Herald of Truth Obituaries December, 1890

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 23, December 1, 1890, pages 365 and 366


PLETCHER.- On the 22d of November, 1890, in Union township, Elkhart Co, Ind., of typhoid pneumonia, John, son of Henry and Elizabeth Pletcher, aged 20 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was sick just a week, and during that time became much concerned for the salvation of his soul and calling his brothers and sisters and companions to his bedside he admonished them and begged of them to give themselves to the Lord, and not do as he did, put off the important work until death was at the door, or until it was too late. Part of the time he was delirious, but in his rational moments his mind was much occupied with the welfare of his soul. He also admonished them to put away the idle vanities and follies of the world, and live for Christ. A minister came to see him, but his mind was so affected with the delirium that nothing could be done for him. His death made a deep impression on his companions and the entire neighborhood, and we trust that many who have been living careless and unconcerned in the world may be awakened to a better life and give themselves to Jesus, and become the humble followers of Him who gave his life for us. He was buried on Monday, at Yellow Creek; his funeral was largely attended. Services by Noah Metzler and John F. Funk from Matt. 24:44.

PIKE.- On the 10th of November, 1890, in Markham, York Co., Ont., Sister Elizabeth Strickler, widow of the late Francis Pike, aged 83 years, 11 months and 12 days. Buried on the 13th in Wideman's graveyard. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family and pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister. Funeral discourses were delivered by Samuel Hoover from Cor. 15:55, and John Steckley from the same chapter. Peace to her ashes.

YODER.- On the 27th of October, 1890, in Clear Spring Twp., LaGrange Co., Ind., of cholera morbus, Valentine, son of Stephen and Gertie Yoder, aged 8 months and 12 days. He was buried on the 29th in the Miller burying ground. Services by E. J. Miller and D. J. Hochstetler, from Mark 10:13.

GOOD.- On the 5th of November, 1890, near Clarinda, Iowa, Susan (maiden name Snively) wife of Andrew Good, aged 56 years, 11 months 24 days. Sister Good suffered much the last three months of heart disease and dropsy, but bore everything patiently ever looking to Jesus for help. She rejoiced to see the hour of her departure draw nigh. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 20 years. She was born in Franklin Co., Pa., and in the fall of 1864 came with her parents to Stephenson Co., Ill. In the spring of 1865 she came with her father to Page Co., Iowa (where he died on the 2d of January, 1868). On the 7th of February, 1878, she was united in matrimony with Andrew Good, and was a devoted wife and a kind mother to his motherless child. She leaves her husband and one stepdaughter to mourn her departure. She was buried on the 7th, followed to the grave by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Bish. Henry Yother of Nebraska, from Luke 20:36.

ALBRECHT.- On the 30th of October, 1890 in Livingston Co., Ill., of consumption, Christian Albrecht, aged 24 years, 10 months, 6 days. His remains were buried on the 31st in the Waldo Twp., graveyard, to which place a large concourse of friends followed his remains. He was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite church. He prepared the ground and seeded his land in the spring, but was unable to harvest them, but in spiritual matters he has now entered upon the harvest, as we believe, of joy everlasting. He accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized 2 years ago, and remained faithful unto the end. This is the third son of Bro. John Albrecht who died of this disease. May God comfort the brother and sister in their affliction and give them grace to live so that in death there may be a glad meeting with those gone before. Funeral services by Daniel Orendorff, Joseph Ackerman, Stephen Staehly, and John P. Smith from 1 Cor. 15.

LAPP.- On the 16th of Nov. 1890, near Clarence Centre, N. Y., Nancy, wife of Bro. Benjamin J. Lapp and daughter of Bro. Jacob Eberhard, aged 32 years, 4 months and 17 days. Sister Nancy was sick only a few days, and leaves a sorrowing husband and two children to mourn her early departure (the youngest an infant of a few days). But they mourn not as those who have no hope, for our Sister has been a consistent Christian from her youth and a friend to all. On the 18th her remains were brought to rest in the Clarence Centre cemetery. Services were conducted by Jacob Krehbiel, assisted by Peter Rhodes. Text, Heb. 4:9.

ESHLEMAN.- On the 11th, of Nov., 1890, in Washington Co., Md., Bro. Joseph Eshleman, aged 64 years, 11 months and 12 days. Bro. Eshleman was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. He communed with the brethren and sisters a few weeks before his death, and was apparently in good health when he was instantly stricken down by death as he was engaged in feeding stock with his son in the morning before breakfast. He fell over dead by the side of his son in the feeding room without uttering a word. He was buried on the 13th, when a large number of people assembled at his home to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed brother. Over one hundred carriages were said to have left the house of mourning for the graveyard at Miller's church, where a large number had assembled already before the sad procession came. He left a widow and 11 children, 7 boys and 4 girls, to mourn their loss.

"Dearest Brother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts today;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away."

CASSEL.- November 17th, on Sporting Hill Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer, Bro. Joseph Cassel, aged 83 years, 29 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text: 2 Tim. 4:78. Buried in the Sporting Hill graveyard. Bro. Cassel was a modest consistent Christian.

KAUFFMAN.- November 11th, at Sporting Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., John M. Kauffman, aged 72 years, 6 months 2 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text: Rev. 5: 1, 2. Buried in Kauffman's graveyard. He left a wife and three sons to mourn his death.

ALDERFER.- On the 5th of November 1890, at the residence of John Alderfer, in Franconia Twp., Montgomery county, Pa., Anna Alderfer, widow of the late Abraham Alderfer, aged 86 years, 9 months and 23 days. She has been blind for 22 years and could not see the light of day, but the light of the spirit seemed to shine in her very brightly. She bore her afflictions with great patience. On the 8th she was buried at the Salford meetinghouse. Services were conducted at the house by Henry Bower and Jacob Moyer, and at the M. H., by Josiah Clemmer and Michael Moyer, from 2 Tim. 4:68.

SHELLY.- November 18th in Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mrs. Catharine Shelly wife of Henry Shelly, aged 43 years, 1 month 29 days. Funeral on the 21st. Text: Numbers 23: 10. Buried at Erisman's meetinghouse a large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.

SNAVELY.- Nov. 16th, in Petersburg Lan. Co., Pa. Sister Anna L. Snavely, widow, aged 75 Y. 25 D. Funeral on the 20th. Text; Heb. 4:9. Buried at Petersburg M. House. Sister Snavely was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite Church.

CULP.- On the 28th of October, 1890, near Elida, Ohio, Bessie, daughter of Chr. and Tena Culp, aged 3 years, 1 month and 14 days. The child took fire while the other members of the family were about their work. Grandmother was the first to see the child all in flames and at once raised an alarm but too late, all that could be done to ease the little sufferer seemed in vain. It is not known how the child took fire. In 5 hours it was released of its pains. Services in the Salem church were conducted by C. B. and M. Brenneman and Michael Horst, from James 4: 14.

"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled
With blessings on thy head."

LEHMAN.- On the 12th of Nov., 1890, near Cullom, Ill., of hemorrhage of the lungs, John K. Lehman, aged 59 years, 7 months and 12 days. Not enjoying the best of health, he concluded to move to Cullom near the church and live a retired life, which he did but after living in the new house a short time, he was suddenly called home to a better world. After a busy day's work, setting in order the new home he retired as usual in the evening. His wife, soon hearing him, as she then thought, vomiting, brought a light and to her sorrow then saw that his days in this life were ended, and by the time she had called in the neighbors, he had departed. The church lost an earnest brother, the community a good neighbor, the poor "a friend in time of need," the sons a kind father and the sister an affectionate husband. Many assembled at the Mennonite church on the 15th, where the services took place and were conducted by Samuel Yoder of Elkhart, Ind.

HARSHBERGER.- On the 14th of November, near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., William Harshberger, aged nearly 85 years. Many friends and neighbors were present at the funeral services, which were conducted by Chr. K. and John Peachy. Six sons, one daughter and many grandchildren survive him.

HARTMAN.- Near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., on the 17th of October of diphtheria, Sarah Frances, youngest child of Peter S. and Fannie Hartman, age 5 years, 5 months and 26 days. O Diphtheria, what hast thou done? Thou hast visited this family circle again and taken from among them one of their bright and sweet flowers.

Her parents, brother, and sisters, not willing to disobey their kind heavenly Father, though hard it is, calmly and meekly say, "Thy will be done." Dear little Sallie through all her sickness was unwilling to take medicine or nourishment, as if she knew better than we, that there was something better in store for her. Just a few moments before she died her mother wanted to give her medicine but she earnestly begged that she should not, saying, "Oh! mother, let me sleep." She laid her down, and she calmly fell asleep in Jesus.

"Thy passing spirit gently fled,
Sustained by grace divine;
O, may such grace on us be shed
And make our end like thine.

Then farewell, Sallie, sweetly sleep
Till God shall bid thee rise;
Our tears we'll dry, we will not weep;
We'll meet thee in the skies.

KILMER.- On the 22d of Nov. near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., Bro. Philip H. Kilmer, aged 40 years, 7 months and 13 days. He was born in Crawford Co., Ohio. His sufferings were very severe the last week, and during his sickness he was led to realize his condition as a sinner, and fully gave himself to Jesus and his service. His wife also became willing to give herself to the Lord, they were baptized and received into church membership. May the Lord bless and comfort Sister Kilmer in her bereavement. He was buried on the 24th at Shaum's Church followed by many sympathizing friends, where services were held by Amos Mumaw and George Lambert, from Matt. 24:44; he leaves a wife, 2 sons, 1 brother and 3 sisters to mourn his death.

WISE.- On the 17th of Nov. 1890, near Westfield Center, Medina Co., Ohio, of consumption, Jacob S. Wise, aged 19 years, 9 months and 11 days, being the fifth one out of the family within two and a half years. First the daughter Emma, just in the bloom of life, then George, married only a short time before he was called away; next, David at the age of 30, then the dear mother, (all the same disease). It is a severe affliction to Bro. George Wise, to see so many vacant chairs in so short a time in the family circle. May God console him so that he may fully put his trust in Him who worketh all things to our good. He was buried in the Leroy Cemetery where many assembled. Services were conducted by Luther P. Gross from Marion, Ohio, from Psalm 90:12; assisted by Pre. Martin Leatherman from Wadsworth, Ohio.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVII, Number 24, December 15, 1890, pages 380 and 381


HOLLINGER.- On Nov. 4, 1890, in Earl township Lancaster Pa. Mary Ann, wife of Jacob Hollinger, of Rheumatism of the heart, suddenly, aged 29 Y. 6 M. She leaves eight small children with the sorrowing husband. The funeral was held at Weaverland, where Jonas Martin, and John Landis spoke words of consolation. The loving mother, had been for some time a member of the Mennonite church.

MISHLER.- On the 25th of Sept. in LaGrange Co., Ind., of paralysis, Sarah, wife of Samuel Mishler, aged 64 Y., 1 M, 22D. She was buried on the 27th, on which occasion many relatives and friends were present. She was a member of the old Amish Mennonite church for more than 44 years. She suffered eleven weeks, but bore it all with patience. She leaves a husband and five children. She was sensible to the last. Peace to her ashes. Services were held by Eli and Manassa Borntreger.

RAMER.- On the 2d of Dec., 1890, in Olive twp., Elkhart co., Ind., of Paralysis, Jacob Ramer, aged 76 Y. 2 M. 7 D. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. He was buried on the 4th at Yellow Creek burying ground. Services were held by H. Shaum, S. Yoder, Amos Mumaw, J. F. Funk from Num. 23:10; 2 Tim. 4:68. He leaves an aged companion, children and grandchildren to mourn his death. He was fully resigned to the will of his heavenly Father. Peace to his ashes.

MILLER.- On the 1st of Nov. in Douglas Co., Ill., Gertie M., daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Miller, aged 34 Y., 5 M., 23 D. Funeral services on the 3d were conducted by M. J. Yoder and Daniel I. Burkey, from Mark 18:1316.

MAST.- On the 27th of November 1890, near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., of consumption, Elizabeth E. wife of Pre. E. A. Mast, aged 34 Y., 9 M., 4 D. She suffered a great deal the last six and especially the last three years of her life. Sister Mast was a devoted christian, a faithful member of the A. Mennonite church, and loved by all who knew her. She was always ready to give counsel, and loved to associate with the meek and humble. She desired both to stay with her friends and also to depart and he with Christ, but departing she could say with Paul, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith." She leaves her husband, an adopted daughter, three brothers, and two sisters to mourn her loss. Her mother died in Feb. 1887 and her father in Jan. 1890. Before her departure she earnestly admonished the little girl to give herself to Christ early, and her husband that he bring her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and that he should be faithful in his calling. She was buried on the 29th in the Mast cemetery, in the presence of many friends. Services in German by D. C. Miller and N. Sproll and in English by J. S. Harner from Rom. 14:8, 9, her selected text.

Transcriber's note: There is no quotation mark to open the quote "I have fought a good fight

HEATWOLE.- On the 25th of Nov. 1890, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of congestion of the lungs; Bro. Manasses Heatwole, aged 47 years 3 M. 18 D. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., near Mole Hill; and remained with his parents until he was 18 years old. At that time the war was raging and he not willing to go to war, left home with many of our dear brethren to cross the lines. In West Va., near Petersburg, he with 70 others were taken prisoners and taken to Richmond, Va., and there for 8 weeks was held in a miserable Captivity, after which he was compelled to go into the army. Not seeing any possible way of escape, he suffered himself to be driven from place to place (at one time being without food for 4 days), and from battle to battle, the last of which was the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., after which he crossed the lines and went to Columbiana Co., O. where he was unmolested until the close of the war, when he returned home. Soon after his return he became willing to cast his lot with the people of God. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church, always showing to the world that his "life was hid with Christ in God." Always bearing his cross with meekness and never showing any pride or anger, not using idle words, always giving a good example to those around him and was a beautiful example of christian piety, was loved most by those who knew him best, and had as few enemies as any one. He bore his afflictions with christian fortitude, not a murmuring word was heard from his lips. He died as he lived with the full assurance of a blessed Immortality. He leaves a sorrowing wife with 8 children to mourn their loss. He was followed to the grave, by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral Sermon by Samuel Shank and G. D. Heatwole, from Acts. 16:30. Peace to his ashes.

The passing spirit gently fled,
Sustained by grace divine
O may such grace on us be shed
And make our end like thine.

Then farewell Brother, sweetly rest,
Till God shall bid thee rise,
Our tears will dry, we will not weep,
We'll meet thee in the skies.

Sister, as a lonely widow,
Do not weep nor be dismayed,
Do not grieve nor be disheartened,
Let your trust in God be stayed.

God who gave has also taken,
Bless his name be of good cheer,
If you put your trust in Jesus,
You shall have no cause to fear.

P. S. H.

BURKEY. On the 6th of Nov. 1890, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Christian Burkey, aged 71 Y., 2M., 2 D. He lived in matrimony 51 years and leaves a wife, 11 children, 46 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren to mourn their loss. He was a member of the A. Mennonite church. Services were conducted by Jos. Schlegel from John 11:25, 26, and Jos. Gasho from 2 Cor. 5:1.

GOOD. On the 5th of Nov. 1890, near Clarinda, Iowa, Susan (Maiden name Snively), wife of Andrew Good, aged 56 Y., 11 M., 24 D. Sister Good suffered much the last three months of heart disease and dropsy, but bore every thing patiently, ever looking to Jesus for help. She rejoiced to see the hour of her departure draw nigh. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 20 years. She was born in Franklin Co., Pa., and in the fall of 1864 came with her parents to Stephenson Co., Ill. In the Spring of 1875 she came with her father to Page Co., Iowa, where he died on the 2d day of January 1878. On the 7th of February 1878 she was united in matrimony with her surviving husband, Andrew Good and was a devoted wife and kind mother to his motherless child. She leaves her husband and one stepdaughter to mourn her departure. She was buried on the 7th, and followed to the grave by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Bish. Henry Yother of Neb., from Luke 20:36.

MUSSER.- On the 25th of Nov. 1890, near Bowmansville, Brecknock Twp. Lancaster, Pa., of nervous prostration, Sarah, widow of late Peter Musser in the 71st year of her age. She had been confined to her bed for a little over eight weeks, growing gradually weaker until she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She had a strong confiding hope in her Savior. She was buried on the 28th of Nov. at Pine Grove. Services were conducted by Benjamin Horning, Jonas H. Martin and John M. Zimmerman, in the Mennonite meeting house near Bowmanville. She was a church member ever since her youth.

Transcriber's note: the town is spelled "Bowmansville" in the first line of this notice, and "Bowmanville" near the end.

BESINGER.- On the 29th of November 1890, near Columbus Grove, O. of Diphtheria, Lillie, daughter of David and Fannie Besinger aged 10 Y., 7 M., 17 D. Buried on the 30th. Services by I. Burkhart and C. P Steiner from Luke 24:5.

SPRINGER.- On the 28th of February 1890, in Miami Co., Ind., of La Grippe, John U. Springer, aged 16 Y., 11 M., 17 D. He was attending school and making good use of his time, when one morning about the middle of January he took cold, in the school room and went home sick, he said he would not go to school any more. He had a relapse, and the disease settled on his lungs, and when the word was that he might fall asleep any time, he said he had once to die, and "if he should die and go to heaven to that happy home beyond the clouds and meet his mother there, it would be joyful indeed." "How happy we will be when we join the heavenly host, before the throne of God, where pain and death shall be no more, and we shall praise Him through Christ forever more." Twelve hours after he said this he fell asleep. John was a good boy, at home and at Sunday school: learned to read and write German, wrote several letters to his aunt. He read the Words of Cheer two years, wrote for it once and also secured several subscribers for it. Funeral services by D. C. Miller and E Mast.

SPRINGER.- On the 6th of Sept., 1883, in Miami Co.; Ind., Eve Springer, aged 39 Y., 27 D. Buried at North Grove. Services by N. Sproll.

SPRINGER.- On the 14th of September, 1876, in Miami Co., Ind., Jacob Springer, aged 75 Y., 5 M., 6 D. Buried at North Grove. Services by N. Sproll and D. C. Miller.

SPRINGER.- On the 7th of March, 1886, Clara E. Springer, aged 15 Y., 21 D. Buried at North Grove. Services by N. Sproll.

SPRINGER.- On the 20th of Sept., 1882, Charles Springer, aged 41 Y., 5 M., 25 D. Buried at North Grove. Services by N. Sproll.

GARBER.- On the 24th of March, 1890, in Miami Co., Ind., aged . Buried in the Vincent Cemetery. Services by D. C. Miller and N. Sproll.

Transcriber's note: no person is named in the GARBER notice.

GLESSNER.- On the 26th of September, 1890, Conemaugh Twp. Somerset Co., Pa., Mary Ann Glessner, aged 64 Y., 10 M., 4 D. Buried on the 28th She was a member of the Brethren church.

AUGSPURGER.- On the 13th of October, near Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., of brain fever, Jacob C. Auspurger, aged 47 Y., 6 M., 8 D. He was buried on the 15th in the presence of many friends and relatives. Services in Danvera by Pre. Annot in English and Jos. Stuckey in German, from Heb. 9: 27.

Transcriber's note: The surname is spelled AUGSPURGER in the caption and AUSPURGER in the body of the text.

ZOOK.- On the 14th of October, near Danvera, McLean Co., Ill., of Typhoid fever, Lydia A. Zook, aged 14 Y., 6 M., 23 D. She leaves a loving father and 10 brothers and sisters to mourn their loss. Her mother having departed a year previous, Lydia said, "I am going to be with mother." Services on the 16th at the North Danvers Mennonite church, by J. H. Stutzman and Joseph Stuckey, from Heb. 3.

MILLER.- On the 16th of Nov., in Conemaugh Twp, Somerset Co., Pa., Emanuel Miller, aged 13 Y., 5 D. Buried on the 18th in Levi Weaver's graveyard. Services by M. B. Miller and Jonas Hershberger.

REAM.- On the 4th of November, 1890, in Stony Creek Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Anna Ream, aged 87 Y., 10 M., 2 D. Buried in the Blough family graveyard on the 6th. Services by S. Gindlesperger and M. L. Weaver. The deceased lived in matrimony with John Ream for about 65 yrs., and has been a widow for the last 26 years. She was the mother of 7 children; 6 of whom survive her, 55 grandchildren and 74 greatgrandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 65 years. She was a daughter of Jacob Blough, the first Mennonite preacher in Somerset Co., Pa., and a sister of Jacob Blough, preacher, who died in December, 1878. The time of the father and son's ministry in the same church extended through a period of nearly 8o years. Many of the near relatives of Sister Ream lived to be 70 and 80 years old.
L. B.

Transcriber's note: the length of time the deceased lived in matrimony with John Ream (65 years) and the length of her widowhood (26 years), are transcribed as they appeared in the original text.

KURTZ.- On the 2d of November, 1890, in Delaware Twp. Juniata Co., Penna., of infirmity of old age, Pre. Jacob Kurtz, aged 73 Y., 7 M., 10 D. Bro. Kurtz was a preacher for 27 yrs and always faithfully discharged his duties unless Providence prevented. He leaves a son and daughter to mourn his death. Many friends and relatives met at the Lost Creek Cemetery, where his remains were laid to rest. Services by William Auker and William Graybill, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.

DINEHART.- On the 4th of December, 1890, in Elkhart Co., of blood poisoning, Harmon E. Dinehart, aged 39 Y., 19 D. He was buried on Sunday the 7th of December in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Elkhart. Burial services by J. S. Coffman from Heb. 9:27, 28. The funeral was quite largely attended, as the deceased was well known and highly respected for his many excellent traits of character. He leaves a beloved companion, seven children, his aged parents, 2 brothers and several sisters and many friends to mourn his early departure. May God comfort and sustain the bereft ones in their deep affliction.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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