ANOTHER LABORER IN THE LORD'S VINEYARD GONE TO HIS REWARD
R.J. Smith of Jackson Township, Elkhart County, Indiana, departed this life on Wednesday, April 26th, 1893. He was born in Balk, Gaasterland, in Friesland, Holland, on the 12th of August, 1813, and was consequently 79 years, 8 months and 14 days of age. His early days were spent in attending school and manual labor as was, and is still the custom of the country. On the 22d of January, 1842 he united with the Mennonite church in the town where he was born. On the 13th of May, 1840, he was joined in marriage to Margaret J. Symensma. The fruits of this union were seven children, one of whom died in Holland when about two years old. John died at the aged of 19 about 26 years ago, and Jacob, shortly after his marriage with Hanna Christophel, died 8 years ago at the age of 26. Bro. Smith's aged widow and four children survive.
He was ordained to the ministry in 1847 and advanced to the office of bishop in 1849. He left Holland on the 9th of April 1853 in company with his fellow-laborer and minister R.J. Symensma, (who died some years ago) and others, 17 souls in all, and settled in Jackson and Union Townships, where they formed a little colony of Holland Mennonites which was increased by others coming over in subsequent years. Bro. Smith was a man of more than ordinary mental attainments. He was well read in biblical literature, history, both sacred and profane, and especially well versed in Mennonite history and Mennonite literature generally. Having been born in the same province and country as Menno Simons, the faithful preacher, promoter and defender of the doctrines of non-resistant faith, and feeling a deep and earnest interest in these doctrines and in the church, Bro. Smith devoted himself to the study and practice of these same doctrines. He was a man of mild and loving qualities. His whole purpose was ever bent upon preserving peace, harmony and fraternal feelings among all classes, both by precept and example he sought to hold together all in peace and unity. He was a man likewise of exceptional modesty. His extensive knowledge and ability to expound the Scriptures made it very desirable for him to take a prominent place in public services and instructions, but it was only through earnest solicitation that he would consent to do this, especially in the later years of his life, excusing himself on account of his language.
He was the leader of the little colony from Holland to this country, and among his people he maintained the position of pastor and adviser to the time of his death.
During many years he maintained in the neighboring school-house a church service in the Holland language, until the use of the school-house was no longer allowed him by those having charge of it, when he quietly left it, advising his people to worship with the American congregation.
He was taken with apoplexy with which he was afflicted six days. He never complained, and was perfectly resigned to the will of God and passed peacefully away. He was buried at the Whitehead Dunkard meeting-house on the 28th, where services were held in the English language by Noah Metzler from Luke 2:28, 29 and by J.F. Funk in the German. A large number of people were present.
LINK - On the 4th of May, 1893, in Locke township, Elkhart county, Indiana, of heart disease, suddenly, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Link, aged 64 years, 3 months and 7 days. Her maiden name was Fishler. She was the mother of 8 children, three of who survive her. There are also 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for 21 years. She was a great reader and an excellent singer. She had recently read through the Testament and was engaged in reading through the Bible. Her voice will be greatly missed in the singing of the public congregation. She had been singing for a considerable time during the evening and was cheerful and in usual health. She took sick abut 10:30 in the evening and before midnight she had passed away. She was of a cheerful temperament and always met her friends with a pleasant smile; she was pious and devoted, and we have reason to believe that our loss is her eternal gain. She was buried on Sunday, May 7th, at North Union where a very large concourse of people had assembled. Services by J.F. Funk, assisted by brethren D. Burkholder, A. Mumaw and H. Weldy. Text, Ps. 71: 9, 17, 18.
FOLK - On the 14th of April, 1893, near Elk Lick, Somerset Co., Pa., of old age, Samuel Folk, a member of the Mennonite church, aged 72 years, 10 months and 7 days. Services by Bro. G.D. Miller, from Luke 23:27, 28.
PETERSHEIM - On the 9th of April, 1893, near Springfield,
Berks Co., Pa., of dropsy of the heart, Mary, daughter
of Samuel and Mary Petersheim, aged 27 years, 11 months and 9
"Dear Mary, thou art gone to rest, thy toil and care are o'er;
And sorrow, pain and suffering now shall ne'er distress thee more."
GERBERICH - On the 11th of March, 1893, in Dry Grove, McLean Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, David Gerberich aged 84 y., 1 m., 2d. He was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., came to Illinois in 1851, and lived at Dry Grove since then. His wife died some time ago. He leaves four sons. Buried on the 14th. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey from Psa. 90. J.S.
BURKHART - In Harvey Co., Kan., May 3d 1893, of pneumonia,
and whooping cough, Alvin, son of Jacob W. and Josephine
Burkhart, aged 8 months and 3 days.
"Sweet little Alvin you have gone to your rest
With dear mother and Jesus forever to be,
We know you are now in the home of the blest
From sickness and pain you from henceforth are free."
HOSTETTER - May 2, 1893, near Strasburg, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of consumption, Katie H., wife of Isaac Hostetter,
aged 27 years, 4 months and 10 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved
husband and many friends to mourn her early death, yet they need
not mourn as those who have no hope. She was ready and willing
to exchange this life for the other, bidding her husband and friends
good-bye. She told them all to try and meet her again, admonishing
her husband not to mourn for her, but to be satisfied that she
was going home to be with Martie (their only child who died nearly
a year ago), and he could meet her there. This is indeed a sad
blow to him, yet while he is passing through this sore trial when
life seems dark to him, he can think of her as enjoying the beauties
of the land of light, freed from all sickness and pain, when he
can meet his loved ones where they will never have to part. She
was buried on the 5th in the Strasburg burying ground; about 400
people assembled at the meeting-house to pay the last tribute
of respect to the dear departed one and to sympathize with the
sorrowing friends. Services were held by Abraham Brubaker and
Amso Herr. Text, Amos 5:4. "Seek ye me and ye shall live."
"Dear as thou wast, and justly dear, we will not mourn for thee;
One thought shall check the starting tear the thought that thou art free.
And thus shall faith's consoling power, the tears of love restrain;
O, who that saw thy parting hour could wish thee here again?
Triumphant in thy closing eye the hope of glory shone;
Joy breathed in thy expiring sigh, to think the race was run.
Thy passing spirit gently fled, sustained by grace divine;
O, may such grace on us be shed, and make our end like thine."
KOVER - May 6th, 1893, near Hossler's meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Kover, aged 83 years, 10 months and 6 days. Funeral on the 9th. Text, Isa. 38:1. Buried at Stern's meeting-house. A sorrowing family followed his remains to the grave.
McCRANER - On the 10th of May, 1893, near Elkhart, Ind., killed by accident, Floyd Manning, son of Charles and ____ McCraner, aged 2 years, 11 months and 24 days. The little boy with another older brother was playing about the gate when the father came driving through with a load of wood, cautioning the boys to keep out of the way. When the animals and front wheels had passed the unfortunate boy ran toward the wagon and came in front of the hind wheel, which struck him down and passed over his body, killing him instantly. He was buried on the 12th. Services by John F. Funk, from James 4:14. May God comfort the hearts of the sorrowing parents.
SHENK - On the 6th of May, 1893, near Columbus Grove, Ohio, of diphtheria, Nannie A., youngest child of Bro. John and sister Nancy Shenk, aged 7 years, 7 months and 4 days. Nannie was a bright child, filling the souls of those around her with cheerfulness and sunshine. Young as she was, she had a distinct idea of godly life and of the follies of display of dress, and her last words to those about her were that they should not be given to such display. Buried at Zion meeting-house. Services by M.S. Steiner, assisted by Isaac Burkhart and C.P. Steiner, from "He shall gather lambs with his arms and carry them in his bosom." - Isa. 40:11.
LANDIS - On the 24th of February, 1893, in East Lampeter
township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart trouble, sister Maria
Landis, widow of the late Levi Landis, aged 76 yeas and 9
days. She was for many years a devout member of the Old Mennonite
church. Religion appeared to be the keynote of her conversation
and she was much attached to the holy cause and spend much of
her time and attention in reading sacred works and in bringing
up her children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Shortly
before she drew her last breath, she requested her son to read
to her the 70th Psalm. Just about half a century ago her mother
taught the writer the little German prayer which he now esteems
a greater legacy than the glittering and perishable gold and silver:
"Christe Alut, und seine Gerechtig Keit, 1st mein Schmuck, end Erhen Kleid,
Damit will ich zum Himmel gehen, Damit will ich von Gott bestehen."
We can learn that the good deeds people do are not all dead or lost. They may lie dormant for sometime, but may rise again in the life of those we associate with in life.
RINGLER - On the 6th of May, 1893, in Newbury Twp.,
Lagrange Co., Ind., of consumption, Jennie Ringler, aged
13 years, 9 months and 28 days. She was fully resigned to the
will of God and desired that her parents, brothers and sisters
should meet her in heaven. She was buried on the 7th in the Pashan
grave-yard. Funeral services at the A.M. meeting-house by D.J.
Johns form Prov. 27:1 and J.D. Miller from 2 Sam. 12:23.
"Dear parents, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark and gloom;
And I shall not fear, though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide.
You'll know where to find me, dear parents, in heaven,
Though ev'ry fond tie you have cherished be riven;
You'll follow me home to the land of the blest,
Where sighs are not heard, and the weary ones rest."
SHAFFER - On the 19th of April, 1893, at Scalp Level, Cambria Co., Pa., Lillie Viola, daughter of Lewis and Carrie Jean Shaffer, aged 1 year, 6 months and 13 days. Funeral services in the Dunkard meeting-house in Scalp Level by Bish. Jonas Blough and Hiram Musselman.
EASH - On the 1st of May, 1893, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of old age, David Eash, aged 84 years, 4 months, 6 days. Buried on the 3d at Levi Weaver's grave-yard. Services were conducted in the Stahl M.H. by Moses B. Miller and Johnathan Hershberger. This was one of the largest funerals ever held in the Stahl meeting-house. The deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church for over 50 years. L.B.
BURKHOLDER - Bro. Seth Burkholder at his late residence in the city of Sterling, Ill., on Wednesday, April 26, 1893, at 9:30 A.M. of general debility, aged 73 years and 11 days. The deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Penna., and in early life he located in Canada; he came to Illinois in 1862 and has resided here ever since. His wife, three sons and two daughters survive him. Bro. Burkholder was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. The funeral occurred on the 28th at the Science Ridge M.H. near Sterling at 10 A.M. Pre. Philip Nice officiating. Text, John 14:19. "Because I live ye shall live also."
HARTMAN - Katie Hartman died Dec. the 5th, 1892
at 4:30 P.M. after having suffered untold agony for many months
from scirrhous cancer. Sister Hartman was born in Milton Township,
Ashland Co., Ohio fifty four years ago. She was much beloved by
all who knew her. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She
was a noble, patient, Christian lady. Her sufferings were such
as to appeal to the tenderest sympathies of all, and her fortitude
was a lesson to all. The funeral was held Dec. 7, at 2 P.M. at
the residence of Levi Hartman, her brother. She leaves two brothers
and one sister to mourn their loss.
"Katie dear has gone to rest to be forever with the blest;
With Jesus and the saints above where all is joy, and bliss, and love.
The hour of departure came she heard the voice that called her home,
At length, Oh Lord, her suffering ceased, thy servant now has died in peace.
For seven years her powers waned yet the dear sister ne'er complained;
And though she suffered night and day she ne'er wished aught but God's own way.
The Lord whose wisdom never fails knows well what grief our heart assails
He bore our loving sister home where there's no sickness, death nor gloom.
Then while the spirit wings its flight into the glorious realms of light
We'll lay the body down to rest until the Lord will raise it, blessed.
Then body, soul, and spirit, one, will reunite before God's throne.
And there we'll meet you, sister dear to praise our Savior ever there."
SNYDER - On the 28th of March, 1893, at Breslau, Waterloo
Co., Ont., of consumption, Lydia Ann, wife of Bro. Oziah
Snyder and youngest daughter of Jacob and Maria Betzner,
aged 27 y., 3 m., 3d. She had been in feeble health for over a
year, but had become so much better that we thought all danger
over. But she took a severe cold and at once began to sink, and
after a few days of suffering she fell asleep in Jesus. She told
her husband not to weep, but to meet her in heaven. She untied
with the church in early years, and was a beloved member, a kind
and sympathizing friend, and her early loss will be deeply felt
by all. She leaves her bereaved young husband, one child, parents,
brothers and sisters and many warm friends. Her remains were laid
to rest on the 31st at Cressman's M.H., Breslau. Funeral services
by Elias Weber and Moses Bowman in German and I.A. Wambold in
"A dear one has gone from our circle on earth we shall see her no more,
She has gone to the Savior in glory, and all her afflictions are o'er." L.K.B.
YODER - May 14, 1893, in West Liberty, O., Elizabeth, wife of Bro. D.D. Yoder, aged 58 years, 4 months and 6 days. Sister Yoder leaves a husband and 4 children to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. She was an earnest, devoted Christian, an affectionate wife a kind and loving mother. By her death there is a vacant place in the family, and in the church, but one more place is occupied in the glory world. Funeral at Walnut Grove on the 16th where a very large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last respects. Services by S.H. Detweiler in English and C.K. Yoder in German from Phi. 1:23.
KAUFMAN - On the 6th of May, 1893, in Dry Grove, McLean Co., Ill., of dropsy, Martin Kaufman, aged 60 y., 5 m., 26 d. His wife died some years ago. He leaves 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Buried on the 8th. Funeral services by Jos. Stuckey and Chr. Guengrich from 1 Cor. 15:26. J.S.
WITTMER - On the 17th of March, 1893, of heart failure,
Lizzie, wife of John E. Wittmer, aged 46 years, 11 months
and 1 day. Funeral held in Pine Grove Presbyterian church Sunnyburn,
York Co., Pa. Robert Rankin, her pastor, conducted the funeral
services, assisted by Thomas M. Crawford. Text, Amos 4:12. The
interment in Hatborough cemetry, Montgomery Co., Pa.
"There is a world above where parting is unknown;
A long eternity of love formed for the good alone,
And faith beholds the dying here translated to that happy sphere."
HALDEMAN - On the 6th of Apil, 1893, of prostration, Emma, wife of Edwin Haldeman, aged 25 years, 10 months, 21 days. Buried on the 9th in the Beulah cemetery New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa. Funeral services by U. Weidner from the text "Jesus wept." The funeral was very largely attended and the services, owing to the sad circumstances, were very impressive. She leaves her bereaved husband and one child to mourn their great loss.
HOOVER - On the 8th of May, 1893, near Ringwood, Markham township, York Co., Ont., David L. Hoover, aged 44 years, 1 month and 15 days. Buried on the 11th at Wideman's grave-yard, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends to show their last respects to the departed one. Funeral services by Pre. Hainer. Text Rev. 6:7, 8.
LESHER - On May 7, 1893, near Scotland, Franklin Co.,
Pa., of rheumatism, sister Susan, maiden name Leahman,
beloved wife of Samuel Lesher, aged 52 years, 4 months and 4 days.
She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church since her
youth. Her seat at meeting was seldom vacant. A bereaved husband
and 3 children, Daniel, Annie and Katie survive her. There were
all living at home. She was a kind mother, a devoted wife, and
highly esteemed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held
on the 10th by Bish. Michael Horst in English and by Pre. Peter
Wadle in German at the Chambersburg meeting-house. Interment in
the grave-yard adjoining. Text, 2 Tim 4:6-9. May God bless the
"Farewell my husband, children dear, since I must go and leave you here;
In heaven, that high and holy place, you may again behold my face."
By a sister, KATIE HARTRANFT
FARVER - On the 17th of May 1893, in Shipshewana, Lagrange
Co., Ind., of spinal-disease, Steward Farver, youngest
child of Jonathan and Catharine Farver, aged 6 years, 6 months
and 1 day. Funeral services on the 20th at the Shore meeting-house
by J.J. Weaver and David Garber. Text, Matt. 19:44. Steward was
sick only a few days till God released him and took him to the
glory world. He was a bright boy, and a lover of that which is
good and pure, often reproving his associates for using bad language.
"Go to thy rest, fair child! Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled, with blessings on thy head."
KAUFFMAN - May 19, 1893, near McVeytown, Mifflin Co., Pa., sister Mary Kauffman, aged 21 years, 7 months and 21 days. Failing health led our dear sister to expect the messenger of death. But she had early felt her need of a Savior and entered into a covenant with the Lord and continued therein faithfully to the end. Through the grace of God, she was enabled to look calmly into the face of approaching death and, committing herself into His hands say: "I am willing to live or die, as the Lord wills," but she seemed to prefer to depart and be with dear ones, gone before in "the Home of the Blest."
LOUX - In Hilltown, Pa., May 10 1893, of cramp colic,
Leah, daughter of Enos B. and Anna Loux, aged 1 year, 9
months and 5 days. Buried on the 14th at Blooming Glen. Services
by S. Godshalk and Henry Rosenberger.
"Go to thy rest, fair child! Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled with blessings on thy head.
Shall love, with weak embrace, thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle angel, seek thy place amid the cherub train."
THOMPSON - On the 10th of April, 1893, in Delphos, Allen
Co., Ohio, Velma Lavera, infant daughter of Orrie and Jessie
Thompson, aged 7 months and 12 days. Buried on the 12th in the
Salem grave-yard. Funeral services by Andrew Shenk and D.S. Brunk
from 2 Kings 4:26.
"So fades the lovely, blooming flower, frail smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comfort fly, and pleasures only bloom to die.
Is there no kind, no healing art, to soothe the anguish of the heart?
Divine Redeemer, be Thou nigh; thy comforts were not made to die.
Then gentle patience smiles on pain, and dying hope revives again;
Hope wipes the tear from sorrow's eye, and faith points upward to the sky."
HOOVER - On the 8th of May 1893, in Pickering township, Ontario Co., Ont., Pre. Samuel Hoover, aged 72 years, 10 months and 2 days. Buried on the 10th in Altona grave-yard. Services at the house by Daniel Barkey and at the meeting-house by Samuel R. Hoover in German from Philippians 1:23, and Pre. Hainer in English, from 2 Tim. 4:6. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors. He left a widow, 8 children and 11 grandchildren, but they need not mourn at those who have no hope, for it appeared he had a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
OESCH - On the 21st of April 1893, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., Carrie May, daughter of John and Amanda Oesch, aged 7 months and 11 days. Buried in the Clear Fork grave-yard. Funeral services by Pre. Peter Zimmerman from 2 Sam. 12:16-23.
BURKHART - On the 5th of January 1893, in Harvey Co., Kan., of consumption, Josephine, wife of Jacob W. Burkhart and daughter of Pre. David Weaver, aged 25 years, 11 months and 19 days. She leaves a husband and three children, parents, brother and sisters, besides many friends to mourn her death, though we feel assured that we need not mourn as those who have no hope, as she left a bright evidence that she was going home to be with her Savior in whom she trusted and to whose care she committed her little children. Her remains were buried on the 7th in the Penna. grave-yard in the presence of a large number of friends who met to pay this last tribute of respect to one so dearly loved by all.
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A SAD AFFLICTION
A peculiarly said and double affliction has befallen the family of Bro. Abraham F. Fulk, of Weyer's Cave Sta., Augusta Co., Va.
On Tuesday, May 30, his second son Charles Homer, aged nearly 12 years, was sent in company with another boy a short distance from home, to work in a melon patch. At noon they both went to Bruheck's mill near by to eat their lunch. Just before the accident his companion observed him standing near the upright shaft that connects the water wheel and the crusher, with his hand resting against the rapidly revolving shaft, the next instant his coat was seen to have caught, and his body was forced through the space of about 4 inches between the shaft and the water-gate lever, and before the machinery could be stopped his body had become frightfully mangled. A number of bones were broken in various parts of his body, and in places the ends protruded from the flesh, yet his sufferings were prolonged until the night of June 3d when death came to his relief. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, June 4th, at Union Chapel before a large concourse of sympathizing friends and relatives by C. Good and L.J. Heatwole from Gen. 5:24.
