Herald of Truth - Volume XVIII, Number 11 - November, 1881, Page 197, 198
A SAD OCCURRENCE
A very sad occurrence took place on the 16th of September, at the house of Marshal Vint, about two miles west of Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., in which Amanda, a daughter of Vint, aged nearly seven years, lost her life by a wound occasioned by the discharge of a shot-gun in the hands of William Deputy, a lad of about fifteen years.
The little girl was approaching the house with an armload of wood, singing, "I'm Going Home," when the young Deputy playfully pointed the gun at her head, remarking, "I'll shoot you," at the same time pulling the trigger, and sending the shot through her brains. The Cap had been removed, but very probably some of the percussion powder had remained on the tube and cause the gun to discharge. She lived about two days, but never spoke a word after the accident. She was buried at Mt. Horeb, where the funeral services were conducted by the brethren Samuel Coffman and Daniel Heatwole.
When will people become sufficiently warned against the careless handing of guns and pistols? How distressing to think that the dearly loved members of a household must be so rudely separated by death, all through the careless handling of a firelock!
Died on the 8th of Sept., on Pretty Prairie, La Grange Co., Ind., Christian Plank aged 87 years and 10 months. Christian Plank was the father of twelve children, of which ten are living, ninety grand children, and one hundred and seventeen great grand children. His wife had been dead for some time. He was apparently in usual health until about six weeks before his death. He suffered but little pain during his last illness, and was perfectly resigned to the will of God. When asked if he was ready to leave this world, he said he was willing to go and be with Christ. He was rational in mind to the last hour, and knew all his children that come from a distance but could not speak for several days previous to his death. The funeral services were held on the 10th, on which occasion Peter Long spoke in English and Preacher Doll in German, from Psalm 92:12-14. His remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends who mourn his departure who was so long with them.
Brother Plank was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and was beloved and respected by all. He was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, and a loving father. He died with a strong hope of life eternal through a crucified Redeemer. The writer would say to the bereaved children, Live in the fear of the Lord, and you will meet your father in the blessed land, where there will be no more sickness, sorrow, pain, nor death, for the former things shall have passed away.
RIEGSECKER - Sept. 1st, in Fulton County, O., very suddenly, Christian Riegsecker, aged 78 years, 2 months and 14 days. In the evening he retired to rest in his usual health, and before his daughter went to sleep she heard him in his room saying, "O how unwell I am," and when she came to him he could not speak and shortly after expired. He was a brother in the Amish church, leaves a bereaved daughter. Buried on the 3rd. Services conducted by N. King and C. Freienberger.
STUCKEY - Sept. 1st, in Williams Co., Ohio, the only daughter of Peter C. and Anna Stuckey, at the age of 1 year, 4 months and 13 days. It was hard for the mother to part with her only daughter whom she loved, but it was God's will to take her to heaven. Buried on the 3rd, when services were held by J. Wyse and C.S. Stuckey.
MILLER - Sept. 17th, in Bratton Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Christian Miller, aged about 95 years. Funeral the Amish Church, near Wattawana, where a funeral discourse was delivered in English, and German by John Yoder, of Kishacoquillas.
HOCHSTETLER - Sept. 20th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Cornelius Hochstetler, and daughter of John and Susanna Christner, aged 19 years, 9 months and 3 days; was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church, and lived in wedlock 7 months and 3 days. Buried the 21st in Manasseh Hochstetler's burying-ground. Funeral services conducted by John Schlabach, from the 5th chapter of John.
DANNER - Sept. 19th, in Waterford Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Sister ____ Danner, aged 86 years, 10 months and 6 days. Buried the 20th in the old family grave yard, in McLean county, in the presence of many relatives and friends. The Danner family came from Canada to Butler County, Ohio, in 1829, and in 1837 to McLean Co., Ill. Sister Danner leaves seven children, fifty-five grand children, and twenty-five great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Services were conducted by Joseph Stuckey. Text, 1 Cor. 15:55.
ZIEGLER - Sept. 21st, in Springfield, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Sister Mary Ziegler, at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 13 days.
ROTH - Sept. 25th, in Henry Co., Ohio, of dysentery, Magdalena Roth (nee Burkholder), aged 67 years and 28 days.
CULP - On the 25th of September, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Minerva, youngest daughter of Samuel and Marla Culp, aged 1 years, 3 months and 19 days. Buried on the 27th. Services by John F. Funk and C. Christophel, from Mark 5, last clause of 36th verse.
ANSTEAD - Sept. 28th, in Conemaugh, Somerset Co., Pa., of the infirmities of age, Godfried Anstead, aged 81 years, 8 months and 5 days. He leaves a sick and aged wife and 3 sons to mourn their loss.
RISSER - October 15th, in Clinton twp., Elkhart county, Ind., of flux, Henry Risser, aged 40 years, 11 months and 13 days. He was buried at Shady Grove, and was followed to the grave by many sorrowing, sympathizing friends. Services were held by H.A. Miller and J.S. Coffman. Bro. Risser was a man of tender, sympathetic nature, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and much beloved by his most intimate friends. His sudden departure has caused much sorrow in the neighborhood, and deep sympathy for the bereaved widow and sorrowing children. He willingly left this world, with peace in his soul, and a blessed assurance of happiness in the world to come.
BURKHARD - July 16th, near Ayr, Adams Co., Neb., Eli, son of Daniel and Hannah Burkhard, aged 1 year, 7 months and 13 days. Buried at Roseland church. Services by Albrecht Shiffler and John L. Reisner.
SHANK - August 25th, near Ayr, Adams Co., Neb., Henry, son of Benjamin and Anna Shank, aged 10 months and 15 days. Buried at Roseland church the 26th. Funeral services by J.L. Reisner and Albrecht Shiffler. Text, Luke 18:16.
HERNLY - On the 30th of Sept., in Baugo Tp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Simon Hernly, aged 23 years, 6 months and 19 days. Buried at Shaum's, on the 2nd of October. Services by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler, from Eccl. 11:7-10. He leaves a deeply sorrowing wife and child, parents, brothers, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his early death. We trust that this sad affliction may be sanctified by the spiritual welfare of many souls.
HUNT - In Elkhart City, on the 3rd of October of typhoid fever, Minnie Hunt, aged 9 years and about 11 months. Buried at the Plains Cemetery. Services by J.F. Funk, from 2 Cor. 5:1.
WENGER - Oct. 11th, in Elkhart Co., Indiana, of diarrhea and the infirmities of age, Christian E. Wenger, aged 72 years, 8 months and 16 days. Buried the 13th, at Yellow Creek grave-yard, at which time appropriate services were held by John Weber and Christian Baer, from 2nd Cor. 5:1.
YODER - On the __ of October, in LaGrange County, Indiana, _____, infant child of Christian and Mary Yoder. Services by H.A. Miller.
BOWMAN - At Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 8th, of typhoid fever, Mary, wife of Benjamin Bowman, aged 34 years. She was a member of the E.U. Mennonite Church. Her remains were immediately taken to Berlin, Canada. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her departure.
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia