DEACON ABSALOM MILLER.
Absalom Miller was born in Holmes county, Ohio, Feb. 19th, 1827, and died March 11th, 1898, near Waupecong, Miami Co., Ind., after an illness of several months with lung trouble, aged 71 years and 22 days. Bro. Miller came into this section of Indiana when he was a young man and resided here continuously until his death. In December 1850 he was united in marriage to Barbara Shrock. To this union were born eight children, of whom three are still living. The mother was called from this family in February, 1885, and in January, 1888 he was again united in marriage to Mary Shrock. Bro. Miller for many years was deacon in the Howard and Miami Co. A. M. congregation.
He always was earnestly engaged in church and S. S. work. He will be greatly missed both in the church and neighborhood. He was always ready to give good counsel to anyone who asked for counsel. He was one of the pillars in the church and one of the pioneers of the state. He was seldom absent from church and S. S. if health permitted him to be present. He seemed to realize that his end was near. About five weeks before his death a physician, from Greentown, Ind., was called, who told him that he could live about five weeks. Bro. Miller asked him if he did not think that he could leave sooner. He long desired to leave this world and go over yonder where it is much better than here in a world of trials, sorrow and tribulation. Funeral services were conducted at the church on Sunday the 13th to a large concourse of people, by the pastors of the church, Preachers Mast, Miller, Horner and Sproll. Buried in the Shrock cemetery, one-half mile east of the M. H.
PRE. ABRAHAM MAST.
Abraham Mast was born in Walnut Creek Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio, Jan. 1st, 1821; died of heart disease, June 8, 1898; aged 77 years, 5 months and 7 days.
His father Jacob Mast, of German descent, was born in Somerset Co., Pa. In 1812 he removed his family to Ohio and entered a quarter section of land in what is now Walnut Creek Twp. On this farm Abraham was born and reared. He early took an active part in the af-fairs of the Amish Church, having been ordained to the ministry when but 27 years of age and served the Church in that capacity until the messenger of death relieved him of duty. Years ago, when the Sunday school was yet in its infancy and confronted by many difficulties and oppositions, his influence and instrumentality succeeded, by much fervent prayer, and meditating upon God's word, in establishing a Sunday school at this place, which noble institutions throughout the land are leading many young souls to seek and live a life that is becoming to God and man. His death was very sudden and unexpected, having had but very few attacks of sickness in his lifetime. The sickness at the time of his death lasted but a few moments. After his daily routine on Tuesday evening, June 7, he retired as usual in good spirits, ris-ing the next morning complaining with a little cough and short breathing, which seemed to increase and in less than an hour he lay a silent corpse. Thus passed away another one of God's servants to his reward. Oh! may but his prayers and admonitions that he so diligently offered for the souls of men and the future welfare of the Church have rooted in the lowest depth of human hearts and bear fruit abundantly.
Many preachers have favorite pas-sages in Scripture, which they frequently quote from the pulpit. Will quote a few of his: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies." "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
On June 2d, 1811, he was united in marriage with Anna Beachy. Lived in matrimony 57 years and 6 days. To this union were born eight sons and ten daughters of whom one son, two daughters, twenty-two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren preceded him to eternity. He leaves an aged and devoted widow, fifteen children, one hundred and one grand children, seventy great-grandchildren and many friends to mourn his departure.
His remains were laid to rest in the Walnut Creek cemetery, June 11, fol-lowed by a large concourse of people. Funeral services were conducted by J. H. Miller, Fred Mast and Nobart Sprohl. Text, 2 Tim, 4:5 -8.
BENTLER.-On the 18th of May, l898, in Bowne, Kent Co., Mich., of heart disease and cancer, from which she suffered a long time, Catharine, beloved wife of Bro. Herman Bentler, and a daughter of the late Pre. George R. Smith, of Waterloo Co., Ont., aged 65 years, 6 months and 10 days. She was buried at the old Mennonite church, of which she was a member for 45 years, 6 months and 10 days.
Oh, mother, thy gentle voice is hushed,
Thy warm true heart is still,
And on thy pale and peaceful face,
Is resting death's cold chill.
Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast,
We have kissed thy marble brow,
And in our aching hearts we know,
We have no mother now.
STAUFFER.--On the 20th of May, 1898, in Milton Grove, Lancaster Co., Penna., of paralysis, Sister (widow) Nancy Stauffer in her 91st year. She leaves four children to mourn; four preceded her to the spirit world. She also leaves twenty-seven grand-children, twenty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 55 years. She often ex-pressed a desire to depart this life and be with Christ. On the 24th of May a very large concourse of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services at Risser meeting house by Bishop Martin Rutt and Pre. Ebersole. Peace be to her ashes.
Dearest mother, 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.
T. L. F.
SAYLOR.-On the 2d of June, l898, in Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Norman, son of Bro. Jacob and Sister Catherine Saylor, met with a sad and fatal accident which was a shock to the family and to the whole community. He went out into the coal mine in the morning on his father's farm to dig coal and when he did not return for dinner his father went to look for him and found him dead under a piece of slate that broke down in the bank. We believe he was instantly killed. A loud warning again to prepare to meet our God. The age of the deceased was 15 years and 18 days. He had united with the church when 12 years of age and was a very faithful young brother in the church. He took an active part in the Sunday school as a teacher, but we believe God called him up higher to his final reward. We truly sympathize with the brother and sister in their sore bereavement. Not quite three years ago they lost their only daughter by a sad accident: she being shot by one of their neighbor's children. We are sorry to give up Bro. Saylor while yet so young and useful in life, but it would be still harder to see those taken away so suddenly who are not prepared to go. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas M. H. by S. G. Shelter, Samuel Gindlesperger and L. A. Bough. Text, 1 Kings 18:12. "But I, thy servant, fear the Lord from my youth."
HARTZLER.-On May 2d, 1898, near Allensville, Pa., of lung troubles, Phebe, daughter of Christian B. and Fannie R. Hartzler, aged 2 months and 20 days. Services by A. D. Zook and Moses Stutzman.
Phebe was a precious flower,
God had planted in our home,
But the angels whispered sweetly,
Come and dwell with us at home.
L. B. K.
HORST.-On the 18th day of May, 1898, at Wakarusa, Indiana, Julia Ann Musser, wife of Daniel Horst aged 35 years, 9 months and 28 days. Julia leaves a husband, three children, father, mother, and one sister to mourn her departure. She was buried at the Yellow Creek M. H. on the 21st. Her funeral was largely attended. Julia had many warm-hearted friends. She was a dear child, a loyal wife, an affectionate mother, and if her walk and conduct was a true index of her heart she was then happily converted to God, which made her a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Our loss is her eternal gain. May God bless and keep the bereaved family.
Man, beasts, each tree,
All that hath growth or breath,
Have one large language, mortality.
Services were conducted by Noah Metzler and Isaac Good from Luke 8: 52.
SHIRK.--On June 6th, 1898, at Weaverland, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, John Y. Shirk, aged 83 years, 3 months and 27 days. He was failing for several months; but was sick only a short time. He leaves a widow but no children. He was for many years sexton in the Weaverland Cong. and lived on the grounds, and dug the graves for many of our people who have gone before; he was well known and beloved by all who knew him. Interment and preaching at Weaverland where John L. Landis, Benjamin Horning and John Zimmerman preached from the text chosen by the departed brother, Psalms 27: 4. This text gives us a living hope that the dear old brother's desire and prayer was to be with the Lord.
LICHTY.-On May 22, 1898, in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co., Penna., of nervous prostration, Pre. Peter Lichty, aged 75 years, 3 months and 20 days. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his departure: he was long a faithful member of the Men-nonite Church; he was confined to the house for over eight years, and at times he was almost helpless; yet he bore his sufferings patiently, knowing everything to the time of his death. The fu-neral was held at Lichty's meeting house (Smoketown) on May 25th, where Benjamin Horning, John Zimmerman, John Sander and Samuel Witmer preached to a large number of mourning friends and relatives.
KAUFFMAN.-Bro. Jonas Kauffman was born June 12th, 1824, died June 3rd 1898, aged 75 years, 11 months and 21 days. Buried in Lost Creek cemetery. Funeral was largely attended by neighbors and friends. Services by Samuel Gayman and Spencer Beaver.
FOLK.-John J. Folk was born July 15th, 1822, died May 26th, 1898, aged 75 years, 10 months and 11 days. He was married to Matilda Hershberger who preceded him to the spirit world nearly two years ago. They had fifteen chil-dren, of whom ten survive; fifty-four grandchildren of whom forty-nine survive; fourteen great-grandchildren of whom thirteen survive, making a total posterity of 83 souls. Bro. Folk united with the Mennonite Church in early 1ife, and was ordained the first deacon of the present (Folk) congregation in1856, which position he occupied until his death. Funeral services were con-ducted in the Folk M. H. May 27th, by Bro. D. H. Bender and Bro. G. D. Mil-ler. Text, John 14: 2.
GERHARDT.--On the 11th of June, 1898, near Waupecong, Miami Co., Ind., Phillip Gerhardt was struck by lightning and instantly killed, aged 51 years, 5 months and 15 days. He was an active member and worker in the U. B. Church and was beloved by nearly everybody where he was acquainted. Burial on Monday the 13th. Funeral services at the Waupecong M. H. where about the largest funeral concourse of people ever seen in this part of the country assembled. The people were counted as they viewed the corpse and numbered about 1000; of vehicles there were 360. Services by Pre. Gossett.
LARASON.- On the 11th of June, 1898, near Amboy, Miami Co., Ind., the thirteen year old daughter of John and ----- Larason was struck and instantly killed by lightning. Funeral on Sunday. These were sad callings for those families, and shocking incidents to the neighborhoods. But we can see the frailty of man and the "power of God manifests itself." Indeed it is necessary that we should live as though every day of our life would be time last day. "Prepare to meet thy God." Amos 4:12.
GINGERICH.-On the 21st of May, 1898, of a complication of diseases, Mary Gingerich, aged 60 years, 11 months and 15 days. She was born in Garret Co., Maryland, was married to Christian Gingerich, with whom she lived a happy life for many years in their pleasant little home situated on the summit of Negro Mountain. She leaves her husband and seven children (two having gone before) and many friends to mourn her loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, for by their fruits ye shall know them. She was an active member of the Amish Church. She was laid in the grave dur-ing a fearful rain storm, where she now awaits the final judgment. She longed to leave this vain world, and selected a funeral text, Phil. 1:21. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
"The bosom where I oft have lain
And slept my infant hours away,
Will never beat for me again,
'Tis still in death, 'tis senseless clay.
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.
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.
And let me choose the path she chose,
And her again I soon may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes,
With Jesus in eternity,"
A Friend, L. J. BEACHY.
LANDIS.-On the 31st of May, 1898, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Maria G., wife of Bro. John B. Landis, aged 65 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was a sufferer from a com-plication of diseases for a number of years and during her last illness was confined to her bed 6 weeks, gradually growing weaker in the body, but at the same time, we believe, growing still stronger in faith, believing that her Saviour would relieve her in His own good time from all her earthly ills, and through the merits of His redeeming blood would crown her with everlasting life in heaven.
She had no children of her own, but we can testify that she had a mother heart in that she raised and cared for a nephew and two nieces whose mother had died many years ago. They join with her beloved husband in mourning the loss of "Aunt Maria" as children would mourn the loss of a mother. And not only is her loss felt by her near relatives, but many a needy family will miss the charitable deeds and gifts which they often received from her hand. On Friday, June 3d, a large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay the last tribute of respect that they can ever show. Interment was made at the Stumptown Mennonite M. H. where services were held by Pre. John L. Landis and Bishop Isaac Eby. Text: Rev. 14:12,13. A. D. L.
ZIMMERMAN. - On the 23d of May, 1898, at her home in Hanover, Pa., Sister Eliza Zimmerman.
The following resolutions of respect were offered by the Mennonite S. S. at Hanover:
WHEREAS, Almighty God in His all-wise Providence has seen fit to remove from our midst our co-worker and teacher, Eliza Zimmerman,
Resolved, That we, the teachers and pupils of the Mennonite S. S. of Hanover, Pa., while bowing to the supreme will, do hereby express our heartfelt sympathies for the bereaved relatives and friends, and also manifest the deep sense of loss inflicted upon us by the death of one who has ever been a kind friend and a helpful worker,
Resolved, That these resolutions be recorded on the minutes of our Sunday school, and that they be published in our local papers.
I. R. WITMER,
E. J. HERR, Committee.
A. B. MYERS,
HARSHBARGER. - Near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., June 2nd, 1898, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Joshua Harshbarger, aged 31 years, 7 months and 23 days. Our sister was not only a dear and good mother and faithful wife, but also a quiet and strong support in the church, not altogether by what she said and did, but still more by what she was: so quiet, so gentle, so kind, and yet when she came to choosing between right and wrong, she was firm and decided. Her home, near our meeting house, has been for many years open with a kind wel-come and hospitality for ministers and others attending our meetings. Her gentle and motherly presence spoke louder than words for peace and right-eousness. That the church and the neighborhood sympathize with the be-reaved family was shown by the very large attendance at her funeral.
RECK-On the l0th day of June, 1898, David Reck, aged 68 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was born on the 26th of November, 1827 in Markirch, Germany, was married to Mary Schlabach on the 11th of September, 1859, and lived in matrimony 38 years and 9 months. To this union were born ten children, of whom two preceded him. His wife, eight children and 16 grandchildren sur-vive. Funeral services by J. F. Rediger in German from John 5:20-29, and by Samuel D. Buerky of Morton, Ill., in English from Gen. 2: 17 and John 11:24-27.
HEATWOLE.-On May 18th, 1898, at his home near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., of pneumonia, Bro. Martin Heatwole, aged 52 years, 1 month and 22 days. The deceased had for many years followed the business of con-tractor and builder and up to the time of his last sickness was engaged on a large barn for Bro. J. D. Hartman. His illness covered the brief period of six days, but he seemingly remained conscious up to the last moment. He had been a worthy member of the Mennonite Church for 20 years and within the last few hours of his life he set his home in order (temporally) and passed peacefully away-reconciled to God and all mankind. He leaves a wife and eight children. Services at the Bank church on the 20th, before a large concourse of people, by L. J. Heatwole and J. S. Mar-tin from 1 Cor. 15:49.
NISWANDER.-On June 8th, 1898, at her home, near Anthony, Rockingham Co., Va., of consumption, Sister Martha F. Niswander, aged 19 years, 8 months and 17 days. In April 1896 she was united in wedlock to Frank Niswander, who survives her. Funeral services on the 10th, at Mt. Clinton Mennonite M. H. by Pre. A. S. Hammack and L. J. Heatwole from Rev. 20:12.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
Glenn Grady Mishler, son of D. P. and Ida Mishler, was born Dec. 20, 1895; died April 24, 1898, at Topeka, Indiana.
As the dreary winds of winter
Told of winter's coming gloom,
Glenn took his place among us,
Casting sunshine in our home.
In each heart a ray had fallen,
Cheering it with its kind love;
But we knew not Christ had chosen
Glenn to dwell with Him above,
Can our little, bright-eyed darling,
Ne'er come to us any more;
Never laugh, our hearts to gladden
Never play before our door?
Oh, our Father, just and holy,
Truly this is sad to tell;
But we trust Thy love and mercy-
Thou, who doest all things well
Sleep, Glenn, sleep in rest sublime,
Thy suffering is o'er.
Oh, may we meet thee, when done with time,
Upon that fairer shore.
KREIDER.-On the l2th of June, 1898, at Gordonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Daniel Kreider, in his 46th year. He was a great sufferer from cancer for two years, although he never murmured nor complained, but bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude and calmly awaited the time when he could "lay his armor by and dwell in peace at home," where there is no sickness, pain or sorrow. He was of a very kind and cheerful disposition, which made him a great favorite among his many nieces and nephews and all those with whom he met. Deceased leaves an aged mother, three brothers and four sisters to mourn his death. The funeral was held on the 15th at his home, where a large concourse of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by Bro. Christian Brackbill and Bish. Isaac Eby Text: I Peter 4:19.
My mother, do not grieve for me,
Do not lament nor mourn;
For I shall with my Savior be,
When you are left alone.
Dear sisters, oft you looked for me,
And oft you saw me come;
But now I'm gone from hence away
To my celestial home.
My brothers, do not mourn for me,
In heaven we'll meet again;
Where parting tears no more we'll see
And where there is no pain.
Although I never can return,
Let this not grieve the heart;
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part.
HERSHEY.-On the 27th of June, 1898, near Cherry Box, Shelby Co., Mo., infant child of Allen and Nora Hershey, aged one day. Parents and one sister are left to mourn. Buried on the 28th. Funeral services by the writer from Rev. 22:9, last clause. The jewel was taken away very young, but these little ones that are taken from our midst are safe in the arms of Jesus. What a blessed consolation and assurance for parents to know they have a little jewel that is numbered among that vast throng of little children, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
W. W. KAUFFMAN.
MISHLER.-On the 22d of June, 1898, near Waupecong, Miami Co., Ind., of complication of diseases, Barbara Mishler (maiden name Frey) aged 64 year 4 months and 25 days. Sister Mishler was sick for several weeks, and bore all with great patience. Her husband, Benjamin Mishler, preceded her to the spirit world March 27th, 1887. They were united in marriage June 20th 1852. This union was blessed with seven sons and three daughters. One son died in infancy. She leaves nine children and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as though they had hope. Sister Mishler was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for over 40 years, and one that could be relied upon. She was always ready to give good counsel, and during her sickness she was so resigned to the Lord's will that she could say "All is well." She often wished to go over yonder and be with Jesus. Funeral services were con-ducted at the meeting house on the 23d by Bish. E. A. Mast in German, from 2 Cor. 5:1,10, and by J. S. Horner in English, from Job 14 :14, 15. The house was full of people. Buried in the Mast cemetery. May God bless and comfort the bereft children.
WAREY.-Mary Alta, daughter of John and Catherine Warey, was born Nov. 21, 1896, and died May 21st, 1898, aged 1 year and 6 months. The funeral services were conducted in German from Mark 10 :15, 16, 17, by Bro. C. Werey.
Another little lamb is gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling
Is sheltered in the grave.
God needed one more angel child
Amidst his shining band,
And so He bent with loving smiles
And clasped our darling Alta's hand.
LANDIS.-On the 10th of June, 1898, at Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., Sister Susanna Landis, aged 68 years, 4 months and 28 days. Sister Landis started to walk to the cemetery at York. She was taken into an open buggy by Emanuel Landis, a relative of hers. In crossing the Southern Railroad at the city of York the front axle broke, the vehicle fell to the ground, and frightened the horse, whereupon he commenced to kick viciously and happened to hit Sister Landis on the back of her head, fracturing her skull. She lived from about 8 A. M. until 2 P. M., when death relieved her of her sufferings. Sister Landis was a good and kind Christian mother, a devoted and faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Her death is an admonition to all to be ready when death comes. Funeral services by Martin Whisler, Eli Hursh and Theo. B. Forry. Text: Amos 4 :12.
Oh, it is very lonely
Since her lovely voice is still;
But yet we will not murmur,
For we know it was God's will.
A home without a mother,
How sad it makes us feel,
But if we trust in Jesus,
He will all our sorrows heal.
SNYDER-On the 24th of June, 1898, at Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ont., Mary Ann Shantz, beloved wife of Isaac C. Snyder, aged 43 years, 1 month and 27 days. Sister Snyder leaves a sorrowing husband and six children, the youngest about 7 years old; two children pre-ceded her to the spirit world; also par-ents, six brothers, three sisters and many friends, who will miss her at her household duties and in the church ser-vices. She was resigned to the will of God and was willing to go at the Mas-ter's call. Buried on the 20th at C. Eby's meeting house. Services by S. Bowman in German and N. Stauffer in English to a crowded house of atten-tive hearers.
JUTZI.-On the 12th of June, 1898, at Gad's Hill, Perth Co., Ont., Ezra, son of Christian and Annie Jutzi, aged 7 years and 11 months. Buried at Poole June 15. Services were held by N. Nafziger and J. M. Bender.
BOSHARD.-On the 24th of June, 1898, at Milverton, Ont., Christian L. Boshard, aged 74 years, less 6 days. He was a cripple all his life, but we have full hope that he now enjoys a better life, for he often said, "I know I must be born anew to enter the kingdom of God." Buried at Poole June 26th. Services by Christian Gascho from John 5 :25-29, and N. Nafziger from Rom. 13 :11-14.
HOLLENBACH.-On the 9th of May, 1898, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of convulsions, Henry Franklin, infant son of Edwin F. and Katie L. Hollenbach, aged 2 years and 20 days. Buried on the 12th in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard. Funeral ser-vices by Josiah Clemmer at the house, and by M. R. Moyer at the M. H. in English. Text; Matt, 18:34.
STALTER.-On the 8th of June, 1898, in Livingston Co., Ill., of dropsy, Jacob Stalter, aged 74 years, 9 months and 20 days. Deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1823, was married to Barbara Birky on the 30th of April, 1849; lived in matrimony 35 years. To this union were born six sons and six daughters; his wife, three sons and one daughter preceded him. Buried on the 10th of June, when a large concourse assembled to pay their last respects to a loved one. Funeral services by Chr. Zimmerman at the house, and by Stephen Stahly, Chr. Zimmerman and John P. Schmitt at the meeting house. Text: Isa. 38 :1-3. Other ministers who were present also assisted, Joseph Kinsinger speaking from 1 Thess. 4 :13. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite Cong., and was highly respected. Besides his eight children he leaves 50 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
RHINE.-On the 18th of June, 1898, near Campbell, Neb., Bro. Samuel Rhine, aged 14 years, 8 months and 18 days. Buried on the 19th at the Roseland Mennonite meeting house. Ser-vices by D. G. Lapp and A. Shiffler.
GINGRICH.-On the 25th of June 1898, at Bladen, Neb., of consumption, Sister Anna Elisabeth Gingrich, aged 27 years, 1 month and 2 days. Buried on the 27th at the Roseland Mennonite meeting house. Services by D. G. Lapp, A. Shiffler and J. M. Nunemaker. Sis-ter Gingrich was born in Juniata Co., Pa., moved to Nebraska with her par-ents in 1884, united with the Mennonite Church in 1894 and led a consistent Christian life, and was therefore ready when the death angel came.
FOX.---On June 15, 1898, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Lillie Fox, daughter of Thomas and Callie Fox, aged 9 years, 6 months and 5 days. She was sick nearly two years and bore her sufferings with greater patience than usual and showed remarkable Christian zeal and faith for one so young. Her funeral was held at Bridgeville, Pre. Weist officiating.
MARTIN.-On the 17th of June, 1898, in East Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lung trouble, Bro. Aaron M. Martin, aged 29 years, 2 months and 14 days. He leaves a widow and two small children to mourn his early death; but he died with a bright hope and a full assurance for a happy eternity, and was willing to lay aside this earthly tabernacle of clay and make his abode where peace and joy shall reign forever. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He also leaves four brothers and three sisters. He was reared in Harrison township, Elkhart county, Indiana, being a son of Benjamin Martin, deceased, who was buried at Yellow Creek meeting house in 1884. The funeral was held at Weaverland, where Bros. John Sauder, John Zimmerman and Benjamin Horn-ing preached to many sorrowing rela-tives and friends. Text: Lam. 5 :16.
BRENNEMAN.-On the 17th of Feb-ruary, 1898, Pre. Adam B. Brenneman, aged 63years. Buried at Landis Val-ley.
GODSHALK.-In Doylestown township, Bucks Co., Pa., on June 27, 1898, of consumption, Bro. William, son of John Godshalk, aged 38 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was married to Sallie, daughter of Deacon Henry Shelby; they lived together in married life about 14 years, during which time four sons and two daughters were born to them. One son preceded his father to the better home. During his illness, in which time he suffered considerably, he was resigned to the Father's will, and said he thought it a fitting time for him to die now, as he was loosed from the world and its pleasures. He was buried at Doylestown meeting house on the 30th. Preaching at the meeting house by David Gehman in German and A. O. Histand in English. Text: Psa. 46:1.
KROPF.-On the 27th of April, 1898, near Needy, Oregon, Elmer, son of Pre. Daniel J. and Annie Kropf, aged 3 years and 28 days. He was sick only part of a day with what they supposed to be worm spasms. Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the king-dom of God." Funeral services were held at Needy school house by A. P. Troyer.
SENSENIG.-On June 15, 1898, In East Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., William, a nine weeks' old son of Isaac and Maggie Sensenig. The little one was found dead in bed. The funeral was held at Center meeting house, Bro. John Zimmerman officiating.
RANCK.-On the 31st of May, 1898, near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., of appendicitis, Bro. Abram Ranck, aged 35 years, 10 months and 6 days. The death of this brother was quite a shock to his friends as he was sick less than week, during which time his sufferings were intense, but he bore them with Christian fortitude and was fully resigned to the Lord's will, expressing himself at different times that not his will, but the Lord's will be done. Shortly before he died he sang the beautiful hymn, "I'm going home to die no more," thus leaving a bright hope that he went to his eternal reward. He leaves a beloved companion and two children, six brothers, six sisters, parents and grandmother, besides a large circle of warm friends to mourn the loss of one that was near and dear to us. Deceased was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends and rel-atives and were lovingly laid to rest at the Strasburg meeting house. Services were conducted at the house by Bish. Isaac Eby, and at the meeting house by Elias Groff and John K. Brubaker. May God bless and comfort the bereaved family.
Farewell, dear wife, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I am gone;
But prepare to meet me yonder,
When the Christian's work is done.
We miss thee, husband dear,
From thy old, familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near,
Nor see thy cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table,
We feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrow fills our heart
To see thy vacant chair.
Farewell, dear wife, and children dear;
I loved you all while I was here;
Grieve not for me, nor sorrow make,
But love each other for my sake."
BRUNNER.-In Buckingham township, Bucks Co., Pa., on March 19, 1898, Wallace, son of Bro. Harvey and Sister Hannah Brunner, aged 9 years, 10 months and 13 days. Buried on the 22d at Deep Run, Pa.
STROUSE.-On April 16, 1898, in Plumstead township, Bucks Co., Pa., of consumption, Harvey, son of Bro. Eli Strouse, aged 11 years, 2 months and 8 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 20th.
CONSTANTINE.-In Plumstead township, Bucks Co., Pa., on April 26, 1898, of typhoid fever, Catharine, wife of Philip Constantine, aged 38 years, 2 months and 7 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 30th. Preaching by Jacob Rush and John Gross. Text: Psa. 39:5.
GAYMAN. - Near Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., Pa., on May 13, 1898, Bro. Henry Gayman, aged 78 years, 2 months and 16 days. Buried on the 16th at Deep Run, Pa. Preaching at the house by Jacob Rush and Abraham Histand in English, at the meeting house by David Gehman and John Leatherman.
LANDIS.-In Bedminster township, Bucks Co., Pa., on the 21st of April, 1898, of paralysis, Bro. David Landis, aged 78 years, 9 months and 21 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 26th. Preach-ing at the house by J. Rush and John Leatherman, at the meeting house by Henry Rosenberger. Text: Psalm 1:1-4.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.