Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1871

Herald of Truth - Volume VIII, Number 9 - September 1871 - pp 142,143

On the 10th of August, in Washington township, Noble county,Ind., after a lingering disease of two years, at the residence of her son-in-law Henry D. Steward, Margaret, wife of David Bowman, aged 62 years, 10 months and 5 days. She was buried on the 11,in the family grave-yard of Henry D. Steward. Funeral discourse by Andrew Snoke, from the latter clause of the 16th verse of the fourth chapter of first Thessalonians. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves an aged husband and five children to mourn their loss.

On the 13th of August, in Conamough township, Somerset county,Pa., suddenly, David, son of Tobias and Anna Eash, aged one year, 2 months and some days,* The mother and child coming on a visit from Elkhart county, Ind, and being with her brother she laid the child on a bed in the evening, from which it fell off and was picked up dead. He was buried on the 15th, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by Jacob Blough and the writer,from 2 Cor. 5:1. P.A. BLOUGH
*Transcriber's note: Comma, not period.

On the 30th of July, in Panola township, Woodford county, Ill.,Emiel Edwards Naffziger, aged 9 year, 3 month and 6 days. Four little boys of about the same age were playing together with an old gun that had been loaded for a long time, which discharged and hit the above mentioned boy in the leg who shortly afterwards died. On the 1st of August he was buried at Bachman's grave-yard. Funeral remarks were made by Christian Schlegel and Peter E Stuckey in German, and by John Barkey in the English language.

On the 20th of June, in Lancaster county, Pa., of consumption, Gideon Fisher, aged 44 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was an Omish Mennonite preacher. He was buried on the 22nd, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father. Though strong as were the ties of affectionate love which he ever retained towards those of his own family, kindred and friends, yet he was resigned to the will of the Lord, and thus calmly fell asleep, as we trust, in the embrace of Jesus, the Redeemer of mankind. On Saturday he was mowing yet and on the following Tuesday morning he died.

On the 22nd of June, in Carnarven township, Lancaster county, Pa., Jacob Smith, aged 27 years, 5 months and 27 days. He was moving a car loaded with coal and attempting to stop the car with an iron bar he was thrown on the track and the wheels ran over his leg badly crushing it. He bled very much before any assistance could be obtained. The physicians were about to amputate his leg, but found that he was too weak. He died about six hours after the accident.

On the 9th of August, in Upper Leacock township, Lancaster county, Pa., Jacob Kurtz, a brother-in-law of mine, aged 57 years, 2 months and 26 days. He was buried in the 12th in the family grave-yard, and was followed to the grave by many friends and relatives. He leave a wife and four children to mourn their loss; but we hope their loss will be his gain. Funeral discourse by Christian Rupp and Jacob Reinhold. His tenant was cutting a large tree for him and the tree, when falling, caught at another tree, braking* off a limb which kept hanging for some time. This hanging limb, not noticed by him, at last fell down and struck him across the shoulder, breaking his collar bone and injuring him internally. He died ten hours afterwards. J.K. KURTZ
Transcriber's note: Spelled 'braking'.

On the 5th of July in Woodford county, Ill., *Eilzabeth Kindig, aged 76 years. Her husband, Bro Benjamin Kindig, preceeded* her to eternity about fifteen years ago. On the 16th of June she stepped in* a nail which she pulled out herself. The assistance of physicians was called for, but all in vain. She manifested a good testimony before all. I feel deeply grieved,for I was well acquainted with her for nearly 24 years. As she was lying on her death-bed and her friends asking her whether she had perhaps a preacher in view to preach her funeral sermon, she relied, "I will not mention any one; any christian friend who feels like saying something can have the liberty to do so." JOST BALLY.

*Transcriber's notes: Spelled 'Eilzabeth'; spelled 'preceeded'.

On the 18th of August, in Columbiana county, Ohio, Sarah, only daughter of Benjamin and Fanny Burkholder, aged 8 months and 4 days. She was buried on the 19th, in Oberholtzer's burying-ground where appropriate remarks were delivered by the preachers Peter Boesinger and Joseph Bixler, from the words, Math. 19:14, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of God."
'Twas but the Savior's gentle voice
That called an infant home,
Where she forever may rejoice
In her celestial home.

On the 20th of July, in Somerset county, Pa., Eliza, daughter of Joseph Baer, aged 20 years and 17 days. She was buried at Hooversville burying-ground where many friends were present to mourn her departure. Funeral discourse by Tobias Blauch. B.S.

On the 26th of August, in Adams county, Ind., Thomas F., son of Benjamin and Elizabeth McCoughlin, aged 2 years, 10 months and 13 days. Funeral addresses were made by Noah and Abraham Stalter, from Mark 10:14.
Dear Thomas, thou art gone to rest,
Thy trial and pain are o'er
And sorrow, pain and suff'rings now
Shall ne'er distress thee more.

On the 21st of August, in Columbus Grove Putnam county, Ohio, Jacob Risser, aged 37 years, 9 months less 1 day. He was instantly killed by attempting to cross the railroad track between two cars, which, at the same moment, came together and crushed him. In less than one minute he was a healthy man and a corpse. Surely this is again a loud call to all who so carelessly and unconcerned idle away the precious time of grace as if there was no heaven nor hell to await. Reflect, O poor mortal! upon your end which may perhaps be very nigh at hand, for you do not know how, when, or where death may overtake you and call you hence, where you will then be eternally happy or eternally lost. Therefore haste and save your soul. Work for the salvation of your soul with fear and trembling. The deceased was born in the year 1833, in Haart, by Duerkheim, in Bavaria on the Rhein. He leaves a deeply afflicted wife and six children to mourn their loss. He was buried on the 24th followed to the grave by a large concourse of people. Funeral addresses were delivered from Mark 13:35-37, and Prov. 27:1, in the English and German language, by J.M. BRENNEMAN.

On the 12th of August in Lagrange county, Ind., Willard, son of Samuel and Catharine Ann Schrock, aged 2 years and 20 days. Funeral discourse by J.F. Funk and Christian and Henry Miller.

On the 16th of August, in Elkhart county, In., Allen Adam, son of Jacob and Mary Ann Schenk, aged 1 month and 22 days. Buried at Yellow Creek. Funeral discourses by Jacob Wisler and J.F. Funk from 1 Pet. 1:24,25.

On the 16th of July, in White Cloud* Doniphan County, Kansas, Henry Hershey, aged 15 years, 2 months and 15 days, son of Abraham and Ellen Hershey, formerly of Sterling, Whiteside county, Ill.,* He had been sick some time before his death but got apparently well again. After a few days his whole body began to swell, but he said he felt no pain, he even went in the harvest field to assist in harvesting. His friends became alarmed at the continued swelling of his body, and conveyed him to his home, in White Cloud. He was taken slightly ill on the morning of the 5th, but the doctor being consulted, said, it was nothing serious, he would be around again in the morning. In the afternoon he took a spasm, and continued to have one convulsion after another until after midnight. He suffered very much, but bore it meekly and patiently. At ten o'clock in the morning he breathed his last. He was perfectly conscious all the time. He told his friends not to weep, for, said he, we must all die. His mother sobbed, "Henry, I am not ready to give you up yet." He answered, "I wish you was, mother, I wish you was." Then as his pain seemed to increase he said, "Dear Savior, have mercy on me and let me die." He answered his friends he was ready and willing to go. Then bade them all farewell, "Good-bye"," he said, "I am going home to heaven." In a few moments he calmly and quietly died and went home. Henry is the first of eight children to die, and his loss is sadly felt, but the hope that he is in a better land is a great consolation to his friends, and then to bow beneath the chastening rod and say, "Thy will, oh Lord, be done." Funeral discourse delivered at the house by Pre. Chuckleford, from Romans 8:17. Also at the School-house near the burying ground, by Pre. Lichty, from Cor. 15:18.

Our hearts are riven deep with woe,
Our eyes with tears are filled;
For the merry laugh of a brother dear,
Forever more is stilled.

Death silently entered our happy home,
And chose his victim fair;
Now the autumn grass doth wave above
The dear form that slumbers there.
Fearless he entered the phantom bark,
To cross the dark river of death.
He closed his eyes on us and earth,
And he was cold in death.

They buried him deep from our sight away,
On his coffin the clods fell,
And the anguish that swept o'er our stricken hearts,
None but he and God can tell.

His bright blue eyes are forever closed,
On his breast lie his icy hands,
And he has gone from his home on this lonely earth
To a home in a better land.

Our Father who art in heaven
Guide thou our steps aright,
That we may meet our father on the golden shore,
Mid the throng of angels bright,* MATTIE HERSHEY.

*Transcriber's note: Poor punctuation!

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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