Transcriber's note: The period after (her) was omitted and (Befere) was typed as written.
RISSER. - On the 12th of Feb., near Jerry City, Wood Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Christian Risser, in the 76th year of his age. He was buried in the West Mill Grove Cemetery, where services were held by Pre. Thompson. Peace to his ashes.
COOK. - On the 17th of June, at her home, Pleasant Plain, Jefferson Co., Iowa, of apoplexy, Mrs. Mary M. Cook, daughter of J. C. and Fannie Rutt, aged 47 years, 4 months and 2 days. She came to Iowa in June, 1874, married E. Cook in the year 1876. They had one child which died in infancy. She lived a Christian life. Peace to her ashes.
LICHTY. - On the 16th of June, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of heart disease, David Licthy, aged 63 years, 8 months and 12 days. He was buried on the 18th at Martin's Meeting-house. Funeral services were held by Abraham Martin and Joseph Gingerich, from Eph. 5:15 - 17 and 1 Pet. 4:5 - 7.
STAUFFER. - Near Edgemont, Washington Co., Md., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Anna Stauffer, aged 80 years, 10 months and 1 day. She was a member of the Mennonite church for 58 years.
BOWMAN. - On the 28th of May, in Gaines Twp., Kent Co., Mich., of the infirmities of old age, Polly, widow of Elias Bowman, aged 74 years, 10 months and 16 days. She was born on the 12th of July, 1811, in Bucks Co., Pa. In childhood, with her father Jacob Clemens, she moved to Waterloo Co., Ontario, which was then a wilderness. In the year 1829 she was joined in marriage to Elias Bowman of the same place. To them were born eight sons and six daughters, ten of whom are yet living. In 1863, she with her husband, moved to Mich., where she has since resided. She embraced religion in early life was united to the Mennonite church, and lived a consistent life. She also had the joy of seeing all her children embrace religion. She was buried on the 31st of May at the Gaines U. B. Meeting house, where an immense congregation had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to this beloved "mother of Israel." Funeral services were held by H. T. Barnaby.
Transcriber's note The period after (life) was left out in the original.
MILLER. - On the 21st of June, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of drowning, Orpha, youngest daughter of Joel and Katy Miller, aged 11 months and 27 days. The child had gone away from her mother for a few minutes and when she went to look for it she found the child balanced on the edge of a large iron kettle, placed near the pump to catch the waste water, with its face in the water, dead. The burial took place on the 23d at Shaum's graveyard. Services by Henry Shaum and J. F. Funk. Little Orpha was a very lively girl, and the pet of the household, but Jesus loved her and took her to himself. May God comfort the parents and brothers and sisters in their deep affliction.
Transcriber's note: The apostrophe after (its) was omitted in the original.
HOOVER. - On the 4th of June, in the house of her son-in-law, Joseph Weaver, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of crysipclas and blood poisoning, Charlotte Hoover, maiden name Swartz, aged 69 years and 29 days. Funeral services were held in the Clinton Mennonite Meeting-house, by J. S. Coffman and Peter Lehman. Sister Hoover was born and brought up in Haldimand Co., Ont. In 1834 she was married to Isaac Hoover. In 1854 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., and in 1855 her husband died. Several years later she moved back to Canada, where she lived until her children were all married. After that she spent her time among her children, in Canada, Indiana and Michigan. She was a widow 31 years. She was the mother of two sons and four daughters, all living. At her death she had 52 grandchildren - 42 living and 18 great grand children - 16 living. She united with the church in her early years and as she grew older continued to grow more faithful and devoted, and more earnest in admonishing her children and grand children to live for Christ. In her last days she often desired reading the Scriptures, singing and prayer.
Not in the radiant morn or noon of life,
But in the twilight passed her soul away.
The warring elements had ceased their strife,
And peaceful was the closing of her day.
Strong in the faith that Jesus saves the soul
Who trusts in His almighty grace and power,
She calmly waited for the heavenly call,
Nor feared the coming of the solemn hour.
Far in the past her pilgrimage had been
Through many a sorrowing and rejoicing day,
Through many a trial endured, and danger seen,
But God had led her all the lengthened way.
And now, when the last, awful hour drew near,
And death had come with all his dread alarms,
The presence of the Lord prevented fear;
Beneath her were the everlasting arms.
Transcriber's note: crysipclas and grand children typed as in the original.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
NEUHAUSER. - On the 14th of May, in Livingston Co., Ill., of cancer of the breast, Barbara, wife of deacon Valentine Neuhauser, aged 66 years. On Sunday the 16th her remains were laid in the grave. Many friends from far and near were present to pay their last tribute of respect for the departed sister. Funeral services were held by Daniel Steiner, Andrew Ropp, Christian Roop and John P. Schmidt. About three years ago an operation was preformed upon Sister Neuhauser and since that time she had continual and severe pain; yet all her sufferings were borne in all patience and Christian fortitude. She often prayed her heavenly Father that if it were his will, to release her from these sufferings, yet she calmly resigned herself to his will. She gave good evidence that she had been with Christ. She lived in matrimony 47 years, during which time joy intermingled with sorrow, yet the Lord always opened a way for them. Their last place of abode in Europe was in Saxburg, France, where she was born. From that place they moved to America. The departed sister leaves a sorrowing husband, one son, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
GOOD. - On the 22d of June, in Tazewell county, Ill.,
of inflammation of the bowels, caused by rupture, Deacon Peter
Good, aged 80 years and five months. He was buried on the 24th
in the family graveyard. A great number of people assembled to
show their respect for the departed brother. Funeral services
were held by Andrew Roop, Peter Guengerich, Christian Risser and
John P. Schmitt. The deceased brother preformed the duties of
his calling faithfully, assisting the poor and needy to whom he
was always kind and benevolent. He was a faithful member of the
Amish Mennonite Church, and leaves a sorrowing widow, 4 children,
26 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Peace to his ashes.
KING. - On the 24th of June, in Logan Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Barbara, wife of Jacob Z. King, aged 30 years, 3 months and 24 days. She leaves a husband, 3 children and one sister to mourn her death. She was buried on the 25th the presence of many sorrowing friends and relatives who feel assured that she is now at rest. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held by C. K. and J. C. Yoder and Samuel Frantz from Phil. 1:21.
"My husband dear, we had to part,
Then try and cheer your aching heart
With hopes that when your days are o,er,
We,ll meet where parting is no more."
KURTZ. - On the 19th of May in Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption, Henry C. Kurtz, aged 36 years, 6 months and 16 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and leaves a widow with a family of children to mourn his early departure. He was buried at the Delaware Church. Funeral services were held by Jacob S. Grabill and William Auker from Rev. 14:13.
LANDIS. - On the 10th of June, in Juniata Co., Pa., John H. Landis, aged 62 years, 4 months and 5 days. He was buried at the Brick Church, near Richfield, where many friends and relatives congregated to witness the remains as they were laid in the grave. Funeral services were conducted by Jacob S. and William Graybill from John 5:25.
KOEHLER. - On the 11th of June, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of old age, Christian Koehler, aged 85 years, 5 months and 11 days. He was buried in the Union graveyard at the Paradise Church. Services were held by David Hostetler from Matt. 24:44.
MARTIN. - On the 28th of June, near Ayr, Adams Co., Nebraska, of dropsy of the heart, Elizabeth Martin, aged 68 years, 8 months and 29 days. The deceased was born in 1817 in Muenchhof, Kaiserlautern, in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany. Her parents, names were John and Susanna Wuertz. In 1833 she emigrated to America, where on the 29th of February, 1844, she was married to Solomon Martin. They had 3 sons and 3 daughters, all living in Adams Co., Neb. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother and a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. In the last days of her life she suffered greatly, having been sick since February. For four months and one week she had to sit up in bed nearly all the time, a small bench serving as a rest for her head in order to sleep. She often wished to be released from her pain, yet she was patient. Her husband and children gave her the most unremitting attention and kind nursing. When on Easter Communion was observed in the Church, she requested also to have it administered to her for the last time on earth, which was done while she was on her bed of sickness. She was buried on the 29th at the Roseland Church, where a great concourse of people assembled. Funeral services were held by A. Schiffler and J. Nice from John 11:25, 26 and 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 6 children and 20 grandchildren to mourn her departure.
SESLER. - On the 21st of May in Georges Township, Fayette Co., Pa., wife (and infant) of Philip Sesler, aged 34 years, 7 months and 28 days. Sister Sesler was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and very devoted in her Christian duties. She was in feeble health for several years, yet amid all her trials and afflictions she had a confiding trust in Jesus. She said, "I bear it all for Jesus, sake." She was highly respected and beloved by all who knew her. A husband and three children are left to mourn her departure. The mother and infant were buried together in the Masontown burying-ground. Services by C. Deffenbaugh and John N. Durr from 2 Tim. 4:6, 8.
LOUX. - On the 18th of June, in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., of consumption, of which he suffered for some time, Bro. Jacob Loux, aged 64 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was buried in the Blooming Glen burying-ground. Services were held by Isaac Richert, Isaac Moyer, Jacob Loux and Samuel Gross. Bro Loux was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and an earnest and devoted Christian. He possessed an unwavering trust in God and had a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. His wife died some years ago; he leaves a number of children to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for we feel that it is well with him.
WEAVER. - On the 4th of July, in McPherson Co., Kan., George, infant son of D. K. and Louisa Weaver, aged 4 months and 18 days. He was buried on the 5th at the Spring Valley Meeting-house. Funeral services were held by Henry Walter and Michael Horst of Ohio, and D. Brundage and J. Holdeman from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.
FLICKINGER. - On the 2d of July, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., John Calvin, son of Isaac and Louisa Flickinger, aged 3 years, 8 months and 20 days. This is the fourth child taken from the family circle. May this be a means to lead them all near to Christ so that they may at last meet their loved ones on Canaan's happy shore. He was buried on the 4th. Funeral services were held by Noah Metzler from Luke 17:13.
SWEITZER. - On the 2d of July, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., William, son of Joseph and Catharine Sweitzer, aged 8 months and 28 days. Buried in the Amish Mennonite graveyard. Services were held by Joseph Schlegel from 1 Cor. 15:16 - 20.
CRAIG. - On the 3d of July, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Aaron B. Craig, aged 68 years, 1 month and 19 days. He was born in Clarke Co., Ohio, in 1818 married in 1842 to Eleanor Maxwell, who died in 1847. In 1853 he again married to Deborah Jane McDonald, who died in 1874. He was buried on the 5th in Miller's graveyard. Funeral services were held by Noah Metzler and Claudius K. Curtis.
Transcriber's note: The coma after 1818 was omitted in the original.
RUTT. - On the 29th of June, near Sterling, Ill., of heart complaint, Frances, wife of Jacob E. Rutt. She was for many years a consistent member of the Mennonite Church and was ready to go when the summons came. She was buried on the 2d July. Funeral services were held by Henry Nice and J. L. Reimer.
LONGENECKER. - On the 10th of July, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Joseph Longenecker, aged 78 years, 1 month and 25 days. Deceased was married to Elizabeth Showalter in 1830. His wife died five years before his death. He was the father of 12 children; his grandchildren number fifty, and great-grand-children nineteen. Father Longenecker was born in Fayette county, Pa., from which place he moved to Holmes county, Ohio, in 1836; from there he moved to Clay Co., Ind., where he resided till 1881, when he came to Elkhart Co., Ind. He was confined to his bed three months. He was patient in suffering, and was resigned to his heavenly Father's will. He was buried at Shaum's Meeting-house where services were held by Henry Shaum and Samuel Yoder.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana