LINES FOR THE PARENTS AND FAMILY OF ELIZABETH KELCHNER,
Our daughter Elizabeth dear;
Farewell, since you cannot remain;
Dear wife and fond mother so near,
Farewell; may we meet you again.
O yes, dearest parents, farewell;
But weep you no longer for me,
I've gone with the Savior to dwell,
And am from all sorrow set free.
Kind husband, I bid you farewell,
And speak of sweet comfort to you,
There's hope for the dear ones I leave,
Though much is required of you.
Cherish Milton and Mary as lambs,
And dear little Ira the same;
Bring them up in the fear of the Lord,
And a glorious reward you shall gain.
Dear children I bade you farewell
Almeda, and William, and John,
Oh ! meet me in heaven to dwell
A prayer of your mother now gone.
My brothers and sisters I love,
Once more I entreat you, and say,
Only Jesus can save you above
O trust Him, and meet me in that Day!
YODER. On the 19th of December, near Goshen, Ind.,
of membranous croup, Archie Lawrence, son of Jacob
J. and Lovina C. Yoder, aged 4 years, 11 months and 7 days. Funeral
services by Levi Weaver and J. S. Coffman.
Archie was an affectionate, generous-hearted boy, loved by his little brothers and associates, the joy of a father and mother's hearts, but all the tears and watchful care of those who loved him could not stay the hand of death. Father and mother, think not of that fair form as in the tomb but in faith behold him in that blessed home beyond the skies enjoying in fullness the love of Him who said "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." Think not of him as lost to you, or that it was unkindness in God to take him, for that fair form will ever linger in your memories as an angel of love beckoning you to where he has gone.
OVERHOLT. On the 14th of December in Kent county, Mich., of consumption, Clara, daughter of William Overholt, deceased, and Sarah Hunsberger, aged nearly 14 years. Funeral services were held on the 16th at the Caledonia Mennonite Church by the Brethren John N. Durr, of Masontown, Pa, and John P. Speicher.
"We watched her breathing thro' the night,
Her breathing soft and low,
As in her breast the wave of life
Kept heaving to and fro.
So silently we seemed to speak,
So slowly moved about,
As we had lent her half our powers
To eke her living out.
Our very hopes belied our fears,
Our fears our hopes belied
We thought her dying when she slept,
And sleeping when she died.
And when the morn came, dim and sad,
And chill with early showers,
Her quiet eyelids closed she had
Another morn than ours."
ROTH. On the 1st of December, in Arkansas county, Ark., of whooping cough, Anna, daughter of Joseph R and Mary Roth, aged 11 months and 6 days. This was the first body that was laid to rest on the spot selected for a burying-ground by our people.
YOWLER. On the 25th of November, in Clark county, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Philip Yowler, aged 40 years, 2 months and 12 days.
"Weep not for me, my friends so dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be
parents, do not weep for me."
ROUSE. On the 23d of November, near Watson, Atchison county, Missouri, William Rouse, formerly of Livingston county, Ill., aged 42 years, 2 months and 8 days. Bro. Rouse leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for we believe their loss is his eternal gain. Services by Andrew Good and John S. Good, of Page Co., Iowa. Texts, Rev. 14 : 13 and 2 Cor. 5 : 1.
HERSHEY. On the 10th of December, near Hanover, York Co., Pa., son of John and ________ Hershey, aged one year, 1 month and 27 days. Services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers. Text, Luke 18 : 16, 17. May these dear parents become willing to obey Christ in this life, so that when their time is expired on earth they may meet their little one in heaven.
Transcriber's Note: The ________ was in the original, as typed.
SHOEMAKER. On the 16th of November, in Elk Lick Twp., Somerset county, Pa., unexpectedly, of lung disease. Carolina, wife of Daniel Shoemaker, aged 31 years, 3 months and 8 days. She was buried at the Folk graveyard. Services by H. H. Blough and David Keim. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her departure.
KORNHAUS On the 30th of November, at his late home near Orrville, Wayne county, Ohio, of pleurisy. Henry Kornhaus, aged 68 years, 7 months and 15 days. Buried at the Mennonite burying ground, where many friends and acquaintances had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they learned to love and respect. He was a faithful and loving husband, an affectionate and kind father, a good and accommodating neighbor, and a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years; and we have reason to believe that God also loved him and called him home to rest. Services by Henry Hursh and Henry Beery.
HERTZLER. November 29th, near Williamsgrove, Cumberland Co., Pa., of diphtheria. Sara Jane, daughter of Bro. And Sister Eli M. Hertzler, aged 14 years, 3 months and 19 days. Funeral on December 1st. Text, Ps. 90 : 12. Buried at Churchtown Cemetery. May the Lord comfort the afflicted family.
HERTZLER. December 12th, near Williamsgrove, Cumberland Co., Pa., of diphtheria. Catharine Barbara, daughter of Bro. And Sister Eli M. Hertzler, aged 7 years, 1 month and 6 days. Funeral on the 14th. Tex. Col. 3 : 2. Buried at Churchtown Cemetery. May the good Lord bless the bereaved parents.
LONG. December 8th, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary H. Long, aged 35 years, 11 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Rev. 3 : 2. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house.
GROFF. December 10th. At Middletown, Dauphin Co., Pa., Aldus Emmit Groff, of Salungo, Lancaster Co., Pa. He was killed in the act of coupling cars. Funeral on the 12th. Text. Rev. 3 : 11. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. Many friends and neighbors assembled to sympathize with the deeply afflicted parents, brothers and sisters. A loud call to the young.
ROHRER. On the 12th of December, in Olive twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of internal cancer, Sister Leannah, wife of Jacob Rohrer, aged 40 years, 8 months and 4 days. She suffered for a number of months very severely, but bore it with patience and resignation to the will of God. She desired many times, that she might be relieved of her sufferings and taken home. She was fully resigned to the will of God, and we trust she has gone to reap the reward of the blessed. She was buried on the 15th; her funeral was very largely attended. Services by Jacob A. Beutler, Henry Shaum, and J. F. Funk, from Job 11 : 14 and Rev. 14 : 13, which she herself had selected. She leaves brothers and sisters, an aged father, and a sorrowing husband to mourn their loss. May God sanctify this affliction to our welfare, and may we all meet together there in that better land where no parting will ever be known.
KLIPP. On the 11th of December, at the residence of Levi Cainon in Harrison township, Elkhart county, Ind., of heart disease Solomon Klipp, aged 24 years, 3 months and 13 days. He was buried on the 13th at Shaum's burying ground. The funeral was very largely attended by neighbors and friends who met to sympathize with the mourning friends. Services were held by Daniel Brenneman and Noah Metzler. This was again a warning to the young. May the Lord sanctify their affliction to their eternal welfare. Peace to his ashes.
GOCHENAUR. On the 20th of October, at Landisville, Lancaster county, Pa., Rebecca Gochenaur, widow, aged 77 years and 18 days. Buried in the family burying ground. Funeral services were held by John Brubaker and John Landis. Text, Rev. 7 : 16, 17.
MAXTON. On the 26th of October in Montgomery county, Ohio, Thomas Maxton, aged 93 years, 7 months and 3 days. He was the father of ten children, all living and all present at his funeral, 43 grand-children, and 23 great-grandchildren. Remarks were made by John M. Greider from Psalms 10: 3.
RISSER. On the 11th of November, in Montgomery county, Ohio, Henry Risser, aged 75 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral Services were held by John M. Greider and John Smith from Rev. 20 : 6. Bro. Risser was married to Elizabeth Eby in 1837, emigrated to Dayton, Ohio, in 1837, and lived in Montgomery county, Ohio, over 46 years.
GOODMAN. In Montgomery county, Ohio, on the 12th of November. Thomas Goodman, aged 68 years, 10 months and 11 days.
KING. Dec. 21st in Logan Co., O., of diphtheria,
Harvey, son of Abraham and Mattie King, aged 5 years, 1
month and 24 days. Service at South Union Church by Jonas C. Yoder
in German, and David Liedle in English. Text, Mark 10 : 13, 14.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom."
CORRECTION. In the death notice of Christian Brenneman in the 15th of December No., it was said that he died on the 11th of November. It should have been on the 11th of October.
STRITE. On Sunday, December 21st, 1884, at the residence of her son, John S. Strite, near Leitersburg, Md., Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Strite, deceased, aged 76 years, 10 months and 14 days.
ESHLEMAN. On Wednesday, Dec. 24th, 1884, near Leitersburg, Md., Anna Melinda Eshleman, nee Strite, wife John S. Eshleman, aged 27 years, 2 months and 3 days. Both the above have been for years, consistent members of the Mennonite Church.
STORM. On the 4th of December, in Humberstone, Ontario, Eve, widow of George Storm, aged 77 years, 11 months and 14 days. Services by C. Gehman and I. Rittenhouse.
KURTZ. On the 11th of December, 1884, in Champaign Co., Ohio, of hemorrhage of the lungs, Joseph Kurtz, aged 76 years, 6 months and 17 days. He was buried on the following Saturday. Brother John Warye conducted the funeral services. Joseph Kurtz was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 24th of May, 1808. Was married in Fairfield Co., Ohio, to Lydia Zook in 1836. Was a resident of Fairfield Co. 43 years, and then moved to Champaign Co., Ohio. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church ever since he was a young man.
WALKER. On the 1st of November, in Salisbury twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Isaac Walker, aged 68 years, 5 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 4th, at the Pequea A. M. Church, where services were held by Gideon Stoltzfus and Samuel Lantz from Eccl. 12 : 7.
STERN. On the 18th of December, in Salisbury twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of blood poison, Henry W. Stern, aged 23 years and 8 days. Funeral on the 21st at the Pequea A. M. Church, where services were conducted by Gideon Stoltzfus and Samuel Lantz. Text, Job 14 : 15.
EBERLY. On the 16th of December, 1884, near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Henry Eberly, formerly of Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 87 years, 2 months and 25 days. In 1856 he removed from Lancaster county, Pa. to Ohio. Funeral services by Henry Horst, Henry Beery and Abm. Brubaker.
BUFFENMEYER. On the 18th of December, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Lucy, wife of Peter Buffenmeyer, in the 60th year of her age.
BRYAN. On the 12th of December, in Bedminster twp., Bucks county, Pa. of rheumatism and consumption, Jacob Bryan, oldest son of Jacob Bryan Sr., aged 20 years, 9 months and 23 days. Services at Deep Run Meeting-house, by Samuel Gottshalk and Isaac Moyer from Rev. 21 : 6, 7.
BEERY. On the 25th of Dec., in Gilbert twp., Medina county, Ohio, very suddenly of heart disease, Magdalena, widow of Joseph Beery, deceased, aged 81 years, 4 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 28th. Funeral services by Henry Beery. Sister Beery was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was in usual health till two hours before she died.
JONES. On the 29th of December, in Conemough twp., Somerset county, Pa., Edward Jones, aged 62 years, 10 months and 16 days. He was buried on the 31st, in Samuel Thomas's grave-yard. Services by R. Fink.
SPITNALE. On the 27th of December, in Putnam county, Ohio, of lung trouble, Aaron, only son of Isaac and ______ Spitnale, age 11 months and 16 days. Funeral services by H. H. Good from Matthew 18 : 3.
PLANK. On the 26th of December, 1884, near Milford, Seward county, Nebraska, John Edwin, son of John and Sallie Plank, aged 1 year, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held by Joseph Schlegel and Jacob Roth from Job 14 : 1-6.
MILLER. On the 20th of December, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart county, Indiana, very suddenly, Preacher Joseph J. Miller, aged 58 years, 9 months and 8 days. Funeral services were held by J. L. Miller, J. C. Barntreger and Levi Weaver from Rom. 14 : 7-14, and 1 Cor. 15. He was buried in the Methodist burying-ground, where eight days less than a year ago his companion was laid to rest. Brother Miller was sick only about two days, and no one thought his end was so near until a very short time before his death.
CHRISTNER. On the 16th of December, in Clinton township, Elkhart county, Indiana, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Christner, aged 59 years, 10 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held by J. L. Miller and J. C. Barntreger from John 5 : 20--29. Sister Christner was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite Church, and often confessed that she had peace with God and all men, and desired to take her leave of this world. She kindly admonished her children, and spoke words of comfort to her sorrowing husband.
BYLER. On the 29th of December, in Shelby county, Missouri, very suddenly of old age, George Byler, aged 80 years, 9 months and 27 days. Funeral services by J. Brubacher from John 11 : 25, 26.
WITMER. On the 9th of December, in Wrightstown, York county, Pennsylvania, of the feebleness of old age, Catharine Witmer, widow of Jacob Witmer deceased, aged 87 years and 8 months. She was buried at Hershey's Meeting-house. Text, Isaiah 3 : 10. She was an accordant member of the Mennonite Church for many years.
CULP. On the 6th of January, in Harrison township, Elkhart county, Ind., Magdalena (maiden name Wisler) wife of David Culp, aged 48 years, 5 months and 24 days. The deceased was afflicted with a tumor, and was confined to her bed for over one year. She bore her sufferings with much patience. A husband and twelve children are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held by Martin Hoover and Noah Metzler from Matt. 5 : 1-12; Acts 17 : 15.
STAUFFER. December 20th, in Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., Henry Stauffer of Rapho Twp. Funeral on the 23d. Text, Rev. 22 : 12. Buried at Erisman's Meeting-house.
HORST. January 1st, near Horst's Mill, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Brother Joseph Horst, aged 61 years, 11 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 5th. Text. Rev. 7 : 16, 17. Buried at Horst's family grave-yard. Peace to her ashes.
SPEICHER. On the 7th of December, in Walker Twp., Juniata county, Pa., Phoebe Speicher, aged 62 years, 10 months and 12 days. Buried at Lost Creek, grave-yard, where services were held by Bishop Jacob Graybill and William Graybill. Text, Rom. 4 : 7, 8.
RANELS. On the 23d of December, near Oakland Mills,
Lost Creek Valley, Juniata county, Pa., Widow Sarah Ranels,
aged 92 years and 9 days. She was a member of the River Brethren
Church for many years. Buried in the family grave yard, where
many friends met to pay the last adieu to her remains. Services
by William Graybill. Text, Ecclesiasticus 41 : 2, 3.