HeraldofTruthObituaries - October, 1892

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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 19, October 1, 1892 ­ page 302, 303


LEHN. ­ Sept. 16, 1892, near Hammer Creek meeting-house, of old age and diarrhea, Bro. Joseph Lehn, aged 94 years, 8 months and 10 days. Funeral on the 19th. Text, Phil. 1:21. Buried at Hammer creek meeting-house. He left one daughter, 5 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. A large congregation assembled as a token of the high esteem in which the deceased was held. His was indeed in many respects an exemplary life. He was of a peaceable, quiet and kind disposition. He was very earnest in his Christian duties. Peace to his ashes!

GANTZ. ­ Sept. 14, 1892, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Mary A.; wife of Henry Gantz, aged 32 years, 10 months and 21 days, Funeral on the 17th. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried at Risser's meeting-house.

NISSLY. ­ Sept. 16, 1892, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Christian H., son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin L. Nissly, aged 2 years, 3 months and 7 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text, Ps. 16:5, 6. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. May the good Lord sanctify the death of this dear little boy to the bereft parents.

GERBER. ­ Aug. 26, 1892, near Newton, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob C. Gerber, aged 25 years, 10 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Eccl. 12:1. Buried at Kraybill's meeting-house. A large congregation assembled as a tribute of respect for the beloved sister. Peace to her ashes!

GOOD. ­ On the 3d of July, 1892, in Allen Co., Ohio, of brain fever, Noah, son of Henry and Elizabeth Good, aged 1 year, 11 months and 22 days. Buried on the 4th at the Salem church. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman and Andrew Shenk from Jer. 31:15. Little Noah was the fourth child of this family that passed over the river of death. May the remaining part of the children, as well as the parents, give heed to the admonition of our Savior, "Be ye also ready."

DILLER. ­ On the 16th of August 1892, in Franklin Co., Pa., of cholera infantum, John David, only son of Bro. Joseph and sister Lizzie Diller, aged 1 y., 9 m., 6 d. Buried in the Mummasburg graveyard. Services by Daniel Shank and Martin Wisler.

YODER. ­ On September 3d, 1892, in Noble Co., Ind., of cholera infantum, Barbara Luella Yoder, aged 1 year 3 months and 29 days. Funeral services on the 5th at the Maple Grove church by D. D. Miller and J. Kurtz. May God comfort and bless the bereaved parents in their affliction, and give them grace and strength in every time of need.

GRABILL. ­ On the 7th of September, 1892, in Livingston Co., Ill., of cancer in the stomach of which she suffered very severely for about 18 months, Susanna Wenger, wife of Samuel Grabill, aged 68 years, 9 months and 12 days. She was married to her surviving husband in Aug. 1846. In 1856 they moved to Grundy Co., Ill., and in the fall of 1858 to Livingston Co., where they have since lived. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 10 children and 53 grandchildren. Eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild departed this life before her. She united with the Mennonite church in her native state, Virginia, and lived a faithful, consistent Christian life until her death, expressing a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better. We hope through the grace and mercy of God she has found a resting place in the blessed mansions prepared for the children of God. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite church in Cullom by J. F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind., from Rev. 14:13.

AMSTUTZ. ­ On the 24th of August, 1892, in Milton Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, of cancer of the breast and in the stomach, Sister Mary Ann, wife of Bro. Daniel Amstutz, aged 46 years and 18 days. She was a daughter of Bro. and sister Christian Burkholder, who died 12 years ago. The deceased sister was buried on the 27th of August in the Crownhill graveyard. Funeral services by Adam Brenneman in English and D. Z. Yoder in German. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. She leaves her husband, five sons and one daughter to mourn their loss, but what is our loss is her eternal gain. They were married 21 years, 10 months and 4 days. Mary Ann was a true sister in the Mennonite church, a kind mother, and a faithful and true wife. She bore her sufferings as a true Christian for 7 months. She was conscious and pleasant to all that were around her till about three hours before she departed. Then she fell asleep with a full hope of a glorious resurrection. May God comfort the sorrowing and bleeding heart of father, sisters and brothers and bring them all to meet again in that bright home beyond.

MORRELL. ­ On the 9th of August 1892, at the home of her son, John Morrell, near Haw Patch, Lagrange Co., Ind., of paralysis, Catharine, widow of David Morrell, aged 77 y., 1 m. 28 d. Funeral services on the 11th by J. S. Hartzler from John 6:24. Buried in the Amish cemetery.

STAUFFER. ­ On the 12th of September 1892, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Maria, wife of Samuel Stauffer, aged 41 y., 1 m., 22 d. Buried on the 14th at Metzler's Meeting-house. Funeral services by Jacob N. Brubacher and Joseph Wenger from Rom. 6:23. She leaves her sorrowing husband and eight children to mourn her death. She had requested to be received into church membership by water baptism, but died before this was accomplished, though she died with the living hope of meeting a reconciled God.

KELLEY. ­ Sept. 5, 1892, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, John Kelley, aged 62 years, 10 months and 23 days. Although seeming to live a good moral life, yet he had never made a profession of Christianity until the day before he died, when he felt that something was yet lacking. He desired then that the ordinance of baptism should be administered to him, and a minister was sent for, and his request granted, after which he expressed himself at peace with God. Buried at Oberholzer's church where services were conducted by John Burkholder assisted by Joseph Bixler and Jacob Stauffer. He leaves a widow to mourn his departure.

HOTTENSTEIN. ­ On the 23d of July, 1892, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Henry Hottenstein, aged 74 years, 8 months and 29 days. Funeral on the 26th at the German Baptist Chruch in Petersburg. Services by J. H. Menges in English and by Henry Sonon, John K. Brubaker and John Landis in German. Text, Rev. 14:13. Buried in the family graveyard near his late home. He was a member of the Lutheran church. A very large congregation assembled as an evidence of the regard for the deceased, and to show their sympathy to the bereaved family. He leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn his departure. Peace to his ashes!
"Yes, we miss you, O so sadly,
When we see your vacant chair,
And our home is sad and lonely,
For there is no father there.

"Two long years his strength seemed waning,
Slowly waning day by day;
Yet he bore it uncomplaining,
Wishing but God's will and way.

"God, whose wisdom never faileth,
Knoweth what for us is best,
He has borne our loving father
Into everlasting rest."

SCHIBLER. ­ On the 30th of August, 1892, near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, Delilah, daughter of Joseph and Susanna Schibler, aged 8 years, 7 months and 5 days.

SCHIBLER. ­ Twelve hours later, in the same family and of the same disease, Mary, aged 15 years, 9 months and 6 days. She became very much concerned about the salvation of her soul, but professed to have found peace in the blood of the Lamb. The sisters were laid side by side in one grave on the 31st. Funeral services by Peter Hochstetler of Tazewell Co., Ill., from Heb. 9:27, 28.

LEFEVER. ­ On the 12th of September 1892, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases of which she suffered intensely for three weeks, Emma, daughter of Isaac E. and Margaret LeFever, aged 8 y., 2 m., 1 d. Little Emma was a very affectionate child, much loved by all who knew her. She was buried on the 14th. Services by Elias Groff at the house and by Abram Brubacher, and J. S. Lehman of Elkhart, Ind., at the Mennonite church below Strasburg from Solomon's Song 4:7, "There is no spot in three." A large concourse of friends assembled to show their love for the dear departed one.
"Gone in her childlike purity,
Out from the golden day,
Fading away in the light so sweet
Where the silver stars and the sunbeams meet
Over the silent way."

BRENNEMAN. ­ On the 6th of August, 1892, at the residence of Louis Eichhorn, in Washington Co., Iowa, of cancer, Elizabeth Borntreger, widow of the late Jacob Brenneman, aged 72 years, 11 months and 5 days. Her remains were laid to rest on the 8th in Peter Miller's burying ground in Johnson Co., Iowa. Funeral services by Jonas J. Plank and J. F. Swartzendruber from 1 Cor. 15.

EYER. ­ On the 20th of August 1892, near Stuttgart, Arkansas, of fever, Tina Springer, wife of Andrew Eyer, aged 22 y., 7 m. She lived in matrimony only about one year and leaves a deeply sorrowing husband, parents, brothers, sisters and friends to mourn her early death. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by John Augsburger from 2 Cor. 5.

