KULP. On the 3d of January 1895, near Drake's Corners, Hatfield Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of inflammation of the brain, John H. Kulp, aged about 66 years. He leaves a wife, 4 sons and 1 daughter. Buried on the 9th at the Plain Mennonite M. H. Deceased was a life-long resident of the central part of Montgomery Co.
PLANK. In McVeytown, Pa., Jan. 16th, 1895, of Lagrippe, brother John Plank, aged 62 y., 1 m. and 18 days.
WISMER. On the 3d of January 1895, in Skippack Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., after more than a month's suffering, sister Mary F., wife of Pre. Henry K. Wismer, aged about 68 years. She leaves her husband, one son and one daughter to mourn their loss. Buried on the 7th at the Upper Skippack Mennonite M. H., followed by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Jacob B. Mensch, John B. and Christian Hunsberger. Peace to her ashes.
BIXLER. Jan. 1, 1895, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Freddie, son of John and Bertha S. Bixler, aged 2 years, 2 months 12 days. The little boy fell into a bucket of boiling water, scalding himself so badly that death came in a few days. Buried at the Sonnenberg M. H.
MELLINGER. On the 7th of Jan. 1895, in Mahoning Co., O., Earl, son of Melchior M. and Ella Mellinger, aged 1 month and 9 days. Interment on the 9th at the Oberholzer M. H., where services were conducted by Allen Rickert and David Lehman. Text, Heb. 12: 6, "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth."
BURKHOLDER. Jonas K. Burkholder died December 17th, 1894, aged 66 y., 11 m. and 17 d. He leaves a wife and seven children, two sons and five daughters to mourn their loss. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. He was buried at the Oak Grove church. The funeral was very large; many were the friends and relatives that followed him to the grave. Funeral sermon in German by John K. Yoder and in English by David Irvin.
SELL. On the 3d of January 1895, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of fever, Amanda, maiden name Flieger, aged 27 y., 4 m., 30 d. She was married to Harvey G. Sell about 7 years ago. To this union were born one son and one daughter. The interment took place on the 7th in the Souderton Mennonite burial ground. Funeral services by M. R. Moyer, Chr. Allenbach and Josiah Clemmer. Text, John 9: 4. May God comfort the bereaved husband.
RICKERT. On the 26th of December 1894, in Doylestown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Lizzie, daughter of Isaiah and Emma Rickert, aged 5 y., 11 m., 24 d. Buried on the 29th at the Doylestown Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Samuel Gross and H. Rosenberger. The paternal grandparents of the deceased are Isaac Rickert and Andrew Mack.
LANDES. On the 20th of January 1895, near Morwood, Montgomery Co., Pa., very suddenly, wife of Pre. Jacob Landes, maiden name Erb, aged about 83 years. In the morning she seemed to be in her usual health, but before the family returned from meeting, she suddenly fell from her chair a corpse. She leaves a sorrowing aged companion in his 88th year, 3 children (three of her children preceded her), two brothers, one sister, a number of grandchildren and many friends to mourn her death, yet not as those without hope. Her mortal remains were laid to rest on the 24th at the Franconia M. H. Funeral services by Abel Horning.
OYER. October 2d, 1894, near Metamora, Illinois, Arthur, son of John and Mary Oyer, aged 1 year, 1 month and 6 days. Funeral services in the Roanoke meeting house by John Smith and Peter Sommer from Psa. 23.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
From sorrow unblighted,
From sin undefiled,
Like the dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest.
GEHMAN. On the 26th of December 1894, in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., suddenly, of palsy, Christian Gehman, aged 75 years, 5 months and 24 days. Buried at Doylestown the 30th, 1894. He leaves a bereaved widow and 2 sons to mourn their loss. Peace be to his ashes.
CONRAD. Dec. the 22d, 1894, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, of whopping cough, Lydia, daughter of Jonathan and Anna Conrad, aged about 16 months. Buried Dec. 23d in the Sugar Creek graveyard. Services by Daniel Graber and S. Gerig.
CONRAD. On Jan. 11th, 1895, of infirmities, Martin Conrad, aged 67 y., 7 m., 20 d. In 1847 he with his parents, Daniel Conrads, emigrated from Wayne county, Ohio to Iowa, where he has remained ever since. March 10th, 1874 he married Anna Klopfenstine. They lived in matrimony 20 y., 10 m. Buried on the 22 in the Sugar Creek graveyard. Funeral services by Daniel Graber and S. Gerig in German and Pre. Allebach in the English. He leaves a widow and 4 children, 3 brothers and 5 sisters to mourn their loss. Four sisters preceded him to the eternal world.
Transcriber's Note: Last name Conrad is different from his father's last name typed in this obituary.
LEAMAN. On the 12th of Jan. 1895, near Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., John, son of David and Lizzie Leaman, aged 5 m., 12 d. Buried on the 15th inst. in the Landisvalley cemetery. Interesting services were conducted by John Lefever in German and Adam Brenneman in English. Text, James 4 latter clause of the verse 4.
"OH! Dear thy smile was fair,
Thy lip and eye so bright,
Because thy loving cradle care
Was such a dear delight.
These lively hopes we owe
To Jesus' dying love;
We would adore His grace below
And sing His power above. J. H. H.
LIVINGSTON. On the 25th of Dec. 1894, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, sister Polly, wife of Bro. John Livingston, aged 23 y., 5 m., 11 d. She was buried on the 26th in the family graveyard. Funeral services by L. A. Blough and Jonathan Harshberger. The writer visited her while in sickness and she expressed herself willing to depart and be with Christ, so we need not sorrow as those who have no hope.
KAUFMAN. On the 2d of Jan. 1895, near Strasburg, Pa., of old age and paralysis, Bro. John B. Kaufman, aged 68 y., 1 d. John B. Kaufman was the eldest son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Bachtel) Kaufman, and was born and reared in Letterkenny township. In 1849 he was united in marriage to Susanna Ebersole who also survives him. To this marriage were born 7 children, 6 of whom are yet living. Interment in the Strasburg Mennonite burying ground. Funeral services by the brethren Peter Wadel and P. H. Parret. Bro. Kaufman served for about 25 years as County Surveyor and Civil Engineer, and by his Christian integrity he won a large circle of friends. He was devoted to his profession, his family and his church. He was a wise counselor and was ever ready to help in time of need. His funeral was very largely attended. May God comfort the bereaved widow and her family.
HARSHBERGER. On Dec. 24, 1894, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., sister Nancy, wife of Bro. Levi Harshberger, aged 48 y., 10 m., 3 d. She was buried on the 26th at the Blough Mennonite church. Funeral services by Jonas Blough, Simon Layman and Sam. Gindlesperger. She left behind a sorrowing husband and two daughters to mourn their loss, but we hope their loss is her eternal gain. She was a faithful sister of the Mennonite church for a number of years. L. A. BLOUGH.
ROTH. At Ipava, Ill., on January 15, 1895, of spasms, Beatrice, daughter of William and Ellen Roth, aged 14 months. Buried on the 17th at Ipava. Sermon by M. L. Anthony.
"Oh yes, she is sleeping in Jesus,
And not like those that die in their sins,
She's watching and waiting to see you
Come home to that heavenly inn." GRANDFATHER.
STUTZMAN. On Jan. 6th, 1895, near Shickley, Fillmore Co., Neb., Harry, son of Abner and Lydia Stutzman, aged 9 days. Buried Jan. 8th in the Dunkerd cemetery. Services were conducted by P. P. Hershberger in German and by J. Flory in English from Thess. 5: 1 8, friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place. These children are twin babies. May God bless the bereft parents.
STUTZMAN. On Jan. 8th, 1895, near Shickley, Fillmore Co., Neb., Harvey, son of Abner and Lydia Stutzman, aged 11 days. Buried Jan. 9th in the Dunkard cemetery. Services conducted by P. P. Hershberger in German and by D. B. Heiney (Dunkard minister) in English from 2 Pet. 3: 9 14, friends and relatives followed their remains to their resting place. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.
LAPP. On the 17th of January of 1895, in Hiltown, Bucks Co., Pa., Lapp, of an old standing disease and old age. He was buried at Line Lexington on the 21st. He was ailing for years and was helpless as a child and had to be cared for as such. He longed for the time of his departure, to be with Christ which is far better. He was aged about 80 years.
