Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1916

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume IX, Number 23 - September 7, 1916 - p. 431

Tennefoss - .Carl, son of Thomas and Mabel Tennefoss, was born March 21, 1915; died June 28, 1916; aged 1 y.. 3 m. 7 d. Three days previous to his death a little sister was born into the home. On account of the mother being confined to her bed only a short service was held at the house the following day and buried at the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church near Fentress, Va. Funeral sermon was preached on July 30 by A. D. Wenger.

Yoder - Sister Mary Kauffman Yoder was born near Milroy, Pa., April 29, 1852: died Aug 18, 1916 at her home in Belleville, Pa.; aged 64 y. 4 m. 20 d. She was the daughter of Eli and Lizzy Hooley Kauffman, a member of a family of nine children and the first to pass from time to eternity. She was married to John H. Yoder who departed this life over 11 years. She joined the Mennonite Church of her faith and lived an unassuming and peaceful life. The noble characteristic traits she possessed helped her to made a Christian home cheerful. She was a kind neighbor and loved by all who knew her. In her younger days she contracted white swelling of her lower limbs from the effects of which she has always been partly an invalid.
She was only sick one week and bore her suffering with Christian patience. Everything possible was done to relieve her but the angel of death called her home. Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove church, Aug. 20, conducted by John L. Mast and Joseph H. Byler, after which she was laid to rest in the cool, mother earth prepared for her body.

"Peacefully lay her down to rest
Place the turf kindly o'er her breast
Sweet be the slumbers 'neath the sod
While the pure soul is resting with God."

Denlinger - Benjamin B., son of Martin W. and Emma R. Denlinger, Lancaster Co., PA., died Aug. 24, 1916: aged 8 m. 23 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure parents, 2 brothers, a foster brother, and a grandmother. Great is the pain of parting with our baby, but bright is the hope of meeting him again in the better world. The funeral was held Aug. 26 Mellingerís Mennonite Church. Bro. David L. Landis conducted the services at the house and Bro. Sanford Landis at the church. Text Isa. 66:13, first clause.

"Gone to heaven is our darling,
Gone to his bright home above;
He has left us here so lonely
How we miss him whom we loved.
By the parents.

Blough - On Aug. 14, 1916, Sister Mary, widow of Emanuel Blough, near Johnstown, PA., passed calmly away at the ripe old age 83 y. 4 m. 4 d. She was buried in the Stahl Cemetery. Services were held in Stahl M. H. by S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. She was the mother of 11 children, 4 of whom preceded her to the spirit world; the grandmother of 39 grandchildren, 32 living; and the great-grandmother of 19 great-grandchildren, 3 of whom are dead. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for more than three score years. We, her children, need not mourn as those who have no hope, but can rise and call her blessed. Her labors and trials on earth are ended. Many a good advice did she give to us children. May we by Godís grace make good use of them.

Farewell, mother, till we meet thee
In that happy home above;
There to sing Godís praises with thee,
In that land of joy and love.
By her oldest son

Transcribed by: Orleata Moore, California


GOSPEL HERALD - Volume IX, Number 24 - September 14, 1916 - Pages 454 and 455

Shoemaker. - Sister Nancy Shoemaker was born in Waterloo Tp., Waterloo Co., her brother, Deacon Benjamin Shoemaker, at Berlin, Ont., on Aug. 15, 1916; aged 80 y. 6 m. 9 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth. She was of a quiet and retiring disposition and was never married. Funeral on Aug. 17 at the Berlin Mennonite Church. The brethren Noah Stauffer and Moses Bowman conducted the preaching services. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Bachman. - Aaron Eugene Bachman died Sunday, Aug. 20, 1916; aged 73 y. 6 m. 20 d. Funeral at the Brethren Home, Neffsville, Pa., and at the Brethren Cemetery at Rothsville, Pa., Aug 24. Bro. Bachman was a member of the Church known at Zionís Children or New River Brethren and was in his prime an earnest Christian worker. He lived for many years in Farmersville, Pa. Three sons, and two daughters survive. His wife and a son and a daughter have passed on before.

Haarer. -- David Paul, son of Bro. Frank and Sister Grace Haarer, was born near Shipshewana, Ind., Sept. 1, 1916; died Sept. 4, 1916; aged 4 d. Little David came to brighten the home of Bro. and Sister Haarer but his career was short here It seems David was too bright a child to stay in this sin stained world, so the death angel plucked the little blossom and removed it to a brighter world. Little David leaves to mourn their loss father, mother, 4 grandparents, 3 uncles, 3 aunts and 11 cousins. Funeral from the house where a goodly number of friends and neighbors met to pay the last tribute of respect, conducted by J.J. and J.P. Miller, from II Kings 4: 26. (transcribed by Carolyn J Lichti, Goshen, Indiana)

Snyder. - Bro. Abram Snyder of Roaring Spring, Pa., was born Mar. 12, 1841; died Sept. 1, 1916; aged 75 y. 5 m. 20 d. He was married in 1867 to Sister Susan Grove, who died in March, 1908. To this union were born 6 sons and 2 daughters. Both daughters preceded him in death. The surviving sons are Jacob, Herman, and Daniel, of Roaring Spring, and Isaac, John, and William of Altoona, Pa. One sister, Mrs. Mary Graybill, of Richfield, Pa., also survives. Bro. Snyder was a son of Bishop Jacob and Hannah Snyder. He was a brother of the late Bishop Herman Snyder and was for many years a faithful minister in the Mennonite Church and he will be greatly missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
The funeral was help on Sept. 4, conducted by S. D. Yoder, E. W. Graybill, and J. N. Durr. Text, selected some time before his death by Bro. Snyder himself, Psa. 34:6" : " This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and delivered him out of his trouble."

McTimmonds. - Mary Ann McTimmonds - nee Tory) was born in Hungerford, Mich., July 15, 1889; died July 27, 1916; aged 27 y. 11 d. She was married Oct. 27, 1912 to B ro. Elmer T. McTimmonds. To this union were born a son and a daughter, the son having preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, 1 daughter, mother, and 1 brother, besides other relatives and friends. She united with the Mennonite Church about 9 years ago. About 6 months ago tuberculosis broke our causing the sister much pain but she bore it patiently till death overtook her. She leaves a bright hope of the future life.
Funeral on the 28th at the Hopewell Church, services conducted by Bros. N. L. Hershberger and J. K. Lehman,. Interment in the cemetery nearby.

Pence. - Hugh B. Pence died Aug. 2, 1916, at the home of his son, J. A. Pence, of Mt. Clinton, Va. He had been ill for several months of a complication of diseases.
Bro. Pence was 73 years old. He was a native of Shenandoah County and was born near Forestville Feb. 1, 1843. His wife, who was Sarah Ashenfelter, died four years ago. Bro. Pence had for many years been a member of the Mennonite Church at Mount Clinton.
Surviving are 5 sons: John W., J. A., and H. C. of Mount Clinton; C. E. of Staunton, and B. F. of Hinton. He also leaves 4 daughters: Mrs. Cora Donavan of Bartlesville, Okla.; Mrs. Nora V. Long of Mount Clinton; Mrs. Fannie C. May of Princess Anne, Md., and Mrs. Sadie Miller of Gibson City, Ill.
Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Mount Clinton and were conducted by Bros. J. S. Martin and Henry Keener. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery at Mount Clinton, Va.

Miller. - Ida, wife of George Miller was born Jan. 30, 1893. Died Aug. 26, 1916; aged 23 7. 6 m. 26 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, husband, parents, 6 brothers, and 4 sisters, and a host of friends. She was the mother of 3 children, who all proceded her in death, and also 1 brother.

Oh, can it be dear Ida is gone.
Yes, hard it it to part; - typed as written)
Perhaps we should not grieve or mourn,
But sorrow fills our heart.
In love she lived and in
Sweet Christian peace she died;
In love our Father called her home,
And she is with Him glorified.

Funeral services at the East Fairview Church, near Chappell, Nebr., of which she was a consistent member since early youth, by W. R. Eicher and Fred J. Gingerich in English, and Peter Kennel in the German. Interment in adjoining cemetery.


Johnson. - Ozy Johnson was born in the state of Ohio, Nov. 4, 1840; died in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 25, 1916; aged 75 y. 9 m. 21 d. He was in all health for a number of years and about a year before his death suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. He came to Indiana with his parents when a child. About 24 years ago, he removed from his country home to Elkhart, where he has since resided. He is survived by a sorrowing companion, 2 sons, 2 daughters and several grandchildren. Bro. Johnson with his wife united with the Olive Mennonite congregation about 35 years ago. The day previous to his death he spoke of going away. A friend present asked where he was going. He replied, " To heaven." He also gave evidence that he had learned to know Jesus, and that the promise, that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, was precious to him. Some of his favorite hymns were, " Nearer, my God to Thee," " Some Sweet Day," And " O wait, meekly wait, and a murmur not." We have in his life and death the assurance that he was prepared for the better home beyond. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 28, in the Mennonite M. H., in Elkhart, by John F. Funk, from Num. 23:10, " Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like his." Peace to his ashes.


Shantz. - Anna Bowman, beloved wife of W. E. Shantz, Berlin, Ont., died Aug. 15, 1916; aged 65 y. 6 m. 19 d. She was the third eldest daughter of the late Pre. Moses Bowman of Manheim. She leaves to mourn their loss a loving husband, 4 daughters, and 3 sons, besides relatives and friends.
The funeral services were held Aug. 22 at the Berlin Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. U. K. Weber and S. F. Coffman, Psa. 23 was read and the text chosen was II Cor. 5:1: " For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
Sister Shantz was a faithful Christian and member of the Mennonite Church since her youth. She also had the pleasure of seeing all her family brought into the fold of Christ. Her presence in the community and at services will be greatly missed for she was of a kind and loving disposition always ready and anxious to help those in need; and the hungry stranger who came to her door was fed and sheltered. " As ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye did it unto me." She suffered from a complication of diseases for about 18 months, being cared for by her daughters, who deemed it a great privilege to minister to her every need. Her sufferings at times were very intense, but she never murmured or complained, bearing all with Christian fortitude and patience. The end came unexpectedly as a result of heart failure, but she always testified that she was ready to meet her Savior and the family need not mourn as those having no hope, for " Though she be dead, yet she liveth."

Lefever. - Sister Hettie Herr, wife of Bro. Frank S. Lefever of Lampeter, Pa., entered into rest at the Lancaster, General Hospital July 19, 1916, following an operation performed on July 10; aged 50 y. 1 m. 9 d. Brief services were held July 23, at the home of Bro. Frank M. Herr, and at Mellingers M. H. by Bros. Christian Brubaker and C. M. Brackbill. Text, Eph. 3:19.
She is survived by her husband and these children: Ada, wife of Isaac Hollinger, Isaac, Mary, Leaman, Cora, and Martin. Also her aged mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow, made doubly sad, since only 7 months ago the beloved, and oldest daughter was called from this family circle; and while the parting here is sad, over yonder on the shores of eternal glory, the meeting between mother and daughter brings only joy and gladness.
She will be greatly missed in the home, where her loving, unselfish nature made her ever ready to sacrifice for her loved ones. In the Brick Church, of which she was a faithful and consistent member, and where her place was never vacant unless health did not permit, and in the community where she was ever ready to assist and lend a helping hand to those in sickness or distress.
It is hard to realize that we shall see her face no more, and while we cherish her memory dearly, let us strive to live more faithful, and say in the language of the poet, God knows best.

"Then be content, sad heart!
Godís plans, like lilies pure and white, unfold:
We must not tear the close shut leaves apart;
Time will reveal the calyxes of gold.
And if, through patient toil, we reach the land
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest.
When we shall clearly know and understand,
I think that we will say. God knew the best!"

Wenger. - Belle Irene Gruey was born at Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1857; died Aug. 29. 1916; aged 58 y. 11 m. 7 d. At the age of 7 years she moved with her parents to North English, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. On April 13, 1886, she was united in marriage with S. B. Wenger, South English, Iowa, and for over 30 years was his companion, faithful and true. To this union were born 5 children: Edith G., Clark A., Arthur J., Emry B., and Milo E. Emry died April 3, 1908, at the age of about 12 years. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, 4 children, 2 sisters, and 1 brother; Maggie Guery of North English, Mrs. S. P. Chiles of Jefferson, Kans., and A. W. Gruey of North English and a host of relatives and friends in the community in which she lived.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 15 and united with the M. E. Church at North English, but in 1896 changed her church home and was the first to unite with the Mennonite Church and assist in building up what is now known as the Liberty congregation of the Mennonite Church near South English.
She was noted for her piety and devotion. Life to her was not as an idle tale but as a reality. There was no frivolity or idle talk but she was sociable and friendly with everyone with whom she came in contact. She had great concern for the welfare of others especially for her family and sacrificed many of her own comforts for their welfare. She was in poor health for many years, but was able most of the time to assist in caring for her household duties.
Her condition was not known to be serious until about six weeks prior to her death after which she failed rapidly. The best medical aid was consulted, but all reported that nothing could be done. She bore her suffering with Christian fortitude which was as inspiration to those around her. Especially was this true of the last hours of her life, kissing her family goodbye, and extended her hand to neighbors and friends about her, then passing peacefully away without a murmur or a struggle with her hand clasped in her brotherís who arrived in the last moments of her life and was the last one to whom she extended her hand.
Funeral was conducted by P. J. Blosser, assisted by Jasper Smith of the Church of the Brethren.


Transcribed by: Orleata Moore, California


GOSPEL HERALD - Volume IX, Number 25 - September 21, 1916 - p. 471

Saylor - James Peter Saylor was born May 26, 1916, and died the following day. He was a twin child of Bro. and Sister Lemon and Fannie Saylor. Funeral services in the home conducted by Bros. S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. Buried in Thomas Cemetery near Hollsopple, Pa.

Boyer - Nettie Viola, daughter of Joseph and Katie Boyer, was born July 26, 1914; died Aug. 25, 1916; aged 2 y. 1 m. Little Nettie was sick with cholera infantum for several days. Funeral services were conducted at the home of the child's grandparents b S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Buried in Thomas Cemetery near Hollsopple, Pa.

Fazenbaker - Sister Savilla Fazenbaker was born Aug. 1, 1895; died at the home of her parents, John and Elizabeth Legeer, Sept. 1, 1916; aged 21 y. and 1 m. Funeral services at the Lutheran Church, Bittinger, Md., on Sept. 3, conducted by N. E. Miller. Text, "Thou shalt call and I wil answer thee." Interment in cemetery adjoining.

Schwartz - Magdalena Schwartz was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 4, 1850; died of Brights disease, at her home near Dalton, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1916, aged 66 y. 5 m. 5 d. She leaves to mourn her departure, 1 brother, 4 sisters and a host of relatives. Six brothers and 4 sisters preceded her to the spirit world. Services were held at the Swiss Mennonite Church (of which she had one time been a member) by Bro. Jacob Nussbaum., Text, II Cor. 5:19-21.

Birkey - Dorothy Birkey of Milford, Nebr., died of summer complaint Sept. 8, 1916; aged 1 y. 8 m. 15 d. She leaves to mourn her departure father, mother, a brother, grandparents, uncles, aunts and such as learned to love her during her short stay on earth. "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." "Ah! What would life be to us If the children that die would be no more? We should dread the time gone by More than the time on before."

Weaver - Bertha M., daughter of Bro. Menno B. and Sister Lizzie W. Weaver, died Sept. 9, 1916, aged 14 days. She leaves to mourn her early departure 3 brothers (Ivin M., Edwin M., Harvey M.) and 1 sister (Anna May). One brother Henry preceded her in death 2 months ago. She was laid to rest in the Martindale Mennonite cemetery, Lancaster Co., Pa.
"The little crib is empty now
The little clothes laid by
A mother's hope a father's joy
In death's cold arms doth lie.

Taylor - Charles Wilson Taylor was born in Allen Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1900; died near Elida, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1916; aged 16 y. 6 m. 21 d. He was the eighth of his family to pass into the great beyond, and leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, and a sister to mourn his sudden and untimely death which came from the kick of a horse at the watering trough. This sudden call was a shock to the entire community and is a loud call to all to prepare to meet our God. He was buried Sept. 7, at Salem Church. His funeral was largely attended by sympathizing friends. Services conducted by Clayton F. Derstine, assisted by Moses Brenneman. Texts, Prov. 27:1 and II Kings 20:1.

Kulp - Bro. Henry y S. Kulp of Kulpsville, Pa., died of paralysis Aug. 16, 1916; aged 60 y. 6 m. 3 d. Apparently in his usual state of health, he started his day's work when suddenly he began to feel very sick. He went to the house and told his wife that he never felt so strangely. A physician was called but before he arrived Bro. Kulp had breathed his last.
He was active in Sunday school and church and took a great interest in Bible and Sunday school meetings. He leaves a widow, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Interment at Towamencin Church. Brethren Christian Allebach, Isaac Kulp, and J. C. Clemens officiated. Text, Psa. 39:4.

Thomas - Nettie, daughter of William and Catharine Eppley, was born in Conewago Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., June 8 1897; died Aug. 29, 1916; aged 19 y. 2 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Harry Thomas in July, 1915. To this union was born 1 son (Claude). She united with the Reformed Church a few years ago. She was a loving daughter and sister, a good mother and kind neighbor. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, 1 son, father, mother, 5 brothers, 7 sisters, a large number of other relatives and friends. Two sisters and 1 brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in Quickles Church, York Co., Sept. 1, conducted by __ Stauffer of York city. Text, Jas. 4:14. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"We miss thee from our home dear Nettie,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast
We miss thy bright and shining face"

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GOSPEL HERALD - Volume IX, Number 26 - September 28, 1916 - p. 487

Hartzler. - Little Edna May, daughter of Bro. and Sister E. F. Hartzler, of Marshallville, Wayne County, Ohio, died Sept. 18, 1916, of infantile paralysis. She suffered severely for two weeks. May we as Christians remember the bereft parents.

Bollman. - Ruby Elizabeth, infant daughter of Harry and Carrie Bollman, Nappanee, Ind., died at Nappanee Sept. 6, 1916; aged 5 m. 23 d. She leaves a brother - Roy Alvin), father, mother, a grandfather, and 2 grandmothers. She was with us only a short time, but she leaves a vacancy which can not be filled. When we meet her in glory, then we shall understand. Funeral services at West Market St. Mennonite Church, conducted by Daniel Wysong and J. H. McGowen. Texts, II Kings 4:26; II Sam. 12:23.

Horst. - Amos Henry, infant son of Bro. Harvey and Sister Kathryn Horst, Elizabethtown, Pa., died Sept. 13, 1916; aged 2 m. 25 d. He died of whooping cough and infant troubles. He was with us only a short time, but we loved him and miss him very much. But we know he is safe with Jesus and free from pain. He leaves to mourn father, mother, and a brother. Funeral Friday, Sept. 15, at Elizabethtown Church by Bros. Simon Landis, Samuel Oberholtzer, and Henry Musser. Text, "Suffer the little children to come unto me."

Lehman. - Sister Fannie Lehman died at the home of her son, Bro. Frederick Lehman, in Scotland, Pa., Sept 2, 1916, in her 93rd year. She had made this her home since the death of her daughter, Sister Mary Burkholder, who preceded her in death six weeks. Sister Lehman had been a member of the Mennonite Church since her youth, remaining faithful until the end. She is survived by four sons - Frederick, John A., Isaac, and Daniel A. Funeral on the 5th. Services in the U. B. Church in Scotland, in charge of the brethren, Joseph H. Martin and John S. Burkholder. Text, Matt. 13:43; Phil. 1:21. Buried in the Lehman burial grounds. May she rest in peace, according to Rev. 14:12, 13.

Hauder. - Benjamin, son of Joseph and Phoebe Hauder, was born near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 25, 1897; died at the home of his parents near Milford Aug. 31, 1916; aged 18 y. 8 m. 6 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of friends. One brother and a sister preceded him in death. In his fifteenth year he accepted Christ, joined the A. M. Church, and remained faithful until death. He longed to go to his Savior, when the time came to go. His sickness was leakage of the heart, then dropsy set in.

"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."

Detwiler. - Elizabeth Wenger was born in Lancaster Co., PA, April 3, 1832. She lived with her parents in Ohio and Canada, previous to her marriage to John B. Detweiler, being married in October, 1856. Until 16 years ago they lived in Harrison Tp., Elkhart Co., Ind., when they moved to Elkhart. She died June 20, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susie Derbe; aged 84 y. 2 m. 17 d. She leaves to mourn their loss 3 daughters (Mrs. Derbe, Mrs. Milo Moyer, and Mrs. Eli Good), 4 sons (William, Rudolph, Noah, and Josper), 17 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. She has been a member of the Mennonite Church at Yellow Creek for more than 60 years. Funeral services at the home by J. Funk and Geo. Lambert, and at the church by Martin Ramer and C. L. Resssler. Text, Heb. 2:1-3.

Groff. - Fannie H. - Kauffman) Groff, wife of David B. Groff, was born near East Petersburg, Pa., March 18, 1858; died at her home in Lampeter Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 2, 1916,; aged 58 y. 5 m. 14 d. Besides her husband, these children survive: Amos K, Lizzie K., Emma K., wife of William Good, Elmer K., Willis and Naomi; also 14 grandchildren, a stepmother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 40 years. She was sick over 2 years of a complication of diseases, and bore her afflictions patiently. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She leaves a bright hope of the future life. The funeral was conducted by Bro. Sanford Landis and Bro. David Landis at Mellingerís Church. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Buried at the same place where many relatives and friends gathered to pay the last respect to her.

"Farewell, mother; farewell mother;
We must say our last farewell,
Till we meet beyond the river,
Happy there with thee to dwell."

Wenger. - Bessie Florence Harshbarger was born at Mt. Sidney, Augusta Co., Va., Jan 29, 1880; died Aug 21, 1916, at her home south of Kenmare, N. Dak.; aged 36 y. 6 m. 23 d. She had not been well for some time but suddenly grew worse and was only sick one day till the Lord called her home. She was laid to rest Aug. 23. Funeral sermon by D. B. Kauffman. Text, Jas. 4:14; Psa. 39:4. Sister Bessie united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 23, to which she remained faithful till death, and expressed a desire to leave this life and be with Jesus. She was married to Bro. Christian Wenger Feb. 9, 1910. She was the daughter of Pre. Joseph S. and Hettie M. Harshbarger, Bro. H. having long passed to his reward. She leaves to mourn an aged mother, a loving husband, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of friends and relatives. But we "mourn not as those who have no hope. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

Transcribed by: Orleata Moore, California

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