STEMEN. On the 12th of Sept., at the residence of his daughter Mrs. S. Holmes, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Bro. Henry Stemen, aged 83 years and two months. He was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, July 12th 1808. He was married to Rachel Beery on the 12th of January 1832, who died about 10 years ago. To this union were born eight children, four of whom are dead. One of this number died in infancy; Daniel F. Stemen died during the war at Corinth, Miss., in 1863; Rev. A. M. Stemen died in 1874; Mrs. Barbara Baker in 1875. Those still living are: Dr. C. B. Stemen and Mrs. S. Holmes of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nancy his daughter who always lived with her father, and Dr. H. G. Stemen of Delphos, Ohio.
Has 30 grand-children living and two dead. He has 38 great-grand-children living and seven dead. The oldest of his great-grand-children is 16 years old, and is the daughter of Leroy Wheeler of Lima, Ohio.
He moved to his farm in Sugar Creek Twp., Allen Co., in 1855, where he lived until 1881, when he moved to the house of his son Dr. H. G. Stemen of Delphos. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about 60 years, and was tenderly devoted to his family, and would make any sacrifice for his children, and labored hard to give them an education. He would rather labor half the night than have his children miss a day at school. Financially he was not as successful as some men, but he was an honest man, one of those who are said to be the "noblest work of God".
He was a very active man and possessed great physical strength, but old age came upon him, and the hoary hairs and trembling limbs showed that the strong are at last brought low. His great delight since he was unable to labor was to read his Bible and the papers, both secular and religious, but many times in reading the secular papers, where thefts, quarrels, murders and suicides were recorded, he would say, "What is this world coming to?" He was opposed to any and all things that had even the appearance of evil. Almost always when his grand-children bade him "Good bye", he would say, "Now be good".
During the last ten years of his life he had his home in Delphos with his son, and in this time he gained a great many friends who held him in the highest esteem. It was his custom once a year, to go to Fort Wayne to visit his son and daughter. About three weeks previous to his death he went again, and during the time, while with his daughter Mrs. Holmes, he took sick and died.
He was looking forward to the time of his redemption, and at one time expressed himself that he was "only waiting" for his appointed time. He was perfectly contented and satisfied, and during his last sickness was heard to repeat the following beautiful lines:
"O land of rest, for thee I sigh,
When will the moments come ,
When I shall lay my armor by
And dwell in peace at home.
Oh! This is not my home,
No, this is not my home,
This world's a wilderness of woe,
This world is not my home."
His remains were brought to his home at the residence of H. G. Stemen in Delphos, on the 14th. On the 15th his remains were taken to the Salem Mennonite Church near Elida, where the funeral Services were held in the presence of a very large circle of relatives and friends, and where his remains were laid to rest beside his companion. Services were conducted by J. F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind., from Ps. 73: 24, 26 and Ps. 116: 15.
On the 6th of September 1891, near Rawley Springs, in Rockingham Co., Va., Charles Miller: aged about 17 years, met his death as follows: Young Miller's horse fell and threw him to the ground, striking his head against a stone, fracturing his skull and causing death in a few hours. He was the only son of Mrs. A. J. Robinson who has the sympathy of the whole community in this sad occurrence. G. D. Heatwole and Pre. ____ Clarke conducted the funeral services at Clover Hill.
KILLIAN. Sept. 2, 1891, near Mount Tabor, Champaign Co., Ohio, at the home of William Kauffman, of typhoid fever, Bertha Killian, aged 15 years, 8 months and 1 day. Funeral services held at the Oak Grove church by John Warye and Abednego Miller. Buried in Hollys graveyard on the Ludlow Road. Bertha Killian was born in Germany. She came to America with her mother and grandfather when a little girl, and after their death she was taken to Baldwin Place, a home for little wanderers in the city of Boston, Mass. She was brought to West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, and received in William Kauffman's home, July 2, 1883, and lived happily there until her death. She was a bright little girl and made many warm friends, who with her foster parents, William and wife, mourn her early demise.
STEPHANS. On the 20th of July 1891, near Pomona, Manistee Co., Mich., Sarah, wife of Richard Stephans and daughter of Pre. Martin and Susannah Leatherman, aged 29 years, 8 months. She leaves a husband, parents, four brothers and two sisters to mourn her early departure. She was a member of the M. E. Church. Funeral text: 2 Cor. 5: 1.
EASH. On the 13th of September 1891, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Mary Ann, wife of Henry Eash, aged 31 years, 8 months and 8 days. Buried on the 15th. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Jonas Blough and Hiram Layman. She leaves eight children and five step-children to mourn their loss.
GREASER. Aug. 30, 1891, near Wooster, Wayne Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Sister Polly, widow of Peter Greaser, aged 55 years, 4 months and 14 days. She was buried at the Union Church, Sept. 3d, followed to her last resting place by her bereaved family of seven children and a large number of sympathizing friends, but we trust our loss is her gain. Her funeral text was, "Watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is" (Mark 13: 33), this being a passage which she often quoted, and it was especially appropriate, as she occupied her death bed only a few days, during which time she could speak but little, but we believe she was "watching" and that the messenger who called her home came not unawaited. A loving family circle is broken, a kind mother and a friend is gone, but let us remember that we may meet again, in a better home than the best earthly homes can ever be. It was only one more of God's family gone across the dark river to the glorious rest on the other shore, where all the faithful ones shall meet again. Funeral services by David Hostetler and Pre. Wilson of Wooster.
YODER. On the 2d of September 1891, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of inflammation of the bowels, Samuel Zeno, son of Jacob N. and Lydia Yoder, aged 15 years, 1 month and 24 days. Funeral the 4th. Buried in the Oak Grove cemetery. The day before his death, when his physicians informed him that he must die, he calmly said that he was glad to go home. When his friends and associates called to see him, he bade them good-bye and asked them to go with him.
HOFF. On the 28th of August, 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colorado, Andrew, infant son of Charles and Margaret Hoff, aged 3 months, 18 days. Buried on the 30th in the churchyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Jacob Roth from 2 Sam. 12: 13 29, and by Joseph Schlegel from Job 14: 1, 2.
LONGENECKER. September 7th, 1891, in Bachmansville, Lebanon Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Alice S., wife of Bro. John Longenecker, aged 28 years, 3 days. Funeral on 11th; Text: 2 Tim. 4: 6 8. Buried in the Mount Tunnel cemetery, Lancaster Co. A sorrowing husband and four children, and a large circle of friends followed her remains to the grave. May the good Lord comfort the bereft husband.
HERSHEY. On Aug. 31st, 1891, at the residence of her son-in-law Jacob H. Erb, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Barbara, (Maiden name Zimmerman), widow of Pre. Jacob Hershey, aged 84 years. She lived in widowhood 23 years. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for 66 years, being only 18 years old when she gave her heart to Jesus. Of late she has said, "It isn't serving God any more, it is simply praising him." Two children (Mrs. Erb and Peter Z. Hershey), three stepchildren and a number of grand and great-grandchildren survive to mourn her departure. She was buried at Erb's Meetinghouse on Sept. 2d. Services by Bishop Martin Rutt and preachers Horst and Risser from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day, and not to me only but unto all them also that love his appearing. GRANDSON.
LEOPARD. On the 17th of September 1891, near Clarence Center, N. Y., of pneumonia, Bro. Henry Leopard, aged 73 years, 6 months and 3 days. The remains were laid to rest at Clarence Center on the 19th. Funeral services by Jacob Krehbiel from John 16: 33.
KENAGY. On the 14th of June 1891, near Belleville, Pa., Simon Kenagy, aged 70 years, 11 months and 25 days. Buried on the 16th. A large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to bestow the last kindly offices of regard for a beloved one. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. His seat was seldom vacant in the church services. He leaves a wife, one daughter and three grandchildren to mourn his death. Funeral services were held by John and C. K. Peachey.
"Loving friends weep not for me,
I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be,
When pillowed on my Savior's breast.
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."
RENNO. On the 9th of September 1891, near Belleville, Pa., Katie, daughter of David and Nancy Renno, aged 2 months and 15 days. Buried on the 11th. Little Katie was indeed a bright and loving child. Funeral services were held by John and C. K. Peachey.
"Sweetly sleep, then dearest Katie,
Since our Savior thought it best;
Earthly life to change for glory,
Cares and trials for sweetest rest.
We'll not murmur tho' we miss thee;
Rest thee now from all thy care;
Soon we hope with wings celestial
To be borne thy joys to share."
CLOUSER. On the 2d of Sept. 1891, at Rockton, Clearfield Co., Pa., of cholera infantum, Edith Eloti, daughter of Vernon and Ella Clouser, aged 4 months, 9 days.
Little Edith sweetly resteth
In her precious Savior's arms,
Where no evil e'er molesteth,
Free from pain and death's alarms.
TOPPER. Samuel Topper was born in Adams Co., Pa., Dec. 5, 1812, died in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Sep. 10, 1891, aged 78 yrs., 9 M., 5 days. He was married to Mary Vandegrift, July 27, 1845, in Stark Co., Ohio, where they lived until 1853, when they emigrated to Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind. He was the father of three children; two of them, with their mother survive him. He also had twelve grandchildren, nine of whom survive him. In childhood he had been instructed in the Catholic faith. The funeral services at the Olive church were conducted by Noah Metzler and John Metzler.
RISSER. August 29th, 1891, near Risser's Mill, Lebanon Co., Pa., of cancer, Sister Catharine Risser, widow aged 72 years, 19 months and 20 days. Funeral on Sept. 1st; text: Psalm 34: 19. Buried at Risser's Meetinghouse. Sister Risser was a faithful member of the Old Mennonite church. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family, also her brother and sisters. Peace to her ashes!
BLOUGH. On the 20th of August 1891, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Abr. Blough, aged 77 years, 1 month and 29 days. He was buried on the 22d, at the Blough Mennonite Meeting-house, where he used to attend as a faithful brother about 50 years. His wife preceded him to the spirit world nearly four years ago. His family consisted of four sons and two daughters who were all present at the funeral. He also had 27 grandchildren, 20 living and 7 dead. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Blauch from Elk Lick Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Simon Layman, Samuel Gindlesperger and Emanuel Blough.
STRICKLER. August 30th, 1891, near Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Maria F., wife of Reuben R. Strickler, aged 52 years, 11 months and 3 days. Funeral services on Sept. 2d, by J. Landis, J. N. Brubacher and A. Hottenstein from 2 Cor 4: 17, 18. Buried in Balmer's family graveyard. A sorrowing husband and family mourn her departure. A large congregation assembled to show respect for the beloved sister in faith. During her sickness she became obedient to the gospel.
THOMAS. On the 5th of September 1891, in Quimahonig Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Abraham Thomas, aged 81 years, 3 months and 21 days. He was buried on the 7th at the Blough Meeting-house in Conemaugh Twp. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Gindlesperger, Simon Layman and Levi A. Blough. He was followed to the grave by a very large concourse of friends and acquaintances.
KING. On the 3d of September 1891, in Pleasant Valley Twp., Pawnee Co., Kansas, after suffering nearly 8 months of consumption, Sister Barbara, wife of D. H. King, aged 53 years, 11 months, 12 days. She was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Sept. 21, 1837, and united with the Amish Mennonite church when she was about 14 years old. She has been a faithful member ever since. In the fall of 1852 she moved to Illinois with her parents and on the 3d of April 1859 she was united in wedlock to Bro. D. H. King. In February 1886 they moved to Pawnee Co., Kansas with their family. Her descendants are six sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren. One infant daughter died in 1875. The rest of the family live in the vicinity and were all present at her burial. Funeral services at Bro. King's residence on the 15th by Pre. Lehman in German, and D. D. Zook in English, from Rev. 14: 13. The deceased had long desired to depart and be with Christ.
BLOSSER. On the 8th of September 1891, in the lunatic asylum in Staunton, Va., Abraham Blosser (formerly editor of Watchful Pilgrim, Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va.), aged 63 years, 6 moths and 3 days. He was buried on the 10th in the Blosser burying-ground. Appropriate services were held at Garber's Church by J. F. and G. D. Heatwole. Text, Rev. 2: 10.
SHIFFLET. On the 12th of Sept., 1891, near New Erection Church, Rockingham Co., Va., Annie Pearl, little daughter of Emanuel and Etta Shifflet, aged 3 months and 24 days. Buried at Weaver's Church on the 13th. Services by Pre. ____ Painter and G. D. Heatwole.
MAST. On the 18th of September 1891, in cholera infantum, Avery Charles, only child of Noah T. and Lydia Mast, aged 3 months and 14 days. The funeral took place on Sunday September 20th. Services were conducted by J. F. Funk from Jas. 4: 14. May the Lord bless this affliction to the sorrowing parents and friends.
"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath,
And stars to set-but all-
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O, death."
YODER. On the 14th of September 1891, in Monroe Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, Anna Maud, daughter of Menno S. and Salome Yoder, aged 2 years, 9 months, 18 days. Funeral on the 15th from the residence at 10 o'clock A. M., at which time and place services were conducted by C. K. Yoder and A. Miller. Buried in the Yoder graveyard of the Ludlow Road.
STUTZMAN. On the 19th of September 1891, in McLean Co., Ill., of measles, Pre. J. H. Stutzman. He leaves his sorrowing widow and three children to mourn their loss. Not only they, but the whole church are stricken with sorrow at his departure. He died in the triumph of the Christian faith. He would have been 38 years old on the 16th of October. He was married on the 16th of October 1880 to Magdalena Miller, and on the 18th of September 1881 he was ordained to the ministry in the North Danvers Church. He was a faithful laborer until God called him up higher. He was buried on the 21st. Nearly 200 conveyances and about 600 relatives and friends followed the remains to the grave. Services by the writer in German and in English. JOS. STUCKEY.
EBERLY. On the 11th of September 1891, in Clay Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., after suffering for 41 years, 7 months and 23 days, Sister Susanna Eberly, aged 71 years and 4 days. On the 15th her remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground, on which occasion appropriate remarks were made by Pre. C. Risser and Jacob Snavely, from Luke 1: 45, to a large concourse of friends. This death deserves more than a passing notice, as the affliction of our sister was several times mentioned in the Herald, and she was visited by many brethren and sisters from far and near. Susanna was a daughter of Deacon Jos. Eberly who served the church at Indiantown, about the middle of this century. She and her older sister Nancy sought and found the Lord in early life, and united with the church, not dreaming what was awaiting them. Scarcely thirty years of age, Susanna became entirely helpless by a stroke of paralysis which affected the spine. She had to be cared for like a child, which was lovingly done by her mother and two sisters. The mother had the joy of seeing her youngest daughter, Catharine, also give herself to Jesus. After the mother's death the care of Susanna as well as the household duties devolved entirely up the two sisters. In the meantime the father also grew feeble and died in 1875. The three sisters were now left to themselves. Their brother, E. H. Eberly, has charge of the farm, and rendered them every material assistance. The condition of our now departed sister did not improve in the least. On the other hand she was afflicted with many contagious diseases, measles, small-pox, typhoid fever, arthritis, grippe, etc., all of which she endured with Christian fortitude. The Lord blessed her with an excellent memory, and although she could not speak loud, she could nevertheless relate many things. Her best entertainment was the word of God. Nor did she neglect to observe the ordinances that brought to mind the bitter sufferings of her beloved Savior, although she could not leave her bed. The changes of time also brought changes in this family. Catharine, the youngest daughter, and the pillar on which the others seemed to lean (Nancy not being so strong as formerly) died. A young nephew, Amos, son of Bro. E. H. Eberly, then took upon himself the care of his aunt, which served in time to his spiritual benefit, for he was moved to accept Christ as his Savior, and unite with the church. May God bless the dear young brother, for his kind ministrations to the sick. On the 28th of August the oldest sister, Nancy, was also called home, and on the 11th of September, Susanna followed. Well may we say of her as Elizabeth did to Mary. "Blessed is she that believeth: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord." Without her faith the deceased sister could never have endured what she did. PHILIP.
BRENNEMAN. On the 19th of Aug. 1891, in Allen Co., Ohio, Edith Ray, daughter of Daniel and Josie Brenneman, aged 7 months, 9 days. Funeral services by J. M. Shenk from the text: "Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."
"Go to thy rest, fair child;
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
A SAD ACCIDENT.
On the 30th of September 1891, near Grantsville, Md., Amelia, daughter of Daniel and Lydia Swartzendruber, aged 1 Y., 2 M., and 28 D. She met her death by drowning. The child was playing with several older children at the house of a near neighbor, Cornelius Beachy. After a while it was missed from its playmates. A search was made, when it was found lying in an open spring near by. Persistent efforts were made to revive life, but without avail. It was buried on the 2d of October at the Amish Mennonite church near Grantsville. Services by Joel Beachy and Daniel Beachy at Aurora, W. Va., from Mark 10: 13 16. S. M.
SWARTS. On the 18th of September, near Hunstville, Logan Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Nancy Swarts wife of Isaac Swarts, and daughter of Jacob and Eri Detweiler, aged 25 Y., 4 M., and 3 D. Funeral on the 20th at the North Salem church, where a large number of people assembled to pay their last respect to one that was beloved in the community as well as in the church. She bore her sufferings patiently, and was willing to meet her Savior. She leaves a sorrowing husband, a little daughter, parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers to mourn her departure. Services by Jonas C. Yoder in German, and A. Miller in English, from John 5: 25 29.
My husband, parents, loving friends,
Now you and I must part;
Though I go 'way, and here you stay,
Yet we are joined in heart.
I leave you all, both great and small,
In Christ's encircling arms;
And him adore forevermore,
Dear friends, farewell, farewell.
LANTZ. On the 24th of September 1891, in Noble Co., Ind., Tillie, wife of Melvin D. Lantz, maiden name, Hartzler, aged 23 Y., 3 M., 6 D. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church for about two years previous to her death. She was married to Melvin D. Lantz Oct. 12th 1890, with whom she lived in happy wedlock till the Master said, "It is enough; come up higher." Funeral on the 27th at the Maple Grove Church where a large number of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved. Services conducted by J. S. Hartzler and D. J. Johns. Text, Ps. 23.
WEAVER. On the 6th of Sept. 1891, near Mechanicsburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., after an illness of about five years, Wenger, son of Martin H. and Hattie Weaver, aged 22 Y., 2 M., 3 D. He bore his afflictions very patiently, and seemed to feel the necessity of making peace with God, and preparing for eternity. He became willing to give all to Christ, and was received into the Mennonite Church by baptism seven weeks before he died. He was buried at Groffdale meeting-house on Sept. 7th. He had himself selected Rev. 15: 16, 17 for his funeral text. Services by David Buchwalter and Isaac Eby.
"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 he gave in love;
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe above.
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 heav'nly 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!
ZOOK. On the 23d of September 1891, in La Grange Co., Ind., Jonathan Zook, aged 53 Y., 7 M., 21 D. Bro. Zook suffered more than pen can describe during the last seven years. He expressed a desire "To depart and be with Jesus." He leaves a sorrowing widow, a number of brothers and sisters to mourn their loss, which we hope is his eternal gain. Funeral on the 25th, at the residence of the deceased. Services by J. S. Hartzler in German and Daniel Shively in English, from Rev. 7: 13, 14.
SWANK. On the 27th of September 1891, in La Grange Co., Ind., of cholera infantum, Charley Raymer, son of George and Mary Swank, aged 9 M., 27 D. Funeral on the 29th at Haw Patch Dunkard church, by J. S. Hartzler, from Luke 18: 15, 16. These three funerals in a distance of less than one and one half miles in so short a time as five days should certainly remind us of the necessity of preparing for eternity and the difference in their age show to us that God is no respecter of persons.
REIST. On the 16th of September 1891, near Mt. Vernon, Lancaster Co., Pa., Alvin F., son of Brother and Sister John B. Reist, aged 9 M., 9 D. Funeral on the 18th. Text, James 4: 14 and Isaiah 11: 6. Buried at Kauffman's meeting house.
HILLGER. On the 13th of September 1891, near Telford, Bucks Co., Pa., George Hillger, aged 72 Y., 3 M. and 18 D. He suffered eight days of inflammation and the infirmities of old age. He was almost blind. His eyes were in such a condition that he could look up in such a condition that he could look up and see but not down. He was buried on the 16th at the Indianfield Reformed church, on which occasion Abel Horning and Jacob Kehm conducted appropriate services.
HOFFER. On the 22d of September 1891, near Fontana, Lebanon Co., Pa., of Old Age and apoplexy, Sister Anna Hoffer, widow of George Hoffer, aged 93 Y., 8 M., 29 D. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Rev. 14: 12, 13. Buried at Gingrich's meeting house. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. Sister Hoffer was a faithful Christian and a kind mother. She lived in matrimony with her husband 56 Y., 9 M., 3 D. She was the mother of 10 children. Her grand-children are 59, and gr.-grand children 57. Peace to her ashes!
MARTIN. On the 4th of September 1891, near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of a disorder of the stomach, Sister Fannie Martin, aged 45 Y., 9 M., 16 D. She united with the Mennonite Church about 18 months ago, but was a regular attendant to church all her life and a faithful worker in the Sunday school ever since it was first organized and as long as she was able to attend. Funeral on the 6th from the Mennonite church near her home, where many friends and neighbors had assembled to sympathize with the sorrowing relatives who need not mourn without hope. Services by Michael Horst in the German, and David Hostetler in the English, from 1 Peter 1: 24, 25.
ESCHLEMAN. On the 19th of September 1891, near North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, of cholera morbus, Sister Martha, second wife of Bro. Jonas Eschleman, aged 52 Y., 5 M. and 8 D. She suffered only a few days. On Tuesday the 15th she went to one of her children, where she took sick the same evening, and on Saturday the 19th God relieved her by death, not being able to reach her home. She was a faithful wife, kind mother and a devoted Christian, being a member of the Mennonite Church, and judging by the many friends and neighbors that assembled on the day of her funeral, she was beloved and respected by all who knew her. She was buried at the new Mennonite meeting house in Stark County, being the first funeral held in the house, and was conducted by Michael Horst, David Hostetler and Adam Kornhaus, from Amos 4: 12, latter part of the verse.
ZIMMERMAN. On the 17th of September 1891, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., John Jacob, son of Ezra and Lettie Zimmerman, aged 7 Y., 8 M. and D. Buried at Herschey's meeting house, where services were held by David Hostetler and Isaac Eby. This little boy was young in years, but not too young to die. May God comfort the bereaved parents.
YODER. On the 30th of September 1891, near Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind., Daniel S. Yoder, aged 48 Y., 2 M., 20 D. He lived in matrimony 21 Y., 1 M., 26 D. His companion was taken from his side on the 23d of January 1888. He leaves 6 children, 6 brothers, 3 sisters and many friends. Funeral services by Bish. Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach from John 5: 24 29, and 1 Cor. 15. May God comfort the bereaved orphans and friends.
OVERHOLT. On the 6th of September 1891, Mary, wife of Abram O. Overholt, near West Overton, Westmoreland Co., Pa., aged 71 Y., 5 M. and 12 D. She was afflicted for about two years of kidney disease, from which she suffered intense pain but bore her affliction with Christian fortitude. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 41 years. She died triumphant in the hope of eternal rest. She leaves an aged husband, three children, and many friends to sustain their loss. Buried on the 8th in the Mennonite cemetery at Stonerville. Services by Jno. N. Durr.
MOSER. On the 17th of September 1891, near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, Helena, daughter of Daniel and Verena Moser, aged 10 Y., 5 M. and 22 D. She leaves father, mother and eight brothers and sisters. She was a very kind hearted child. Buried in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Funeral services by Jacob Nusbaum, from Matth. 25: 13.
AUER. On the 17th of September 1891, near Roseland, Adams Co., Neb., Sister Magdalena Auer, aged 56 Y., 3 M., and 18 D. She took sick about a year ago of dropsy, and began to go down rapidly so that her life was despaired of. She however recovered again so far that during the summer she could go out until five weeks before her death, when she took her bed, where she remained until death. Sometimes she had great pains, which she endured with patience. While these severe sufferings continued she often prayed to God to take her home and said she was willing to go. Several days before her death she exhorted her family to try to reach that blessed home to which she was now going, "There it is so beautiful," she said. The dear Savior to whom she consecrated herself in her youth and whom she served faithfully, did not forsake her in her hour of trial, and she gently fell asleep in Him to rise with his saints in light in the day of his coming. She leaves a husband, 4 children and two grandchildren. She was buried on the 19th in the Roseland burying-ground. Services by A. Schiffler from Rev. 22: 20 and Jonas Nice from 1 Thess. 4: 13 18.
HOOLEY. On the 27th of September 1891, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Jacob Hooley, aged 46 Y., and 11 M. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. Bro. Hooley was first married to Mary Brown, with whom he had five children. After the death of his wife and his second son, he married Catharine Schmucker with whom he had three children. His second wife died 15 months before him of consumption, and a short time afterwards he began to suffer with the same disease, which gradually wasted his strength until the time of his death. He has left such evidence of trust in God that his friends need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was buried at Oak Grove on the 29th. Services by J. K. Yoder and Elias Schraag in English, from Isaiah and Jn. 2: 10, 11.
PRIESTER. On the 22d of September 1891, near Telford, Bucks Co., Pa., suddenly of heart disease while engaged in hauling manure Robert Priester, aged 48 Y., 8 M. and 8 D. He fell from the wagon and the wagon passed over him. It appears however that his death was caused by heart disease and that this caused him to fall. He was buried on the 26th at the Rock Hill meeting house, where services were held by Abel Horning and John Walters from Matt. 24: 44. This funeral was largely attended. He leaves a sorrowing widow, an aged mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters to mourn his sudden death. We hope their loss may be his eternal gain.
SHELLY. On Sept. 29th 1891, in Emington, Livingston Co., Ill., Bro. Michael Shelly, aged 73 Y., 2 M., 8 D. Buried in the Round Grove cemetery on Oct. 1, followed to his last resting place by sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends. Bro. Shelly's health had been very poor during the summer; he suffered from acute indigestion and jaundice, and at times it seemed as though he must starve, but by the aid of a skillful physician and God's blessing he was again restored to apparent health, when on the morning of Sept. 29th he awoke about 4 o'clock, and remarked to his companion, "I believe it is getting colder," and arose and got another blanket, and returned to bed, but a moment later said he believed it was getting colder, when she answered, "Yes, it is," and arose to get some more covering, and found on her return that the icy hand of death was feeling for the cords of life, and in a few moments life had flown-he was a corpse. Bro. Shelly was a member of the Mennonite Church, and we believe a devoted Christian. He was fully resigned and ready to go at the call of the Master. He leaves a wife and nine grown children to mourn their loss. Two children preceded him to the spirit-world in earlier years. Services were conducted in the Congregational church at Emington by Pre. Amos Doyle and P. B. Snyder, from Amos 4: 12.
ERB. On the 5th of August 1891, near Charm, Holmes Co., Ohio, of scarlet fever, Leah, daughter of Michael and Dinah Erb, aged 6 Y., 9 D. The remains of the dear little child were laid to rest in the family graveyard. Funeral services by David Troyer and I. Yoder.
GOCHNAUER. On August 30, 1891, George Ellis, son of Samuel and Kate Gochnauer, of cholera infantum, aged 5 M., 1 D. Buried on the 1st of September at the brick meeting house. Funeral discourse by Pre. John Harnish in German from 1 Sam. 3: 18, and Benj. Hertzler in English from Rom. 8: 17.
Once we had a fragrant blossom,
Full of sweetness, full of love
But the angels came and plucked it
For the beauteous realms above.
Fearfully we lowly laid him
'Neath the grass that grew so green,
And the form we loved so dearly
In our home no more is seen. MARY R. HERR.
ZENTNER. On the 27th of September 1891, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colorado, of typhoid fever, Sister Lizzie, daughter of Widow Mary Zentner, aged 18 Y., 7 M., 26 D. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She had to suffer very much the last four days of her life. Buried the 29th in the A. M. graveyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Jacob Roth and Joseph Schlegel from Psa. 103: 15, 16. JOSEPH SCHROCK.
SCHROCK. On the 1st of October 1891, in Canton, Spring Valley Twp., Kansas, of typhoid, Bro. Noah Schrock, aged 27 Y., 7 M., 5 D. The deceased was a son of Joseph and Margaret Schrock of Canton, Kansas. He was confined to his bed about eight weeks during which time he made a full consecration to God. His only desire to get well was that he might live a Christian life with his family. His remains were followed to the burial place in the Mennonite graveyard by a large concourse of relatives and friends to mourn his death and sympathize with the bereaved family. Yet we feel assured that our dear brother has passed from earth to the brighter joys beyond. God bless and comfort the dear Sister and family in their loss, and grant that they all may make their calling and election sure and meet their beloved one in heaven. He leaves a sorrowing wife and two small children. Funeral services were conducted by B. F. Hamilton from John 11: 25, 26.
Brother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can disturb thee more. G. B. L.
Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.