Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1918

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Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 27 - October 3, 1918 - pages 479, 480

Eash.- Clayton Henry. son of Bro. Edwin and Sister Ada Eash, died Sept. 4, 1918; aged 4 days. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa. by L. A. Blough. Text. Psa. 127:3. Buried in cemetery near Church.

Newhauser.- Barbara Newhauser, widow of Jacob Newhauser, was born in Union Co., Pa., died Sept. 7, 1918, at her home in Millersville, Pa., of kidney and heart trouble, in her 68th year. She leaves two sons and two daughters. Her husband, three daughters and one son preceded her to the spirit world. She was a member of the Methodist church for some years. She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed in the home. Funeral services were held Sept. 11, conducted by the pastor of the Methodist Church, at the home and at the Bird-in-hand M. E. Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Gingerich.- Mary A. Gingerich was born in Huron Co., Ont. Nov. 11, 1863; died at her home near Terra Bella, Calif., Aug. 22, 1918; aged 54 y. 9 m. 15 d. Sister Mary was overtaken with a fainting spell while carrying a lamp on the morning of Aug. 16. The oil spilt on her clothing and caught fire and before the fire could be extinguished she was severely burnt-at first not thought to be serious but the shock was too great. One week later she died. It was her desire to have prayer meeting at her home the night before she died, although she was very weak. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 40 years. Funeral services at the Saucelito School house conducted by E. Stabley. Her remains were laid to rest in Peace Cemetery at Porterville. She leaves to mourn her departure an aged father, three brothers, three sisters, and a host of friends.

Eshleman-Abram B. Eshleman was born Oct. 1, 1839. in Lancaster Co., Pa., died at his home in Lancaster City, Pa., Aug. 9, 1918; aged 78 y. 10 m. 9 d. He had been failing for several years-had a complication of diseases, often not able to lie down on account of shortness of breath caused by asthma and a weak heart. He realized that his time on earth was short, and was resigned to the Lord's will. He often asked the Lord to help him. He served as Deacon at the Millersville and Rohrerstown Mennonite congregation for many years where he will be missed as well as in the home.
He is survived by his wife, nephews, nieces, and many friends. Funeral services were held Aug. 12, conducted at the home by Bro. John Mosemann and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. John K. Charles, D. N. Gish, and John Mosemann. Text, Rev. 2:10. Interment in adjoining cemetery.


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 28 - October 10, 1918 - pages 511 and 512

Eash.-Clayton Henry, son of Bro. Edwin and Sister Ada Eash, died Sept. 4, 1918; aged 4 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., by L. A. Blough; text, Psa. 127:3; buried in Cemetery near church.

Freed.-Lydia (Lewis), wife of Deacon Jacob A. Freed, died at her home, Elroy, Pa., Aug. 20, 1918; aged 63 y. 8 m. 11 d. She is survived by a bereaved husband, 1 son, 3 daughters, 2 brothers, 5 sisters. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a loving mother in the home and the Church. Funeral services on Aug. 26 at Franconia Meeting house. Text Ps. 116:15. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Sommer.-Sister Katie (Steffen), wife of Noah Sommer, was born in Wayne Co., O.; died of dropsy and heart failure Aug. 29, 1918; aged 41 y. 4 d. She leaves her sorrowing husband to which she was married Oct. 4, 1917, also 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services at the Swiss Mennonite Church of which she had been a faithful member, C. N. Amstutz officiating. Text, "There is only a step between me and death."

Eiche1berger.-Lloyd Emerson, son of Henry and Susie Eichelberger, was born near Hopedale, Ill., May 19, 1916; died at Kouts, Ind., Sept. 7, 1918; aged 2 y. 4 m. 19 d.
His mother was visiting relatives and when there a few days Lloyd took sick with Ileacolitis. After he was sick his father went out too and after an illness of twelve days little Lloyd fell peacefully asleep.
He leaves father, mother, and a brother. One brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services Sept. 10, at the A. M. Church near Hopedale, Ill., conducted by the brethren, J. C. Birky, Daniel Nafziger, and Simon Litwiller. Buried in the A. M. Cemetery.

Bontrager.-Mattie (Miller) Bontrager, wife of Bishop Eli J. Bontrager of Shipshewana, Ind., was born Sept. 7, 1870; died at her home Sept. 24, 1918; aged 48 y. 17 d. She was married at the age of 20 and was the mother of 8 children, 3 of whom died in early childhood. She leaves a most deeply bereaved husband and 5 children, father, mother, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of friends. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her death is a severe loss to her family and to the entire community. She was of a kind, lovable disposition, ever ready to sacrifice herself in order to help someone else. She was always cheerful, with a smile and a kind word to everyone she met. She was probably never known to utter an unkind word and enjoyed a peaceable life with her family and elsewhere. She always attended church with her husband if at all possible to do so. She never favored Sunday visiting and the gossip that usually results from it. She was no doubt prepared to meet her God without any warning of her almost instant death caused by an accident which occurred in the barnyard of her home. None of her children were at home at the time of the accident. The girls were at school and the boys assisting the neighbors. She attempted to drive a team drawing a wagon loaded with cloverseed out of the barn. The team getting scared, she lost control and the wagon was run backwards against the barn, catching and crushing her between the load and barn. She lived but a few minutes and never spoke.
Funeral on the 27th conducted by Joseph A. Yoder of Topeka, Ind., assisted by Eli D. Weirich of the home church. The funeral was probably the most largely attended of any ever held in this community.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 29 - October 17, 1918, page 526

Hoover. - Christian Lehman Hoover was born March 9, 1835; died at his home near Markham, Ont., Sept. 12, 1918, in his 84th year. He was united in marriage to Susannah Hoover Dec. 29, 1861. To this happy union were born seven children. The son David, on the homestead, and five daughters, with their mother survive. He was ordained to the office of deacon in the Mennonite Church about 1866. He served faithfully in this capacity for 50 years. Bro. M. R. Fretz was ordained Jan. 21, 1912 to succeed him. Bro. Hoover was highly respected in the community and beloved of the Church. He bore his suffering patiently and awaited the Lord's return. The funeral was conducted at the Wideman Church on the 15th by L. J. Burkholder and H. E. Payne.

Miller.-Jacob Y. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 16, 1855: died at his home near Fairivew, Mich., Sept. 29, 1918; aged 67 y. 10 m. 13 d. He was united in marriage to sister Anna Blough in the year 1871. To this union were born 15 children. He leaves to mourn a sorrowing companion, 6 sons, and 6 daughters and a number of grandchildren. Two of his grandchildren preceded him.
Inside of two weeks three deaths, namely Orville Miller aged 11, and his brother Johnnie, aged 16, who was staying with his Uncle and died there, and his grandfather was then taking care of him, where he had a stroke of paralysis and was carried home. He never recovered. Brief services were held at the home Sept. 30, by Bro. N. Z. Yoder from Psalm 90:10 after which the remains were taken to Kent Co., Mich., for burial.

Stoltzfus.-Susanna Stoltzfus, widow of the late Bishop Gideon Stoltzfus, died July 27, 1918; aged 80 y. 27 d. She was the last of the John Mast family of nine children of Baltimore Co., Ind. She leaves to mourn the loss one daughter, three sons, and twenty-one grandchildren, her husband, one daughter, and two sons preceded her in death. Since New Year she had rheumatism of the nerves, and for five weeks before death, she was helpless, but was blessed with a clear mind to the end, and bore her pains patiently. She often expressed a longing to go home, be with Jesus and the loved ones gone before her.
Funeral was held at her home near Atglen, on Aug. 1, by Bro. Amos Stoltzfus and at the Millwood A. M. Church by Bro. Jacob Mellinger and Bro. John S. Mast. Text, Heb. 4:9.
"Dearest Mother thou hast left us;
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

Kropf.-Catherine Kropf was born near Colmar, Alsace, July 30, 1835; died at her home in Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 26, 1918; aged 83 y. 1 m. 26 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior early in life, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful and consistant member until God called her home. She was united in marriage with Christian Kropf and with him and 2 children came to this country in 1872. To this union were born five sons and two daughters. She leaves to mourn their loss one sister, four sons, two daughters, and twenty-seven grandchildren; her husband and one son preceding her in death. Sister Kropf was a faithful and devoted mother; being bereft of her life companion when her children were small, she gave her life unstintingly to the love and care of her chldren, ever trying to lead them into the paths of righteousness. Well may we say the words of the inspired writer, "Her children arise up and call her Blessed".
"Dearest mother thou hast left us,
And thy place we cannot fill.
But 'twas God who has bereft us,
And we bow to His sweet will."
In her closing hours of life here she spoke words of life, comforting those who held her precious. "For to live is Christ, to die is gain" fell from her lips as one of her parting messages and was used as the text for the funeral service. The services were conducted by J. S. Gerig and I. W. Royer. Burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
--I. W.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington


Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 30 - October 24, 1918 - pages 558 and 559

Zook.-Joseph Zook was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, and died at Oyster Point, Va., Oct. 7, 1918; aged 73 y. 4 m. 7 d. He was in his usual good health and while in the yard dropped over dead. Bro. Zook had been minister of Providence A. M. Church for 13 years and preached 6 years in Mifflin Co., Pa., making a total of 19 years a faithful minister of the Gospel. He is survived by his wife, one sister and 4 children (Menno, Amos, John, Hannah.) Funeral was preached by George M. Hostetler assisted by Geo. R. Brunk. Burial in Cemetery adjoining.

Allebach.-Blanche, daughter of John and Lucy Allebach died Oct. 6, 1918; with pneumonia-the second daughter of this family to pass to the eternal reward in less than a week's time; aged 10 y. 4 m. 4 d. A few days before she died she asked her mother to pray for her, then desired to be baptized and become a child of the King. Bro. M. D. Souder baptized her. Though young in years she still had a longing to be a Christian. May the Lord bless the parents and the brothers and one sister which remain. Short funeral services at the house by Bro. Wm. Landis. Buried in Rockhill Mennonite Cemetery.
A Cousin.

Kooker.-Elsie, wife of Abraham Kooker, of Silverdale, Pa., died Thursday evening Oct. 3; aged 27 y. 9 m. 12 d. She has been sick about a week with influenza, which developed into pneumonia. She was a daughter of John G. and Lucy Allebach. Five brothers and two sisters survive (Irwin, Norman, Paul, Joseph, Clayton, Stella and Blanche- the latter also passed away three days later). Sister Elsie will be greatly missed in home, in the church, and community. She also leaves a little baby boy three months old. May the Lord bless the bereaved husband. Short services were held at the house by Howard Stoudt and Wm. Landis. Interment in Rockhill Mennonite Cemetery.
A Cousin.

Kaufman.-Henry N. Kaufman of Plain City, Ohio, was horn in Holmes Co. Ohio, Oct. 9, 1890; died at his home Oct. 6, 1918; aged 27 y. 27 d. He was married at the age of about 20 to Fanny D. Miller and was the father of 5 children, one of whom died in infancy. He leaves wife, 4 children, father, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends. His death is a severe loss to his family and community. The cause of his death was typhoid fever. He was sick about 5 weeks. Funeral on the 8th conducted by C. S. Beachy and N. L. Troyer. He was buried in the O. D. Amish Mennonite Cemetery 5 miles southwest of Plain City.

Nice.-Susanna Nice was born at Sterling, Ill., Sept. 3, 1893; died at Shipshewana Ind. (when she was engaged in teaching) Oct. 6, 1918; aged 25 y. 1 m. 3 d. She leaves her mother (Sarah A. Nice), one sister (Mrs. Roy Ebersole), one brother (George), four half-sisters and two half-brothers (Mrs. Amelia Showalter, Mrs. Wm. Ferry, Joseph and Tobias Nice, Mrs. Dan Frey and Mrs. Ray Wetmore). Her father, Philip Nice, preceded her to the spirit world. Her early and sudden death resulted from an attack of influenza. Services were held Oct. 7 at the Shore Church near Middlebury, Ind. and on Oct. 9 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling-A. C. Good having charge of the latter. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Shantz.-Ada (Eby) Shantz was born near Waterloo, Ont., Aug. 17, 1893; died Sept. 24, 1918; aged 25 y. 1 m. 7 d. In early life she gave her heart to the Lord, joined the Mennonite Church and has been a faithful member till death. On March 20, 1917, she was united in marriage to Abram Shantz, which union was blessed with one daughter which was taken and is cared for by its aunt, Mrs. Josiah Bearinger. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her husband, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 27, at the Waterloo Mennonite Church by the brethren, Urias Weber (from Prov. 23:23), and Jonas Snider (from Isa. 35:10). Buried in the First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Ont.

Harnish.-Christian K. Harnish was born near Byerland Church, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 14, 1841; died near Willow St. same Co., Sept. 15, 1918; aged 77 y. 6 m. 1 d. Funeral at River Corner Church Sept. 18. He is survived by his wife and 1 daughter, also his youngest brother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters having gone before. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. His seat was seldom vacant when he was able to go. His sickness was Bright's disease and later complications. He suffered intensely but was only in bed 2 days less than 2 weeks. Never a word of complaint. We could all learn a lesson by his patience. Many kind neighbors and friends were here to help do something for him for which we are very thankful. He would say, "Yes, I know them; but I can't talk; I am too weak."
His daughter.

Kurtz.-Sister Katie J. (Yoder) Kurtz was born in Douglass Co., Ill., Sept. 19, 1895; died at her home near Kalona, Iowa, Aug. 26, 1918; aged 22 y. 11 m. 7 d. On Dec. 20, 1917, she was married to Bro. John E. Kurtz. She has only left him to make heaven more real to him. Besides husband, she leaves mother, 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and a very large host of friends. Services conducted at East Union Church by Joseph Hershberger and Sanford Yoder. Text Phil. 1:23. Interment in cemetery adjoining church. She accepted Christ in her youth and was ready to leave. Her last conscious request to her husband was that she wanted to go and that he should not mourn. Death was due to Addison's disease, a rare form of kidney trouble. She suffered pain and was in a semi-conscious state for several days, passing softly into eternity without even a struggle.
A Dear Friend.

Horst.-Elizabeth W. Martin was born in Lancaster Co. Pa., May 9, 1857; moved with her parents to Washington Co., Md., when about ten years old; was married to Jacob L. Horst, of Franklin Co., Pa., Nov. 21, 1876. She was paralyzed Sept. 3, while at her work. She fell over unconscious and never regained consciousness, but lingered until Sunday night, Sept. 8, when she peacefully fell asleep. She was aged 61 y. 3 m. 29 d. She is survived by her husband, daughters, (Mary Shelly, Katy Layman, Lizzie Mellinger, Lydia Spangler, Leah Stover, Amanda Hege, Fanny, and Martha). Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. Her sons, Martin L., Abraham G., Reuben F., and Jacob. She leaves three sisters and six brothers. Funeral Sept. 11. Services at house conducted by George Keener and at the Reiffs meeting house by David Lesher and Christ Strite. Text, Luke 12:40. She joined the Mennonite Church in her single days and always attended church when health and weather permitted.
-J. L. H.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington

Gospel Herald - Volume XI, Number 31 - October 31, 1918, pages 574 and 575

Lais.-Vera May, daughter of A. J. and Kate Lais, was born near Hubbard, Oreg., Sept. 21, 1918; died Sept. 23. She leaves to mourn her early departure father, mother, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, Grand parents, and a host of relatives. Funeral services at the Zion A. M. Church. Remains laid to rest within the cemetery near by.

Gerber.-Gladys Sophia, daughter of John and Alta Gerber was born June 28, 1917; died Oct. 2, 1918, aged 1 y. 3 m. 4 d. She leaves to mourn father, mother, one brother, and grandparents on both sides. She died at the home of her grandparents near Berlin, O., her home being near Navarre, O. Her sickness lasted only a few days. Buried at the Walnut Cemetery. Service by S. H. Miller from Isa. 53:4.

Sommerfeld.-Percy Henry, oldest son of Henry and Elva Sommerfeld, was born Sept. 3, 1896; died of meningitis May 15, 1918, aged 21 y. 8 m. 11 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 11. He lived a consistent Christian life until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, four brothers and two sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts on both sides. A short service was held at the grave where there was gathered sympathizing friends and neighbors with the family.
"Gone to Heaven is our Percy
Dear Percy how we'll miss you
When we see your vacant chair,
We'll never hear his footsteps anymore."

Troyer.-Levi D. Troyer was born April 20, 1846 and died Oct. 11, 1918, aged 72 y. 5 m. 21 d. He leaves to mourn his departure son and daughter, some grandchildren and relatives and friends. He united with the Walnut Creek Church in his younger years. He used to be in the drug business at Shanesville, Ohio years ago. He lived many years in Texas where his wife died a few years ago after which he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Hershberger, at Millersville, O. He died of tuberculosis. Buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery. Service in charge of Lester Hostetler. Service short on account of influenza.
E. A. H.

Landes.-Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Cathrine Landes was born in Holmes Co., O., Nov 15, 1833, died Aug. 21, 1918, on the old homestead, her birthplace; aged 84 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was a keeper at home, never having been far from her birthplace, never rode on a railroad train, nor ever saw a street-car. She was of a loving, peaceable disposition, for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, remaining true to the end. She leaves one sister and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Kolb Church, Aug. 23, 1918, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter and D. M. Friedt. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Mumaw.-Andrew Mumaw, son of Sister Malinda Mumaw, was born in Orrville, Ohio, June 15, 1877, died Oct. 11, 1918, in Huntington, W. Va., (where he was stopping temporarily); aged 41 y. 3 m. 16 d. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. H. A. Mumaw, who passed away April 1, 1908. He was a resident of Elkhart, Ind., until sixteen years ago, when he became a traveling salesman for the P. F. Collier Company, N. Y. His death was caused by suffocation in a burning hotel. He was a kind and loving son and brother. He leaves to mourn his departure a mother, two sisters (Clara, and Mrs. A. C. Kolb) and many relatives and friends. The funeral services were held at the home in Elkhart, Ind., conducted by W. B. Weaver.

Gochnauer.--Ralph Hostetler Gochnauer, son of Levi and Lillie Gochnauer of East Petersburg, Pa., was born Oct. 30, 1882; died Oct. 15, 1918; aged 35 y. He leaves his parents and three sisters. He was a member of the Reformed Church since his youth. Death was due to pneumonia. He suffered about two weeks, during which time he was able to partake of communion and spoke about dying, and expressed his desire and willingness to go. Services were held private at his parent's home and were conducted by the Reformed minister Robert Pilgrim and John H. Moseman, both of Lancaster, Pa. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Interment in Mennonite Cemetery, East Petersburg, Pa. "The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
His sister.

Stuckey.-Sarah (Schrock) Stuckey was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1834. She was the seventh of eight children, and the last to pass over to the spirit world. Her parents died when she was twelve years old. A few years later she moved with her sister to Indiana, and was married to Christian Stuckey Dec. 10, 1852. This union was blessed with three children. After their marriage they lived near Goshen, Ind., until 1857 when they moved to Pretty Prairie. Her husband died in 1895, after which she made her home with her daughter Mrs. Daniel Agley. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life, and remained faithful until death. She was a true noble Christian mother, and her unselfish life and gentle disposition will always live in the hearts of those who knew her. Funeral services at the home by D. D. Miller.

Miller.--Jacob J. Miller was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 2, 1888; died Oct. 8, 1918 aged 30 y. 6 d. In the year 1908 he became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church and to this faith he held until death. Jacob was a bright and intelligent young man. His aim was to reach the high round of the ladder in the educational world. Being a graduate of the Kalona high school in the spring of 1908, then took up teaching and continued school work, graduated from Goshen College in 1917. He was principal of the Creston, Ohio, High School, and nearly the close of a successful term he was called to Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Apr. 29, 1918. The cause of his death was influenza. He was of a friendly disposition, consequently had friends wherever he went. Jacob always looked on the bright side of life. He leaves father, mother, one brother (Milo), two sisters (Julia Kauffman and Barbara Bender), and many relatives and friends. Services conducted by Bro. J. K. Yoder assisted by Bro. Joe C. Brenneman. Burial in the East Union Cemetery. Text, I Tim. 6:12.

Ramer.-Anne (Reed) Ramer, wife of Samuel Ramer, who died May 3, 1917, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 15, 1848; died in Lubbock, Tex., Sept. 20, 1918: aged 69 y. 9 m. 5 d. Sister Ramer united with the Mennonite Church in Elkhart Co., Ind., where she grew to womanhood. She was an earnest Christian, always present at church and S. S. when possible. She was united in marriage with Samuel Ramer Apr. 25, 1878, and they moved to Morgan Co., Mo., where they lived until death. To this union five sons and one daughter were born, all of whom, except one son, survive her. She is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, and four grandchildren. July 31 she went to visit her daughter living at Petersburg, Tex. Sept. 15 she took seriously sick. All that could be done to relieve her was done but to no avail. An operation was advised but even that did not stay the death messenger. Her body was taken to her home near Versailles, Mo., where funeral services were conducted by the brethren, Amos Gingerich, D. F. Driver, and C. F. Derstine at the Mt. Zion Church, after which interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Zehr.--Joseph A. Zehr was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Dec. 10, 1867; died at his home near Flanagan, Ill., Oct. 12, 1918; aged 50 y. 7 m. 2 d. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and remained a faithful member. He was married to Bertha Zehr Dec. 30, 1888. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters (Paul, who preceded him 8 yrs., Milo, Roy, Walter, Lloyd, Ella and Lola). He had been suffering much from asthma bearing it patiently but often expressing the wish of being called home if it were not for his family. On Sunday he was at S. S. and church teaching his class of boys as usual. On Monday evening he was taken down with Spanish influenza, suffering greatly at times growing weaker until Saturday morning when he died. Besides his wife and children he leaves one grand-daughter, two brothers and five sisters. Funeral services at the house conducted by Bro. Samuel Gerber, Pekin, Ill., assisted by the house ministers. Text, I Cor. 5:1-10. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is past;
And in heaven we hope to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed."

Garber.-Bro. Jno. B. Garber was born in Juniata Co., Pa., 1840. Afterwards he moved to Mio, Mich. He died at the Old People's Home, Marshallville, O., Oct. 15; aged 78 years. The brother first came to the Home in 1913. After awhile he left, but returned last June. Since his return his health was failing. Four weeks ago he took his bed. Funeral services were held at the Home on Oct. 17 conducted by Bros. E. F. Hartzler and P. R. Lantz. Text, Psa. 49. Interment in the Crown Hill cemetery.

Rittenhouse.--Abraham F. Rittenhouse was born in Lincoln Co., Ont., and died at his home at Cedar Grove near Markham, Ont., on Sept. 5, 1918, in his 78th year. Deceased came into the Mennonite Church in early life and was ordained to the ministry 45 years ago. He was a staunch exponent of the Mennonite faith. With his wife they lived at Vineland until a few years ago, when they moved to York Co., to be with their children. A sorrowing wife, four sons, and four daughters survive. The funeral on the 8th at the Townline Mennonite Church was largely attended. The service was conducted by C. Gehman and E. Sievenpipher.

Swinehart.-David Swinehart was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 14, 1851; died Sept. 18, 1918; aged 66 y. 26 d. He married Catherine Rink Apr. 5, 1873. To this union were born eight children, all of whom with 22 grand and 3 great-grandchildren survive him. He was the last member of the Paul Swinehart Family. During the summer he became burdened about his salvation and in June he called for Bro. Garber of the Clinton Brick congregation. After scripture reading and exhortation and prayer, he decided to make a full surrender. He was baptised and received into the Mennonite church with the above named congregation. He then looked forward to the time when he would be well and they would go to church every Sunday. Loving hands and medical skill did what they could, but he lingered on the bed of affliction until the dear Lord, who doeth all things well, saw fit to call him to the church Triumphant. We believe that "It is well with his soul". His last words were: "Lord, I am ready." Funeral Sept. 21 at the Clinton Brick church, burial at the Millersburg cemetery. Services conducted by John Garber and Amos Nusbaum. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Transcribed by: Nancy Regan, Washington

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