Gospel Herald Obituaries - July, 1908

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 14 - July 4, 1908 - page 223



Messinger. - Infant child of Bro. Levi and Sister Anna Messinger of Fairview, Mich., was born June 20, 1908 and died June 21. The parents have the sympathy of the neighbors and friends. Services were conducted by E. A. Bontrager. The remains were laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery. The family can have the full assurance of having a family started in heaven, as this is the second one to pass from this to the spirit world.

 

Sharp. - Bro. Gideon Sharp was born in Mifflin Co., June 28, 1847; died May 28, 1908; aged 60 y. 11 m. He leaves a sorrowing wife, two sons, seven daughters and sixteen grandchildren, to mourn his departure. One daughter and two grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. His seat was seldom vacant at services. The bereft family has the sympathy of the brotherhood. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church at Fairview by E. A. Bontrager and Menno Esch. Text, Ecc. 9:12. Burial took place in the Fairview Cemetery.

 

Brunk. - Lela K., daughter of J. M. and Annie Brunk died at the home of her parents, La Junta, Colo., June 21, of bronchial pneumonia, preceded by whooping cough; aged 4 y. 11 m. 11 d. Even at this early age she had learnt of heaven and often asked questions of her home above. Through her sickness she refused her medicine and when she was asked whether she wanted to get well she remained quiet. Funeral services were held at the Holbrook M. H., June 22, by J. C. Driver and J.M. Nunemaker from II Kin. 4:26, last clause, and II Sam. 12:19, last clause; it was largely attended.

 

Strohm. - Mary Ann Fetter, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 1, 1822; died at her home near Orrville, Ohio, June 15, 1908; aged 36 y. 3 m. 15 d. In 1840 she was married to Christian Strohm. In 1845 they moved to Ohio where they remained until the time of their death. Unto them were born five children, two of which died in infancy. She was a member of the Mennonite Church since her girlhood. She possessed those rare traits of character which endeared her to all with whom she met. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View Church on June 17, by I. J. Buchwalter, from Josh. 22:17 in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends who had assembled to pay a final tribute of respect to grandma. Peace to her ashes.

 

Roth. - Magdalena (Yoder) Roth was born in France, Dec. 2, 1849; died near Wayland, Iowa, June 19, 1908, of paralysis; aged 58 y. 6 m. 17 d. She was married to Nicholaus Roth in 1875, to which union were born five sons and two daughters, who, with one brother and one sister, are left to mourn her departure, but not as those who have no hope, for in her young years she accepted Christ as her Savior, whom she served until death. She was buried, June 21, in the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Funeral services were held at the Church by S. Gerig in German and Simon Gingerich in English. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13 and II Cor. 5:6.

 

Harshbarger. - Gideon Harshbarger was born near McVeytown, Pa., Jan. 1, 1828; died June 19, 1908; aged 80 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was married to Nancy Yoder who preceded him to the eternal world about five years ago. he leaves to mourn his departure one daughter and six sons. Bro. Harshbarger was a strong, able-bodied man till four years ago, when he broke down from the effect of catarrh (sic) and was not able to be out of the house for over two years. He was then visited by a paralytic stroke just one week before he died. Burial, June 21, services conducted by Bro. Michael Yoder in German from Psa. 90:10 and by Bro. John E Kauffman in English, from the same text.

 

King. - Rebecca (Troyer) King was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct 21, 1829; died in West Liberty, Ohio, June 17, 1908; aged 78 y. 7 m. 27 d. She came with her parents to Champaign Co., where she united with the A.M. church and was a consistent member till her death, but was not able to attend church for several years. She was married to John P King in October, 1849. To this union were born six children , all of whom survive, also 34 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. We need not mourn as those who have no hope. Her husband, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral on the 20, at the South Union Church, services conducted by C. K. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.

 

Troyer. - Elizabeth (Yoder) Troyer, wife of Christian Troyer, was born in Holmes Co., O., Jan. 11, 1841; died at Goshen, Ind. June 17, 1908; aged 67 y. 5 m. 6 d. She moved with her parents from Ohio to Indiana in 1850, and was married to Bro. Troyer, Feb. 24, 1861. To them were born nine children, four sons and five daughters. One and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Troyer was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church for about 50 years. Funeral services were held at Goshen, Ind., by James McGowen and I. W. Royer,. Texts, Mark 14:8, "She hath done what she could," and Psa. 18:30, "His way is perfect." The latter text was selected by the family because it was the text on their wall-calendar for the date on which mother died. - Friends, are the things hanging on our wall helpful in life, yea comforting in the hour of death?

I. W. R.

 

Good. - Near Peabody, Kans., June 12, 1908, Frank Good, aged 36 years, and his three children, Elsie, aged 9 y. 1 m. 27 d.; Wesley , aged 7 y. 2 m. 29 d. Ruth, aged 4 y. 1 m. 12 d.; passed out of this world at the hands of the father. Bro. Good's wife, nee Hamilton, died very suddenly just two weeks before. This seemed to unbalance his mind and on the fatal night he took the life of his three children and his own life. It was a shocking scene when the four corpses were found in the bedroom the next morning. Funeral services were held on the 14, conducted by M. E. Horst, Caleb Winery and D. D. Zook. Text, Acts 17:30, 31. About a thousand people attended the funeral. The bodies were laid in one grave beside that of wife and mother. It was the most shocking tragedy that had ever taken place in the community. May God overrule this terrible act for the good of some one. Our deepest sympathies go with the relatives and the friends.

Transcriber's note: there are FIVE deaths reported here, including the mother. See also: Good., - Louisa Margaret Hamilton, June 13, 1908.

Landis. - Bro. John W. Landis was born near Mt. Sidney, Va., July 4, 1832; died June 9, 1908; aged 76 y. 11 m. 5 d. Deceased was married to Anna Hershberger and lived at Mt. Sidney till the death of his wife, since which time he lived with his daughter at Weyers Cave. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1860 and was a faithful member till death. He was widely known as a Christian man and a true type of Virginian hospitality. He was active up to within a week of his death, which was caused by Brights disease. His last earthly pilgrimage was to the shrine of God to obey his Saviors last command. Funeral services were conducted by A. P. Heatwole, assisted by C. Good and Abraham Garber in the Pleasant Valley Brethren Church. Interment in the Union Chapel Cemetery. Deceased is survived by three daughters, all of whom were with him when he departed this life, also 33 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

"There is no flock, however tended,
But one dead lamb is there;
There is no fireside, howso eer defended,
But has one vacant chair."

 

Hostetler. - Jephtha Hostetler was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 22, 1830; died near Smithville, Ohio, June 16, 1908; aged 77 y. 11 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Salome D. King in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 5, 1857. Through this union were born eight children, six of whom survive him and 28 grandchildren. His companion departed this life March 1, 1900. Most of his life was spent on a farm near Wooster, Ohio, his father, Christian Hostetler, being one of the early settlers of Wayne Co. In his early manhood he was afflicted by the loss of the sense of hearing, and for nearly forty years he was unable to hear the voices of his friends and loved ones, and in consequence spent many lonely days during the later years of his life. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church and frequently attended services, even though he could not hear the sermon. He showed his interest in the cause by his presence in the sanctuary of the Lord. His death was hastened by acute softening of the brain brought on by a stroke of paralysis from which he suffered much bodily affliction during the last few months of his life. He was laid to rest by the side of his companion in the Paradise Union Cemetery, June 18, 1908. A large number of friends were present to pay a last tribute of respect. Funeral services were conducted by Benj. Gerig in German and Aaron Hiestand in English from the text, "What is man that thou art mindful of him? and, "I have finished by course." Peace to his ashes.

Note - Quote marks were not after "him?" and the next quote is typed correctly.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 15 - July 11, 1908 - page 239



Snyder. - Barbara S. (Burkholder) Snyder, beloved wife of Ozias Snyder, died May 13, 1908; aged 38 y. 8 m. 2 d. Funeral at the Cressman Church near Breslau, Ont., where a large assembly met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed.

Gingerich. - Christian Gingerich was born in Hesse, Germany, in 1820; died in Stanford, Ill., June 25, 1908; aged 87y. 7m. 3d. He was ordained to the ministry in the South Danvers Church in 1858, in which he served almost 56 years until unable to do so on account of old age. He leaves wife, eight children, seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral near Stanford, Ill., services conducted by John Kinsinger and Peter Schantz.

Snyder. - Alice May, daughter of Bro. William and Sister Susan Snyder, died at the home of her parents in Altoona, Pa., of infantile paralysis, June 17, 1908; aged 2y. 14d. The remains were brought to Roaring Spring where services were conducted in the Mennonite Church by Bro. Abram Metzler. Interment in Green lawn cemetery. Silently, peacefully angels have borne little Alice into the beautiful mansions above. There she will rest from earth's toil forever, safe in the arms of Jesus.

Collier. - Amos Franklin, little son of Lan(?) and Mary Collier of Wilson's Bend, Mo., was born Sept 3, 1907; died June 23, 1908; aged 9 m. 20 d. Little Frank was a sufferer for about six months with lung trouble. He leaves a father, mother, four brothers and one sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a little beam of sunshine in the home. It was hard to give him up, but we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held at the home by Bro. John Shank. Remains were laid to rest in the Wilson Bend Cemetery.

Hershberger. - Sarah Hershberger, nee Stutzman, was born in Holmes Co., O., March 13, 1866, and died near Milford, Nebr., June 20, 1908; aged 43y. 3m. 7d. She was married to A. P. Hershberger, June 1, 1884. To this union were born 13 children, 9 sons and 4 daughters; two sons preceeded her to the spiritual world. She leaves her husband, 11 children, 2 grandchildren, 7 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her departure but not as those who have no hope, for Sister Hershberger was a member of the A. M. Church from her youth. Her sickness was cancer, and suffered for nearly three years, but bore all patiently. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob Stauffer, text, Matt. 24:43; Joseph Schlegel. Rev. 7:12-17, in German, and N. E. Roth in English.

Blough. - Fanny Plank Blough, youngest daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Plank, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept 25, 1839; died June 16, 1908, in Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 68y. 9m. 1d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 17, and was a consistent member to the close of her life. She was united in marriage with Solomon D. Blough, April 15, 1859. To this union were born ten sons and three daughters. Four sons preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband, three daughters, six sons, and sixteen grandchildren to mourn her departure, but we believe our loss is her eternal gain. She was a true and loving companion, and will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services at the Forks Church, June 19, by E. Weaver and D. D. Miller, where about 800 people had gathered.

Hauder. - Barbara (Schertz) Hauder was born near Saarburg, in the province of Bavaria, Germany, June 24, 1828; died near Garden City, Mo., June 22, 1908; aged 79 y. 11 m. 28 d. Services were held at the home of her daughter, Sister David Miller, conducted by the brethren Levi Miller and B. F. Hartzler. The remains were taken to Cullom, Ills., her former home, where the funeral was held in the Mennonite Church, conducted by the brethren Alvin Ropp and A. H. Leaman. She was united in marriage with Jacob Hauder in 1847. To this union were born eleven children, three of whom with her husband have passed on before, the rest remain to mourn the departure of a loving Christian mother. While yet young she confessed Christ as her Savior, and ever remained true to her Master, and loyal to the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a member. We do not mourn as those who have no hope, but realize that our loss is her eternal gain.

Hygema. - John Hygema was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Oct. 4, 1864, and died at Corning, Calif., of catarrh of the stomach, June 21, 1908; aged 43y. 8m. 17d. He had been in poor health for about five or six years, and last Thanksgiving Day he left for California with the hope of being benefitted. He had been staying at Chico, but went to Corning to fill an appointment with the brethren, where he became seriously ill and died. he was married to Lydia Ann Yoder in Nov. 1885. To this union were born five children. The oldest son died nearly 16 years ago. On Aug. 27, 1893, he was ordained to the ministry at the Holdeman Church near Wakarusa, Ind., and remained one of its ministers until death, although he was not able to attend services very often the last few years. His spiritual teaching and encouraging words will live in the hearts of many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. His remains were received at his home June 27, and the funeral services were held on Sunday, June 28, at the Olive M. H. where an unusually large concourse of people met to pay a last tribute of respect to one they loved. Services were conducted by Jacob K. Bixler, assisted by others. The privilege was also given to all ministering brethren present to speak a few words. Text, Phil. 1:21. May God comfort the bereaved family. Wife and children, brothers, sisters,
This vain world I bid adieu;
Gone from earth to meet with others,
Parents, friends and Sammy, too.
Let your mourning then be tempered,
By the bliss that now is mine,
For we all will soon be gathered,
In the Savior's glory shine.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 16 - July 18, 1908 - page 255



Underwood. - Arthur Edward, infant son of Bro. Walter and Sister Katie Underwood, passed from this life at his home in Oronogo, Mo., June 27, 1908; aged 6 m. 20 d. He leaves father mother and one little brother, beside grandparents, and many friend whom his bright disposition had won. Funeral services at White Hall Church, conducted by Andrew Shenk and Perry Shenk. Interment in Weaver cemetery.

Ropp. - Omar Franklin, only son of Bro. Moses and Sister Katie Ropp, died on pneumonia near Pigeion. Mich. He was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, June 22, 1907; died July 1, 1908; aged 1 y. 9 d. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church, July 3, by M. S. Zehr and S. J. Swartzendruber. Text, Rev. 22. A father, mother, and three sisters are left to mourn his early departure in the dawn of life, but they do not mourn as those who have no hope, for he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. The family have the sympathy of the whole community

Eshleman. - Earl, son of Edward and Leah Eshleman, Marticville,(sic) Pa., passed from this life on June 26, 1908; aged 6 m. 15 d. His life was short but long enough to endear himself to those around him, and especially so as this is the fourth one they had to part with, but one little girl is spared them. Why it is we cannot tell, but this we know, what the Lord doeth is well done. We trust this may be the means of drawing the parents into the ark of safety that they may live with the hope of meeting their little ones in the home above.

Housour. - Harvey Housour was born May 30, 1878, in Elkhart Co., Ind., died June 30, 1908; aged 30 y. 1 m. Death came to him very suddenly. While at work in Nappanee, Ind., raising a building, his life was crushed out instantly. He was united in marriage to Ellen Metzler on June 2, 1903. To this union were born three children, the oldest having died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss a beloved wife, two children, his father, C. M. Housour, one brother and two sisters, besides a large number of friends. The funeral services were held at the Nappanee Mennonite Church on July 2, conducted by Jacob K. Bixler and J. H. McGowan from the text, "Prepare to meet thy God.) Burial took place at the Brick burial grounds, five miles north-east of Nappanee. This should be a loud call to the unsaved as he never made a profession of religion. May God comfort the bereaved companion.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

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Gospel Herald - Vol. I, No. 17 - July 25, 1908- page 271, 272



Roth. - Gilbert Harold, infant son of G. A. Roth, died at their home on 432 W. Chestnut St., Canton, Ill., on July 12, 1908. The little one was but 24 days old. Funeral took place from the home on Sunday, July 13, Pre. Sowerby officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away."

Rockwell. - William S. Rockwell was born near Morgantown, W. Va., Feb 7, 1858, and died near Masontown, Pa., of apoplexy, July 17, 1908; aged 50 y. 5 m. 10 d. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was unmarried. He leaves three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Masontown Mennonie Church, July 19, by D. H. Bender. Text, Heb. 9:27. Interment in Greenvale cemetery.

Killian. - In Letterkenny Twp., Franklin Co., Pa., on June 9, 1908, occurred the death of Sister Mary Killian, widow of the late Nathan Killian who preceded her to the spirit world ten years ago. She was aged 79 y. 8 m. 35 d.(?). She had a paralytic stroke about ten days before her death. She is survived by three sons and three daughters, three having been called to their reward earlier. Services were conducted by the brethren Henry Bricker and J. S. Burkholder. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Funeral at the Strasburg M. H., burial in the cemetery nearby. Peace to her ashes.

Yoder. - On July 14, 1908, at the home of her daugher, Lydia, near Milford, Ind., of cancer in the face. Mary Yoder, died; aged 87 y. 5 m. 18 d. On June 1, 1840, she was united in marriage with Jacob S. Yoder. To this union were born 8 sons and 5 daughters. 7 sons and 3 daughters, 56 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren are left to mourn her departure, but have the consolation that mother has gone where cancers do not eat and pain can not enter. She united with the A. M. Church in her young years remaining faithful to the end. As long as health premitted she spent much of her time in reading her Bible and passed away in the blessed hope of being with Him of whom the scriptures testify. Buried on the 16, services were held at the Clinton Church by D. J. Johns from Job 21:23-26, assisted by _______ Niswander.

Lehman. - Benjamin Lehman died May 21l, 1908, at the home of his niece, Sarah Burkholder, near Newville, Pa., aged 80 y. 2 m. 29 d. Bro. Lehman had been in failing health for the last two years but was bedfast only eleven days. He bore his afflictions with patience. Funeral on Sunday, May 24. Services at the Diller Church by Bish. Benj. Zimmerman and Bro. Abram Burkholder, where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed on. He was the last of his family and is survived by no nearer relatives than nieces and nephews.

Bleile. - Rosina (Brier) Bleile was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, and died at Nappanee, Ind., June 10, 1908; aged 64 y. 1 m. She was united in marriage to John Bleile, a former minister, to which union were born six children. Her companion and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. Her ailment, which lasted for fifteen weeks, caused her much pain, but she bore it all patiently. During this time she called for the elders, was anointed and observed communion. One of her last requests to her children was, "to again meet in heaven as an unbroken family." Funeral services wre held in the Nappanee M. H. by David Burkholder and Henry McGowan from Phil. 1:21. Interment in the Brick Cemetery.

Stutzman. - Fanny Stutzman was born Jan. 1, 1872; died July 8, 1908; at Fairview, Mich.; aged 36 y. 6 m. 7 d. She leaves father, two brothers and five sisters to mourn her departure. Mother, one sister and one brother preceded her to the spirit world. She had been complaining for a few days but on the day of her death was out picking berries in the morning and in the afternoon was all alone canning the berries. Her father left the house at four o,clock to do some work on the farm and on coming into the house in the evening found her close to the bed, dead. She died of heart disease. Funeral services were held at the Fairview A. M. Church by E. A. Bontrager. Text, Psa. 39:4. Remains were laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery, which was followed by an unusually large concourse of people.

Erb. - On July 12, 1908, near Goshen, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, widow Catherine Erb, died, aged 79 y. 7 m. 7 d. At the age of 18 she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and 4 years later she was married to Samuel Erb. To this union were born 5 sons and 7 daughters, of whom 2 sons and 5 daughters with 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren are left to mourn her departure, but not without the blessed hope of mother having gone to rest. Sad were many of her experiences in life, but she bore all with Christian fortitude, putting her trust fully in the Lord. During the civil war her husband was drafted and taken into the army, and at one time smallpox came into the family and took two of the children and her own hands had to help prepare the bodies for burial, and in her last days she suffered much, but through it all she continued faithful to her Savior, and fell preacefully(sic) asleep in Jesus. Funeral on the 14, at the Clinton M. H. Services were conducted by D. J. Johns from Rom. 8:18, assisted by I. L. Berkey.

Weaver. - Samuel L. Weaver was born near Columbiana, Ohio, April 17, 1845; died June 29, 1908; aged 63 y. 2 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Horst of Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 26, 1869. The fruits of this union were two sons and four daughters, two of which preceded him to the spirit world in their early childhood. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two sons, and two daughters; also seven grandchildren, one brother and one sister, besides many intimate friends, for he possessed the rare gift of making friends with every one he had the pleasure of meeting. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for 34 years. He recently made a trip through Missouri and Indiana with his companion, having returned nine days previous to his death in apparently good health. He realized his illness only four days before his death. He passed the last few hours of his life quoting from the Scripture which he read daily. Funeral services were held at the County Line Church conducted by Henry Hursh, Benj. Good and Isaac Good. Text, II Tim. 4:6, 8. His ailment was dropsy and heart failure. Peace to his ashes.

Berkey. - Milo Berkey was born in Warren Co., Mo., Feb. 18, 1871, and died near Goshen, Ind., May 11, 1908; aged 37 y. 2 m. 23 d. He came to Indiana when a boy seven years old. He was married on Jan.2, 1896. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, one son and three daughters, also by father, mother and 3 sisters. 2 sisters preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were conducted at the Clinton Church by Silas Yoder and D. D. Miller. He is much missed in the home and in the church.
Sleep on beloved,
Sleep on and take thy rest;
We loved thee well,
But God loved thee best.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


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