Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1888

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 13, July 1, 1888 - Page 205


Bro. Henry Krout, a farmer in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., met with an accident on the 29th of May, which resulted in his death the day following. He had returned from Souderton, whence he had taken a load of hay, and ordered the hired hand to put the horses into the stable, while he went into the house. Soon after the hired hand came and said the horses were untractable and that one of them had kicked when he attempted to unharness it. He went into the barn to look after the horses, but soon afterwards he was found lying outside of the stable door with a fractured leg and unconscious. He was taken to the house and medical aid summoned, but he remained in this condition until the following day, when death ensued. It is supposed he went into the barn to unharness the horses, and was kicked with such force that he flew out of the stable. He was buried on the 3rd of June at the Deep Run Mennonite meeting-house, followed by many friends and neighbors.

HAMM - On the 21st of May, in Reno Co., Kansan, Sister M. Hamm, formerly of Rueckenan Russian aged 60 years, 9 months and 12 days. She longed to depart and be with Christ, having suffered many years. She was buried on the 22d.

YODER - On the 8th of June, in Howard county, Ind., of consumption, David J. Yoder, aged 58 years and 8 days. He leaves a bereaved old mother, also a wife and four children. Funeral services by Pre. Evans, from Rev. 14:13.

KINDIG - ON the 19th of June, in Elkhart county, Ind.., of palsy, Sister Magdalena Fredericka Bauer, widow of Bro. Joseph Kindig, (who died in 1881), aged 71 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was the mother of 9 children, six of whom are still living. She came with her parents from Germany at the age of 14 years, was married to Joseph Kindig Dec. 12th, 1839. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, of a quiet and patient disposition, and beloved by all who knew her. She was afflicted with palsy several years, and often expressed a desire to go home and be with Jesus. She was buried at Yellow Creek Meeting-house, where services were held by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler. Text. Rev. 2:10. "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown for life."

WEBER - In Waterloo township, Ontario, near Strasburg, Isaiah, son of Levi and Susanna Weber, aged 4 years, 8 months and 27 days. Buried at Berlin. Funeral services were held by Daniel Wismer and Noah Stauffer from Mark 10:14 and 2 Samuel 12:19, 23.

GODSHALL - On the 7th of June, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of palsy, Jacob Godshall, aged 88 years, 5 months and 26 days. He had been blind some three or four years, and during the last five weeks of his life he did not partake of any food. He had a stroke of palsy about six weeks before his death, and from that time on he was unable to speak. Services by Michael Moyer at the house, and Abel Horning and Josiah Clemmer at the Meeting-house.

WENGER - On the 2d of June, near Orrville, Wayne county, Ohio, Magdalena Miller, widow of Frederick Wenger, aged 79 years, 2 months and 1 day. She was the mother of 13 children, six of whom survive her, 59 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, in all 88 descendants. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. She bore her sore afflictions patiently until she fell asleep in Jesus, in whose arms we hope she is sweetly resting, waiting and watching for those loved ones she left behind who so tenderly cared for her, during her illness. She was buried on the 4th of June, in the Oak Grove burying ground, followed by a very large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by David Hostetler and Elias Schrock, from Isa. 3:10, 11. Peace to her ashes.

CLINE - On the 7th of June, in Sterling, Ill., Sister Anna S. Cline, widow, aged 71 years, 10 months and 29 days. Buried in the Old Mennonite burying ground near Sterling. Funeral services by Henry Nice and Pre. Parker from Rev. 14:13.

ESCHLIMAN - On the 19th of June, near North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, of apoplexy, Anna, wife of Dea. Samuel Eschliman, aged 54 years, 7 months 15 days. On the Sunday previous to her death, she was at church and Sunday-school where she was a teacher of a class of little boys and girls; on Monday she went about her household duties cheerful and seemingly in her usual health; in the evening she walked out into the yard and stooped to pull some weeds out of a flower bed when she was suddenly stricken with the above named disease. Her husband being near, book her to the house where she spoke a few words, and in a few hours passed into a state of unconsciousness and remained in that condition until Tuesday morning. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, much interested in the welfare of the church, as an interesting and faithful laborer in the Sunday-school, and a good counselor and helpmeet to her husband in his official duties as deacon of the church; a kind and affectionate mother, much attached to her family, and they also to her. Her sudden death caused a deep sorrow and bereavement to fall upon the stricken family, of which there are 11 children and husband living, and one child dead, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope, but have bright evidence that she has gone to rest with Jesus, and that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral on the 21st, at the Stark Co., Mennonite Meeting-house, near North Lawrence, where many neighbors and friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one we learned to love in life. Services by Michael Rohrer in the English, and Michael Horst in German, at the Meeting-house, and _____Tyson at the school-house, from Rev. 14:13, both houses being filled to overflowing.

THOMAS - On the 7th of June; in Somerset county, Pa., of cancer, of which she suffered nearly three years, Julia Ann Thomas, aged 76 years, 3 months and 24 days. She was born on the 16th of February, 1812, lived in matrimony nearly 56 years, and was the mother of 10 children, of whom six still live, and 47 grand-children. She bore her sufferings patiently, and the family need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Mennonite church.

MYERS - On the 3d of June, in Rocksbury, Cambria county, Pa., Jacob Myers, aged 52 years, 6 months and 23 days. Buried in the New Johnstown graveyard. Services by Pre. Chapman in the Rocksbury Church.

SEESE - On the 22d of May, in Paint Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Mark Melvin Seese, aged 3 years, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral services by Jonas Blough.

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXV, Number 14, July 15, 1888 - Page 223


Four deaths have occurred within the year in the family of Enos D. and Maria Benner. On the 5th of February 1888 Catherine died of catarrhal fever aged 11 months and 10 days. On the Ist of June, Luellen aged 4 years, 6 months and 27 days, and on the 2d Lizzie Maria, aged 6 years, 3 months and 27 days. Both died of diphtheria and were buried together on the 5th of June. On the 18th of June Enos also died of the same disease, aged 2 years, 9 months and 29 days. These children were all buried at the Rockhill Meeting-house near Telford, Bucks Co., Pa., the funeral services on each of these solemn occasions being conducted by Abel Horning and Samuel Detweiler. Sorrowful and yet not without its comforting side. The oldest five children are still left, yet the oldest daughter and the mother are seriously ill of the same diseases.

PIKE - On the 18th of June, in Markham, York Co., Ont., of _____ Bro. Francis Pike, aged 84 years, 3 months and 14 days. He was buried in Weidman's graveyard. Services by J. Steckley and S. Huber. He was a beloved member of the church and leaves his wife and 8 children to mourn their loss. He was born in Franklin Co., Pa., and moved to Markham, Ont. about 65 years ago, and lived there up to the time of his death.

HUBER - on the 23d of June, in Pickering, Ontario Co., Ont., Abraham Huber, aged 66 years, 6 months and 7 days. He was buried in Weidman's graveyard. Services by S. Huber and _____ Willowby, He leaves a widow and 5 children to mourn his death. The deceased was singularly afflicted for several years, and mostly in his head. When asked how he was, he would almost without exception begin to weep aloud, so that the tears would run down his cheeks. He was latterly also deprived of his mind, but the Lord has released him, from this life, and we hope he is now in that rest where all tears shall be wiped from our eyes.

PEACHEY -On the 18th of June, in Menno township, Mifflin Co., Pa., Moses Peachey, aged 59 years, 9 months and 16 days.

ZIMMERMAN - On the 16th of June, in Tippecanoe Co., Ind., Magdalena Zimmerman, (maiden name Schlegel), aged 55 years, 10 months and 8 days. She was buried on the 18th of June. Services from Is. 3:10, 11, and Rev. 14:13. Fourteen children mourn their loss.

ROHRER - On the 27th of October, 1887, Catharine Rohrer, aged 74 years, 3 months and 27 days. Her husband John Rohrer, preceded her to the spirit land 13 years ago. She was a member of the York Brethren denomination and lived a life that should be imitated by all professors of religion. Having attained such an age she set her heart on devoting her entire time to her Master's cause. She longed for that time that her spirit might be released from her mortal body. May we all lead a life like her's that when the end of our life draws near we may be qualified in saying as she did: "Come, welcome death; I am going home to my God."

MILLER - On the 17th of November, 1887, on Pretty Prairie, LaGrange, Co., Ind., of consumption, Henry W., son of Tobias and _____ Miller, aged 15 years, 2 months and 12 days. He was sick nine months, and on the morning of the day of his death, he sang the hymn, "On Jordan's stormy banks I stand," although he could never sing before. The Lord took him away in his youth before the evil days had come. This is a loud call, especially to his father, who is yet out of Christ. Services by Peter Long and C. Naffziger from 1 Pet. 1:24.

OVERHOLT - On the 10th of June, in Kent Co., Mich., Elmer F. Overholt, aged 13 years and 3 months. Services by C. Beery and C. Wenger. "Elmer, rest: we cannot go till Jesus bids us come; then shall we ever rest with thee, in heaven, our longed-for home."

RISSER - June 21st near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., accidental and instant, Bro. Levi N. Risser, aged 41 years, 2 months and 25 days. Buried on the 24th at Risser's Meeting-house. Text, Matt. 24:44. A sorrowing wife and six sons remain to mourn the sudden death. A large congregation assembled to pay their tribute of respect. Bro. Risser was in the act of taking a "Separator" from the barn into another building. The horse, hitched to the machine was frightened and ran away. Bro. Risser got between the machine and a fence and was crushed to death, truly a sad dispensation. O! how necessary to be always ready.

EASH - On the 30th of April, in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., David Eash, aged 33 years, 10 months and 2 days. Buried on the 2d of May in Yoder's graveyard. Services in the Weaver church by Moses B. Miller and Jacob Holsapple. The deceased died, as we hope, in the Lord. He had made all arrangements for his funeral. A wife and 3 children survive him.

RIFE - June 18th in Mummasburg, Adams Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. John A. Rife, aged 50 years, 8 months and 22 days. Buried on the 20th in the Mummasburg graveyard. Services by Bish. Daniel Shank and Martin Whisler. He leaves a sorrowing wife to mourn his departure but she weeps not as those who have no hope. "Loving friends, weep not for me, I long to be at rest; How happy, happy I shall be, When pillowed on my savior's breast. Twas sad to see thee breathe thy last, But Jesus lovingly said, "Come!" Now thy sufferings are all past, And thy sweet spirit rests at home. O! the hope, the hope is sweet; That we soon in heaven may meet; There we all shall happy be - Rest from pain and sorrow free."

LEHMAN - On July 4th, in Whiteside Co., Ill., of consumption, Sister Anna Lehman, (Widow) aged 67 years, 1 month and 13 days. She bore her afflictions patiently until she fell asleep in Jesus. Services by Henry Nice and John Riesner from 2 Tim. 4:6

LIVENGOOD - On the 12th of June, at Meyersdale, Somerset Co., Pa., of apoplexy, Catharine, wife of Christian Livengood, aged 70 years, 5 months and 7 days. The remains were buried at the family graveyard on the 14th, and the funeral services were held in the German Baptist Meeting-house in Meyersdale. Services by Henry H. Blough and J.S. Coffman. Sister Livengood was one of those mothers in Israel who was so situated that she could be, and had the heart to be much given to hospitality. Many a weary traveler, especially traveling ministers, found in her the kindness of a true mother. The house of Brother and Sister Livengood has been a home to many a one who will not cease to bless their memory while life shall last. But she has gone to her rest, and waits their coming in the "house not made with hands."

Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia

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