FISHER. - On the 9th of Jan., 1901, hear Nappanee, Ind.,
at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Jared DeFries Klass
Fisher, aged 83 years, 5 months and 28 days. He was born in
Friesland, Holland, July 11, 1817 and was married to Hannah Symensma
in 1842 and they together came to America in 1854. They united
with the Mennonite Church when they were married. His wife preceded
him to the spirit world five years ago. On the 3rd he had a fall
and broke his hip, which was too severe a shock for a man of his
age and in addition to that he also took the lagrippe. He bore
his affliction with Christian resignation and without a murmur,
and fell sweetly asleep in Jesus in the living hope of meeting
his loved ones gone before, with the Redeemer in the Paradise
above. Bro. Fisher was an active worker in the Master's cause,
a leader in singing in public worship, a pious and exemplary Christian,
always sympathizing with the poor and needy. He leaves nine children
living (one died in infancy) only two of which were present at
the funeral, seven of them are living in Oregon. He was buried
on the 12th, in the Whitehead cemetery near New Paris, followed
by a large concourse of relatives and friends mourning the loss
of a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. But they have
the blessed consolation that they need not mourn as those who
have no hope. Peace be to his ashes. Funeral services were conducted
by Pre. Scott at the house, and N. Metzler and David Burkholder
at the church.
KEIM. - On the 20th of Dec., 1900, IN Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Christian Keim, aged 88 years, 8 months and 9 days. He was buried on the 23d at the Blough M. H. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, C. W. Harshberger and Jas. Saylor. Bro. Keim was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years, always filling his place in the church whenever health permitted him to be there. His posterity consisted of eleven children living, one dead, forty-two grandchildren living, 9 dead, and thirteen great-grandchildren living.
BIRKY. - On the 12th of September, 1900, near Hopedale, Ill., Valentine C. Birky, aged 42 years, 2 months and 18 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion, and five children, an aged mother, five brothers and four sisters to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite congregation. His remains were laid away on the 14th. Funeral services by Isaac Miller, of Chesterville, Ill. Peace to his ashes.
EICHELBERGER. - On the 9th of Jan., 1901, near Hopedale, Ill., of consumption of which he suffered a long time, Christian Eichelberger, aged 61 years, 8 months and 25 days. He leaves his bereaved companion, three sons and eleven grandchildren. He is gone, but we mourn not as those who have no hope, for we believe that he has gone home. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services by John Egli and J. C. Birky from John 11:25, 26.
SCOGGIN. - Aaron Scoggin died Dec. 11, 1900, after a lingering illness with cancer, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alfred Penry. He was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1809; son of Eli and Elizabeth (Meisner) Scoggin, the former was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in 1852 at about the age of 65. The mother, a native of Virginia, died in 1860, about 67 years old. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom deceased was the third child. He received a common school education and commenced his business career as a trader on the Mississippi river. This he continued seven years and afterwards for about six years ran a steam mill in Dearborn county, Ind. In 1856 he came to Grundy county, Ill., and for two years located in the lumber business at Gardner. He next located on his farm southeast of town. In July, 1851, he married Sarah Kirkpatrick, who died in 1853, leaving one child, which died April 26, 1863. He was again married in 1857 to Anna B. Weaver, who was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, in 1827. They had four children, two of whom are dead. The deceased accumulated property and leaves over 500 acres of land and some personal property as the results of his hard labor. The funeral services were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alfred Penry, Thursday, at 1 p.m. Interment in the Braceville and Gardner cemetery Pre. Burger officiating.
HACKMAN. - Barbara, wife of Abraham O. Hackman, residing on Sumit street, Souderton, Pa., died on the 3d of Jan., 1901, of disease of the stomach, after an illness of nine weeks, aged 47 years, 2 months and 23 days. Deceased leaves her husband, one son and three daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral was held on the 8th. Burial was made at the Franconia Mennonite burying grounds.
HALDEMAN. - Caroline Haldeman died on the 4th of Jan., 1901, at the residence of Henry Funk, of New Galena, Bucks county, Pa., of cancer of the breast, with which she was affected for the past six years. Deceased was aged 78 years and was never married. She was a sister to the later Charles Haldeman, of Hatfield, Pa., where she formerly made her home. The funeral was held on the 7th. Interment at the Doylestown Mennonite meetinghouse.
BERGEY. - Susanna Bergey, widow of the late William Bergey, died on Monday morning, December 31, of pneumonia, at the home of her son-in-law, John T. Keyser, at Collegeville, aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days. Deceased lived for many years in this neighborhood. Her maiden name was Pennypacker. She was the mother of two children. The day before she died she told those about her that she would depart during the coming night, and so it came to pass. The funeral was held Sunday and interment made at the Lower Salford Mennonite meetinghouse.
NICE. - On the 1st of January, 1901, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of measles and croup, Paul, son of Henry and ____ Nice, aged 6 years. Burial in the Mennonite graveyard on the 6th.
WILLIAMS. - On the 6th of January, 1901, in Ness Co.,
Kansas, of a lingering illness, Bro. Joseph B. Williamson,
aged 62 years, 2 months and 17 days. He was born in Tazwell Co.,
Ill., in 1838. Went with his parents to Missouri in 1857 and in
1849 he was married to Louisa M. Hardgrove to which union was
born two sons, Arthur and John, both of whom with their companions
and dear mother Williamson, with many of the neighbors and friends
met together to pay the last tribute of love and respect to the
departed father, husband, and devoted Christian Bro., who said
in his last days of life that he was joyous and glad to go, as
He believed Jesus was waiting to receive him. He and Sister Williamson,
the two sons and their wives joined us as Christian workers in
April 1893. He had belonged to the Christian Church from early
youth. May we all so live that we may meet him and many others
in that dear heavenly home, where all sorrow, sighing and separation,
will be known no more forever. Funeral services were conducted
by T. M. Erb, of Newton, Kansas, from 2 Tim. 4:6, 8. We are very
glad to know that Bro. Williamson could say so earnestly and so
joyously "that he was ready to depart." We have often
felt edified as we thought of the time when he and family so cheerfully
joined us to be a band of happy Christian workers to the glory
of the Father, and for our everlasting comfort, only because Jesus
loved us, and died to save us.
R. J. HEATWOLE.
Transcriber's note: the obit for WILLIAMS should probably be listed as WILLIAMSON; see text of obit.....
MILLER. - On the 18th of January, 1901, near Pashan, Lagrange Co., Ind., from fire, which burned up their home. GENEVA, aged 15 years, 7 months, and 9 days; ELI B., aged 12 years, 5 months and 9 days; MAY BELLE, aged 10 years, 9 months and 17 days; BELVIE, aged 8 years, 6 months and 5 days; children of Benjamin and Susanna Miller. The remains of these four children were laid to rest on the 19th in the Hostetler graveyard, near Pashan, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Funeral services by D. J. Johns from Isa. 26:19 first clause, and Amos Cripe from 2 Cor. 1:3, 4. "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies, and the God of all Comfort, who comforteth us all in our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
SPICHER. - On Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 1901, Sherman
H., the infant son of Brother and Sister W. G. Spicher, aged
6 months and 21 days. He suffered greatly for about a week with
pneumonia and inflammation of the bowels, but death has released
him from all earthly sufferings and although the family circle
is broken, they have the assurance that he has now inherited one
of the heavenly mansions where they may again behold him in the
perfection of bliss. Bro. Durr, of Martinsburg, preached the funeral
sermon from Matt. 19:14.
MOYER. - On Jan. 8, 1901, Mrs. David Moyer, of Clarence, Erie Co., N. Y. died suddenly at the home of relatives in Buffalo where she had been visiting since her sister's burial on the 23rd ult*, aged 68 years, 9 months and 28 days. Sister Moyer was born in Germany in 1832 and came to Clarence in 1852 where she has since lived. She leaves two sisters, one brother, (Elder Jacob Hahn, of Virginia), and nine children to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. On the 11th inst., the remains were laid away in the Clarence Center cemetery. The services were conducted by Jacob Krehbiel, assisted by D. Heise. Text, Matt. 24:44.
* Transcriber's note: as printed by the Herald of Truth
JACKSON. - Dec. 17th, 1900, near Dalton, O., Roy H., son of Orion and Ida Jackson, aged 2 years, 3 months, and 13 days. Little Roy was a constant sufferer from spinal trouble and death relieved him of his pain. Services were conducted by I. J. Buchwalter, at the Martin M. H. from Deut. 33:19.
ERB. - On Jan. 9, 1901, near Massillon, O., Sister Anna Mary nee Yost, wife of Bro. David Erb, aged 77 years, 4 months, and 29 days. This union was blessed with five children, two preceded and three survive her. She was a faithful member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Cong. Funeral services at P. V. M. H. Jan. 12, by I. J. Buchwalter from Luke 24:29.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan
SCHWEITZER. - On Jan. 9, 1901, near Topping, Perth Co., Ont., wife of Joseph Schweitzer, aged 77 years. Buried at the Poole M. H. on the 11th.
ROTH. - On Jan. 17th, 1901, near Tavistock, Oxford Co., Ont., wife of Christian Roth (nee Sommer). Funeral services were held on the 15th, at Andreas Zehrs M. H.
JANTZI. - On the 23rd of Jan., near Wilmot Center, Christel G. Jantzi, aged 63 years, 11 months, 16 days. On the 26th the remains were buried in the Wilmot Center Cemetery, which is on his land. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Lichty at the house, and by Nickolaus Nafziger and Jacob M. Bender at the church. The deceased leaves a bereaved widow, two sons and six grandchildren. Brother Jantzi was a true member of the Amish Mennonite Church and a good neighbor.
YODER. - On the 15th of January, 1901, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of dropsy, Catharine, wife of Bro. Daniel S. Yoder, aged 61 years, 10 months and 22 days. Sister Yoder united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of nineteen, and continued faithfully to the end. She was the mother of nine children, five having preceded her to the spirit world. She suffered very much during the last year; at times her suffering was so intense that she could be heard at the barn, but she realized that Christ also suffered much for her and thus she was content to endure for His sake, only desiring His grace to be able to glorify His name till He saw fit to take her home where suffering is known no more. Services at the Town Line M. H. on the 17th, by D. D. Miller, in English and D. J. Johns, in German, from Rev. 14:6-7.
GEHMAN. - On the 19th of Jan., 1901, in Morwood, Pa., of consumption, Daniel Gehman, aged 54 years, 4 months and 27 days. Buried on the 24th at the Franconia Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by M. R. Moyer and Jos. Clemmer at the house and by Pastor A. M. Fretz, at the M. H. Text, Psa. 8:5. deceased was unmarried. H. C. K.
BENNER. - On the 19th of January, 1901, in Philadelphia, Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Joseph Benner, aged 59 years, 7 months and 9 days. Buried on the 23d, at the Souderton, Pa., Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Bish. Josiah Clemmer, in German, from Matt. 25:13 and by Pastor Grubb, of Philadelphia, in English. H. C. K.
ALDERFER. - On the 7th of Jan., 1901, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of lung fever, Dayton, son of Isaac and Ella Alderfer, aged 6 years, 3 months and 15 days. Buried on the 13th at the Salford Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Henry Bower at the house and by Jacob Moyer at the M. H.
MISHLER. - Near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., on the 23d of Jan., 1901, of Lung fever. David P. Mishler, aged 28 years, 7 months and 21 days. He was married to Ida Grady in Feb., 1895. To this union were born two children; one has preceded him to eternity. Bro. Mishler was a strong young man and taught school till just a week before his demise, he stood high as a public school teacher, was a faithful worker in the church and Sunday school. Thus he will be missed in many ways, and his early departure is also a loud call to all to be ready, for in the very bloom of life and a picture of health he had to go the way of all flesh, never to return. He leaves a deeply bereaved wife and one child to mourn their loss, which we trust is his eternal gain. Buried on the 26th. Services by D. D. Miller and Samuel Berger.
TYSON. - On the 2nd of Jan. 1901, near South West, Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, Susannah, wife of Isaac Tyson, aged 71 years, 2 months and 4 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., Oct. 29, 1829, moved with her parents to Ohio where she united in matrimony with Isaac Tyson, March 28, 1850. To this union were born twelve children; four preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the Mennonite church about 50 years ago and lived faithful until death. She leaves a husband, five daughters, three sons, three sisters, one brother, 30 grand-children and eight great-grand-children to mourn her departure. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and sister in the church where she will be missed. One seat is empty; one pleasant voice is still which we all loved so well, we deeply feel our loss, but hope our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held Jan. 4, 1t Yellow Creek M. H. by Christian Shaum, in German and John Martin, in English. Text 1 Thess. 4:13.
HOLDEMAN. - On the 30th of January, 1901, near Freeport, Ill., of pneumonia, Ralph Russel, infant son of Amos and Lizzie Holdeman, aged 1 month and 25 days. Buried Feb. 1st. Funeral services conducted by E. M. Shellenberger and J. S. Shoemaker. Text, 2 Kings 4:26.
SHUH. - Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 1901, John Shuh died at his residence in the town of Waterloo, Waterloo Co., Ont., aged 72 years, 2 months and 21 days. He had been ailing more or less for nine months, and nine weeks before his death it turned to enemia, and he passed away peacefully. He was a kind husband and a loving father. He leaves a bereaved widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, as he gave a beautiful evidence of meeting his Saviour. The funeral services were preached by G. A. Mitchell, in English, from Gen. 49:10, "Unto him shall the gathering of the people be, and by Noah Stauffer, in German, from John 14:2, "In my Father,s house are many mansions. He was followed to his grave by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. Buried on the 23d, in the Eby Mennonite burying grounds, Berlin.
BLOUGH. - On the 29th of Jan., 1901, in Cambria Co., Ont., of lagrippe, John W. Blough, aged 72 years, 12 months and 21 days. He was buried on the 31st, at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. Funeral services were conducted by John Blosser, of Ohio; S. D. Yoder and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Bro. Blough was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years. He was married to Mary Lehman April 18, 1852. To this union were born three children; two are still living. He was again married to May Blough, June 24, 1858. To this union were born eight children, of whom five are still living. He also had twenty-three grandchildren living and five dead; three great grandchildren living and two dead. His second wife died Feb. 24, 1895. Since that time he had his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Shaffer. Peace to his ashes.
ZOOK. - Near Allensville, Pa., December 29, 1900, Leah, daughter of Abraham Zook, deceased, aged 39 years, 1 month and 14 days.
LINT. - On the 17th of January, 1901, in Somerset Co., Pa., of croup, Albert Leroy, son of Bro. Hiram and Sister Eliza Lint, aged 2 years, 7 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 20th, at the Blough church; funeral services by S. D. Yoder and Samuel Gindlesperger. May God bless and comfort the sorrowing parents who have now laid to rest the fifth of their darling children. May they be comforted with the consolation that they will again be united in a better home where parting is no more.
HOSTETLER. - Near Menno, Pa., Jan. 22, 1901, Lizzie, daughter of John K. Hostetler, aged 6 years and 8 days.
SWAREY. - Near Reedsville, Pa., January 18, 1901, Judith, wife of John Swarey, aged 72 years, 1 month and 19 days.
GSELL. - On the 20th of Dec., 1900, near Clear Spring, Washington Co., MD., David H. Gsell, aged 63 years and 20 days. He died of dropsy, of which he suffered greatly, but he bore it patiently, and he had resigned himself unto the will of an allwise and merciful God. He leaves a widow, one son, four daughters and five grandchildren to mourn his departure; but he has only gone before us. Funeral services were conducted at the Clear Spring M. H. by P. H. Parret, Bish. Geo. Keener and C. R. Strite. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7. A large concourse of friends followed him to his last resting place. May his rest be sweet and may we all so live that we may meet him on yonder bright shore where parting is known no more. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-three years.
MARTIN. - On Jan. 25, 1901, near Cearfoss, Washington
Co. Md., Sister Isabella Marguarete, wife of Amos
H. Martin, aged 41 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was the daughter
of Bishop Abram Shank, of Rockingham Co., Va. She accepted
Christ in early life, and united with the Mennonite Church, in
which she remained faithful until death. She was one of those
motherly persons who had a warm heart and kind hand for everybody,
which gained for her many friends; and the extent of her kindness
is only realized in that "She is not. Her end was peaceful
and happy. She leaves a husband and seven children, parents and
one sister to mourn the loss of one who was near and dear. Services
at Reiff M. H. Burial in adjoining graveyard; conducted by Bishop
George Kemer and Christian Strite, from Job 30:23. The funeral
was largely attended.
LEFEVER. - Near Strasburg, Pa., Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Lefever, aged 72 years and 24 days. Her illness was caused from the effects of gas which was thrown from the coal stove from which she was nearly suffocated when found. With the help of restoratives she gained consciousness and seemed to be getting along well for two weeks, when congestion of the brain set in, from which she suffered one week, when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She often expressed a desire to go home. She leaves a husband and one daughter (one son having preceded her) and nine grandchildren to mourn her departure. Buried November 8th, in the Strasburg Mennonite graveyard. Services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby and Abraham Brubaker, from Rev. 14:12,13.
MILLER. - In Elkhart, Ind., on the 23rd of Jan., 1901, of inflammation of the bowels, caused by hernia. Bro. Moses Miller, aged 58 years, 3 months and 1 day. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1842. He was married to Elizabeth Miltenberger, Nov. 18th, 1866. To this union were born eight children, all of whom except two survive him. In 1868 they moved to LaGrange Co., Ind., and in 1889 to Elkhart Co. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1868, and was a faithful member. Of him it can be truly said, that he fought the good fight and kept the faith. Through all his earthly trials he remained steadfast and loyal to the church. He was fully resigned to the will of God and preferred rather to depart and be with Christ, which is, as the apostle says, "far better. He leaves a sorrowing widow, two sons and four daughters, and many friends to mourn his death. May the Lord comfort them. He was buried on the 25th. Services were conducted in the Elkhart Men. meeting house, by Amos Cripe, of the Shore congregation and John F. Funk. Burial took place in the South Prairie Street Cemetery.
SIERER. - On the 14th of November, 1900, of the infirmities of age, Adam Sierer, of Carlisle, Pa., aged 85 years, 4 days. He was a life long resident of Cumberland Co. For the last seventeen years he lived in Carlisle, where he and his wife had their home with their son. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and a man of sterling integrity, and was widely known and respected. His wife and one son survive (the wife however being very ill). Also one brother, Jacob, of Mechanicsburg, and one sister, Mrs. John Lash, of Philadelphia. Bro. Benj. F. Zimmerman, of Shiremanstown, conducted the funeral services. Interment at Churchtown.
SIERER. - On the 15th of December, 1900, Elizabeth, widow of Adam Sierer, aged 81 years and 2 days. She was the eldest of six children of Jacob and Maria Miller Neisley, who moved from near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., to Cumberland Co., near Middlesex station, in 1832. She is survived by one son, Monroe A. Sierer, also by one brother, Jacob K. Neisley, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a sister, Mrs. Maria Beltzhoover, of Boiling Springs, Pa., her brothers, Benjamin, David and Christian, being dead for some years. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about fifty years, and a subscriber of the HERALD OF TRUTH from the beginning of its publication. She was a very good wife and mother, and kind neighbor and friend, full of good deeds and works. She will be greatly missed. Her husband preceded her to the better land a month ago. She had been very poorly for six weeks with asthma and dropsy and longed to join her husband with whom she spent half a century. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Benj. F. Zimmerman and Pre. G. M. Diffenderfer, the latter of the Lutheran Church.
BAIR. - On the 19th of June, 1900, in Hanover, York Co., Pa., Sister Amanda Bair, aged 23 years, 2 months and 24 days. Funeral text, Heb. 4:8.
BAIR. - On the 31st of Aug. 1900, in Hanover, York Co., Pa., Jacob K. Bair, aged 74 years, 9 months and 4 days. Funeral text, Isa. 5:2.
YODER. - Ezra J. Yoder was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., November, 25, 1846, and died of cancer of the stomach, at his home five miles south of West Liberty, Ohio, Saturday evening, January 19, 1901, aged 54 years, 1 month and 24 days. He confessed Christ as his saviour in his young years. He was a member of the Bethel Cong. the last five years and his seat was very seldom vacant at the hour of worship. He leaves a sorrowing companion, three loving children, six brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. He anxiously awaited, while on his death-bed, to depart from this world and be with Jesus. His life and his words of encouragement were an inspiration to us, who are left behind. He especially encouraged the young people to live nearer Jesus. We can not wish him back, but may we so live that we can all meet in Heaven where sorrow no more will come. The funeral services which were largely attended, were held at the Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 o,clock, conducted by J. M. Shenk, of Elida, Ohio. Interment in Fair View cemetery.
KAUFFMAN. - On the 19th of January, 1901, in Kent Co.,
Mich., of the infirmities of old age, and latterly of paralysis,
from which death released him in five days after the stroke, Bro.
Moses J. Kauffman, aged 83 years, 10 months and 13 days.
He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., March 6, 1817. Of his ten children,
three daughters (in Michigan) and one son (in Indiana) survive,
also two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral services were conducted in the East Bowne Mennonite
M. H., by Peter Keim, in German, and Samuel Smith, in English.
Text, Isa. 38:1; latter clause.
MOSES J. STAHL.
MARTIN. - On the 18th of January, 1901, Bro. Abraham Martin, of Conway township, died, aged 72 years, 3 months and 28 days. His death was caused by an accident. He was a deacon of the church for about twenty-four or twenty-five years. He was a very faithful member and officer of the church, He was the only son of Michael Martin. His mother died a few months ago and now he has also been called away. He leaves a wife, one son, and three grandchildren to mourn their loss, also many other relatives and friends. His funeral was largely attended. The services were held in Good,s meeting house on the 22nd of January. The remains were laid to rest in the graveyard near his home. The services were conducted by Martin Rutt, John Landis, and Levi Ebersole. Text, Luke 2:29-32. Peace to his ashes.
GERHART. - On the 6th of January, 1901. Near Waupecong, Miama Co., Ind., of gall stone and heart trouble, very suddenly. Saturday he had been feeling much better than usual and had done a very fair day,s work and on Sunday at 4 oclock P. M., he lay a corpse. The funeral services on the 8th, at the Mennonite church were attended by a very large concourse of people. Preaching by Pre. Mourer and Pre. Coldren, from Micha. 2:10. Buried at North Grove. He leaves a widow, six brothers and one sister to mourn his departure. His aged was 41 years, 10 months and one day.
Transcriber's note: first name of deceased not given
Was born in Germany, Nov. 7, 1830. In the year 1832 he came to America with his parents. He was brought up in Holmes Co., Ohio. His mother died when he was about six years old. In the year 1848, he came to Howard Co., Ind., where he spent the remainder of his life. He united in marriage with Catharine Schrock on the 3rd of March, 1853. He united with that Amish Mennonite Church in his early years, and about the year 1865 he was ordained to the ministry of the gospel, in which capacity he labored very faithfully the remaining 36 years of his life. He has lived a good exemplary and consistent life before God and man. He was often looked upon as a preacher out of date, for the reason he would not try to change after every fashion of the world. But he was always ready to help in the time of need, and wherever he went he would try to show people the way to heaven and point them to Jesus. He always filled his place in S. S. and church if possible. He was the father of three sons and four daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded him to the home beyond. He died Jan. the 17th, 1901, near Plevens, Howard Co., Ind., aged 70 years, 2 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 19th at the A. M. meeting house; was attended by a very large concourse of people. Services by C. K. Yoder, of Logan Co., Ohio, in German, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8 and J. S. Horner in English from the same text. He was buried in the Old home cemetery. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son, three daughters and two or three sisters, and twenty-one grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope; their loss is his eternal gain. They have the sympathy of the entire community. Peace to his ashes.
G. W. N.
DEACON JOHN GOOD. The subject of this sketch was born near Singers Glen, Rockingham Co., Va., December 18th, 1806, and died of the infirmities of age at his home near Turbytown, in same county and state, at the advanced age of 93 years, 4 months and 10 days. He was the eldest son of Bish. Daniel Good and is said to have become a member of the Mennonite Church when yet a young man. He was united in marriage to Christina Teeter, who was a native of Hampshire - now Brant Co., West Virginia. She died in the year 1850, leaving six young children - 4 sons and two daughters. At the time of his death which occurred just 50 years later, he had 39 grandchildren living. Since the death of his first wife of whom all his children were born, he was twice married, but he survived both his second and third wife by a number of years. He served in the responsible office of deacon for nearly 50 years, and with his removal from earth to the eternal world one of the last links has been lost that united the Virginia Conference of the past fifty years to the half century of church history that preceded it. His name appears upon the earliest records connected with the history of the Mennonite Church in Virginia. Peace to his memory. L. J. H.
PRE. JOSEPH D. MILLER Was born in Elkhart, Ind., on the 20th of September, 1868*, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church in 1878. Was married to Sister Katie Johns in March, 1879. Soon after their marriage they moved on the farm where they lived until his death. To this union were born four sons and three daughters. He was chosen and ordained to the ministry of the gospel, June 19, 1886. In this calling he labored faithfully whenever health would permit until about two weeks before his death, when he was taken with pleurisy which resulted in lung fever and finally in death. He suffered much but bore it all with Christian fortitude, always saying, "as the Lord seeth best I am satisfied and ready to go home. After he had told his wife what he thought would be best for her to do, he called the family to his bedside and gave them all goodbye, then committing himself again into the hands of God he gradually grew weaker until they thought his breath was gone. Then he stretched both hands heavenward and smiled. Thus he passed away in peace, on the 14th of January, 1901, aged 42 years, 3 months and 24 days, leaving a wife, seven children, parents, eight brothers and three sisters to mourn his early departure, but with the living hope that their loss is his eternal gain. Funeral on the 16th, services at the Forks meeting house where a very large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one that will be missed in the church, the home and the neighborhood. Services by Jonathan Kurtz and D. J. Johns. Text, Psa. 23.
*Transcriber's note: This date should probably be 1858 according to his age and his marriage date.
SISTER CATHARINE WELTY Aged 85 years, 9 months and 4
days, quietly laid aside the responsibilities of earthly concern
and peacefully passed into the realms of unseen spirits, at the
hour of 2 o,clock p. m., on Monday, January 21, 1901.
Deceased was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1815, and was married to Joseph Fretz, of same county and state, on the 3rd day of November, 1883. Although the couple bore the name of Fretz previous to their union as husband and wife, it is not known that they were in any way related. There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fretz six sons, five of whom are still living, namely: Nathan, Reuben, Aaron, Moses and Eli. Moses is a resident of Jackson, Mich.; Eli resides at Eoylestown, Ohio; Nathan spends most of his time in Indianapolis; Reuben has his home near Cory, and Aaron has been at home with his aged mother for the past few years. Three of the sons, Reuben, Moses and Aaron, were soldiers during the civil war, and all, with the possible exception of Eli have passed the meridian of manhood and are tinted with the silvery frosts of declining years. Fortunately, the devoted sons were all present at the funeral of their loving mother, although only Aaron had the consolation of being with her in the last moments of her consciousness.
Joseph Fretz, first husband of the lately deceased lady, died March 7, 1854, and the widow removed to Ohio about the year 1858. She located in Indiana in 1872, and was married to Abraham Welty, Oct. 23, 1873. From this union there were no children and her second and last husband died May 28, 1881.
Since her last widowhood, Grandma Welty has been a resident of Clay City, she having purchased the ground upon which the homestead is located, previous to her second marriage. The house in which she died was erected at a time when but two or three other buildings were standing on the present site of what is known as Clay City.
Mother Welty was an exemplary Christian woman, and in her death the community loses a worthy citizen whose absence will be realized by all good people. Besides her five sons, of which mention has been previously made, the grand old lady leaves twenty grandchildren and an equal number of great-grandchildren. The funeral exercises took place at the Clay City M. E. church, Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, the discourse being delivered by Rev. C. D. Wilson, with Rev. J. C. Wilson, Presbyterian, and Rev. O. F. Kirk, United Brethren, assisting in the religious services. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church.
Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan