KILLED INSTANTLY BY A CYCLONE IN CHASE CO., KANSAS
On the 31st of March 1892, Theodore Blosser, aged 26 years, 6 months and 11 days. His wife, Salome Blosser, aged 22 years, 6 months and 14 days, and their only child, Conrad, aged 1 year, 5 months and 24 days. Their bodies were brought to McPherson Co., a distance of forty miles, and buried in the Holdeman graveyard. Funeral services were held at the home of Theodore's father, Abraham Blosser. Text 2 Cor. 5:1--10, dwelling especially on the 1st verse, "For we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" We have bright evidenees* that the departed ones could truthfully repeat these words of Paul.
Not long since when in conversation with one of her neighbors concerning the faith, Salome said she was so glad she had always been obedient to her parents, and that she had embraced the faith in early youth. "Now", said she, "I have the witness within me that if the Lord should call me away I have the assurance of eternal life"
Theodore united with the church when quite young, and was always very zealous for the cause. A neighbor, at whose place he did his last day's work, was much impressed with the prayer he offered at the noon-day meal. It was his custom to have family worship every evening, and we have reason to believe that it was not neglected this last evening of their life here.
However, Salome's parents, John A. Holdeman's, were greatly concerned about the spiritual condition of their children when they were called away so suddenly that night at eleven oíclock, and as there was no way of ascertaining this from earthly sources, they came before God in prayer, and the result was a peaceful and quieting assurance that their dear ones were at rest.
The house in which the unfortunate family lived belonged to Levi Holdeman, and was so completely demolished that there is hardly a trace of it to be found anywhere. The bodies were found on the ploughed ground not far apart, about twelve rods from the place where their home had once stood. They lay there all night, exposed to the fury of the elements. When J. A. Holdeman discovered next morning that the house was gone, he hurried over to look for their missing loved ones. He passed near by them without at first recognizing them, as the wind and rain had almost covered them with mud, that they did not look like human forms. The discovery of the bodies was to him the most shocking and heart-rendering part of the sad affair, and the poor father feared for a time that he was losing his reason. Theodore's skull was crushed and driven downward into the head; his face was turned backward and his left arm was fractured. Salome was in a recumbent posture with the head lying sideways covered in the mud. Something had passed through her head, carrying away the brain and leaving an opening large enough to insert the hand. Little Conrad had only a few scratches upon his little form. One scar on the skull had evidently been his death blow. He was placed in his mother's arms in the same coffin. Their faces as they lay in the coffins, looked as if they were peacefully sleeping that sweat sleep from which none ever wake to weep.
Servants of God, well done!
Rest from your loveíd employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter your Master's joy.
The voice at midnight came;
You started up to hear;
A mortal arrow pierced your frame,
When none, but God was near:
Your spirits, with a bound,
Left their incumbering clay;
Your tents, at sunrise, on the ground,
A mangled ruin lay.
The pains of death are o'er,
Labors and sorrowing cease;
And life's short warfare is no more,
Your souls now rest in peace. R. J. H.
BISHOP JACOB B. SNYDER
Near Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pa., March 30th, 1892, Bishop Jacob B. Snyder, aged 65 years, 2 months and 6 days. He was buried April the 2nd, in the graveyard at the Mennonite church near his place. A large concourse of people followed him to his last resting place. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Jonas Blough, and F. A. Rupley from 2 Tim. 4:6--8. He was born in the year 1827 near Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa. When he was one year old his parents moved to Huntingdon Co., near Petersburg, in which immediate neighborhood he grew up to manhood. In the year 1856 he was married to Catharine Ebersole (who survives him). He then worked his father's farm three years. While living here he was ordained to the ministry in the year 1858, In the spring of 1859 he moved to Morrison's Cove, Blair Co., Pa., north of Martinsburg on Pine Creek. In the spring of 1860 he was ordained bishop. He bought a farm about one mile east of Martinsburg on which he moved in the spring of 1862, and on this farm he lived until his death. He was a minister of the Gospel 34 years and a bishop 32 years. About two years ago he had a severe attack of Lagrippe; since that time his health had been failing. About six weeks before his death, he took sick; after lingering for several weeks, he improved some so that he was able to go out of the house again. He came to the conclusion to quit farming and lived a retired life. So he rented his farm and had a public sale to dispose of his farming implements. He took a severe cold that day, followed by pneumonia, and being subject to heart trouble, he failed very rapidly, so that in a few days he passed away. His entire life was a bright example. If any one was offended, he was always ready and willing to make amends for it. He was widely known as a good-natured, tender hearted, humble follower of his blessed Master, whose in-coming and out-going was always the same. his door was always open to the poor and distressed. The beggar that came within his gate was never turned away hungry or empty handed. In all the trials and difficulties of this troublesome life he always had that same smiling countenance so familiar to every one. In his death the church lost a pillar which can never be replaced. The community has also lost a good neighbor, but we hope our loss is his eternal gain. His seat in the meeting was never vacant unless he was sick or had been called away. May God bless and comfort the bereaved family and the church in their loss.
MCINTIRE.--On the 9th of March, in Bucks Co., Pa., Lucy Ann McIntire, aged 62 years, 1 month and 4 days.
MILLER.--April 1st, 1892, at the home of Jacob K. Stoner, near Maytown, Lan. Co., Pa., Jacob S. Miller, aged 85 years, 10 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 4th. Text, Rev. 16:17. Buried at Landisville meeting house.
HESS.--On March the 30th, 1892, at his father's residence, near Atglen, Chester Co., Pa., Abraham H. Hess. He was the son of C. B. and Elizabeth Hess. Buried April 2d at Hershey's church. Services by Bishop Isaac Eby.
BURTON.--On the 11th of April 1892, six miles west of Blue Springs, Nebraska, of a complication of diseases, Henderson Burton, aged 73 years, 5 months and 18 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, grandson and a great-grandson. Services by Henry Yoder.
SAYLOR.--On the 12th of March, 1892, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Nancy, daughter of Bro. Samuel Saylor, aged 9 years and 10 days. Buried on the 14th at the Thomas Mennonite meeting house. Services by Samuel Gindlespreger and L. A. Blough.
SAYLOR.--On the 17th of March, 1892, in the same family and of the same disease, Charlie Saylor, aged 2 years, 6 months and 19 days. Buried on the 19th at the Thomas meeting house. Services by L. A. Blough from Genesis 37:34, 35.
ZOOK.--On the 25th of March, 1892, in Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., David M. Zook, aged 82 years, 5 months and 26 days. Thirteen children are left to mourn the death of this aged father, and with them a large circle of friends and the church of which he was a highly esteemed member.
RUDY.--On the 25th of March, 1892, near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of the effects of lagrippe, Sister Mary Rudy, wife of Bro. David Rudy, aged 72 years, 6 mos and 17 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and when well her seat during church services was seldom vacant, but the place that knew her then will know her no more forever, but she has left bright evidence that she has gone to fill the place God has prepared for her in heaven. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children beside grandchildren to mourn the loss of one whom they learned to love in life. Funeral on the 28th in Martin's burying ground. Services by Michael Horst, David Hoestetler and Adam Kornhaus from Luke 10:42.
GILBERT.--On the 13th of March, 1892, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Annie Catharine, wife of ------ Gilbert, aged 62 years, 2 months and 19 days. She was buried on the 15th at the Thomas meeting house. Services by L. A. Blough and Samuel Gindelsperger from John 5:28, 29. She was a member of the Lutheran church. The above three persons were buried in one graveyard within one week.
KELLER.--On the 3d of April 1892, in Cass Co., Missouri, Peter Keller, aged 77 years, 8 months and 9 days. He leaves a widow and 5 children. He was born in Alsace, France; was married to Magdalena Shertz in 1839. Emigrated to Logan Co., Ohio, in 1855, thence to Missouri, in 1870. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Buried in the Clearfork cemetery. Services by L. J. Heatwole and P. Zimmerman. J. C. K.
LINT.--On the 29th of March 1892, at Millersburg, Ind., Daniel Lint, aged 35 years and 27 days. Ever since he was a boy he was in the habit of getting off and on while in motion. His mother often warned him, but he would not heed. On the 28th of March as he tried to get off a freight train, he made a misstep would proved fatal, as he fell against the wheels and fractured his skull. He died next day. Buried on the 31st. Services by P.S. Miller from Rom. 14:7.--14.
KAUFFMAN.--On the 1st of April, 1892, near Mount Tabor, Champaign Co., Ohio, of consumption, Mattie A., wife of William Kauffman, aged 41 years, 3 months and 23 days. She leaves a husband and a step-son. Her husband hardly realized what happened as he had been an invalid for over 18 months. She said she was going to a better home. Funeral services by John Warye in German, and by Abednego Miller in English, at Oak Grove church. Buried at Ludlow Road.
ROPP.--On the 8th of April 1892, in Elam Grove Twp*., Tazewell Co., Ill., Milo L. son of A. D. and Katie Ropp, of lung trouble, aged 2 years and 4 days. The remains were interred on the 10th. Services were conducted at the house and the church by the writer and David Augsburger and Peter Ropp. The parents are bowed down with sorrow at the loss, as they had but two children, and the other was called away some time ago, but it pleased the Lord to call the dear little ones home. JOSEPH STUCKEY.
*Transcriber's note: There is not an Elam Grove Twp but there is a Elm Grove Twp in Tazewell Co., Illinois.
HERSHBERGER.--On the 21st of March 1892 near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of inflammation of the stomach and bowels, Rachel Hershberger, maiden name Yoder, aged 57 years, 5 months and 11 days. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., moved with her parents to Juniata Co., at which place she united with the Amish Mennonite church and remained faithful until death called her away. In the fall of 1854 she was married to Joseph Hooley in Mahoning Co., Ohio. To this union were born 7 children. In 1863 they moved to St. Joseph Co., Mich., where her husband died. In 1875 she was again married to Abraham Hershberger. To this union were born 2 children. She leaves a sorrowing companion, seven children, nineteen grand-children, seven sisters and three brothers to mourn her departure, but not as those who have no hope, as she seemed to be fully resigned to the will of God and was willing to depart this life. Buried on the 24th in the presence of many friends and neighbors who had gathered to pay their last respects. Services by D. J. Johns from Psa. 38:1.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft,
He can all our sorrows heal."
LANDIS.--On April 5th, 1892, at her residence, near Cearfoss Cross Roads, Washington Co., Md., of child-bed-fever, Sister Eller Belle Landis, wife of Bro. David Landis, aged 21 years, 8 months and 21 days. She was a beloved and consistent member of the Mennonite church for several years. A sorrowing husband and three children survive her, but they need not sorrow as those who have no hope. Funeral on the 7th. Buried at Rife's church. Services by Henry Baer and Bishop Michael Horst. Text: I Thess. 2:19. "What is our hope?î J. W. Eby.
KROPF.--On the 24th of December, 1891, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of consumption, Bro. Henry Kropf, aged 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. Funeral services by John K. Yoder and D. Z. Yoder.
"To-night we are thinking dear father,
Of grief that has come to our home;
How you left us in silence one morning
You left us in silence and gloom.
We will wander to your grave dear father,
And plant some sweet flowers there;
And try to be ready to meet you,
In that land that's bright and fair.
DETWEILER.--On the 5th of April 1892, in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Susanna, widow of the late Rudolph Detweiler, aged 80 years, 5 months and 17 days. She was the daughter of John Bingeman, and was born in Skippack Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., on the 19th of October 1811. Married Rudolph Detweiler on the 8th of July 1832, in Waterloo Co., Ont. Lived in matrimony 57 years and 6 months. Her descendants are 14 children, 65 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She had been suffering of dropsy for about 12 years. She was buried at Snyder's meeting house on the 7th, where funeral services were held by Abm. Martin, Paul Martin and Daniel Brubacher. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and we trust our loss is her eternal gain.
MILLER.--At Kalona, Iowa, Edwin Miller, son of Benedict J. and Mattie Miller. He was born August the 7th 1891, died March 26, 1892, aged 7 months and 19 days. He was laid in his grave in the afternoon of the 27th. Funeral sermon was preached by Jacob F. Swartzendruber from Matt. 18:1-4.
"When parents shall enter those portals on high,
Will they know on that heavenly shore,
All the dear ones theyíve laid with a heart rending sigh,
In the cold silent grave years before?
Oh yes, weíll know each other there,
When we meet on the bright shining shore
And together the mansions of light we will share.
And be parted again never more"
YODER.--On the 7th of April, 1892, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of dropsy, Leah, wife of Jonathan N. Yoder, aged 61 years 9 months and 4 days. Buried on the 9th. Funeral services held by Christian Yoder. Sister Yoder was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for years. She leaves her husband, six sons and one daughter (one daughter having gone before), 13 grand children and a large circle of friends to mourn her departure.
"Farewell mother, farewell dear,
For thou hast gone and left us here;
Thou hast gone to courts above
There waiting round the throne of love"
"Not thou wast here below,
So full of sufferings, pain and woe;
But from these forever free
How happy thou wilt ever be"
FISHBACK.--On the 2d of April, 1892, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., of consumption, Albert C. Fishback, aged 62 years, 8 months and 13 days. He was married on the 12th of June 1854, to Sarah Heatwole. They had three sons and five daughters. Two children preceded him in death. His last words spoken to the surviving children who were all present at his death bed except Lizzie Showalter, were, "I am so glad to go" and in a few moments he breathed his last. He was a devoted husband and a loving father, and will be greatly missed in the family. May they, in this affliction feel that, although they are bereft, they are not alone, for if we draw nigh to God, he will draw nigh unto us, and will never leave nor forsake us. His many promises are all sure and lasting to those who are faithful.
Affliction is a stormy deep
Where wave resounds to wave;
Thoí o'er our heads the billows roll,
We know the Lord can save. R. J. H.
EBERSOLE.--On March, 28th 1892, after an illness of one week, Bro. Michael Ebersole, at his home 7 miles north east of Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ills. He was formerly of Chambersburgh, Flanklin Co., Pa. His age was 74 years, 3 months and 18 days. He leaves two sons, Benjamin with a wife and three children, and Henry (unmarried), to mourn his unexpected death. He lived a moral life, was much respected by all, and for the last two years he has been a faithful member of the Mennonite church. His one great sorrow was that he had put off obeying the Savior's commands until so late in life. Funeral on April 2d, at the Science Ridge Mennonite church. Services by E. Brown and Philip Nice. Text Matt. 24:42--44.
"Father, thou hast 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,
Come, and live with us at home"
NOFSINGER.--On March 24, 1892, near Sturgis, St. Joseph Co., Mich., Pre. Christian Nofsinger, aged 72 years, 9 months. He was born in Condoman, Weisenburgh, France, June 24, 1819. In the year 1831 his parents immigrated to America and settled in Wayne Co., Ohio. In 1840 he was married to Elizabeth Plank, who survives him. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, one son preceding him to the eternal world. When he was 25 years old he was called to the ministry in the Amish Mennonite church, in which capacity he labored faithfully for 47 years, kindly and earnestly admonishing the people to live for Christ and walk humbly before their God. Last fall he and his wife went to Wayne Co., Ohio, to work for the Lord and visit friends and relatives. He went as far east as Mifflin Co., Pa., to visit churches, but when he had returned as far as Wayne Co., Ohio, he took sick and lay bedfast for six weeks. Then he wanted to go home, and said he knew the Lord would help them although he had to be carried to the station. The good Lord did help them that they reached home safely and spared his life three weeks longer, when he passed away, seemingly in a most happy and blessed sleep, and with the full assurance of receiving the incorruptible crown. His disease was of such a nature that it seemed to baffle the skill of the physicians, so the told them that after he was dead they might open him and see what the trouble was, which was done. They found his stomach to be in a cancerous condition, and the intestines were fast to the stomach. Through all his sickness he suffered very little pain till the last day of his life he suffered severe pain for a few hours, but all left before he died. He was conscious to the last, made all arrangements for the funeral, especially desiring that all ministers should help to sing, and chose for a text 2 Tim. 4:7,8, and D. J. Johns to conduct the services, to be assisted by Peter Long and Yost Yoder. All was done so as nearly as possible.
STAUFFER.--April the 13th, in Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., J. Heistand Stauffer, son of the late Jacob Heistand and Minnie Stauffer, aged 5 years, 8 months and 7 days. Three days previous to little Jacob's death, he attended the Landisville Mennonite Sunday school of which he was an active little member. He was a bright little boy, loved by all who knew him. May his smiling little face be remembered by all, and the beautiful lesson he taught us the last time he was with us. The little verse or sentiment he had learned and repeated was, "In my Father's house are many mansions" On returning home he told his grand-parents one of these mansions will be his. He took sick Tuesday morning, and Wednesday afternoon the Lord called him home. His funeral took place Easter Sunday afternoon the usual hour for Sunday school, where his loving little voice often mingled with us.
"A precious one, the Lord has called,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our school;
Which never can be filled"
May we all prepare to meet him. A member of the Sunday school.
SMUCKER.--In Nappanee, Ind. On the 7th of April, 1892, of typhoid fever, Bro. Rufus Smucker, aged 24 years, 11 months and 13 days. He leaves a wife, one son, one daughter, father, mother, five brothers and three sisters to mourn their loss. He was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church and a devoted Sabbath-school worker. Twenty-eight hours before he died he offered a solemn and distinct prayer for all and especially for the unconverted. He had a German class for young boys and girls for several years in the Sunday school and his constant desire was to see them converted. Bro. Rufus was the third son of Bishop J. P. Smucker, of the Amish Mennonite church at Nappanee, Ind. Bro. J. P. Smucher had been visiting the churches in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and had returned to Wayne Co., Ohio, to visit a short time with his two sons. While there he received a letter from home stating that his son, Rufus was sick. He hurried home from his visit of 5 weeks, on March 31, and was at the bedside of his sick son until God released him of his sufferings. Bro. Rufusí remains were buried on the 10th at the Brick church. Services by D. Burkholder in German, from John 13:7, and in English by Jas. H. McGowen from Eccel. 12:1--7. A brother of the deceased, from Aurora, Nebraska, and a sister from Bureau Co., Ills., and two brothers from Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio attended the funeral so that the brothers and sisters were present.
"Dearest husband, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,--
He can all our sorrows heal.
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" J. H. MCGOWEN
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois
Anna Good, widow of John P. Good, died the 25th of April, 1892. The subject of this notice was a dear sister, highly esteemed and loved by all those who knew her, on account of her Christian graces. She was truly a light in the sense of the Scriptural injunction, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." It is often said it is not good to eulogize the dead; it is not, especially in those who do not deserve it. But in the case of this dear sister, on account of her virtues which were so clearly seen, it is right to speak of them so that others may profit thereby. We cannot refrain from noticing some of her traits. She was much concerned about the welfare of others, especially for her children and grandchildren, whom she visited frequently, and as far as was in her power, would administer to their wants. Wherever there was sickness and distress she would do all she could to alleviate pain and sorrow. Her conversion always was pleasant and was much enjoyed by all. Her demeanor gendered peace and love. Her idle and unnecessary words certainly were few. The writer knows whereof he speaks, having lived a near neighbor for a number of years, and advises all those who knew her and her virtues, and as far as she walked in the footsteps of Jesus, to follow her example. She was sick several weeks, but no one thought her case serious, and on the day of her death she ate a heartier breakfast than usual. As was her custom during her illness she lay down on her bed between 10 and 11 oíclock A.M. for rest, and while in this sleep she gently passed into that sleep that knows no mortal waking. No one was present. Her daughter, coming in from her work, saw that mother was not in the sitting-room where she would go after rising from her sleep. She thought something was wrong, went to her chamber, and there found mother lying in bed sleeping her long sleep, showing that she passed away without a struggle, not even removing the cover from her face. She was buried at the Weaver church, where her funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large congregation by J. D. and D. S. Heatwole and Bishop Samuel Coffman. She was laid beside her husband, where they will sweetly rest until the resurrection morning. E. S.
LEHMAN.--On the 9th of April 1892, at Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa, of the infirmities of old age, John Lehman, in his 88th year. Funeral services by Ph. Roulet from Isa. 38:1.
KROPF.--On the 18th of April 1892, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Fanny Melvina Kropf, aged 1 year and 2 months. Buried on the 19th at the Oak Grove meeting house. Funeral services by John Miller and J. K. Yoder.
YODER.--Near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., April 7, 1892, Lydia, wife of David A. Yoder, aged 60 years, 6 months and 28 days. Sister Yoder's place in the church and Sunday-school was seldom vacant, and she will be sadly missed there as well as in the now small family circle.
ERB.--On the 24th of Feb. 1892, in Wellesey Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., daughter of Daniel and Catharine Erb, aged 8 years and 2 days. Buried on the 26th at the Wellesley meeting house. Funeral services by Jacob Wagler and Bishop Joseph Graber of Mornington. May God comfort the bereaved family.
RUFF.--On the 18th of March 1892, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of croup, Frederick, son of John and ----- Ruff, aged 11 years, 3 months and 4 days. Buried in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by Jacob Nusbaum from John 6:44.
DIEFFENBACH.--On the 21st of April 1892, near Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa, of the infirmities of old age, Jacob Dieffenbach, aged 80 years, 10 months and 2 days. He leaves six children to mourn his departure. Funeral services by Ph. Roulet from John 14:19 and Heb. 4:9.
KENNEL.--On the 25th of April 1892, near St. Agatha, Waterloo Co. Ont., Bro. Joseph K. Kennel, aged 50 years, 5 months and 1 day. He leaves his wife, eight children and three grand-children to mourn their loss. Funeral services by P. Spenler, C. Zehr, and J. M. Bender.
WEAVER.--On the 21st of March, 1892, of measles and pneumonia, Oliver Samuel, youngest son of Sem. S. and Mary A. Weaver, aged 4 years and 2 months. Buried at the Mount Clinton church, Rockingham Co., Va. Funeral discourses from Mark 5:19, by Daniel S. and Gabriel D. Heatwole.
REEDER.--April 11, 1892, Magdalena, wife of Daniel Reeder, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa. Buried at the Line Lexington church. Services at the house by the writer in English, from Heb. 4:9-11, and Christian Allebach in German at the church. The deceased was aged 86 years, 11 months and 4 days. JOHN WALTER.
KAUFFMAN.--On the 24th of April 1892, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jonas B. Kauffman, aged 68 years and 19 days. He leaves a wife, five sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. He was buried in the Yellow Creek graveyard on the 26th. Funeral services by J. P. Smucker in German from I Cor.15:53, and J. H. McGowen in English from Heb. 2:6,7.
SCHADT.--On the 2d of May 1892, near Pettisville, Fulton Co., Ohio, infant daughter and only child of Seth and Catharine Schadt, aged 1 year, 9 months and 13 days. Buried on the 4th. It was a hard blow to the parents. May God comfort them. Funeral services by Chr. Freyenberger in German, and by Chr. C. Stuckey in English from Luke 18:15--17.
CONRAD.--On the 30th of April 1892, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Christian Conrad, aged 58 years, 9 mos. and 7 days. Of her nine children seven remain with the father, and four half brothers and sisters to mourn their loss. Her remains were buried on May 3d at the Pleasant Hill church. Funeral services by J. K. Yoder in German, and by David Irwin in Engish.
WENGER.--On the 25th of March 1892, at the home of his son-in-law, Joseph Hoover, near Earlsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities, perhaps old age, Bro. Daniel Wenger, aged 74 years, 6 months and 15 days. He was buried on the 28th at Groffsdale. Funeral services by Joseph Wenger and David Buchwalter. Text, Rom. 7:24,25. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. His wife died about six months ago.
SCHARP.--On the 20th of April 1892, in Woodford Co., Ill., of consumption, Sarah M. Scharp, maiden name Zook, aged 50 years, 3 months 26 days. Her remains were laid to rest on the 22d at the North Danvers Mennonite M. H., followed to the grave by a large concourse of people. Services by Peter Schantz and Joseph Stuckey. Sister Scharp was a member of the church and lived a peaceful life. Peace to her ashes.
AUKER.--On the 25th of March, 1892, in Delaware Twp., Juniata Co., Pa., John W., son of John L. and Fanny Auker, aged 16 years, 3 months and 20 days. John suffered much from rheumatic pains. He leaves father and mother, two brothers and three sisters to mourn his early death. Buried in the Delaware graveyard where many friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last respects to the remains. Funeral services at the church by William Graybill; text, I Pet. 1:24,25.
KAUFFMAN.--On the 23d of April, 1892, at Masonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Anna, maiden name Myers, widow of Benjamin Kauffman, aged 84 years and 2 days. Of 11 children 5 have preceded her to the Spirit world. She also leaves 14 grand children and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral on the 26th at Bachman's meeting house. Her remains were interred in the family graveyard. Sermon by Benj. Hertzler in German, from Phil. 1:21, and by J. K. Brubaker in English from Heb. 4:9. A weary pilgrim has gone home, and we have reasons to believe that grandmother is a partaker of the rest that remaineth for the people of God.
GRAYBILL.--On the 2d of April, 1892, in Juniata Co., Pa., Matilda Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and ----- Graybill, aged 16 years, 9 months and 1 day. She was a dutiful girl of a very kindly feeling, and tender-hearted, and spoke much of her departure out of this world; of the high mountains, and of the difficulty of getting up on the mountains, and when she got up to the top she saw such a beautiful city, and spoke of the "beautiful mansions over there." Buried at the Pine church near Richfield, where many sympathizing friends had assembled. Services by Solomon and William Graybill. Text: Luke 8:52.
SWARTLEY.--Joseph Swartly died at Halstead, Kansas March 26, 1892. He had gone there to see after his farm, and while there he was taken with an abscess of the liver, which opened and caused his death in a few days. Funeral services were held at Halstead, Kan., the evening previous to starting with the remains for his home in Bucks Co., Pa., where a funeral was held at the house of his son William Swartley. Buried at the Line Lexington Mennonite church. Funeral services by the writer in the English at the house; text, Gen. 49:29-31; and by Henry Rosenberger in German at the church. The age of the deceased was 63 years, 3 months and 19 days. JOHN WALTER.
BRENNEMAN.--On the 22d of April 1892, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, Sister Emma, daughter of Christian and Catherine Brenneman, aged 21 years, 2 months and 9 days. This sad death occurred as follows. Sister Emma had been afflicted for some time with lung trouble but was improving. On the 22d she left her parents' home and accompanied her brother home on a visit. She ate quite a hearty dinner, seemed very cheerful, and about one o'clock she left for the home of her uncle, Joseph Brenneman, who lived about half a mile away. Having gone about half way she entered a field to take a shorter course. When she had gone about fifteen steps in the field, her brother saw her sit down. He hastened with all speed to her side, but before he reached her, the spirit had taken its flight. It is supposed that in going over the fence she ruptured a blood vessel internally, causing almost instant death. It was indeed a sad piece of news for the afflicted family. The interment took place on the 24th. Peter Brenneman and J. F. Schwartzendruber made appropriate remarks to the congregation assembled, from John 11:43.
DINEHART.--On the 28th of April 1892, near Elkhart, Ind., Lillie Page, beloved wife of Harvey Dinehart, aged 26 years, 2 months 24 days. She leaves her husband, 3 children, the youngest but a few weeks old, parents, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Her remains were laid to rest in Grace Lawn cemetery on the 30th, followed by many friends. Funeral services by F. E. Knoph from Ps. 90:12. May God, in his infinite mercy, comfort the heart of the grief-stricken husband in his affliction, and gently lead him and the dear little motherless ones in the paths of righteousness that their end may be peace.
EBY.--On the 17th of April, 1892, in Linwood, Waterloo Co., Ont., Walter, son of Henry B. and Sarah Eby, aged 4 years, 11 months and 6 days.
Our Walter dear has gone,
To his eternal rest;
Amid the heavenly throng,
Heíll be forever blessed,
His sufferings now are o'er,
His warfare now is ended;
We shall see him, here no more,
To God his soul ascended. HIS GRANDFATHER.
YODER.--On the 26th of April 1892, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., Anna Elisabeth, daughter of Peter and ----- Yoder, aged 5 months and 9 days. She was buried at the Olive church on the 29th, where funeral services were held by John F. Funk from I Cor. 15:22, and Noah Metzler from I Thess. 4:13.
"Mourn ye not whose child has found,
Purer skies and holier ground;
Flowers of bright and pleasant hue,
Free from thorns and fresh with dew.
Mourn ye not whose child has fled,
From this region of the dead;
To you winged and angel band
To a better, fairer land."
EICHER.--On the 14th of April 1892, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio of diphtheria, Joseph Eicher, aged 26 years and 8 months. He leaves a young widow and an infant daughter to mourn, with parents, brothers and sisters, his early death, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. He told them not to weep for he was going to a better world than he was leaving here. After earnestly admonishing them, he bade an affectionate farewell to all that were present. On the 16th a large congregation followed his remains to the Lockport graveyard. Funeral services were held by D. Wyse and Chr. Freyenberger in German, and by Chr. Stuckey in English. Bro. Eicher was a faithful member of the Amish church, and was universally loved.
DOLL.--On April 4th, 1892, in Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ont., Magdalena wife of Enos Doll, and daughter of Benuel and Magdalena Bowman, aged 20 years, 6 months and 26 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and a son 7 weeks old, parents, brothers and sisters to mourn her early death. She was received into the Mennonite church by water baptism one week before she died. She found peace with her Savior some time before, but still desired to be baptized. Bish. D. Wismer of Berlin, Ont., baptized her. Then she thanked her heavenly Father and said, "Now I am going home," and bade her dear husband and child good bye and kissed them and prayed to the Lord to bless them, and urged her husband to give his heart to Jesus without delay, and we have reason to believe her words have taken effect. She praised the Lord until her end, and died calmly and peacefully. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer of Berlin, Ont., in German and John Richert a minister of the Dunkard church, in English.
"Oh, when I saw that I must part
With my dear wife it grieved my heart;
To part with one I loved so well
How sad I felt, no one can tell.
"íTis hard to say, "Thy will be done,í
As I stand by the tomb,
And for the last time look upon
My dear wife's lifeless form."
SHANK.--On th 9th of April 1892, near Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va. of old age, Magdelene Shank, aged 83 years and 6 months, less one day. Our aged sister had for years been more or less afflicted with Rheumatism and at times she was confined to her bed. She has for several years not been able to attend church, but appeared to be patient and content with her lot, but would often say, she was tired of this world and was only waiting the Lord's appointed time when she might exchange this life for one that is real to all the faithful. She was buried at Weaver's church on the 10th by the side of her husband who preceded her nearly 21 years. Funeral services were held by the Brethren D. S. and J. F. Heatwole. S. B.
HOOVER.--On the 29th of March, 1892 in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., of dropsy and heart disease, Sister Sarah Hoover aged 68 years, 3 months and 22 days. Her remains were buried on the 31st at Wideman's church, where a large assemblage of friends and neighbors met to pay their last respects to our departed sister. Services were conducted by Jacob Wideman, Samuel R. Hoover and J. S. Lehman of Indiana, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
"Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest;
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
That manifest the Savior's power.
"Asleep in Jesus, O for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie
And wait the summons from on high.
STAUFFER.--On the 18th of April, 1892, near Dayton, Ohio, of diphtheria, Samuel G., son of Samuel H. and Susie Stauffer, aged 10 months and 18 days. Services by J. M. Shenk. Text, I Pet. 1:3.
"We had a little Sammie once,
He was our darling child.
We loved him, ah! perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.
"We often think of his sweet smiles,
His ever faithful love,
Our very hearts he oft beguiled;
He dwells with God above.
"This lovely bud so young and fair
Called hence by early doom
Just came to show how fair a flower
In paradise my bloom.
"Go, little loved one, go.
A mother's heart can tell
And none but her's can fully know
How hard to say farewell."
OWEN.--On the 14th of April, 1892 at his home in Harrisburg, Pa., Ira Strun Owen, at the early age of 9 years, of inflammation of the bowels, with which he suffered not quite two weeks When death was drawing near and he saw them round the bed he said, "I am going home." His mother asked him, "Ira are you not at home?" He told them, "I am going home to Jesus." What a comfort these last words from the prattling lips of Ira gave to the sad hearts of the bereaved family and friends. May God help us all to be able to say in our last breath, "I am going home to Jesus." Funeral services by the minister of the U. B. church of H. B. G. Text, 2 Samuel 12:23. Buried at Snider's church in Perry Co.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home,
Grieve not, for Ira is at rest
Beyond this veil of gloom.
"Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom
That fills your throbbing breast,
ëTwas Jesus kindly bade him come,
And called him to his rest."
MOTEER.--On the 27th of March, 1892, in Whitehall, Mifflin Co., Pa., of La Grippe and asthma, Bro. William H. Moteer, aged 74 years, 11 months and 14 days. Bro. Moteer was a great sufferer from asthma for a number of years, which he all bore very patiently. In January he was afflicted with La Grippe, which settled in his head. He was a great sufferer for several weeks till death relieved him. He was conscious of all his suffering. He longed to die and be with Jesus, and we mourn not as those who have no hope. Bro. Moteer was married three times. His third wife survives him. He was the father of 15 children 24 grandchildren; 12 of the children survive him. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. A. D. Zook in German, from the 23d Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
On the lovely Savior's breast;
Where the wicked cease from troubling
And the weary are at rest.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more."
Transcribed by: Cheri Salz, Illinois