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Good.- Esther, daughter of Ezra and Mary Good, died
at their home near Bowmansville, Pa., Apr. 14, 1909, aged 7 days.
Interment in the Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery. Short services
were held at the grave by Pre. Henry G. Good from Job 1:21, latter
Esther, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today.
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
Litwiler.- Died near Hopedale, Ill., on April 11, 1909, Sister Anna Litwiller, maiden name Erisman, after an illness of about two months from dropsy; aged 68 y. She leaves to mourn her departure one son, two daughters and 12 grandchildren. Sister Litwiller was an exemplary Christian. She had many trials and sorrows in her life but remained patient and faithful to the end. We feel assured that all is well with her. Funeral April 14, conducted by Andrew Schrock and Sam Garber.
Schlag.- Mata, wife of Wm. Schlag, was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Feb. 11, 1885; died Apr. 19, 1909; aged 24 y. 2 m. 8 d. She had been ill two years with heart trouble, followed by dropsy. She was the daughter of Bro. and Sister Isaac Flohr and was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church of Columbiana. Her husband and two small children survive her. Services were conducted by J. T. Kirkbridge and E. M. Detweiler. Interment in the Columbiana Cemetery.
Springer.- Barbara Heiser, wife of David P. Springer, died April 11, 1909, after a lingering illness from consumption, aged 28 y. 2 m. 4 d. Sister Springer leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband, two little daughters, besides her parents, four brothers and seven sisters. But they mourn not as those who have no hope. May God be very near to the bereaved brother and motherless little ones to comfort them in their loneliness. Buried near Hopedale, Ill. April 13, services conducted by J. C. Birky and Sam Garber.
Weaver.- On Apr. 19, 1909, near Wheatland Mill, Lancaster
Co., Pa., of cholera infantum, John Levi, son of Bro. and Sister
Weaver, died; aged 1 y. 7 m. 9 d. Services by Sanford Landis and
John L. Landis. Text, Matt. 18:2,3.
Dearest John, when we saw thee,
Only three short days ago,
Blest with life and health and beauty,
Gaily romping to and fro,
Little thought we then the Master
Would so quickly claim His own;
Take thee from kind friends and parents,
To that brighter, better home.
Krieder.- Sarah Heidelbaugh was born Feb. 1, 1819, in Lancaster Co., Pa., died at Sterling, Ill., Apr. 21, 1909; aged 90 y. 2 m. 20 d. In 1857 she was married to John H. Krieder, deceased, who was also of Lancaster Co., Pa. To this union were born six children, four of whom have preceded her to the spirit world. Eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren also survive. About the year 1844 she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until her death. Funeral services were conducted by E. M. Studebaker at the house and A. C. Good at the church.
Stoltzfus.-- Death has again entered the community, and claimed Annie Stoltzfus, only daughter of Benuel and Lydia Stoltzfus of near Mascot. She was sick about five days with appendicitis. An operation was performed, but it seemed as if human skill was of no avail, and she died on Wednesday, Apr. 21. Her age was 15 y. 8 m. 26 d. Besides her parents, she leaves one sorrowing brother and many friends to mourn her early departure. We trust our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services conducted by Jonathan Smoker and Jonathan Stoltzfus. Text, Luke 18:16. Interment in Myers Cemetery near Bareville.
Ranck.- Sister Lydia, wife of Bro. Benjamin Ranck, died Apr. 18, 1909, at her home in Strasburg, Pa.; aged 65 y. 4 m. 6 d. She had a stroke about seven years ago, and was ailing ever since, but able to sit in her chair. She bore her sufferings patiently, and often desired to meet her God. She was a kind and loving mother and grandmother, loved by all who knew her. She was the mother of sixteen children (eleven living) and thirty-one grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years, and left this life with bright evidences of Christian fortitude. Funeral services were conducted at the Strasburg Mennonite Church by Elias Groff, Frank Herr and Abram Brubaker. Text, Job 14:14.
Welty.- Ulrich Welty was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, May 28, 1835; died at Nappanee, Ind., Apr. 4, 1909; aged 73 y. 11 m. 7 d. He immigrated with his parents to Ohio in 1853, coming to Indiana in 1857. He was united in marriage with Anna Bare, Jan. 7, 1864. To this union were born eleven children, one dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss a loving companion, ten children, eighteen grandchildren, two brothers and one sister, beside many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church at the age of sixteen, of which he maintained a consistent member until death, caused by heart disease. Funeral services conducted by Christian Ressler from Rev. 7:13-17. Buried at the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
Rickert.- Mary (Hendricks) Rickert, daughter of Jacob and Susan Hendricks was born in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., Aug. 15, 1824; died Apr. 2, 1909; aged 84 y. 7 m. 17 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and has been a member of the Wadsworth, Ohio, congregation since 1856. In 1844 she was united in marriage with Henry Rickert. To them were born five sons, and four daughters, seven of whom survive. Sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive. Her husband died in 1899. She and her husband moved to Ohio in 1855 where she has since lived. The testimony of those who knew her is that she was kind and humble, patient and pleasant, with her Bible as her daily companion. Funeral services were held at the Wadsworth Mennonite Church, where interment was also made. Owing to the illness of E. F. Grubb, H. L. Beam of the Trinity Reformed Church conducted the services
Kennel.- Anna Magdalena, daughter of Peter Schertz was born March 24, 1838; died at her home near Roanoke, Ill., April 8, 1909 of dropsy of the heart; aged 71 y. 15 d. On April 8, 1857, she was united in marriage to Peter Kennel. She died on the 52nd anniversary of their wedding day. This union was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves her husband, three sons, one daughter, three half-brothers, two step-sisters, twenty-five grandchildren and six great grandchildren to mourn their loss. She was a member of the A. M. Church from youth, and apparently her chief delight was to help others. The last night of her life was spent in communion with her heavenly Father. Funeral services at the Roanoke Church, April 11, conducted in the German language by Bro. Peter Zimmerman from Heb 4:9, 11, and Bro Andrew Schrock from the last part of II Kings 20:1; and in English by Bro. Peter D. Schertz from Luke 24:1-6,13. Interment in cemetery near by.
Alwine.- Gertrude Kaufman Alwine, wife of Bro. Jacob
Alwine, died Feb. 25, 1909, aged 54 y. 11 m. 25 d. She lived in
matrimony 33 years, and to this union were born one son and four
daughters. She is survived by her husband, five children, father,
stepmother and two step-brothers. Mother and one sister preceded
her to the spirit world. She had been sick for some time, and
it was thought that an operation would be the only remedy. Accordingly
she was taken to a hospital in Johnstown, where the operation
was performed. She seemed to stand the operation well, but a change
in her condition resulted in her death in a few days.
She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and lived long enough to see her children grow up and all to accept Christ. The family has been closely attached to each other, and it was a sad day for mother to leave home, but sadder yet for the return of the mortal remains, while the spirit had taken its flight. It was a shock to the community and many "wept with them that wept."
Funeral services, conducted by S. D. Yoder and S. G. Shetler, text, Rom. 6:23, were held in the Stahl Mennonite Church, Sunday, Feb 28, at which time a very large concourse of people assembled. Interment was made in the family plot of the Stahl cemetery. While she was willing to depart, we can but say the Lord's will be done and peace to her ashes.
Hostetler.- Emma B. (Zook) Hostetler, daughter of Shem
D. and Elizabeth Zook, was born in Concord, Tenn., Aug. 3, 1873,
and died at her home in Springhills, Ohio, April 18, 1909; aged
35 y. 5. m. 15 d.
At the age of fifteen she came to Ohio. On May 4, 1893, she was married to David S. Hostetler. To this union were born four sons, two of whom died in infancy.
When but a young girl she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she has been a faithful member, counting it one of her greatest joys to attend its services. She possessed a kind and genial disposition which won her many friends.
In June, 1908, pulmonary tuberculosis began to develop. During the latter part of her illness she suffered intensely, but bore her sufferings patiently, making no complaint, but was ever cheerful and thoughtful for the comfort of others. She loved life and the society of her family and friends, but knowing that it was not the Master's will for her to remain here, she expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. A few days before her death she called her family around her and bade each one of them a fond farewell. She leaves a husband, two sons, Marion and Floyd, a mother, two sisters, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn her departure.
Funeral services at South Union Church, conduced by David Plank and S. E. Allgyer. Interment in the cemetery near the church.
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Fordenwald. - Elmer E. Fordenwald, son of David and Lydia Fordenwald, was born Mar. 11, 1882; died Apr. 12, 1909; aged 27 y. 1 m. 1 d. In his youth he united with the A. M. Church of Wayne Co., O., and was a faithful member of the same until death.
Graybill. - Hannah Graybill died at her home in Osborne Co., Kansas, Apr. 24, 1909; aged 80 y. 3 m. 11 d. She was born in Snyder Co., Pa., and married to Michael Graybill Feb. 14, 1847. To this union were born 9 children, of whom 5 survive. Sister Graybill suffered a great deal, and often had a desire to depart and be with Christ. Funeral services by Bro. George Landis.
Yoder. - Christian Yoder was born in Alsace, France, Sep. 2, 1827; died Apr. 6, 1909; aged 81 y. 7 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage with Catharine Becker, who has preceded him to the spirit world. This union was blessed with 12 children, 2 of whom died in youth. Six sons, 4 daughters, 36 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a loving father. In his youth he united with the A. M. Church, and has proved faithful until death.
Wenger. - Fanny (Miller) Wenger was born in Holmes Co., O., July 12, 1847; died Apr. 29, 1909; aged 61 y. 9 m. 17 d. On Mar. 2, 1871 she was united in marriage with Elias Wenger. To this union were born four sons and three daughters, all living and present at the funeral. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, four sons three daughters, five brothers, three grandchildren, together with many friends. In her youth she united with the A. M. Church and was a faithful member until death.
Yordy. - Ray Elton, son of Edward and Mary Yordy, was born near Flanagan, Ill., June 27, 1908; died April 27, 1909; aged 10 m. He leaves father, mother, one brother and many relatives to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Bro. Joseph Burkey of Tiskilwa, at the church by Bro. D. W. Slagel and Bro. Geo. Summer, and at the grave by Bro Daniel Orendorff. May the Lord comfort the parents in their bereavement.
Schmucker. - Thessa May, only child of M. S. and Sister Fannie Schmucker, died at Ramona, Mich., Apr. 30, 1909; of spasmodic croup; age 6 y. 6 m. 27 d. Funeral on May 3, at the Ramona school house conducted by Jacob P. Miller in English and V. D. Hostetler in German from Psa. 16:6. Thessa was a bright little girl and loved by all who knew her. This was manifested by the large number of people that met to pay the last tribute of respect. The loss falls heavy on the bereaved parents, but their loss is her gain for she is now with her blessed Savior.
Schrock. - Moses Schrock was born June 10, 1828, near Smithville, O.; died Apr. 22, 1909, on the farm where he was born and resided nearly all his life; aged 80 y. 10 m. 12 d. On Sep. 15 1853, he was married to Christina Gerig, both having previously united with the A. M. Church, and have been faithful ever since. To this union were born six sons and three daughters; three sons and two grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. His beloved wife, 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 brother yet survive him. The church has lost a peaceable and faithful member, but we believe our loss is his eternal gain.
Ramer. - Emma Foster, wife of Bro. David Ramer, died at the home of Moses Weber, Mt. Joy, Ont., on Apr. 29, 1909. She was in the 44th year of her age. The intense pain with which she suffered was endured with Christian patience. Sister Ramer was a member of the M. B. C. Church and left a clear testimony of her acceptance with God. She leaves a husband, two daughters by a former marriage and a son to mourn her early departure. The burial took place on May 2, at the Wideman cemetery where a large gathering of relatives and friends were assembled. The services were conducted by C. M. Good from Rev. 21:2-7 and L. J. Burkholder from II Cor. 5:1.
Smucker. - Anna, wife of Bro. Jesse Smucker, died of pneumonia, at her home near Goshen, Ind.; aged 38 y. 5 m. 17 d. She lived in matrimony 9 years and was the mother of two sons and three daughters. All of them with her husband, two brothers and one sister survive her, and deeply feel the loss of a true companion, a loving mother and an affectionate sister. Not only do these near relatives feel her absence, but also the entire brotherhood realizes that a faithful worker has been called to her reward. She united with the A. M. Church when yet young, and of her it can be truly said that she lived the simple Christian life, much concerned about the welfare of the church and her family. The few days of her sickness and suffering she spent mostly in singing and prayer, and departed this life happy in Christ. Buried Apr. 23, 1909. Services conducted by D. D. Troyer and D. J. Johns, using as a text her last scripture quotation, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." A very large concourse of friends gathered to pay the last tribute to one they had learned to love. She is gone but she liveth.
Culp. - Frank P. Culp was born in Mahoning Co., O., Feb 3, 1877; died Apr. 28, 1909; aged 32 y. 2. M. 25 d. He was the son of Henry and Angeline Culp, and since childhood had been afflicted with asthma. About four years ago he went to Denver, Colo., for the benefit of his health. He was accompanied by his sister who staid (sic) with him two years then returned home. On Apr. 20, he also returned home, as the climate did no longer agree with him, and in eight days he died of asthma and heart trouble. He had always been obedient to his parents, his character was above reproach but he had not accepted Christ. This should be a warning to those who put it off from time to time. Services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler assisted by Allen Rickert. Text, Jer. 15:9
Snyder. - Martin Snyder was born in Lancaster County,
Pa., Jan. 22, 1841. Departed this life May 1, 1909, aged 68 y.
3 m. 9 d. While engaged in the wood shed cutting wood he had an
attack of apoplexy and died suddenly. In early life he came to
Ohio, and was united in marriage with Anna G. Stauffer, at Massilon,
Ohio, on Jan. 8, 1867. To this union were born six children, three
sons and three daughters. He is survived by his wife, one son
and two daughters, Ida Ganger and Cora. Bro. Snyder served as
a soldier in the war of the Rebellion for a short time in 1865.
He united with the Mennonite Church probably about the year 1897
and was a faithful member from that time until death. At the time
of his death he was staying with his daughter Ida, five miles
north of Elkhart, where, while on a visit there, Sister Snyder
was taken sick and has not been well enough since to return to
her home. He was buried on Tuesday, May 4. Funeral services were
conducted at the home of the Buttrick family and also at the Yellow
Creek M. H., where the burial took place, by John F. Funk. Text
at the former place, Matt. 23:44 and at the latter from Isa. 35:10.
The Lord comfort the bereaved hearts who mourn his death.
J. F. F.
Powden. - Samuel Powden was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Oct 17, 1817. He was married to Anna Kantz, Sept. 17, 1837. This
union was blessed with three children, Jacob, George and Hattie
Martin, widow of the late Henry Martin. He is survived by one
son, Jacob, and daughter, Hattie Martin. The second son George
died with about six years of age. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren.
Two grandchildren preceded him in death. His first wife died Jan
23, 1875. Later he married as his second wife, Anna Sternberger,
who also survives him. He united with the Mennonite Church about
18 years ago, has led a devoted consistent Christian life and
calmly fell asleep in Jesus on Monday morning, April 26, 1909,
having reached the advanced age of 91 y. 6 m. 19 d. For 12 years
he has been blind, and for a number of years very hard hearing.
His last years were years of loneliness, but a faithful companion
shared with him his lonely hours and lightened to a large degree
his lonely life. For a long time he had a desire to depart and
be with Jesus, and it was his greatest joy when the brethren and
sisters visited him, reading to him from the Word of God, singing
the beautiful songs of Zion, speaking to him of the love of Jesus
and the blessedness of heaven, and engaging with him in prayer.
We have the assurance and confidence to believe that he has left
us to join the great throng of the redeemed in the world of light
and joy and peace above. His funeral took place on Wednesday,
April 28, at Elkhart. Services were conducted by John F. Funk
from Psa. 23:4. Peace to his ashes. May God comfort the bereaved
widow, children and grandchildren.
J. F. F.
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Helman. - Ada Gertrude Helman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Helman, of near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., was born Feb. 19, 1909, and died April 18, 1909; aged 2 months. Funeral services conducted by Bro. Alexander Weaver.
Webb. - Carrie B. Webb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Webb of Krings, Cambria Co., Pa., was born July 13, 1908, and died April 23, 1909; aged 9 months and 10 days. Funeral services conducted by Bro. Alexander Weaver.
Shireman. - Effa Susan, only child of Sister Lydia Shireman (widow), died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., May 9, 1909; aged 13 y. 3 m. 10 d. Effa was a bright girl, and loved by all who knew her. She was converted when 11 years old, and was a faithful young sister until death relieved her, after two weeks of great suffering. She will be missed in the church and Sunday school, a place she loved to attend, and her name was often seen in the Words of Cheer. She had many friends. This was manifested by the large number of people that met to play (sic) the last tribute of respect. The loss falls heavy on the bereaved mother, yet her loss is Effa's gain, for she is now with her blessed Savior. The Funeral was held on May 12, from the home of Henry F. Eshbach, with services at 10 o'clock at the Millersville Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. D. N. Lehman and Bro. D. N. Gish Text, Eccl. 12:1.
"Effa dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from earth away,
To rejoice with thy dear Savior
In the realms of endless day.
"She is sleeping, calmly sleeping,
In the new-made grave today,
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our loved one gone away."
H. F. and E. H. Eshbach.
Hershberger. - Sister Lizzie Hershberger, granddaughter
of Pre. Michael Rohrer, died at her home near Canton on May 7;
aged 21 y. 5 m. She had been an invalid since October, 1906, suffering
much pain for two and a half years. She united with the Mennonite
Church Feb. 22, 1909, and expressed her desire to go to the better
world shortly before her departure.
P. R. Lantz
Stutzman. - John Arney Stutzman died after a short illness
with pneumonia near Shickley, Nebr., May 4, 1909, and was buried
on May 7, 1909 in the Salem Cemetery. His age was 17 y. 9 m. 29
d. Bro. Stutzman leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother,
five brothers and six sisters, but they mourn not as those who
have no hope. May God comfort the bereaved ones. Services conducted
by Pre. Peter Kennel in German from Isa 40:6, 7, and Pre. Joseph
Whitaker of Beaver Crossing from Psa. 90:12 in English.
D. J. T.
Eash. - Walter J. Eash, son of Tobias and Mary Eash, died Apr. 9, 1909; age 7 y. 2 m. 11 d. Cause of death was diphtheria. He was buried Apr. 10, 1909, in the Blough Cemetery. Funeral services in memory of the deceased were held in the Kaufman Mennonite Church, by S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough from Deut. 34:6, being the first funeral services in the new church. May all who will be called to follow be prepared to leave the assured hope of the young children.
Hittle. - Anna E. (Miller) Hittle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Miller was born Oct. 17, 1874; died May 6, 1909; aged 34 y. 6 m. 19 d. She moved with her parents to Kansas in 1878 and from there they moved to Nebraska. In 1892 they moved to Harper Co., Kansas. On Feb 3, 1898, she was marred to W. F. Hittle. To this union were born four children, three girls and one boy. In the fall of 1898 she moved with her husband to Oklahoma, where she resided until her death. She was a member of the Christian Church and a kind Christian lady. She leaves her husband, four children, father, mother, two brothers and their families besides a host of friends to mourn their loss. She is gone, but her work and labor or reward while here on earth will never be forgotten.
Plank. - Roy David, son of M. H. and Emma Plank, was
born March 30 1889; died April 25, 1909; aged 20 y. 25 d. At some
period in his life he had received a bruise in his side. This
developed into something which the doctors called appendicitis.
An operation was accordingly performed, only to find that the
case was more serious than they knew. He survived the operation
but a few days. Roy was an obedient boy, of a kindly, quiet disposition,
attentive to duty, and had been a member of the Amish Mennonite
Church since the age of 15. His last audible words were, "The
Lord knows best."
Funeral services at the Sycamore Church Cass Co., Mo., April 26, conducted by L. J. Miller and C. S. Hauder. Text, Job. 1:21. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
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Nice - Sister Katharine, wife of Bro. Benjamin K. Nice of near Harleysville, Pa., died Apr. 24, aged 73 y. 8 m. and 12 d. She is survived by her husband, seven sons and two daughters. The funeral was held on Apr. 29. Interment took place at the Salford Mennonite burial grounds.
Rosenberger. - Sister Carrie, daughter of Bro. Abram Rosenberger, died at her home in Hatfield, Pa., May 1, after a short illness of diphtheria; aged 25 y. 7 m. 28 d. Interment private at the Line Lexington Mennonite burial grounds. She leaves a father and a number of friends and relatives to mourn her sudden death. She made a tour of the Middle West with her father last summer. Her death has cast a gloom over the neighborhood.
Nice. - Brother Abram G. Nice of Elroy, Pa., died April 25, 1909; aged nearly 75 y. He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter. Deceased was the last surviving son of the late minister Henry Nice of Franconia, Pa. The funeral was held April 28. Interment at the Franconia Mennonite burial ground.
Landis. - Harvey, son of Sister Katie Landis of Hatfield, Pa., died May 2, of diphtheria; aged 11 y. 1 m. and 14 d. Deceased is the late Harvey Landis, who was killed in a railroad accident at Hatfield, Pa., about seven years ago. Interment private at the Plain Mennonite burial grounds above Lansdale, Pa.
Miller. - Bro. Jacob Miller, of Salix, Pa., (Elton Mennonite
Congregation), was born Aug. 2, 1853, and died May 6, 1909; aged
55 y. 9 m. 4 d. Bro. Miller was a kind and affectionate father,
a loving husband, and a member of the Mennonite Church for 37
years. During these years he never absented himself from a single
communion, and proved himself a loyal servant of God. Blessed
be the sleep of the righteous dead. The Church as well as the
family mourns the loss of their departed brother and father. Funeral
services conducted by the brethren D. S. Yoder and S. G. Shetler.
Text, Acts 13:36.
Wm. C. Hershberger.
Bechtel. - Rebecca (Cober) Bechtel was born Sept. 24, 1855; died near Hespeler, Ont., May 14, 1909; aged 53 y. 7 m. 20 d. She had been in poor health for some time. Her end came unexpectedly but she was ready to go to her heavenly home. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, one son, three daughters and many friends and relatives. Funeral services conducted by A. B. Snyder, text II Tim. 4:8 were held at Wanners Mennonite church, May 16, at which time a large concourse of people assembled. Interment in the cemetery nearby. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
Transcriber's note: There was no punctuation after "II Tim. 4-8" in the original.
Mast. - Abraham Mast was born Nov. 14, 1838; died April 27, 1909; aged 70 y. 5 m. 18 d. He was married to Anna Miller March 2, 1871. This union was blessed with six children, one son and five daughters. He also leaves eleven grandchildren. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. He leaves a sorrowing wife, six children and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn his departure. But we hope their loss will be his gain. Peace to his ashes. Services conducted by Bishop Moses Mast and J. S. Gerig.
Landis. - Henry S. Landis was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on Mar. 17, 1820; died near Sterling, Ill., May 10, 1909; aged 89 y. 1 m. 23 d. In 1841 he was married to Fannie Stauffer also of Lancaster Co., who passed away a few years ago at the age of 85. They enjoyed a long married life of sixty-four years. To this union were born 13 children. All survive the father but one, who died in infancy. Bro. Landis united with the Mennonite Church in the 85th year of his age. Funeral services were conducted on the 13, by A. H. Leaman of Chicago at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church from the text, "Follow me."
Martin. - Anna M., wife of John J. Martin, died at her home at Fruitville, near Lancaster, Pa., April 21, 1909, of pleuro-pneumonia, aged 57 y. 3 m. 4 d. Deceased was born in Lancaster county, and lived there her entire life, except several years residing in Stark county, Ohio in her youth. She bore her severe sickness with great patience and Christian fortitude. She is survived by her husband and four children, namely, Ada May, wife of C. B. Oberholtzer of near Neffsville, Christian H., of Lancaster, Anna H. and Elmer H., at home. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and her exemplary life endeared her to all with whom she came in contact. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 24, with burial at Landis Valley Cemetery.
Myers. - Charles C. Myer [sic] was born in Germany, Nov. 5, 1829, died at his home near Palmyra, Mo., May 6, 1909, aged 79 y. 7 m. 1 d. Bro. Myers emigrated with his parents to America about 1850 and located in western Pennsylvania. In 1854 he was married to Barbara Keplinger, who survives her husband, as do also the following children: Caroline lives in Howell County this state, Anna in Iowa, Joseph who lives six miles northwest of Palmyra; Sarah, Barbara and Benjamin at home. Four children preceded him to the great beyond. Bro. Myers came to Missouri soon after the close of the civil war and located on the place where he died. His funeral took place Sunday, May 9. Services at the Mennonite Church near Palmyra, conducted by J. M. Krieder. Text, I Sam. 20:3.
Eby. - Lizzie (Brackbill) Eby died at her home in Gap,
Pa., on May 7, 1909; aged 47 y. 4 m. 11 d. Early in life she united
with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful until the end.
In 1884 she was united in marriage with John R. Eby. This union
was blessed with six children, two of whom preceded her to the
spirit world, Anna, Willis, Aaron and Roy remaining with their
father to mourn her departure. She is also survived by a sister,
Annie, and three brothers. Funeral services were held on May 10,
conducted at the house by John H. Mosemann and at Hershey's church
by Bish. Isaac Eby. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
We weep because we're left alone,
But joy will soon supplant our grief,
For life at longest is but brief,
And then we'll meet around the throne.
Moyer. - Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Abram C. Moyer of near Hatfield, Pa., died suddenly Monday evening, Apr. 26; aged about 63 y. She leaves a husband, three sons and three daughters. The Kind-hearted mother will be greatly missed in the family and in the church. The funeral was held on Sunday, May 2. The services were conducted by Michael Moyer and Jacob C. Clemens. Interment took place at the Souderton Mennonite burial grounds at Souderton, Pa.
Speicher. - David Speicher was born Mar. 19, 1871; died April 18, 1909; aged 38 y. 29 d. He united in marriage with Leah Lapp Aug. 1, 1895. This union was blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters. Two preceded him to the Spirit world. A loving wife and four small children remain to mourn his untimely and sudden departure. The brother met death by getting hold of a wire which was heavily charged with electricity unknowingly to him, and almost in a moment was his life extinct. We should always be ready for the great change to come. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in his youth and was a faithful brother in the church until death. "The righteous hath hope in death." Services conducted by Bishop J. R. Zook and J. S. Gerig.
Rhodes. - On the evening of May 11, 1909, Peter Alfred Rhodes, son of Wm. and Bettie Rhodes of Rockingham Co., Va., died; aged 15 y. 1 m. 10 d. He underwent a surgical operation and for one week he suffered very much, and when almost all hopes of his getting well were gone, the doctors performed a second operation from which he never recovered. He was a loving and pleasant boy loved by all who knew him. It is very hard to give him up, but we look through our tear-dimmed eyes to a kind heavenly Father and say, "Thy will be done," for we know what He doeth is well done. He was asked what should be done with the money he had saved and he said half of it should be sent to India and the balance to go to his older brother and younger sister. Buried at the Weaver's church. Services conducted by Pre. Samuel Rhodes and John D. Wenger. Text, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
Julian. - John Julian, for many years a resident of the city of Elkhart, died on Sunday morning, May 9, 1909, of heart trouble and dropsy, at the advanced age of 76 y. 8 m.. He had been a soldier in the Civil War and for many years drove the paper mill team in Elkhart, and hauled many tons of paper from the paper mill to the office of Mennonite Publishing Company. He had been in failing health for several years. When visited by the writer, he confessed his sins, and said, "I have led a bad life, but I want to go to heaven. I have been praying to God ever since I am sick; I have given all into the hands of God." He seemed to fully realize his lost condition and that the only hope for salvation for man is in Christ. He leaves a sorrowing companion, three sons and three daughters. Funeral services were conducted at the home of one of his sons, by J. F. Funk. Buried at Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Wenger. - Ralph Lehman, infant son of Pre. Amos D. and
Anna M. Wenger of Fentress, VA., died Sunday, May 16, 1909 of
teething and brain fever after an illness of one week; aged 1
y, 3 m. 7 d. He was born Feb. 9, 1908, at Millersville, Pa., and
came to Fentress with his parents in Nov. 1908. His parents, two
sisters and one brother survive. He was the first out of the family
to leave this world for the heavenly home and is the first of
the colony to be buried in the graveyard where the church is soon
to be erected. Funeral services were held at the home of his parents
on May 17, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Bish. J. D. Wert; Text,
Matt. 26:22, and singing, "Go to Thy Rest Fair Child,"
and "Asleep in Jesus." Interment at the Mt. Pleasant
burrying-ground (sic). He was a cheerful, good baby and will be
missed by his sorrowing parents and many relatives and friends.
We shall meet, but how we miss him,
There is now one vacant chair,
As our tender, loving Shepherd
Took our lamb into his care.
His Aunt, M. K. L.
Hostetter. -- Sister Elizabeth (Stehman) Hostetter,
widow of Bro. John E. Hostetter of East Petersburg, Pa., was born
July 18, 1831; died May 14, 1909; age 77 y. 9 m. 26 d. Her health
has been failing for the last two years and for four months she
was confined to her bed. She was a faithful and consistent member
of the Mennonite Church for many years and during her last illness
spoke much of dying and going home. Jesus was very precious to
her. She enjoyed the presence of her family and many kind friends
who visited her and was concerned about the welfare of her family.
She is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren. She
enjoyed the beauties of God's creation and can now enjoy the realities
of that heavenly abode. May we ever remember her counsel and good
advice and the many lessons learned and remain faithful that we
may be permitted to meet those gone before. Funeral services were
held on May 18 at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. At the
house by Bro. Henry Longenecker and at 10 A.M. at the Church by
Bro. Frank Kreider and Bish. J. N. Brubacher. Text, John 14:1-3.
In our sad bereavement we receive comfort from the heavenly Comforter
and realize that our loss is her eternal gain.
Oh the bliss of loved ones resting
By the Crystal river bright;
'Neath the shade of trees immortal,
Where no shadows dim the light.
For this rest they longed and waited,
Heaven's glory was their song;
Living faith now bids us hear them,
Singing with the blood washed throng.
By her granddaughter.
Wismer. - Bishop Daniel Wismer died at his home in Berlin,
Ont., May 4, 1909 of old age. He was born in Waterloo county July
29, 1820. In 1843 he was married to Sallie Erb with whom he lived
in holy matrimony 41 y. 6 m. 26 d. This union was blessed with
five sons and two daughters of whom three sons and two daughters
survive him. Bro. Wismer was ordained to the ministry Aug. 1,
1960, some time after this he moved to Marion county, Kans. On
April 9, 1887 he was ordained to the office of Bishop. After the
decease of his wife he returned again to Canada where he married
Lydia Musselman, widow of the late Sam. Brubaker, with whom he
lived in holy matrimony nearly twenty years. Bro. Wismer was an
earnest preacher of the Gospel for 48 years. Six weeks before
he died he preached his last public sermon. During the last few
weeks of his life he appeared to be much concerned for the welfare
of the Church. His mind was almost constantly upon the Word of
God. While lying in bed in a semi-conscious condition he would
preach for several hours at a time. His funeral took place on
Thursday, May 6. It was very largely attended, the church being
crowded to the doors and many still outside. Services at the house
were conducted by Samuel S. Bowman and at the church by Bish.
Jonas Snider in German, Text, Phil. 1:21: "For me to live
is Christ and to die is gain." Bro. Noah Stauffer in English,
from Rev. 21:1.
The loss sustained by the church and community through the death of Bro. Wismer is his eternal gain. May God comfort and bless the bereaved widow and sorrowing friends.
M. C. C.
Transcribed by Mona M. Mann, Arizona