LEATHERMAN. On the 24th of December 1894 in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of apoplexy, sister Elizabeth, wife of H. Leatherman, aged 62 y., 11 m., 11 d. She was buried at Deep Run the 29th. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 4 children to mourn their loss, but not without hope. She was a consistent member in the Mennonite church. Many were present at the burial to sympathize.
RUDY. Sarah Ann Rudy was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 16th, 1821. She emigrated to Wayne Co., Ohio with her parents in Sept. 1834 and settled on the farm on which she resided until the time of her death, Jan. 5th, 1895, at the age of 73 y., 10 m. and 19 days. Services on the 8th at the Martin M. H. by David Garber, text, Rom. 5: 1. God give us grace to do His will so that when He comes we may be found of Him in peace; -- "perfect and entire wanting nothing." DAVID GARBER.
RUSH. Richard Rush was born in Darke Co., O., May 18th, 1825, and died January 6th, 1895, aged 69 years, 7 months and 18 days. In the year 1826 the parents of Mr. Rush moved from Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind., stopping for a few months north of the St. Joseph river, after which they bought the Rush homestead from the Indians and received a Government title for the property. Here he resided until his sudden death on Sunday evening. In his childhood the little Indian boys from the encampment on the hill near the old homestead were his playmates, with whom he took part many times in shooting with bow and arrows. On the 6th day of December 1849 he was married to Mary Irwin who, with 6 children, survives him. He followed his favorite occupation-farming-from his early youth, having purchased before his marriage the farm on which he lived and died. His disposition was cheerful, his heart generous, and his hands helpful in every time of need. His sudden taking away is like removing one of the landmarks of the vicinity. The funeral was held on the 9th. Buried in Grace Lawn cemetery. Funeral services by J. S. Coffman from Matt. 24: 44.
METZLER. On Jan. 3d 1895, near Leaman Place, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Bro. Isaac E. Metzler, aged 30 years,
9 months and 6 days. He was buried on the 7th in Hershey's graveyard,
services being held in the Paradise meeting house, conducted by
John Ranck and Bish. Isaac Eby from Psalm 89: 47, 48. The services
were attended by a very large concourse of relatives and friends,
fully 300 teams being hitched in the vicinity of the church. In
the death of Bro. Metzler there is left a sorrowing widow and
4 children. His aged parents also survive, this being the second
son within a few years that they have laid to rest in the grave.
While the bereft family of our Bro. will feel the loss most keenly, the church loses a consistent member, the Sunday school at Paradise a most willing and active helper, and the entire community a faithful friend.
Our brother had been afflicted for a long time, his disease being of a tuberculosis nature, and eventually confined itself to his foot and ankle, making an operation necessary early last fall. The physicians then expressed hopes of his ultimate recovery, but the lapse of time proved that such was not the case, and toward the latter part of December, his disease assumed such alarming symptoms, that it seemed his only chance for longer life lay in having his foot amputated, and this operation was performed successfully, about a week before his death. For a few days thereafter he seemed in a fair way to recover but he suddenly grew worse and death ensued, the disease having penetrated to other parts of his system.
Truly in the midst of life we are in the midst of death. Those of us who were closely associated with him in active church work will feel the loss greatly; and as our friends are falling to the right and left, and are gathered by the grim sickle of Death, let us not be discouraged, but press onward, as the reward is only to those who remain faithful unto death.
In conclusion we would say that we have every reason to believe that Bro. Metzler is at rest with Jesus whom he tried so faithfully to serve. He was ever ready to help in any cause that tended to the upbuilding of the cause of Christ, proving his faith by works. He never murmured in his long affliction, but bore all patiently, and was fully resigned to God's will and was prepared to die. By the living testimony left behind, to doubt his happy end, would be to doubt God's word and promise. The bereft widow and family have the warmest sympathies of the entire community. Peace to his ashes.
"In this lone hour of deep distress
When heavy sorrows round me press,
Encouraged by Thy gracious word,
I trust Thee as the widow's God.
A husband lies in death's embrace,
The grave is now his resting place,
O, as I pass beneath Thy rod,
Reveal Thyself the widow's God.
Assuage my grief, remove my fears,
Suppress my murm'ring, dry my tears,
Help me to own Thee as my Lord;
And bless Thee as the widow's God.
Be Thou my counselor and stay,
Protect by night, and guide by day;
Then, as I travel life's rough road,
I'll praise Thee as the widow's God."
"Leaves have their time to fall;
And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath,
And stars to set-but all,
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O death!
On the 31st of Aug. 1894, at the home of her parents, near Harrisonburgh, Va., of brain fever, Mary E., daughter of our ministering brother Abraham and sister Nancy Burkholder, aged 16 years and 24 days. Six days was she ill, and on the morning of the 7th the sands of life ran out and her spirit winged itself away beyond the scenes of mortal life. Funeral services were held at Weaver's M. H. on the evening of Sept. 1st, and her mortal remains were laid to rest in the "Beautiful city of the dead." Mary's young life was a model of kindness and propriety and full of promise for a long useful life, and why she was thus rudely taken from us we cannot know now, but we shall know hereafter. The family has the sympathy of many loving friends. In the hearts of many her name and image will live and glow in the fullness of love till the "silver cord shall be loosed and the golden bowl be broken." Ah! No more will she hear the music of our beautiful streams or look upon the sun as he lifts himself above the crest of our own blue mountain, for her home, we hope, is in a more beautiful country, "wherein is a river, the stream whereof shall make glad the city of God, and the sun of righteousness shineth forever."
"* * * And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty
The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side,
In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forest cast the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely, should have a life so brief;
Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours,
So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers."
Harrisonburg, Va. --SAMUEL BRUNK.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
KREHBIEL. On the 15th of January 1895, at Clarence Centre, Erie Co., N. Y., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. John Krehbiel, aged 83 y., 2 m., 5 d. On the 17th the remains were conveyed to their last resting place in the Clarence Center cemetery. Funeral services by Peter Rhodes from Rev. 7: 9 17.
SANDERS. On the 24th of Dec. 1894, sister Catherine, wife of Bro. William Sanders, aged 36 y., 3 m., 11 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination. She leaves her husband and 5 children, one an infant daughter, two brothers, three sisters, parents and many friends to mourn her early death. Her end was sweetly peaceful. Funeral services by Christian Herr of Osborn, Ohio. Text Luke 13: 34, 35.
QUICKFALL. On the 21st of January 1895, near Waterloo, Ont., of heart trouble, Annie Laura, daughter of R. M. Quickfall, aged 20 y., 10 m., 4 d. The remains were interred at Martin's M. H. on the 23d. Funeral services by Pre. Jaeger of Waterloo. She was highly esteemed by a large circle of relatives and friends. May God comfort the bereaved parents and brothers in their deep affliction.
BEAR. January 22d in Mahoning Co., O., Anna, widow of John Bear, aged 83 y., 7 m. and 27 d. Her remains were laid to rest in the Oberholzer graveyard on the 24th, on which occasion services were conducted by David Hostetter and John Burkholder. Sister Bear had been a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years, and by her exemplary life had gained a wide circle of friends.
CHRISTOPHEL. On the 24th of January, in Mahoning Co., O., Elisabeth, daughter of Peter and Mary Christophel, aged 36 y., 5 m. and 16 d. Funeral on the 26th at the Oberholzer church where services were held by David Hostetter and John Burkholder. She has for some years been a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and when health permitted, was usually in her seat at the church and in the Sunday school.
BARKEY. On the 15th of January 1895, in Gage Co., Neb., of old age and paralysis, Enos Barkey, aged 80 years. He was born in Pennsylvania, and in 1834 he married Eva Ziegler who died about 14 years ago. They moved to Ohio in 1840, where he cleared up a timber farm, and some years later moved to Indiana and from there to Grundy Co., Ill. For the past 26 years he was a resident of Gage Co., Neb. He leaves three sons and two daughters. Deceased was highly esteemed by a large circle of relatives and acquaintances for his sterling qualities as a Christian, and his death is universally mourned in the vicinity which he for so many years made his home. The remains were laid to rest on the 16th in the Highland cemetery, ten miles north of Beatrice, Neb. Peace to his ashes.
MARTIN. Jacob Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. the 11th, 1807, died in Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 21, 1895, aged 87 y., 4 m., 10 d. Funeral services at the Martin's M. H. on the 24th by Jacob Tyson and Henry Beery, from Isa. 57: 1, 2. The aged brother for a long time had a desire to depart and be with Christ. His race is run and if he ran the race with patience which was set before him he will doubtless find a resting place at the right hand of God, and obtain a crown of life; if he has sown bountifully to the Spirit, he will reap bountifully; a man reapeth what he soweth. Peace to his ashes.
SHOEMAKER. On the 15th of January 1895, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Ellen (maiden name Goetz) wife of George F. Shoemaker, aged 53 y., 3 m., 26 d. Deceased was a member of the M. B. C. denomination. She leaves here husband and 8 children to mourn the loss of a faithful and affectionate companion and mother. Funeral services by A. Eby and H. S. Hallman.
SHANTZ. On the 19th of January, west of Berlin, Ontario, Bro. Samuel Shantz, aged 84 y., 2 d. Buried on the 22d at Eby's M. H. in Berlin. Funeral services by Joseph Nahrgang in German and Noah Stauffer in English. Deceased leaves many relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
DANGLER. On the 30th of Jan. 1895, near Ottawa, Putnam Co., Ohio, Bro. Henry Dangler, aged 73 y., 7 m., 9 d. He leaves a second wife and 6 children, to mourn his departure, one son also preceded him to the grave. May God comfort the sorrowing wife and children in their bereavement. Buried on the 1st of Feb. 1895 in the Varner graveyard. Funeral services by D. S. Brunk of Elida, Ohio, from 2 Sam. 14: 14, "For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again!"
HANEY. On the 22d of Nov. 1894, in Knox Co., Tenn., of diphtheria, Jesse Argo Haney, aged 13 y., 9 m. and 28 d. His sufferings were great but he bore it with great patience, never complaining. Several days previous to his death he prayed, and requested them to meet him in heaven. Funeral services on the 29th at the Mennonite M. H. by H. H. Good.
BEISEL. On the 23d of January 1895, in Maryboro Twp., Wellington Co., Ont., of croup, Wesley, infant son of William and Annie Beisel, aged 5 m. and 16 days. Funeral services by Samuel Goudie in English from 2 Sam. 23, and Jacob Gingrich in German from Mark 10: 15.
"Farewell, sweet morning flower,
Brief vision of a day;
Thy blossoms of an hour,
Soon drooped and died away."
HERSHBERGER. On the 28th of Dec. 1894, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., Magdalena (maiden name Wenger) Hershberger, of heart disease and the infirmities of old age, aged 84 y., 2 m., 30 d. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and was a faithful member of the Old Amish Cong. near Emma. She leaves six sons and two daughters. Her loss will be deeply felt in the home, the church and the whole community. Funeral services by Emmanuel Miller and Daniel Hochstetler from Heb. 4 and John 5: 20 30.
BACHMAN. On the 25th of June 1894, in Cazenovia, Woodford Co., Ill., after a protracted period of suffering, sister Bina Bachman, aged 69 y., 6 m. She manifested great patience and fortitude in her sickness and waited for her Savior's call. She was a faithful member in the Amish congregation in Woodford Co. She leaves five sons and two daughters to mourn, though not without hope, the loss of a dear mother. Buried on the 27th in the Roanoke graveyard. Funeral services by J. P. Schmidt, J. Smith, D. Orendorf and Christian Rieser.
YOUNG. On the 25th of January 1895, sister Barbara Young, widow of David Young of Lehigh Co., Pa., aged 65 years, 11 months. Deceased had been ailing the last year but began to fail rapidly the past few months until finally she fell asleep in Jesus. Buried at Saucon M. H. Funeral services by Henry Godshall at the house and Andrew Mack at the meeting house.
YODER. In Allensville, Pa., Dec. 21st, 1894, Christian P. Yoder, aged 84 y., 2 m. and 11 d.
ESTERLY. On the 6th of Jan. 1895, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness and a broken hip, Abraham Esterly departed this life to try the realities of another world. His age was 74 years, 2 months and 29 days. The deceased was a member of the Reformed church and an old and estimable citizen, he will be greatly missed in the home and in the neighborhood. He leaves a widow, one son and two daughters to mourn the death of a kind husband and father, but we hope our loss is his eternal gain. What the Lord doeth is well done. Funeral text, 1 Cor. 15: 55; services at the house by Pre. Baumberger, after which the remains were taken to the Cherryfork school house graveyard for interment.
He has crossed the deep, dark river,
With his Savior hand in hand;
Not afraid, without a quiver,--
He has joined the angel band.
He's at rest, his sufferings over,
No more pain for him to bear;
Why mourn we then who loved him?
He's in heaven-no sorrow's there.
And we miss him, oh we miss him,
In our home we miss him here;
Yes we miss his coming footsteps
And we miss him everywhere!
SHENK. On Jan. 30th, 1895, near Sanborn, Niagara Co., N. Y., George Shenk, aged 82 years, of pneumonia. On Feb. 2d the remains were brought to their last resting place in the cemetery at Pekin. Services were conducted by Jacob Krehbiel. Text, 1 Jno. 3: 2, assisted by W. L. Warner.
BARNDT. On the 20th of Jan. 1895, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., of palsy and infirmities, sister Veronica Barndt, aged 86 y., and some months. She was a consistent member of the church. The remains were laid to rest on the 24th at Doylestown.
MEYER. On the 23d of Jan. 1895, of pleurisy and pneumonia, sister Amanda Meyer, wife of Christian Meyer of Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., Pa., aged 43 y., 1 m., 16 d. Buried on the 28th at Deep Run, followed by many sympathizing friends. A husband and two children are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the house by the writer and at the M. H. by H. Rosenberger and I. Rickert.
"Dearest sister, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal." SAMUEL GODSHALL.
GREER. On the 25th of Jan. 1895, near Garden City, Mo., of scarlet fever. Flossy Ellen Greer, daughter of Bro. James M. and sister Emma Greer, aged 1 y., 7 m., 16 d. Funeral services by D. Y. Hooley, Levi Miller and A. D. Wenger. Flossy is the second child in their family begun in heaven.
"Jesus loved our little one,
And took it from our care;
May we say, "Thy will be done,"
And meet our Flossy there."
SUTTER. Amos Sutter, son of Peter and Veronica Sutter, born Dec. 11th, 1894, died Jan. 15th, 1895, aged 1 month, 4 days. Services by Joseph Gascho from Matt. 19: 13 15 and P. P. Hershberger from 1 Thess. 5: 1 5.
LANDIS. On the 11th of Dec. 1894, Vergie Almina Landis, aged 8 y., 6 m., 3 d. Buried at Stony Brook, York Co., Pa. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Theodore Forrey. Text, "She is not dead, but sleeps."
MAST. On Jan. 2d, 1895, in Baltimore Co., Md., John Walter son of John Z. and Lizzie Mast. Funeral on 4th. Services by Isaac D. Hertzler.
ZOOK. On the 18th of January 1895, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of consumption, Rebecca, daughter of Eli and Elizabeth Zook calmly departed this life to be with the Lord, aged 19 y., 11 m., 6 d. She leaves her parents, 5 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn her death. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church and bore her sufferings patiently until death released her. On the 21st her remains were laid to rest in the Amish cemetery near Allensville. Funeral services were held by A. Zook.
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of ev'ning
When it floats among the trees.
Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But, 'tis God that has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
LAPP. (The following notice, having been very incompletely reported for last number, we reprint it. ED.) Jacob Lapp, of Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., departed this life Jan. 17, 1895, aged 81 years, 3 months and 4 days. Buried at Line Lexington, Jan. 21. Service at the house by Samuel Leatherman and Henry Rosenberger at the church. Text, Matt. 11: 28 30. Hymns No. 271 Wer weiss wie nahe mir mein Eude, No. 73 Ich habe Lust zu scheiden. The text and hymns had been selected by the brother several months ago. Brother Lapp had many afflictions to bear, being a very heavy man, nearly blind, and had a light shock of paralysis about a year ago, which impaired his mind and speech to such a degree that it was difficult to converse with him. But he bore his lot with Christian resignation, until it pleased his Heavenly Father to command deliverance. Of his faith and longings and prayers we can judge, and we hope he has gained the happy shores where there will be no more sorrow. J. WALTER.
MOYER. On Jan. 23d, 1895, in Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, sister Amanda Moyer, maiden name Garges, wife of Bro. Christian K. Moyer, aged 43 y., 1 m., 16 d. Buried at Deep Run on Monday Jan. 28th. Funeral services conducted at the house by Pre. Sam'l Godshalk in the English language; at the meeting house by Pre. Henry Rosenberger and Pre. Isaac Rickert. The 103 Psalm was selected by the deceased sister as her refuge while yet apparently in health. Her calling away was so sudden, she being sick but a few days, the bereaved husband wished this above Psalm read at her funeral occasion. Appropriate words were spoken by both ministers to console the many mourners who had assembled from far and near, to take the last look upon her earthly tabernacle; her spirit had gone hence. COR.
HARRINGTON. On Jan. 10th, 1895, near Ayr, Neb., Lee, son of F. E. and Anna Harrington of Lagrippe, aged 15 days. Funeral on the 11th. Interment at Roseland Mennonite church. Sermon by A. Shiffler. Text, John 16: 16.
JOHNS. On the 30th of Dec. 1894, near Shipshewana, Ind., of typhoid fever, Jacob J. Johns, aged 38 years, 5 months, 6 days. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. His seat was seldom vacant in the church services. Funeral services at Pleasant Valley (Forks) church on Jan. 1, 1895 by Jos. D. Miller in German and D. D. Miller in English from Job 19: 25.
"Dearest brother, 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;
There in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
ROTH. On the 28th of Dec. 1894, at Shipshewana, Ind., Catharina Roth (maiden name Zimmerman) of typhoid fever. Buried Dec. 30th. Services at Pleasant Valley (Forks) meeting house by Eli Miller in German and D. D. Miller in English. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church.
"How many were the silent prayers
My mother offered up for me,
How many were the bitter cares,
She felt when none but God could see.
Well, she is gone, and now in Heaven,
She sings His praise, who died for her,
And in her hand a harp is given
And she's a heavenly worshiper.
Oft let me think of what she said,
And of the kind advice she gave;
O let me do it, as she's dead
And sleeping in her lowly grave."
EBERSOLE. On Jan. 15th, 1895, near Ayr, Adams Co., Neb., of tuberculosis, Barbara, wife of Elias Ebersole, aged 43 years and 4 days. Funeral services on the 17th by John Nunemaker, D. G. Lapp and A. Shiffler. Text, Rev. 7: 13 17. She leaves a husband and 7 children. May God comfort them in their bereavement. Interment at Roseland Mennonite church.
Dear wife and mother thou hast left us
And gone to the realms of bliss,
Yet we know what has brought our sorrow
Will bring thee peace and eternal happiness.
Thy everlasting hope was sure and firm,
Thy work is now in Jesus Christ complete;
Thou hast soared away to realms of glory,
Where we, if faithful, thee shall meet.
Oh loved one! Thy voice now is silent,
Thou hast crossed o'er life's troubled sea,
Gone to be an angel spotless, fair and white,
Oh that we were all safe with thee!
Father in Heaven! Be Thou our comforter,
Help us to trust the God she had trusted;
For we know He led her safely through
Until she reached the heavenly rest.
When we think of this loved one laid away,
Comfort our bleeding hearts with Thy love,
Because Thou hast promised, if faithful,
We shall meet our loved ones in heaven above. ELSIE RHINE.
THRONE. On the 17th of Dec. 1894, Harriet Throne. Buried at Stony Brook, York Co., Pa. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Pre. Alleman. Text, Luke 12: 39, 40.
KISSEL. Mrs. Anna Kissel, maiden name Bear, daughter of John Bear died at her home near Orange, Ashland county, Ohio, January 5th, 1895. She was born near Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, October 13th, 1834. Her age was sixty years, two months and twenty two days. She had been a great sufferer from dropsy for several years, but she bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. Her death was caused by congestion of the lungs. She was a member of the German Baptist (Brethren) church and was a devoted Christian, often expressing herself as being ready and waiting for her blessed Master to take her home. The last night she spent on earth one could see her lips moving in prayer for her children. She was a kind neighbor and a loving mother. She was married to Absalom Kissel Aug. 3d, 1854, and to them were born two sons and three daughters. She had eight grandchildren, six of whom are living. She has also two brothers, one in Iowa and the other in Kansas, and one sister. She has lived in this county twenty-one years, her husband died 1883.
"Death has robbed you of your mother,
Whom you loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother,
Can you help but shed a tear?"
She had children, five in number
That are left to mourn for her,
But could she speak she now would say,
Prepare to meet me there." KATIE SHIDLER.
GRABILL. On the 23d of January 1895, at Cullom, Ill., Samuel Grabill, in his seventy first year. Brother Grabill was one of the first settlers in that part of the country, and had many hardships to endure and trials to pass through, but he kept the faith unto the end. He was buried on the 26th. Funeral services by C. S. Hauter and E. M. Hartman. He leaves ten children, sixty grandchildren and one great-grandchild to mourn their loss, which we believe is his gain.
LANDIS. January 7, 1895, near Greenland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Hattie W., only daughter of brother Abraham L. and sister Susan G. Landis. She was sick only 9 days. Her death was very unexpected to all. She had a sore throat and it developed into Bright's disease. She did not seem very sick until the day she died. The day before she died she told her mother, "Now I am sick one week; the next week I want to get well, and the week after I want to go to school." She was a good scholar and her seat in school was never vacant as long as health permitted her to be there. But it seems it was not the Lord's will for her to get well. But we have that blessed hope that she has a better home than ours. Her funeral was largely attended on Thursday Jan. 10th by sorrowing relatives, friends, companions and school mates, who met to pay the last tribute of respect. Her remains were taken to their last resting place in Mellinger's graveyard. Her parents and two brothers survive. Hattie being the first one to be called out of this family, it seems a hard blow, but we will try to be content with the hope to meet again where parting is not known. Her age was 14 years, 2 months and 14 days. A loud call to the young! Services were conducted by David Buckwalter, Benj. Hertzler and John L. Landis, from Prov. 3: 17.
"Parents, weep not for your daughter,
God saw fit to call her home;
She is not dead but calmly sleeps
Where flowers immortal brightly bloom.
Brothers dear, I hope to meet you,
When the day of life is fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet you,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
HILDEBRAND. On the 19th of January 1895, in Augusta Co., Va., after a short illness of Lagrippe and phthisic, wife of Bro. Jacob Hildebrand, aged 49 years, 25 days. She leaves her husband and a large family of children and many friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services on the 21st at Hildebrand M. H. by Crickenbarger, assisted by A. P. Heatwole. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran church. Peace be to her ashes.
STRITE. On the 3d of Dec. 1894, near Leitersburg, Wash. Co., Md., Bro. Abram Strite, aged 63 years and 26 days.
"Our father has gone to his rest,
From a region of sorrow and pain;
To the glorious land of the blest
Where he never will suffer again.
While in the cold tomb father lies,
His spirit is resting above;
In that happy and sweet Paradise,
There nothing can enter but love.
Sleep on, then, dear father! Thy soul
Has gone to that better abode,
And while ceaseless ages shall roll
Thou art resting in peace with thy God."
GODSHALK. On the 26th of January 1895, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis, of which he suffered more or less for 8 years, Bro. Henry Godshalk, aged 82 y., 10 m., 6 d. He was married to Catharine Frederick 58 years ago. Of their 10 children three sons and four daughters survive him. Buried on the 31st in the Franconia graveyard. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer, Henry Bower, Abel Horning and M. R. Moyer, from Phil. 1: 21.
CORRECTION OF DEATH NOTICE. In Vol. XXXII, No. 2 it ought to read Amos, son of Joel and Jacobina Steckley instead of Jacob.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.