The tragic and unlooked for death of their boy, along with the distressing circumstances attending it, was to the father and mother a blow so crushing and prostrating, that it would seem but the decree of a most cruel fate that within the period of 21 hours after the funeral their hearts should again be stricken.
On Monday afternoon June 5th sister Fulk was rinsing clothes, with her little daughter Mary Catharine, aged a little over 2 years, by her side. She left her wash tub to go up to the house for a few minutes, and supposing that the child had followed her she gave herself no occasion to haste, but upon her return she was horrified to find her child lying face downward in the water among the wash clothes of the tub, drowned.
Her cries and wailings of distress soon brought in the neighbors who did all in their power by words of sympathy and acts of kindness to alleviate the grief of the now well nigh distracted parents. On the afternoon of the 6th an usually large assembly of sympathizers and sorrow-stricken relatives were again present at the Chapel, a number of whom had come long distances from Rockingham Co. to participate in the last sad rites and witness the depositing of the little one by the side of her brother who had preceded her to the grave but 46 hours before.
Charles Homer Fulk aged 11 years, 8 mos. and 17 days.
Mary Catharine Fulk aged 2 years and 17 days. Funeral service in last case was again conducted by C. Good and L.J. Heatwole from Mark 7:37. L.J.H.
BLOUGH - On May 24, 1893, In Bowne, Kent Co., Mich., of Bright's disease, Jacob Blough, aged 62 years, 6 months and 20 days. Funeral services by Jacob Hahn and C. Wenger.
GABEL - On the 8th of May 1893, at New Hamburg, Waterloo Co., Ont., Samuel Gabel, aged 21 years, 5 months and 18 days. Buried on the 10th at Steinman's grave-yard. Funeral services by J.M. Bender.
MAST - On the 29th of May, 1893, in Newbury township, Lagrange Co., Ind., of diphtheria, Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Mast, aged 19 years, 10 months and 7 days. She suffered only a few days, and said soon after she became sick that she did not expect to recover. She died with a living hope of a blessed immortality. In her Christian life she was a pattern for her young friends. She will be sadly missed by her parents, her aged grandfather, four brothers, one sister and many friends. Her remains were laid to rest on the 30th. Funeral services by M.M. Miller and A.A. Troyer, from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25 and Mark 13:33-37.
SCHROCK - On the 5th of May 1893, near Ransom, Ness
Co., Kansas, of diphtheria, Willie, son of Andrew and Elizabeth
Schrock, aged 7 years, 6 months and 24 days. Funeral services
will be held by E.M. Shellenberger as soon as the rest of the
children get well.
"Dearest parents, I must go and leave you in this world below.
For me to come to you is vain, but hope to meet in heaven again.
Many a vacant spot there'll be when you my face no more can see;
But I think that now I have a place where I can see my Savior's face."
SWARTZENTRUBER - Near Shipshewana, Ind., on the 17th
of May 1893, Mary, daughter of Ephraim and Sophia Swartzentruber,
aged 8 days. Buried on the 18th in the Pashan grave-yard. Funeral
services were conducted by the brethren Henry A. Miller and Amos
S. Cripe from Matt. 24:44.
"A precious one from us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled the boon His love had given,
And though the body moulders here, the soul is safe in heaven." L.H.
RUPP - On the 26th of May 1893, in Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co., Pa., Henry Rupp, aged 53 years. He leaves a widow and an aged mother to mourn his sad death. Funeral services on the 30th were largely attended, and very feeling was the sympathy for the bereft widow. Three ministers took part in the services. The remains were interred in the St. John's grave-yard. We would gladly draw the mantle of charity over this sad case, were it not for the fact that the ushering of a soul unprepared before its Maker may serve as a solemn warning to all to prepare for death before the dread summons comes, as it will come to us all sooner or later. A drunkard shall not enter the kingdom of heaven, but blessed are they "who die in the Lord." Riches are often a delusion and a snare, and the love of money is the root of all evil.
MILLER - On the 24th of February 1893, at Kalona, Iowa,
Benedict J. Miller, aged 34 years, 10 months, 7 days. He
was a son of Jacob B. Miller, deceased. His aged mother, six brothers,
and one sister survive, also a sorrow-stricken wife and three
children to mourn for one who has gone never to return. But we
hope through faith in his Savior his spirit has joined his two
children who had preceded him to the Spirit world. He united with
the Old Amish church in his youth, and was steadfast in his faith
to his end. He was buried Feb. 26th in Miller's grave-yard. Funeral
sermon by Jos. Gingerich and J.F. Swartzendruber from Phil. 1:21-25.
" 'Tis hard to break the tender cord when love has bound the heart,
'Tis hard so hard, to speak the words; we must forever part.
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee in the peaceful grave's embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished till we see thy heavenly face."
GILE - On the 19th of May 1893, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Edith Justina, daughter of John and _____ Gile, aged 15 years, 10 months, 13 days. She was a bright and active scholar and worker in the Pleasant View Sabbath-school. She was very kind and sociable and had gained a large circle of friends. Buried on the 21st in the Pleasant View cemetery, followed by a large concourse of friends, the house being filled to overflowing. Services were conducted by Michael Horst in German and David Hostetler in English from Isaiah 3:10, 11.
MILLER - On the 1st of June 1893, in Washington Co.,
Iowa, of membraneous croup, George Frankie, son of David
M. and Katie Miller, aged 2 years, 4 months and 21 days. Funeral
services by Christian Werey from Mark 10:14, 15.
"Weep not for me, my parents dear, since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be, Oh parents, do not weep for me."
LEATHERMAN - On the 19th of May 1893, in Medina Co., Ohio, near Wadsworth, of consumption, Susanna, wife of Elmer Leatherman, aged 26 years, 3 months and 22 days. She united with the Reformed church of Friendsville in April 1885, and up to the time of her marriage was a teacher and an active worker in the Sabbath-school of that church. On the 25th of December, 1892, she with her husband became members of the Mennonite denomination. She leaves her husband and one child to mourn her early departure. She was fully resigned to the Master's will and had a full assurance of meeting her God in peace. Buried on the 22d in the Welshfield cemetery. Services by Michael Horst in German and David Hostetler in English. Text 2 Kings 20:1. Peace to her ashes.
MUMAW - On the 28th of May 1893, at the Lake Side Hospital,
Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Adeline, youngest daughter of George
and Catharine Mumaw, aged 28 years, 4 months and 6 days. She was
born on the 22d of January 1865, near Winesburg, Holmes Co., Ohio.
Her parents and one brother have preceded her to the world beyond.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination for nearly
six years, her place in the congregation was seldom vacant when
health permitted. She was an invalid for four years and had gone
to Cleveland to undergo an operation for the removal of a tumor.
She told her sister that she took two with her into the operation
room, the Lord and Dr. Allen. She stood it well and two weeks
passed and it was thought she was entirely out of danger. Her
sister left her on Saturday evening, expecting however to return
in a couple of days. On Sunday she was cheerful and in the afternoon
was dictating a letter to her nurse for her sister Rachel saying
she felt good, when all at one, she put her hand on her breast
and said, "Oh, Miss Sommers!" Her nurse said, "Have
you pain?" "No, but I can hardly breathe." The
doctor was summoned at once, but all earthly power seemed to no
avail. Paralysis set in, and in seven minutes the spirit had gone
to Him who gave it. She never complained of pain, and was very
patient in everything. Her remains were taken to Elkhart, Ind.,
and interred in the Olive cemetery. Three brothers, three sisters
and many relatives and friends followed her to the grave. Funeral
services were conducted by J.S. Coffman and Samuel Yoder. Text,
"Death has visited our circle, robbed us of a sister dear;
In the depth of our affliction can we help but shed a tear?
How distressing when our efforts to restore her seemed so vain,
And those days of anxious waiting brought us anguish, grief and pain.
Four long years her strength seemed waning, slowly waning day by day;
Yet she bore it uncomplaining, wishing but God's will and way.
And although no more we'll see her in the vale of grief and gloom,
Yet we know, for Christ has said it, we may meet in yon bright home."
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia