BISHOP ADAM KORNHAUS.
Bishop Adam Kornhaus was born in Richland Co, Ohio,
April 30, 1843. When about a year old his parents came with their
family to Wayne Co., Ohio and located on a farm one mile south
of Orrville. His father, about nine years ago, at the age of 68
years, was called to try the realities of another world. His mother
still survives him though she is old and feeble, and was unable
to attend the funeral. He was united in marriage with Ann Beutler,
Nov. 2, 1865, and about 21 years ago they moved on the farm occupied
by him until his death. By this union they have had five children;
two have preceded their father to the grave and three with their
mother are mourning the loss of a loving father and a faithful
husband. May God comfort them by teaching them that their loss
is his eternal gain.
He united with the Mennonite church a number of years ago, since which time he has been faithful and true, living according to the faith he upheld. He was ordained to the ministry on Nov. 19, 1887. He possessed rare traits of character and great zeal for the cause of Christ, so that by his death an important pillar has been taken from the church. In Sept. of '92 he was called to the important office of bishop, but having been affected with La Grippe from Dec. 29, 1891 to the time of death, it rendered him incapable of performing the duties pertaining to his office as he might otherwise have done.
The morning of the 26th day of Nov. 1893 found him in Martin's M.H. his usual place of worship and feeling better than he had for some time. He took a part in the opening services, but at 11:30 A.M. while Bro. Buchwalter was engaged in the discourse he was interrupted by the falling of Bro. Kornhaus from his seat to the floor by his side and being raised up was found to be dead in a few minutes. While his death was very singular yet he was at his post of duty, ready to go.
His remains were carried to their last resting place on the 29th and were viewed by a large concourse of friends. The brethren David Hostetler and Moses Brenneman conducted the services, making use of the 8th Psalm, which had been read by Bro. Kornhouse a shot time before his death. The decease was aged 50 yrs, 6 mo., 26 days. Though our dear brother has left us yet his memory and the truths presented to us while here will long be remembered. A BROTHER.
REDIGER.-On the 29th of November, 1893, near Thurman, Col., infant son of David and Catharine Rediger, aged 1 year, 9 months and 13 days. Buried on the 1st of December in the graveyard near Thurman. Funeral services by J. Roth and J. Schrock.
MUSSER.-On the 29th of Nov., 1893, near McAlisterville, Lost Creek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., of heart trouble, John Musser, aged 69 years, 6 months and 9 days. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite denomination for many years, and was loved by all who knew him. He leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Buried at Lostcreek meetinghouse. Funeral services by Wm Auker, William Graybill, and D. Hostettler and A.H. Brenneman from Orrville, Ohio. Text, Matt. 24:44.
ZEAGER.-On the 30th of Nov., 1893, in Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Susanna Zeager, aged 60 years and 1 day. Eleven children followed her to the Greentree meeting-house, where she was laid by the side of her husband who preceded her only a few months before. Text, Rev. 22:12.
SNYDER.-Dec. 1st, 1893, in Mt. Joy, Pa., Henry Snyder, aged 73 years, 9 months and 4 days. He fell from a chair and in a few moments was in eternity. Funeral at Landisville, on Sunday, 3d. Text, Psalm 39:4,5.
SOLLENBERGER.-Dec. 4, 1893, in Brecknock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age, Anna Sollenberger, (maiden name Hutchinson,) aged 81 years, 8 months and 21 days. Buried at Pine Grove Mennonite meeting-house. Services by Solomon R. Ott and Benjamin Horning. Text, Heb. 5:8,9. Peace to her ashes.
KOERNER.-On the 7th of December, 1893, in Pontiac, Livingston Co., Ill., of shaking palsy, Sister Mary Dorothy Koerner, aged 67 years, 2 months and 4 days. She had been afflicted for a number of years, and was altogether helpless. She had a desire to depart and be with Christ. Funeral services in the Cullom M.H., by D.S. Brunk of Ohio, A. Mumaw of Indiana and E.M. Hartman.
CUSTER.-Dec. 1st, 1893, near Tub, Pa., Uriah Custer, aged 41 years, 2 months and 16 days. Deceased was in apparent good health in the morning, worked in the field for a neighbor until nearly noon when he complained of headache and went home. He suffered severely for a few hours and expired about 4 P.M. He leaves a wife but no children. He had been a member of the German Baptist church. His sudden demise is a warning to all. Buried in the Mennonite cemetery. Funeral services by D.H. Bender and Bish. S.C. Miller of Monitor, Kans. Text, Amos 4:12.
LEHMAN.-On the 3d of December, 1893, of spinal trouble,
Howard, son of Simeon and Salome Lehman, aged 2 months
and 19 days. Buried on the 4th at Yellow Creek. Funeral services
by Noah Metzler and Samuel Yoder. Text, Matt. 18:3. The bereaved
parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.
Like the dove to the ark,
Thou hast flown to thy rest
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest."
HARTZLER.-On the 29th of Nov., 1893, Lydia, wife of Benjamin Hartzler, aged 69 years, 1 month and 27 days. The funeral services were largely attended by relatives and friends. Sister Hartzler will be sadly missed in the family, and also in the church where her seat was seldom vacant at meeting.
LANDIS.-On the 7th of Dec., 1893, near Waterford, Elkhart Co., Indiana, of kidney troubles, Bro. Frederick Landis, aged 79 years, 8 months and 12 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa. He was married to Catharine Holdeman on the 21st of March, 1839, in Wayne Co., Ohio. He united with the Mennonite church when a young man and lived a devoted Christian life until the Master called him home. He and his wife lived together nearly 55 years. They had 14 children, nine of whom, 4 sons and 5 daughters, are still living. He was buried on Sunday, Dec. 10th at the Yellow Creek M.H., where a large concourse of people met to offer the last tribute of respect. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Metzler and John F. Funk from Ps. 90:9,10. The bereaved ones may indeed comfort their hearts in the promises of God, for they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
RICH.-On the 22nd of November 1893, near Hartford, Kansas, John Rich, aged 69 years, 7 months and 3 days. Buried on the 25th, in the Hartford burying ground. Funeral services from 1 Cor. 15. The deceased brother was a faithful member in the Amish Mennonite congregation of the above place and was highly esteemed, his aim being to "live at peace with all men." He leaves his widow and six children to mourn his departure. His hope was in the Savior he had learned to love, and when friends came to see him he asked them to pray with him. Peace to his ashes.
PLETCHER.-On the 25th of Nov., 1893, at the residence of her son-in-law, Bartel Risser, Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Pletcher, aged 76 years, 10 months and 7 days. She was born in Pennsylvania, was a member of the Mennonite church and though not well for some time she died unexpectedly. She was buried on the 28th at the Olive church. Funeral services by John F. Funk, assisted by Daniel Brunk of Allen Co., Ohio, and Amos Mumaw. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.
YODER.-Hiram D. Yoder was born April 9, 1855;
died Dec. 7, 1893, aged 38 years, 7 months and 28 days. His death
was caused by enlargement of the liver, heart, and pulmonary arteries.
He suffered but little pain, and during his last sickness he was
not confined to his bed, and when he died, he fell asleep so quietly,
so calmly and so peacefully, that his mother who was in the room
with him did not notice his departure until it was all over. She
supposed him to be sleeping and bending over him she found, to
her great grief, that the spark of life had fled. She called him,
but then, for the first time, he refused to answer; his spirit
had returned to Him who gave it. His mortal remains were interred
at Oak Grove, near Smithville, Ohio, on Sat., Dec. 9. Funeral
services were conducted by D.Z. Yoder, assisted by John K. Yoder
and Isaac Miller.
Hiram will be sadly missed in the family circle where he was the only son, the only brother; in the social circle in the neighborhood where he was everybody's friend, always having a cheerful greeting and a kind word for everyone; in the church where he was always loyal, obedient and honest; in the Sunday school where he was Superintendent of the primary classes; in the day schools where he had been a most successful primary teacher for upwards of 14 years. Only a little over 38 years were allotted to him, yet they were years fraught with kind words, good deeds, and above all, years which reflect a Savior's love and humility, years spent in his Master's service.
While other people talked of the way of salvation Hiram lived it. While some of us were agitating the questions of Missions and Evangelizing, Hiram was enlisting the sympathies of the little boys and girls around him, and directing their young minds to things that are noble, pure and good. Eternity, alone, can unfold the full fruition of the seed sown by the hand of our brother Hiram, but he is gone to his reward. We cannot call him back; we would not call him back. But as we stand near the shore of the chilly waters which he has crossed and with bleeding hearts and eyes dimmed with tears, we look beyond the scenes of our earthly cares, may we not, by this dispensation of a Divine Providence, have our affections more firmly centered on heavenly things? Can we not see that instead of the grim monster "Death," it has only been one of God's angels in disguise, touching our hearts, to open new fountains, and awakening our brother to a new life, to a brighter morning, on a fairer shore, to more glorious sunlight, to sweeter music, to a Father's love, to a Savior's bosom, to heaven. C.-
KROPP.-On the 28th of November, 1893, near Pool, Ontario, of consumption, David Kropp,aged 48 years and 4 months. He leaves his deeply bereaved widow and 11 children to mourn his departure. Buried on the 1st of Dec. Funeral services to a large congregation of sympathizing neighbors and friends, by Peter Spenler at the house, and by John Gascho and Jacob M. Bender.
MELLINGER.-December 12, 1893, in Upper Leacock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, John M. Mellinger, aged 41 years and 22 days. Funeral on the 14th. Buried in the Groffsdale cemetery. Services were conducted by David Buchwalter and Jacob N. Brubacher. Text, Eph. 5:14. He leaves a sorrowing widow and nine children to mourn their loss, but we hope their loss may be his eternal gain. ISAAC SHIRE.
GROFF.-December 7th, 1893, at the home of her son-in-law, in New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age, Sister Leah Groff, widow of Isaac Groff, aged 91 years, 11 months and 6 days. Her husband died about 17 years ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination for a number of years. Funeral on the 11th at Groffdale, conducted by Joseph Wenger in German and Isaac Eby in English. Text, Heb. 13:14. Deceased had been blind for a number of years.
WEAVER.-Died on the 11th of December, 1893, in Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., at the home of her sister, Lydia Burkholder, Sister Hannah Weaver, aged 67 years, 1 month and 5 days. She was long a sufferer, but we believe she is now enjoying that rest which is prepared for the people of God. Buried on the 13th at the Chambersburg meeting-house. Services by P.H. Parret, P. Wadle and S.D. Lehman, from Job 14:14.
LEHMAN.-On the 27th of Nov., 1893, near Stouffertown, Franklin Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Ida May, youngest daughter of Bro. Samuel and Sister Magdalena Lehman. She was in her 16th year, and the news of her early death was received with deep sorrow by her many friends. Buried on the 29th at the Chambersburg meeting-house. Services by P.H. Parret, P. Wadle and S.D. Lehman from Matt. 24:42-44.
HOERNER.-On the 5th of December, 1893, near St. Agatha, Waterloo Co., Ont., Magdalena, maiden name Kennel, wife of Abraham Hoerner, aged 36 years and 2 days. Buried on the 8th in Lichty's graveyard. Funeral services by Christian S. Zehr and John Gascho. We mourn not for her as those who have no hope.
CRIPE.-On the 10th of Dec., 1893, in Clinton township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, Barbara Alice, wife of Jacob Cripe, aged 37 year, 3 months and 1 day. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three daughters, a father, brothers and sisters to mourn her early departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for she left a bright evidence that all was well. May her patient endurance of suffering and trials be imitated by others in similar circumstances. Services at the Clinton M.H. on the 12th, by Pre. Isaac Berkey and David Garber from John 5:25.
LANTZ.-On Nov. 28th, 1893, on Haw Patch, LaGrange Co., Ind., Emma R., daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Lantz, aged 36 years, 9 months and 13 days. Sister Emma was working in Logan Co., Ohio, and in company with her sister came home the day their father took sick, expecting to have a pleasant visit with parents and friends, but God ordered it otherwise, and in a few days two of the family - father and daughter - were called to eternity. This falls on the family as a heavy trial, but they need not mourn as those without hope, but with the living hope of meeting them with all the blood-washed of God's Israel. Services at the Maple Grove M.H. on the 30th by D.J. John from Prov. 14:32.
GARBER.-On the 9th of December, 1893, in Woodford Co., Ill., Christian Garber, aged 79 years, 1 month and 8 days. He was born in France in 1814, was married in 1840, and came to America in 1842. God blessed him with 8 children, of whom four died in childhood. His widow, four children, 32 grand children and 8 great-grandchildren mourn his death. He was a true member of the Amish church. His remains were laid to rest in the Metamora graveyard. Funeral services were held in the Metamora meeting-house by John Smith, John Lugibill and Peter Sommer. J.S.
LANTZ.-On Nov. 24th, 1893, on Haw Patch, La Grange Co., Ind., of lung trouble, Joseph Lantz, aged 64 years, 1 months and 11 days. Buried on the 26th. Services at the Maple Grove M.H., where a large concourse of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect and show their sympathy, as there were three more of the family that were not able to follow the remains of their father to their last resting place. Services conducted by D.J. Johns from Jer. 33:10.
HALLMAN.-On the 10th of December, 1893, in Berlin, Ont., of paralysis, from which he suffered about three weeks, Bro. John S. Hallman, aged about 64 years. He was buried on the 13th in the Blenheim graveyard. Funeral services at the house by Moses Erb, Jacob B. Bowman and David B. Sherk. He leaves a widow and a number of children and grand-children to mourn their loss. Bro. Hallman was highly esteemed by all and his loss will be deeply felt.
NISSLEY.-December 14th, 1893, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lock jaw, Milton E., son of Chr. S. and Mary N. Nissley, aged 17 years, 9 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3. Buried at Kraybill's meeting-house. A solemn call to the young.
KILMER.-On the 11th of December, 1893, in Harvey Co., Kansas, of lagrippe, Sister Sarah Kilmer, widow of the late Michael Kilmer, aged 77 years, 9 months and 25 days. She was sick one week, and calmly fell asleep in Jesus. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted at the Pennsylvania house by M. Horst and D. Zook from Mark 13:33 and 1 Thes. 4:18.
HERSHEY.-December 12, 1893, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Fanny, wife of Deacon David Hershey, aged 73 years, 3 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Numbers 23:10. Buried at Kauffman's meeting house. Sister Hershey was a faithful and lovely member of the church. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.
MILLER.-December 3d, 1893, near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth Miller, widow, aged 86 years, 7 months and 9 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, Isaiah 3:10. Buried at the Petersburg meeting-house. Sister Miller was a faithful Christian.
STUMP.-December 2d, 1893, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Sarah Stump, widow, aged 84 years, 7 months and 17 days. Funeral on the 7th. Text, Rev. 7:16,17. Buried at the Landisville meeting-house. Sister Stump was patient during her sickness. She had a desire to depart.
FRY.-Dec. 5th, 1893, near New Haven, Lancaster Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Emma C. Fry, youngest child of Samuel and Amanda Fry, aged 2 years 7 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Rev. 3:20. Buried at the Hess meeting-house. May the Lord sanctify the affliction unto the bereft parents.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah
on the death of Barbara Alice Cripe, wife of Jacob R. Cripe. Written by AMOS S. CRIPE.
Dear husband do not weep for me,
Since it is in vain you see;
The God we love, He knew best,
And has given me an eternal rest.
Go then and dry your flowing tears,
Live on through many hopes and fears,
Strive but to do your Master's will,
And every duty to fulfill.
The cares of life we thought to share,
You now are left alone to bear;
But trust in God and He will be,
In every need a help to thee.
Be earnest, then, and faithful prove,
To God whom you both serve and love,
That we beyond the tomb may meet,
And each other lovingly greet.
Where all our sorrows end in mirth,
Secure from all the pangs of earth,
We shall together happy be,
Forever in eternity.
Dear children, whom I dearly loved
We from each other are removed,
You're of a mother's love bereft,
And to you other friends are left.
I used to cherish and to smooth,
Your tender, loving hearts to soothe;
But alas, 'tis all in vain,
And to leave you gives me pain.
But I trust that God will prove,
To you, instead of a mother's love,
And point you to the narrow way,
Which leads to an eternal day.
Dear father, brothers, sisters true,
Words cannot tell my love to you,
All my friends that numbers swell,
My love to you I cannot tell.
I bid you all a kind adieu,
Be ever faithful, then and true,
That you may come and dwell with me,
At God's right hand in eternity.
AUGSPURGER.-On the 21st of Dec. 1893, at Trenton, Butler Co, Ohio, after three days of suffering, Emily Augspurger, maiden name Kennel, aged 53 years, 4 months and 12 days. Buried on the 24th. Funeral services by I. Imhoff from John 16:22 and H.J. Krehbiel from Isa. 3:10 in English and from Lam. 5:15 in German. The deceased leaves her husband and 8 children, her aged parents, three sisters and one brother. The high esteem in which she was held by all was shown by the large congregation which assembled at her burial.
SUTTER.-On the 10th of December 1893, in Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ill., of consumption and hemorrhages, Bro Jacob, son of John and Lena Sutter, aged 20 years, 9 months and 20 days. He was buried on the 12th in the graveyard near Hopedale. Funeral services by Daniel Nafziger, John Egly and Chr. Nafziger in the meeting-house and by Joseph Egly at the grave. Bro. Jacob was received into church membership last fall with seven others and proved himself, though young, an earnest and efficient laborer in his Master's vineyard, and on his death bed he had the assurance of his acceptance with God. His end was peace.
BEILER.-On the 29th of December 1893, near Bird in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Beiler, aged 67 years and several months. Buried on New Years day. Funeral services by Benjamin Fisher and Benjamin Stoltzfus from Luke 12:39,40.
STOLTZFUS.-On the 2d of January 1894, near Monterey, Lancaster Co.,Pa., Elizabeth Stoltzfus, aged 77 years, 2 months and 27 days. Buried on the 5th. Funeral services by Benjamin Fisher and Henry Stoltzfus from 2 Cor 4:16-18.
THUT.-On the 15th of November 1893 of the infirmities of old age, sister Christina Thut (maiden name Bechtel) a faithful member of the Zion congregation, Allen Co., Ohio, aged 80 years, 1 month and 2 days. She was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., married John Thut, Sept. 13, 1832, who died Aug. 23d 1867. She was the mother of 13 children (eight living), 72 grandchildren (63 living), and 41 great-grandchildren (37 living). Funeral services by Moses Brenneman, John Moser and Isaac Burkhart. She was a faithful member of the church of her choice since her youth. She hailed the time of her departure with joy; glad to be released, and be with Christ. Peace to her ashes. F.G.
LAPE.-On the 25th of November 1893, in Cambria Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Henry, son of Levi and sister Lizzie Lape, aged 2 years, 7 months and 4 days. He was buried on the 27th at the Weaver M.H. Funeral services by Bish. Jonas Blauch and Alexander Weaver.
LINT.-On the 5th of December 1893, in Somerset Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Nora May, only child of Bro. Hiram and sister Eliza Lint, aged 2 years, 6 months and 12 days. Not quite ten months ago these parents buried 3 children in a week's time of the same disease. Little Nora had been left to them at that time, but now they had to give her up also. It is indeed a hard stroke to the parents, but they have the blessed hope that their little ones are at rest. Little Nora was buried on the 7th in the Blough Mennonite grave-yard. Funeral services by L.A. Blough and Sam Gindlesperger.
"Little Nora, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,-
He can all our sorrows heal."
LEHMAN.-On the 12th of Dec. 1893, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Lydia, wife of Bro. Joseph Lehman, aged 31 years, 2 months and 19 days. She was buried on the 14th. Funeral services were preached in the Stahl Mennonite M.H. by Bish. Sam'l Miller from Kansas, Samuel Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough. Sister Lehman had been helpless for nearly 7 years. Her sufferings had sometimes been very severe, but she bore them patiently until death relieved her. We have the hope that her afflictions here worked for her a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
GINDLESPERGER.-On the 9th of December 1893, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa, sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Joseph Gindlesperger, aged 58 years, 4 months and 18 days. She lived in wedlock with Bro. Gindlesperger a little over 38 years, Her descendants were 3 sons and 4 daughters, of whom 2 sons and 2 daughters survive her. She also had 11 grandchildren (10 living). The loss of his dear wife falls heavily upon Bro. Gindlesperger, as he has a helpless daughter that he had to nurse and handle for 3 years, but we trust God will bless him in his sore bereavement. He need not mourn without hope. She was buried on the 11th at the Blough M.H. Funeral services by Bish. Sam'l Miller from Kansas, Jonathan Hershberger and L.A. Blough.
PFILE.-On the 11th of December 1893, in Somerset Co., Pa., Amos, son of John Pfile, aged 15 years and 9 months. He was buried on the 13th at the Blough M.H. Funeral services by Sam'l Miller of Kansas, L.A. Blough and Sam'l Gindlesperger. This young man died very suddenly. In the morning he was yet out and about the house and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon he was dead. A loud call to the unconverted. Let us all prepare to meet our God.
LIVINGSTON.-On the 22d of December 1893, in Somerset Co., Pa., Levi only child of Bro. John and sister Barbara Livingston, aged 6 months and 5 days. He was buried on the 25th at the Blough Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Samuel Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough.
GINDLESPERGER.-On the 24th of December 1893, in Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. Peter Gindlesperger, aged 64 years, 1 month and 15 days. He was buried on the 26th at the brethren (Dunkard) M.H. Funeral services by Bish. Sam'l Miller from Kansas, Levi A. Blough and Sam'l Gindlesperger. The brother left a grand consolation behind to his friends that he was prepared to die. The writer had visited him a few days before his death, and on asking him if he had any fears of death he said, no, but he was willing to go any time. He was the father of 13 children, (11 living). May God bless the bereaved sister and children that they also may meet a happy end in Christ Jesus.
NIESLEY.-September 1, 1893, Anna Niesley. She was the daughter of George Brindle, of near Churchtown, Cumb'd Co., Pa. and the wife of David Niesley, of near Churchtown. He was the son of Jacob Niesley who moved from Lancaster Co., about 60 years ago to Cumberland Co., where they all lived together; but Jacob who with his family went to Lawrence, Kansas, 15 years ago, father and mother and the oldest and the youngest sons are dead. David and Anna Niesley, were both members of the old German Baptist Brethren he being an elder. She was sick about 8 weeks and had to pass her time mostly in her large rocking chair. Her complaint was dropsy and Bright's disease. She suffered intensely, but was patient and hoped to be released where pain and sorrow is no more.
BURKHOLDER.-On the 16th of Dec., 1893, near Berlinton, Marshall Co., Ind., Bro. John Burkholder, aged 80 years, 8 months and 9 days. He was a faithful member in the old Amish branch of the Mennonite denomination since his youth. He leaves three sons and many grandchildren and great grandchildren to mourn his death. Buried on the 17th near Burkholder's school house. Appropriate remarks were made on the occasion by John C. Schlabach from John 5:24-30, and 1 Cor. 15, and 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
MILLER.-On the 6th of Dec. 1893, near Emma, Ind., infant daughter of John and Veronica D. Miller, aged 1 year, 5 months and 5 days. Buried on the 8th of Dec. Funeral services at the residence of John Hershberger, by Emanuel J. Miller and Daniel T. Hochstetler from Mark 10:13-16 and John 5:25-29. Buried in the Miller graveyard.
HEAGY.-Nov. 11th, 1893, in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Pa., of cramps, Sister Mary, wife of Henry Heagy, aged 48 years and 29 days. Buried on the 14th in the Dunkard graveyard at Huntsdale. A large congregation gathered to show their sympathy for the bereaved husband and six children who mourn the loss of a dear wife and a good mother. But their loss is her gain.
COOK.-Robert Cook was born near York, Yorkshire, England, Feb. 18th, 1813, and died December 23d, 1893, aged 80 years, 10 months and 5 days. In 1833 he emigrated to America, making his home for a few years in the State of New York. In 1835 he came to Indiana to the neighborhood of Mishawaka, where, after his marriage with Catherine Lichtenberger,he lived in Mishawaka for five years. They then moved on a farm near by, where he continued to follow his favorite occupation - farming - till eleven years ago, when he moved to the farm near Elkhart, where he died. Their family of six sons and five daughters are all living. Of his numerous family of 59 grandchildren 52 are still living. There are 5 great-grandchildren in the family - all living. Buried on the 24th at the Baptist church, Jamestown, Ind. Funeral services by J.S. Coffman.
KENNEL.-On the 31st of Dec., 1893, in Trenton, Ohio, Bertha, wife of Frederick Kennel, aged 45 years, 6 months and 9 days. Buried Jan. 2, 1894. Services by H.J. Krehbiel in English from 1 Cor. 2:9, and in German from Phil. 1:21. She was a sister to Sister Augspurger whose remains were laid away Dec. 24th. Both were faithful members of the Trenton congregation. Her sudden death cast a gloom over the whole community.
LEHMAN.-On the 22d of December, 1893, at her home in Green Village, Franklin Co., Pa., of the grippe of which she suffered about ten days, Leah, wife of Joseph Lehman, aged 78 yrs., 2 mos., 25 days. She was a faithful member in the Brethren in Christ (River Brethren) denomination, and mother of Bro. J.S. Lehman, business manager of the Mennonite Publishing House. A few days before her last sickness came she literally "put her house in order," and made arrangements as if she were going away on a visit, so that her friends were surprised, not knowing that she had any intention of going away. Soon after she took sick she said, "This may be a Christmas funeral," and so it proved to be. During her sickness she earnestly admonished all who came to see her to make "their calling and election sure." As the time of her departure drew near she became overwhelmed with the glory of the abode of the blest and in rapture she exclaimed,"O happy, happy place!" She was fully resigned to God's will and said, "The time of health and strength is the time to prepare for death. Then, when the message comes to go, it will be a welcome one." Thirty minutes before her death she carefully smoothed down her hair under her prayer head covering which she adjusted and tied neatly. She entreated those around her not to mourn, for she said all was well with her. She was conscious to the last, and when she was gone we felt that a dear mother in Israel had left us, yet her kind and timely words of advice and her noble example will continue to live and speak while her form moulders in the grave. Her matrimonial life of 58 years was a happy one. Her husband, 4 children and many children of the third and fourth generation survive her. Buried on the 25. Funeral services by Martin Oberholtzer assisted by others.
WENGER.-On the 4th of January, 1894, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of lung fever, George Delbert, only son of Abraham and Alice Wenger, aged 1 year and 4 months. Funeral services were held at the Oliver church on Sunday the 7th, from Matt. 18:2-4. A large number of friends met on the occasion. His little sister, six years old, selected two hymns, without any assistance from others, which she said she would like to have sung at her little brother's funeral. The hymns were No. 7 and 207. May God bless the mourning family and direct their thoughts to the home above.
SHANTZ.-In Wilmot, Ont., on the 14th of December, 1893, Simon Shantz. He was born May 15th, 1818, and arrived at the ripe old age of 75 years, 6 months and 29 days. In 1845 he was married to Judith Stauffer, whom he survived nearly 32 years. He was the father of 4 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 3 daughters preceded him. His funeral, which was largely attended, took place on the 17th of December. Buried in Geiger's cemetery. Funeral services by Moses S. Bowman in German from 2 Cor. 4:17,18 and 5:1, and Daniel Wismer in English from Philippians 1:21. His friends mourn not as those who have no hope.
HESS.-Dec. 2d, 1893, at Slate Hill, Cumberland Co., Pa., Sister Judith, widow of Christian Hess, aged 80 years, 4 months and 1 day. Buried in the Slate Hill cemetery, where she was followed by many friends and neighbors, which showed in what respect she was held. Sister Hess was a shining light in the church and community in which she lived, and was permitted to see all her children unite with the church and the youngest of her two sons a minister of the gospel. Peace to her ashes.
REIFF.-On the 24th of Dec., 1893, Sarah, wife of Deacon George L Reiff, of Worcester, Montgomery Co, Pa., died of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of about a week. Her age was 47 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was buried at the Worcester Mennonite meeting house on Saturday, Dec. 30th. A great concourse of people had assembled at the meeting-house to pay their last respects. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite denomination, and a true Christian. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the meeting house were conducted by Jacob B. Mensch, (text, Philippians 1:21-24,) and Andrew Mack. It was a sad funeral.
YODER.-Lydia, wife of Benjamin Yoder, was born Feb 19, 1831; died Dec. 22, 1893, aged 62 years, 10 months and 3 days. Buried on the 24th at the South Union M.H., at which time and place services were conducted by C.K. Yoder and Jacob Franze. Sister Yoder had long been a sufferer of consumption which she bore patiently. He last words were, "I am going to Jesus."
GLICK.-On December 24th 1893, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., David Glick, aged 53 years, 4 months and 22 days. He was a faithful brother in the Amish congregation here and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was taken ill with la grippe, of which he suffered quite a while. Feeling that his time had come to meet his Savior, he called his wife and nine children to his bedside and after giving them good advice and wishing them every needful blessing he bade them a last farewell and calmly fell asleep. Two children preceded him a few years ago. Funeral services were held by David Beiler and Daniel Stoltzfus. Text, Mark 13:35-37. The remains were buried in the Ronk Amish grave-yard, where a host of warm friends were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect and to comfort the sorrowing widow and children. We hope their loss is his eternal gain.
"O father, father, head of all
Your family, you did leave,
The Lord our Savior loud did call
And thus caused us to grieve.
Again we hope to meet you there,
In that bright land above,
Where parting words no more we'll hear,
There all is peace and love.
LYDIA Z. BEILER.
GROSS.-On the 30th of Dec., 1893, in Fountainville, Bucks Co., Pa., suddenly of heart-disease, Hettie, wife of John L. Gross, aged 66 years and 6 months. She had been working apparently in usual health up to within an hour of her death, when she was suddenly stricken down and died before a physician could be summoned. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her death. "In the midst of life we are in death."
MILLER.-Bro. Henry A. Miller, bishop of the church at Shore, LaGrange Co., Ind., died on Nov. 30th, 1893, of grippe and heart trouble, aged 73 years, 7 months and 11 days. His funeral on Dec. 2d was very largely attended. Services in German by A.S. Cripe, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8, and David Garber in English from the same text. He was sick not quite a week, and his death was quite a shock to his numerous relatives and acquaintances. He will be sadly missed in the home by his aged companion, and in the church where he so earnestly and faithfully held forth the counsel of God, and in the neighborhood, where he was highly respected and loved by all, yet we feel that our loss is his gain. The community has lost one of its best citizens, the religious circle one of its most influential workers.
A watchman from the walls is taken,
His warning voice is stilled,
A place in the ranks is vacant,
Which scarcely can be filled.
With care he watched his Master's flock
And kept them in the fold.
He firmly stood upon the rock,
And called both young and old.
His arduous work on earth is done,
His toils and cares are o'er,
To his Master he has gone,
Who has bade him toil no more.
Now he rests from all his labors,
Over in the glory world,
So may all the valiant soldiers,
Enter with banner wide unfurled. A.S.C.
HEMMINGER.-On the 13th of December, 1893, near Newville,
Mifflin Twp., Cumb'd Co., Pa., of La Grippe, Martha Hemminger,
maiden name, Burkhart, widow of John Hemminger, aged 78
years and 4 months. She leaves one son and two daughters and nine
grandchildren to mourn her departure. She longed for many years
to be with Jesus. Her departure occurred in the morning. Funeral
services by Pre. Metzger from Blossersville. May the good Lord
comfort the bereaved children. Dear children remember mother.
"How many were the silent prayers
My mother offered up for me;
How many were the bitter cares,
She felt when none but God could see.
Oft let me think of what she said,
And of the kind advice she gave;
O let me do it as she's dead
And sleeping in her lowly grave."
YODER.-On December 30, 1893, near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., of La Grippe, Tobias Yoder, aged 84 years less 7 days. Buried Jan. 1, 1894. His wife, who is also sick, was not able to attend the funeral, which was preached in the Kauffman (Amish) M.H. of which congregation he was a member. Services by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshberger.
LAGHMAN.-On the 15th of Dec., 1893, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., Susanna Laghman, aged 46 years, 4 months and 29 days. Funeral services were conducted by --- Powers and Henry Weldy from Heb. 9:27. May God bless the sorrowing friends.
SHENK.-On the 23d of December 1893, near Chiquis, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary S., wife of Henry Shenk, aged 60 years, 8 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text Psalms 115:18. Buried at Maytown. Sister Shenk suffered very much of cancer and Bright's disease, and death was a welcome relief to her.
HARNISH.-On December 15, 1893, in New Danville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Maria Harnish, aged 74 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination, and we may say, "None knew her, but to love her," for her kind and gentle ways and child-like trust in God won a place for her in many hearts. "I am going home," she said in her dying moments, and to an aged pilgrim at her side, "You will soon be coming too." She heard the call "Come up higher," and passed from death to life immortal, but the sweet influence and lovely example of her life still remain, and long will she live in the memory of those who knew and loved her best. Funeral services by the brethren John Harnish, Abram Herr and Benjamin Hertzler from Rev. 14:13.
BOWERS.-On the 2d of January 1894, in Fort Wayne, Ind., sister Mary, beloved wife of Delbert Bowers of Elkhart, Ind., aged 35 y., 7 m., 12 d. Bro. and sister Bowers had gone to Fort Wayne a few days previous to have an operation performed upon her for the removal of a tumor. The specialists who undertook the operation were very hopeful for her case but when the operation began they at once saw that it was far more serious than they had anticipated, and that the result would be very doubtful. The operation was however successfully performed, and the patient bore it very well. But some time afterward she began to sink and next day about noon she calmly fell asleep. When she left Elkhart she bade her friends good bye and was cheerful. She expressed her trust in God and said that in any case all was well. When death approached she said to her husband who was at her side, "Delbert, I'm almost gone, but I'm so glad that I can say, The Lord's will be done." She hoped that this dispensation of divine Providence had been sent for good to some one, and with perfect consciousness she gradually approached the river of death only to pass over into life eternal. Her death was a triumphant victory through faith in the Lord Jesus, and though we mourn the loss of a very dear sister and friend, we can smile through our tears in the assurance that she has passed from death unto life. The remains were brought back to Elkhart on the 3d, where funeral services were held in our meeting-house on the 4th by J.S. Coffman from Psalm 73:24, assisted by J. F. Funk. The remains were then taken by train to Bronson, Mich., for interment. May God comfort the bereaved husband and friends in their sore trial.
ROTH.-On the 31st of December, 1893 near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., of grippe, Bro. Christian Roth, aged 59 years and 9 days. He was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery. He lived in matrimony 26 years and 10 months. He leaves his wife and 3 sons to mourn his departure. Funeral services by Joseph Schlegel. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1-8.
BERLINCOURT.-On the 2d of January, 1894, near Kennard, Ohio, of lung fever, Samuel Berlincourt, a faithful member in the Amish congregation at that place, aged 35 years, 10 months and 4 days. He leaves a companion and 3 children to mourn his early death. Funeral services on Jan. 4, by J.S. Hartzler in German and Jessie Swank in English. L.H.
SNYDER.-On the 25th of Nov., 1893, at his home at Kanorado, Kansas, of blood poisoning, John Snyder, aged 32 years, 8 months and 9 days. Buried in the Kanorado cemetery. He leaves a wife and two children, mother, brothers and sisters to mourn his death. Funeral services by Rev. J.W. Hedges, of Goodland, Kansas.
WEAVER.-On the 31st of Dec., 1893, in Harrison township,
Elkhart Co., Ind., of a malignant tumor, Jane Detweiler,
wife of Moses B. Weaver, aged 60 years, 2 months and 22
days. Sister Weaver was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 9, 1833.
In 1839 she moved, with her parents and an only sister, to Fairfield
Co., Ohio, where she engaged in teaching school, and was married
to her surviving husband Sept. 15, 1853. In the fall of 1860 they
came to Elkhart Co. Indiana, where they have since lived. She
leaves a husband and 9 children to mourn her death. During her
sickness she suffered severe pain only on two occasions, which
were of short duration, one occurring not long before her death.
At no other time did she evince any special discomfort, but often
remonstrated with herself for being weak and dependent on her
family during the waning of her fast fading light. On the morning
of her death she apprised the family of her desire to go home,
and shortly after fell asleep, and slept her life away without
moving a muscle. In reflecting over her past life, the gradual
decline of her health during the past nine months and her quiet
easy death, we can only feel the truth of the words of Paul, "O
death where is thy sting"
She was buried at Yellow Creek M.H., where services were conducted by Martin Hoover, J.F.Funk and Chr. Shaum from 1 Cor. 15:54-58.
HERR.-On the 28th of Dec., 1893, in Elkhart, of consumption, Mary, wife of Levi L. Herr, aged 44 years, 4 months and 25 days. Bro Herr and family moved from the vicinity of Dayton, Ohio, to Elkhart, about a month ago. Sister Herr had been in failing health since last August. Her remains were taken to Hanover, York Co., Pa., - her native place - for burial. Services were held on Friday morning at the Mennonite M.H., by J.F. Funk. Bro. Herr and 4 of the children accompanied the remains to their former home. Funeral services were held there by Martin Whisler.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of they face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee-
We miss thee everywhere."
MISHLER.-On October 28th, 1893, Mabel May, daughter of Bro. James and Sister Lydia Mishler, near Shipshewana, LaGrange Co., Ind., of rheumatism and heart trouble, aged 11 years, 1 month and 8 days. Funeral Oct. 30th, in the Mennonite meeting-house at Shore, LaGrange Co, Ind. Services by J J. Weaver in English from the 103 Psalm 15th and 16th verses, and A.S. Cripe in German from Isa. 40:6-8. Buried in the Henry Miller burying ground.
"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 her rest." A.S.C.
BOWMAN.-Dec. 15th, 1893, near Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa, Sister Catherine Bowman, aged 85 years, 2 months and 7 days. Buried at the Diller M.H., where the remains of her husband were consigned years ago. Sister Bowman was a consistent member of the Mennonite denomination for many years, and has now gone to enjoy her reward.
TOMAN.-Mary Toman (maiden name Bricker), widow of the late Abraham Toman, was born in Waterloo township, Waterloo Co., Ont., November 3, 1806, and died in the township of Wilmot, December 26, 1893, aged 87 years, 1 month and 23 days. She survived her husband for over 26 years. She leaves a posterity of 9 children, 65 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral on Dec 29th, 1893, on which occasion M.S. Bowman preached in German from John 14:3, and Noah Stauffer in English from Isaiah 28:29. Buried in Blenheim cemetery. Her end was peace.
MARTIN.-On the 29th of Dec, 1893, at the residence of his son, Bro. Christian G. Martin, aged 80 years, 9 months and 29 days. He was born in Pennsylvania, lived near Wakarusa, in Elkhart Co., for many years. His wife having died some years ago, he resided with his children. His remains were brought to his old home and on Sunday, Dec. 31, were laid to rest at the Olive church, where services were conducted by J.F. Funk and Amos Mumaw from Jno. 15:5 "Without me ye can do nothing." He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and said he was prepared to die, and admonished his children also to live for Christ. May God comfort the sorrowing ones and lead them in the way everlasting.
RESSLER.-On the 16th of December, 1893, Elsie,
daughter of Jacob and Lizzie Ressler, aged 4 months and 18 days.
She was their only child. She was taken ill on the 10th at a late
hour, with catarrhal fever. Human hands tried to save her, but
all in vain. During the sufferer's last days convulsions set in,
she was soon past medical aid, and death closed her eyes on earth,
to be opened on the other shore and to join her little sister
gone before a year ago. The remains were taken to Strasburg graveyard.
A number of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute
of respect, and to comfort the fond yet sorrowing parents.
"All is vacant everywhere,
For there is no baby there.
The love of many hearts is gone,
The light of many eyes;
Her little race on earth is run,
Her home is beyond the skies.
Oh sweet children when we meet you
In those joyous realms above,
Gladly will we haste to greet you
There to dwell in heavenly love. SARAH FISHER.
Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah