Sommer.- Barbara, wife of C. C. Sommer, Dalton, O., died Feb. 12, 1912, at the age of 62 y. 8 m. 9 d. She leaves a husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 4 brothers and 7 grandchildren to mourn her sudden departure. Her remains were laid to rest in the Sonnenberg Cemetery of which church she was a faithful member from her early youth. Funeral services were held by C. N. Amstutz and Jacob Nussbaum.
Hershberger.- Mattie, wife of Eli M. Hershberger, was born in Holmes Co., O., Jan. 4, 1870; died after only a few days of sickness of lung fever, March 2, 1912; aged 42 y. 1 m. 28 d. To this union were born 9 children, all living. She leaves parents, 5 brothers, 14 sisters, and many friends to mourn her early departure- not without hope, for we believe that she aimed to please her Creator and Savior, and was known as a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Short.- Lydia (Lantz) Short was born Aug. 22, 1840; died Mar. 12, 1912; near Stryker, O.; aged 71 y. 6 m. 20 d. She was united in marriage with Benedict Short in the year 1864, with whom she lived 43 years. To this union were born 8 children. Her husband and 4 children preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 3 sisters, 6 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which she was faithful to the end. Funeral at the Lockport Church, conducted by S. D. Grieser, D. J. Wyse and H. Rychener.
Holopeter.- Samuel Sunderland Holopeter died at his home at Rockton, Pa., March 16, 1912; aged 80 y. 10 m. 18 d. Buried at Rockton. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church March 19, by E. J. Blough of Hollsopple, Pa. Text, Rev. 14:13. He was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church. In his severe affliction of a "tumor cancer" he never murmured or complained. He was fully resigned to the Lord's will. He is survived by his wife, 6 children, 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. His great concern and earnest prayers were for the salvation of his children and grandchildren. May his example and Christ-like patience live after him.
Martin.- Solomon W. Martin of Maugansville, Md., died
March 2, 1912; aged 81 y 3 d. Funeral, March 5, at Reiff's Church.
Services conducted by George S. Keener and C. R. Strite. Text,
Jno. 5:28, 29. Father was sick just two weeks with pneumonia and
dropsy. He could not lie down- died in his chair, being conscious
to the last and expressed himself ready to go. Mother died thirteen
years ago, also of dropsy. Many kind words fell from their lips
which will never be forgotten. Nine children and 39 grandchildren
mourn their loss. "Blessed are the dead which die in the
Lord." Father united with the Church more than fifty years
Allison.- Bro. Aaron Allison of Red Well, Lancaster Co., Pa., passed to his reward March 20, 1912; aged about 64 years. Bro. Allison was sick for about two weeks with pleura pneumonia. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. In the year 1878 he was married to Sister Emma Wanner. She was called home in the year 1894. To this union were born 6 children. He was again married to Sister Lydia Hess. To this union were born 7 children. One preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a companion and 12 children. Funeral took place March 23. Services at the house by Bro. J. B. Senger and at Hershey's Church by Bro. C. M. Brackbill. Text, Psa. 103:6-14. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Yoder.- Reuben Yoder was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1831; died in LaGrange Co., Ind., March 18, 1912; aged 81 y. 2 m. 9 d. He was married to Harriet Riehl April 1, 1851, who died about 3 12 years ago. In 1851 they moved in a covered wagon from Pennsylvania to LaGrange Co., Ind., where they settled in the woods upon a farm in Newbury Twp., where they lived till four years ago when they moved to their son's home near the Forks Church where they both died. To this union were born 7 sons and 2 daughters, all surviving their parents except 1 son who died in infancy. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and by 2 sisters. Bro. Yoder has been a member of the Amish Mennonite Church at the Forks for many years and his place was seldom vacant. Funeral at Forks Church by S. E. Weaver and D. D. Miller.
Bollinger.- Michael Bollinger was born Feb. 2, 1841, in Crailsheim, Wurtemberg, Germany. In the year 1859 he went to Ontario, Canada, and in 1865 he moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind. On Oct. 6, 1867 he married Almira Topper of St. Joseph Co., Ind. To this union were born 8 children, of whom two died in infancy. He departed this life March 24, 1912; aged 71 y. 1 m. 22 d. He leaves to mourn his departure, a loving companion, 6 children, Charles, Nettie L. Schultz, Alice Metzler, Martha Jane Schultz, Carolina Elnora Schultz, and Alvin. There are 13 grandchildren, 1 of whom has preceded him to the spirit world. One brother, Leonard, of Alamo, Mich., and 1 sister, Catharine Moore, of Ontario, Can., also survive. Bro. Bollinger was baptized in infancy, but was not satisfied, and on Feb. 17, 1912, he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church, by so doing causing great joy to his own soul and also to his family. Funeral services were held at the Olive meeting house where a large number of people gathered to show respect to one so long in their midst. The services were conducted by David Yoder and Silas Weldy. Text, II Cor. 4:15, 16. Interment in the burial ground near the Olive meeting house.
Kempf.- Mary A. Kempf was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Nov. 2, 1847; died at her home near Kalona, Ia., March 17, 1912; aged 64 y. 4 m. 15 d. She was married to John J. Kempf Feb. 28, 1869, who departed this life July 16, 1907. She leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters, 21 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, all residing near Kalona except one brother who lives in Oklahoma. During the winter she paid all her children a visit, spending the most of the winter with her son Milo. She was not at her home at the time of her death, being at Wm. Bender's with her aged sister-in-law, Mrs. Seth Kauffman, who has been ailing with paralysis for some years. She had a stroke of paralysis and died a few days after. A short service was held by Jacob Yoder after which she was removed to her home with her daughter, Mrs. John J. Shetler. She united with the A. M. Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at her home by Bro. Peter Brenneman in German and D. J. Fisher in English. Text, Rom. 5.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us
Thy sweet smile no more we see;
Thy voice no more can cheer us,
Mother dear, we mourn for thee.
"May God comfort the bereft ones
Though our loss is their gain;
And in meekness and submission
Say, Blessed be our Father's name."
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Troyer.- Steven Troyer of the West Liberty congregation, Kans., died Feb. 16, 1912, of paralysis; aged 13 y. 3 m. 20 d. He had been blind for 5 or 6 years. Funeral services were conducted at the church by Bro. D. H. Bender. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in the cemetery nearby.
Detweiler.- On March 26, 1912, Bro. Abraham L. Detwelier died of a stroke of apoplexy at his home in Telford, Pa. He is survived by an only daughter, Mrs. Howard Wampole. He was 68 y. 10 m. of age. His wife preceded him about 10 months ago. He was buried at the Rockhill burying ground on April 1.
Townsend.- Ruth Rebecca, youngest daughter of Bro. and Sister William Townsend, was born near Masontown, Pa., June 8, 1905; died March 18, 1912; aged 6 y. 9 m. 10 d. She suffered nearly all winter from heart trouble which later developed into dropsy. She leaves her parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a host of friends to mourn her early departure. Three sisters preceded her to the other side. Services conducted at the house and church by E. D. Hess from Heb. 9:27. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
Beechy.- Oscar Alexander, son of W. A. and Mary Beechy,
was born in Sugar Creek, O., April 10, 1909; died at the same
place March 20, 1912; aged 2 y. 11 m. 10 d. Little Oscar had not
been in good health since last winter, but was not considered
seriously ill until a few days before he died. Lung fever was
the cause of his death. Father, mother, 1 brother and 4 grandparents
are left to mourn their loss. Funeral at the Walnut Creek A. M.
Church on March 23, 1912. Services at the house by Ed. Shepfer
of the Dunkard Church and at the church by S. H. Miller and M.
E. A. Hershberger.
Long.- Frank Long was born in Beatta, N. Y., Dec. 25, 1845; died at his home near Thomas, Okla., March 26, 1912; aged 67 y. 3 m. 1 d. Funeral services were conducted March 28 by Tobias Yoder in German and J. J. Johns in English.
Harshberger.- Sister Mary (Esh), wife of Jaocb Harshberger
of near Mattawana, Pa., was born Nov. 5, 1845, in Juniata Co.,
Pa., died March 21, 1912; aged 66 y. 4 m. 16 d. She lingered for
some time with a complication of diseases which she bore trustfully
looking to Him who doeth all things well. She leaves a husband,
4 sons, a daughter and 8 grandchildren to mourn her departure.
One daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral on Sunday,
Mach 24; services conducted by John E. Kauffman and Joshua B.
J. H. Byler.
Mayer.- Maria Mayer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 22, 1830; died March 22, 1912, at the home of Bro. and Sister David Eversole near Sterling, Ill. Sister Mayer was a member of the congregation near Freefort, Ill., for a number of years, but for the last twelve years was identified with the congregation near Sterling, Ill. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church on the afternoon of March 24, conducted by A. C. Good. The remains were taken to Freefort on the 25, where funeral services were conducted by J. S. Shoemaker and the body laid to rest beside that of her husband.
Snyder.- Allen Snyder died at the home of his mother, March 29, 1912; aged 20 y. 4 m. Funeral services at the home by Urias Weber and Silas Cressman. Buried at the Berlin, Ont., Mennonite Church. He was a humble Christian, converted three years ago while meetings were held by Bro. D. D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. He died of diabetes and fell peacefully asleep without a struggle. To mourn his departure are 2 brothers and his mother. His sister, Ella died about 10 years ago, and his father preceded him to the spirit world about 20 years ago.
Moser.- Elizabeth (Basinger) Moser was born Oct. 23, 1838; died Jan. 1, 1912, aged 73 y. 2 m. 9 d. John P. Moser was born near Dalton, O., Sept. 18, 1833; died March 18, 1912, at the age of 78 y. 6 m. They were united in marriage May 20, 1856, living together over 55 years, sharing the joys and sorrows of life, each doing their part happily and contentedly. To this union were born 7 children, 6 of whom survive. They leave 2 sons, 4 daughters, 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn their departure. They were earnest and devout Christians all their lives. They are buried at the Sonnenberg Church at which place the services were held by I. J. Buchwalter and Jacob Nussbaum.
Miller.- Harry, son of Jeff and Katie Miller, was born
in Miami Co., Ind., April 21, 1889; died at Fairview, Oscoda Co.,
Mich., March 28, 1912; aged 22 y. 11 m. 7 d. Bro. Harry was united
with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 12 years and remained
faithful until death. He leaves to mourn his early departure a
grandfather, father, mother, 6 brothers and 3 sisters, also a
host of friends. Harry was a regular attendant at church, Sunday
school and Bible meeting. Funeral services were held Mar. 31 at
the Fairview Mennonite Church by E. A. Bontrager and N. Z. Yoder.
Text, Zech. 8:7, 8; Rev. 14:13. Interment in the cemetery near
by. The family circle is now broken, one son is gone never to
return, but cleansed and saved by grace, one more in Paradise.
E. A. B.
Lape.- Henry Lape was born in Sommerset Co., Pa., Aug. 31, 1848; died of diabetes in Nappanee, Ind., March 23, 1912; aged 63 y. 6 m. 12 d. He was united in marriage with Susan Eash in 1875. To this union were born 5 sons. His wife, 5 sons, 4 brothers and 2 sisters mourn his departure. He came to the state of Indiana in 1869, and resided in Lagrange and Elkhart counties until his death. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church for 35 years. His place was never vacant in church and Sunday school when health permitted. The vacancy in the home, church and Sunday school will be very keenly felt by all. He was a friend to all he came in contact with. During his 5 weeks illness he never complained, but endured his affliction with Christian fortitude. Funeral services at A. M. Church March 25, by D. D. Miller from Phil. 3:13, 14. Buried at South Union Cemetery.
Snider.- Samuel S. Snider was born in Waterloo Co.,
Ont., Oct. 9, 1821; died March 24, 1912; aged 90 y. 5 m. 14 d.
He was married to Anna Snider March 5, 1844. Their home was blessed
with 14 children, 3 of whom died in infancy, the mother dying
April 23, 1890, aged 65 y. 9 m., whose death was mourned by a
father and 11 children. On April 19, 1891, the father again married
Elizabeth Reist, since which time family have had occasion to
mourn the loss of 2 children, Titus, the fifth son dying Oct.
16, 1907, aged 47 y., and Cyrus, eldest son dying Aug. 17, 1909,
aged 65 years.
The death of the father at this time leaving a widow, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the Waterloo Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Noah Stauffer in English and Bro. Solomon Gehman in German. Interment in the David Eby Cemetery.
Harshberger.- Elizabeth Anne (Root) Harshberger, was
born Oct. 12, 1833, in Augusta Co., Va., and fell asleep in Jesus
March 29, 1912, aged 79 y. 5 m. 17 d. She united in marriage with
Isaac Harshberger in 1851, and in 1865 they emigrated to Livingston
Co., Ill. The husband departed this life in 1894. To this union
were born 9 boys and 9 girls. Ten of the children preceded her
to the spirit world. Four sons, 4 daughters, 29 grandchildren,
26 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, are left to mourn their
In 1862 Mother Harshberger with her husband was converted and for 50 years has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was a kind companion, a loving mother, and a true friend to the needy. Thus another sheaf has been gathered into God's great store house above, where sin and sorrow, pain and death, can never come. Funeral services at the Cullom Mennonite Church, conducted by S. Honderich. Text, Phil. 1:21.
Ebersole.- David M. Ebersole of Sterling, Ill., was
born Sept. 3, 1866, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died March 26, 1912;
aged 45 y. 6 m. 23 d. He was married Jan. 1, 1891, to Hettie Frey.
To his union were born 7 children, who with his wife, his aged
mother and 4 sisters survive him. Bro. Ebersole was a member of
the Mennonite Church for a number of years. He was a faithful
member and a Sunday school teacher teaching at the time of his
death. He will be greatly missed in the home, the Church and the
community. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope.
Bro. Ebersole, accompanied by his wife and others, were taking the remains of Sister Mayer to Freefort, Ill., for burial on March 25. Bro. Ebersole was not feeling well when he left home and upon arriving at Freefort went directly to the home of Sister Marie Ebersole, where he died on Tuesday, March 26, at 2 o,clock. The remains were brought to Sterling on Wednesday . Funeral services were conducted on Friday A. M. by A. C. Good and J. S. Shoemaker at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of sorrowing friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one so widely known and loved.
Schweitzer.- Gordon, oldest son of Samuel and Barbara
Sghweitzer, Waterloo, Ont., died March 22, 1912; aged 23 y 6 m.
17 d. He was a noble and promising young man, and his death was
caused by an accident at a sawmill. While he was loading sawdust,
from a pile, which was frozen at the top, probably got underneath
a little too far, when all at once the lump came down, catching
him and covering him up to the shoulders, and quite likely striking
his head against the sleigh, fracturing his skull, making him
unconscious till his death, about half an hour later.
A number of years ago Gordon united with the Mennonite Church, but on account of not watching and praying as he ought to got cold and indifferent. Later, however, he realized the necessity of renewing his covenant, which he did, and we believe has been true to his God since. As an evidence of this, they had a farm, adjoining their own, but nobody lived there, so it became Gordon's lot to go over and do the chores, and on very stormy days would stay all day, spending the time between chores reading the Bible, which was found in the stable since his death.
Funeral services were held on March 26 at the Waterloo Mennonite Church by Bro. Noah Hunsberger from Matt. 25:13, and by Jonas Snider from Mark 13;33 preaching impressive sermons to a large audience.
We believe this is a loud call to us all, warning us to be ready as death may meet us at an hour when we least expect it. May God comfort the bereaved family.
Smiley.- Mary Smiley, nee Conrad, was born near Smithville,
O., Jan. 16, 1825; died March 31, 1912; aged 87 y. 2 m. 15 d.
In her youth she confessed her Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite
Church and remained a faithful member until death. She was one
of a family of 12 children. Only one, Catherine Smiley, of Winona,
Ind., survives her. On Jan. 15, 1846, she was married to John
Smiley. To this union were born 8 daughters (2 of whom died in
their infancy), 40 grandchildren (7 of whom preceded her to the
spirit world) and 30 great-grandchildren of whom 2 have died.
Shortly after these respected and pious parents had united in
wedlock, they wended their way overland to near Goshen, Ind.,
where they resided until the fall of 1866, when the family moved
to their late residence near Smithville, O., where over 32 years
ago the father passed away to his final resting place. Since that
time the mother has remained on the same place with her daughter
and family, John H. Spiker's all through her declining years.
She was blessed with a remarkably good mind and memory. Very patiently
and submissively with very little human aid she endured the infirmities
of old age, when in a silent moment at the noon hour on Sunday,
the same day of the week that she was born, she answered the last
call of her Master. She selected her own funeral text some time
ago from Psa. 37:25. Services were held at the Oak Grove Church
and her body laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
J. S. Gerig.
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Pothoff.- Mrs. Louisa Pothoff (nee Keck) was born Sept. 26, 1881; died in the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, March 21, 1912; aged 30 y. 6 m. 5 d. She had been married but was divorced because of family troubles. Four children had been entrusted into their care. Funeral service was held at her home on March 24, sermon by A. M. Eash from Psa. 8:4.
Hinkel.- Lucy Hinkel was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 24, 1819; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wentz, in Cleveland, O., April 4, 1912; aged 93 y. 10 m. She was baptized and received into the Church Aug. 6, 1905. She spent a few years at the Old People,s Home near Marshallville, where many of our people made her acquaintance. March 16 she had her second stroke of paralysis, from which time she was unconscious until death. Funeral held in the Mennonite Church in Canton, O., April 7.
Sands.- Jacob Sands, a minister of the Winebrennarian faith, was born in Pennsylvania Aug. 17, 1827; died at Lewistown, Mich., April 5, 1912; aged 84 y. 7 m. 18 d. Though married the second time, he had no children of his own. But he was willing to help care for children who had no home. He shared his love by adopting five dear little ones and brought them up to manhood and womanhood. He lived with his second wife 17 years. At the time of his death she was sick in bed and was not expected to live many days. Funeral services at the home conducted by Bro. E. A. Bontrager of Fairview, Mich. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Kropf.- John Kropf was born in Waterloo, Ont., Dec. 27, 1850; died at his home near Hubbard, Oreg., April 1, 1912; aged 61 y. 3 m. 4 d. In 1871 Bro. Kropf with his parents moved to Missouri where he was married to Sister Charity King. To this union were born 9 children. Two daughters preceded him to the golden shores of eternity. He is survived by his companion, 4 sons, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 6 sisters. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church where funeral services were conducted by C. R. Gerig (text, Isa. 3:10) in German and A. P. Troyer (text, II Tim. 4:7, 8) in English. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Myers.- Daniel J. Myers of Harrisonburg, Va., died April 1, 1912; aged 62 y. 13 d. He had been in declining health for several years, and seriously ill for some weeks, but was better again and able to sit up, and was eating his breakfast and talking to his wife when he gave a sudden start, fell backwards and breathed his last in a few minutes. It is supposed that the breaking of a blood vessel was the immediate cause of his death. He had been a member of the Church of the Brethren from his youth. He leaves his second wife, 2 sons and 5 daughters. Funeral services were conducted April 3, in the Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg, Va., by S. I. Bowman and R. G. Hammond from Rev. 14:13, after which his body was interred in the cemetery near Weaver,s Church.
Stauffer.- Amos P. Stauffer was born near Bird-in-hand, Pa., March 21, 1850; died at his home at Witmer, Pa., Feb. 26, 1912, in his 62nd year, from complications of diseases. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and Sunday school of Stumptown, Pa. His place was seldom vacant in the service, when health permitted him to be present. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 2 daughters and 1 son. Funeral services were held at Stumptown Church conducted by Bro. Sanford Landis assisted by Bro. John Landis. Interment in graveyard near by.
"Farewell dear family I am at rest
My voice no more you,ll near;
Live faithfully and you,ll be blest,
And death you need not fear."
By a close friend.
Barr.--Barbara Barr was born Aug. 23, 1826, in Lancaster
Co., Pa., died April 2, 1912; aged 85 y. 7 m. 9 d. She was the
youngest child of eleven children born to John and Susan Groff
of Lancaster Co., Pa. Dec. 18, 1845, she was married to Benjamin
Barr. To this union were born 13 children, 7 of which survive.
About April 1, 1871, they moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to their
present home where she has resided until her death. For many years
she had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church until
She was a true mother and home-maker, reticent and timid by nature, loved by all who made her acquaintance. Many of us besides the children will miss her.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church (South) at Belton. Services conducted by W. E. Helmuth. Interment in the Belton Cemetery.
Zimmer.- Katherine Zimmer (nee Beckler) was born in
Germany, Feb. 2, 1830; died at her home near Bancroft, Nebr.,
Apr. 2, 1912, of infirmities of old age; aged 82 y. 2 m. She was
united in marriage to Jacob Zimmer Feb. 14, 1850. To this union
were born 11 children, of whom 4 daughters, 5 sons, and 1 adopted
son preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her
departure an aged husband, a son, a daughter, an adopted daughter,
20 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. She united with
the A. M. Church in her youth and remained faithful until death,
and often in her declining years did she express her desire to
go home and be with God, leaving us the assurance that all was
well with her soul.
Funeral took place April 5. Services at the house by Bro. J. D. Birky and at the A. M. Church by Bros. Peter Oswald and J. C. Birky. Texts, II Cor. 5:1-10; Hev*. 9:27. Interment in Beemer Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Hev*., written as in the obituary
Cortney.- Ettie Cortney died April 5, 1912, at the home of her mother, 420 South Young St., Canton, O., aged 34 y. 5 m. 26 d. A few months ago she realized her lost condition but hesitated to profess to accept Jesus as her Savior, for she said it would not look right to come when sick, after having spent her time while well without regarding Him. Then she hoped soon to be well, when she would profess Him as her Savior and live for Him the rest of her life. But on March 19 she surrendered to Him, broken body and spirit, and a few days later wished to be baptized. Until the close of her life she expressed peace and joy in Him. In reading portions of scripture to her for her instruction (I Tim. 2:9, 10 among them) she replied, "What is gold or jewelry? It is Christ I want," and at once removed it all from her hands. Funeral held April 8 at the Mennonite Church in Canton.
Cavanaugh.- Bertha (Jones), wife of Thomas Cavanaugh, was born in Southern Illinois June 8, 1882; died at the Wesley Hospital in Chicago, March 30, 1912; aged 29 y. 9 m. 24 d. At the age of 16 she was married to Thomas Cavanaugh. To them were born 3 children. Her early life was a stormy one and filled with many hard experiences. Drink and sickness kept them in poverty. It was when 8 year old Tommy returned from Indiana several years ago and cried because they would not pray with him in the evening that they began to feel the need of having Christ in their lives and home. They were later converted and recently the fourth member of the family was received into church fellowship. Our sister was baptized May 7, 1910. Her Christian life was a short one and because of afflictions a tried one. She died unexpectedly following a severe operation. Among her last messages were expressions of perfect peace with God and concern for others. The funeral was held on April 3, conducted by I. W. Royer at the house and cemetery and A. M. Eash at the church. John 11:25, *266 and Matt. 26:41 were used as texts for the sermon, the latter scripture having a talk given in young people,s meeting the Sunday evening before her death. She was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Transcriber's note: *266, should be 26, written as in the obituary.
Plank.- Herman David, youngest child of Pre. Levi and
Sister Dilla Plank of Bellefontaine, O., was born Jan. 26, 1904;
died March 5, 1912; aged 8 y. 1 m. 9 d. Little Herman, with the
expression of cheerfulness, honesty and obedience written on his
countenance, had lived long enough to win the love of all who
knew him. He bore his suffering during his eight days, illness
with fortitude and without murmuring, finally submitting to a
surgical operation without resistance, his only request being
that papa be present. He leaves to mourn his early departure his
aged grandparents, parents, 1 sister, 2 brothers and many relatives
Funeral March 8 at the Walnut Grove Church, in charge of A. I. Yoder and Enos Hartzler.
"A little flower of faith,
Enblossomed but to die,
Transplanted now above,
To bloom with God on high."
Stauffer.- Samuel H. Stauffer was born Dec. 16, 1847
in Lancaster Co. Pa., died April 4, 1912, in Dayton, O., aged
64 y. 3 m. 16 d. He lived on the farm where he was born until
he was 30 years of age, when he married Susan Grieder, daughter
of Bishop J. M. Grieder, deceased, of Osborn, O. They lived for
several years in Medway., O., then moved to Dayton, O., where
they lived ever since. He leaves besides his bereaved widow one
son John and five daughters. He was a kind husband and father
and always lived a good moral life, but never saw the necessity
of uniting with any Christian Church. While on his death bed he
expressed a desire to be baptized with the Holy Ghost but not
with water. He also engaged in prayer in his last hours and finally
passed away and he is now in the hands of a just and merciful
God and there we leave him. May God comfort the bereaved family.
Buried near Medway, O., April 6. Services were conducted at the home by Pre. Christner of Dayton, O., and by Moses Brenneman of Lima, O., at Greider,s meeting house from Job 16:22.
Bender.- Lydia (Miller) wife of John H. Bender, was born at Springs, Pa., May 27, 1874; died of heart failure, April 1, 1912; aged 37 y. 10 m. 5 d. Her departure a shock to the entire community, she having been in good health and after spending a pleasant evening with her family upon retiring soon was seized by a fit of coughing which alarmed her husband who, after trying to relieve her, went to the telephone and called for a doctor, but even before he was through talking he went to her side just as she passed away. She was since her youth a member of the Mennonite Church and always manifested a cheerful, patient, Christian spirit, faithful in church attendance whenever possible. She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, a devoted husband, (who is a brother to G. L. Bender, Elkhart, Ind., and D. H. Bender, Hesston, Kans). 6 sons and 3 daughters, ranging in age from 3 to 19 years. Five brothers, among whom are Pre. G. D. Miller and Pre. Ed Miller of this place, and 5 sisters, among whom are Mrs. D. H. Bender of Hesston, Kans., and Sister Anna L. Miller of the Altonna Mission, also survive. The latter expects to return home in a few weeks and take charge of the home and care for the motherless little ones. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Abram Metzler of Martinsburg, Pa., assisted by Bro. H. M. Gelnett. Text, "For me to live is Christ; and to die is gain" (Phil 1:21). May the bereaved ones look to Jesus as their comfort, and may the children strive to live up to the teachings and example of their beloved mother, now gone before awaiting their coming.
"Hail woman! Hail, thou faithful wife and mother,
The latest, choicest part of God,s great plan;
None fills thy peerless place at home, no other
Helpmeet is found for laboring, suffering man."
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Miller.- Claude, son of Nathan C. and Anna Miller, was born Sept. 3, 1906; died April 10, 1912; aged 5 y. 7 m. 7 d. He died of membranous croup and was buried on the 12th. Funeral service will be held later. Only a few buried the child. He leaves his parents, 3 brothers and a host of relatives and friends. We are sure that he is in heaven and is free from all temptation.
Bender.- Edna Jane, infant daughter of Bro. Daniel and Sister Lydia H. Miller of near Springs, Pa., died March 30, 1912. The little one suffered very much during her short life, this being the second babe the parents have laid to rest. It seems hard to humbly submit to His will, yet they know their little ones budded on earth to blossom in heaven. Funeral April 1, at the Springs Mennonite Church. Sermon by G. D. Miller.
Ernst.- Jacob S. Ernst was born June 13, 1828; died Feb. 17, 1912; aged 83 y. 8 m. 4 d. Three sons, 1 daughter, 24 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren survive his death, which was due to a fall which he received about four weeks before he died, also infirmities of old age. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since he was about 20 years of age. Buried at the Mennonite Church at Marion, Pa. A short service was held at the house, conducted by Bro. Daniel Kuhns and at the church by Bros. W. W. Hege and Joseph E. Lehman. Text, Titus 3:5.
Rohrer.- Anna Rohrer of Landisville, Pa., died April
1, 1912; aged 81 y. 1 m. 11 d. Funeral services at East Petersburg
Church April 3, conducted by Hiram Kauffman, Noah Landis and Jacob
Brubacher. Text, Heb. 4:9. She leaves to mourn her departure 2
daughters, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was
in feeble health for quite a time, the last four months confined
to her bed. She was very patient and had a desire to leave this
world. Her husband, who was Pre. John Rohrer, preceded her about
three years ago. We miss her, oh, we miss her.
Lesher.- Sarah, wife of Christian Lesher, died at her
home April 6, 1912; aged 61 y. 11 m. 26 d. Her maiden name was
Harmon. She was born in Mahoning Co., O., and died within one
mile of where she was born. Nearly two years ago she fell from
a cherry tree, and since then her health was failing, and for
three months she was bedfast. She was a faithful member of the
Mennonite Church. Funeral was held April 9, at the Midway Church.
Services conducted by A. J. Steiner, assisted by Allen Rickert.
She is survived by her husband, 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Immel.- Mary Jane (Weaver) Immel was born Aug. 23, 1889,
near Walnut Creek, O., died near Shanesville, O., April 7, 1912;
aged 22 y. 7 m. 14 d, having lived in matrimony 3 years, 5 months.
To this union was born 1 daughter. She leaves her husband, a daughter,
parents, 2 sisters. She was sick about nine weeks, but was getting
a little better till the last few days. She leaves a host of relatives
Buried April 11 at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Services by S. H. Miller at the house and at the church by S. H. Miller (Text, Isa. 55:8-12) and M. A. Mast (Text, Heb. 4) and Carson Mast.
Transcriber's note: punctuation's placed as in the obituary
Hostetler.- Barbara (Hershberger) Hostetler, wife of
Levi Hostetler, was born on Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 25, 1836;
died of la grippe and heart trouble, April 9, 1912, near Harrisburg,
Oreg.; aged 75 y. 6 m. 14 d. She lived with her husband in matrimony
for 58 years and 27 days. She leaves to mourn her departure her
husband, 3 sons, 6 daughters, a brother, 3 sisters, about 44 grandchildren,
and 10 great-grandchildren. Four children preceded her to the
home beyond. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She
was always resigned and especially in her last sickness and expressed
her readiness to depart this life.
Funeral services at D. J. Kropf's by C. R. Gerig. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment near her home to be removed later when a church and graveyard site have been chosen.
Weaver.- David Weaver died Monday night, April 8, at his home near Washingtonville, O., aged 57 y. 4 m. and some days. He had been in his usual health and appeared to be alright when he retire. About midnight he got up and went to the barn to look after a sick horse. In a short time he returned and went to bed again. Soon after he was in bed his wife heard him breathe heavily. She spoke to him, but got no answer. In a very short time he was dead. Death was caused by apoplexy. Funeral services were held at the house Thursday afternoon. He was a member of the Wisler Mennonite Church, highly respected by all who knew him. His wife, 5 daughters and 1 son survive him.
Haines.- Anna Eliza Haines was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 25, 1859; died in Goshen, Ind., March 29, 1912; aged 52 y. 7 m. 4 d. She united with Mennonite Church in early life and remained faithful until death. She was married to Lorenzo Yoder, Dec. 13, 1877, who died June 4, 1900. To this union was born one daughter, Mabel. Later she was married to William Haines, with whom she lived about 9 year, who preceded her to the spirit world about 9 months. She leaves 1 daughter, 2 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn her departure. The Church has lost a faithful sister whose place was never vacant when health permitted. She was a friend to all who came in contact with her, always showing a peaceful character in her life. Sad it is to see father and mother taken away within a year, but what is our loss is their eternal gain. Funeral at Clinton Brick Church by Amos Nusbaum and Slias Yoder.
Hartman.- Adam R. Hartman was born in Ashland Co. O.,
March 25, 1847; died at his home three and one-half miles north
of Nappanee, Ind., April 8, 1912; aged 65 y. 14 d. He was united
in marriage to Nancy Brenneman of Putman Co., O., Dec. 1, 1870.
To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daughters. Of these Anna
Hartman and Mrs. Amanda Weldy preceded him in death. He was a
member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years and always
in an unassuming way, endeavored to conduct his life according
to the principles of right.
He leaves to mourn his departure a faithful companion, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 10 grandchildren and 5 brothers, The deceased left a dying testimony as to his acceptance with his Maker and died in the triumph of the Christian faith.
Buried April 10 in the Yellow Creek Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by J. W. Christophel and Ezra Mullet. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
Yoder.- Adam Yoder was born near Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 26, 1881; died at his late home near Middlebury, Ind. April 2, 1912. He was united in marriage Oct. 5, 1901, with Ocy S. Gessinger, his companion until death. He was preceded to the spirit world by his father, Jonathan Yoder, and leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 children, mother, 2 sisters, 3 brothers. He united with the Mennonite Church Nov. 13, 1911, since which time he has been a faithful brother, with ever increasing zeal for the Master's work, and an earnest desire to influence relatives, friends and neighbors to a full consecration to the Master's will, feeling that Spirit within which caseth out fear and fills with a longing for the Master's call to come up higher.
"Husband, father, brother, neighbor,
Now is o,er your weary labor,
But in fancy still we hear you,
Softly whisper "God be with you."
Funeral services at the Forest Grove Church conducted by Amos Nusbaum and D. D. Miller.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana