Jesus her Blessed Redeemer. The funeral was held Feb. 19th. Short services from Psa. 92:13-15 at the house by D. J. Johns of Elkhart Co., Bro. Plank not being able to go to the place of burial. At the Pretty Prairie church comforting words were spoken by the same minister from I Pet. 1:3. Sister Plank was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for 30 years or more. Her seat in the church was seldom vacant when health would permit. It is indeed hard (by the ties of nature) to give up a loving wife and kind mother, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope, for we have a full assurance that she has made a happy exchange, and her soul is resting in peace. Nine children of Bro. Plank's first wife also deeply feel the departure of a kind and affectionate mother. H. FRIESNER.
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois