Yoder.--Henry D. Yoder was born in Beaver Tp., Mahoning Co., O., Sept. 27, 1856; died Oct. 6, 1916; aged 60 y. 9 d. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about 30 years. He had a number of brothers and sisters but all of them preceded him in death and all died quite young. He was the third to die in less than a year.
Johnson.--Bro. Lawrence L. Johnson was born Aug. 19, 1858; died Oct. 10, 1916; aged 58 y. 1 m. 21 d. He is survived by his wife, Ella Mae Stillwagon Johnson, 1 brother, John B. Johnson, and a sister, Mrs. Annie Cameron. The body was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery by the body of his first wife, Maggie Gadd Johnson. Funeral Oct. 12. Services at Alex. Cameron by E. D. Hess. Text, Eccl. 11:3.
Henry.--Bro. Andrew G. Henry died at his home near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., on the 19th of Oct., 1916, from the infirmities of age. He was aged 86 y. 11 m. 12 d. Hi is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 27 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. He was buried Oct. 21 at Chambersburg. Services were conducted by the brethren, at the house by Daniel Kuhns and at the church by W. W. Hege from Heb. 11:16.
Hoover.--John B. Hoover was born in Markham Tp., York Co., Ont., July 7, 1833, and died at his home near Stouffville, Ont., Oct. 17, 1916, in his 84th year. In 1861 he was married to Susannah Hoover who died in 1909. He became a member of the Mennonite Church in early life and by his integrity and Christian example won for himself a good name and a large circle of friends. He was well preserved for a man who had exceeded the four score years. He gradually weakened for a few months and then passed away suddenly on the above date. He is survived by two sons, Joseph and Eli. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church on the 19th by L. W. Hoofer and L. J. Burkholder.
Kauffman.--Manuel Lloyd, son of Levi C. and Rebecca E. Kauffman, was born May 12, 1916 died Oct. 13, 1916, of lung trouble; aged 5 m. 1 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, 2 sisters (Pearl and Lina), 5 brothers (Milo, John, Archie, George and Edward), and many other relatives. He has gone to meet his two little sisters who have gone before. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite Church near Kenmare, N. Dak., by Bro. Michael of the Brethren Church. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"God needed one more angel child
Amid His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile,
And clasped dear Manuel's hand"
Kohli.--On Oct. 11, 1916, we received the sad message that Timothy J. Kohli was struck by a train and instantly killed in Weisburg, Ind. He was a son of Josiah and Margaret Kohli, and was born Sept. 19, 1887, in Elkhart Co., Ind. His age was 29 y. and 21 d. At the age of 3 years he was injured in his right hip and was left a cripple. He was a telegraph operator and was employed by the C. C. C. & St. L. Railroad at the time he met death. He was converted when young and was a member of the Mission Church at Groveland, Ill. He leaves to mourn his sad and early departure 4 brothers and 3 sisters, besides many relatives and friends. Mother, father, 3 brothers and 4 sisters preceded him to the spirit world. One brother died just 16 months ago. His body was shipped to Hopedale, Ill. The funeral was held from the A. M. Church on Oct. 14. Services were conducted by Bro. Samuel Birky of Peoria, Ill., in English, and Bro. John C. Birky of Hopedale, Ill., in German. Interment in the A. M. Cemetery.
Eby.--Isaac W. Eby was born in Elizabeth Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., April 13, 1838; died of infirmities of old age at Fentress. Va., Oct. 13, 1916; aged 78 y. 6 m. On April 2, 1866, he came to Hagerstown, Md., where he married Mary H. Martin, Dec. 27, 1866. The next year he was received into the Menonite Church at Reiff's Church. His birth, baptism, and death all took place on Friday (Good Friday) except the last. On Oct. 13, 1879, exactly 37 years before his death, he was chosen by lot and ordained to the office of deacon. Had he lived till spring he would have been 50 years in the Master's service, most of it in active official service. On Oct. 1, 1908, he moved with his wife to Fentress, Norfold Co., Va., where he remained until the time of his death. His wife died nearly 3 years ago. Three children (Fannie, Isaac and Lizzie) preceded the parents to the spirit world. Only 2 children (Jacob of Fentress and Amos of Denbigh, Va.), and 11 grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of the departed. He was of a cheerful disposition and of a kindly spirit, even under trying conditions, a lover of sacred song and of Christian association. He was a pioneer in aggressive Christian work, an earnest advocate of the church extension by means of Sabbath school work and protracted meetings. The Church has lost a loyal member and officer. The place of worship was a delight to him and his seat was seldom vacant. He longed to join the dear ones in the mansions above and we believe his longing has now ripened into the realization of full satisfaction to the soul. The funeral, which was conducted by A. D. Wenger, was largely attended.
Yoder.--Jonathan D. Yoder, son of Pre. Joseph and Lydia Yoder, was born May 24, 1854; died Sept. 3, 1816 aged 62 y. 4 m. 9 d. His birthplace was near Topeka, Ind., at Walnut Corner's old family homestead. Here he grew to manhood with the exception of about 10 years while he lived with his people in St. Joseph Co., Mich., Dec. 31, 1879, he was married to Elizabeth Wenger who with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren survive him. Byron E., of Malbete, Nebr., and Maurice E., who lives on the homestead. He also leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. Jonathan Zook near Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. Menno S. Zook of Fairview, Mich., and a brother, Solomon K., near Topeka, Ind., who mourn for one who was an earnest worker in the Church and Sunday School, to which he was greatly devoted, teaching his Sunday school class 5 weeks before his death. Funeral services were held Sept. 5 from the Maple Grove Church, conducted by I. R. Detweiler of Goshen, Ind. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Gone to heaven is our brother,
Gone to his bright home above.
He has left us here so lonely,
How we miss him whom we loved.
Freed.--Fyetta R. (Clemmer) Freed was born at Line Lexngton, Pa., Sept. 25, 1859; died at hier home in Souderton, Pa., Oct. 14, 1916; aged 57 y. 19 d. Altho afflicted with a cough for a year or more she was able to attend to her household duties until the last week when she was stricken with apoplexy. She quietly fell asleep to awaken in a happier home where there is no more pair or sorrow. On Feb. 7, 1885, she was married to Abram N. Freed, of which union 2 sons and 4 daughters survive, also 5 grandchildren are left to mourn the departure of a patient wife, a Christian mother, and grandmother. Her aged mother also survives. One son, 1 daughter, and 1 grandson preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Souderton Mennonite Church, at which place funeral services were held Oct. 19, 1916, in charge of Bros. Jacob M. Moyer, Jonas Mininger and Abram Clemmer. Text, Mark 14:8. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"Our mother has gone to the regions above,
So free from all sorrow and care,
To the land of the blest, the city of love,
Where she never will suffer again."
Yoder.--Earl Ray, son of Bro. Eli and Sister Barbara Yoder, was born near Manchester, Okla., Feb. 15, 1895; his death was caused by typhoid fever Oct. 15, 1916, at the hospital at Muskegee, Okla.; aged 21 y. 8 m. When 14 years of age he was kicked by a horse, which deprived him of his eye sight. Although he was blind naturally we have great reasons to believe that he was not spiritually blind. Earl expected to graduate from the school for the blind next May. The superintendent of the school said of him, "Earl was a good, honest Christian young man." Early in life he united with the Mennonite Church and remained faithful to the last. He leaves to mourn his departure father, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large number of friends. His mother preceded him to the great beyond 10 years ago. He was loved and respected by all who knew him for his kind and cheerful disposition. Funeral services were conducted at the German Springs Church, Manchester, Okla., by Bros. S. C. Miller and Simon Hershberger of Jet. Okla. His body was laid to rest by the side of his mother to await the day when the faithful shall be gathered omeh.
Horst.--Bishop Michael Horst was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 24, 1832; died at the home of his son-in-law, I. J. Buchwalter, near Dalton, O., Oct. 16, 1916; aged 83 y. 9 m. 22 d. On Mar. 2, 1853, he was married to Maria Wenger, oldest daughter of Deacon Benjamin Wenger of Groffsdale, Pa. Nine children were born to this union. In 1855 Bro. and Sister Horst were received, by baptism, into the Mennonite Church by Bishop George Weaver. In 1870 he with his family moved to Stark Co., O., and located on a farm near North Lawrence. In 1870 he was ordained to the ministry and seven years later was chosen as bishop. So long as his health permitted he was faithful in performing the duties pertaining to his office. His wife died Nov. 4, 1885. In 1889 he was married to Matilda Brenneman, nee Blosser, who died Sept. 15, 1895. In 1897 he was married to Mary Kilmer. During the past ten years of his life his health gave way and at times his sufferings were intense. His loving wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends mourn his departure. Funeral services were held Oct. 19, at the Pleasant View Church, by Bishop Abram Metzler, Martinsburg, Pa., from Phil. 1:21, assisted by J. S. Gerig, Aaron Eberly, Isaiah Royer, and Peter Gantz.
Kauffman.--Joseph M. Kauffman was born near Goshen, Ind., July 20, 1879; died at his home near Shelbyville, Ill., Sept. 10, 1916; aged 37 y. 1 m. 21 d. His health was feeble the last 9 months with spells of appendicitis at different times and when typhoid and pneumonia set in he was sick 4 weeks. Everything was done that human aid could do. The death angel called him home. He leaves to mourn his heart-broken companion, 6 children, an aged father and mother, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. His life was a life of much usefulness. Hes seat in church was never vacant if health permitted. He confessed Christ in his 14th year. In 1903 he was married to Abbie Smucker of West Liberty, Ohio, to which union 1 son (Melvin) was born. In 1907 the death angel called her highter and after 2 years of loneliness he was again married to Katie Gunden of Bayport, Mich., to which were born 4 sons and 1 daughter (Ora, Vernon, Millie, Mary, and Johnny). At the time of his death the 3 children and aged mother were also sick with typhoid and could not attend funeral. The family has lost a loving father, the aged parents their good counsellor and the church a faithful member. Rom. 14:8 (which he so often quoted while sick) was used as a text and the song "Heaven is my home" (which he so much sang while on his sick and death bed) was also sung at the funeral. A week before his death he wished to be anointed and said he wished the Lord would call him home but yet the Lord's will be done. Sad indeed to part with a so much needed one, but the Lord's ways are not our ways.
Kreider.--John Clayton Kreider, oldest sone of Bro. John and Sister Jennie Kreider, was born Jan. 19, 1908, near Sterling, Ill.; died Oct. 16, 1916; aged 8 y. 20 m. 27 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, 1 sister and 1 brother, besides a large number of relatives and friends. He came to his death by being struck by an auto while attending school. He with a few other children were playing alone the school yard and in an attempt to cross the road in front of an auto that was coming towards them was struck and fatally injured. He was picked up by the party in the car and in company with some of the larger boys hurried to the home of his parents. Upon the advice of the doctor he was taken to the hospital where an operation was performed, but to no avail. He soom passed away to be with Jesus. Strange to say, an uncle of little John's had a dream the night before the accident that he was struck by an auto and was killed, which was only too true before another day had passed away. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Little John was always full of sunshine and everybody loved him. His greatest joy seemed to be, to be with other children in the Sunday school and take part in whatever way he could. Funeral services were held on the 18th at Science Ridge Mennonite Church conducted by A. C. Good, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered out of sympathy and respect. The entire school attended in a body to pay the last tribute of respect to their little schoolmate.
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Harshbarger.--Samuel H. Harshbarger was born Jan. 15, 1832; died Oct. 19, 1916; aged 84 y. 9 m. 4 d. He died suddenly. He had 3 children of whom 2 preceded him to the glory world. His wife, 1 child and friends are left to mourn. He was a life long member of the Amish Church. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. S. G. Shetler, assisted by E. M. Detweiler. Text, I Thes. 4:18. Interment in Grand View Cemetery.
Martin.--Thelma Kathryn, infant daughtter of Bro. and Sister Alvey Martin, near Greencastle, Pa., was born and died Oct. 7, 1916, leaving to mourn her departure father and mother, who, though saddened in heart, are trusting in Him who doeth all things well. Two little brothers, Paul and Clarence, in their child-like wonder cannot understand why little sister was so soon taken away.
"An opening bud has come and gone,
We calmly say, 'Thy will be done;'
Any when we meet in heaven above
How sweet will be our jewel of love."
Freed.--Henry, son of John and Leah Freed, was born Sept. 26, 1843, in Hancock Co., Ohio. He was the third of a family of eleven children, six of whom survive him--Malinda, Daniel, Emanuel, Lucinda, Eli, and Mary. In 1861 he entered the service as soldier in private Co. G. of the 99th regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served three months and was wonded. After spending about eight months in the hospital he returned home. He united in marriage with Adeline Vance Jan. 7, 1869. To this union were born 2 daughters--Myrtle and Albertie. After their marriage they lived in Indiana two years and then moved to Kansas, where they resided seven years. On account of failing health they came back to New Stark, Ohio, in 1878, where they lived twenty years and regained his health. Then he procured the old homestead upon which he spent the remaining part of his life. He accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Protestant Methodist Church in 1874. When he moved back to New Stark he transferred his membership to the Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful, devoted and consistent member until Oct. 23, 1916, at the age of 73 y. 27 d., when the Lord took him to his future home. He leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife, 2 daughters, 3 grand-children, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, with many other relatives and friends. His life in the church, in the neighborhood, and in the home, spoke louder than the voice of eulogy. So we are assured that our loss will be his eternal gain. Funeral services by John Blosser, assisted by J. J. Anglemoyer and N. O. Blosser. The body was laid to rest in the Eagle Creek Cemetery.
Wenger.--John S. Wenger was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 19, 1843; died at his home at Weaverland (same county), Oct. 18, 1916; aged 73 y. 29 d. He was the son of Michael and Barbara (Sensenig) Wenger. He stopped school at the age of fourteen, owing to weak eyes, and at the age of 22 he became totally blind; but always retained a happy and cheerful frame of mind, which every one who came into touch with him was made to feel. He became a member of the Mennonite Church at Weaverland in 1883 and at once took an active and prayerful interest in the welfare of the Church. After Sunday schools were organized in 1893, he was one of their foremost supporters and his place in the classes or in the church services at Weaverland or at Martindale was nearly always filled. To visit the churches and brethren in other districts was always a great delight to him. Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, York, Lebanon, and Franklin counties, as well as the churches of Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, were all visted by him. To visit the sick and afflicted (especially the blind) was a pleasant privilege to him. He was well informed on current events, as well as the Scriptures, his brother David, who was his constant companion, reading aloud whenever Brother John was near; but about fifteen years ago, his brother taught him to read by means of the raised print for the blind, when he at once procured a copy of the four Gospels, and one of the book of Isaiah, which he studied and read with such great delight that it opened the world anew to him. He often spent pleasant hours after the rest of the family retired, as he sat in the dark and read his new treasure by the aid of his fingers until late into the night. He said, "Oh what a pleasure and satisfaction that I can read this for myself." It gave him a broader view of life. He conducted a store for farming implements and groceries. To set up a binder or horse-rake from the pieces as they were packed and shipped to him from the factory, and to walk unaided to the trolley station across the Conestoga River from his place of business for packages or to take a trip, was an ordinary and oft-repeated feat for him. His death was caused by several apoplectic attacks. He leaves 3 brothers and 3 sister, of whom David S. was his partner in his business, and who with him owned the homestead farm, where their sister, Mary Martin (who has also been blind for many years) kept house for the brothers. Franklin, another brother, and Barbara, a sister, have also been blind for some years. His other brother and sister are Aaron and Lydia Wenger. The church and community lost one of its most influential and lovable members, and he will long be remembered as having had gifts from God far beyond the ordinary. In his affliction he was never heard to complain, but he often pointed out the many blessings which God had given him, feeling thankful that his affliction was no worse for, said he, "I have the privilege of smell, hearing, taste, and above all, a clear mind, and the sense of touch." His funeral was held from his home on Saturday, Oct. 21, and his remains repose in the Sensenig Graveyard, near his birthplace. Bishop Benjamin Weaver, John Sauder, and Henry Bear preached the funeral sermons to a large concourse of people.
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Wenger.--Little Wilmer Jacob, son of Bro. John R. and Emma V. Wenger of near Dayton, Va., died of cholera infantum Nov. 2, 1916; aged 2 y. 10 m. 10 d. Funeral services from Weavers Church on the 3rd by Bros. A. D. Heatwole and L. J. Heatwole. Texts, Psa. 103:14,15, and Hosea 6:1.
Kauffman.--Fannie Miller was born Jan. 7, 1841; died Oct. 5, 1916, near White Cloud, Mich.; aged 75 y. 8 m. 28 d. She was married to Jacob Kauffman, June 13, 1962. To this union were born 13 children. Two sons and 2 daughters preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure, her aged husband, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 1 step-daughter, 53 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, also 2 brothers (Simon and Samuel Miller). Funeral services were hold at the residence, Oct. 8, 1916, conducted by Jacob Stutzman and T. U. Nelson.
Ropp.--Clare Lee, youngest child of David and Hannah Ropp, died Oct. 17, 1916; aged 3 m. 7 d. It required a great deal of attention during its short stay on earth, but its absence in the home will be greatly felt. There are left to mourn the loss of the departed his father, mother, 1 brother, 1 sister, 4 grandparents, and a number of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the Mennonite meeting house near Elmdale, Mich. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Aldus Brackbill. Text, II Kings 4:26.
Myers.--Mary Metzler Myers, daughter of Samuel and Fanny Metzler, was born July 9, 1857; died Oct. 29, 1916; aged 59 y. 3 m. 20 d. Having suffered from a paralectic stroke, Sister Myers was ill only a few days. About 40 years ago she was married to Samuel Myers, who still survives with all four of the daughters and twelve grandchildren, two grand children having preceded her in death. Funeral from the home and Midway Church near Columbiana, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1916. Services in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner and assisted by Bros. E. M. Detweiler and I. B. Witmer.
Burkhart.--Sister Leah, daughter of Bro. John and Sister Hettie Burkhart, was born near Farmersville, Pa., April 11, 1892; died at the home of her parents Oct. 31, 1916; aged 24 y. 6 m. 20 d. She had gone to bed in her usual health but was found dead next morning. She had quietly fallen asleep to awaken in a happier home where there is no more pain or sorrow. Her death was caused by heart trouble superinduced by epilepsy from which she was a sufferer. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church (Groffdale congregation). She leaves to mourn her departure, father, mother, 5 sisters and 2 brothers (Alta, Clara, Esther, Harlan, Roy, Elizabeth, and Helen). Two grandmothers and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at Groffdale by Bros. Benjamin Weaver and Noah Mack. Text, I Cor. 13:12. Interment in adjoining cemetery. "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, From which none ever wake to weep."
Baker.--J. Earl, son of Samuel and Emma (Markley) Baker, was born in Guilford Tp., Feb. 16, 1894. Peacefully passed away at the home of his parents, Wadsworth, Ohio, on Monday evening, Oct. 23, 1916 aged 22 y. 8 m. 7 d. He was sick only a few days of bronchial pneumonia. He was a patient and obedient son. Although a sufferer from asthmatic affections from his youth, which disabled him to perform hard manual labor, being of a very ambitious nature he acquired an education which enabled him to carry out the desire of his heart to make those about him comfortable and happy. He united with the Mennonite Church at the aged of 10 years, remaining faithful to his Master until death. He leaves father, mother, a sister and a brother and many relatives who deeply mourn his early departure. Funeral services were held from the M. F. Church on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 26, conducted by J. Monroe Wolfe and P. R. Lantz. Burial at Woodlawn. Peacefully sleep, beloved one.
Garber.--Ella Snavely Garber passed to rest Oct. 17,
1916, in the 35th year of her age. She was the daughter of B.
H. and Anna Herr Snavely, who with her 2 sisters and 3 brothers,
survive her. She also leaves a sorrowing husband, Benjamin F.
Garber, and 7 dear little motherless children. She was a remarable
mother and sister. When 16 years of age she became a member of
the Mennonite Church, since which time she has been very loyal
and active, especially was she concerned for her children in the
Sunday school. Her body was buried in the Willow Street Brick
Mennonite Churchyard. The funeral services, which were largely
attended, were conducted by Bishops Peter R. Nissley and C. M.
Brackbill. It would be hard to fine one to whom the poet's word
would better apply;
"None knew thee but to love thee, None named thee but to praise."
We believe that when those of us who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ shall by grace attain to her degree of saintliness, the Lord will take us home, and would that her prayer for us, for her husband, and for her children, may be accomplished, is the family tribute. We are consoled in the belief that it is God's love that has taken her from us.
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Snyder.--The death reaper has taken out of our midst Sister L. Snyder of Wilmot, Ont., in the prime of life. How wondrous are the ways of the Almighty. We would say how much she was needed in her home. In Church her seat was never vacant if health permitted her to be there. In Sunday school she was active and ready to answer, desiring to learn more of God's Word. We believe she is now at rest. May God bless the bereaved ones.
Ropp.--Clare Lee, son of Bro. David and Sister Hannah Ropp, died Oct. 17, 1916; aged 3 m. 17 d. He leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Edna), 1 brother (Clayton). Little Clare had been ailing most of his life from indigestion. But now we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus, his sufferings are over. Funeral was held at the Bowne Church near Elmdale, Mich., Oct. 19. Services conducted by Bro. Aldus Brackbill.
"The golden gates were opened wide,
A gentle voice said, 'Come,'
And angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home."
Mason.--Hazel Waneda Mason, infant daughter of Bro. J. C. and Sister Emma Mason of near Broadway, Va., was born Sept. 3, 1915; died July 30, 1916, with father and mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters, 2 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest on July 31 at the Cedar Run Church of the Brethren. Funeral services conducted by Bro. Lewis Shank.
"An opening bud has come and gone,
We calmly say, 'Thy will be done.'
And when we meet in heaven above,
How sweet will be our jewel of love."
Shantz.--Magdalena D. Shantz was born Mar. 26, 1843; died Oct. 13, 1916; aged 73 y. 6 m. 17 d. Although she has suffered from paralysis and almost helpless at times for nearly seven years her death came rather unexpectedly and was due to paralysis of the brain. She leaves to mourn two brothers and three sisters and a host of relatives and friends. She was unmarried and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her brother, Deacon John D. Shantz, Baden, Ont., by Orphan Wismer and at the Shantz M. H. by Manasseh Hallman and Jonas Snyder. Buried in the cemetery adjoining.
Nissley.--We again see the uncertainy of life. On Nov. 4, Abe Nissley's of Hutchinson, Kans., were burning straw mulchng from their potato patch and their twin daughters, aged about seven, were gathering potatoes that were on the surface. The mother cautioned them about the fire. When they thought the fire was about out, in about 10 minutes they called, the father ran to them, when one's dress was on fire on her back. Her father put it out with ground. In about eleven hours she was dead. We need not worry about the little ones that pass from this wicked world to the glory world with Jesus. When they thought all danger was over, then she caught fire. So in our life, when we think there is no danger, then is when the devil takes his opportunity. As long as we are in this life there is danger if we are not in the arms of Jesus. "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Matt. 24:42).
Garber.--Ella Snavely Garber, daughter of Benjamin and
Anna Snavely, and wife of Benjamin Garber, calmly went to sleep
in Jesus, Oct. 17, 1916. She leaves to mourn her early departure
a bereaved husband, parents, 7 children (the oldest in her eleventh
year), 3 brothers, 2 sisters. She was in her 35th year. The nurse
heard her pray, "Lord, if it is Thy will, I would desire
to stay with my family, yet, if not, I am ready." Happy words.
She was laid away on the 29th, services by Bishops Peter Nissley
of Mt. Joy and Christ Brackbill of Kinzer, Pa. As they said, It
is a safe way to follow in her footsteps as she followed Christ.
She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 16 years and
was a faithful and exemplary member, willing to obey all God's
commands. Her life spoke louder than the voice of eulogy. We are
assured our loss is Ella's eternal gain. The will of the Lord
be done. Ella will be greatly missed in her home and church. Her
funeral was very largely attended, her remains repose at the Willow
Street churchyard. Some sweet day may they be a united family
with Jesus in heaven.
Benner.--Lydia Benner, nee Wenger, was born near Orrville, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1845; died Nov. 4, 1916; aged 71 y. 9 m. 2 d. On Oct. 25, 1866, she was married to Samuel Benner, who preceded her to the spirit world in Oct., 1906. This brother and sister were not blessed with children of their own, but out of love and compassion they received into their home two daughters, giving them a comfortable home and Christian training. The deceased sister with her life companion in their early married life gave their heart to the Lord and united with the Church of the Brethren in Christ and remained faithful until death called them up highter. The departed sister greatly enjoyed the service of her Lord and Master and in her last affliction was patient and submissive, fully resigned to the will of the Lord. There remain to mourn their departure the adopted daughter, Mollie, married to C. K. Hostetler, Birmingham, Ala., and Rilla, married to Edward Hershberger, of Smithville, Ohio, where the deceased sister has resided for the last 6 years; also two brothers, Elias and Fred Wenger of Orrville, Ohio; also two sister, Mrs. David Mast of Noble, Iowa, and Widow Leah Miller of Wayland, Iowa.
Culp.--Ora Henry, only child of Bro. and Sister Rufus Culp, was born near Nappanee, Ind., on Christmas day, 1915; died Nov. 3, 1916; aged 10 m. 9 d. He leaves to mourn a grief stricken father and mother, grandparents and many friends who had come to know and love him. He came into their home as a Christmas gift and we can not understand why God willed it so, that he should so soon be taken away but God knows what is best, if we can only trust Him, and leave to Him the rest. Some day we will understand and can say as did David of old, "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." Funeral services on the 6th at the Nappanee-west--Mennonite Church by Bro. J. S. Hartzler. Text, II Sam. 12:23.
"A little pink rose in my garden grew
The tiniest one of all,
'Twas kissed by the sun--caressed by the dew,
Oh! little pink rose of my garden
Oh! little pink rose 'twas you,
Oh! little pink rose of your mother's heart,
Have you faded and gone away?
Has the gardener gathered my little pink rose.
For His loveliest garden today?
Did He need one more blossom of your size and hue
And was that the reason the gardener chose you?"
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Gospel Herald - Volume IX, Number 35 - November 30, 1916 - Page 647 & 648
Schrock.--Terrace (Gerber) Schrock was born Mar. 6, 1852; died very suddenly on Nov. 4, 1916, of organic heart disease; aged 64 y. 7 m. 28 d. She was a daughter of Pre. William Gerber and the last of this family. She leaves only a nephew and a niece and 5 adopted children. She was a faithful member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Was buried on Nov. 7, near the Walnut Creek Church. It was a large funeral. Services by S. H. Miller and Corson Mast.
Headings.--Ray Buford Headings, son of Elmer and Ada Headings, was born Jan. 25, 1915; died Nov. 8, 1916; aged 1 y. 9 m. 24 d. His illness was short and of a peculiar nature. The first attack on Monday seemed to be croup. On Wednesday the child laughed and played. That night at 2 o'clock he passed away. The doctor and some of the neighbors were present at the time of death. He passed away easy. The case was a puzzle to the doctor and he advised immediate burial. Also sent a swab of the throat for examination. Was buried in East Holbrook graveyard. Funeral preached Nov. 19, 1916, by J. M. Nunemaker. The doctors decided that the disease was paralysis of the brain.
Shantz.--Magdalena D. Shantz passed away Oct. 13, 1916; aged 73 y. 6 m. 17 d. She suffered several paralytic strokes. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral from the home of her brother, John D. Shantz, and Shantz Church, Wilmot, Ont. She is gone but not forgotten.
"The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said 'Come;'
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our sister home."
Slabaugh.--Rollin E. Slabaugh, son of Abr. J. and Amanda W. Slabaugh, was born near North Grove, Ind., March 27, 1899; died Nov. 5, 1916; aged 17 y. 7 m. 8 d. His death came very suddenly and unexpectedly, being caused by a gunshot wound accidently inflicted by himself. He leaves to mourn his untimely death, father, step-mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters, Eli, Ansel, Herald, Saloma, and Mary, 2 grandparents, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral on the 7th at the Mennonite Church where the house was filled to its fullest seating capacity. Services conducted by the brethren, E. A. Mast from Ezek. 11:9,10, and J. S. Horner from Luke 12:40. Burial took place in the Shrock Cemetery.
Myer.--Barbara Elizabeth Springer Myer was born in Nancy, France, May 8, 1833; died Nov. 3, 1916; aged 83 y. 5 m. 26 d. In the fall of 1855 she came to America, and was united in marriage with Jos. Myer in the year 1856. To this union were born 2 sons and 5 daughters. One son and husband have preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves to mourn her departure 1 son, 5 daughters, 26 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. She joined the Amish Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until the call came to join the angel band above. Funeral services by Jacob Stauffer in the German and F. J. Gingerich in English. Interment in cemetery adjoining East Fairview Church, near Milford, Nebr.
Yoder.--Henry D., son of Bro. and Sister Lewis Yoder, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sept. 27, 1856; departed this life at his home near East Lewistown, Ohio, Oct. 6, 1916; aged 60 y. 9 d. He was united in marriage with Eva Blosser, to which union were born 4 children; viz., Noah, William, Ione, and Noble, all of whom, together with his wife, survive. Bro. Yoder took seriously sick about a month before he died with an abscess on one of his kidneys. He, however, was a patient sufferer and reconciled to the change that gradually came upon him. The night before his death he requested the family to sing the hymn, "Some Day We'll Understand." Bro. Yoder and his wife united with the Mennonite Church about thirty years ago and remained faithful till death. The funeral was held at his home Oct. 8 and at the Midway Mennonite Church where a large number of friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. He was the last one of his father's family to die. Funeral services were in charge of A. J. Steiner, Allen Richert and I. B. Witmer.
Moyer.--Sister Molly Wise Moyer, wife of Henry B. Moyer, died Nov. 13, 1916, at the ripe age of 92 y. 6 d. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., and with her parents moved to Beaver Co., Pa., when quite young. She was married to Henry B. Moyer in 1850. To them were born 8 children. The husband, 4 sons, and 1 daughter survive her, also 8 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren, also 1 brother (Samuel Wise of Beaver Co.). She with her husband left their home in Harmony, Pa., two weeks before she died to spend the winter with their daughter, Mrs. Martin, in Seville, Ohio, where she died of pneumonia. Sister Moyer united with the Mennonite Church when 18 years of age. Her bereft husband was ordained to the ministry many years ago, but was never active in his calling, though faithful in his loyalty to the Church. He is the only remaining member of the old Mennonite congregation that used to worship at Harmony. May God sustain him in his remaining years on earth, and lead all the bereft ones to look to Him from whom all blessings come. Services Nov. 15 at Harmony Church by David Lehman and Harvey Leidig. Text, Eccl. 7:2.
Transcribed by: Barbara Fink, Florida