LEATHERMAN. On the 24th of May 1895, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of paralysis, sister Rachel K., widow of the late Abraham Leatherman, aged 81 years. Buried at Deep Run, of which congregation she had been for many years an esteemed member.
SCHMIDT. George Schmidt was born in Medina Co., Ohio, January 16th 1832, died in Putnam Co., Ohio, June 11th 1895, aged 61 years, 4 months, 16 days. Funeral services at the Blanchard M. H. on the 13th by D. S. Brunk of Elida, Allen Co., Ohio to a well filled house; many could not get into the house. The remains were laid to rest in the Union graveyard. Bro. Schmidt was at a funeral on the day of his death. After he returned from the funeral he took his hoe and went to his potato patch. He took sick on his stomach and died the same evening. It is supposed that the pain went to his heart. We trust our loss is his eternal gain. He was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years.
KEMP. On June 4, 1895, in the forenoon, Annie Alice Kemp, daughter of Bro. Samuel and sister Mintie Kemp, tried to start fire with kerosene in the cooking stove at her home south of Grantsville, Md., and thinking there was no fire in the stove she poured the oil into the stove with the can. Just then she thought she heard some one call her, and looked around to see who it was. The oil at this moment caught fire, exploded the can and set her clothes on fire. No one was near enough to extinguish the fire at once and she was severely burnt, and died the same day, aged 11 years, 3 months, 5 days. She was buried June 6th in the cemetery at the Chestnut Spring church. Services by Bro. D. H. Bender and Bro. G. D. Miller. Text Job 1: 21.
ZOOK. On the 11th of June, 1895, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of consumption, sister Mary Zook, daughter of Eli S. Zook, aged 19 years, 7 months and 6 days. Funeral services on the 12th by A. D. Zook and Jos. H. Byler. She was a faithful member of the church and we mourn for her, but not without an assured hope that our loss will be her eternal gain. This, together with the death of her sister Rebecca about 4 months ago, is a severe affliction for the family.
DETWEILER. On the 14th of June, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, after a lingering illness of more than ten weeks, sister Mollie Detweiler, daughter of Bro. Jacob K. Detweiler, aged 19 yrs., 1 mo., and 13 da. Funeral services on the 16th by Jos. H. Byler, A. D. Zook and J. A. Myers. An unusually large concourse of relatives and friends assembled on this occasion to pay their last tribute of respect to this dear, bright and faithful young sister and to the sorely bereaved family. She died with an assured hope of eternal life.
KOLB. In Dayton, Ohio, after a season of mental and bodily suffering from a complication of causes, Sarah, wife of Isaac Kolb, (maiden name Crumbacher) aged 34 years, 4 months and 8 days. Her remains were taken to Mahoning Co., Ohio, her former home, where the funeral was held at the Zion (Dunkard) church on June 15th. Services by Allen Rickert, from Matt. 14: 30, latter clause. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and leaves a husband and three little children to mourn their sad loss. Several years ago her strength and finally her mind began to fail until it became necessary to remove her to an asylum where her sufferings finally ended in death. M.
HERSHEY. On the 14th of April 1895, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Fanny Hershey, widow of the late Joseph Hershey, aged 75 years, 5 months, 11 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. Her sickness was bronchitis and heart trouble. She was sick only 11 days, but though she suffered much during her sickness, she bore all her sufferings with patience and fortitude. She was buried on the 17th in Hershey's burying ground. Services at the house by David Buckwalter in German, and Pre. John Ranck in English, and at the church by David Hosteter and Isaac Eby in English. Text, Psalms 116: 15. It was her desire to depart from this troublesome world and go home to that mansion of bliss where all troubles are over and where sickness can never enter. She longed to go and meet her dear companion, who died about four years ago, and her three children who died long ago. She leaves 7 daughters and 3 sons, 52 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. They also mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother and grandmother, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. She has one only sister living, in Stark Co., Ohio, who is 80 years of age.
"Farewell, children, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I'm gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder,
When the Christian course is run.
Farewell, children, I am going
Home to dwell with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters,
And where all is joy and love.
Yes, we miss you, O, we miss you
When we see your vacant chair;
Ah how sad the home without you,
For there is no mother here. A DAUGHTER.
BEACHY. On the 5th of June 1895, at his home east of Tub, Pa., Manassa Beachy, aged 57 years, 11 months, 21 days. He was a bishop in the Amish Mennonite church; he had been sick for some time and was deranged. Buried in the churchyard at the Hershberger M. H., June 7. Services by Bro. Daniel Yoder and Bro. Moses Yoder, from John 5: 24 47.
GOOD. On the 7th of June 1895 at Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Hettie Good, widow of Jonathan Good, deceased, aged 61 years, 4 months, 19 days. Buried on the 10th in the Bowmansville graveyard. She was a member of the Mennonite denomination for a long time previous to her death. Four children survive her to mourn over her departure. Funeral services by Henry Good and Benjamin Horning, from 2 Cor. 5: 10.
SNYDER. On May 31, 1895, in Adams Co., Neb., of dropsy of the heart, Jacob G. Snyder, aged 40 years, 7 months and 21 days. Buried on June 2d at the Roseland Mennonite church. Funeral services by D. G. Lapp and J. M. Nunemaker, in English (text 1 Cor. 15: 21, 22), and in German by A. Shiffler (text Isaiah 38: 1). Bro. Snyder was born in Blair county, Pa., from whence he moved with his parents to Freeport, Ills., when about two years of age. He resided at Freeport till 1878, when he was married to Rebecca Burkhard and moved to Adams Co., Neb. His wife and seven children, his mother, five sisters and two brothers survive him to mourn his death, but not as those that have no hope.
HILTY. On the 2d of June 1895, in Bluffton, Ohio, of old age and heart trouble, brother John Hilty, aged 76 years, 4 months, 22 days. The deceased was born in Canton Basle, Switzerland, and came with his parents to America in his eighth year. In 1839 he married Katherine Niswander, who survives him. To this union were born 9 children; 8 of these are still living. There are also 59 grandchildren, 48 living, and 12 great-grandchildren. Brother Hilty and family lived continuously in Allen Co., with the exception of eleven years, (from '65 to '75) which they spent in Paulding Co., Ohio. On the morning of his death he was yet well, and had prepared to go to the church house, intending as he had expressed himself the day before, to take communion. With tears had he longed to do so, but could not. Yet in the afternoon to his great enjoyment a short communion service was held at his own home, where he partook of the sacred emblems for the last time. It could be noticed by this time that he was getting weak. A little before nine o'clock he was out by the gate bidding the people goodby. He soon went into the house and expired. Brother Hilty died with a bright hope and a full assurance of a life beyond. He united with the Mennonite church in his 18th year. He was never heard to complain, but was always kind, familiarly known by everybody as "Grandpa." His continual prayer was that his children and grandchildren should be consecrated Christians and be under God's will. Not only his prayer would be so, but his everyday life, his tears and his smiles. Many cannot forget his smiles that he would give on meeting them. May he meet us with his bright, smiling countenance over there, the home of God's people. His remains were buried in the Zion graveyard. Funeral services by Christian Brenneman, assisted by others. Text Matthew 24:42. "To get ready is not so hard as to stay ready."
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
BUCKWALTER. May 20, 1895, near Greenland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Ada Mabel, daughter of brother Dorous D. and sister Mary E. Buckwalter. She was sick only five days. Her death was very unexpected to all. She had inflammation of the bowels. Her funeral was largely attended on Ascension day at Mellinger's meeting house. Services were conducted by David Buckwalter and John L. Landis from Luke 8: 52. Her age was 8 years, 10 months and 19 days. She was a member of the Mellinger Sunday school.
"Companions dear, I leave you here
In solitude and gloom and tears;
But all in mercy God has come
To take me to my heavenly home.
Weep not for me, since 'til in vain,
I will no more return again;
My home from earth is far away
And here is my delight to stay.
Christ gave to me this place of bliss,
Of joy, of peace, o9f righteousness;
My joy, dear parents, so wondrous great,
Prepare to share before too late.
Now farewell, brother and sisters dear,
As we have lived so happy here;
And farewell, loving parents dear,
Since I am gone to leave you here.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
ZOOK. On the 11th of June 1895, near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., of an illness of about two weeks, Mary, daughter of Eli and Elizabeth Zook, aged 18 years, 5 months and 9 days. She leaves her parents, five brothers and two sisters to mourn her early departure. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Cong. She was buried on Wednesday in the Amish Cemetery near Allensville. Funeral services by A. Zook from John 22: 13, to a large assemblage who were present to sympathize with the bereft family. We hope their loss is her eternal gain.
"Parents, weep not for your daughter,
God saw fit to call her home;
She is not dead but calmly sleeps
Where flowers immortal brightly bloom.
Brothers, sisters, may I meet you
When the day of life is fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet you
Where no farewell tear is shed."
MILLER. On the 15th of June 1895 in Cambria Co., Pa., sister Magdalene, wife of Bro. Christian Miller, and daughter of Pre. Moses B. Miller. She was buried on the 18th at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. Funeral services at the Miller Amish M. H., by John S. Yoder, of Matawanna, Pa., Jonathan Harshberger and Jonas Blauch. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation for some time. She suffered a great deal through her sickness, but her sufferings are all over in this world and we have the hope that she is at rest.
WEAVER. On June 4, 1895, in Cambria Co., Pa., Bro. Tobias Weaver, father of Pre. Isaac and Bro. Alexander Weaver, aged 76 y., 11 days. He was buried on the 6th in the family graveyard. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver M. H., by John K. Brubaker from Lancaster county, and Jonas Blanch and L. A. Blough. His family consisted of 10 children, 5 dead and 5 living; also 44 grandchildren, 3 dead and 41 living, also 21 great grandchildren. Bro. Weaver was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, but his labor is ended and we hope he is at rest.
CARR. Clayton, son of Amos and Barbara Carr, aged 14 years, 10 months and 17 days. Clayton was employed on a farm a few miles from home. On Tuesday evening he was left alone to do some of the chores on the farm. About 8 o'clock he was found by the husband and wife of the place, unconscious, he having been kicked in the forehead by one of the horses. They at once brought the boy home to his parents and medical aid was procured. Consciousness was restored and Clayton seemed to know but little how and what had happened. The following day Wednesday he seemed to be getting along very well, but on Friday night he became unconscious again in which condition he remained till Saturday the 22d of June 1895 at 10:30 he passed quietly away. Clayton was a promising boy, he was buried on Sunday afternoon at Science Ridge Church near Sterling, where services were conducted by Philip Nice. Text, Prov. 27: 1. Many people came from far and near to pay the last tribute of respect to one that was loved, and to sympathize with the heart broken parents who so deeply feel the loss of one so young and just in the bloom of life. Christ said, "Be ye also ready; for ye know not when the Lord will come."
STEINER. On June 30th 1895, in Berne, Adams Co., Indiana, of the infirmities of old age, Daniel Steiner, aged 73 years, 10 months. Buried on the 2d of July at Egly's M. H. Funeral services by Joseph Egly and Samuel F. Sprunger, from James 1: 11, 12, and 1 Pet. 4: 12, 13.
KOLB. On the 1st of June 1895 in Holmes Co., Ohio, Frank, only child of John and Delilah Kolb, aged 2 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 3rd. Services by Michael Horst in German and Josiah Kaser and M. Van Buren Shoup in English. Text, Matt. 19: 14.
