Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1891

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXVIII, No. 11, June 1, 1891, P. 172, 173


A sad accident occurred, on the afternoon of April the 30th, about one mile southeast of Bareville, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the farm of Jonas K. Stoltzfus. Christie, a son of M. Stoltzfus, was sent out in the field with a roller and was expected to be able to manage the horses as he had done before. But at three o'clock his sister, a few years older than himself, went out to see him, but was greatly shocked to find her brother under the roller pressed into the earth. The roller passed over his feet and rested upon his body without touching the head. But Christie was dead. The horses stood still and the little girl tired in vain to remove the roller from his body. She called for help and soon the boy was taken home to meet the sorrow-stricken family. No one was present when the accident occurred, but it is supposed, that the boy was thrown in front of the roller, and while falling, or when the roller had caught his feet, he stopped the horses by calling or pulling on the lines. But death must have occurred almost instantly. His age was 9 years, 7 months and 18 days. Services by Benjamin Lantz and Daniel Stoltzfus. He leaves his parents, a brother and two sisters to mourn their loss. "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Fond parents calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home,
Grieve not, dear Christie is at rest
Beyond this vale of tears.

Dear parents, come and dry your tears,
And weep no more for him,
For your meeting will be brighter
Than your parting here was sad.

PLANK. - On the 31st of March 1891, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Johnnie, son of David and Mary Plank, aged 14 years, 9 months and 25 days. Buried on the 2d of April.

I am young but I must die,
In my grave, I soon shall lie;
I am ready now to go,
If the will of God be so.

KEPORT. - On the 5th of May, 1891, in Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Miles, only child of Mary Keport, aged 13 years and 15 days. The boy went to bed in his usual health, a hemorrhage took place during the night, of which he died without waking. When his mother went to wake him in the morning, she found her boy a lifeless body. Funeral on the 8th at Stehman's U. B. Church. Services by Pre. Beach, and Hartzler. Text: "The only son of his mother, and she was a widow." Luke 7: 12.

WEAVER. - On the 9th of May 1891, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of inflammatory rheumatism, Count Weaver, aged 17 years and 20 days. He was buried on Wednesday the 13th at Weaverland. Services by W. J. Hoar, John M. Zimmerman and John K. Brubaker. Text: "Keep your garments white."

EBERLY. - In Lancaster Co., Pa., Joseph Eberly, aged 42 years. Buried on Tuesday May 5th, 1891, in the Mennonite graveyard. Services by Jonas B. Martin and Menno Zimmerman. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his departure.

BEILER. - On the 27th of March, near Bird in Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Michael Beiler, aged 54 years, 5 months and 27 days. He was sick for a long time, but endured every affliction patiently and often wished for a sweet rest. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves a wife and many friends to mourn their loss. His funeral was largely attended. Services by Benjamin Fisher and Jonathan Kauffman.

Yes, he longed to go to Jesus,
To the heavenly home above,
Where there is no toil no sickness,
But where all is joy and love.

KRUPP. - On the 2d of May 1891, in New Britain Bucks Co., Pa., at the residence of his son Abram, Abraham Krupp, aged 82 years, 4 months and 25 days. Buried at Line Lexington. Services were conducted at the house by John Walter and at the church by Isaac Rickard.

MUSSER. - On the 3d of May 1891, in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart-disease, Henry M. Musser, aged 23 years, 4 months and 24 days. Interment M7th, at the Bowmansville meeting-house. He was a faithful brother in the church. Services by Benjamin Horning and Henry G. Good, from Psalm 119: 9.

WENGER. - On the 12th of May 1891, in Grand Rapids, Mich., infant son of Peter and ____ Wenger, aged 2 months and 4 days. Services by Samuel Sherk and Co. Wenger.

YODER. - In April 1891, near Kalona, Iowa, of consumption, Sister Lucy Yoder, aged 24 years, 2 months and 2 days. Sister Yoder was a member of the old Amish Mennonite church, and expressed a desire to depart this life and be with Christ, which is far better. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children to mourn their loss.

STOLTZFUS. - On the 4th of May 1891, near Hartford, Kans. John Stoltzfus, aged 34 years, 5 months and 9 days. He leaves his wife, mother, and 5 children to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.

MOYER. - On the 1st of May 1891, near Campden, Lincoln Co., Ont., of congestion of the bowels, William W. Moyer. He was buried on the 5th at the Mountain Church. Services by Pre. Wayner. Brother Moyer was only sick a few days. He leaves a large family of children and a sorrowing widow to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope.

HONSBERGER. - On the 3d of May 1891, near Jordan Station, Lincoln Co., Ont., Catharine, beloved wife of C. H. Honsberger, and sister of the above W. W. Moyer, aged 66 years, 3 months and 17 days. She was buried at the Mountain church on the 6th. Services by Noah Stauffer and J. F. Rittenhouse. Sister H., was only sick a short time with grippe and died of inflammation of the lungs. She was a kind mother, a beloved neighbor and a faithful sister in the church, but she now rests from her labors and her works do follow her. She leaves a sorrowing husband and six children to mourn their loss.

SHANK. - On the 9th of May, in Allen Co., Ohio, near Pandora, of cancer, Anna, daughter of Henry Shank, aged 52 years, 2 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held at the Riley Creek meeting-house by John Moser, C. P. Steiner, and Isaac Burkhart. Deceased was for many years a faithful member of the church, and led an exemplary Christian life.

WELDY. - On May 11th, 1891, in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., of spinal fever, Irvin N., son of Jacob and Hannah Weldy, aged 2 years, 7 months and 26 days. Buried on the 12th, at the North Union graveyard. Services by Noah Metzler and Amos Mumaw, from Matt. 13: 43.

A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon his love has given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven.

And now my little children dear
Do not think of Irvin as in the grave,
Although his body is lying here;
His spirit has gone to God by whom he to us was given.

Dear little children, think of meeting Irvin in heaven,
Because there is plenty of room for more.
When you were together the number was seven
But the one that is gone has only gone before.

HARRINGTON. - On the 7th of May 1891, in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of spinal fever, Dora, daughter of Amos and Mary Harrington, aged 6 years, 7 months and 1 day. Buried on the 9th in the Yellow Creek graveyard. Services by Christian Shaum and Amos Mumaw, from Heb. 9: 27.

EVEREST. - On the 16th of May 1891, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana, after a very brief illness, Annetta, wife of William Everest, and daughter of John Kreider, aged 37 years, 9 months, and 15 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four children, and an aged father to mourn her death. She was a faithful wife, a kind mother and the love and respect which the entire community had for her was manifested by the unusually large attendance on the occasion of her funeral. She was buried at the Olive Mennonite church, where services were conducted by George Lambert and J. F. Funk, from Rev. 21: 6, 7. May God bless the sorrowing hearts who have been so deeply afflicted, and lead them gently on through life's rough ways, and bring them all to the blessed home prepared for the people of God.

EKEMA. - On the 13th of May 1891, at the residence of John Symensma, in Elkhart county Indiana, after two days illness of brain fever, of which she suffered greatly, Sister Fanny Ekema aged 33 years, 8 months and 4 days. She was born in Holland, Europe, and came to this country with her parents when about ten years old. She was one of the cheerful ones who looks at the bright side of everything and had a word of good cheer, and encouragement for every one. Her deep sympathies manifested themselves in words of love and acts of kindness toward all, and every one remembers Fanny for her cheerful spirit and her efforts to do good. She was a devoted Christian, was deeply concerned for the salvation of others and constantly engaged in distributing religious reading among such as she had reason to think might be benefited by it. May God bless her efforts and though she has finished her work on earth may her influence by the means of doing good even though she has passed away. She had held the position of housekeeper in the Symensma family for 15 years and by her faithfulness had greatly endeared herself to them. She leaves an aged father, mother, and two sisters, as well as the aged mother Symensma with whom she had been so long, and many dear friends to mourn her death. She was buried on the 17th. Services by N. Metzler and J. F. Funk, from Psalm 90: 12.

GINGERICH. - On the 20th of May 1891, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy, Bro. Joseph Gingerich, aged 59 years, 9 months and 7 days. He was born in Union Co., Pa., and has been residing in Elkhart Co., for a number of years. He was a devoted Christian, and looked forward with a blessed hope to the life to come. He was buried on the 22d. Services by Henry Shaum, from Phil. 1: 21, 23, and J. Funk from 2 Kings 20: 1 assisted by N. Metzler and P. Y. Lehman. He leaves a sorrowing companion to mourn his death. May God bless the dear sister in her bereavement and be her staff until they meet again where parting will be never known.

WENGER. - On May 8th 1891, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., very suddenly of heart disease, Joseph Wenger, aged 40 years, 1 month and 29 days. Services at the Clear Fork Church, on the 10th, by D. F. Yoder and L. J. Heatwole, from Mark 13: 35. The subject of this sketch was born in Rockingham county, Va., but when quite young the family moved to Illinois, where he grew up to manhood and united with the Mennonite church, for some years he resided in Morgan county, Mo., and from thence moved to Kansas, where he married. Within the past 12 months, he located in Cass county, and worshiped with the congregation at Bethel church. He leaves a widow and 5 children, who have the profound sympathies of many friends in the sad bereavement that has come so suddenly upon them.

YODER. - On May 15, 1891, in Cass Co., Mo., of Bright disease, Christian P. Yoder, aged 64 years, 4 months and 16 days. Funeral discourse, from 1 Peter 1: 24, at the Clear Fork church, before a large audience, by D. F. Driver, C. Steinmetz and P. Zimmerman. His sufferings covered a period of over two years, but he bore all his afflictions with true Christian fortitude. He was widely known and respected in this part of the state for his exemplary walk and conduct in life.

GSELL. - On the 15th of April, near Cearfoss Crossroads, Md., Isaac Chalmer, only son of William and Mary Gsell, aged 3 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Fond parents calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called him home.
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom.

He was taken home, where pain and woe
Will ne'er disturb him more;
O, let us all prepare to go
And with him Christ adore!

Trascribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXVIII, No. 12, June 15, 1891 - p. 190, 191

HUDDLE. - On the 13th of May 1891, near Shambaugh, Page Co., Iowa, of heart disease, Mary, widow of Abraham Huddle, aged 63 years, 5 months and 28 days. She was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, but in 1867 she with her husband moved to Page Co., Iowa. Sister H. was a member of the River Brethren Church for many years, and we have reason to believe that she has now gone to her long desired home. She was the mother of twelve children and 34 grandchildren. Buried on the 14th. Text: Heb. 11: 16.

TROUP. - On the 14th of May 1891, in Nappanee, Ind., of paralysis and general debility, Bro. John H. Troup, aged 70 years and 16 days. Bro. Troup was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral on the 16th. Services by Jas. H. McGowen, from John 5: 28, 29 and A. Miller from Job 5: 26. He leaves a wife, one son, three daughters and 18 grandchildren.

BLOUGH. - On the 22d of May 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Yost Blough, aged 84 years, 5 months and 7 days. Buried on the 24th in the family graveyard in the presence of many friends and neighbors. Services by Samuel Gindlesperger, Jonas Blough, Simon Layman and L. A. Blough. His wife died nearly 13 years ago. His descendants were 12 children of which nine are living, 82 grandchildren of which 71 are living and 89 great-grandchildren of whom 74 are living. 183 descendants in all.

HARTMAN. - On the 14th of May 1891, in East Greenville, Stark Co., Ohio of asthma, Sister Fanny, wife of Henry Hartman, aged 74 years, 1 month and 27 days. Funeral on the 16th at the Stark Co. church near North Lawrence, Ohio, where many neighbors had assembled to sympathize with the mourning friends. Services by Abraham Herr and Michael Rohrer.

LIPP. - On the 30th of May 1891, near Mendon, Chariton Co., Mo., daughter, only child of Bro. and Sister Henry and Amanda Lipp, aged 2 years. Buried on the 31st in the Newcomer burying-ground. Services by D. F. Driver of Morgan Co., Mo.

DENLINGER. - On the 28th of May 1891, in Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Abraham Denlinger, aged 72 years, 4 months, 7 days. His funeral on the 30th was largely attended. There were eleven ministers present. He was a trustee of the Millersville Church for many years, and attended to his duties, till he was hardly able to go to the meeting-house. He was unable to be up and around for three months, and often expressed a desire to leave this world of trials and temptation and go home. He leaves an invalid wife, one son and three daughters to mourn his departure. Services by B. Hertzler and J. H. Brubaker. Text: 2 Timothy 4: 6.

Loving friends, weep not for me!
I long to be at rest, How happy,
happy I shall be
When pillow,d on my Savior's breast.

Oh! 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.

GABLE. - On the 6th of May 1891, in Wadsworth Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, Margaret, wife of Benj. Gable, aged 80 years, 1 month and 3 days. She was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., and was married to Henry Nash, Nov. 10, 1831, moved to Medina Co., Ohio in 1835 where her first husband died in 1861. She married for her second husband Benj. Gable in 1867. She was a zealous Christian, a faithful wife and patient mother. After many years suffering, she quietly fell asleep in Jesus.

SCHENCK. - On the 5th of May 1891, near Howard, Centre Co., Pa., of spine disease and inflammation of the brain, Mary Belle, daughter of Nancy and Albert Schenck, aged 4 months and 1 day. Buried on the 6th in the Schenck cemetery. Services by N. B. Smith.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on his gentle breast,
There by his love o,ershadowed
Sweetly her soul shall rest.

WARD. - On the 12th of May 1891, in Columbiana Co., Ohio of Lagrippe, Elizabeth Ward aged 38 years, 4 months and 8 days. A husband, two small children, an aged mother and many friends mourn her departure. Funeral on the 14th, buried at the Bixler Church. Services by Adam Kornhaus at the house of mourning, assisted by Peter Basinger at the church. Text: Matt. 24: 44.

SHOUP. - On the 6th of May 1891, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of dropsy and paralysis, Bro. Joseph Shoup, aged 46 years, 2 months, 17 days. He leaves a wife, eight children and many friends to mourn a loss, which we have reason to believe is his eternal gain. Although he had fallen from grace, he again renewed his covenant with God, and we believe he died in peace. Buried on the 9th at the Mennonite Church near Orrville. Services by David Hostetler and Adam Kornhaus from Heb. 13: 14.

KINSEGER. - On the 2d of May 1891, in Henry Co., Ohio, Magdalena Kinseger (maiden name Freinberger), aged 58 years, 3 months and 4 days. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn their loss. Sister K. was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Services by Chr. Freienberger, from 2 Cor. 5 and Chr. Stuckey and D. Wise from Titus 2: 11.

FUNK. - On the 5th of April 1891, in Putnam Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Mary, widow of Abraham Funk, in her 94th year. She was the daughter of Jacob Geil, minister in the Mennonite Church, who died in Fairfield Co., Ohio 47 years ago.

MARTIN. - On the 20th of May 1891, near Dalton, Wayne Co., O., of cancer of the stomach, Nancy Martin, aged 76 years, 4 months. Funeral on the 22d at Martin's Meeting-house. Services by Henry Hursh in the German and Jacob Tyson in the English language from 1 Peter 1: 3 - 5.

HILT. - On the 20th of May 1891, in Paradise township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Harry R. Hilt, aged 26 years 3 months and 17 days. Our brother died young in years. During his short but severe illness not a murmur nor a complaint was heard from his lips. For a time past he was enjoying particular good health, on Friday morning he ate a very hearty breakfast and felt well till about 10 o,clock, when he complained of a pain in his stomach, and went to the house for medicine; his limbs began to get still, the Dr. was sent for and on his arrival asked him to take his bed at once. He grew worse till on Sunday morning when he seemed to be a little better, but he grew worse again. He was conscious all the time. He led a good moral life as any young man does, but when asked, if he ever prayed to God to pardon his sins, he thought he had no sins, but expressed a feeling of calling earnestly on the Lord to pardon his sins, but expressed a feeling of calling earnestly on the Lord to pardon his soul and by this time said, he led a sinful life. He resolved to lead the remainder of his days in the service of the Lord, and give himself into the hands of the Lord to deal with him as he thought best. He asked to see Pre. Abraham Brubaker and Pre. Elias Groff. They came and he seemed better in his body and answered very firm and peaceful concerning his soul's welfare. Prayer was offered and he desired to be remembered by the brethren and sisters. A change took place in the afternoon, he grew weaker and at 3 o,clock on Wednesday morning the 20th he died without a struggle or a moan. It is a loud call to us all. May all young friends take warning before it is too late, and may God bless all their efforts. The deceased leaves a brother and two sisters to mourn his early departure. We are consoled by 1 Thess. 4: 13. The funeral services were held by Abram Brubaker and Elias Groff at the Mennonite Church at Strasburg on the 23d.

BLOUGH. - On the 5th of May 1891, in Mt. Carroll, Ill., very suddenly, Henry Blough, aged 78 years, 6 months and 16 days. He was a faithful member of the Brethren (Dunkard) Church. His wife and two sons remain to mourn their loss but not as such who have no hope.

MILLER. - On the 17th of May 1891, in Washington Co., Iowa, of consumption, Sister Anna, (maiden name Eicher) wife of Peter R. Miller, aged 29 years. She leaves her sorrowing husband and a daughter to mourn their loss. Buried in the Emanuel cemetery on the 18th. Services by Benj. Eicher in the English and Jacob Kennagy in the German language, from Phil. 1: 21 - 25; Job 7.

MILLER. - On the 1st of June 1891, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy, Yost D. Miller, aged 72 years, 7 months and 1 day. He was a minister in the old Amish Mennonite church, and a faithful co-laborer in the church. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their loss. Services by David Kauffman and David I. Hostetler.

RICH. - On the 31st of May 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Col., Ada May, daughter of Joseph and Catharine Rich, aged 8 years, 6 months and 19 days. She was buried in the Amish graveyard on the 2d of June. Services by J. Schrack from Heb. 4.

MAST. - On the 19th of April 1891, in Long Green, Baltimore Co., Md., Daniel K. Mast, aged 71 years. He was born in Berks County, Penn., moved to Knox County, Tenn., in 1875, and back to Balitmore Co., Md., in 1883. His wife, two sons and five daughters remain to mourn their loss. Buried on the 22d. Services by Gideon Stoltzfus (Amish minister) and Lewis Hyde, from Gen. 5: 27.

Weep not for me dear wife and children,
I have passed all grief and pain,
But live and labor for Christ the Savior,
That we may meet in heaven again.

HOBACH. - On the 16th of May 1891, near Nappanee, Ind., of inflammation of the bowels, Mary L., daughter of Sister Louisa Hobach, aged 7 years, 10 months and 13 days. Buried on the 18th. Services by Noah Metzler and Jacob Bleile from Matt. 6: 10 and Jer 31: 3.

STUCKEY. - On the 19th of May 1891, near Stryker, Williams Co., Ohio, Benedict Stuckey, aged 79 years, 6 months and 19 days. A sorrowing widow, one daughter, 7 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren remain to mourn his departure. He has been an invalid for many years but seemed to be much better the day he died. He was one of the first settlers of Amish people in Fulton Co., Ohio, and was a member of the Amish church. Services by D. Wise, Chr. Freienberger and Chr. Stuckey from Heb. 13: 14.

STAHL. - On the 2d of June 1891, near Logan, Mich., Benjamin Stahl, aged nearly 33 years. He with others were washing sheep, when his sheep tore loose from him and swam into deep water. Benj. Swam after it, but soon went under, and in spite of all his friends could do to save him, he went down the second time and that to stay until life was with him no more. This is another sad warning to the careless and negligent as he had nothing better to show up than a good moral life. Services by John Speciher, from Matt. 24: 44, and George Long from Mark 13: 32 - 57.

GREIDER. - May 22d of 1891, near Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., of rheumatic afflictions, Sister Anna L., wife of deacon Jacob M. Greider, aged 51 years, 5 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text: Isaiah 35: 10. Buried at the Landisville Meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved sister. Sister Greider was a meek and consistent member of the Mennonite church. May the Lord comfort the bereft family.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah

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