Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1870

Herald Of Truth - Volume VII, Number 3 - March, 1870, page 46-47

In Stark county, Ohio, On the 29th of January, of consumptioon, JOHN HORST, aged 50 years, 1 month and 21 days. He was buried at Horst's burying ground. Funeral sermons by Henry Martin and Henry Beery, from Rev. 14:13

On the 23rd of January 1870, in Mount Joy township, Lancaster county, Pa., CHRISTIANA, wife of PETER HORST, aged 74 years, 5 months, and 28 days. She was buried on the 26th, where a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister. Appropriate remarks were made by Henry Shenk, Christian Herr, and Jacob N. Brubacher, from Rev. 7:16, 17.
Her disease was cancer in the face, which made it very difficult for her to take her food, which helped to increase her sufferings. She suffered much pain for the last year of her life, which she bore with christian fortitude.. Her desire was, "to depart and be with Christ."

Weep not for me my friends so dear,
Nor shed for me the sorrowing tear,
I am not dead but only sleep,
My silent slumber, O how sweet!
No longer is my mortal frame
The seat of suffering, grief and pain;
Serene and tranquil is my sleep,
My lonely slumber, O how sweet!

At the stream flouring mill of Gabriel Baer in Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., two boys were playing with the hoisting rope in front of the mill. One took hold of the rope outside the door, and the other pulled at the jack-rope inside, which shifted the gearing and caused the hoisting rope to go up, the boy hanging on to it. It took him up about 50 feet and when his hands struck the pully that leads the rope he fell to the ground, and died almost instantly. His name was ANDREW Saxon aged 16 years. He has no mother. His father lives at Harrisburg, Pa. The other boy is about 9 years old. ---- G.B.

On the 6th of February, in Bedminister township, Bucks county, Pa., CHRISTIAN son of John BEWIGHOUSE, aged 2 months and 27 days. Intered at Deep Run meeting-house.

Where I do go, ye also know,
So do prepare that you may go,
And taste the joys of heaven above,
Where all is happiness and love.

On the 13th in the same place, HENRY LEATHERMAN, at the advanced age of 87 years and 9 months. Buried at the Brick meeting-house, at Deep Run, where a funeral discourse was preached by Moses Gottshalk.

CATHARINE SMITH, after a long illness, with breast fever and something like cancer in the face, was buried on the 3rd of February, at Hilltown Meeting-house, in Bucks county, Pa. Funeral discourses were delivered by Isaac Moyer and Isaac Rickert. She bore her suffering with christian fortitude.

She has gone to a mansion of rest,
From a region of sorrow and pain,
To a glorious land of the Deity blest
Where she never will suffer again.

On the 14th of February, in Howard county, Indiana, of cancer in the liver, BARBARA LANTZ, wife of Levi Lantz, aged 53 years. She leaves a husband and six children. Funeral sermon by John Schmucker.
(Note: maiden name is Yoder, - a family researcher)

On the 18th of February, in Elkhart county, Ind., of inflamation* of the bowels, MARTIN, son of Christian and Mary GOOD, aged 11 months and 6 days. Funeral discourse by D. Brenneman.

On the 22nd of February, in Clinton township, Elkhart county, Ind., AMOS, youngest child of Henry GERBER, aged 15 months. Funeral discourse by J. Nusbaum and J. F. Funk.

On the ----------, in Butler county, Ohio, THEODORE AUGUSTUS, son of Jacob G. and Mary AUGSPUGER, aged 5 months and 29 days. Funeral sermon by ---------- Mechling from Jn. 16:20, and Mark 10:13, 16. J. A. Sloneker.

On the 15th of February, in Wayne county, Ohio, JOSEPH HERTZLER, aged 74 years, 6 months and 29 days. He was buried at the Union burying ground on the 17th, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered to a large concourse of relatives and friends by Christian K. Yoder from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8, and by J. K. Yoder from Phil. 1:19.

On the 17th of February, in Hilltown, Bucks county Pa., CHRISTIAN B. FRETZ in the 50th year of his age.

On the 31st of January, in Washington, Berks county, Pa., of an affection of the nerves, WM. STAUFFER, aged 51 years, 4 months and 4 days. Buried on the 3rd of February, at the Herford Mennonite meeting-house, on which occasion John Latshaw and Andrew Mack preached funeral discourses.

On the 1st of February, in Shippack township, Montgomery county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, ABRAHAM KRATZ, aged 84 years, 5 months and 7 days. He was buried at Salford meeting-house on the 5th, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives.

On the 16th of February, in Philadelphia, of consumption, SAMUEL B. CLEMMER, minister of the Mennonite church (New School) in that city. He was buried on the 21st at the Herford Mennonite meeting-house, on which occasion A. B. Shelly and Jacob Meschter delivered funeral discourses.

On the 2nd of February, in Lancaster county, Pa., sister MARTHA BAKER, aged about 72 years.

On the 11th of February, 1870, in Toamencin township, Montgomery county, Pa., of typhoid fever, BENJAMIN B. ROSENBERGER, in the 25th year of his age. He was buried on the 15th at the Toamencin Mennonite burying ground. How solemnly and emphatically true it is, that God works in such mysterious ways. Yes unseen, untried, unknown he comes to us, just as a thief in the night, when we least expect him. So he came and nipped our friend. Little did we think but a few weeks ago when we saw him in all the bloom of health, and promising appearance of a longlife, that his days were so few in number, and that he was so soon to be deposited in the cold and silent tomb. But he is gone. His race is run, and he has taken his everlasting flight. We hope and feel assured, from the fact that he left this world so peacefully and so willingly, that he is now in that home, where there is rest from sin, from sorrow and from sickness; rest from troubles, trials and temptations, where there are no false or treacherous friends, no deceitful associates, no unkind relations, no bitter enemies no sleepless nights, no wearisome days, no secret sighs, no bitter groans, no scalding tears, no fear of disease, no suffering of pain, no dread of death, no dark and gloomy grave; but all is peace, happiness and love.

He faded like the lily white,
That drooped at rising sun-
When smitten by a frosty night,
Its blooming time was done.
His life was pious in this world,
Which all his friends may know,
That had occasion to behold
His wish of good to do.
And now in yonder world he sings
The praises of his God;
Who bade him leave this world of sin,
And take his happy lot.
Why weep we then dear friends for him,
Whose course on earth is done;
'Twas God the vital chord did sever,
And took him to his home.

On the 25th of February, in Putnam county, Ohio, of consumption, sister ELIZABETH, daughter of John and Anna HUBER, aged 23 years, 5 months and 15 days. For the last five or six months she gradually wasted away, growing weaker and weaker. She finally became alarmed concerning her future welfare, and requested to be baptized which was done accordingly, and also a few days before her death, according to her wish, she partook of the holy emblems of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus.

She left a bright evidence that she was reconciled to God. The day before she died, she distributed among her brothers and sisters her books and other things which she had. She also admonished those who were old enough, not to put off the needful work. She confessed that she was willing to die, and would rather go than stay here any longer and told them not to weep for her. If I recollect right, it was on the same day, she drew her little sister. Emma, the youngest to her bed-side and told her that she expected to go to Amos. Amos had died but a few months ago, and was a twin brother to Emma. Parents should not complain when their children leave them with such a bright prospect of going home to Jesus. She also left a beautiful example of patience, during her sickness. She was buried on the 26th in the Mennonite graveyard. A large concourse of people attended her funeral. A discourse was delivered by Christian Culp, from Psalm 90:12. ---- J. M. Brenneman.

Our sister has fallen asleep,
She is gone to the home of the blest,
For she said, "For me you need not weep,"
For I shall ere long be at rest.
Asleep! did we say? Oh, no,
She wakes with her Savior above;
Her body sleeps quietly here below,
Her soul is rejoicing above.
H.B. Brenneman.

On the 20th of February, near Chattsworth, Livingston county, Ill., Preacher HENRY BAER, aged about 55 years and 4 months. His disease was Lung-fever with which he commenced to complain about the first of the month. He was for some years troubled with a sore foot caused by the accidental discharge of a gun, which injured his foot severely. He was minister of the church in this place and will be greatly missed but we hope God in his goodness and mercy will soon again raise up a faithful shepherd to stand in his place, and go in and out before the bereaved and sorrowing church. He bore his sickness with patience. He was buried on the 23rd, upon which occasion Bro. Hirstein from Tazewell Co. and Bro. H. L. Shelly from Grundy Co. preached appropriate funeral discourses from Rev. 14:18.


On Saturday morning January 15th, at his residence in East Huntingdon township, Westmoreland county, Pa., ABRAHAM OVERHOLT, in the 86th year of his age. He arose in the morning in usual health and took the lantern and went out, and not returning, the family went to look for him and found him in an out-house and the lamp of life almost extinguished. He was buried on the 18th in the Mennonite burying ground in said township, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The occasion was improved by _______Woodbury of the Baptist church in the English language, and by Bro. Blough in German. Bro. Overholt was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, and the church has great reason to mourn for him. His seat was seldom vacant at public worship, and he was one of the most benevolent men the church had. When any benevolent purpose demanded it he was always willing and ready to give of his abundance. C.S.

On Sunday morning, February the 27th, ABRAHAM ELY FRETZ, son of Jacob Fretz, of Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pa., died from the effects of injuries received two days before. On Friday he went away from home to do an errand, and on his return home the horse stumbled, throwing him with violence to the ground. His head struck the hard surface with such a force that he was stunned, but from this he seemed partially to recover. On Saturday he felt so much better that he hoped to be out again soon, and no serous result was feared. On that evening however he grew worse, and after passing a very restless night, died on Sunday morning. He was a little over 21 years of age. His father died on the 28th of last November, and this double stroke of affliction will no doubt fall with heavy force upon the bereaved widow and family. May God temper the storm to the shorn Lamb, and speak words of comfort to them.

In Summit township, Somerset county, Pa., on the 23rd of January, of palsy, PETER SAYLOR, aged 73 years, 10 months and 3 days. He was buried on the 25th upon which occasion a funeral discourse was delivered by the writer in German from Rev. 14:13, and by C. Lint in English.

In Elklick township, Somerset county, Pa., after several weeks illness, on the 18th of Feb. CATHARINE, wife of Joel MILLER, aged about 57 years. On the following Sunday her body was conveyed to the family burying-ground, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. A funeral sermon was preached by Jonas Beachy, She was a sister in the Omish Mennonite church for many years.

At the same place of dropsy, on the 19th of February, SARAH HAHN, widow, in the 75th year of her age. Her body was conveyed to its final resting place on the 21st. A funeral sermon was preached by C. Lint. She was a member of the Tunker church.

At the same place, on the 21st of February, of inflammation of the lungs, SUSAN, wife of Jonathan HOCHSTETLER, aged 70 years and 5 months. Her body was conveyed to its resting place on the 23, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. A funeral sermon was preached by Joel Beachy, from John 5:24. She was a member of the Omish church. H. H. Blough.

On the 1st of March in Elkhart county, Ind., of lung fever, CARRIE, daughter of John and Julia A. MOORE, aged 1 year, 2 months and 16 days. Funeral discourse was delivered by D. Brenneman from 1 Cor., 15:1-26. Weep not parents, the little one is gone to rest ­ its rest is sweet.

On the 2nd of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., of measles, JENETTA ISABEL STONER, daughter of Levi S. and Anna Stoner, aged 6 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was buried on the 4th at Shaum's burying-ground, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by D. Brenneman and J. F. Funk from Psalm 39:4. The little lamb has gone to rest in Jesus' bosom. He will make her to lie down in green pastures, and lead her beside the still waters of life. Yes beloved parents, grand-parents, brothers and sisters, she waiteth for you in the glorious realms of light-there you may meet her again.


Transcribed by Rose Burkholder, Ohio

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