Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1895

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 21, November 1, 1895, p. 334, 335

GARRICK. ­ On the 8th of October 1895, near Merrimac, Henry Co., Iowa, of typhoid fever, Perry Garrick, aged 23 years, 4 months and 22 days. Buried on the 9th in the Wayland cemetery. Funeral services by S. Gerig and Pre. Schlenker.

BONTRAGER. ­ Emma (Dietz) Bontrager was born Dec. 31st 1854, died near Pleasantville, Fairfield Co., Ohio, Oct. 4th 1895, aged 40 years, 9 months and 4 days. She was married to Joseph D. Bontrager, Jan. 29th 1878. She was the mother of 9 children; two have preceded her to the spirit world. She was sick four weeks, but bore her sickness with Christian fortitude. She was never heard to complain or murmur. A few days before she died she said she saw her little children in the glory world. She often repeated, "Soon I shall be at rest with Jesus." She leaves husband and seven children, one brother and one sister, beside a large circle of friends to mourn the loss of one who was loved and respected by all who knew her, but we mourn not as those who have no hope, but look forward with bright hope of meeting our loved-ones in the morning of the resurrection when we can dwell together forever more.

BRENNEMAN. ­ On October 2nd 1895, near Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, Zoa Leota, daughter of John and Anna Brenneman. Buried the same day at the Salem M. H. l Services at the house by D. S. Brunk. The funeral sermon will be preached later. Zoa awhile before her death said she wanted to go to heaven and see how it looks there. It pleased the Lord to send the death angel and take her home to rest.

"I take these little lambs, said He,
And lay them in my breast,
Protection they shall find in me,
In me be ever blessed."

EBY. ­ On Sept. 21st 1895, near Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ont., Hannah, wife of David Eby, aged 46 years and 23 days. A sorrowing husband and four young children, one son and three daughters, mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother. She was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Buried Sept. 23rd in the C. Eby cemetery, on which occasion S. Bowman and Moses Erb preached appropriate funeral sermons.

LANTZ. ­ On the 1st of October 1895, near Carlock, McLean Co., Ill., Bro. Simeon Lantz, aged 66 years and 15 days. Deceased was engaged in hauling hay, when he fell from the load and sustained injuries which he survived but 24 hours. His wife and eldest son who were on a visit in Cass Co., Mo., were telegraphed for, but did not arrive until after his death. It was a heavy blow for the family, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. He was loved and respected as a Christian citizen. Buried at North Danvers M. H. Funeral services to a large concourse of people by Joseph Stuckey and Valentine Strubhar.

BECHTEL. ­ On the 4th of Oct. 1895, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., of a lingering disease of the kidneys, Bro. Joseph Bechtel, aged 71 years, 3 months and 26 days. Buried at Wanner's M. H. on the 8th. Funeral services by Noah Stuaffer in English, and Jacob B. Gingrich in German from 1 Sam 3: 18 and Psalm 39: 5. He leaves a bereaved widow, five sons, and six daughters all living, also 43 grandchildren to mourn their loss, which we hope is his eternal gain. ­JACOB B. GINGRICH.

SMOKER. ­ Oct. 1st 1895, of cholera infantum, Bennie F., son of John K. and Lizzie N. Smoker, aged 1 year, 9 months and 24 days.

"Dearest Bennie thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'til God that has bereft us,
He will all our sorrows heal.

All is o'er, his hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast,
All is o'er, his sufferings ended,
Now dear Bennie is at rest."

STINE. ­ Mrs. Martha Stine, wife of Samuel Stine of Upper West Pennsboro Twp., died on Tuesday morning Oct. 1, 1895, of heart disease. Although it was known for several years that she was ailing at the heart, she apparently was in fairly good health for some time before her death and her death came very unexpectedly. She arose that morning, as usual, and performed her customary labor when suddenly, while standing hear the stove in the presence of her husband, she fell over and expired in a few moments and without a struggle. Her funeral was held on Thursday, and her remains were laid to rest in the graveyard of Diller's church near her home. Pre. Samuel Hess officiated at the services. The deceased's maiden name was Burkholder. She was born on Sept. 4th 1840 and consequently was aged 55 years and 27 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and 5 children, also 2 stepchildren of her husband by a former marriage. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years and an active worker in its Sabbath school. She was a faithful and loving wife and affectionate mother, and sometime prior to her death when the final moments appeared yet afar off she copied the following lines:

"Dear husband, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom,
You'll know where to find me, dear husband, in heaven.
You'll follow me home to the land of the blessed.

Farewell children, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I'm gone;
But prepare to meet me yonder
When the Christian course is run.
Farewell children, I am going
Home to dwell with Christ above,
Where no pains or sickness enters
And where all is joy and love."

HERSHEY. ­ On the 10th of October 1895, near Bareville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cholera infantum, Altha Gracie, youngest daughter of Bro. Benjamin S. and Sister Susie L. Hershey, aged 3 months and 3 days. Funeral services by Bishop Isaac Eby at Hershey's church after which the remains of the dear little one were laid in their last resting place. Buried at the same burying ground. She leaves parents and one little sister and many relatives and friends to mourn her early departure.

The little crib is empty now,
The clothes are now laid by,
I am not dead, but sleeping;
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well;
But Jesus took your darling,
So mamma, dear, farewell.

And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your child, your little Altha,
Who now has gone to rest. ­N. A. H.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 22, November 15, 1895, p. 350, 351

SHANK. ­ Spet. 4th 1895, near Colemansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Aaron M. son of Samuel and ____ Shank, of lock jaw, caused by an accident received while helping to make cider. Funeral on the 6th at the Miller Mennonite M. H. He was in his fourteenth year. Services by John Harnish, J. K. Brubaker and A. B. Herr. ­COR.

THOMAS. ­ On the 22d of October, 1895, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of cancer, Sister Hannah, wife of Bro. Emmanuel Thomas, aged 60 years, 3 months and 2 days. She was buried on the 24th. Funeral services at the Stahl Mennonite meeting house by Samuel Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough.

MISHLER. ­ David Mishler was born in Somerset Co., Pa., June 29th 1805, and died in Elkhart Co., Ind., October 26th 1895, aged 90 years, 3 months and 26 days. When about 9 years old he moved with his parents to Holmes Co., Ohio, where he was married about the year 1826 to Anne Keck. They moved from here to Union township, Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1840, and after living there and in Lagrange Co., Ind., for a number of years, they moved to Marshall Co., this state, where in 1882 the wife died. After living there a short time after this sad event he came to this county, where he has since lived. His last illness and death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eli Rarick. There were born to this union six daughters, five of whom are still living; and three sons, two of whom are dead. There are also 32 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren as near as can be known, and a number of great grand-grand-children. His last sickness was of three weeks duration, through which kind neighbors and friends gave their aid in caring for him to the end. Buried on the 28th. Funeral services in the Elkhart M. H. by J. S. Lehman, from 1 Cor. 15: 22.

FIRESTONE. ­ Isaac Firestone was born in Fairfield Twp., Columbiana Co., Ohio, December 31st 1830, was married to Catherine Myers, Sept. 4, 1853, in Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind. He was a man with a large, open heart, tender to those in sorrow and distress and had an open hand of charity to those in need. In his early life he was brought up in German Lutheran Reform faith and was partial to their belief if any. The physical strain on him while in the Civil War brought on him a disease which followed him up to the time of his death. He leaves (to mourn his loss) a wife 62 years of age, 5 sons and 2 daughters all grown up to manhood and womanhood. With all his faults he was dearly loved and respected by the entire family. He carried tenderly in his heart the faults and frailties of his family. He saw the highway of eternal right through all the winding paths where folly vainly stalks with thorn pierced hands. He age was 64 years, 9 months and 28 days. Buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind. Services by J. S. Lehman and J. S. Coffman.

GRAYBILL. ­ Lewis Bertram Graybill was born November 3d 1877, and died October 27th 1895, aged 17 years, 11 months and 23 days. Died of typhoid fever. Buried at Cullom, Ill., on October 29th. Funeral services by J. S. Coffman. Lewis was a noble hearted boy, loved and respected by all, but it is sad that he neglected to make his covenant with God. On his death bed he prayed and promised, if spared, to live a Christian life. A loud call to those who live with good intentions without fulfilling them.

YODER. ­ Jacob J. Yoder was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 7th 1847, moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1867, was married to Lavina C. Smith in 1877, moved to Phillips Co., Colo., in 1889, where he regained his lost health. In 1894 he moved to McPherson Co., Kan., and in 1895 to Rice Co., Kan., where he resided to the time of his death, on October 21st 1895, aged 48 years and 17 days. He was a loving husband and kind father, loved and respected by all. He leaves his wife and 4 sons and 1 daughter, 1 son having preceded him, a father, 2 brothers and 7 sisters. His sickness was typhoid pneumonia. He was a member of the church, and on his death bed gave very consoling evidence that he was fully prepared for the great change. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. D. G. Lapp who spoke appropriate words from Job 16.

HERSHEY. ­ Jacob L. Hershey of Gordonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 22d of October 1895, aged about 85 years. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church, and was the oldest farmer in Leacock Twp. Buried on the 24th in the Hershey graveyard in Salisbury Twp. His wife and 4 children mourn his death.

PLANK. ­ On the 28th of August, 1895, of old age, Sister Phebe Plank, aged 87 years, 5 months and 18 days. She was a member of the Amish church, kindhearted and highly respected among a very extensive acquaintance. Funeral services on the 30th by Rudolph Byler and J. R. Zook.

ALBRECHT. ­ On the 17th of October, 1895, near Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Joseph Albrecht, aged 75 years, 6 months and 29 days. He leaves 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. Two of his children and his wife preceded him. He was for a number of years deacon in the church, which office he filled faithfully. His parents came to America in 1837. His remains were laid to rest on the 20th in the Mt. Bloom graveyard. Funeral services by Joseph Buercky and Joseph Stuckey.

LEHN. ­ On the 14th of October 1895, in Chenoa, McLean Co., Ill., Sister Eliza Lehn, aged 21 years, 8 months and 14 days. She leaves her bereaved parents and 3 sisters to mourn her early departure, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services by Peter Schantz and William Cromwell in English and by Andrew Werckler and Joseph Kinsinger in German. The remains were laid to rest on the 17th.

LEHN. ­ On the 15th of October, 1895, near Meadows, McLean Co., Ill., very suddenly, George Lehn, aged 88 y., 1 m., 1 d. He took supper with his family as usual. He arose from the supper table and went out on the porch where he fell down and almost immediately expired. Bro. Lehn was born on the 14th day of September 1807, in the Rhenish Palatinate, and was married to Barbara Schertz on the 2d of April 1844. Of their 7 children, 2 sons and 3 daughters survive, also 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Bro. Lehn was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, a peaceful, highly respected neighbor and citizen. Buried on the 17th in the Waldo Twp. grave yard in Livingston Co., Ill. Funeral services by Joseph Kinsinger, Andrew Werckler, from 2 Cor. 5: 1 ­ 10, and John P. Schmitt from 1 Cor. 15: 1.

NISSLEY. ­ On the 25th of October, 1895, in Harper, Kansas, of inflammation of the bowels, Veronica, wife of Daniel Nissley, aged 66 years, 3 months and 21 days. She leaves her aged husband 84 years old and 5 children. One child preceded her. Buried on the 27th, followed to the grave by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Jonas D. Borntrager, from 2 Cor. 5, and 1 Thess. 4: 13. She was the daughter of Henry Miller and was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. She was a faithful sister in the old Amish branch of the church.

GINGRICH. ­ On the 14th of August, 1895, near Metamora, Ill., of paralysis of the heart, Bro. Christian Gingrich. He had attended to his work as usual until 4 P. M. when he felt somewhat indisposed. A physician was sent for, who gave him relief with medicines. But in the evening he went out of doors again, came in, sat in his chair and expired. He leaves his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters. One son and 2 daughters preceded him. Funeral services by Michael Kinsinger and Emanuel Hartman in German and by D. D. Miller of Indiana, in English. ­JACOB O. GINGRICH.

GODSHALL. ­ On the 30th of September, 1895, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis, Sister Elizabeth Godshall, aged 75 years, 4 months and 13 days. Buried on the 6th of October in the Franconia graveyard. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer, Abel Horning and M. R. Moyer. Text, 1 Cor. 5: 8. The deceased was a faithful and beloved member of the church and bore her sufferings with much patience. We believe our loss is her eternal gain.

SNADER. ­ On the 8th of September 1895, near Weaverland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Annie, wife of Bro. Aaron Snader, aged 35 years, 3 months and 21 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite congregation. The remains were laid to rest on the 11th in the Weaverland graveyard. Funeral services were held by John Landis, John Zimmerman and Samuel Witmer, from Phil. 1: 21 ­ 24, to a large concourse of people who came to pay the last tribute to a loved sister and friend and to sympathize with the bereft family. Peace to her ashes.

She had children, four in number,
That are left to mourn for her,
But could she speak she now would say,
Prepare to meet me in heaven.

Yes, she now is taken from us,
She has risen up on high;
But there's one sweet hope within us,
We shall meet her by and by.

CART. ­ Sister Barbara Cart of Cullom, Ill., (maiden name Hartman) was born in Germany, December 3d 1829; died on the 21st of October 1895; aged nearly 66 years. She came with her parents to Ohio, thence to Indiana, where she was united in marriage to Robert Cart, March 20th 1831. Then they moved to Illinois where she resided till the time of her death. She survived her husband 8 years. She was the mother of 7 children, and 9 grandchildren. Sister Cart was a member of the Cullom, Ill. Congregation. We need not mourn as those who have no hope. Buried near Kempton, Ill., on Oct. 23d. Services at the house by C. S. Hauder. Text, Isaiah 35: 10.

HOSTETLER. ­ Near Pevna, Howard Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Otis C. son of C. J. and Magdelena Hostetler, died Oct. 19th, aged 1 year and 19 days. Funeral services on the 21st at the A. M. meeting house, by E. A. Mast in German and J. S. Horner in English, from Mark 10: 13 ­16. May God bless the bereaved parents in their bereavement and console them. This is the fifth child that has been taken from this family circle. May we all be robed and ready to meet that deat messenger and pass from this world into a world of joy and glory and be with those that have gone before us.

HOOVER. ­ At Altona, Ontario, on Wednesday, September 18th 1895, Esther Reesor White, beloved wife of Martin R. Hoover, aged 30 eyars, 4 months and 18 days. She was buried in the Altona cemetery on the 19th. She was universally respected, and was followed to her last resting place by an immense number of sorrowing friends. She died in the triumphs of a living faith. She admonished all her friends to meet her in heaven.

Death has borne from us our mother,
We have taken our last farewell
From our loved and loving parent,
Why it was we cannot tell.

God saw fit to call her higher,
From this world of toil and care;
To her home beyond the River,
And we hope to meet her there.

Pain no more shall heave her bosom,
All her trials now are o'er;
She has passed awhile before us,
Joined the saints on Heaven's Shore.

At our loss we will not murmur,
Though it fills our hearts with pain;
Nature's ties are strong and tender,
But our loss is mother's gain.

Then farewell our dearest mother
Till we meet on Heaven's Shore,
For when life's short day is ended,
We will meet to part no more. ­FRANK A. HOOVER.

KING. ­ On October 27th 1895, in Cass Co., Mo., of diphtheria, Mary E. daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth King, aged 9 years, 1 month and 25 days. Funeral services on the 28th at Sycamore grove M. H. where impressive remarks were made by Bish. John Hartzler. Mary's place in the family circle is vacant, her cherished influence has vanished, her voice silenced. The gap in her Sunday school class must be closed by another. All seems so changed. But hark, a voice whispers, Grieve not for me, dear parents and friends, I am in paradise with Jesus, where I am forever released from pain and sorrow. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God which has said of the like of me, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." Doubtless many Christian parents can from experience in after years cheerfully thank God for the hallowing influence brought about by such bereavements, and for the consoling assurance that such have forever escaped the Satanic allurements incident to a temporal life of "three score years" and upward, which lead into the innumerable snares and pitfalls of eternal woe. While there is nothing strange about this death, it is a remarkable fact however that it is the first death of any one under the age of 70 years, in this congregation of over 300 members, since August 12th 1893, and the first death here since that of Reuben Yoder, on July 27, 1894, whose age was 83 years, 1 month and 10 days. ­J. K. ZOOK.

SHOEMAKER. ­ John D. Shoemaker was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., December 26th 1800, was married to Catherine Fried, Oct. 12th 1823, emigrated to Waterloo Co., Canada in 1825, lived in matrimony 56 years, his wife dying about 16 years ago. He died on the 30th of September 1895, aged 94 years, 9 months and 4 days. His posterity numbers 8 children (4 sons and 4 daughters) of whom 6 survive him; also 66 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. The funeral services, conducted by Daniel Wismer and S. Stauffer, were largely attended.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah.


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