MILLER.-On the 19 th of Dec., in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., son of Jacob and Louisa Miller, aged 2 years, 8 months and 5 days.
MILLER.-On the 19 th of January, in the same family, Anna, only remaining child of Jacob and Louisa Miller, aged 10 months and 22 days. She was buried in J. L. Miller's grave-yard. Funeral services by D. J. Hochstetler from Mark 10:13-17.
HOSTETLER.-On the 22 nd of December in Wayne county, Ohio, after a brief illness of lung fever, Emanuel Hostetler at the advanced age of 87 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 24 th in the Pleasant Grove grave-yard. Funeral services by David Hostetler and D. Z. Yoder from Amos 4:12. Bro. Hostetler was a faithful member of the church and even in his advanced age he attended services regularly.
KING.-On the 7 th of January, in Chase Co., Kansas, of typhoid fever, Bro. John P. King, aged 59 years, 11 months and 6 days. He was buried on the 9 th. Funeral services by J. P. Stuckey and M. Yoder from Rom. 8:1-6. He leaves a wife and 6 children to mourn his death. He was a bishop in the Amish Mennonite church for 27 years. In this capacity he baptized 152 persons, held 59 funeral services and officiated at 43 marriages. He lived at peace with God and longed to see his dear Redeemer.
MILLER.-On the 20 th of January, at the house of Jacob Troxel, in Wayne county, O., of membranous croup of which he suffered only two days, Calvin, only child of Joseph and Salome Miller of Elkhart county, Indiana, aged 4 months and 8 days. The parents were on a visit to their relatives in Ohio when the child took sick and died as above stated. The parents, accompanied by Sister Troxel, started the following morning on their sad journey home with the corpse of the dear child, and the funeral was held on Sunday the 23 rd. from the house of John Shaum, the maternal grand-parents. Services by Pre. Berkey and John F. Funk from Matt. 18:10,11. It seemed so sad to give up the beautiful child, but Jesus loved him, and took him to himself, and these dear parents may comfort themselves with the words of David: He shall not return to me but I shall go to him. May this affliction draw the dear parents close to Jesus.
WEAVER.-ON the 15 th of Jan., at Walnut Creek, Holmes county, Ohio, of heart disease, Elizabeth, widow of Solomon Weaver, aged 55 years and 5 months. Funeral services were held by A. Mast , David Beachey, and I. A. Miller. Her husband died in 1872. Her only son also preceded her to the eternal world, but the only daughter survives her.
MORRELL.-On the 22 nd of December , on Hawpatch, LaGrange county, Ind., of chronic diarrhoea, widow Leah Morrell, aged 81 years, 5 months and 19 days. She was born in Mifflin county, Pa., and was for a long time a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. As her strength was failing, she often repeated a part of the hymn, "Nearer my God to thee," and prayed that Jesus should come and take her home. A very short time before she died she said, "Now I am in the river, now a long farewell, but dear children, meet me in heaven." Then she turned and fell asleep, as we hope, to awake in glory. Services by J. Kurtz and J. Johns.
" Our mother dear has gone to rest,
To be with Jesus and the blest;
There to wait our coming feet
To walk with us the golden street."
PLANK.-On the 1 st of Jan., near Middlebury, Elkhart county, Ind., Preacher Christian Plank, aged 68 years, 7 months and 9 days. On the evening of the 30 th he went to church apparently in perfect health. In opening the services he gave out the hymn, "How tedious and tasteless the hours," led in singing, then got up and went out. Soon after he was found in a sled moaning in pain, and soon became unconscious. His last words were, "I am going to eternity." On the 2 nd, a very large concourse of friends followed him to his last resting place. Services were held at the Forks church by John Feldhouse and D. J. Johns from John 5:28.29.
IMHOFF.-On the 20 th of December near Paradise Hill, Ashland county, O., of dropsy, Elizabeth Imhoff, aged 73 years and 10 days. A companion of 80 years, and eight children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted companion and affectionate mother. She was an earnest member of the church for more than 59 years. Several days before her death she expressed a desire to go home. Funeral services by Henry Beery and Isaac Good from Rev. 21:7.
Go to thy peaceful rest, for thee we need not weep,
Since thou art now among the blest
No more by sin and sorrow pressed,
But hushed in quiet sleep.
HESS.-On the 7 th Jan., near Martieville, Lancaster county, Pa., Elizabeth Hess, aged 76 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 11 th at Byerlin, where services were held by Abraham Herr and John Harnish. Text, Rev. 14:12,13. She was a member of the Mennonite church, and was a kind mother, and beloved by all who knew her.
'Loving friends, weep not for me,
I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be
When pillowed on my Savior's breast!"
LEHMAN.-On the 11 th of January, in Barrie county, Michigan, of dropsy, Nancy Lehman, aged 72 years, 7 months and 9 days. Funeral services by John Speicher, Peter Keim and C. Wenger. Sister Lehman was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and moved to Erie county, N. Y., where she united with the Mennonite church while yet quite young, and lived a faithful member until called to her home above. In 1886 she came with her brother Peter Lehman on a visit to Michigan where she took sick and was a great sufferer till she died. But she bore all with resignation, and longed and prayed for her departure.
YODER.-On the 8 th of January, in Kalona, Washington county, Iowa, Barbara, wife of David Yoder, aged 68 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was buried on the 10 th. Funeral services by Christian Miller and Peter Kinsinger from 1 Cor. 15:50-. Deceased was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. She leaves a husband and 8 children.
KAUFFMAN.-Near Mattawana Mifflin Co., Pa., Jan. 9, Rudolph, son of John E. and Anna M. Kauffman, aged 1 yr. and 10 years.
ZUG.-On the 16 th of January in Wayne Co., Ohio., of dropsy, Mary Zug, (maiden name Yoder), aged 77 years 77 years, and 26 d. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., came with her parents to Ohio, where she was married in 1828 to Gideon Zug with whom she lived happily until his death 17 years later. She leaves 7 children, 44 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren besides many loving friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and we trust that she is now in that rest for which she often sighed during the three months of her sickness. She was buried on the 18 th in the Union grave yard. Funeral services were held by J. K. Yoder, D. Z. Yoder and D. Hostetler from Isa. 13:10 and Isa. 35:10.
CARMAN.-On the 31 st of December, in Allen county, Ohio, Zelma Otta, daughter of George and Rebecca Carman, and granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Good, aged 8 moths and 16 days. Services by C. B. Brenneman and J. Shenk.
You'll know where to find me,
Dear parents, in heaven;
Though every fond tie you
Have cherished be riven.
Then follow me home to
The Land of pure blessing,
Where we may with Jesus
Forever be resting.
BEAR.-On the 23 rd of December in Sauke county, Wisconsin, of heart disease, Henry H. Bear, aged 66 years, 7 months and 22 days. Funeral was held at the house by Preacher Bonham, and the body laid to rest in the Union grave yard on Christmas day. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden departure. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and moved when he was young, with his father to Ohio, where he married Annie Fellers. Later he moved to Wisconsin. He was a member of the Mennonite church, but was deprived of attending his church as there were none of his society near his home.
He often spoke of being lonesome and far away from his people. He won many warm friends by his straight forward Christian life. He never took part in disputes, lawsuits or political affairs.
"Death has robbed us of our father
Whom we have loved and cherished dear;
It was father, yes, dear father,
Can we help but shed a tear."
HERSHEY.-On the 18 th of December, near Paradise, Lancaster county, Pa., of Locomotor ataxia. Abraham Hershey, Sr., aged 67 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was buried at Hess's Meeting-house on the 21 st. Services by Isaac Eby and John K. Brubaker. Deceased was a faithful member in the Mennonite church, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their loss, but we feel assured, that he is at rest,
Oh! our Father, dearest Father,
Thou hast left us here below,
Thou art in realms of glory,
Where the souls of angels glow
. Thou didst linger long afflicted,
On the awful verge of death,
No complaining sigh was echoed
By our Father's dying breath,
Now thy form once grand in beauty,
Shrouded lies within the tomb,
But thy sprit hath re-blossomed
Like the amaranth in bloom.
Thou wast often heard to utter,
Prayers for those who felt dismay,
While thou languished thou would whisper,
Soon my soul must pass away,
Ne'er can we forget thee Father,
Profiting by thy advice.
For thy words to us were ever
Precious pearls of highest price.
Thou wast glowing with devotion,
Holy, holy everywhere;
When no longer at the altar,
Sickness could not stop thy prayer.
PEACHEY.-In Menno township, Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 25 th 1886,
Sarah E., only daughter of Samuel M. and Malindy Peachey,
aged 25 years, 4 months and 27 days.
The funeral services were conducted by John Peachey and Benjamin Hartzler. The fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John was read and also the hymn, "Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod."
A week before her death, she said to a friend, "The end cannot come too soon." It was her desire that at her funeral the young people should be warned of the dangers that lurk in the vanities and follies of youth, and that they be admonished to walk in the obedience to the will of the Lord. As the end drew near she committed herself entirely into the hands of the Lord, trusting alone in the blood of the savior for pardon and peace and she seemed to have received the divine grace of an unfaltering trust, and a good hope of her acceptance and everlasting salvation.
Empty eulogy of the dead is vain, but it is profitable to learn what we can from the commendable traits and graces of our dear departed ones. In this spirit let us recall a few things in the life and character of this dear young sister:
She was gifted with a clear and penetrating mind, and united with this a thoughtful serious, and earnest habit of looking at matters of doctrine and duty. She was disposed to be careful in examining the foundations of her faith to see that it should rest only upon the word of God.
Though serious and thoughtful, she was not gloomy and melancholy, but in her intercourse with others she was bright, agreeable, and sociable, without giving herself up to trifling and foolish ways and words. She could engage in an interesting, sensible and profitable conversation with old or young, and this with her pleasing and sensible demeanor won her a large circle of friends. Her walk and conversation showed that a young person can be pious and yet be agreeable and companionable without becoming trifling and foolish on the one hand, or gloomy and melancholy on the other.
KRIEDER.-On the 15 th of Dec., in Strasburg township, Lancaster Co., Pa., after seven days suffering, of dropsy of the head, Ada Frances, daughter of David L. and Susanna Krieder, aged 1 year, 1 month and 22 days. Services at the Strasburg Menonite Meeting-house by Abram Brubaker and Elias Groff.
"Death has robbed us of our darling
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was Ada; yes our loved one
Can we help but shed a tear?
Yes we miss our little Darling,
When we see her vacant chair;
And how sad the room without her,
For there is no baby there."
SCHURZ.-On the 15 th of January, in Butler county, Ohio, of measles, Mary Schurz, aged 18 years. Buried on the 17 th. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.
KINSINGER.-On the 19 th of January, in Butler county, Ohio, Lizzie Kinsinger, (widow of Peter Kinsinger, who died some years ago in Illinois), after a long and painful illness of cancer, aged 55 years. Buried at the Collinsville cemetery.
Mother, gone, yes gone from us for ever;
Gone when life was in its prime;
But our fondest hopes are often served
By the hand of Time.
Sleep on gentle angel mother,
When life's toil and cares are o'er
We will meet you-yes in heaven-
On that bright and golden shore.
J. A. SLONAKER
Transcribed by-Joe Lawson, Oklahoma
MEASE.-On the 12 th of Jan., in Harrison Tp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Elizabeth Mease, widow of Jacob Mease, deceased, aged 82 yrs., 2 mos., and 22 days. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Walmer, and was born in Lebanon Co., Pa. She was married to Jacob Mease on the 27 th of October 1829, and came to Elkhart in 1852. They lived together happily until the 6 th of May 1868, at which time the husband died, and his consort lived in widowhood to the time of her death. They had seven children, three sons and four daughters. One son and two daughters are still living together with 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services by John F. Funk, assisted by --- Leer. Text, 2 Cor., 5:1. Funeral largely attended. She was beloved and respected by those who knew her, and we trust she has gone to the reward of the righteous.
WARD.-On the 30 th of January, at the residence of his son-in-law G. S. Dunnahoo in Warren Twp., St. Joseph county, Ind., Franklin H. Ward, aged 68 yrs., 5 m. and 3 days. Text Job 14:14.
FORRY.-On the 20 th of Jan., in Bonneauville, Adams county, Pa., very suddenly of rupture of a blood-vessel near the heart, Harry G. Forry, aged 18 years and 13 days. Text John 10:7. This young man felt the need of a change of heart, and prayed earnestly to God for mercy. He was baptized shortly before his death. His dear parents, also only remaining brother heeded this warning call, sought mercy, found Jesus precious to their souls and were baptized and received into the church.
Thy loss, dear Harry, hear to bear
Gives grief and anguish sore;
But Hope lifts up her voice and says:
"In Heaven we'll part no more."
FULTON.-On the 25 th of Jan., in Clay Co., Ill., suddenly, ---Fulton. He had come home from town the preceding evening and went to bed apparently well. In the morning his wife went to call him when she found him dead and had apparently been so for several hours. How necessary it is for all to keep constantly prepared to meet our God, for we have no assurance of to morrow.
CARPENTER.-On the 28 th of January, in Elkhart Ind., of hernia, Emmanuel Carpenter, aged about 58 years. He leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn his death. He was formerly from Lancaster county, Pa. He was buried on the 23 rd. Services by J. F. Funk from 1 Cor. 15:21,22.
ROOT.-On the 29 th of January, in Elkhart, Ind., of a complication of diseases, John H. Root, aged about 31 years. He suffered for about a year. He leaves a deeply sorrowing wife and three children to mourn his early death. During the last weeks of his life, he especially consecrated himself to the Lord and sought his divine favor. He was buried on the 30 th at Shaum's buying-ground. Services by L. Keyser and J. F. Funk. May God manifest his tender love to the bereaved widow and fatherless children, and comfort them in their deep affliction.
BOYER.-On the 20 th of Jan., near Biglerville, Adams county, Pa., of heart disease, Sister Elizabeth Shirk, wife of deacon John Boyer, aged 76 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She was buried on the 22 nd at Mumasburg. Services by J. Hostetler, Martin Wisler and Bishop Daniel Shank from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Besides her husband, she leaves 9 children to mourn her loss.
So ripe and full the gathered sheaf,
Why should the harvest bring us grief?
Bowed and bent by the weight of grain,
Garnered, a life not lived in vain.
DILLMAN.-On the 14 th of Jan., at Farmersville, Lancaster county, Pa., Mary Dillman, aged 76 years, 8 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 17 th; services by L. R. Kramer and Samuel Harly.
GINGERICH.-On the 24 th of January, in Newbury Twp., LaGrange county, Ind., of inflammation of the bowels, Christian, son of Levi and Barbara Gingerich, aged 7 years, 4 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 26 th in the family grave-yard of Sam. Hochstetler. Services by A. A. Troyer and J. E. Borntreger from Matt. 18:1-6 and Mark 10:13-16. It was very hard to give up the dear boy.
CULP.-On the 31 st of Jan., in Harrison Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of consumption, Sarah N., wife of Authony J. Culp, aged 32 years, 11 months and 17 days. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and five children, the youngest only a few weeks old. She was a kind mother, and was esteemed and beloved by all who knew her. She left the comforting testimony that her life was hid with Christ in God. She selected for her funeral text John 14:10,11, and called earnestly on God for his assisting grace. May we all remember her earnest prayers, her earnest admonitions, and may her patience and devotion encourage us to faithfulness and godly zeal, in our Christian walk and conversation. She was buried on the 2 nd of Feb. at Yellow Creek. Services by Noah Metzler and John F. Funk.
ARTHAUD.-On the 24 th of January, near Olds, Henry Co., Iowa, of paralysis, Emil Arthaud, aged 80 years, 10 months and 14 days. Services by Ben. Eicher from 2 Cor. 5:1-10. The deceased brother was much loved and respected by all. He leaves a widow and 12 grown-up children.
BAER.-On the 16 th of January, at Cullom, Livingston county, Ill., Catherine Baer, aged nearly 73 years. Funeral services by H. L. Shelly.
HILTY.-On the 22 nd of Jan., in Hancock county, Ohio, of lung fever, infant son of John and Mary Hilty, aged 30 days. Buried on the 23 rd. Services by C. B. Brenneman from Rev. 16:17.
EIGSTEIN.-On the 16 of Sept., 1886, in Livingston county, Ill., of typhoid fever, Catherine, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Eigstein, aged 3 years and -months. Services by J. P. Schmidt.
RINGENBERGER.-In Livingston county, Ill., of the infirmities of old age, John Ringenberger, in his 75 th year. Services by John P. Schmidt from John 5:24-25. Deceased united with the Amish Mennonite church in his youth.
REXRODE.-On the 6 th of November, in McKinney, Collin county, Texas, of dropsy, Maria Rexrode, youngest daughter of Peter Burkholder Dec. of Va. in the 68 th year of her age. She was born and brought up in Rockingham County, Va. Funeral services were held at Weavers Church in Rockingham county, Va., on the 26 th of December, where her 2 sisters aged 71 and 82 years respectively, with many relatives and friends were assembled to pay a tribute of respect to the dead. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from her youth. Suitable remarks were made by D. S. Heatwole and Samuel Coffman. Two months later her husband Henry F. Rexrode of the same place also died, but we have no particulars at hand.
Asleep in Jesus! time nor space
Affects this precious hiding place;
On Indian plains or Lapland snows,
Believers find the same repose.
Asleep in Jesus! far from thee
Thy kindred and their graves may be;
But thine is still a blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep.
MILLER.-On the 17 th of Jan., in Newton county, Ind., Amanda, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Miller, aged 2 years, 7 months and 27 days. She was buried on the 20 th in Miller's graveyard. Funeral services by Josiah Tschubb and V. Hochstetler. She leaves parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters to mourn her departure. YODER.-On the 28 th of Jan., in Newton county, Ind., Susanna, daughter of Henry and Sarah Yoder, aged 3 years and 27 days. She was buried in Miller's graveyard on the 30 th. Services by V. Hochstetler. Her mother dying 3 years ago, Bro. and Sister Daniel Yoder took the little babe into their family. She leaves a father, 4 brothers and 3 sisters besides her dear foster-parents and many others to whom she was dear.
STREID-On the 12 th of Dec., in McLean county, Ill., Joseph Streid, aged 77 years, 5 months and 12 days. Buried on the 14 th in the Pike Twp. Graveyard, followed to the grave by many loving friends and neighbors. He longed to be with his dear wife who had departed this life a year ago. Since that time he had not been well and passed many sleepless restless nights; yet he bore all his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He was a faithful and beloved brother in the Amish Mennonite church and leaves 4 sons, 2 daughters and 26 grandchildren to mourn their loss. Services by Joseph Grieser and J. P. Schmitt.
SNYDER.-On the 28 th of January, near Berlin, Waterloo county, Ont., Mollie Clemens, wife of Moses E. Snyder, aged 67 years. She was buried on the 1st of February in Eby's burying-ground. Services by M. Bowman and J. Steckley. Deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite Brethren church and was much esteemed by all. She leaves a husband and 11 children, all grown, to mourn her death.
CLEMMER.-On the 31st of December, in Berlin, Waterloo county, Ont., of inflammatory croup, Lorna, only child of Abram and ---Clemmer and grand-daughter of Bro. and Sister A. C. Clemmer. The parents were on a visit to Wm. L. Schmidt in Berlin when the child took sick and died after a few days' suffering. It was a very hard and unexpected blow to the dear parents, but Christ said:" Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven." She was buried on the 2 nd of Jan. in Baden. Services by Pre. Spring from Mark 10:14.
WOLF.-On the 27 th on Jan., in Waupecong, Miami county, Ind., of lung fever, son of Milton and Elizabeth Wolf, aged about 7 weeks. Buried on the 28 th in Climer's burying-ground.
GERRISON.-On the 28 th of January, in Waupecong, Miami county, Ind., of lung fever, Fern, son of Harvey and Kate Gerrison, aged about 9 months. Buried on the 29 th in Climer's graveyard. On account of sickness in the family services were postponed.
KLIEVER.-On the 21st of January, near Lansing, Ingham county, Mich., ---, wife of John Kliever, formerly of Russia. She was buried on the 24 th. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband and children to mourn their loss of companion and mother. May God console and comfort both husband and children, and help them in this sad afflication to say: Thy will be done, and may they all earnestly walk in the footsteps of the dear Redeemer and at last be brought together in the home of the children of God.
FISHER.-On the 22 nd of January, in Union Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Bro. Herre A. Fisher, aged 76 years, 5 months and 22 days. He was buried in the White Head graveyard where a large assembly had met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. He was a native of Friesland and came to this country in 1854. He leaves a widow and 9 children to mourn their loss. Mat their loss be his eternal gain.
BUCHER.-On the 25 th of Jan., in Harrison Twp., Elkhart county, Ind., Jessy, son of --- and Sarah Bucher, aged 1 year, 2 months and 18 days. Weep not, the child is not dead but sleepeth.
Transcriber's note- Transcribed as written
Transcribed by: Joe Lawson, Oklahoma