STAHL. On the 16th of July, 1891, near Hagerstown, Md., Harvey L., son of Daniel and Amanda Stahl, aged 24 years, 6 months and 8 days. He was living away from home when he took sick, came home and was severely afflicted with dysentery. During his sickness he requested the family to send for the minister, who came and held devotional exercises with him, joining with them in the singing of the hymn: "Tell it to Jesus." He told the family not to grieve for him after he was gone; that Jesus was with him. He did not only pray for himself but for all, and admonished them to meet him in heaven. He was buried at the Salem church, where services were held by preachers Snyder and Foltz. He leaves a father, mother, and seven brothers and sisters.
BOYER. On the 16th of July, 1891, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness, Susanna Boyer, aged 80 years, 3 months and 7 days. Interment at Oberholtzer's where services were conducted by Peter Basinger, Joseph Bixler and Jacob Stauffer.
STRITE. On July 4th, 1891, near Leitersburg, Washington Co., Md., Joseph Strite, aged 58 years, 3 months and 9 days. He was a member of the Mennonite church for 30 years; he was afflicted for a long time, but bore his afflictions patiently. His prayer was that God might take him home. Services by Pre. Adam Baer and Michael Horst, from Heb. 4: 9.
Yes, he longed to go to Jesus,
To the heavenly home above,
Where there is no pain and sickness;
But where all is Joy and love.
Oh, our father! How we miss you,
And we feel so lonely here,
As we gather round the table,
And we see the vacant chair.
Yet a silent voice keeps saying:
"Children, dry those mournful tears,
Father's now beyond the River,
Where there is no sin or care."
Yes, Oh yes, we sadly miss you,
And your loss we deeply mourn,
Yet we hope to meet in heaven,
When the angels call us home.
REIST. On the 27th of June, 1891, in Waterloo Co., Ontario, of inflammation of the lungs and apoplexy Bro. Daniel Reist, aged 74 years, 10 months and 18 days. Buried in Cressman's graveyard on the 30th. He leaves 2 sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. Many friends and acquaintances paid Bro. R. their last tribute of respect at the burial. Services by N. Stauffer in German and J. Woolner in English, from Rom. 6: 23, and John 11: 28.
RUPP. On the 12th of July, 1891, in Ford Co., Ill., of consumption, Samuel D. Rupp, aged 35 years, 5 months and 22 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow and 5 small children to mourn their loss. He lived in matrimony 11 years, 2 months and 13 days, and spent a happy life. Samuel D. Rupp was the eighth child of Jacob and Elizabeth Rupp, and the first of the 11 children to try the Spirit world. Father, mother, brothers and sisters and many others followed the deceased to the place of burial. He was a member of the church and desired to be interred near his old home at Tremont, Ill., a distance of 75 miles from where he lived. Services by Joseph Stuckey and others, from Phil. 1: 21.
SCHAAD. On the 29th of May, 1891, near Noble, Washington Co., Iowa, Fannie, wife of Jacob Schaad, aged 52 years, 1 month and 17 days. Buried in the Emmanuel cemetery, on the 31st of May. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 7 children to mourn their loss. Services by S. T. Miller and Jos. Augspurger in German and Benj. Eicher in English, from 1 Cor. 15: 35, and 2 Cor. 5: 10.
ERB. On the 6th of July, 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Col., Barbara, daughter of Daniel and Catharine Erb, aged 9 years and 5 days. Buried in the Amish cemetery near Thurman, on the 7th. Services by J. Schlegel and J. Schrock, from John 5: 19 29.
ZIEGLER. On the 5th day of July 1891, in Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of enteritis and dropsy, Michael Zeigler, aged 61 years, 9 months and 22 days. Buried at the Salford meeting-house. Services by Abel Horning and ____ Becker.
BERGE. On the 7th of July, 1891, near Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., of heart disease, son of Henry and Sarah Berge, aged 9 years, 3 months and 9 days. He had to suffer more or less all his life. He was buried at the Franconia meeting-house on the 11th. Services by Michael Moyer and Josiah Clemmer.
SUMMER. On the 13th of July, 1891, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., daughter of Christian and Phebe Summer, aged 15 years and 30 days. She was buried at the Amish Mennonite cemetery. Services by Joseph Gasho, from Matt. 25: 13; and Joseph Rediger, from 1 Peter 1: 24, 25.
DIRSTEIN. On the 3d of July, in Buffalo county, Nebraska, Isaac G. Dirstein, aged 48 years, 9 months and 9 days. He was born near Sellersville, Bucks Co., Pa. In 1882 he removed to Nebraska, bought 160 acres of land, and commenced farming, in which he was very successful. He was at the time of his death the owner of some 600 acres of land, with cattle, horses, etc. Suddenly, however, circumstances changed, and the declaration, "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live verified itself, in Him." On the 1st of July, as he was hitching his horses to the corn cultivator, one of the horses kicked him. He took the horses to the barn, went to the house, and thought he would soon recover, but instead, he began to suffer severe pain. A physician was called, but inflammation had set in, so that there was no hope for him. He then requested of a neighbor that he should see that his body would be brought to his former home for burial. After death his friends were informed by telegram, and his brother Noah, and John Souder went at once on their sad mission. The body had already been prepared, and properly placed in a metallic casket for the purpose. They left Kearney on the 8th and arrived at Sellersville on the 10th. The funeral took place on Sunday the 12th, at the Rockhill Mennonite burying ground, where a very large concourse of people were present. Services were held at the house of his brother Noah, by Samuel Detweiler, and at the meeting house by Abel Horning, from Isa. 45: last part of the 19th verse. He lived 52 hours after he had been hurt. He sought to make peace with his God before he died, and had a minister sent for who baptized him. We hope, though in the eleventh hour, he yet found consolation for his soul through faith in Jesus Christ.
MILLER. On the 18th of July 1891, near Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind. Simon, son of Moses S. and Elizabeth Miller, aged 15 years, 11 months and 2 days. Simon with one of his brothers was repairing a fence along the railroad which runs through the farm only a short distance from the buildings. Several hogs got out of the field on the track. Simon went to drive them off, just as an excursion train from Elkhart to Rome City was approaching. Passenger trains were usually run on the old track (an additional track has recently been laid along this part of the road) and Simon no doubt thought the train was running on the old track, while he was on the new. When he discovered the train immediately behind him, it was too late to get out of the way, and just as he was outside of the track he was struck, receiving a severe bruise on the side of his head and face and shoulder. It was about ten o'clock A.M. His father was not far away, came and carried him to the house where he remained in an unconscious condition until 3 o'clock when he died. He was for some time an attentive scholar in the Elkhart Sunday-school, and seemed to be especially interested in the remarks of his teacher the previous Sunday. He was of a kind and cheerful disposition, and while every one that knew him spoke well of him, he was especially beloved and esteemed at home, both by his parents and his brothers and sisters. It was a sad time for all of them, especially sad was the funeral day. He was buried at the Sugar Grove cemetery. Services were conducted by J. S. Coffman, J. F. Funk, and S. Yoder. Text Eccl. 12: 1. May God sanctify this severe affliction to this dear family, that all may be better prepared for the duties of life and the blessed enjoyments of heaven.
HARSHBERGER. On the 7th of July 1891, in Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Lucy Ann, daughter of Bro. Henry Harshberger, aged 37 years, 11 months and 12 days. Buried on the 9th in the family graveyard. Services by Bishop Jonas Blough.
BLOUGH. On the 13th of July 1891, in Roxberry, Cambria Co., Pa., Harry, son of Bro. A. A. and Sister Lydia Blough, aged 2 months and 12 days. Buried on the 16th at the Blough Church in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co. Services by Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindelsperger.
LIVINGSTON. On the 30th of June, 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Ellen Livingston, aged 11 years, 3 months and 9 days. This was indeed a very poor child, because it could never speak nor walk, nor in any way help itself. Services at the Brethren Church near Kauffman's by Bishop Jonas Blough.
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ROBINSON. On the 23d of July, 1891, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of pneumonia, of which she suffered about three weeks, Emma A., daughter of Zachariah and Sarah Robinson, aged 24 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was an active church member, a devoted Sunday-school teacher. In the family circle she was a source of cheer and sunshine, and the love and kindness she manifested toward others won for her the esteem and respect of all. She will be greatly missed in the circle of her acquaintance. Some six months ago she was betrothed to a worthy young man, and was soon to become a bride, but her bridal dress served for her shroud before the wedding day arrived. Her affianced no doubt feels the loss more deeply than any other. During the first days of her last illness, she expressed herself both willing and ready to give up this life for the future. She frequently made use of the expression, "The Lord's will be done." When her mother wept as she saw the end approaching, she bade her be calm. She also spoke of going home to her sister and brothers who had preceded her, and expressed herself as being perfectly happy and comfortable. Funeral services were held by W. J. Funkey from Acts 21: 14, and J. F. Funk from 2 Cor. 4: 17, 18. The loss of one so dearly beloved falls indeed heavily upon the parents, and brothers and sisters, but we should all remember that our kind heavenly Father knows best, and whatsoever he does is well done. May all these sorrowing ones say, in humble submission to the will of God, The Lord gave; the Lord has taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.
MYERS. In May 1891, near Mt. Cory, Hancock Co., Ohio, Leah Elizabeth Myers, in the 30th year of her age. She was a daughter of Benjamin F. and Sarah Myers. This is the third one that has been called from a family of twelve grown children within one year and four months. All were victims of consumption. Leah was a devout member of the Methodist church. Many relatives and friends mourn her early departure.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number;
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
MARTIN. On the 31st of July, 1891, in Spring Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary M. wife of Ezra Martin. Buried at Weaverland. Services by John M. Zimmerman in English, and Bishop Jonas Martin in German, from 2 Tim. 4: 6 8. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. She leaves a sorrowing husband and one son to mourn her death. She was in her 28th year.
ALLERT. On the 25th of July, in Waldheim, Mountain Co., Man., Helena (Dyck) Allert, aged 71 years, 1 month and 28 days. Leaves a husband, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren. She was born in Ellerwalde, bei Elbing, West Prussia, Europe. Emigrated to Canada in 1869.
BRENNEMAN. On the 29th of July, 1891, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Bro. Henry Brenneman, aged 77 years and 4 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, and was the father of eight children, four sons and four daughters, the result of the union with his first wife, who died eighteen years ago. Three of his sons preceded him to the Spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing wife and five children to mourn the loss of husband and father. He was afflicted with the above disease of over five years, and for the last two years or more was entirely helpless, but he bore it all patiently until God released him from his sufferings, and we have reason to believe that he has gone home to rest from all his labors. Funeral on the 31st at the Mennoninte meeting-house near his home, where many friends and neighbors had assembled to pay their last respects to one whom they had learned to love. Services by David Hostetler and Michael Horst from Rev. 21: 1, 7.
LANDES. On the 24th of July, 1891, in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, of a disorder of the stomach, Tobias Landes, aged 45 years, 3 months and 10 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife and 6 children to mourn the loss of one who was dear to them, but when God doth call us home we must obey. Funeral on the 26th from the Culp meeting-house, in Holmes Co., Ohio. Services by Henry Kilmer at the house, and Abraham Mast and Adam Kornhaus at the church from Rev. 14: 12, 14.
EICHER. On the 29th of June, 1891, near Milford, Nebraska, daughter of Joseph and ____ Eicher, aged 1 year, 1 month and 1 day. Buried in the Amish Mennonite cemetery. Services by Joseph Schlegel and Joseph Gascho, from 1 Thess. 4: 13.
LEAMAN. On the 22d of July 1891, in Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Benjamin Leaman, aged 51 years, 11 months and 11 days. Buried at the Hess meetinghouse on the 25th. Test, Rev. 22: 14. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. May the Lord comfort the bereft family.
HERROLD. On the 25th of July, 1891, in Washington Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Simon H. Herrold, aged 73 years and 11 days. He was born in Snyder Co., Pa., July 14, 1818. In 1839 he was married to Elizabeth Strawser, to whom nine children were born-three sons and six daughters-two of whom father Herrold has now gone to meet, the other seven are still living, four still residing in Pennsylvania, the other three in this state, namely, Elias S., Simon J Herrold, Mrs. William Painter; and Mrs. Daniel Sholly, Mrs. Elizabeth Houser, Mrs. Catharine Stahl and Andrew Herrold, of Penn. Bro. H. was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, lived a devoted Christian life for over 50 years, and though he was stricken with paralysis and the end came without warning, yet he was prepared for the great change from this mortal life to that immortal life in glory. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in the township, showing the great respect the community had for him. The sermon was preached by S. Yoder of Elkhart and the body laid to rest in Trout Creek Cemetery. Text, Job 7: 1, 2.
ERB. On the 20th of July, 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Co., of diphtheria, Joseph aged 1 year, 7 months and 3 days, and Jacob on the 27th of July, aged 5 years, 11 months and 7 days, children of Daniel and Catharine Erb. Joseph was buried on the 21st and Jacob on the 28th of July, in the Amish Mennonite cemetery near Thurman. Services by J. Schlegel, J. Roth and J. Schrack.
WEAVER. On the 21st of July, 1891, in Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of Bright's Disease, Isaac Weaver, aged 65 years, 7 months and 21 days. Interred in the Weaverland Mennonite burying ground. Services by Pre. John M. Zimmerman, Benjamin Horning, and Bishop Isaac Eby, from 2 Tim. 4: 6 8. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. He leaves a wife, nine sons and two daughters to mourn his death. Deceased was a brother to the late Bishop George Weaver of the Weaverland church, and has been a miller by trade from his youth.
'Tis hard to part with you, dear father,
We can only wonder why,
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely;
May we meet thee by and by?
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Tender cares were all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee,
From this weary world of pain.
Your suffering now is o'er,
Your warfare now is ended;
We shall see you here no more,
To God your soul ascended.
With saints and angels there,
You can praise the Lord our King;
The great reward you'll share,
And the heavenly anthems sing.
Your wearied brow is cold in death,
Your gentle eye-lids closed;
Your languid tongue from us is hushed.
We miss you, Oh, how much!
PLANK. On the 1st of August, 1891, in Lagrange Co., Ind., after an illness of three months, Leander, son of John and Elizabeth Plank, aged 12 years, 8 months and 23 days. He bore his sufferings with great patience and we trust he is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were held Sunday, August 2, at the home of the parents on Brushy Prairie by Pre. Peter Long, also Monday, Aug. 3, at the Maple Grove church by J. S. Hartzler and J. Kurtz. Buried at the Amish burying ground, Haw Patch. May God be with this family in the loss which they deeply feel as Leander seems to have been the jewel of the family.
PLANK. On the 31st of July, 1891, near East Lynne, Cass Co., Mo., of inflammation of the bowels, Myrtle Ann, daughter of Christian and Lydia Plank, aged 10 months and 22 days. Services at Clear Fork church from 1 Cor. 15: 22 by L. J. Heatwole, D. F. Driver and J. C. Kenagy.
BRUBAKER. On the 20th of May, 1891, in Dakota, Stephenson Co., Ill., H. K. Brubaker, aged 65 years and 1 month. He was buried at the Mennonite burying ground. Services by C. C. Snavely and Joseph Colwell. Deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, beloved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and two sons to mourn their loss. Three daughters have preceded him to that land from whence no traveler ever returns.
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