Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1882

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Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 11 - June 1, 1882 - page 174

RHODES.- On the 8th of May, Josiah D. Rhodes, son of Frederic and Magdalena Rhodes, of Rockingham Co., Va., aged 25 years, 11 months, and 11 days. He was born and brought up in Rockingham Co., Va., and moved to Kansas in 1880 to make that state his home. About one year ago he connected himself with the Methodist Church, and lived, as far as can be known, a consistent Christian life.

Our fond young brother, kind and dear,
Whose pleasant voice we loved to hear,
Has left this world of grief and pain,
Yet were assured he'll rise again.
His smiling face no more well see,
This side a long eternity;
Although this thought has caused us pain,
Tis blest to know hell rise again.
His lovely voice no more well hear,
Our sad and gloomy hearts to cheer;
But, glory to the Lamb once slain,
His precious soul shall rise again.
His earthly suggerings all are oer,
Nor shall this world disturb him more;
But calmly thus will he remain
Until hes called to rise again.

ROTH.- May 5th, in York Co., Pa., Susan, wife of Pre. Samuel Roth, aged 44 years and 17 days. She was buried on the 8th at Roths church. Services, by Samuel Moyer, Martin Wisler and others. She was a faithful sister in the church, a kind mother, a dear wife, and a loved neighbor. The Lord called for her, and she was willing to obey; she said, "I am going home, weep not for me." She left us every hope that she has gone to the home of the happy redeemed.

BLOUGH.- On the 4th of May, in Cambria Co., Pa., in the house of his son-in-law, Wissinger, Brother John Blough, aged about 67 years. On the 8th his remains were taken to Somerset Co., and interred in Griffith burying-ground, beside his companion. A few days before his death he became alarmed concerning the state of his soul, and according to the commands of the Redeemer he desired to be baptized. He was received into the Mennonite church, and we hope the loss through his death to his children and friends has been his eternal gain. Funeral services by Samuel Blough in German, and Jonas Blough in English.

TRISSEL.- On the 20th day of April, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham county, Va., Anna Trissel, widow of Jacob Trissel, decd, of consumption and continued fever, aged 57 years, 8 months and 3 days. Her maiden name was Showalter, daughter of preacher Daniel Showalter. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church, and was of a peaceful, quiet disposition. She leaves nine children to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 22nd at Weavers church. Services by Daniel Heatwole, John Geil, Jr., and Bishop Samuel Coffman. Text, John 5:25-29. - Watchful Pilgrim.

GARBER.- May 4th, at Bliss, Emmet Co., Michigan, Libbie, wife of Bro. J. M. Garber, aged 27 years, 7 months and 14 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two children. Services by Samuel Hoar from Job 17:11.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas


Herald of Truth - Volume XIX, Number 12 - June 15, 1882 - p 189, 190


A terrible accident, resulting in the death of three persons, occurred near the village of Mastersonville, at Steins Dunkard Meeting house, on May 27th, the particulars of which are as follows: A frame structure was being erected to take the place of the old church building, which was torn down sometime since on account of it being unsafe.

The frame of the new building was ready to be put up on the above mentioned day, and as usual on such an occurence, neighbors and friends had collected together to render their assistance in placing the frame in position, and while so engaged the whole mass collapsed, burying underneath the debris from twelve to fifteen persons, all of whom were more or less injured. None were killed outright but information received from there this evening gives the names of three who have since died. Those who escaped from the wrecked building at once set to work to rescue their companions from the wreck, which occupied some time. Physicians from the surrounding country were summoned to give aid to the wounded, which was responded to with alacrity. The following is a list of those who have died from the injuried received: John Shenk, aged 55 years, who was injured internally: Samuel Whitenyer, aged 50 years, head crushed: Samuel Bleecher, aged 45 years, injured internally. These men were all married and have families. The following are badly injured: Jacob Kendig, aged about forty-five, arm and leg broken; Jacob Hibb, aged forty-five, leg broken and injured internally, not expected to recover. This accident caused much excitement in the community and every effort is being made to relieve the sufferings of the unfortunate victims. - Sunday Leader.

STUTZMAN.- May 25th, near Bristol, Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy and old age, Sarah Stutzman, aged 83 years, 3 months and 18 days. She was the widow of David Stutzman, decd, who died in Fairfield county, Ohio, many years ago. She united with the Amish Mennonite church at the age of 15 years, and continued a faithful sister to her last. Funeral services by Jos. Yoder in German, and George Neff in English. Text, Rev. 14:13.

NAFFZIGER.- On the 7th of June, in Baugo township, after an illness of twenty-four hours, Jacob naffziger, aged 51 years and 12 days. Buried at Naffzigers grave-yard on Friday, where appropriate services were held by Rev. H. Finch. The day before his death he was at Elkhart attending to business, but made several remarks which seemed to indicate that he had some premomition of his near end. He also remarked just before his death that he was ready to die. We hope he may have reached the better home above.

WENGER.- May 27th, at Excelsior, Morgan Co., Mo., of typhoid pneumonia and brain disease, Eliza G. Wenger, daughter of Martin and Susanna Good, and adopted daughter of Jonas G. and Fanny M Wenger, aged 10 years, 1 month and 22 days. Buried at Bethel church, Morgan Co., Mo., by the side of her mother. Funeral services in German by Pre. D. D. Kauffman from Isaiah 38:1, and in English by Pre. D. F. Driver from Isaiah 40:8 and Pre. M. S. Moyer from Matthew 9:2.

"Dearest Liza, thou hast left us,
Here the loss we deeply feel;
But tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

STAHL.- May 24th, in Conemaugh township, Somerset county, Pa., Susanna Stahl, aged 75 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was a faithful member in the Dunkard church for many years. She bore her sickness with patience, and wished to depart to be with Jesus. She was followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends to mourn her departure. Sermon at the dwelling house by Samuel and henry Blough, and at the meeting-house by Emmanuel and Tobias Blough, from Isaiah 64: part of 6th verse.

HAVERSTICK.- May 22nd, 1882, in Rapho Twp., near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of catarrh fever and measles, Annie, infant daughter of Levi H. and Annie B. Haverstick, aged 2 months and 4 days. Buried at habbakers meeting-house, Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa. Funeral services by Benjamin Lehman in the German, and Jacob Brubaker in the English language. Text, Mark 10: 13-16.

As a tender little bud she came
Into this world of sorrow and pain;
But only to droop and fade away,
And return to the Giver again.

ZIMMERMAN.- March 27th, near Shiremantown, Cumberland county, Pa., of consumption, Sarah, daughter of preacher Samuel and Susanna Zimmerman, aged 28 years, 10 months and 7 days. She was a beloved sister in the Mennonite church. Funeral services on the 29th. Buried at Slate Hill. A large circle of friends and relatives gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by George Rupp and Jacob Muma. She leaves a mother, three brothers and two sisters to mourn her departure.

"Dear mother, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom;
And I shall not fear though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide.
You'll know where to find me, dear mother, in heaven,
Though every fond tie you have cherished be riven,
Youll follow me home to the land of the blest,
Where sighs are not heard and the weary ones rest."

MILLER.- May 20th, in Adams Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Tobias Miller, aged 66 years, 4 months and 20 days. Buried in the family graveyard, on the 25th. Funeral service by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger. Text, 2 Cor. 5:2. He leaves a bereaved wife, children and grandchildren to mourn their loss. We believe him to have died in the full hope of future blessedness where sorrow and affliction are no more.

GAHMAN.- May 26th, near Elida, Allen county, Ohio, Bro. Abraham Gahman, aged 79 years, 5 months and 5 days. A few days before his death he selected for his funeral text, Matt. 6:20, 21. "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."

KEAGY.- May 29th, in Adams Co., Pa., Brother Joseph Keagy, aged 70 years, 2 months and 19 days. Our beloved brother was called away very suddenly; he was hauling rails, and the horse becoming frightened and running away, he was thrown to the ground and instantly killed. This is another warning to all to be always ready for death. Funeral sermon from Amos 4:12 by Martin Wisler and Daniel Shank.

Transcribed by Betty Hartzler, Kansas

HUBER. - May 24th, in Clay township, Lancaster Co. Pa., of rheumatic fever, Bro. Abraham B. Huber. He was buried at Hess' meetinghouse. He leaves a widow and five small children to mourn his death.

KESLER. - March 19th, at Richfiled, Juniata Co, Pa., of scarlet fever, Palmer and Elmer, sons of Oliver and Harriet Kesler, the former aged 3 years and 3 days, and the latter 1 year, 4 months and 6 days. They were buried in one grave at the Richfield burying ground. Services by Thomas Graybill and Elias Landis.

STEFFY. - May 15th, in Freeburgh, Snyder Co., Pa., Philip Steffy, son of John and Mahala Steffy, aged 22 years and 28 days. Buried in Freeburgh. Services were held by Thomas Graybill and Robert Arnd. Tex, Heb. 9: 27, 28.

HAINES.- April 23rd, in Snyder county, Pa., Charles, son of George and Addie Haines, aged 6 months and 12 days. Services by Thomas Graybill and Elias Landes, Text, Psalm 16: 5,6.

CRAIG. - May 10th, in Snyder county, Pa., of consumption, John Craig, aged 78 years, 8 months and 4 days. Services by Thomas Graybill. Text, John 5: 24.

WANNER. - May 21st, in Waterloo county, Ontario, Sister Catharine Wanner, aged 84 years, 2 months and 11 days. Buried at Wanner's burying ground. Funeral services were held by J. Woolner and N. Stauffer.

HAGEY. - May 28th, in Waterloo county, Ontario, Sister Leah Hagey, wife of Jacob Hagey, aged 70 years, 6 months and 13 days. Buried at Hagey's burying ground. Funeral services by Noah Stauffer, preacher Suderman and Samuel B. Bowman.

TINTSMAN. - On the 25th of May, 1882, near Locke, Elkhart county Indiana, Bro. Mark Tintsman, aged 81 years, 2 months and 1 day. He suffered much during the last two years until it pleased our heavenly Father to remove him, as we trust to a better home. He was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., and removed to Indiana in 1851. He was the father of ten children. He was buried on the 27th. Tex, Isaiah 26: 18, 19. He leaved an aged widow in feeble health and five children to mourn their loss.

RETTIGER. - April 11th, in Seward county, Neb., Magdalena Rettiger. Her age is not known, but she lived in holy wedlock for 46 years, and leaves a husband and nine children. She was an obedient and faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church. An earnest funeral sermon was delivered by J. Schloegel and P. P. Harshbarger.

GERBER. - May 25th, in Walnut Creek township, Holmes Co., Ohio, of dropsy, accompanied with much suffering, William Gerber, minister in the Walnut Creek church, aged 73 years, 2 months and 4 days. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow and two sorrowing children. For nearly nine months during his sufferings he was unable to lie down, and passed his time in a sitting posture. He had a rational mind to the last, and expressed the hope that he had peace with God. He was buried at Walnut Creek, where services were held by David Beachy, Isaac A. Miller and Abraham Mast. Text, I Cor. 15: 50-56.

MILLER. - On the 19th of May, near Hubbard, Marion Co., Oregon, Menno, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Miller, aged 2 years and 16 days. Funeral services at the house by Joseph Meier and Jonas Kauffman. "Let the little children come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

MAST. - On the 4th of May, in La Grange Co., Ind., of consumption, Christian Mast, aged 57 years, 9 months and 4 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion and 5 children. Funeral services on the 6th.

Transcribed by Carolyn J. Lichti, Goshen, Indiana

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