SHANK. ­ On the 10th of Sept., 1892, at his residence in Dallas Center, Iowa, Israel F., youngest son of Daniel S. Shank, calmly passed away at two o'clock A. M., aged 37 years and 2 days. He was sick only a few days of malaria fever of typhoid nature, ending in hemorrhage of the bowels. Although he had not been well for some time, he did not give up work till about a week before he died, and was confined to his bed only five days. His death occurred very unexpectedly to the family and surrounding community, but we have a promise to meet him in a better world. He united with the German Baptist (Dunkard) church when a young man, of which he has been a member ever since. He leaves a sorrowing wife, two dear little boys that will miss a loving father's voice, an aged father, two sisters, three brothers, of whom only the oldest sister living here and one brother from Dakota could be present at the funeral. On account of the disease he could not be kept long enough for the rest to get here as some were not a home when the word reached their place, but I say to them, our greatest consolation is that we have a privilege to meet our dear brother where there will be no parting hand to take or farewell tear to shed.
"Then let our sorrows cease to flow,
God has recalled his own,
And let our hearts in every woe
Still say, Thy will be done."

The funeral took place as the German Baptist church and cemetery east of town, Sunday afternoon, and was conducted by R. F. Mecune from Matt. 24:44. It was said to be the largest funeral ever held at that church to pay the last tribute of respect to our dear brother.
"But he has crossed the river,
He is with the angels now,
He has laid aside earth's crosses
And the crown is on his brow.
Oh loved one, safe forever,
Within the Savior's fold,
No sorrowing thought can reach thee
No grief is thine to-day.
Loved ones are waiting in that city
Where the saints and angels wait
And we'll know thee, dearest brother
When we reach the pearly gate."

RILEY. ­ On the 23d of August, 1892, near Osborne, Green Oo., Ohio, of brain fever, Lillie Bell, daughter of Willis and Elizabeth Riley, aged 7 months and 9 days. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services by Moses Brenneman from Job 1:21. Lillie was a lovely child, and the sorrowing parents could hardly give her up; yet it is a blessed thought to know that if they will live a devoted life to God they will soon meet her again in the "home of the blest."
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called her home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest
Beyond this vale of gloom."

Transcribed by Beverly Telfer, Indiana.


Herald of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 20, October 15, 1892 ­ page 317, 318

The church in Elkhart County has again sustained a serious loss in her ministerial force, in the death of Bish. Henry Shaum, who departed this life at midnight on the second day of October, 1892, at the age of 66 years and 8 months. Bro. Shaum was born on the 3d day of February, 1826, in Northampton Co., Pa. When Henry was a little over three years old, his parents removed from their native place to Wayne Co., Ohio, where, after raising a large family and having both been spared to a good old age, they died not many years ago.

His father, John Shaum, was also in the ministry, and for many years a bishop, a man of great meekness and an exceeding quiet demeanor.

The subject of this sketch grew up on his father's farm, and with brothers and sisters was early inured to hard work. This was the common lot among the pioneers of the heavy timber lands of that state as well as of other states, and while engaged in the hard service of clearing up the farms that at this time make Wayne County so beautiful and productive, the children of the first settlers enjoyed but little educational advantages, and this was also the lot of our deceased brother. Reading, writing and arithmetic, and these usually in a very meagre measure, made up the education of the ordinary farmer's boy.

When he arrived at man's estate he united himself in marriage with Elizabeth Holdeman, daughter of John and ------- Holdeman, of the same vicinity, and began life for himself in Seneca Co., Ohio, where they resided for six years, and where one child, a son, was buried. The fruits of this marriage were twelve children. Besides the son buried in Seneca Co., Ohio, four daughters died and are buried in this state.

In 1853 he removed with his family from Seneca Co., Ohio, to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he resided to the time of his death.

During the summer of 1866 Bro. Shaum, with several others, united with the Mennonite church, his wife having united several years previously. On the 23d of December, 1871, he was chosen by lot and ordained to the ministry, by Bish. C. D. Beery, and during the summer of 1886, just before the death of his predecessor, Bish. Jacob A. Beutler, he was chosen and ordained to the office of Bishop, in which capacity he served to the time of his death.

Bro. Shaum was earnest and zealous in his calling. It was his chief desire that the church might be preserved in the doctrine and faith of the fathers, and that peace and unity might be preserved. It was his greatest joy to hear that souls were converted to God, and brought into fellowship with the church. It was his constant prayer and desire that the young people of the church might be gathered in and saved; he was especially concerned for the salvation of his own children, and many earnest admonitions were given and many prayers offered at the throne of mercy in their behalf.

We have every reason to believe that he was prepared to go home, and seemed to have had a premonition that the end was approaching. For about a year he has been preparing for that which he knew must sooner or later take place. He frequently remarked in his preaching that his time was short; and expressed his desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better.

During the past winter he had been affected with la grippe, since which time his health failed him. On Friday evening Sept. 23d, after having been to see the doctor during the day, he was taken ill suddenly and his entire right side was paralized, and he was unable to speak and in this condition he lingered until Oct. 2d at midnight, when he calmly fell asleep.

He was burried on Wednesday, Oct. 5th, at the olive church, and the esteem and respect in which he was held was manifested by the immense concourse of people who assembled at the funeral. Between 800 and 900 persons viewed his remains. Services were conducted by John F. Funk, assisted by J. S. Lehman, Peter Y. Lehman, D. Burkholder and J. S. Coffman. He leaves a sorrowing companion, seven children, nine grand children, and one great-grand child, to mourn his departure. May God bless the sorrowing ones and may they all so live that they may meet again in the bright home of eternal rest.


WAYMAN. ­ On the 30th of August, 1892, near Concord, Knox Co., Tenn., of whooping cough, Robert Edward Wayman, aged 7 months and 9 days.

GRAY. ­ On the 12th of September, 1892, near Concord, Knox Co., Tenn., of inflammation of the bowels, Minnie Etta Gray, aged 6 years, 2 months and 26 days. Funeral services in both cases were conducted by H. H. Good.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
For little Minnie is at rest
Her playmates now are angels dear, -
Let these sweet thoughts your spirits cheer.

We know 'tis nature's bitter cup,
To give our own dear offspring up;
But do not grieve o'er this loud call,
For a good God designes it all.

SCHRACK. ­ On the 26th of April 1892, near Thurman, Arapahoe Co., Colo., of an injury to her foot and the infirmity of old age, Elizabeth, widow of Christian Schrack, aged 70 years, 10 months and 2 days. Of ten children five survive their mother. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church, and had a living hope of a glorious resurrection unto life eternal. Funeral services by Jacob Roth and Joseph Schlegel at her house, after which the remains were taken to Illinois and buried on the 30th of April by the side of her husband in the graveyard near Roanoke, Woodford Co. Services were here conducted by Joseph Wagner and Christian Risser, of Woodford Co., Ill.

TROYER. ­ On the 17th of September, 1892, in McLean Co., Ill., V. M. Troyer, daughter of John and Anna Troyer, aged 1 year and 7 months. Buried on the 18th in Greenwood graveyard. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey and I. Henderson.

TROYER. ­ On the 14th of September, 1892, in McLean Co., Ill., Susanna Troyer, maiden name Stalter, very suddenly, of heart disease, aged 43 years, 7 months and 12 days. In her 16th year she united with the church at North Danvers, and was a faithful member. She lived in matrimony 21 years and leaves her sorrowing husband and 4 children. Buried on the 17th in Greenwood graveyard. Funeral services by Joseph Stuckey and I. Henderson. The funeral was very largely attended.

YODER. ­ In Wayne Co., Ohio, on the 4th of September 1892, Catharine Yoder, aged 75 years, 4 months and 18 days. Funeral services on the 6th at the Oak Grove church by J. K. Yoder and I. A. Miller.

HOCHSTETLER. ­ On the 12th of July, 1892, near Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Jacob Hochstetler, aged 51 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was confined to his bed for several months, but bore his sufferings patiently. He retained consciousness to the last. His life was such that he gained the esteem of friends and neighbors, and we have the hope that he has gone to eternal rest. Buried on the 14th in the Joseph J. Stutzman family graveyard. Funeral services by J. E. Borntreger and D. S. Kauffman. He leaves a widow, two children and one grandchild. Two of his sisters from Ohio came a few hours too late to attend the funeral.

KAUFFMAN. ­ On the 21st of August, 1892, near Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ill., Simon, son of Joseph and Catherine Kauffman, aged 10 months and 27 days. Buried on the 23d. Funeral services by Daniel Nafziger. May God comfort the sorrowing parents.

KRABILL. ­ On the 16th of September, 1892, at her home, near West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, of bowel complaint, Elsie, daughter of Eli and Lydia Krabill, aged 2 years, 7 months and 5 days. The funeral services were held at the Walnut Grove church on Saturday at 2 o'clock P.M., by C. K. Yoder and A. Miller. Buried in the Alexander graveyard on the Degraff Road.

SCHERTZ. ­ On September 23d, 1892, near Metamora, Woodford Co., Ill., of Bronchitis, Susy, daughter of Christian and Anna Schertz, aged 3 years, 10 months and 5 days. Buried on the 25th in the family graveyard. Funeral services by Peter Gingrich and Peter Sommer in German and E. M. Hartman in English. Texts, Isa. 40:6 and Mark 10:13-16.
"Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Savior called her home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest,
Beyond this vale of gloom,

Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom,
That fills your throbbing breast;
'Twas Jesus kindly bade her come,
And called her to that rest."

MUSSER. ­ On the 26th of August, 1892, at Easton, Wayne Co., Ohio, Clara Ellen Musser, aged 2 years, 1 month and 29 days. Funeral services on the 28th at the Oak Grove church by J. K. and D. Z. Yoder and I. A. Miller.

MILLER. ­ On the 26th of September, 1892, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Monroe B. Miller, aged 24 years, 7 months and 18 days. Funeral services on the 29th at the Oak Grove church by C. K. Yoder, of Logan Co., O., and J. K. and D. Z. Yoder. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and died with the blessed assurance that his redeemer lives.

ESHLEMAN. ­ Bro. John S. Eshleman died Sept. 7th, 1892, at the Franklin House, in Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., after lying in an unconscious condition for nearly three days; being overcome by escaping gas on Saturday night Sept. 3. Bro. Eshleman was engaged in the grocery business in this city for 8 years. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. His wife preceeded him to the eternal world about 9 years ago. Two sons and one daughter survive him. The funeral took place on the 9th at Miller's Mennonite church. The cortege numbered 207 conveyances, besides many persons who were on horseback and others who walked. The procession was the longest ever witnessed in that vicinity. He was aged 39 years, 11 months and 21 days. Services by Philip Parret and Adam Baer.
I. W. EBY.

HORST. ­ On September 17, 1892, at his residence in Hagerstown, Md., of Bright's disease, Bro. Abraham Horst, aged 69 years, 6 months and 24 days. He was a great sufferer for about one year before his death, and yet in all this time he never murmured or complained about anything, but bore it patiently. Funeral on the 19th. Buried at Reif's Mennonite church. Services by Henry Baer and George Keener.

YODER. ­ On the 10th of Sept., 1892, in Conemaugh township, Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, John Yoder, aged 27 years, 1 month and 24 days. He was buried on the 21st in the family burying ground. The funeral service was held in the Centennial meeting house by J. Q. A. Curry. Text, Rev. 22:14.

HORST. ­ On the 20th of August, 1892, in Caernaroon Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Lizzie, W., daughter of Jacob Horst aged 14 years, 1 month and 7 days. She was sick only a few days. She was a very bright, intelligent child, but it has pleased the Allwise God to call her away from her young companions in the bloom of her youth. What God has done is well done.
"If we could but hear her singing,
As we think she's singing now, -
If we could but see the brightness
Of the crown upon her brow,
There would be no sighs to worry,
And no hidden tears to flow,
When we think of our Lizzie
Who has gone to yonder shore."

Transcribed by Beverly Telfer, Indiana.

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