LINES - In memory of Florence H., daughter of Joseph and Sarah Lehman Dakota, Ill., who died March 14, 1891, aged 14 years, 7 months and 11 days.
We were watching by the bedside
Of a child to us so dear,
While the wasting of the fever,
Made us feel that death was near.
Eyes, that once were beaming brightly,
Now looked at us with a glare.
We expected that ere midnight,
They,d behold a Savior fair.
Cheeks, that once were bright and rosy,
Now were paled to lurid hue;
But we know it was our Maker
Had the changing all to do.
Lips, that once responded gladly,
When the dear one's name was called;
Now responded with a moaning,
That our aching hearts appalled.
Nimble feet, which ran so swiftly
On errands for their parents dear,
Left an echo of their footsteps
Which we oft expect to hear.
Willing hands that e,er were ready
To fulfill so many a task,
Now, instead of clasping ours,
Were,n the hands of death's last grasp.
The faithful heart, with love o,erflowing,
For parents, sister, brothers, friends,
Soon shall cease fore,er its beating
But the affections will never end.
Thus we watched in silent anguish
Till the final blow should come"
Till our loving Heavenly Father
Should call his own dear Florence home.
Then around the dying bed-side,
Came her schoolmates weeping sore;
We hope that there they learned a lesson
To be forgotten nevermore.
Just at six, her sufferings ended;
"It is o,er," the watchers said;
And our dearest, loving Florence
Now is numbered with the dead.
The parents bowed in resignation;
'Though 'twas enough their hearts to break
That death from an unbroken number,
One so promising should take.
Parents, you have lost a daughter,
Who can never be restored;
But we trust your darling Florence
Has returned unto the Lord.
God is good, and all he doeth"
Whatsoever thing it is"
Shall be for our eternal welfare;
Then let our will be lost in His.
Arthur, Grace and baby"Joey,
You have lost a sister dear.
One whose words and smiles and actions,
No more your sad hearts will cheer.
Alice, you have lost a helpmate
Who as a sister was to you;
But the One who is all-wise,
Had a work for her to do.
Let us all now heed the warning,
For we see the young must die.
May we at all times be ready
To meet our God on high.
Elizabeth, wife of Christian Hostetler, died at the residence of her son Jonathan, near Smithville, Ohio, on the 7th of May, 1890, aged 91 years and 21 days. She was the mother of 8 children, 32 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa. She was a kind mother, and a devoted Christian. Grandmother manifested a strong faith in her Savior, and a bright hope in the life to come. She often expressed a desire to depart this life and to be with Christ, but was willing to wait until the Lord called her home. She was confined to her bed but a short time, and was conscious to the last hour. We hope to meet her in heaven with all the loved ones who have gone before. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. She was buried on the 9th of May, 1890, near Wooster, Ohio, in the family graveyard. Services by J. K. Yoder in the German and A. Brenneman in the English language.
That unchangeable home is for you and for me,
Where Jesus of Nazareth stands,
The King of all kingdoms forever his he
, And he holdeth our crowns in his hands.
Oh how sweet it will be, in that beautiful land,
So free from all sorrow and pain,
With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands,
To meet one another again.
Wooster, Ohio. BARBARA HOSTETLER.
MORREL. - On the 22d of Feb., 1891, near Haw Patch, Lagrange Co., Ind., of lung fever, Urben, son of John and Lydia Morrel, aged 1 year, 7 months and 20 days. Buried on the 23d in the Amish burying ground. Services by J. S. Hartzler, from Mark 10: 14.
KURTZ. - On the 11th of March, 1891, near Haw Patch, Lagrange Co., Ind., Sister Rebecca, wife of Joseph E. Kurtz, aged 36 years, 1 month and 19 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church, and one of those whose loss we all so deeply feel. She expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. Services by J. S. Hartzler, from 2 Peter 3: 14.
KENNAGY. - On the 14th of March, 1891, on the Haw Patch, Noble Co., Ind., of heart disease, Joshua Kennagy, aged 64 years and 22 days. The deceased was born in Mifflin Co., Pa.,; from there he moved to Logan Co., Ohio, and in the year 1861 came to Noble Co., Ind., where he died. He was a consisten member of the Amish Mennonite church. Before his death he said "I wish the Lord would come and take me home. I am not afraid to die." May the blessings of heaven rest on the bereaved family who less than a year ago were called to mourn the death of a mother, and now so soon that of a father. Services on the 17th by J. Kurtz and J. S. Hartzler, from Hosea 13: 14.
MAGEE. - On the 6th of February 1891, near Boyne Falls, Antrim Co., Mich., Nellie Esther, infant daughter of Emanuel and Nettie Magee, aged 16 days. Buried on Sunday, the 8th, in the Boyne Falls Cemetery. Services at the house of mourning by D. B. Shelly, and at the grave by Pre. Redpath.
"Nellie, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day,
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away.
Nellie, thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb,
But the angels whispered sweetly,
'Come and live with us at home.,"
BERKEY.- On the 27th of Feb., 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Margaret (widow of John Berkey), aged 59 years, 7 months and 11 days. Buried March 1, in the family graveyard. Services at the Stahl church, by Jonas Blough, Samuel Gindelsperger and L. A. Blough.
KAUFFMAN. - On the 6th of March, 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Homer Sylvester, infant son of Tobias M., and Mary Kauffman, aged 2 months and 19 days. Buried on the 7th at the Thomas, church. Services by Samuel Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough.
SNYDER. - On the 7th of March, 1891 in Waterloo Co., Ontario, of intermittent fever, Allan Snyder, aged 30 years, 10 months and 4 days. Buried on the 10th in the graveyard at Eby's church, Berlin, whither his remains were followed by a large concourse of friends. He leaves a sorrowing wife with three little children to mourn his early death. May a kind heavenly Father comfort and strengthen the bereaved widowed sister in this her deep affliction that she may put all her trust in her God who has promised to be a husband and protector to the widow. Funeral services in German by S. R. Knechtel from Matt. 24: 44 and in English by Peter Cober from Mark 8: 36. This death is another earnest appeal to all not to neglect the salvation of the immortal soul until death faces the victim and claims him as his own, whether prepared or unprepared.
HALLMAN. - On the 8th of March, 1891 in Montgomery, Chester Co., Pa., Sarah, widow of Abraham Hallman, aged 82 years, 11 months and 8 days. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Shortly before her departure she expressed a desire to go home and be at rest. She was buried in the Providence Mennonite burying ground, Montgomery Co., Pa., on the 12th, near her residence.
BUCKWALTER. - On the 10th of March, 1891, Pre. David Buckwalter of East Vincent township, Chester Co., Pa., aged 81 years, 5 months and 1 day. Interment in the Vincent Mennonite burying ground on the 14th. He was ordained to the ministry 37 of 38 years ago, and often preached earnestly on repentance and the importance of coming to Jesus. Remember his words. I wish unto him the crown of life.
MILLER. - On the 10th of March, 1891, in Johnson Co., Iowa, Barbara, daughter of Joseph P. Miller, aged 40 years, 4 months and 5 days. She has been afflicted for 30 years but bore all her sufferings patiently. Barbara, was a member of the Amish Mennonite church, and we have reasons to believe she has entered the place of rest. Services on the 12th by Christian Werey and Jacob Swartzendruber from Heb. 4: 9, 10.
YODER. - In Brown Co., Kansas, Jost Yoder, aged 84 years, 3 months. In the year 1848, he moved from Juniata Co., Pa., to McLean Co., Ill., and in 1883 to Brown Co., Kan. He was buried on the 8th of March 1891. Services by J. Mohler from 1 Cor. 15: 39.
STEINMAN. - On the 14th of Dec., 1890, in Waterloo Co., Ont., daughter of John and Susanna Steinman, aged 2 years, 7 months. Buried in the Third Line cemetery. Services by John Gascho and others.
BRANK. - On the 22d of Jan., 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Ezra, son of Joseph and Anna Brank, aged 10 years, 6 months and 17 days. Buried in the Third Line cemetery. Services by Jacob Wagler and Christian Zehr.
LICHTY. - On the 9th of March, 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., son of Christian and Catharine Lichty, aged 4 years, 8 months and 7 days. Buried in the Third Line cemetery on the 11th. Services by Chr. Zehr and Jacob Wagler.
ERB. - On the 9th of March, 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., son of John and Barbara Erb, aged 4 years, 7 months and 27 days. Buried in the Third Line cemetery on the 11th. Services by Chr. Zehr and Christian Litwiller.
LEBOLD. - On the 29th of January, 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Mary, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Lebold, aged 7 years, 3 months and 19 days. Buried in the Third Line cemetery. Services by Christian Zehr and Jacob Wagler.
BRANK. - On the 1st of Feb., 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Anna Brank, aged 7 years, 10 months and 21 days. Buried on the 3d in the Third Line cemetery. Services by Christian Zehr and Jacob Wagler.
LEBOLD. - On the 3d of Feb. 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Lebold, aged 9 years, 6 months. Buried on the 5th in the Third Line cemetery. Services by Christian Zehr and Joseph Garber.
GINGERICH. - On the 8th of Feb., 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Christian Gingerich, aged 58 years, 9 months and 17 days. He was buried in the Brenneman graveyard on the 11th. Services by Christian Zehr and Jacob Bender.
GASCHO. - On the 11th of Feb., 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Anna, daughter of David and Barbara Gascho, aged 3 years, 10 months. Buried in the Third Line cemetery on the 13th. Services by Jacob Wagler and John Gascho.
WAGLER. - On the 12th of Feb., 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ont., son of Michael and Magdalena Wagler, aged 1 year, 4 months and 28 days. Funeral services by Chr. Zehr and John Gascho.
EBERSOLE. - On the 10th of Feb., 1891, near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., John S. Ebersole, aged 54 years, 8 months and 24 days. Bro. Ebersole was a regular attendant and member of the Mennonite church. His hopes in spending his future in a better world were promising. His wife, ten children, mother (80 years old), three brothers, three sisters and many friends survive to mourn his departure. The services on the 14th were largely attended.
BENDER. - On the 22d of Feb., 1891, near Fruitville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Abram S., son of Bro. J. K. and Sister Fannie Bender, aged 22 years, 3 months and 24 days. Services at Millersville, by J. K. Brubaker and Bish. Isaac Eby, from Rom. 6: 23.
Friends, dry your tears and weep no more;
For him, whom God has called away.
His soul has gone on angels, wings
To regions of eternal day.
He's free from all the cares of earth,
That weary pilgrims here below.
His soul has left its house of clay,
And bade adieu to sin and woe.
He's now in mansions of the blest,
Where everlasting glories reign;
He feels no more the stroke of sin,
Nor bears the anguish of its pain.
So grieve no more in anguish sore,
For him whom death has called away;
For some of us alas! May need
E're long the generous tears, we pay.
E. H. H.
DOLLINGER. - On the 15th of Feb., 1891, in Shenandoah Co., Va., Sister Mary Dollinger, aged 39 years, three months and 4 days. Buried in the Spitler graveyard on the 18th. Services by Abraham Shank in the Baker schoolhouse, from Phil. 3: 10 - 14.
MUSSER. - On the 26th of Feb., 1891, near Thompsontown, Juniata Co., Pa., Bro.Michael Musser, aged 52 years, 6 months and 4 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, was fully resigned to the will of God, and expressed a desire to depart this life. He was a faithful husband and a good father. May the tender words he spoke to his children be the means of bringing them to God. Services by Wm. Auker and Wm. Graybill from Phil. 1: 21.
SWARTZ. - On the 12th of Feb., 1891, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., Anna, wife of Jacob Swartz, aged 57 years, 7 months and 5 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 17th. Services by I. Meyers, J. Gross and S. Godshalk.
"Oh sing to me of heav,n,
When I am called to die;
Sing songs of holy ecstacy,
To waft my soul on high."
KRATZ. - On the 28th of Feb., 1891, at Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa., of consumption. Mary Ann Kratz, aged 37 years, 3 months and 6 days. She confessed Christ during her sickness. Two of her brothers residing in Kansas, she was not buried until March the 7th.
"Dearest sister, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'til God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
HOLSINGER. - On the 15th of Feb., 1891, near Broadway, Va., Mary Ellen Holsinger, aged 27 years, 7 months and 16 days. Buried at the German Baptist church, in the presence of many relatives, on the 16th. Services by John P. Zigler and Abraham Shank.
SPITZER. - On the 23d of Feb., 1891, in Rockingham Co., Va., youngest child of Odior Spitzer and wife, aged 10 months and 11 days. Buried at the Trissel church on the 24th. Services by John P. Sigler and Abraham Shank.
HEISE. - On the 4th of March, 1891, at Cresswell, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid pneumonia, Elvin, son of Harvey and Susanna Heise, aged 15 years, 5 months and 15 days. His mother and his only sister preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral on the 7th at the Cresswell Evangelical church. Services by Pre. McDonald, and C. J. Warmkessel, from Psalm 102: 24, "O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days."
DETWEILER. - On the 17th of March, 1891, near Huntsville, Logan Co., Ohio, Joel Detweiler, aged 70 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. Services in the German language by David Plank and in the English by David Hostetler, from 1 Cor. 15: 19 - 58, and 2 Cor. 5: 1.
GAYMAN. - On the 8th of March, 1891, in Hilltown Twp., near Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., Samuel, son of Christian Gayman, of consumption and dropsy, from which he suffered more or less the last two years, but continued to work until last Thanksgiving. Since then he sought medical aid, but in vain; he grew weaker until death ended his sufferings, at the age of 44 years, 7 months and 21 days. His remains were laid to rest at Deep Run on the 12th. He leaves an aged father, two brothers and one sister to mourn his departure. Services by Samuel Godshalk in English and John Gross in German from Heb. 13: 14.
FUNK. - March 9th, near Shannonville, Montgomery Co., Pa., David W. Funk, in the 75th year of his age. Interment on the 15th at the Lower Providence Presbyterian cemetery. J. H. Hendricks officiated at the house, and C. R. Brodhead, assisted by S. O. Perry and J. H. Hendricks at the church.
MOYER. - On the 26th of Feb., 1891, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Leah, widow of Enos Moyer, aged about 68 years. She was buried the following Monday at the Mennonite Meeting-house in Franconia. Four daughters survive her.
STAUFFER. - On the 6th of March, 1891, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Henry Stauffer, aged 88 years, 10 months and 23 days. Buried in the family graveyard on the 10th. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to Bro. Stauffer who was a faithful member of the old Mennonite church. Text: Job 14: 14.
KRATZ. - On the 7th of March, 1891 in Lincoln Co., Ont., of consumption, Emerson, son of Andrew and Margaret Kratz, aged 24 years, 9 months. After a short illness he felt the need of a Savior and became willing to comply with the commands of Christ. He then seemed to be fully resigned to the will of God. He was buried on the 10th at the Moyer church, in the presence of many friends. Services by Noah Staufer in the English, and Henry Rosenberger, Bucks Co., Pa., in the German language.
GINGRICH. - On March the 12th, 1891, near Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, widow of David Gingrich, deceased (minister of the U. B. church), aged 85 years, 7 months and 26 days. Funeral on the 16th. Text John 3: 16. Buried in the family graveyard. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.
WITTMER. - On March the 15th, 1891, near Stony Brook, York County, Pa., of apoplexy, Pre. David Wittmer, aged 79 years, 2 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text, Heb. 13: 7. Buried at Wittmer's Meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect for the beloved brother and fellow-laborer in the Lord's vineyard. An only daughter survives him.
LANTZ. - On the 11th of March, 1891, near Needy, Clackamas Co., Oregon, after two years suffering of consumption, Catharine, wife of Gideon Lantz, aged 54 years, 6 months and 1 day. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church ever since her 17th year, and lived in matrimony 37 years. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, nine children, eleven grandchildren and many friends to mourn her departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Sister Lantz often expressed a desire to depart this life and be with Christ which is far better. Buried on the 13th in the Union Church graveyard. Services by Peter Zimmerman of Cass Co., Mo., from Ps. 90: 3 - 5 in the German and Peter Mishler in the English from Rev. 14: 12, 13.
KAUFFMAN. On March the 4th, 1891, near Garden City, Mo., Nelia, youngest child of Bro. Christ. and Sister Barbara Kauffman, aged 3 years, 11 months and 23 days. Services on the 6th before a large and sympathizing congregation at the Clear Fork church, by L. J. Heatwole assisted by D. F. Yoder, from James 4: 14. Death came suddenly to little Nelia and was most unexpected to the family. The Lord be with them all in their bereavement.
MEYERS. - On the 26th of Feb., 1891, at Franconia, Bucks Co., Pa., Leah, widow of Enos Meyers, aged 67 years, 9 months and some days. Buried on the 2d of March at Franconia. The children's loss is her eternal gain. Services by J. Clemmer and M. Meyer.
LANTZ. - March 10th, 1891, in Champaign Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Martha Lantz (widow of Samuel Lantz), aged 96 years, 5 months and 13 days. Funeral services occurred on the 13th, conducted by Bish. Jonas C. Yoder in German and A. Miller in English. Although the weather was very inclement, nevertheless many were present to see our dear old mother in Israel laid away. Obituary notice will follow. COR.
LEHMAN. - March 14, at Dakota, Stephenson Co., Ill., of pneumonia, Florence H., daughter of Joseph S. and Sarah Lehman, aged 14 years, 7 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held by Chr. Snavely, Philip Nice and J. S. Coffman. Florence was a dear, affectionate daughter, and was warmly attached to her parents, her little sister, and two little brothers, and her schoolmates. Her death being so sudden and unexpected was a great shock to all who knew her. The funeral was largely attended. A touching scene was presented when her teacher and schoolmates came to take a last look at the form, still in death, which had so lately moved among them full of active life. May all her young associates be moved with an earnest desire to live a holy life and meet one another in heaven.
HOFFMAN. - On the 9th of March 1891, near Clarinda, Page Co., Iowa, at the home of its grandparents H. L. Hoffman, Leroy, infant child of John G. and Minerva Hoffman, aged 4 months and 4 days. Buried on the 10th in the Butler graveyard. Services by Pre. Ossman, from 2 Cor. 1: 10.
GROVE. - On the 11th of March, 1891, near Grafton, Huntingdon Co., Pa., of cancer in the mouth, Mary, widow of Isaac Grove, aged 67 years, 1 month and 10 days. She was confined to her room since last September, yet she bore all her afflictions with Christian fortitude, encouraging her children to go on in the Christian pathway and try and meet her in heaven. She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn her loss, yet they need not mourn as those, who have no hope. Funeral services by bishop Jacob Snyder assisted by Pre. George Brumbaugh, from Rev. 14: 12, 13.
Dear friends, farewell, to you I tell,
Since you and I must part;
I go away, and here you stay,
But still we,re joined in heart.
Your love to me has been most free,
Your conversation sweet;
How could I bear to journey where
With you I could not meet.
GEIL. - On the 17th of March, 1891, in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of paralysis, Enos F. Geil, aged 55 years and 20 days. Bro. Geil and his sons-in-law had a public sale on Monday the 16th, for the sale of cattle and farming implements, which he superintended and seemed to be in usual health. At midnight he was suddenly stricken with paralysis and laid unconscious until Tuesday evening when he died. He leaves aged parents, a sorrowing wife and three daughters to mourn his sudden death. May God comfort the dear family in their deep afflictions, and may we all remember that in the midst of the busy scenes of life, death may be nigh at hand. And may each one of us be ready, knowing that in an hour when we think not death may come.
REITZEL. - On March 4th, 1891, very suddenly of apoplexy, Martha, at the home of her parents, Jacob and Susan (Rutt) Reitzel, of Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., aged 49 years, 5 months and 17 days. Martha Reitzel was born in Dauphin Co., Pa., Sept. 17th, 1841. She had not been in good health for some time, and for a week past was unable to lie down on account of asthmatic trouble. She also had a cancerous affection of light form which her family and friends knew nothing about until after her death, which was unexpected and proved a great schock to her friends. Mother was with her until after twelve o,clock, when she requested her mother to go to bed; so she left her sleeping quietly in her chair and in that quiet sleep she peacefully passed away. She died as she lived"quiet and contented trusting fully in Christ. May all her friends, who read these lines, put this question to themselves: Would we have been as well prepared as Martha was, if the death angel would have come to us so unexpectedly. She was a faithful member of the Science Ridge Mennonite church for fifteen years, at which place the funeral took place Friday, March 6th at 1 P.M. Services by Bish. Henry Nice and Pre. J. S. Lehman from John 14: 19. Martha was the oldest of nine children and hers was the first death in the family; she leaves her father, mother, four sisters and four brothers; Mrs. A. L. Brubaker of Freeport, Ill.,; Mrs. C. E. Goshert of Milledgeville, Ill.; Mrs. N. S. Loux of Sterling, Ill., and Miss Sara A Reitzel; Abram R. Reitzel of Mitchell, S. Dakota; Henry, Jacob and Lewis Reitzel, Sterling, Ill.
"Dearest sister, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
S. A. RETZEL.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
AN AGED MOTHER PASSED AWAY.
Died March the 10th, 1891, near West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, Martha Lantz, widow of Samuel Lantz, at the advanced age of 96 years, 5 months and 13 days. Grandmother Lantz was born Sept. 25, 1794, in Berks Co., Pa. She was the daughter of Christian and Barbra Planck, she being the second or third oldest of a family of six sons and two daughters, and has outlived all the others. Christian Blanck (as he used to write his name), was the son of Melcher Blanck, who emigrated from Europe to Berks Co., Pa., in the latter half of the 17th century, under the most trying circumstances. It seems that he and his newly married wife, accompanied some of their friends, who were coming to America, to the vessel, and while on board the captain of the ship prevailed on them to remain with their friends until morning, as the ship would not leave port until the next day. But alas! While they were sleeping the ship set sail, and by daylight, land was already out of sight. They were brought to America and sold to a Mr. Morgan, in Berks Co., Pa. Here they served to the extent of their passage the ocean. The writer of this notice has in his possession a highly valued relic, a well worn prayer brook, the fly leaf of which bears the following inscription upon it. "This little book is the property of Melcher Blanck, in the year 1777." The subject of this notice lived with her parents in Berks and Lancaster counties, until about the year 1818, when they moved to Mifflin Co., Pa. Martha early united with the Amish branch of the Mennonite Church, and remained an earnest adherent to its principles until her death. About the year 1819, she married Samuel Lantz with whom she was permitted to live a little over fifty years. Under the blessing of God they brought up a family of ten children to man and womanhood, of whom eight survive their mother. They live in Pa., Ohio, Ill., Mo. And Kansas. In 1851 they moved from Mifflin Co., Pa. to Champaign Co., Ohio. Here by patient industry, and economy they succeeded in securing for themselves a beautiful earthly home, where they both exchanged time for eternity. After the death of her faithful companion in 1870, mother Lantz lived with her son Levi Z. on the homestead. She suffered much physically in her declining years, and most intense the last few days of her life, but she bore her afflictions with Christian meekness, relying only on God for help. Death claimed his victim, but the victory was hers through the Lord Jesus Christ in whom she had a living faith to the end. For the last seven years grandmother Lantz was deprived of the use of her lower limbs. Notwithstanding her many afflictions, she had much to be thankful for. She had a beautiful and pleasant home, kind and loving hands to minister to her many wants, and her children, friends and neighbors visited her often. It was indeed a pleasure as well as profit spiritually to visit her. God blessed her with a strong and clear mind, and a wonderful memory. Now that mother Lantz has passed away, who can think of the changes that occurred in her lifetime. When she gave herself to God and his church there was only one Amish Mennonite church, and that within the borders of the state of Pa. How many divisions and sub-divisions are there now? Then there were no church or meeting houses, meeting being held in private houses. Her sister Barbara frequently told the writer that they used to go to church on a cart. But not a fancy cart like the one used in our day and time both for business and pleasure, but an old fashioned dump cart. Her remains were laid away on Mar. 13th 1891. Services were conducted by J. C. Yoder and A. Miller. Her decendants number 33 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren. D.
MOYER. - On the 27th of March 1891, in Lincoln Co., Ont., of heart disease John W. Moyer, aged 70 years. Buried at the Mountain church on the 31st, where a large number of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to a dear brother and friend who was a good example to us all. He leaves a widow (his second wife) and nine children"all grown" to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as such who have no hope. May God comfort and sustain the bereft ones in their deep affliction. Services by John F. Rittenhouse and Pre. Canada, from Num. 23: 10.
MOYER. - On the 23d of March 1891, in Lincoln Co., Ont., of dropsy, Barbara, wife of Abraham Moyer, aged 62 years, 10 months and 22 days. She was buried on the 26th at the Mountain church. Funeral services by J. F. Rittenhouse and Pre. Wagner, from Ps. 50: 15. Sister Moyer was afflicted with dropsy for about seventeen years and at times suffered much; but bore her affliction with Christian fortitude. She longed to see the end of her suffering and be at rest with the saints. She had a firm hope in the Savior.
HIGH. - On the 22d of March, 1891, in Lincoln Co., Ont., Nancy, wife of Daniel K. High, aged 57 years. She had for some time been afflicted with dropsy and heart disease. She was buried on the 25th at the Mountain church, where a large number of friends met to pay their last tribute of respect to a beloved neighbor and friend. Services by Pre. Wagner, from James 4: 13 - 15. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 3 children to mourn their loss.
MORRELL. - On the 17th of Jan., 1891, at Haw Patch Ind., Milo M., son of John D., and Lydia Morrell, aged 3 years, 8 months and 28 days. This little boy, nearly 4 years old, could neither walk nor talk, and was quite a charge to those who cared for him. What a great blessing to all such, whom the dear Lord calls home.
NULL. - On the 24th of March 1891, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Samuel Titus, son of Christian and ---- Null, aged 20 years, 7 months and 15 days. He was buried on the 25th in the North Union burial place, where a large number of friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. He leaves 4 brothers, 3 sisters, and parents to mourn their loss. This affliction seems to rest heavily upon the bereaved family. May they look to God for comfort, for from Him all help cometh. Samuel was loved by all who knew him. He had fairly begun his first term of school when he took sick with the measles and lung trouble which very suddenly ended his life. He claimed to have received forgiveness of sin before he died. May his death be a loud warning to us all. Services by George Lambet and Noah Metzler.
WITMER. - On the 15th of March, 1891, near Stony Brook, Spring Garden township, York Co., Pa., of pneumonia and paralysis, Pre. David Witmer, aged 79 years 2 months and 19 days. Funeral on the 18th at Witmer's M. H. Texts Heb. 13: 7; Matt. 9: 9- "Follow me." He was in the ministry about 20 years, was always hearty and never known to be absent from church. On the 1st of March he attended his last meeting. His wife and one daughter preceded him to the grave. One daughter survives him. Her assurance is, that her loss is his eternal gain. May God grant her sustaining grace to remain faithful unto the end that they may be reunited to remain an unbroken family in heaven.
STOLTZFUS-On the 20th of March, 1891, near Smoker's P. O. Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel, son of Moses and Sarah Stolzfus, of diphtheria, aged 5 years 8 months and 20 days. Services on the 22d by David Beiler and Joel Zook.
'Twas hard to part with the little one,
We can only wonder why;
Too the doing of our Father,
Will understand by and by.
His little form is cold in death,
His little lips are closed,
His little tongue from us is hushed;
We miss him, O, how much!
BURKEY. - On the 28th of March, 1891, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Sister Magdalena, wife of Brother Valentine M. Burkey, aged 40 years, 7 months and 6 days. She lived in matrimony 14 years, was the mother of 8 children, 4 of whom survive her. Her remains were laid to rest in the Amish Mennonite Cemetery on the 29th. Services by Joseph Schlegel, from Rev. 7: 9 - 17, and Joseph Gascho, from John 5: 20 - 29.
SCHWEITZER. - On the 30th of March, 1891, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Mary, daughter of Nicholas and Mattie Schweitzer, aged 16 days. Buried on the 31st in the Amish Mennonite cemetery. Services by Joseph Schlegel, from 1 Cor. 15: 20 - 22, and by Joseph Gascho, from Matt. 18: 1, 2.
SNIDER. - On the 28th of March, 1891, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Sister Nancy (Sitler), beloved wife of Isaac Snider, aged 51 years, 1 month and 12 days. Buried at Eby's, Berlin, on the 31st, where a large number of relatives and friends met to sympathize with our brother and his large family in their loss; but we trust she has gone to the glory world where no pain, no affliction, but joy and peace reign forever. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Bowman at the house, and Daniel Wismer and Noah Stauffer at the church, from John 11: 25, 26; and 1 Thess. 5: 9.
KING. - On the 1st of Feb., 1891, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Barbara, daughter of Abram and Lydia King, aged 6 years, 1 month and 4 days.
KING. - On the 7th of Feb., 1891, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Michael, only son of Abram and Lydia King, of diphtheria, aged 3 years, 5 months and 25 days.
What a solemn scene, and mournful too,
When two so soon are called away,
To meet in heaven that better land,
And there with saints in glory stand.
BEILER. - On the 5th of Feb., 1891, near Mascot, Lancaster Co., Pa., Josiah, son of Menno and Nancy Beiler, of diphtheria, aged 5 years, 3 months and 26 days. Services by H. Stoltzfus.
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Sighs and tears were all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee,
From this weary world of pain.
KING. - On the 27th of Feb., 1891, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Katie, daughter of David and Nancy King, of diphtheria, aged 2 years, 10 months and 20 days.
KING. - On the 7th of March, 1891, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Johnny, son of David and Nancy King, of diphtheria, aged 17 years, 2 months and 5 days.
"Dear parents, don't think of us as in the tomb,
For we shall not fear its dark shadow and gloom.
We're going to dwell with the angels so fair,
We look for you, parents, and wait for you there,
Where tears do not flow, and where death can not come,
But together we'll dwell in a beautiful home.
STOLTZFUS. - On the 13th of March, 1891, near Smoker's P. O., Lancaster Co., Pa., Emma, daughter of Moses and Sarah Stoltzfus, of diphtheria, aged 7 years, 11 months and 14 days. Funeral services on the 16th by Benjamin Lantz and John King.
"All you that come my grave to see,
The gloomy place to view;
I pray to those who stand and view;
Prepare to follow the gone but not forgotten."
GERBER. - In Anchor, McLean Co., Ill. The children of Peter S. and Anna Gerber, of diphtheria, Christian, on the 14th of March, 1891, aged 6 years, 10 months and 25 days. Services by Pres. Walters and M. Kingsinger, from Luke 18: 16. Solomon, on the 20th, aged 3 years, 6 months and 15 days. Services by J. H. Stutzman. David on the 24th, aged 9 years, 6 months and 14 days. Buried on the 25th in the Anchor cemetery where his two brothers had been laid to rest a few days previous. Let us prayerfully look up to Him who has all power to comfort the downcast, and ask Him to console the dear parents who have within 14 days been called to mourn the loss of three dear children.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
When God recalls his own,
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown?
Then let our sorrows cease to flow
God has recalled his own;
And let our hearts in every woe,
Still say""Thy will be done!"
GEIGER. - On the 19th of March, 1891, near Bluffton, Ohio, Sister Mary Geiger, (maiden name Zurfluh) aged 85 years, 5 months and 8 days. She was buried on the 21st. Services by Pre. Fr. Zeller, from Ps. 90. Pre C. P. Steiner and Bish. John Moser, from 2 Tim. 4: 6 - 8.
TROUT. - On the 4th of March, 1891, in Landisville, Pa., of kidney trouble, Jacob S. Trout, aged 82 years. He was able to go about the house until a week before his death. Three sons; Harvey, at Los Angeles, Cal, George, in Chicago, Ill., Jacob on the homestead, and one daughter, wife of M. Herr"remain to mourn his departure. His wife Fannie (Miller) preceded him to the spirit world about three years ago. Services on the 8th, in the Landisville Ref. Mennonite Church, by Jacob Kurtz and ---- Hershey.
WAGLER. - On the 19th of March, 1891, in Wellesley Twp. Waterloo Co., Ont., daughter of Jacob and Barbara Wagler, aged 6 years, 6 months and 22 days. She was buried in the Three Line cemetery on the 22d. Services by Christian Zehr and Joseph Gerber.
ZIRLEIN. - On the 26th of March, 1891, near Tiskilwa, Ill., of Consumption, Mina S. Zirlein, aged 18 years, 5 months and 9 days. She was buried in the Mennonite grave yard in Indiantown, on the 29th. She died a young Christian. Many relatives and friends mourn her early departure. Services by Joseph Burcky and Chr. Zehr.
SHAFFER. - Children of Solomon H. and Harriet E. Shaffer, Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Bessie, on the 17th of March, 1891, in her 10th year, Clara, on the 20th, in her 8th year, Ada B. on the 21st, in her 21st year, Mahlon S. on the 22d, in his 6th year; Emeline F. on the 23d, in her 15th year; and "Old Polly," died suddenly, on the 26th in her 60th year. She has been a member of the family for many years. Ada and Mahlon died the same night and were buried the same day. All the funerals excepting the first were private. Pre. Hartman of the Reformed Church, attended and officiated at all of them. The minister, undertaker, and four other men waited on the family during their bereavement. Clayton, the only surviving child, is sick with the same disease. May the good Lord restore him to his parents. "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
MILLER. - On the 18th of March, 1891, near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, Sarah Ann (daughter of Moses I. Hostetler), wife of John C. Miller, aged 22 years. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church at Walnut Creek, Ohio. Services by I. A. Miller, from Rom. 14: 8.
CUSTER. - On the 29th of March, 1891, in Campbell Twp., Kent Co., Mich., of paralysis, Leah, wife of William Custer, aged 62 years, 2 months and 25 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and a bright light to the world. She was the mother of eight children, three sons and five daughters. One son and a daughter preceded their mother to the better world. Buried in the Mennonite graveyard, on the 31st. Services by Jessie Winey in the English, and Peter Keim in the German language, from 2 Cor. 5: 1.
HOSSLER. - On the 15th of Feb., 1891, in Bloomville, Seueca Co., Ohio, Anna Hossler, aged 75 years, 7 months and 26 days. She was born in Stark Co., Ohio, June 19th 1814, and was married Sept. 23d, 1830, to Jacob Hossler, who with eleven children survive her. In 1834 they moved to Seneca county, which has been their home ever since. She united with the Mennonite church when 18 years of age, and remained a faithful member. Her grandfather, Martin Funk was born in Baden, Germany, on the 28th of May 1755, and with his brother came to America in 1774, and settled near Hagerstown, Md. In 1810 the moved to Stark Co., Ohio, where he died at the age of 83 years, __ months and 22 days. Mother Hossler was an invalid for years, but always endured her sufferings very patiently. She was a subscriber to the HERALD OF TRUTH for many years and always enjoyed reading its pages. She was a kind mother, and will be greatly missed.
DENLINGER. - On the 16th of March, 1891, near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Susan Co., wife of Georgy H. Denlinger, aged 31 years, 1 month and 23 days. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, and lived in the hope of soon going home. When asked by her mother, if she was afraid to die, she replied that she was not. May God comfort the sorrowing husband and friends and may their affliction be the means of drawing them nearer to Him, who doeth all things well. She was buried on the 19th in the Strasburg burying ground, at which time services were conducted at the house by David Buckwalter and Bishop Isaac Eby, from Rev. 22: 13, 14, and at the church by Abraham Brubaker, and Amos Herr, from 1 Thess. 4: 13, 14.
Dear husband, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom,
And I shall not fear though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide.
I'm going to live with the angels so fair,
I'll look for you"husband, and wait for you there.
Where tears do not flow, and where death cannot come,
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home.
LEHMAN. - March 16th 1891, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Mary, wife of Joel Lehman, aged 25 years, 10 months and 3 days. Services at Oberholzer's church by John Burkholder and ____ Tyson. The deceased was sick only a few hours during which time she suffered much. She was a member of the Mennonite church.
HERR. - March 16th, 1891, near Center, Lancaster Co., Pa., of cancer and infirmities of old age, Sister Maria Herr, aged 80 years and 27 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years and was faithful until the end, although her feeble health would not permit her to attend services for several years. Communion services were held with her at her house. She had suffered of cancer for many years, but was only bedfast four days. She was a kind and devoted mother and grandmother. She leaves two brothers, four children, fifteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren to mourn her departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. She was buried on the 18th, in the Strasburg burying ground. Services were conducted by Benj. Hertzler in German and Amos Shenk in English, from Heb. 4: 9.
Sleep on dear grandmother,
And take your rest,
God called you home;
He thought it best.
GINDLESPERGER. - On the 19th of March 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Josiah S., infant son of Pre. Samuel and Sallie Gindlesperger, aged 3 months and 4 days. Buried on the 21st at the Blough meetinghouse. Services by Simon Layman, and Levi A. Blough. A father, mother, five brothers and four sisters mourn the loss of the departed one. One sister preceded him to the better world 8 years ago.
Our Josie dear has gone
To his eternal rest;
Amid the heavenly throng,
He'll be forever blessed.
His suffering now is o'er,
His warfare now is ended;
We shall see him here no more,
To God his soul ascended.
With saints and angels there,
He can praise the Lord his king.
The great reward he'll share,
And the heavenly anthem sing.
WEAVER. - On the 1st of April, 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Edwin, son of Moses and Sarah Weaver, aged 10 months and 6 days. Buried on the 2d in the family graveyard. Services by Jonas Blough, Samuel Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.