Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1887

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXIV, Number 17, September 1, 1887 - pg 269

A sad accident with fatal results occurred Tuesday afternoon the 9th of August, about three miles north-east of Canton, Ohio. Frank Edwin Sheffer was hauling wood in the vicinity of a deserted well which had long before been covered over with slabs of wood. He happened to step on the slaps*, which being rotten with age, gave way and precipitated him to the bottom of the well, a distance of eighteen feet. in falling it seems he struck his head against the wall rendering him insensible and turning him so that he fell head foremost into four feet of water. A boy by the name of Stevens who was with him gave the alarm to neighbors, who, with a rope looped over his leg drew him out and conveyed him home to his mother, Sister Sarah Sheffer. He was the younger son. He was buried in the Mennonite burying-ground at Canton on the 12th, followed by a large concourse of neighbors and sympathizing friends. He was aged 17 years, 6 months and 23 days. A loud call to the young and unconverted. Services by Michael Rohrer. In the midst of life we are in death, and yet how unconcerned we go, in spite of dangers around us all the time, whether at home or abroad. Many, like this young man, in an unguarded moment , without the least thought or sight of danger, are, in a moment, cast from time into eternity, the very thought of which should awaken within us a lively concern for the salvation of our souls.
Little did mother Sheffer think that day that Eddy was eating the last meal with her and his sister. Hence the warning of our dear Savior: "What I say, I say unto all, Watch."
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

MARTIN.-On the 20th of August, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Joseph S. Martin, aged 39 years, 8 months and 14 days. Buried on the 22d at Yellow Creek, followed by his widow and her three children and a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by H. Shaum and Noah Metzler from 2 Cor. 5:1.

SEESE.-On the 13th of August, in St Joseph Co., Ind., Nellie, daughter of Alfred and --- Seese, aged three months and 13 days. Buried at Shaum's Church. Services by Noah Metzler from Matt 18:3.

KUHNS.-On the 16th of August, at Middletown, Holmes Co., Ohio, of dropsy, Tobias Kuhns, aged 57 years, 4 months and 10 days. He was buried on the 18th in Henry Mast's burying ground. Services by Moses Beachy and David Miller. Deceased was confined to his bed about two months, during which time he suffered much. He leaves a wife and a number of children to mourn their loss.

GERBER.-On the 15th of August, at Walnut Creek, Ohio, of cholera infantum, Rachel Angeline, daughter of Sarah Gerber, aged 1 year, 8 months and 14 days. Buried on the 16th in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Services by A. Mast and I.A. Miller.

ROW.-On the 10th of August, at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, of dysentery, John Herbert, son of Emanuel and Salome Row, aged 2 years, 7 months and 3 days. Buried in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Services by David Beachy, A. Mast and Isaac A. Miller from 2 Cor. 5.

BUCH.-August 10th, near Junction, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Emanuel Buch, aged 41 years, 11 months and 11 days. Buried on the 13th at Petersburg M. House. Text, Jas. 4:14. A sorrowing family and many friends followed his remains to the grave. Bro. Buch was kicked by a horse which caused his death. He was a highly esteemed member of the old Mennonite Church. May the good Lord comfort his family.

HAVERSTICK.-On the 15th of July in Manor township, Lancaster county, Pa., of Consumption, Sister Emma,* N., wife of Bro. Henry H. Haverstick, aged 27 years and 4 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband* two small children, parents and many brothers and sisters to mourn her early departure, but we mourn not as those who have no hope; we trust our loss is her eternal gain. Much as we needed her here, God's ways are not our ways. She remarked while sick, "God doeth all things well." She had a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. Buried at Habecker's Meeting House on the 19th. Services from Rev. 21:6,7.
Farewll, Sister, thy sufferings now are past,
Thy weary hours of pain;
Tho' we shall weep in anguish here
Thine is eternal gain. K.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

SHOEMAKER.-On the 3d of August, in Montgomery county, Pa., Garret Shoemaker, aged 77 years, 2 months and 23 days. Buried at the Franconia Meeting-house on the 7th. Funeral services by Isaac Moyer, Isaac Rickert and others.

BATDORF.-On the 30th of July, at Junction, Lancaster county, Pa., of brain fever, Carrie, daughter of N.S. and Susan Batdorf, aged 16 years, 11 months and 11 days. Buried at Kauffman's Meeting-house on the 1st of August. Services from Heb. 4:9, and Eccl. 12:1. A solemn call to the young.

YODER.-On the 5th of May, in LaGrange county, Ind., Nettie May, only child of Wallace and Sarah Yoder, aged 11 months and 24 days. Funeral services by Jonathan Kurtz and Jacob Weaver.

OSWALD.-On the 13th of August, at Charm, Holmes county, Ohio, of diarrhea, Gideon, son of Emanuel and Lydia Oswald, aged 7 months and 11 days. Buried on the 15th in the Walnut Creek graveyard. Services by David Beachy, A. Mast and I.A. Miller.

SMITH.-On the 8th of August, near Shanesville, Tuscarawas county, Ohio, of heart disease, Sarah, wife of George Smith, aged 36 years, 9 months and 25 days. Buried in the Union Hill graveyard followed thither by many dear friends and relatives. Services by A. Mast, David Beach, and I.A. Miller.

BYLER.-On the 3d of August, near Belleville, Mifflin county, Pa., Sallie, wife of Pre. Solomon Byler, aged 87 years and 10 months. She was a loving wife and mother, and a faithful member of the church. Her maiden name was Hartzler, and she leaves behind her here and elsewhere, in many different States, an uncommonly large circle of relatives including children, grand-children, great grand-children and also her husband, an aged minister, now in his 90th year, with whom she lived in peaceful wedlock for a period of 66 years.

YODER.-On the 4th of August, in Douglas county, Ill., Hattie Maria, Daughter of John M. and Lena Yoder, aged 11 months and 26 days. Buried on the 5th in the Yoder family graveyard. Services by D. Beachy and John J. Plank of Johnston Co., Iowa, from Mark 10:13-16.

SENSENIG.-On the 24th of July, in Goodville, Lancaster county, Pa., of lock jaw, Bro. Martin Sensenig, aged 48 years and some months. He leaves a family of 13 children, and a widow to mourn the loss of a kind father and an affectionate husband. The funeral was held at Weaverland, where a large number of people had gathered. Services by bishops Jonas Martin and Isaac Eby.

STAUFFER.-On the 5th of August in Bowmansville, Lancaster., county. Pa., of kidney disease, Pre. Christian Stauffer, aged 64 years, 2 months and 12 days. When a young man he came with his Father, (John Stauffer,) from Germany, to America, his Father was then a minister of the Gospel. In 1876 Pre. Stauffer, was ordained as minister of the gospel in the Mennonite Church at Bowmansville, and continued in that office until his sickness kept him at home since last spring. He will be greatly missed by his brethren in the different places of worship, as he was greatly loved by all. Nine ministers attended the funeral; his family consists of wife and two sons.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

RENNINGER.-On the 6th of August in East Earl, Lancaster, county., Pa, of summer complaint, Winters, son of Baltzer, and Emma Renninger, aged 9 months and 29 days.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

GEHR.-On the 10th of August in Goodville, Lancaster, county., Pa., of Consumption, David R. Gehr, aged 26 years, 1 month and 22 days. He was a member of the Reformed Church for nearly a year, he leaves a widow, and a babe four weeks old to mourn his early death.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah, USA


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXIV, Number 18, September 15, 1887 - pp 280, 281

A SHOCKING ACCIDENT.-On Wednesday just before noon, August 31st, Henry Pletcher, aged 22 years, 5 months and 11 days, son of John Pletcher, of Elkhart county , Ind., came suddenly to his death in LaPorte county, Ind., about forty miles from his home. The LaPorte Argus gives an account of his death as follows:
"Young Pletcher, in company with another employee, was engaged in blasting stumps with dynamite at different points of the field. The former had about fifty large cartridges in his possession, and by some unknown means the entire number exploded. His companion, attracted by the unusually loud report, hastened to the scene and a sickening sight met his gaze. Pletcher had been literally blown to atoms and portions of his flesh were scattered in all directions, while his arms and limbs were found in different parts of the field."
The funeral took place from his father's house to which the remains had been sent, and the principal service was held at the Shaum meeting-house by J.F. Funk and J.S. Coffman from James 4:13-15.
This sad death of one who had made no public claim to Jesus as his Savior was a loud call to the unconverted, and a great lesson to others as well as them. It is is* comforting to note that this young man had recently appeared thoughtful and seemed to meditate much on the Scriptures and read his Bible, but the sad fact still stands that he was not a working Christian and connected with the church as he should have been. Here is a profound lesson to the brothers and sisters to be prepared for death if it come never so suddenly, to the young people of the neighborhood who seem to be living only for the world and present pleasure, to the parents to labor faithfully to have the children give their lives to the Lord, to the church to rise out of its inactivity and labor as never before to gather the young into the ark of safety, to the ministers to visit with the families of the brethren and sisters and others, and show an interest in the young people and try to win them to Christ and the church. C.
*Transcriber's note: Double 'is'.


Again we are called upon to publish the account of a fatal accident. In our last we gave the account of the sad death of a young man, and in this number it becomes our duty to publish those of a few more upon whose life the mantle of death was suddenly and unexpectedly thrown. On the 1st of July Milo J. Plank of Green Co. Mo., was out on horseback driving a cow, when he was thrown so violently to the ground by the animal he was riding that he had to be carried to his home. He was rendered altogether helpless and lingered until the 18th when death ensued from inflammation of the bowels. His age was 29 years, 2 months and 16 days. His last words were those of earnest supplication to his Redeemer for mercy and forgiveness. He was the son of J.W. and Mary Plank formerly of Elkhart Co., Ind. He leaves a widow and many friends to mourn his early death. Funeral services were held on the 19th of July. Will we take heed to God's continual warnings to us or will the world still continue in sin? We see almost day by day that the great necessity of obeying Christ's warning admonition: "Be ye therefore also ready; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."


Nancy Good, died August 25th, 1887, in Marion Co., Kansas. At the age of 16 Nancy Good united with the Mennonite church of which she lived and died a faithful member. Shortly after uniting with the church she was stricken down with Epilepsy. Of this dread disease she suffered for sixteen years. After years of suffering she seemed cured of the spasms which had hitherto prostrated her, but her mind was weakened. At last she was taken with a fever that in less than three weeks ended her life.
She always seemed resigned to the will of God, and often expressed her longing to go home to God. She said to her Sister Lydia that she had a presentiment that her time in this world would be short. Several times she remarked that she did not feel as though she would live long. On one occasion she said it would be a great pleasure to her if she could be permitted to see the return of Bro. R.J. Heatwole and family, with whom she has been staying for the past 6 years until they took their journey east, at which time she came home to live with her father. While on her death-bed she was greatly concerned for the church, to which she was devotedly attached, and seemed to have a fear that it was drifting too near the quick sands of pride and worldly conformity. She asked her friends that they should all work with her against this evil, and expressed a hope that our ministers especially, would labor earnestly to keep the church within the limits of the Gospel. Most earnestly did she admonish her sister's daughters to avoid all display in dress.
These were the dying requests of our dear sister, and though we may pass them lightly by, they are nevertheless worthy of our consideration. Though the dark waters seemed wide and deep, she slowly and calmly passed over and now we can rejoice and praise our dear Savior who has so tenderly and lovingly borne her weary spirit to the home she longed for, and where we can meet her again if we faithfully trust our Savior. Oh, for an inheritance in that home above, where we may be reunited with our dear departed friends!
Written by her SISTER.

MARTIN.-On the 19th of August, in Beaver Twp. Mahoning Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sarah Metzler, wife of John C. Martin, aged 32 years, and 6 days. She leaves a deeply afflicted husband and one child to mourn her early departure. Her remains were followed to their last resting place, at Oberholtzer's burying ground, on the 22nd, by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by P. Basinger, J. Bixler and J. Stouffer.

GOOD.-On the 25th of August, in Marion Co., Kansas, of Malarial Fever, Sister Nancy Good, aged 32 years, 8 months and 21 days. Buried on the 27th, in the Catlin grave-yard. Services by Pre. Hamilton and Jacob Holderman.

HOSTETLER.-On the 14th, of Aug. in Cass Co., Mo., of Cholera Infantum, Carrie K., Daughter of Joseph C. and Mary Hostetler, aged 1 year, 2 months and 11 days. The burial took place on the 15th. Funeral services by J.C. Kenagy.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

LYMAN.-On the 12th of August, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Veronica Lyman, aged 39 years, 11 months,and 15 days. Buried on the 13th in J. Livingston's grave-yard. Services by S. Gindelsperger, J. Blough and Cyrus Hershberger from 2 Cor. 5:1. Many friends followed her remains to the grave.

LAPE.-On the 3rd of September, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., Ida, daughter of Joseph and Maria Lape, aged 4 years, 6 months, and 26 days. Buried on the 5th at the Dunkard Church at Fry's. Services by Adam Livengood, Samuel Zimmerman and Emanuel Blough from Is. 40:1.

GRAYBILL.-On the 26th of August, near Kernstown, Frederick Co., Va., of typhoid fever, Lydia J., daughter of Martin and Nancy Graybill, aged 17 years, 9 months and 1 day. She was buried on the 26th at Kernstown, many friends being present at the funeral. Services by Christian Brunk from Eccl. 7:1-3.

SHANK.-On the 4th of Sept. in Elkhart County, Indiana, of Cholera Infantum, Boyd* Monroe and --- Shank, aged 8 months, and 12 days. Buried at Anderson Church on the 6th. Services by John F. Funk and John Metzler from Matt. 18:10 and 14. May God sanctify thus* deep affliction of the sorrowing parents to their eternal welfare.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

KING.-On the 24th of August, near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Bro. Levi King, aged 72 years, 3 months ,and 26 days. Buried on the 27th. Services by C. Stolzfus and J.P. Mast, from Ps. 92: 12,13. He was an earnest and beloved worker for Christ in the Amish Mennonite Church and leaves 5 children and many friends to mourn their loss.

STEHLY.-On the 27th of August, in Miami Co., Ind., infant child of Moses and Maria Stehly, aged 2 months, and 15 days. Buried on the 28th. Services by Peter Miller.

KLINK.-On the 21st of August, near Home Camp, Clearfield county. Pa., John, infant son of Jacob and Annie Kline, aged about 2 years. He was sick only a day.

YODER.-On the 28th of August, in Connemaugh Twp., Somerset county, Pa., Josiah Yoder, aged 33 years, 3 months, and 6 days. Buried on the 30th in the family graveyard. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Hershberger. Deceased was a cripple and had been almost helpless for the last 15 years. He was a son of the late Daniel Yoder.

BLOSSER.-On the 21st of July, in Branch county. Mich, Caused by Spasms from infancy, Charles Martin, son of Isaac and Emily Blosser, aged 15 years, 6 months and 10 days. Buried on the 23d at the Pleasant Hill Church. Funeral Services by Pre. Shutt. and H. Friesner.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

MILLER.-On the 20th of August in LaGrange county. Ind., of spinal troubles, Daniel, son of Pre. Manasses and Anna Miller. Services by David Kauffman and Abraham Troyer from Luke 15 and 1 Cor. 18.

CLEMENS.-On the 26th of August, in Waterloo county, Ont., sister Veronica Shantz, wife of Abraham D. Clemens, aged 74 years, 3 months, and 3 days. Buried on the 28th at Webers M.H. Strasburg, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services by Moses Bowman and Noah Stauffer from John 14: 1-3 and Heb. 4:9.

YODER.-On the 6th of September, near Elkhart, Ind., of cholera infantum, Charles Roy, son of David and Emma Yoder, aged 3 years, and 22 days. Little Charlie was an interesting and dearly loved child; that with the fact that he so quickly passed from vigorous health into the cold embrace of death (being sick only sixteen hours) made it hard to give him up. Yet we trust his life will ever be a precious memory to this parents to lead their minds up to God, and cause a longing in their hearts to go where he has gone.

MILLER.-On the 4th of September in Waterloo county, Ontario of dropsy, Bro. Abram Miller, aged 49 years, 10 months, and 24 days. He was buried at Hagey's M.H. Services by Elias Weber and Noah Stauffer from Isa. 55:6,7 and Isa. 38:1. During his long illness Bro. Miller became convinced of the necssity* of a full consecration to his God. He was baptized and received into the church. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow and many friends to mourn his death.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

SALATHIE.-On the 9th of September, near Wakarusa, Ind., Ann K., maiden name Leatherman, wife of E.A. Salathie, aged 57 years, 8 months and 29 days. Buried on Sunday, the 11th at the Shaum cemetery, where many sympathizing friends were assembled. May the husband and the motherless children be enabled to bear their bereavement in a manner that shall lead their souls heavenward, and enable them to say, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted."

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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