Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1870

Herald of Truth - Volume VII, Number 11 - November, 1870, page 169, 174, 175

Saulsbury. - A Terrible Death. - About six oÇclock, on Wednesday evenÇg, Oct. the 19th, a tool-car, belonging to the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern R. R. Co., while in the yard at Elkhart, took fire, while the man who had charge of the car, was gone to supper near by. It seems that he kindled a fire in the car before going to supper, intending to spend the evening there with a couple of friends whom he had invited. While at supper he observed the flames and hurried out, followed by two other men, and as he had his clothing &c. in the car, it is supposed that he entered the car to save some of his property, and in some manner the door closed upon him and becoming insensible from suffocation, the unfortunate man was burned to death. His name was HENRY SAULSBURY. He was about 24 years of age and leaves a wife and child at Laporte to mourn his untimely end.
How insecure is human Life! How little we know of what the next hour, or even the next moment may bring us. The young man intending no doubt to spend the evening pleasantly, was almost instantly cast, in a most terrible manner, into the arms of death; and what a fearful shock it must have been to the young wife and mother thus suddenly to have her help and stay torn from her side. Truly in the midst of life we are in death; but God will temper the winds to shorn lamb.

Keim. - On the 28th of July, in Lagrange county, Ind., BRO. PETER KEIM, aged 88 years, 10 months and some days. He was buried on the 29th, on Pretty Prairie, where funeral sermons were held by Christian Naffziger, in the German language, from Rev. 14:12,13, and by Christian Beery in English from 2 Tim. 4:7,8. Bro. Keim was born in the State of Pennsylvania, in September 1781. He was twice married and lived with his first wife, with whom he had 12 children, about 33 years. After her death he married again and lived with his second wife about 21 years, when she also died. Bro. Keim was a member of the Mennonite church about fifty years and was strong in the faith. But now that he has gone to his rest, as we hope, let us imitate his virtues and seek to meet him in the better land when our Father calls us from the scenes of trial and toil here below. (The above notice of the death of Bro. Keim should hrve* appeared in the August number, but was unfortunately mislaid.)

*as printed in the Herald of Truth

Graybill. - On the 24th of September, in Mount Joy township, Lancaster Co., Pa., LIZZIE, aged 5 years, 8 months and 18 days. And on the 27th of the same month, WILLIE, aged 1 year, 11 months and 3 days, of Diphtheria. These two children were the only children of Bro. and Sister Eli W. and Lizzie Graybill.

Schertz. - On the 25th of September, in Logan county, Ohio, MAGDALENA SCHERTZ, aged 82 years and 9 months. She was born in France, and was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite church. Funeral remarks were delivered in the English and German language from 2 Tim, 4:7,8.

Springer. - On the 29th of September, in McLean county, Illinois, MAGDALENA SPRINGER, aged 72 years, 2 months and 7 days. She lived 48 years in the bonds of matrimony, and leaves a deeply afflicted husband, 8 children and 11 grand-children. She was a member of the Mennonite church since she was 14 years old, and trusted in God unto the end. She was buried on the 2nd of October, and many friends and relations followed her to the grave. Funeral discourses were delivered by Pre. Harris and the writer in English, and by Michael Linsinger in the German language.

Berge. - On the 27th of September, in Upper Salford township, Montgomery county, Pa., of Dropsy, CATHARINE, daughter of William BERGE, aged 21 years, 8 months and 29 days. She was buried on the 30th at Salford Meeting-house, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Pre. Clemens and Pre. Huber.

Clemmer. - On the 30th of September, in Franconia township, Montgomery county, Pa., of Dropsy, SARAH CLEMMER, wife of Eli Clemmer, aged 35 years, 5 months and 18 days. (Her maiden name was Godshall.) She lived in the bonds of matrimony about five years and was the mother of one child. She was buried on the 3rd of October at Franconia Meeting-house, in the presence of a large number of mourning friends and relatives, upon which occasion funeral addresses were delivered by Pre. Nice and Pre. Landis.

Shantz. - On the 1st of October, in Chester county, Pa., in the house of widow Wenger, of Typhoid fever, ANNA, wife of Jacob Y. SHANTZ, of Waterloo Co., Ont., Canada, aged 38 years and 12 days. (Her maiden name was Brubaker). On the 13th of September she, and husband and daughter left home with the intention of making a visit to Pennsylvania. In the evening of the 14th she complained of headache and weariness, from which time she gradually grew weaker until the 20th, after which she was confined to bed. Her disease still growing more severe. She departed from this world with a strong hope of meeting God and the Lamb in peace, and to love and praise them through all the ages of eternity with all the blood-washed saints. Upon being asked in regard to her departure, she said, "I would fain die, for I could go in peace." These were her last words. She did not complain because she was not at home, but was quiet and patient. On the 4th her husband and daughter, accompanied by their friend, George Wenger, brought her remains home to Canada, where children, parents, brothers and sisters, and friends assembled to mourn her sorrowful fate. On the 5th her mortal remains were consigned to the grave in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral discourses were delivered by George Schmidt and Enoch Detweiler.

Pletcher. - On the 13th of October, in Elkhart Co., Ind., JACOB PLETCHER, aged 80 years, 7 months and 2 days. Funeral services by J. Nusbaum, Eli Mishler, S. Yoder and D. Brenneman, from Rom. 4:8. Also October 26th, BARBARA PLETCHER, consort of the above, aged 72 years, 10 months and 1 day. Funeral services by Jacob Wisler and D. Brenneman, from Rev. 14:13. Their whole posterity consists of 17 children, 100 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.
The aged father and mother have for many years been faithful members of the Mennonite church. So eager has been their desire after the bread and water of life, and so earnest have they been in their efforts to serve God to the end, that feeble old age did not restrain them from attending the service of God in the sanctuary. Many have doubtless been encouraged to faithfulness by their example. The mind of the true worshipper in the sanctuary has been elevated and prompted to bless God at the entrance of the aged father and brother with a staff in each hand, assisted by kind friends, and followed by the aged sister, whose bodily form was bowed down in such a manner that she "could in no wise lift up herself." One glimpse of the aged mother would naturally lead the mind of the Bible student to think of the daughter of Abraham who was bound and bowed down for eighteen years, and in a miraculous manner was loosed, and made straight, by the power of the Savior. Many relatives and friends followed their bodily remains to their last resting place.
Go weary pilgrims to your rest,
In desert lands no longer roam,
"Come," says the Savior, "come ye blest,
Into the joys of heaven, your home."

Lehman. - On the 21st of September, in Allen county, Ohio, after an illness of four days, JOSEPH LEHMAN, aged 75 years and 2 days. His death was caused by an eruption, yet with little pain, he calmly fell asleep. He was buried on the 23rd, when funeral discourses were delivered by the brethren C. Culp and J. M. Brenneman from Rev. 14:13.
Brother Lehman formerly came from Franklin county, Pa., to Mahoning county, Ohio. From there he moved to Allen county, where he resided for the last 21 years. He united with the Mennonite church in his 19th year, and, as far as the writer knows, remained faithful until death.

Miller. - On the 3rd of September, in Clinton township, Elkhart Co., Indiana, after a brief illness, HENRY MILLER, aged 70 years and 7 months. He was buried on Sunday thr* 4th at Clinton burying-ground. Funeral discourses by A. Hoover and J. Troyer.

*As printed in the Herald of Truth

Weaver. - On the 11th of October, near Syracuse, Elkhart county, Indiana, of Catarrh in the head, JOHN WEAVER, aged 78 years, 11 months, and 20 days. The deceased was born in Lancaster co., Pa., and was the father of 17 children, 10 of whom are still living. He also leaves 44 grand-children, and 13 great-grand-children. His remains were followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends to their last resting place in the Syracuse cemetery. Funeral services by D. Brenneman and Dr. Crumb. Text Job 14:14, "If a man die, shall he live again?" The deceased was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church.

Miller. - On the 18th of September, in Holmes county, Ohio, DANIEL T. MILLER, aged about 40 years. He was paralytic in both his legs for fifteen years and was during that time entirely unable to walk or stand. Funeral discourses were delivered by Moses E. Miller and Abm. Mast. He was a member of the Omish Mennonite church for many years.

Baer. - On the 27th of Ottober*, in Elkhart county, Ind., after a brief illness, JOHN BAER, aged 60 years, 8 months and 10 days. He was buried on the 29th, at the Yellow Creek burying-ground, where funeral discourses were delivered by Jacob Wisler and Christian Baer from 2 Cor. 5:1. He was a member of the Mennonite church.

*as printed by the Herald of Truth

Transcibed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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