Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1872

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Herald of Truth - Volume IX, Number 2 - February 1872, page 29, 30

Terrible Accident.

On the 12th of Jan., 1872, the boiler of a steam saw-mill owned by Jacob Shelly and David Dimm, in Lancaster Co., Pa., exploded, wounding and scalding ten or more persons, two of whom, mortally. John J. Graham was thrown about sixty feet, and blown through the roof of the mill; one of his arms was broken in three places between the shoulder and elbow all the ribs broken from the spine on one side; his head was very much bruised, and his clothes torn into pieces. He died in less than an hour after the accident. Henry Rumbough was thrown about 70 or 80 feet, and was badly bruised. He lived but a few days. All the rest are doing well.
John J. Graham was my brother in-law, was a man of good health 38 years and 1 month old. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn their loss. Funeral discourse by John K. Snyder. C.H. SHELLY. Lancaster Co. Pa.

On the 3rd of December, of scarlet fever, in Jenner township, Somerset county, Pa., Edward, son of John and Catharine Gilbert, aged 1 year, 1 month and 2 days. Funeral discourse by Bro. Jacob Blough

On the 19th of December, in Jenner township, Somerset county Pa., of scarlet fever, Joseph, son of Edward and Sarah Jones, aged 5 years, 3 months and 6 days. Funeral discourse by Jacob Blough.

*On the 19th of December, in Jenner township, Somerset county Pa., of scarlet fever, Annie, daughter of Jacob and Mary Spiegle, aged 2 years, 10 months and 9 days. Was buried on the 21st at Sayler's burying-ground. Funeral discourses from Ps. 103, by Jacob Blough and the writer.

*On the 23rd of December, Rachel, daughter of Jacob and Mary Spiegel, of scarlet fever, aged 5 years, 10 months and 9 days. She was buried on the 25th by the side of her sister follwed(sic) by many relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. Funeral sermon by bishop Samuel Blough and the writer from Mark 10: 13-16.

Ye mourning saints whose streaming tears;
Flow o'er your children dead
Say not in transports of despair,
That all your hopes are fled.

(*Note - the last names of these obits are spelled differently in the text, though it would appear that they might be the same family?)

On the 3rd of December, in Mount Joy township, Lancaster county, Pa., Benjamin Brenneman, aged 70 years and 29 days.

On the 9th of January, 1872, at the residence of his son, in East Donegal township, Lancaster county, Pa, Bro. Jacob Gerber, of lung disease, at the advanced age of 81 years, 11 months and 12 days. On the 11th his remains were followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends to the family burying-ground on the old homestead farm. The funeral services were held at the house of his son Benjamin, near the burying-ground by Henry Shenk, Jacob N Brubaker and the writer from 1st Chr. 30:15.

Death, like an overflowing stream
Sweeps us sway; our life's a dream,
An empty talc, a morning flower,
Cut down and withered in an hour.
Our age at seventy years is set,
How abort the time, how frail the state;
And if to eighty we arrive,
We rather sigh and groan than live.

In East Donegal township, Lancaster county, Pa., David Zook, in the 75th year of his age. After a lingering illness, he was called to his home for which he longed.

He was a tender hearted father here,
And in his life, the Lord did fear;
We trust our loss will be his gain,
And that with Christ he's gone to reign.

On the 12th of December, in Woodford county, Ill., of dropsy of the heart, Christian Cohler, aged 60 years, 6 months and 19 days. He was not buried until the 16th, on account of some of his children living at a distance. His remains were interred in the family burying-ground of Nicholas Maurer. Funeral services by the writer, from 2 Cor. 5:1, 2.

On the 20th of December, in Danvers township. McLean county, Ill., of nerve fever, Benjamin F. Reber, aged 15 years, 8 months and 20 days. His remains were interred the 22nd at Imhoff's burying-ground. Funeral discourse by the writer from Job 14: 1; and Eccl. 7:1.

On the 3rd of December, in Waterloo county, Ont., of consumption, Lydia, wife of Benjamin Baer, aged 25 years, 9 months and 24 days. We have the hopes that she left this troublesome world in peace with God and now rests in that happy world above, where grief and sorrow can never come. A funeral discourse by D. Wismer from the words, "Where art thou?" Gen. 3: 9.

On the 29th of December, in Waterloo county, Ontario, Abraham Cressman, aged 82 years and 16 days. His remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives on the 31st to Eby's burying-ground. He was a beloved brother in the Mennonite church.

On the 2nd of January, in Mahoning county, Ohio, Daniel Witmer, aged 68 years and 2 months. He was buried on the 4th at Metzlers burying-ground, where Jacob Culp and Peter Basinger spoke impressively from the latter part of the 4th chapter of Hebrews.

My children here are yet seven,
That yet on earth do live
I beg and pray you so to live:
That we may meet in heaven.

On the 8th of January, in East Lampeter township, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. John S. Landis, aged 51 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was buried on the 10th at Mellinger's grave-yard, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn their loss. He bore his sickness with patience till death relieved him of his trials. His disease was typhoid fever in its worst form. Funeral sermon by Benj., and C. Herr, at the grave-yard.

On the 2nd of December, at Fulton Mich., of inflamation(sic) of the lungs, Emma, youngest daughter of Jacob Kindy, aged 1 year, 2 months and 6 days.

On the 20th of October, in Montgomery county Pa., Bro. Henry Alderfer. The 22nd his remains were followed, by a large concourse of mourners. He was a beloved brother in the Mennonite church, aged 60 years 1 month and 21 days. Funeral discourse by Jacob Landis and John Holdeman.

On the 19th of November, in Perry county, Ohio, Samuel Beery, aged 69 years, 9 months and 17 days. He was buried on the 21st at Beery's church. He was sick but four days and suffered very much.

This languishing head is at rest,
Its thinking and aching are o'er;
This quiet immovable breast,
Is pressed by affliction no more.

On the 14th of December, 1871, in York county, Ontario, Henry Wideman, member of the Mennonite church, aged 61 years, 11 months and 9 days. Buried on the 17th at Wideman's burying-ground. Services in German from Jn. 5: 25-29; in English from Rev. 14: 13. The deceased bore his lingering illness with patience and christian resignation to the last, when he told his wife he was ready and willing to go, they should live well, which were his last words, and thus he followed his first wife and five children to the grave. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a beloved husband and kind father.

On the 25th of December, 1871, in Rockhill, Bucks county, Pa., Samuel Gehman, aged 76 years, 11 months and 2 days. Buried at Gehman's burying-ground. Services by J. Clemmer and John Allabach.

On the 26th of December, at the same place, the wife of Jacob Detweiler.

On the 29th of December, in Bucks county, Pa., after a severe illness of about seven weeks, Lydia, wife of Jonas Nace, aged 58 years, 1 month and 9 days. During her illness she suffered a great deal, however she bore it with patience. She was much engaged in prayer. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ. 0 how oft did she pray, "0 come, dear Jesus, and take me to Thee." She was buried on the 31st. Funeral services by Isaac Moyer at the house, Abm. F. Moyer and I. Rickert at the meeting-house from Isaiah 3:10.

On the 8th of January, in Locke, Ind., of scarlet fever, Nellie, daughter of Peter and ----- Hare, aged 1 year, 11 months and 8 days. Funeral services by D. Brenneman from 1 Peter 1: 24,25.

On the 14th of January, in Elkhart county, Ind., Sarah, wife of Peter Stauffer, aged 45 years, 3 months and 21 days. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey of Ill. in the German language, from Job 7: 16. And Daniel Brenneman in English from Proverbs 27: 1. The deceased was generally beloved and respected. Has been a professer(sic) of religion for 24 years. In her afflictions she submitted meekly to the divine will of the Lord. Just before her expiring breath she expressed her desire to depart out of this world of sorrow, and added that the hour of death could not come too soon. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."

On the 19th of January, Grace Ellen, daughter of Levi and Margaret Nusbaum, aged 2 months. Services by A. Bigler and D. Brenneman, from Job 14: 1.

In Haw Patch, Noble cnunty(sic), Ind., Addie, daughter of Jonas and Rebecca Yoder, aged 1 year, 1 month and 5 days. She was buried on the 11th. Funeral discourses by Isaac Smucker and David Hartzler from the words, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

On the 8th of January, at Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., Amanda, daughter of John and Elizabeth Alderfer, aged 2 years, 11 months and 14 days. Sermon by John Allabach and J. M. Haldeman.

On the 12th of January, in Hilltown, Bucks county Pa., Sarah, wife of Christian Young, aged 76 years, 7 months and 8 days, Interred at Lexington. Sermon by J. M. Haldeman, Saml. Leatherman and J. Walter.

On the 14th of January, at Doylestown, Bucks county, Pa., Susan, wife of Samuel Myers, aged 74 years and 12 days. Buried at Doylestown. Funeral services in English by J. M. Haldeman, in German by Isaac Moyer and Isaac Rickert.

On the 29th of December, in Fairbury, Livingston county, Ill., of consumption Catharine, Houshalter, aged 26 years, 9 months and 29 days. She was sick 9 months, and confined to her bed 10 weeks, yet she bore her affliction with patience.

On the 3rd of January, at Baden, Ontario, the wife of John Brenneman, aged 32 years, 1 month and 20 days. Was buried on the 6th at Daniel Schrock's burying-ground. She was a faithful member of the Omish church. Funeral address by Joseph Rubi and Peter Litwiller.

In December, in Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., Maggie, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Detweiler, in the 5th year of her age.

On the 23rd of December, in Hilltown, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob D. Detweiler, in her 46th year. Her remains were buried in Gehman's burying-ground, on which occasion, Henry Allabach spoke at the house, and Henry Horning at the grave-yard.

On the 10th of December, in Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pa., after three weeks sickness of typhoid fever, S. H. Hess, aged 41 years, and 21 days. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his early departure. His remains were followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to Hess' burying ground. Services by Benjamin Lehman, Chr. Bomberger, John R. Hess and John Risser, from Jn. 11: 25, 26.

On the 12th of January, in Freeland, Upper Providence township, Montgomery county, Pa., Rev. Abraham Unsicker, aged 78 years, 5 months and 11 days. Was buried on the 16th, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.

Transcrbed by: Ron Garber, Kansas

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