WAGNER. On the 14th of June, 1895, of near South West, Ind., George B. Wagner, aged 72 years, 3 months and 28 days. He was born in Germany, and emigrated to this country about 50 years ago. He was a consistent member of the Reformed Church, and according to his evidence, he died in peace. He leaves a wife and 5 children and many friends to mourn their loss. Buried on the 16th in the South West Cemetery in the presence of a large assemblage. Funeral services by Noah Metzler.
FIELDS. Clara A. Lockwood, wife of Charles Fields, was born April 25th 1865, died June 23d 1895, aged 30 years, 1 month, 28 days. She leaves her husband and three children to mourn her early death. The remains were laid to rest at North Union M. H. on the 27th, J. S. Lehman officiating at the services. Text, Amos 4: 12. The funeral was very largely attended, not all of the people being able to get into the house.
SLONAKER. On the 21st of June 1895, of consumption, Joseph Slonaker, aged 43 years, 2 days. He leaves his wife and children to mourn, yet not as those who mourn without hope. He was born in Butler Co., Ohio, united with the Mennonite church in Davis Co., Iowa in 1875, united in matrimony in 1877 at Danvers, Ill., with sister Mary Miller. They lived in McLean Co., Ill., since then. The remains were laid to rest on the 23d in the North Danvers grave yard. Funeral services by Joseph King and Joseph Stuckey.
KINSINGER. On the 28th of June 1895, near Congerville, Woodford Co., Ill., of general debility, Michael Kinsinger, aged 80 years, 8 months, 18 days. He was born in Hesse Darmstadt in 1814, was married to Magdalena Naffziger, Oct. 12th 1837, came to Illinois in 1839, where he has since resided. He leaves his aged and infirm companion and eleven children; also 49 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; 4 children preceded him. He was for many years a minister in the South Danvers Cong. Buried on the 29th. Funeral services at the North Danvers M. H. by Chr. Guengrich in German and Joseph King in English. Services at the Imhoff grave yard by Joseph Stucky.
SALZMAN. Christian Salzman was born on the 10th of March 1811 in France, and came to America in 1831. He remained a short time in Lancaster Co., Pa., then went to Butler Co., Ohio, where he united in matrimony with Maria Imhof. This union was blessed with six children. In 1849 he moved to Tippecanoe Co., Ind. and in 1893 to Pawnee Co., Kansas where he spent his remaining days with his daughter and the writer. He died on the 2d of June 1895, aged 84 years, 2 months and 23 days. Buried on the 4th in the Prett graveyard, on which occasion many friends assembled to sympathize with the bereft friends. Appropriate services were held by D. D. Zook of Newton, Kansas, from 1 Cor. 15: 26.
KULP. On the 23d of June, 1895, in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., Pa., Henry K., son of Jacob Kulp, in his 35th year. Deceased was subject to epileptic fits, and as he was sitting on a fence he was suddenly overtaken by one of these spasms, which caused him to fall forward so as to dislocate the spinal cord, causing instant death. The funeral occurred on the 26th at the Line Lexington M. H.
HOUGH. June 7th, 1895, of brain fever, near Garden City, Mo., Oreon Isaac Hough, infant son of Elmer and Susan Hough, aged 7 months and 3 days. Buried in the Clearfork Cemetery on the 8th. Funeral services by John Hartzler and D. Y. Hooley.
"Our little child has gone to stay
In the glory land far away.
By faith to the end, we'll meet our boy
In the realms of bliss and endless joy.
MILLER. On the 3d of June 1895, in Fayette Co., Ill., Abraham, son of Benjamin H. and Katie Miller aged 18 years, 1 month and 25 days. This young man with six companions were bathing in the Kaskaskia river, and in attempting to swim across the stream he became exhausted and sank. The water being about 8 or 10 feet deep, it was four hours before the body was recovered. The remains were buried on the 5th of June. Funeral services by M. J. Yoder and John A. Miller. Deceased came with his parents from Newton Co., Ind. last spring. This sad and sudden death is a heavy blow to the bereft family and the whole community, as he was obedient to his parents and respected and esteemed by a large circle of friends. It is also a loud call to all to prepare to meet their God.
LUTHY. On the 26th of June 1895, near Danvers McLean Co., Ill., Otto Luthy, aged 22 years, 6 months, 29 days. Deceased was kicked by a horse as he was unhitching in the field in the evening. He lived 10 days after the accident, but suffered great agony. His brother Robert preceded him about two months. He was born in Canton Argan, Switzerland, and leaves a deeply bereaved mother, five brothers and two sisters. He united with the North Danvers Cong. Last spring, having been baptized on the 19th of May, and enjoyed the communion of the Lord's Supper with us on the 2d of June. He was ready to go at his Master's call, and prayed that he might be taken hence. Buried on the 27th at North Danver's. Funeral services by Joseph Stucky and Joseph King.
WISLER. On June 1st, 1895, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co. Ind., of consumption, sister Emma, daughter of John H. and Christiana Wisler, aged 17 y. 5 m., and 22 d. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek M. H. on Sunday 23rd inst. By J. S. Lehman and Chr. Shaum, from the words: "Thou hast weakened me in the way and shortened my days. Emma was taken sick with consumption, and after suffering some time, began to realize that she was not prepared to die, and accordingly began to to set her house in order. She confessed Christ, and was baptized, in the blessed assurance that her sins were forgiven and she had found acceptance with God. The high esteem in which she was held was manifested by the large concourse of people attending her burial. Over 1300 people viewed the remains. It was no doubt the largest funeral ever held at the place. She leaves her father and brother, likewise an aged grandfather, (Pre. John Weaver) and many friends to mourn her early death. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts and lead them all to put their trust in Him who doeth all things well.
WEAVER. On the 22d of June 1895 in Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Daniel A. Weaver, aged 73 years, 2 months and 23 days. He was buried on the 24th at the Blough Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch, L. A. Blough, Sam. Gindlesperger and Emmanuel Blough. Bro. Weaver was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. He had many warm friends, which was manifested by the large crowd of people that assembled at the funeral. The large church could not hold nearly all that had assembled, his family consisted of 11 children, 4 dead and 7 living, also 37 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren. Bro. Weaver was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need, but all his labor is ended here upon earth, yet we need not sorrow as others which have no hope, for we believe he is at rest.
STRITE. Sister Annie B. Strite, wife of Bro. Andrew Strite, near Leitersburg, Washington County, Md. died on Friday, June 28th, 1895, aged 23 years, 1 month and 16 days. Her death was the result of injuries received from falling from a cherry tree Wednesday, the 26th of June. She was the daughter of Bro. Abraham Landis, near Cearfoss, and had been married a little over five years. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and is survived by her husband and two children: Ada May, aged four years, and Irvin Landis, aged two years. Her parents and one brother, David, of State Line and one sister Lizzie, at home, also survive. Funeral on Monday July 1st. Services in Miller's M. H. by the brethren J. C. Miller and Henry Baer in English and Adam Baer in German. Text, Matthew 24: 44. Buried in the graveyard adjoining. The funeral was very largely attended. Sister Strite on Wednesday morning between ten and eleven o'clock in company with her niece, Miss Minnie Eshleman, daughter of the late John S. Eshleman, went into the field a short distance from the house to pick cherries. By means of a ladder, the two ladies climbed into one of the large trees. Sister Strite was up a distance of about twenty-five feet from the ground, when the limb upon which she was standing broke and she fell heavily to the ground. Miss Eshleman was up in the tree nearly forty feet when the accident occurred but hastily descended. She found Sister Strite in an unconscious condition. She immediately summoned help from the house and shortly afterward medical aid arrived. The unconscious woman was carried into the house but was never able to explain the cause of the accident. Drs. Harper and Flory of Leitersburg and Dr. Snively of Waynesboro, rendered all possible medical assistance, but she was beyond the power of human skill. She was beloved by all who knew her, and her sudden death has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. I. W. EBY.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah