SHANK. October 17, in Columbiana county, Ohio, of dropsy, Frances, widow of Michael Shank, aged 94 years, 9 months and 7 days. She was buried at Oberholzer's church on the 19th, where services were held in German by John Weaver of Elkhart Co., Ind., and Abraham Brubacher, and by Jacob Weaver in English.
HESS. Oct. 10, 1892, near Atglen, Chester Co., Pa., of paralysis, Elizabeth, wife of Christian B. Hess, in her 70th year. Funeral on the 13th. Buried at Hershey's meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa. Services by Bish. Isaac Eby, from John 14:1-7.
SCHNECK. On the 24th of August, 1892, near Apple Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio, of liver complaint, Sister Catharine, wife of Pre. Christian Schneck, aged 67 years, 7 months and 10 days. Funeral services were conducted by J. Nusbaum from Rev. 14:12, 13. Buried in the Sonnenberg graveyard. She leaves her sorrowing husband and many relatives and friends.
SOMMER. On the 20th of September, 1892, near Mt. Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Sister Christina, widow of the late Pre. Ulrich Sommer, aged 87 years, 3 months and 9 days. Funeral services by J. Nusbaum from Col. 3:1-9. Buried in the Sonnenberg graveyard. She leaves one daughter and many friends to mourn her death.
LANTZ. On the 8th of October, 1892, near Archbald, Fulton Co., Ohio, very suddenly, Maria Lantz, maiden name Grieser, aged 77 years, 5 months and 11 days. She rose as usual in the morning at 6, and as she was about to go out she complained of not feeling well and asked to be helped to bed, but by the time they got her there she was a corpse. She leaves 11 children. She lived a true Christian life and we believe she is at rest. The sister was a widow for over 25 years. Her remains were laid to rest on the 9th. Funeral services in the A. M. meeting-house to a large concourse of friends by Chr. F. Stuckey, Chr. Freyenberger and D. Wyse. Of 15 children 11 survive; also 48 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
WEAVER. On the 14th of October, 1892, in Paint Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Jacob, son of Bro. Jonas Weaver, aged 45 years, 7 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 15th in the family graveyard. Services were conducted by Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. He leaves behind him an aged father and two sisters to mourn their loss.
MILLER. Sept. 3, 1892, near Milford, Seward Co., Nebr., Samuel, son of William and Catharine Miller, aged 8 days. The remains were laid to rest in the Fair View cemetery. Services by Joseph Schlegel and Jacob Stauffer. Text, Ps. 30:6, 7 and 1 Cor. 15:36 42.
WEIRICH. On the 7th of October, 1892, near Shipshewana, Lagrange Co., Ind., Bro. Daniel Weirich, aged 63 years, 4 months and 12 days. He suffered of an unknown complaint. He was confined to his bed several months. From the beginning of his illness he was deprived of his speech to such an extent that he could hardly be understood, and for three weeks he took no food. Still he retained consciousness to the last, bearing everything in Christian patience. He was a member of the Old Amish church. He leaves a widow, five brothers and sisters, five children and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services on the 9th at Herman C. Yoder's, by J. E. Borntreger and D. S. Kaufman from Gal. 5:13-23 and 1 Cor. 5:22-42. The remains were buried in Fred. Suntheimer's graveyard.
ROTH. On ths 9th of October, 1892, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colo., infant son of Jacob and Mary Roth, aged 2 days. Buried on the 10th in the Amish churchyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Joseph Schlegel and Joseph Schrock. "A tender blossom transplanted to a brighter sphere."
YODER. July 20, 1892, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., of cholera infantum, Manda Ellen, only daughter of Lincoln and Fanny Yoder, aged 8 months and 16 days. Services at Clear Fork by J. C. Kenagy and L. J. Heatwole.
YODER. July 26, 1892, near Garden City, Cass Co.,
Mo., of summer complaint, "Early Fay, " son of
Pre. D. F. and Fannie Yoder, aged 5 months and 10 days. And on
Sept. 2, 1892, of the same disease, "Irvin Ray,"
twin brother of the above, aged 6 months and 16 days. Both were
buried at Clear Fork where appropriate services were held by L.
J. Heatwole from Job 38:17.
"I take these little lambs,' said He,
'And lay them in my breast,
Protection they shall find in Me,
In Me be ever blest.'
"However painful it may be
To know that they are gone
The thought is sweet that we may see
Them in that heavenly home."
BOSTETTER. On the 3d of September, 1892, near
Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md., of heart disease, Fannie Viola,
infant daughter of Albert and Bettie Bostetter, aged 3 months
and 12 days. Funeral services on the 4th at Broadfording church
by Nicholas Martin and Samuel Foltz, Text, Ps. 90:12.
"Oh parents, weep not for your child,
Although she's left you for awhile;
In heaven that high and holy place
You may again behold her face.
"Her little crib is empty now,
Her little clothes laid by,
And loving hearts are breaking,
For the little girl that died.
"The silence gives no token,
And fancy spell is o'er,
You think about a little grave
And weep, alas, the more.
"Sleep, Fannie, sleep, 'tis hard to part,
But God has thought it best;
To give you almost broke our hearts
But now you are at rest."
By a neighbor, E. L. HARTRANFT.
SHANK. Jacob Shank was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 4, 1819, and died at his home in Morgan Co., Mo., Aug 1, 1892. The greater part of his life was spent in his native county and state, where he lived until 1871, when he moved to Morgan Co., Mo. Since then he has lived in this county, with the exception of a brief period when he lived in Moniteau county. In early life he united with the Mennonite church, and has since been an active member. He is the father of nine children, all of whom grew to manhood, and eight of whom survive him. The Versailles Leader says this of him: "His life was an open book. To bekind, charitable, hospitable and just with all men were cardinal principles of his life, and to him a sacred duty. The hungry never went unfed from his door, and to the distressed his home was a house of refuge. He was a member of the Mennonite church, and his whole life was characterized by moral and religious purity; and after a life full of years and good works, though humble, he goes hence from this probationary existence to that higher and purer life, leaving behind many who loved him." His remains were interred in Mt. Zion cemetery, where appropriate services were held by David Bowman and M. S. Moyer.
KING. On the 28th of September, 1892, near Allensville,
Mifflin Co., Pa., David H., son of C. H. King, aged 30
years, 8 months and 29 days. He died very suddenly of cramps in
the stomach. On the 27th he did a day's work cutting off corn.
In the evening he took sick. The fore part of the night he suffered
great pain, and then he fell in a faint and was unconscious till
death released him of his suffering at nine o'clock on Wednesday
morning. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one child, his father, step-mother,
two sisters and two brothers to mourn his departure. Funeral services
conducted at the house by Pre. D. J. Zook and J. H. Byler, after
which the remains were consigned to the silent tomb, followed
by a large number of friends and relatives.
"Brother dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from earth away
To rejoice with thy dear Savior
In the realms of endless day.
"He is sleeping, calmly sleeping
In a new made grave to-day;
We are weeping, sadly weeping
For our loved one gone away.
"His song of life too soon is sung,
Too soon he's left the earthly shore;
His harp is on the willow hung,
We'll hear its notes on earth no more.
"His sun is set in dark eclipse
Ere it had reached its hour of noon;
The plans he formed for future life
Lie buried in the lowly tomb."
BRUBACHER. Sept. 23, 1892, in Landisville Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Barbara Alice, wife of Bro. Levi K. Brubacher, aged 29 years, 4 months and 20 days. Funeral on the 26th. Texts, Heb. 13:14 and James 2:26. Buried at the Landisville meeting house. A husband and one little daughter and a large circle of relatives mourn her departure. A large congregation assembled as a token of respect for the beloved sister.
RUTT. Sept. 30, 1892, at the home of her son-in-law, John S. Gingrich, near Petersburg, where she had gone to visit, Sister Fannie Rutt (widow), of Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 77 years, 5 months and 18 days. Funeral Oct 3. Text, Rev. 14:7. Buried at Risser's meeting-house. Sister Rutt was a kind mother and faithful member of the church.
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HOOVER. On the 15th of October 1892, in Paradise Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Elizabeth Ida, daughter of Elias and Lydia Hoover, aged 6 years, 2 months and 29 days. She was sick less than a week, and her sudden death is a great bereavement to her parents and friends, but now she is safe where sin cannot harm her, and where she will be happy forever with Him who said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me."
"Thy gentle voice is hushed in death,
Thy warm true heart is still,
And on thy young and innocent brow
Is resting death's cold chill.
Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast,
We've kissed thy lovely brow;
And in our aching hearts we know,
We have no Lizzie now."
HORST. Oct. 12, 1892, at her home near Maugansville,
Md., Sister Nancy Horst, wife of Bish. Michael Horst, aged
52 years, 7 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 15th at Reiff's
Mennonite Meeting-house. Services were conducted by the brethren
George Keener and Adam Baer of this place, and Bish. Abraham Shank
of Broadway, Va.
DUTROW. October 27th, 1892, at Beaver Falls, Pa., George I., son of John and Barbara Dutrow, aged 1 year and 11 days. Buried on the 29th at the Oberholzer church in Mahoning Co., Ohio, where services were conducted by Noah Metzler of Elkhart Co., Ind., and John Burkholder.
KRATZ. On the 10th of October 1892, at the family residence in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa. After an illness of one week, Mary Meyers, wife of Jacob Kratz, aged 74 years, 7 months and three days. She was born on the 7th of March 1818, and was the daughter of Christian Meyers formerly of Tinicum Twp.; later he moved to Medina Co., Ohio where he died. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children to mourn her departure: Salome, wife of John F. Funk, Editor of the Herald of Truth, of Elkhart, Ind., Henry M., married, and Annie, unmarried, the two latter residing with their father on the old homestead. She was fully resigned to the will of her heavenly Father, did not concern herself about anything, did not care to get well, and was rational till Monday morning when she became unconscious and remained so until two o'clock when she calmly fell asleep. She was buried on the 14th in the Blooming Glen Mennonite burying ground. Services were conducted at the house by Samuel Gross assisted by Pre. Baldwin, and by Abraham Moyer at the Meeting-house. She was for many years the light of home, but it pleased the Lord to call her to her rest, and the light is gone out; there is a vacant place, mother's kind words are no longer heard; her calm, quiet moving about the house is no longer seen, she has gone to return no more; but while our hearts are sad and we miss her so much we feel that we need not mourn as those who have no hope, but that she has only gone before, and it won't be long, if we are faithful, until we shall meet her again.
RUPP. On the 22d of October 1892, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colorado, Magdalena, daughter of Christian and Anna W. Rupp, aged 1 month, 10 days. Buried in the graveyard near Thurman. Funeral services by Joseph Schlegel and Jacob Roth.
DIRSTEIN. On the 14th of October 1892, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Harvey F., son of Mahlon and Mary Dirstein, aged 5 years, 11 months and 27 days. The child was crossing the railroad on his way home from school. The track is double and a train was going by as he came there. As soon as it had passed he was going to run across, but just at this moment another train came in an opposite direction on the other track. It struck him and threw him away, killing him instantly but not mangling him. Buried on the 18th at Souderton followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Funeral services by Samuel Detweiler, Abel Horning and Michael Moyer from 1 Sam. 3:18.
EICHER. On the 16th of October, 1892, at the home of her father, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, Leah Eicher, maiden name, Schad, aged 25 years, 5 months and 16 days. Four weeks before she had laid to rest her infant child. She died quite suddenly, though she had been quite unwell for some time. When her parents-in-law had bidden her good night but half an hour before she said she felt better. Her husband died about six and a half months before. Her remains were laid to rest on the 18th in the Lockport graveyard. Funeral services by D. Wyse and Chr. F. Stuckey and Chr. Freyenberger. She leaves one child, parents, four brothers and three sisters and many friends to mourn their loss. She was a member of the Amish Church.
MELLINGER. Oct. 19, 1892, in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Charles Ezra, infant son of Ezra H. and Mary K. Mellinger, aged 4 months and 24 day. Buried on the 21st in the Strasburg burying ground. Services were held at the house by John Ranck and Abraham Brubaker. The little one was found dead in bed, which again teaches us to watch and pray, for we know not, when the time is, that we shall be called.
"The little crib is empty now,
The little clothes laid by,
A mother's hope, a father's joy,
In death's cold arm doth lie.
So, little pilgrim, to thy home,
On yonder blissful shore.
We miss thee here, but soon will come
Where thou hast gone before."
YODER. July 20th, 1892, in Cass Co., Mo., of dysentery, Maoda Ellen, daughter of Lincoln and Fannie Yoder, aged 8 months, 16 days. Buried on the 21st in the Clear Fork burying-ground. Funeral services by J. C. Kenagy and L. J. Heatwole in English. She leaves her deeply bereaved parents and two brothers to mourn her departure.
"Maoda dear is sweetly resting.
Cold may be the earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered:
Come and live with us at home."
MILLER. Oct 15th, 1892, at her residence near
Leitersburg, Washington county, Md., occurred the death of one
of the oldest and most respected citizens Sister Fanny
Miller. Her death was however not at all an unexpected one. The
deceased was aged 74 years, 5 months and 21 days. She leaves a
family of 7 sons, 3 daughters and one stepson. Benjamin and Mrs.
Riley Snyder of Franklin Co., Pa., Prof. C. A., of Sioux City,
Iowa, Dr. M. L. of Mannington, W. Va., and of this county, Lewis
of near Leitersburg, Henry of near Hagerstown, Andrew of Leitersburg,
Jacob of Greensburg, Mrs. Mary Martin of Big Spring, Mrs. Fanny
Martin of near Hagerstown, and John a stepson, who resides in
Hagerstown. She also leaves 43 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
The funeral took place Oct. 20th at Miller's Mennonite Meeting-house,
at which place she was a member for more than 50 years. Services
were conducted by Pre. Adam Baer of Hagerstown, and Bish. Abraham
Shank of Rockingham Co., Va.
GEIB. October 18th, 1892, near Cornwall, Lebanon Co., Pa., suddenly, Sister Mary Ann, wife of Bro. Jacob Geib, aged 25 years, 6 months and 3 days. Funeral on the 21st. Text: Matth. 24:44. Buried at Hernly's Meeting-house, Lancaster Co. She left a husband and two children to mourn her death. Sister Geib was at a neighbor's house where one was lying dead. She returned to her house. When her husband returned home shortly after, he found her lying on the floor dead. Truly, in the midst of life we are in death.
GARNER. On the 23d of October 1892, in York Co., Pa., of Bright's disease, of which he suffered very severely for over a year, Bro. George Garner, aged 36 years, 2 months and 24 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife and 5 children to mourn their loss. Five weeks before he died he desired to be baptized and received into the Mennonite church. Three weeks before he died he commemorated the sufferings of our dear Lord and Savior. His desire was to depart and be with Jesus. He was patient and lamb-like in all his sufferings. He was buried at Locust Grove church near Stony Brook.
HAGY. Oct. 29th, 1892, Westmoreland Co., Pa., Jacob S. Hagy, aged 24 years, 8 months. Funeral on Nov. 2d. Text: Acts 16:28. Buried at Hernly's Meeting-house, Lancaster Co., Pa. A large congregation assembled to witness the sad and solemn funeral.
FISHER. October 19, 1892, near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Amos K., son of John S. and Lizzie Fisher, aged 21 years less one day. The deceased had suffered greatly. His right side was partly paralyzed from childhood. He was subject to epilepsy and a few years ago he contracted pleurisy which later developed into the disease of which he died. Though in some respects mentally acute, his mind on the whole was weak, and his conduct was marked by a childlike innocence. He had not united with the church. Services on the 22d were conducted by Pre. David Stoltzfus and Jonathan Kauffman of the Amish Mennonite church of which his parents are members.
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow,
Since God has called his own;
And bade him leave a world of woe,
For an immortal crown?
"Was not e'en death a gain to him,
Whose life to God was given?
Gladly he closed his eyes to earth,
To open them in heaven."
YODER. Oct. 18, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Sarah, wife of Jos. Z. Yoder, and daughter of Benj. Hartzler, aged 41 years, 8 months and 17 days. She was much respected and loved, and died in the hope of a blessed immortality. The funeral services on the 20th by David J. Zook and J. H. Byler were very largely attended and very impressive. She had a week or more before her death given birth to an infant son, which has also since died, aged 18 days.
FORRY. October 28th, 1892, near Newtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Norman N., son of Bro. and Sister Daniel N. Forry, aged 2 years, 2 months and 4 days. Funeral on the 30th Text: Mark 10:15. Buried at Landisville Meeting-house. May the Lord comfort the bereft parents.
KRAYBILL. October 28th, 1892, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever. Paris B., son of Peter and ______ Kraybill, aged 15 years, 8 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 31st. Text: Rev. 3:20. Buried at Kraybill's Meeting-house. A solemn call to the young people.
WITMER. In Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 28th of October, 1892, of membraneous croup, Simon H., son of Martin and Lizzie B. Witmer, aged 5 years, 2 months and 8 days. Funeral on the 30th at Masonville church. Services at 1 o'clock at the house by Benj. Lehman, and at 2 o'clock at the Masonville Meeting-house by Abm. Witmer, John K. Brubaker of Rohrerstown, and Benj Lehman. Text the latter clause of the 2d verse of the 61st Psalm' "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." On the 24th he was in school, and on the 28th he was dead. A loud call to all.
Dearest parents I must go,
And leave you in this world below;
For me to come to you is vain,
But hope to meet in heaven again.
Many a vacant spot there'll be,
When you my face no more can see;
But think that now I have a place.
Where I can see my Saviors face."
SMUCKER. John Henry Smucker was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, Sept. 19th. 1857, and died at his home in Champaign county, Ohio, Oct 15th, 1892, aged 35 years and 26 days. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in his youth, and was a consistent member. He was united in matrimony to Susan Swartz, Dec. 25th, 1883, living happily together nearly nine years. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters. Twelve days prior to his death he took sick quite suddenly which the doctor pronounced pneumonia; he soon seemed to realize the fact that this would end his life, but after nearly a weeks suffering he seemed to be recovering slowly until the morning before his death typhoid fever set in of which he suffered until evening, when death relieved him. He leaves his companion, four small children, three brothers and five sisters, who deeply mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband, father, son and brother; but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for they have every reason to believe that he has gone to that better land, where sorrow and pain never enter. The funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Meeting-house Oct. 18th by Pre.'s Warye and Miller, from Phil. 1:21. "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." A large concourse of friends and neighbors met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed brother.
"Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest;
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour,
That manifests the Savior's power.
"Asleep in Jesus, O for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie,
And wait the summons from on high."
WEAVER. October 21st, 1892, in Columbiana, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Catharine, wife of Dr. J. D. Weaver, aged 57 years, 8 months and 3 days. She was buried at Oberholzer's Meeting-house where services were held by John Burkholder, Jacob Stauffer and Joseph Bixler. Just two weeks previously, her son Adrian died of the same disease. She was a member of the Mennonite church.
WEAVER. On the 18th of October 1892, at Mt. Clinton Rockingham Co., Va., of fever, Nancy Barbara, daughter of Pre. Shem S. Weaver, aged 16 years, 3 months and 2 days. Funeral services by Bish. Samuel Coffman and D. S. Heatwole at Mt. Clinton Meeting-house, where the body of our young sister was consigned to its last resting place. Some time previous to her sickness she asked her older sister and brother if they would be willing with her to unite with the church, but they expressed themselves not yet ready, so she did not at that time make application for membership, but thanks be to God, she with her brother and sister subsequently became willing to cast in their lot with the people of God, and were received into the church by water baptism. Her friends do not mourn without a bright hope. Peace to her soul.
BAUGHMAN. Oct. 7, 1892, in Wayne Co., Ohio of old age, Jacob F. Baughman, aged 91 years, 11 months and 7 days. Funeral services at the East Chippewa meeting-house by Henry Beers in German and by David Hostetler in English. Text, Isa. 38:1. "Set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live." Buried in the Capp family graveyard. Bro. Baughman was a member of the Mennonite church and in the blessed hope and the full assurance of meeting his Redeemer and heavenly Father in peace.
LABORDE. Sister Mary Laborde died Monday, Sept 26, 1892, in the 77th year of her age, in Winterburn, Pa., at the home of her youngest son. She had been in poor health for several years; sometimes she was so poorly that her friends thought recovery impossible, but she was still able to be taken from the home of one child to the other until Sept. 24th she went from the home of her daughter Mrs. Gus. Walker to her son's home only a short distance and there had a stroke of apoplexy, it being the second one. After this she never spoke. She was the mother of 12 children of whom eight are yet living. She was a good neighbor, a kind mother and a faithful member of the Mennonite church at Rockton, Clearfield county. She was interred in the Luthersburg cemetery by the side of her husband who preceded her to the spirit world seventeen years ago. Funeral services by Pre. Selner pastor of the Lutheran church, from the words, "Set thine house in order, for thou must surely die."
"Death has been here and borne away
A sister from our side;
She has gone to meet her Savior
Beyond the swelling tide.
Loved ones are waiting on the shore
Where the saints and angels wait,
And we'll know thee, dearest sister,
When we reach the pearly gate."
LABORDE. In Rockton, Pa., Sept 27, 1892, youngest son of Lizzie Laborde, aged 25 days.
"Baby dear is sweetly resting,
Cold may be the earthly tomb,
But the angels sweetly whispered
'Come and live with us at home.' "
YODER. Oct. 17th, 1892, near Scalp Level, Paint Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Samuel Yoder, aged 65 years, 6 months and 5 days. Buried on the 19th. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshberger at the Kauffman M. H. near Davidsville. The deceased buried his wife nearly one year ago. He leaves 3 sons, 1 sister and 1 brother to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Transcribed by Beverly Telfer, Indiana.