Herald of Truth Obituaries - April, 1880

Herald of Truth - Volume XVII, Number 4 - April, 1880, page 76, 77, 78

Bro. JACOB KEIM, of Elk Lick Township, Somerset Co., Pa., died Dec. 30, 1879, aged 81 years, 5 months and 29 days. He leaves an aged wife. He was the father of 12 children, 59 grand-children, and 31 great-grand-children. He was the father of Bishop David Keim. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for upwards of fifty years. Notwithstanding that the church in the Elk Lick congregation consisted of only a few members and was without a minister for forty years, with no minister nearer than forty miles, they held out faithful until 1853, when his son-in-law, Henry H. Blouch, was ordained to the ministry, who, by the help of God, was the means of building up the church. Bro. Keim had always been a strong pillar in the church. He was the instigator of the building of the first Mennonite Meeting-house in Elk Lick District. From the time that the first Meeting-house was built in 1859, he swept and tended it. There were only three appointments when his seat was vacant. On Christmas morning he made fire in the Meeting-house and attended the service, although he had been unwell for some time. On New Year's day his remains were carried to the Meeting-house, attended by a large congregation of friends and neighbors to mourn his departure, but not to mourn as those who have no hope. He lived a Christian life and was always willing to lend a helping hand to the needy. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Daniel Roth, of Washington Co., Md., in the English language, and by Joel Gnagey, of Summit Co., Pa., in the German language. O let us strive with an earnest zeal to work out our soul's salvation while it is day, that when death comes we can say with Paul, "There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give me at that day."

Jan. 23rd, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption and dropsy, JACOB KINDIG, aged 86 years, 2 months and 25 days. He was buried at Plains Meeting-house on the 27th. Services at the house by Jacob Loux and Henry Bower, at the Meeting-house by John Allebach and Henry Godshalk. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Jan. 29th, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of palsy, Sister JUDITH, wife of Bro. John SCHNEIDER, aged 73 years, 1 month and 20 days. Buried in Schneider's burying-ground the 31st, in the presence of many relatives and friends.

Feb. 1st, at the same place, of diphtheria,
MAGDALENA, aged 4 years, 7 months and 7 days; and on the 10th,
SUSANNA, aged 1 year, 8 months and several days;
children of Bro. and Sister Albert and Esther SCHNEIDER.

Feb. 1st, in Seward Co., Neb., JACOB, aged 9 years and 8 months; buried the 2nd. Feb. 3rd, JOSEPH, aged one year; and CHRISTIAN, aged 3 years; buried the 4th. Feb. 11th, ANDREW, aged 5 months; buried the 12th. The above four little brothers died of scarlet fever, and were the children of Jacob and Catharine RUEDIGER. What a stroke to the parents to part with four dear children in so short a time. Services were held by P. P. Hershberger and Joseph Schlegel.

Feb. 5th, in Seward Co., Neb., IDA, daughter of Jacob and Martha LEHMAN, aged 2 months and 4 days. Buried the 6th. Services by Joseph Schlegel. Text: Psa. 39:1-8.

Feb. 7th, same Co., of scarlet fever, JOSEPH, son of John and Catharine LEHMAN, aged 12 years, 6 months and 4 days. Services by J. Schlegel, J. Gascho and P. P. Hershberger, from Job. 14:1-5.

Feb. 5th, in Cumberland Co., Pa., Sister ESTHER WEBER, aged 78 years and 1 month. Buried at Slate Hill cemetery. Services by Jacob Herr and Abm. Burkhard.

Feb. 6th, in York Co., Ont., of consumption, SAMUEL SCHNEIDER, aged 62 years. Funeral services by Joseph Burkey, S. Huber and J. Boyer.

Feb. 7th, in Logan Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, IDA, daughter of S. W. and Elisabeth PLANK, aged 2 years, 2 months and 4 days. Funeral services were held by John Werrey and Samuel Headings.

Feb. 11th, in Markham, Ont., of consumption, MARY GROFF, wife of Jacob Groff, aged 36 years. Appropriate remarks were made by Jacob Weidman and Samuel Huber.

Feb. 12th, in Markham, Ont., of diphtheria, EMMA HUBER, aged 8 years. Services by Jacob Weidman and S. Huber.

At the same time, of small-pox, JOHN HARNER and his mother ESTHER. Buried at Hess, burying-ground.

Feb. 16th, in Berlin, Ont., of dropsy, JOSEPH E. SCHNEIDER. For several months he was obliged to sit in a chair. He bore his sufferings with christian fortitude.

Feb. 21st, near Marshall, Henry Co., Iowa, of puerperal fever, HANNAH ROTH, at the age of 27 years and 9 days. She was at her parents, M. and B. Eicher; her husband, Jacob, and her brother had gone two weeks before to Seward co.*, Neb., to build a house, but the Lord had prepared another house and called her to him. She leaves a bereaved husband and four children to mourn their loss. Buried at the Amish burying-ground, where services were held by S. T. Miller, and Sebastian Gerig, from 2 Cor. 5.

Feb. 21st, in Elkhart Co., Ind., EMMANUEL, son of Geo. and Malinda MARTIN, aged 11 months and 15 days. Services by Chr. Christophel and Amos Bechtel, from Psa. 16:6.

Feb. 15th, in Juniata Co., Pa., ANNIE MAY, daughter of Simon and Harriet STRAWSER, aged 1 year, 6 months and 2 days. Buried the 17th in the Richfield burying-ground. Funeral services by Thomas Graybill. Text: John 14:2.

Feb. 23th, in Snyder Co., Pa., Bro. AMOS WINEY, father of Bishop Samuel Winey, aged 83 years and 24 days. Buried the 27th in Graybill's burying-ground. Funeral services by Jacob, Thomas and William Graybill. Text: John 11:27. Bro. Amos, wife died about two years ago. They lived together about 51 years and had 13 children; 9 sons and 2 daughters are yet living, 2 daughters died in infancy. Bro. Winey was a faithful brother 59 years.

Feb. 22nd, in Long Green, Baltimore Co., Md., of inflammatory rheumatism and infirmities of old age. Bishop SOLOMON YODER, aged 79 years, 3 months and 6 days. He had been so feeble for several years past that he could but seldom go from home, and on no occasion could he be induced to leave except to attend to his ministerial duties. On the 1st of Feb. he took to his bed, and after three weeks of utter helplessness and much suffering he was called, we have reason to believe, to the regions of eternal bliss. His funeral services were preached by John Yoder in English and Elias Riehl in German.

Feb. 23rd, in Tazewell Co., Ill., of consumption, JACOB, son of J. and Catharine ZIMMER, at the age of 22 years, 6 months and 15 days. He was afflicted six months, and with Christian fortitude he bore his affliction. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Men. church, and a much beloved young man. Buried the 25th, on which occasion services were held by Andreas Berkey, John Egli and Chr. Naffziger.

Feb. 25th, in Cambria Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, JOHN EASH, son of Moses Eash, aged 14 years, 3 months and 19 days. Buried the 27th. Services by M. B. Miller and Jona. Hershberger. Text: I Pet. 1:24,25.

Feb. 26th, in LaGrange Co., Ind., Sister SARAH SHERLEY, wife of John Sherley, sr., aged 68 years, 9 months and 24 days. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church. She leaves a bereaved husband and nine children to mourn their loss, but it is to her eternal gain. On the funeral occasion services were held by Christian Warey and Peter Long, from 2 Tim. 4:7,8.

Feb. 27th, at Crogan, Lewis Co., N. Y., of the Amish Men. church, Bishop MICHAEL ZEHR, at the advanced age of 89 years, 4 months and 27 days. He had 9 children, 170 grand and great-grand-children. His wife was called away many years since. He was a good man, whose hand was ever open for the poor. In his office he was a good counselor, and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. On the funeral occasion words of comfort were delivered by Peter Lemon and Jacob Vogt. The labors of our brother are ended on this earth, and he has gone to the reward of the righteous.

March 3rd, in McPherson Co., Kansas, very unexpectedly, of heart disease, Sister MARTHA FURGESON, wife of Samuel Furgeson. She had been complaining some during the winter. She left a husband and nine children who mourn their loss, which we hope is her eternal gain. Funeral services by Jacob Holdeman and Henry Hornberger, from Luke 23:28, "Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

On the night of March 12th, in Putnam Co., Ohio, Sister ANNA BEERY, aged 66 years, 3 months and 21 days. Sister Anna went to bed as well as usual and in the morning her friends found her dead. Her remains were buried the 14th, when services were held by John Steiner in English, and by Abram and C. P. Steiner in German, from James 4:14; Psa. 39:5,6.

March 14th, in Pulaski, Davis Co., Iowa, CHRISTIAN AUGSBURGER, aged 39 years, 3 months and 4 days. He leaves a bereaved wife and five children to mourn the loss of a husband and father.

March 15th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, of which she suffered a considerable time, SUSANNA, wife of Josiah CULP, aged 41 years and 8 months. She was buried at Yellow Creek, on the 17th, and was followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends to her last resting place. Services by John Holdeman of Ohio, _____ Schlabach of W. Virginia and John F. Funk of Elkhart. She was conscious and engaged in prayer to the very last. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and five children to mourn their loss.

March 19th, in Branch Co., Mich., MAUDE, infant daughter of Thomas and Mary LINK, aged 1 month and 6 days. Buried at Pleasant Hill. This is the fourth one of this family that has early passed away from earth and escaped the sorrows of this life to enjoy the happiness of those whom the Savior especially blessed. A happy family is waiting for the parents and remaining ones to join them.

March 19th, in Branch Co., Mich., of paralysis, JACOB SWAIN, aged 54 years and 11 days. The funeral on the 21st was largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. Services by John Krupp.

March 11th, near Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pa., of pneumonia, CLARA, daughter of Andrew and Fanny KAUFFMAN, aged 6 years, 8 months and 22 days. Funeral services on the 13th by J. and Harman Snyder, from James 4:14.

March 6th, at Wichita, Kansas, LAVINA ELLEN, wife of Bro. Benj. HAMILTON, jr., aged 27 years, 10 months and 3 days. Funeral services by J. D. Hewitt, pastor Pres. church. Text, I Cor. 15:57, "Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." A deeply bereaved husband and four little children, one an infant three weeks old, are left without the much needed presence of the mother, and an aged father has no child left to welcome him home and comfort him in his last days. Sister Hamilton was entirely resigned to the will of the Lord, and earnestly entreated her husband and her father to be faithful and meet her in heaven.

Near Blue Springs, Gage Co., Neb. of sore throat:
Feb. 13th, (__ name not given ___) aged 4 years, 1 month and 18 days;
March 9th, ELLA MAY, aged 6 years and 29 days;
March 15th, MANOA ALLEN, aged 1 year, 2 months and 5 days; children of W. G. and Martha DORMAN. He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them to His bosom.

March 7th, in Markham, York Co., Ont., of inflammation, Bro. JOHN HUBER, aged 69 years, 3 months and 10 days. Buried at Weidman's. Services by Joseph Berky and Samuel Huber. He leaves a wife and 11 children to mourn for the husband and father.

March 16th, in Seward co.*, Neb., JOSEPH, son of Jacob and Philbina STAUFFER, aged one year. Buried the 17th. Services by Joseph Gascho and Joseph Schlegel, from Heb. 12 and I Cor. 15.

Dec. 19th, 1879, in LaGrange Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Sister BARBARA YODER, aged 44 years and 2 months. Buried the 21st in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Sister Yoder was a faithful member of the Amish Men. church. She leaves a husband and 9 children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. Services by Chr. Plank and Jacob Weaver.

Transcriber's note: * as printed in the Herald of Truth

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