JACOB S. AUGSPURGER, Who died near Overpecks, Ohio,
Feb. 3, 1902, at the age of 68 years and 10 months, was born April
3, 1833, near Collinsville, Ohio. He was the son of Joseph and
Elizabeth Augspurger. In his youth he had the misfortune to break
his leg, which from some cause never healed perfectly, causing
him much trouble and severe pain in his declining years. But under
this affliction he was very patient, and was able to attend to
his affairs almost to the close of his eventful life. About a
year ago he was taken sick, after which he seldom left the house.
He united with the church of his choice in early life and remained
firm and steadfast in the faith to the end of his life. He was
very conscientious, and was a consecrated follower of the meek
and lowly Jesus.
On Dec. 6th, 1863, he was united in marriage to Barbara Slonecker, who with one brother, are left to mourn his departure. He was very devoted to his beloved, sorrowing wife. Together they sang God's praise, together they read His blessed word, and together they knelt and prayed to Him who is too wise to err and too good to be unkind.
It was my good fortune to be privileged to spend many happy hours with this saintly brother and his companion for the last several years. He was a constant suffer, but with all my intercourse with him, I remember only one thing he complained of, in regard to himself. He would frequently say, "We are too ungrateful to God for his great love for us." As a citizen and neighbor, he was universally beloved. He was very sociable, kind and charitable. Like Jacob Schoonerhaven, he lives sanctification. He proved his mission spirit by freely giving of that which God had richly blessed him. The charitable institutions of the church were frequently remembered by him and his beloved wife in a substantial way.
But uncle Jacob has gone to his reward, and "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." Rev. 14:13.
His mortal remains were laid away on Thursday, Feb. 6. Funeral services were conducted by H. J. Krehbiel in English and David Plank in German. Many friends and relatives were present to pay the last tribute of respect to the one whom they loved.
The universal verdict was, "A just man has passed away." D. P.
JACOB C. SHOEMAKER,
The well-known centenarian of Berlin, Ontario, Bro. Jacob Shoemaker, died on Wednesday afternoon, March 12, 1902, at three o'clock, at the old homestead, occupied by his son, Alexander Shoemaker. The cause of death was due to old age. Bro. Shoemaker having reached the age of 102 years, 3 months, and 9 days. He had been confined to his bed for the past few months, and although he received every possible attention he passed peacefully away. Though death was not unexpected, he will be missed by those with whom he has been surrounded during the latter part of his life. Bro. Shoemaker was extremely kind hearted and the attention and the self sacrifice shown him by his children was always appreciated, and he never lost an opportunity of referring to their kindness to his friends who would visit him at his home.
Jacob D. Shoemaker was the eldest son of George Shoemaker, and was born on his grandfather's place near the old mills on Swamp Creek, Frederick township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, November 24th, 1799. His boyhood days were spent in assisting his father in the woolen mills, carding and dying wool and yarns. From his fifteenth to his eighteenth year he was engaged in the grist and oil mills and during the wool season he assisted his father in the carding mills. When eighteen years of age he hired himself to John Funk who, during that time, had the misfortune to have his dwelling destroyed by fire, Bro. Shoemaker losing all his earthly possessions except the clothing he wore at the time. After quitting at John Funk's in the fall of 1818 he obtained work for a short time in a tannery near Pottsgrove. In the spring of 1819 he attended school for six weeks in Lower Salford township, Montgomery County. During the summer he labored for six months with David Allebach, in Skippack township, at twelve dollars per month. After having served his six months he attended school another six weeks in Lower Salford. This finished his school days. In 1820 he engaged himself to Abraham Clemens, where he remained for two years. During 1822 he worked for George Reiff of Skippack Township at eighty dollars per year. He then spent one year working amongst various farmers. On November 18th, 1823, he was married to Jane, daughter of Alexander Dunbar. She was raised by Jacob Merkley, who resided on the Perkiomen Creek, Shippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1824 he, in company with his wife, moved to Joseph Lowery in Skippack, whose farm he managed for five years. He received one-third of the product of the farm as wages for his labor and management. The annual income thus derived averaged about eighty dollars annually. In 1829 they, with their family of two children, his parents, and two of his brothers and one sister, namely, Joshua and Catherine, moved to Canada and came to what is now Bridgeport. Here he was engaged with Jacob S. Shoemaker, who had come to Canada in 1820. During the fall of 1829 he worked in the sawmills erected the same year. While engaged here he purchased pine logs from Henry Erb who resided on lot number fifty eight, German Co.'s Tract, and had them sawed during the winter and drawn on his farm where he had a small shanty put up. Into this shanty they moved in April, 1830. The year previous he had purchased his farm, being south-west half of lot number nineteen, German Co's Tract, containing two hundred and twenty-four acres. During his first year in this extended farm large clearings were made and a two story dwelling, twenty-four by twenty-eight feet, erected. The log barn was erected the year following. In 1851 he erected the stone dwelling now occupied by his son, Alexander, and in 1842 he put up the large frame barn still standing.
Bro Shoemaker united with the Mennonite church in his youth and lived an exemplary life, worthy of imitation. In his last years his desire to depart and be with Christ was always strong, and can be truly said that he was homesick for heaven. A year ago he was stricken with illness, and he asked those who visited him not to pray for his recovery, but that if it pleased God, He should take him home. His conversation on temporal affairs was in later years mostly of a period of time from 1815 to 1840. The companions of his early life have all preceded him.
During the past number of years Bro. Shoemaker has been living with his son, Alexander. His family consisted of ten children, viz, Mary Ann, deceased; David, deceased; Mrs. John Shiedel, Waterloo Township, deceased; Mrs. Henry McKay, Aldborough Township, Elgin County; Geo. D., Woolwich Township; Alexander, on the homestead; Mrs. Joseph B. Snyder, Woolwich Township; Jane, deceased; Mrs. George Israel, near Williamsburg; Jacob, deceased. There are a large number of grandchildren.
The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, at one o'clock, from the old homestead, and was very largely attended. Services by Noah Stauffer from Heb. 11:16, and A. Y. Haist from Job 5:26 at the C. Eby M. H., Berlin. Interment in the burying ground adjoining.
YODER.-At Barrville, Mifflin Co., Pa., March 3, 1902, Gideon C. Yoder, aged 68 years.
YODER.-At Barrville, Mifflin Co., Pa., March 4, 1902, Daniel Yoder, aged 72 years and 8 months. These two brethren, near neighbors, and had been sick for some time. Death came to the first at midnight of March 3, and to the second, one hour later, at 1 o'clock on the morning of March 4.
YODER.-Near Menno, Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1902, David C. Yoder, aged 68 y., 6 m., 27D.
KING.-On the 8th of January 1902, near Belleville, Pa., Leah King, aged 81 years, 4 months, 21 days.
ZOOK.-At Barrville, Mifflin Co., Pa., March 10, 1902, Nancy, wife of Joseph Zook, aged 60 years, 7 months and 10 days.
ZOOK.-Near Belleville, Pa., at the home of her sister, Sarah Peachy, Feb. 22, 1902, Nancy Zook, aged about 56 years.
ZOOK.-Near Belleville, Pa., March 3, 1902, Jonathan D., son of Moses P. and Mary B. Zook, aged 2 years, 3 months and 14 days.
MOYER.-- On the 6th of February, 1902, in Souderton, Pa., of diphtheria, William Clare, son of Milton and Ida Moyer, aged 6 years, 7 months and 7 days. Buried on the 7th.
WENGER.-Otto, only child of Noah and Susanna Wenger, was born Feb. 22, 1902, died March 5, 1902, aged 11 days. Services at the home by John Blosser. Burial at Yellow Creek M. H. "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven."
KOLB.-On the 7th of March, 1902, in Marietta, Lancaster county, Pa., of stomach trouble, Christian J. Kolb, aged 75 years. He was born in Baden, Germany, and came to this country in 1848. He leaves his wife and five children to mourn their loss.
MOORE.-On the 25th day of February, 1902, in Souderton, Pa., Mary, daughter of Leidy and Lizzie Moore, aged 2 months and 10 days. Buried on the 1st of March at the Souderton Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Henry Anglemoyer and Bishop Samuel Detweiler. Text, 2 Sam. 12:23.
MOYER.-On the 9th of March, 1902, in the same family, of membraneous croup, Hilda Marguerita, aged 3 years, 8 months and 16 days. Funeral services on the 12th of March for both children at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house. Services by M. R. Moyer and Pre. Luchenbill. Text, Psa. 118:23. K.
Transcriber's note: "membraneous" as in the original.
KEIM.-Bro. Henry Keim died at his home near West Salisbury, Pa., Feb. 23, 1902, after a few hours illness of stomach and heart trouble, aged 79 yrs., 8 m. and 27 D. Bro. Keim united with the Mennonite church in early life, and remained a faithful member until death. His remains were laid to rest Feb. 25, in the Mennonite cemetery at St. Paul, Pa. Services were conducted by D. H. Bender and E. S. Hassler.
OVERHOLT.-On the 26th of February, 1902, at Dutton, Kent Co., Mich., William Overholt, aged 81 y., 5 m. and 7 D. He was married to Elizabeth Leatherman Sept. 18, 1841. She died in 1864, and he has lived to see just half of his family precede him to the other world. His desire while yet his mental faculties were unimpaired was that he might soon meet his loved ones on the other shore and we feel that it is well with him. Services were held by C. Wenger.
STOLTZFUS.-On the 31st of December, 1901, near Gap, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Henry U. Stoltzfus, aged 58 years, 6 months, 27 days. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow, four sons and one daughter to mourn his departure. He bore his suffering with Christian patience. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite congregation. Funeral services at the house by Benjamin Weaver and at the Millwood A. M. church house by B. Weaver and John S. Mast. A large concourse of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of love to the departed brother.
HENDERSON.-March 1, 1902, in Augusta Co., Va., of pneumonia, Sister Henderson, aged 29 y., 5 m. She had good hope of recovery until several days before her death. When she realized her end was near she resigned her all to Jesus and died leaving evidence of her peace with God. A sorrowing husband and six children (the youngest only six weeks old) are left to mourn their heavy loss. Funeral services the 2d of March in the Mountain View church, of which congregation she was an esteemed member and will be greatly missed. This was the first service of the kind held in this church. Bro. A. P. Heatwole officiating. Text, Rom. 8:18.
SCHERTZ.-Anna Zehr was born in France Apr. 1, 1826, and died Jan. 21, 1902, at her home west of Metamora, Ill., aged 75 years, 9 months and 2 days. She came to America when she was about ten years old and was united in marriage with Joseph Schertz in 1846. To this union were born nine children, four of whom are still living. She husband died Aug. 21, 1892. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed in the family. She was a good mother to them. She united with the Mennonite church in her young years and was faithful unto the end. The funeral services were conducted by John Smith, V. Struber and S. Graber at the Mennonite M. H., one mile east of Metamora. She was laid to rrest beside her husband in the Partridge cemetery Jan. 24. J. S.
Transcriber's note: "wasl aid to rest", typed as in the original.
STONER.-On the 22d of Jan. 1902, at Lancaster, Franklin Co., Pa., of old age and kidney trouble, Bro. Isaac Stoner, aged 79 yrs., 3 m. and 9 D. Services were held in the Brandt church. Burial in the graveyard adjoining. A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years and his seat at meeting was seldom vacant when health permitted. His life was such a one as to make him loved and respected by all who knew him. He was confined to his bed about four weeks, during which time he suffered much. Although patient he often expressed the desire to go and be at rest. He is survived by six daughters and two sons, his wife having preceded him to the spirit world several years ago. Services were conducted by Geo. Ernst and Christian Strite from Heb. 9:27. Peace to his ashes.
RIFE.-On the 11th of March, 1902, near Letterkenny, Franklin Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Bro. Henry O. Rife, aged 72y, 9m, 27D. Bro. Rife had been in feeble health for a long time, but of late had been better until a few days before his death his heart became weak. He could not talk any more although he seemed to be fully conscious. He leaves five daughters and one son to mourn their loss. His companion preceded him to their future home about eighteen months. Services by Pre. J. S. Burkholder, in the opening. Sermon by Philip Parret and Henry Bricker, from 2 Cor. 5:1-3. Interment in the Salem Cemetery. Bro. Rife was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years, but of late years was not permitted to attend services very often on account of his poor health.
EBERSOLE.-On the 18th of March 1902, near Plainfield,
Franklin Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Bro. Henry Ebersole,
aged 78 years, 5 months, 27 days. Funeral on the 21st. Interment
in the Mennonite graveyard north of Chambersburg. Services by
Pre. Joseph Martin in the opening. Sermon by Pre. Henry Bricker
in German, followed by Philip Parret in English, from Matt. 24:44.
He is survived by a wife, three sons and three daughters. He was
a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years, his
place not being vacant when health would permit; even in late
years, when quite feeble he would be in his seat at meeting. He
even was in attendance at the funeral of Bro. Henry Rife on the
15th. What has befallen our fellow men may also befall us, hence
the apostle teaches us: "Today, if ye hear His voice, harden
not your hearts."
J. S. BURKHOLDER.
LEICY.-On the 13th of March, 1902, Bro. Samuel Ellwood Leicy, son of Lewis Leicy of Fairmount, Lane county, Pa., aged 16 years, 4 months and 18 days. Interment at Groffdale M. H. on the 16th. Services were conducted at the house and at the M. H. by Bishop Benj. Weaver of Churchtown, from John 16: 16. This text was selected by the deceased's grandmother. His mother, Sister Lydia Leicy, preceded him to the spirit world. This brother was young in years and young in the Master's service, as he was baptized only a few months ago. Yet we believe he fully realized his need of salvation, as he seemed very anxious to be baptized, seeing or seeming to see the approach of death, which was caused by consumption. May his death be a call to his father, brothers and sisters, and not only to them, but to us all. D. M. W.
HARNISH.-On the 12th of February, 1902, near Rohrerstown, Lancaster county, Pa., Levi Harnish, aged 85 years, 5 months and 10 days. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 15, at the house by Bishop Abram Herr, and at the M. H. at Rohrerstown by Benjamin Hertzler, Abram Herr and John Landis, after which the burial took place in the Lutheran cemetery. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. He was married to Leah Bott and was survived by four sons and five daughters, thirty-two grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, nearly all of whom, beside many other relatives and friends, were present. His death was due to old age. He was confined to his bed nine weeks, but bore all his sufferings patiently until the end. He had often talked of going home and was so willing to die. They need not mourn for him as for those who have no hope. Peace to his ashes.
WELLS.-On March 14, 1902, in the vicinity of Karoma,
Woods Co., Okla., Mrs. Susan Wells, aged 59 y., and 9 m.
She and two of her sons and granddaughter, were going to Reno
Co., Kansas. They got a little beyond Crystal Springs, Harper
Co., Kansas, where they camped at a vacant house that had been
occupied by some well diggers. They had left a package or two
of dynamite in an old stove outside of this house. This woman
and her sons put fire in this old stove to cook supper and just
as supper was about ready the dynamite exploded, injuring the
old woman that she lingered in an unconscious condition for about
18 hours; then the spirit took its flight. The granddaughter was
also badly injured but is expected to recover. The two boys were
not hurt to any extent. The remains were brought to the Karoma
burying ground on the 17th. Short services at the grave by the
writer from 1 Samuel 20:3, latter clause. Her husband preceded
her three years. Seven sons and two daughters are left to mourn
their sad loss.
STOLTZFUS.-On the 19th of December 1901, near Lapps, Lancaster Co., Pa., of breast trouble and a tumor with which she was afflicted for eight years, Katie, beloved daughter of Bish. Gideon and Susanna Stoltzfus, aged 20 years, 10 months, 8 days. She was a invalid all her life, but always bore her afflictions patiently. She was afflicted with spinal disease in her infancy, which affected her brain and she retained the mind of a child. But in her uncomplaining, patient endurance of pain and suffering she was an example to others. She loved to sing the songs of Zion and joined with pleasure in the morning and evening devotions. She will be sadly missed by her parents, sister and four brothers, to all whom she was deeply attached, but we mourn not as do those who have no hope, for He who said, "Suffer the children to come unto me," has taken Katie to Himself. Service at the house by Daniel M. Stoltzfus and at the Millwood Amish M. H. by Daniel U. Stoltzfus and John S. Mast, to a large congregation of sympathizing friends. Buried in the Millwood cemetery. HER SISTER, L. M. Z.
HERNER.-Lydia J. Herner (maiden name Horning) was born in Franklin Co., Oho., April 30, 1855, died March 3d, 1902, aged 46 years, 10 months, 3 days. When nine years old she moved with her parents to Page Co., Ia. While yet a girl she united with the Mennonite church, to which vow she has been faithful until death. On Mar. 24th, 1891 she united in marriage with Benjamin Herner, moving with her husband to Livingston Co., Ill., near Cullom, where they lived until she died. On account of her poor health, they had retired from the farm to their home in town. This they were not permitted to enjoy very long until she was attacked with pneumonia. All human aid seemed to be of no avail, and after a sickness of twelve days she passed peacefully away to answer to the roll call. (This is an expression of one of her favorite songs, "When the Roll is Called up Yonder, I'll be there." She leaves a husband, three sisters, seven brothers and many friends to mourn their loss. Her father, mother and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. The last few years of her life she was much concerned about the welfare of the church and Sunday-school and many times lamented the fact of the church's mingling with the world, and while we still have to cope with these things here, we know our loss has been her eternal gain. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Peter Unzicker and at the church by L. J. Lehman. Sermon from Phil. 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." May all be sanctified to our good. L.
RONTSON*.-On the 9th of March, 1902, at the home of her
father, Bro. Levi Leatherman of the Salem Cong., Elkhart
Co., Indiana, of consumption, Alice Rontson, aged 22 years,
3 months and 13 days. She was born Nov. 24, 1879, was married
to Charles Rontson, June 23, 1899. Alice was a member of the Mennonite
church for some time, but was overcome by the enemy of souls and
lived an indifferent life, but the Reprover of sin followed her,
convinced her of sin with such power that she became greatly alarmed
about her condition, was very anxious to be restored into favor
and friendship with her God. When she was visited by a minister
she exclaimed, O my sins are troubling me so much! What must
I do? The answer was quoted from 1 John 1:9, which she began
to do at once with all her heart to her friends and neighbors
and fully took God at His word and believed that He is faithful
and just to forgive and to cleanse. She talked much of the wonderful
love of God and how Jesus came to save to the uttermost those
that come to Him. She was much concerned about those that are
living a sinful or careless life and pleaded with them to flee
from the wrath to come. A few days before she died she said, "I
will soon be where the tree of life is blooming. I am going home
to Jesus. Why do you weep? O, I see the Savior clothed in glory."
When she was so weak that she could speak only a few words at
a time she began to sing.
"All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him;
In His presence daily live.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all."
Then she sang,
"On the other side of Jordan
In the sweet fields of Eden
Where the tree of life is blooming
There is rest for me."
Then she sang for her friends,
Will you be ready when the Bridegroom comes?
Will your lamps be trimmed and bright,
Be it morning, noon or night,
Will you be ready when the Bridegroom comes?"
She was buried on the 12th of March. Services conducted by
Jacob Christophel, Noah Metzler and John Blosser at the Yellow
Creek M. H. Text, Eccl. 12:5. "Man goeth to his long home."
*[Name is likely Routson - See her husband, Charles V.
Routson's obituary in H.O.T. Jan.
15, 1903. Her name is also spelled Routson in Elkhart County Cemetery Book Number
2, page. 86. Correction by Mona Mann and Thelma Hoover Martin]
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
DUMAN.-On the 20th of February, 1902, at Johnstown, Pa., Elmira Duman, aged 10 years. Funeral services were held at the Weaver M. H. by Pre. Alexander Weaver. Interment in the Yoder graveyard.
THOMAS.-On the 2d of February, 1902, in Somerset Co., Pa., infant child of Bro. William and Sister Susannah Thomas, aged 1 _ days. Buried at the Blough meeting house. Funeral services by L. A. Blough and S. Gindlesperger.
OYE.-Frankie, son of John and Christina Oye,
was born Sept. 27, 1900, died near Arthur, Ill., of lung fever
Feb. 28, 1902, aged 1 y., 5 m., 1 D. Funeral services at the G.
E. church northeast of Arthur by Chr. Mohr, from Heb. 2:11, 12.
STAHL.-On the 20th of March, 1902, in Somerset Co., Pa., Edith, daughter of Bro. Jacob and Sister Ella Stahl, aged 5 mos., 20 D. Funeral on the 22d at the Blough Mennonite meeting house by S. D. Yoder, S. Gindlesperger, and L. A. Blough. Text, Job 9:26.
HORST.-Feb. 23, 1902, in East Earl Twp., Lanc. Co., Pa., of consumption, Samuel Horst, aged 26 years. He leaves parents, wife and two brothers to mourn his early death. He was a member of the Lutheran church. His funeral was held at Weaverland where B. G. Welder and John Sender preached.
STOLTZFOOS.-On Jan. 29, 1902, near Bareville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Fannie, wife of Jacob Stoltzfoss, aged 62 years. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite congregation. She is survived by her husband, three children and eight grandchildren. Services at the house by Henry and Daniel Stoltzfus.
YODER.-On the 30th of March, 1902, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Katie, wife of Benjamin Yoder, aged 34 yrs., 6 mos., 7 D. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Cong. She is survived by her husband, two sons, her parents and three brothers. Buried April 1. Services at the house by Christian Glick and Henry Stoltzfus.
KAUFMAN.-On the 5th of March, 1902, near Davidsville, Pa., of pneumonia, Paul L., son of Bro. John J. and Sister Sarah Kaufman, aged 8 mos., 5 D. Funeral services on the 7th at the Kaufman Amish meeting house, by L. A. Blough, Jonas Blauch and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, Jer. 31:15.
RIEHL.-On the 18th of Feb. 1902, at Greenland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, David L. Riehl, aged 38 yrs., 10 ms., 29 D. Buried on the 21st, in Beiler's cemetery near Ronks. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation for nearly twenty years. Jan. 3, 1889 he was married to Barbara Smucker. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services by Benjamin Fisher and Daniel Esh. Text, John 11:25, 26.
MARTIN.-Feb. 24, 1902, in East Earl Township, Lanc. Co., Pa., Sister Mary Martin, wife of Tobias Martin, aged 49 years. She was a member of the Mennonite church many years; and she was a devoted mother of a large family, always cheerful, and always looking on the bright side of life. She leaves ten children; the youngest being 12 years ole. Her funeral was held at Weaveland where Jonas Martin and John Kurtz officiated.
YODER.-On April 2, 1902, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Sarah, beloved wife of David Yoder, aged 80 y., 4 m., 13 D. Funeral services were held on the 4th in the Weaver M. H. by Moses B. Miller and S. G. Shetler. The deceased sister leaves a husband over ninety years old, also two sons and three daughters. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. LEVI BLAUCH.
LICHTY.-On March 5, 1902, in Caernarvon township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Anna Lichty, widow of Peter Lichty, aged 69 y., 8 m., 15 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church from her early youth and remained a strong believer in the faith of the Lord Jesus. She leaves two sons and two daughters, all married. Her funeral was held at Lichty's M. H. on Sunday, the 8th of March, where Brethren John Zimmerman and Benjamin Weaver preached from Matt. 20:8, and Psa. 99:8, 9.
SHOWALTER.-On April 2d, 1902, near Crisman, Rockingham Co., Va., of consumption, Sister Sallie F. Showalter, youngest daughter of Bro. John D. Showalter, aged 33 yrs., 3 mos., and 14 D. Funeral on the 4th at the Weaver's meeting house by Jos. F. Heatwole and I. J. Heatwole from Psa. 107:9, first clause. A large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends attended the funeral service and followed the remains to their last resting place by the side of her mother who passed into the spirit world nearly seven years before. Peace to her memory.
ESHLEMAN.-Mar. 21, 1902, in Washington Co. Md., of Brights
disease, Bro. Abraham Eshleman, aged 78 y., 6 m., 11 D.
He was buried on the 23d at the Miller M. H. Services by Daniel
Strite and C. R. Strite. He was followed to his last resting place
by a large number of friends and relatives. Text Heb. 4:9. "There
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." The brother
has gone to his reward. Let us who are yet alive strive more earnestly
to gain that "rest" which is prepared for all those
who are faithful.
BENJ. B. WEBER.
WITMER.-On the 18th of March, 1902, near New Springfield, Mahoning Co., Ohio, after one week's suffering from pneumonia, Sarah, wife of Daniel Witmer, aged 33 yrs., 1 mo., and 6 D. The funeral took place on the 20th at the North Lima Mennonite meeting house. Buried in the adjoining graveyard where services were conducted by Allen Rickert, assisted by D. S. Lehman and Paul Witmer. Text, John 14:27. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church and will be greatly missed in the church and in the family and in the community. She leaves a husband, two children, and many friends to mourn her early departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. The family has the sympathy of many friends and neighbors in their bereavement. M.
ZOOK.-On March 11, 1902, John B. Zook who lived about two mile s north of Allenville, Pa., while working in his grist mill, was in some way caught in a wheel, and so badly hurt that he died a few hours afterward. He was alone at the time of the accident, but had the necessary presence of mind to cut the belting that ran the machinery, thereby freeing himself. He then managed to get to a window and called his wife, who immediately came to aid him. The neighbors were then called and the unfortunate man taken to the house, but death soon ensued. He was buried on the 13th. His funeral was largely attended. He was a middle age man and leaves a wife and several children. "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh," Matt. 24:44.
MOTT.-On the 6th of April 1902, at 799 McPherson St., Elkhart, Ind., of gangrene and lockjaw resulting from a wounded finger, Harry, youngest son of Charles and--Mott, aged 13 y., 3 m., 6 D. Buried on the 8th in the Newell cemetery north of Elkhart. Funeral services by Pre. Parrett of the U. B. church. Harry was the joy of the home and a faithful attendant at the Mennonite Sunday school, and the instructions of former days were not in vain for he learned to look to Jesus in time of need and found Him a very present help. Six of the boys in his class carried the remains of their beloved classmate to their last resting place. May God comfort the bereaved parents, two surviving brothers and the large circle of mourning friends. May they all prepare to meet him.
RIFE.-On the 11th of March, 1902, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., from heart trouble, with which he was afflicted for more than a year, Bro. Henry O. Rife, aged 72 yrs., 6 mo., and 27 days. Bro. Rife was a member of the Mennonite church since his youth, and was an exemplary Christian. By his death the community losses a kind neighbor and friend and the family a kind father, but we trust our loss is his gain. He leaves one son and five daughters, his wife having died about eighteen months ago. Funeral services were held at the Salem U. B. Church, where his remains were interred in the graveyard adjoining. Services were conducted by the brethren John Burkholder, Henry Bricker and Philip H. Parret from 2 Cor. 5:1, 2, 3. Peace to his ashes. A.
DAVIDHIZER.-On the 22nd of Feb., 1902, near Wakarusa, Ind., of stomach trouble, Joseph W., son of Jacob and Lydia Davidhizer, aged 15 y., 8 m., and 20 D. He suffered for several months, and during that time was led to a desire to give himself to the service of God and be baptized and thus united with the church of Christ. He said that he was ready to die, and that the messenger could not come too soon to take him home to the better mansions above. We thus have reason to believe that we need not mourn as those who have no hope, but that he went home to be with Jesus in everlasting rest. He was buried on the 24th at the Olive Men. Burying ground, where services were conducted by John F. Funk and Henry Weldy, from the text, Eccl. 12:1. His funeral was largely attended.
EBERSOLE.-On the 18th of March, 1902, near Chambersburg,
Franklin Co., Pa., from neuralgia of the heart, Bro. Henry
Ebersole died at the home of his son Samuel, aged 79 y., 5
m., and 27 D. Bro. Ebersole had been in his usual health until
the day before his death he complained of pain on his chest, but
nothing serious was thought of until a few hours before his death,
but all that a physcian and loved ones could do was of no avail,
for it was God that said, "come." He was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church since his youth. He leaves to mourn
their loss, a bereaved widow, three sons, three daughters, thirty-six
grandchildren and one sister, but we hope our loss is his gain.
Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg meeting house,
where a large concourse of people met to pay their last respects
to one they esteemed. Services were conducted by the brethren
Joseph Martin, Henry Bricker and Philip H. Parret from Matt. 24:44.
Transcriber's note: "physcian" as in the original.
LANDIS.-On the 22d of March, 1902, in Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Hetty S. Landis, aged 82 yrs., 4 mos., 20 D. Funeral services were conducted on the 25th at the Stumptown meeting house by David Buckwalter and Bishop Isaac Eby from Psa. 116:15. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, but of late years was not permitted to attend services on account of feebleness. Her companion preceded her over eight years. She has a severe attack of heart failure about twelve weeks before her death, and although she had partly recovered she had a relapse and was confined to her bed for two weeks. She seemed fully conscious at times, but could not talk. She grew weaker till the end came, which was calm and peaceful. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss, yet they do not mourn as those who have no hope. Peace to her ashes. L. A. H.
KLOPFENSTEIN.-Mary Kaufman was born in Basel, Switzerland, Nov. 15, 1817, died at Holden, Johnson Co., Mo., March 9, 1902, aged 84 yrs., 3 mos., 24 D. She accepted Christ and became a member of the church at the age of thirteen years. She was married to Joseph Klopfenstein (who was a prominent bishop of the Basel Amish Mennonite church for thirty-five years) in 1841. Her husband died twenty-five years ago and she remained a widow the rest of her life. In 1882 Grandmother Klopfenstein (as we called her) came to America with her daughter and two grandchildren with whom she lived since until death. She spent many happy hours nursing her two great grandchildren who were a source of great pleasure to her. Grandmother was buried in the Pleasant View cemetery, March 11th, 1902. Funeral services conducted by Ben Hartzler of Cass Co., Mo. Though we may exceed three score years and ten, the time of our departure from this vain world soon draweth very near. But it will be well with our souls if we can say with the departed, "Yes, come Lord Jesus."
Transcriber's note: "draweth" as in the original.
BUCKWALTER.-On March 27, 1902, in Intercourse, Pa.,
of typhoid fever, of which he suffered two weeks, Bro. Aaron
Buckwalter, youngest son of Sister Catherine Buckwalter, aged
25 yrs., 2 mo., and 13 D. Bro. Buckwalter was a faithful member
of the Mennonite church. He had many friends who are bowed with
grief over his early death. He leaves a sorrowing mother, one
brother and four sisters to whom he was closely attached. He will
be missed in the family and the Sunday school where he was engaged,
as well as church work. No one knew him but to love him. And we
can hardly realize that we shall hear his voice and see his smile
no more. But we know that our Father doeth all things well. We
feel that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were
held at the house on the 29th by C. H. Brackbill of Gap, and at
Hershleys M. H. by Bish. Isaac Eby of Kinger's from the text,
Psalm 103:15, 16, 18. May the God of grace bless and comfort the
mourning mother, brother and sisters and all sorrowing friends.
KRULL.-Near Gravelton, Kosciusko Co., Ind., Mach 31st,
1902, of paralysis, Fulkert A. Krull, aged 70 y., 2 m.,
7 D. He was born in Holland in the Providence of Friesland, Jan.
24, 1832, came to America in 1854, was united in the bonds of
matrimony with Simkjen B. Rystra. To this union were born seven
sons and one daughter. One son preceded him to the spirit world
at the age of ten months. Bro. Krull united with the Mennonite
church in 1866, and has been a member ever since. He leaves a
deeply bereaved companion, six sons and a daughter to mourn the
loss of an affectionate husband and kind father, but they mourn
not as others who have no hope. They have the sympathies of the
friends and neighbors in their sad bereavement. May the eternal
God be their refuge, and underneath are the eternal arms. May
they take all diligence to meet him on the sunny banks of deliverance,
where all tears shall be wiped away. He was buried April 3rd,
in the Whitehead Cemetery near New Paris, where a large concourse
of friends and neighbors followed him to his last resting place.
Peace to his ashes. Services were conducted by J. W. Christophel,
Noah Metzler and the writer. Text, Matt. 24:44.
MARTIN.-Levi Martin of Clarence Centre, Erie County, N. Y., was quite suddenly summoned from earthly scenes into his heavenly rest on March 18, 1902. For the last two weeks of his life he was troubled by a hernia of many years standing and was taken to a hospital for an operation. It was successfully passed through, but two days later he died, gangrene setting in. Bro. Martin was born in Erie Co., N. Y., on Feb. 28, 1828, and lived to the age of 74 years and 18 days. His wife preceded him to the spirit world nearly a year ago. Of a family of five brothers and five sisters, three brothers yet live, David and Moses Martin of Clarence Center, N. Y., and Daniel Martin of Elkhart Co., Ind. Five sons and three daughters of Bro. Martin mourn the loss of mother and father in one brief year. May the Lord bless them that they may follow their parents to Christian faith and meet them again in peace and glory. Funeral services and interment at Clarence Center. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Rev. 14:13. "They shall rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
Transcriber's note "Centre" was also spelled as "Center" in the original.
EBERSOLE.-On the 25th of January, 1902, in Cumberland Co., Pa., Sister Lydia Ebersole, aged 68 yrs., 8 mos., 8 D. Sister Ebersole had not been well for almost one year, although she could be up and about the house until about ten days before her death. In those ten days our dear sister suffered intensely, almost day and night. She said to her children, "Oh, how I must suffer; but when I think what the Savior had to suffer for me, my sufferings seem as nothing in comparison." Our dear sister knew that she would not live long. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ." She said, "God's will be done, not mine." She selected her text, 2 Cor. 5:1, and also her songs to be sung and her pall bearers and the ministers, the brethren Hess, Herr and Oayer. Our sister had set her house in order. Her husband preceded her to eternity about five years ago. She received all the care and attention during her sickness that her affectionate children could bestow. One evening her daughter was sitting by her side when she commenced to sing, "Jesus, Lover of my Soul." In her weakness she could sing no more, but the song expressed the desire of her heart. She also admonished her youngest daughter to prepare to meet her God. She is survived by one son and two daughters who mourn not as those who have no hope. She was buried February 2d in the Lutheran cemetery.
KAUFFMAN.-Daniel S. Kauffman, a bachelor, was drowned Sunday morning in Cotton Lake, south-west of Shipshewana, Ind., by the accidental upsetting of his boat. His body was not recovered until Monday morning between eight and nine o'clock. Deceased had owned an 80 acre farm south of town with splendid buildings, which he deeded last fall to L. C. Kauffman, on the condition that he was to keep him the rest of his natural life. He also owned a 60 acre farm at Cotton Lake, and spent his time principally in fishing and trapping at this lake, where he has a cottage and boat house, and prepared his meals when there for the day. He reached the lake Sunday morning at 8 o'clock, started a fire in his cottage, took his small trapping boat, and went out on the lake. Mrs. A. Krighbaum saw him standing in his boat near the east side of the lake, when she left her home to attend Sunday school. At 9:30 the Reynolds brothers and J. Brandeberry were on the south side of the lake and heard some one calling. They reached the lake in a few minutes, and saw an upturned boat, 200 feet from shore, but supposed it was an old boat floating in the lake, and paid no further attention to it. At two o'clock Jesse Brandeberry was at the lake and on investigation found Kauffman's hat under the boat, and an oar floating on the lake. Search for the body was at once begun, and continued throughout the afternoon and until midnight without success. The search was resumed at an early hour Monday morning, and shortly before nine o'clock the body was recovered some distance from where the boat was found. The body lay in twelve feet of water, at the south side of the lake. In his clothing was found his silver watch, $50.61 in money and a check for $150. The body was removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Kauffman, and Coroner Cookingham held an inquest in the afternoon. Deceased was born in Somerset county, Pa., September 30, 1840. He leaves four brothers and six sisters-one brother, Pre. David Kauffman, living near Shipshewana, three brothers and four sisters in Pennsylvania, and two sisters in Missouri. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church, Shipshewana, at two o'clock p. m., Wednesday.
Transcribed by: Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana