Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1886

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIII, Number 1, January 1, 1886, Page 12.


A very sad accident occurred on Thursday, the 10th of December in the family of Solomon K Kraver, of Windfall, Medina Co., Ohio. His son Elwin, a promising young man of 16 years, 9 months, and 25 days, who on account of feebleness of body, made it a custom each morning to ride on horseback to school (the school-house being about half a mile distant), and letting the horse return alone. On the morning referred to, he saddled his horse as usual, and on reaching the place, dismounted close to the school building, and in so doing, his foot either caught in, or slipped through the stirrup in such a way as to hold fast. The horse thinking himself free, started to run, throwing him off his feet and dragging him the entire distance home. His mother noticing the horse coming so fast, ran out into the road and tried to stop it, but it ran by her and stopped only at the stable-door. Mr. Bowman came to the stable door just as the horse stopped, and he saw the body drop to the ground. He ran to the side of the bruised and bleeding form, but to see in a few moments all signs of life pass away. Mr. Bowman, with the aid of the boy's father, who was in the barn at the time of the accident, carried him into the house, when the former went for some of the neighbors. The young man's clothing was very badly torn, and the face, that a few minutes before was so fresh and bright, was hardly recognizable. Funeral services were held on Sunday following. Brief exercises were held at the home of the family after which the funeral proceeded to the Guilford Lutheran Church, where appropriate services were held by Rev. Smith of Wadsworth, after which the remains were taken to Wadsworth for interment. The deceased was a special favorite of the community, being of a very kind and gentle disposition, and never of very robust health, he had a hold on the affections of all who knew him that few could boast of. He was a grand-son of the late Alpheus Myers, who some years ago, came to a sad and untimely death by being run over by a train in front of the depot at Wadsworth.
This is indeed a very sad affliction for the bereaved parents, grandparents, and friends. May the Lord give them the grace to look up to Him for the consolation which they need, and may He give them grace even in their deepest sorrow to say: "Thy will be done."

Selected by Harriet Woodruff on the death
of her father, Geo. W. Joles.

Dear Father hath gone to his home in the skies
Where suffering no entrance hath found,
Where sighs are all hushed in a gladsome surprise.
And the pure brow with glory is crowned.

He clasped to his bosom the dear little ones
He so willingly gave to his God-
My darlings we'll meet when life's journey is done
In yon beauteous and blissful abode.

Look up, stricken children, weep not for thy dead,
His memory lingereth yet,
Like the fragrance which flows at evening shed,
It softens the pangs of regret.

As sadly we lay him in the cold silent tomb,
And the heart throbs with fullness of grief,
We turn from the pall and the sepulcher's gloom
To the teachings of Christ for relief.

We see through the dimness of tears as they rise
The crucified Savior of men,
Who speaks as he bends from his throne in the skies-
Ye shall meet your dear father again.

We miss thee, dear father, thy image is still
The deepest impressed on our hearts,
And the tablet so faithful in death must be chill.
Ere a line of that image depart.

JOLES- On the 20th of November, in Bethel Tp., Branch Co., Mich., Geo. W. Joles, aged 76 years, 7 months and 9 days. He was the father of eight children, of which five survive him; thirty grandchildren, of which eighteen survive him, and three great grandchildren. Services were held by Elder Hunt in the U. B. Church of Bethel, from 1 Cor. 15:22.

HACKMAN- On the 10th of December, near Hatfield, Montgomery county, Pa., Susanna Hackman, maiden name Gehman, aged 46 years, 6 months and 3 days. Funeral services were held by Josiah Clemmer, Jacob Loux, and Henry Godshall. Text, Matt. 24:42.

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BRENNEMAN- On December 5th, in Orrville, Wayne county, Ohio, of urinary calculus, Jacob Brenneman, aged 63 years, 8 months and 6 days. Deceased was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and emigrated with his father to Ohio in his early youth, and lived with the family on a farm about two miles south of where Orrville is now located until his health failed him while yet so young so that he could not endure hard labor. He then engaged in business in and about Orrville, in which he continued successful during his life, accumulating considerable of this world's goods, and gaining many friends by his straightforward and honest dealings with all. He was ever in sympathy with the people of God, and was often present at their meetings, and was frequently moved to tears during services, but for some reason did not unite with them until nearly two years before his death, when he became fully resigned to the will of his Creator and Savior, and was received into the church by baptism. He was confined to his bed most of the time since his sufferings which were intense at times, especially in his last days; but he bore it all with Christian resignation desiring often to go home to his Savior and be at rest. He leaves a wife and son, an only child, to mourn their loss. Buried on the 7th, in the Mennonite Burying-ground near Orrville. Services by Michael Horst and Michael Rohrer from Rev. 21:7 and Heb. 4:9.

HOCHSTETLER- On the 18th of Dec., near Bluffton, Allen Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Anna Hochstetler, at the advanced age of 84 years, 7 months and 6 days. Her husband died seven years ago, also six children died previously. Two children still live to mourn their loss. She was buried at Gratz's Church on the 20th. Services by ____ Egly from 1 Cor. 15:55- 57, and by C. P. Steiner and ____ Kuhlen from Rev. 14:15.

ADELSPURGER- On the ___, in Decator, Ind., of lung fever, Diana E. Adelspurger, 37 years, 9 months and 10 days, leaving a bereaved husband, five children, a father, a brother, a sister, and a half sister to mourn her early departure. Services by Pre. ____ Green. The 90th Psalm was read and a short but appropriate discourse was delivered by the above. She was the daughter of A. A. and Lucinda Good.

HOTTEL- On the 8th of December, near Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Barbara, wife of Samuel Hottel, in the 63d (sic) year of her age. Her maiden name was Trimby. She was a faithful member in the Mennonite Church. She was buried on the 11th at Deep Run, where funeral services were held by Isaac Moyer and Isaac Rickert.

GROSE- On the night of Dec. 4th, in Ashland county, Ohio, at the residence of John Troxel, David Grose, at an advanced age. He was on a visit to the above place in company with Pre. Peter Troxel, and was sleeping with him in the same bed; and on Saturday morning Bro. Troxel arose and went downstairs, expecting Bro. Grose to follow. But when he did not make an appearance, they went to see and found him dead. He was buried on Monday the 6th. Services by Peter Troxel and ______.

HERTZLER- On the 15th of Dec. near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., Adam Hertzler, aged 64 * years and 27 days.

*Transcriber's note: It's difficult to be certain of this number because of a crease in the page.

WAGNER- On the 9th of Dec., in Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., of inflammation of the stomach and bowels, of which he suffered about one week, Franklin C. Wagner, aged 24 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was buried on the 11th. Funeral services by John F. Funk assisted by Adam H. Brenneman, of Orrville, Ohio. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss. This affliction falls heavily upon those dependent on him as well as mother and sister and others. In his last hours he called earnestly on the Lord in prayer, and said he was going to a better home. Let us all remember that now is the accepted time, and seek salvation while it may be obtained.

SWARTLEY- On the 18th of Dec. in North Wales, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis of which he was sick only two days, Jacob M. Swartley, aged 70 years. He leaves a widow, two daughters and four sons. He was noted for his liberality to the poor and those in need. He was buried at the Mennonite Meeting-house at Line Lexington, on Thursday Dec. 24th. He has long been a member of the Mennonite Church and will be greatly missed not only by the family and immediate friends, but by the community in general.

CORRELL- On the 3d of Dec., at the residence of his daughter, Barbara Meyers, in Arcadia, Hamilton Co., Ind., John Correll, aged 85 years, 5 months and 4 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and emigrated to Indiana in 1838. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by John H. Caylor at the Dunkard Church, from John 5:28, 29.

Transcribed by: Mona M. Mann, Arizona


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXIII, Number 2, January 15, 1886

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HOLDEMAN. - On the 2d of January, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, Harriet, wife of Christian N. Holdeman, aged 40 years and 2 days. She was the mother of seven children the youngest of whom, an infant, preceded her only three days. She leaves a deeply sorrowing husband and six children to mourn the loss of a dear companion and a loving mother. Her greatest anxiety was to remain with her family until her children were grown and she would have the comfort of seeing them become Christians and members of the Church, but fully resigned herself to the will of God. She was a daughter of Michael Gongway, of Ashland Co., Ohio. She was buried on the 5th at Shaum's burying-ground. Services were conducted by J. S. Coffman, Henry Shaum and J. F. Funk.

GRAYBILL. - On the 8th of Dec., near McAllisterville, Juniata county, Pa., of heart disease, Hannah, widow of Peter Graybill, aged 78 years, 8 months and 28 days. She was a daughter of Pre. John Graybill, the first Mennonite preacher in Lost Creek Valley, and mother of Pre. William Graybill. She had been suffering quite a good deal for some seven years. On the evening of the 8th of Dec., she was not able, on account of short breath, to finish her supper. She retired saying that she was very sick. About 9 o'clock she felt better and fell into a natural sleep, from which she never awoke. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for 58 years. She bore her sickness with patience and leaves 7 children. She was buried at Lost Creek on the 12th. Services by Jacob Graybill and William Auker from Rev. 7:16, 17.

RAMER. - Hannah Ramer, wife of John Ramer, and daughter of Elias and Sophia Ehret, departed this life on the 28th of Dec., 1885, aged 43 years, 10 months and 5 days. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on the 22nd of Dec., 1842. She moved with her parents to Ohio, and from thence to Indiana, where she was married in 1866 to John Ramer, with whom she moved to Morgan Co., Mo., in 1867. They united with the Church in 1871. Sister Ramer was a faithful worker and by her blameless life and christian devotion, helped to build up a flourishing membership. During her illness, she exhorted her family and neighbors so to live that they might all meet in heaven. The loss is keenly felt by all, especially by her husband and five children. Her funeral was the largest ever witnessed in this community and shows the high esteem in which she was held. The funeral services were conducted by David Bowman. Text, Thess. 4:13.

WARNER.On the 18th of December, in Rainham Tp., Haldimand Co., Ontario, strangled by drinking water causing death in a few minutes, Harvey, son of George and Catharine Warner, aged 1 year, 6 months and 11 days. Buried at the Mennonite Church in the Hoover settlement, Rainham. Services by Leonard Hoover in English and Isaac Rittenhouse in German.

RICHER. - On the 29th of November, near Peru, Miami county, Indiana, of consumption, Mary I., wife of Daniel A. Richer, aged 35 years, 11 months and 18 days, leaving a sad husband and 4 children to mourn their loss, but not without a hope of meeting her again in heaven where grief and sorrow and parting will be no more, as she left satisfactory evidence that she went to her Savior.

ZIMMERMAN. - On the 11th of December, in Livingston Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age, John Zimmerman, aged 74 years, 10 months and 8 days. He was buried on the 12th. Funeral services were held by Jos. Rediger, Christian Egly, and John P. Schmitt. He was never married, and leaves two sisters and one brother. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.

FINNEY. - In Parkesburgh, Chester Co., Pa., of a lingering illness for years, and lastly of paralysis, Mary Finney. Buried the 11th of December. The loss falls heavily on her sister Susan, as the two lived together many years. The Lord will comfort all those who put their trust in Him.

HOOVER.--- On the 2d of January, in Whitechurch Tp., York Co., Ont., George, youngest son of David D., and Maria Hoover, aged 3 years and 10 days. Buried on the 3rd, in the Mennonite burying-ground. Services by Pre. Nixon. Text, 2 Samuel 12:23.

HOOVER. - On the 3d of January, in Markham Tp., York Co., Ont., Alda, youngest daughter of Jacob and Anna Hoover, aged 5 months and 3 days. Buried in the Mennonite burying-ground. Services by Joseph Barkey in German, and John Byer in English.
"I take these little lambs," said he,
"And lay them in my breast;
Protection they shall find in me,
In me be ever blest."

MAST.---On the 21st of Dec., near Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., Sarah, daughter of Samuel Mast, deceased, aged 18 years, 7 months and 8 days. She embraced religion a few years ago and was a faithful member in the Church. She leaves a mother, three brothers and one sister to mourn her death. Services by Jonathan P. Smucker, from John 11:25, 26.

MILLER. - On the 27th of December, near Doughty, Holmes Co., Ohio, of consumption, Fanny, wife of Isaac S. Miller, aged 44 years, 8 months and 28 days. Buried at Walnut Creek Mennonite burying-ground. Services by David Beachy and A. Mast.

GROVE. - On the 2d of October, near Union Chapel, Augusta Co., Va., of diphtheria, Anna Bell, daughter of Isaac and Lizzie Grove, aged 7 years, 6 months and 9 days. Buried on the 4th . Services by G. D. and J. F. Heatwole. Text, Isaiah 11:6. Another bud is nipped, another one added to the blood washed throng. When Jesus was here on earth "he called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said: Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." What a happy thought for the dear parents that they now have a child in heaven, basking in the smiles of Jesus' love, safe and secure from all the snares and temptations of sin.
An early summons Jesus sends,
To call a child above;
And whispers o'er the weeping friends,
'T is all the fruit of love.

To save the darling child from woe,
And guard it from all harm;
From all the griefs you feel below,
I called it to my arms.

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DETLIN. - On the 14th of Dec., near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Alice, oldest daughter of Peter Detlin, aged 16 years, 5 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 17th at Landisville Meeting-house. Text, Job 14:10. A loud call for the young to seek the Lord without delay.

WARKENTIN. - On the 11th of December, near Gretna, Manitoba, after 14 days of severe suffering, Jacob Warkentin, aged 28 years, 6 months and 8 days. He emigrated from Russia some years ago.

SMOKER. - On the 1st of Jan., near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio of consumption, Sister Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of David and Sarah Smoker, aged 19 years, 6 months and 24 days. She was suffering all summer, but continued to attend public worship and Sunday school until within about two months of the time of her death. It was her greatest joy to have her friends come in and read and exhort and pray with her. She never complained and died in full consciousness of all around her, and her last words were: "God bless me, Jesus take me home! Take me home! She was buried at Oak Grove meeting-house, where services were held by J. K. Yoder and David Hostetler from Isa. 25:10 in German and by D. Z. Yodter from Acts 7:55 in English.

HOOVER - On the 24th of Dec., near Curry Station, Blair Co., Pa. of typhoid pneumonia, George Hoover, aged 24 years. Buried on the 26th at the Dunkard Church on Cross Roads. Services by G. W. Brumbaugh.

NITTROUER - On the 25th of Dec., in Harvey county, Kansas, of inflammation of the bowels, Elias, twin son of Samual and Elizabeth Nittrouer, aged 10 months and 22 days. Sister Nittrouer was visiting at David Weaver's, near Newton, where the child was taken sick and died on Christmas eve. Services by D. Brundage and D. B. and J. A. Holdeman, from Matt. 18:3 and Gal. 6:8, 15.
"As the sweet flower that scents the morn,
But withers in the rising day,
Thus lovely was the infants's dawn
Thus swiftly fled its life away.

Yet the sad hour that took the boy
Perhaps has spared a heavier doom.
Snatched from scenes of guilty joy,
Or from the pangs of ill to come."

AUGSTEIN - On the 14th of Dec., in Fulton Co., Ohio, of a lingering illness. _______, widow of the late Bro. Joseph Augstein, aged 66 years, 6 months and 4 days. Her maiden name was Jutzi. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Her remains were buried at Lockport on the 16th. Services by J. Wysz and C. Freienberger in German, and by Elias Frey in English.

Transcribed by: David W. Mann, Arizona

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