Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1895

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 19, October 1, 1895, p. 302

STOLTZFUS. ­ On the 5th of August 1895, of dysentery, Sadie Belle, infant daughter of Eli B. and Ella Stoltzfus, aged one year, nine months and five days, after a sickness of only four days. Not once did she cry or complain, in her suffering, but bore all so patiently till her Master called her to those realms above forever to dwell with the saints on Canaan's happy shore. This is another reminder that we have no abiding city here. May we with the apostle Paul through death inherit an everlasting crown. Funeral services in German by John Warye, in English by Jacob Frontz, from Luke 18: 16. She leaves parents and two sisters to mourn her early death.

Oh, once more death has stalked abroad,
And struck a dismal blow,
He stilled dear little Sadie's heart,
He laid her visage low.

No more we hear that childish voice,
That lisped her parents' name;
The tender plant so fresh and fair,
So dear to us became.

But Jesus, with His tender arms,
Entwines that baby form;
There may we all unite once more,
Beyond life's cruel storm. ­ E. B. STOLTZFUS.

STEVANUS. ­ Oliver Earnest, son of Bro. Jerry and Sister Elizabeth Stevanus of Tub, Pa., September 12th 1895, aged 2 years, 3 months and 14 days. Funeral and burial services at the Chestnut Spring church, by Bro. G. D. Miller. Text, 2 Sam. 12: 23.

HARTMAN. ­ On the 9th of September 1895 near Seville, Ohio, of cholera infantum, Oliver E., youngest son of Elmer and Lena Hartman, aged 6 months and 7 days. Funeral services were conducted by Isaac Good at the Lower Mennonite M. H., after which the dear little one was laid in its resting place. He leaves parents and one little brother and relatives and friends to mourn his early death.

"The little crib is empty,
The clothes are now laid by;
I am not dead, but sleeping,
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell, dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well;
But Jesus took your darling,
So mamma, dear, farewell.

And farewell, dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your child, your little Oliver
Who now has gone to rest.

GINGRICH. ­ On September 4th 1895, in Adams Co., Neb., of consumption, Jacob E. Gingrich, aged 29 years, 8 months and 28 days. Interment at Roseland Mennonite church on the 6th. Services by A. Shiffler, J. M. Nunemaker and D. G. Lapp. Bro. Gingrich was born in Juniata Co., Pa., came to Nebraska in 1884, and united with the church about 3 years ago. He has not been able to do any work for over a year, but was able to be around and attended meeting yet on the first of the month, but early in the morning of the 4th after an attack of coughing, hemorrhage set in and in a few minutes life had fled. His father, 3 brothers and 6 sisters survive him to mourn his death, but not as those who have no hope as he was fully resigned to the Lord's will and longed to go home.

BURCH. ­ On Aug. 28th 1895, near Roseland, Neb., Lela, daughter of Milton and Ida Burch, aged 4 months and ____ days. Buried at Roseland Mennonite church on the 30th. Services by A. Stauffer, A. Shiffler and J. M. Nunemaker.

SHELLENBERGER. ­ On August 23, 1895, in Kill Creek Twp., Osborne Co., Kansas, of brain fever, Bro. David E. Shellenberger, second son of Abram and Elizabeth Shellenberger, aged 34 years, 10 months and 23 days. Buried at the Presbyterian church. Funeral services by Pre's West and Smethley.

SMITH. ­ Daniel B. Smith was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, June 26th 1846; was married to Susanna Myers, April 22d 1866, united with the Mennonite church in Putnam Co., Ohio, where he was afterward ordained deacon, and afterwards in DeKalb Co., Ind., to the ministry in which capacity he labored faithfully until God called him home. He was afflicted with a tumor on the neck, of which he suffered very much for a long time. On the 11th of September 1895 he bade adieu to earth, looking forward with a living hope of his future happiness. His age was 49 years, 2 months and 15 days. Buried on the 13th at Fairfield Centre in the presence of a large congregation. He leaves his wife and 11 children. One child preceded him. While we mourn, it is not the sorrow of the hopeless, for we believe our dear brother is at rest, for he left a bright evidence that he was prepared for the great change. Funeral services by J. S. Hartzler assisted by Eli Stofer.

MILLER. ­ Barbara M. Hoover was born in Haldimand Co., Ontario, July 2nd 1845. On July 12th 1865 she was married to Bro. Jacob Miller of La Grange Co., Ind. In 1866 they settled on the farm on which she died. In 1868 she was converted and united with the Brethren church of which she was a faithful and consistent member until her death, August 14th 1895. She was aged 50 years, 1 month and 12 days. Funeral services at the Shore meeting house by Benjamin Lear in English, and A. S. Cripe in German to a very large and sympathizing audience. She lived an exemplary Christian life, and on the last day she lived she admonished her husband and friends to be faithful and said she was standing on the bank of the river and saw her Saviour. She selected the 343d hymn in the old Mennonite hymn book to be sung at her funeral.

How solemn the signal I hear!
The summons that calls me away,
My friends, I must bid you adieu,
For here I must travel alone.
Yet here my Redeemer has trod,
His hallowed footsteps I know;
I'll trust for defense to His rod,
And lean on His staff as I go.

Dear Shepherd of Israel lead on,
My soul follows hard after Thee,
The phantoms of death are all flown,
When Jesus my Shepherd I see.
Dear brethren and sisters, I go
To wait your arrival above;
Be faithful and soon you shall know
The triumphs and joys of His love.

LACRONE. ­ In St. Joseph Co., Ind. on May 16th 1895. Elmo Lamar Lacrone, aged 9 months and 20 days. He leaves his sorrowing parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. This is the second one they have laid to rest. On January the 24th 1895 little Edgar was followed to the grave, since then the dear mother has been led to accept her Savior. May this be the means of drawing the dear husband to accept Christ as his Redeemer. Funeral on the 18th at Olive, where services were conducted by Henry Weldy and Jonas Loucks.

"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled,
Like a dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest." ­HENRY WELDY.

*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXII, No. 20, October 15, 1895, p. 317, 318, 319

OBITUARY. JOHN M. BRENNEMAN was born on the 28th of May 1816 and died at the residence of his son-in-law, Bro. Isaac Stemen on the 3rd of October 1895, aged 79 years, 4 months and 5 days. He was joined in marriage to Sophia Good in June 1837. He with his wife united with the Mennonite church in Fairfield Co., Ohio shortly after their marriage.

In the month of April 1844 he was chosen and ordained to the ministry of the Gospel. In the fall of 1848 he moved to Franklin County, where he resided a little over six years, and then in the spring of 1855 he moved to Allen Co., where he resided to the time of his death. In 1849 he was ordained to the office of bishop in Franklin County.

He was the father of 12 children, 6 sons and 6 daughters, of whom 8, 3 sons and 5 daughters survive him. There were also 45 grandchildren of whom 37 survive; also 27 great-grandchildren of whom 25 survive.

He was an earnest, zealous laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, and the great purpose and concern of his life was the welfare and prosperity of the church which he loved, and the salvation of souls. He always was especially concerned for the salvation of his own children and grandchildren. So marked was his desire in this direction that even during the prime of his life he gave very little attention to his temporal affairs, but spent most of his time in the work to which the Master had called him and in the study of the Scriptures. During his last illness, he very frequently desired devotional exercises, and asked those who came to visit to pray with him, and on one occasion he desired that the prayer might be especially for the salvation of his children and grandchildren, and when his grandchildren came to see him, he took them by the hand and admonished them to be good, or asked them if they would not be good, and often held them by the hand until they promised they would.

His disposition was to look rather on the dark than on the bright side of things-rather to serious and solemn than to the enjoyable or glad aspect of things; and from this fact he often suffered intense grief and sadness of heart. Afflictions seemed to take so deep a hold on his mind, that sometimes it seemed as though they were too heavy for him to bear. When he saw members of the church becoming unfaithful, it caused him intense grief, and he would with tears plead with them, and try to win them back. When troubles and discussions came up in the church, he was often greatly troubled and those of us who shared with him the fiery trials of the last 30 years in our church well know of the tears he shed and the sorrows which he endured on account of the church and the part which those he so dearly loved took in them.

One of the great afflictions of his life was the sudden death of his son Henry, who was instantly killed by lightning, during a thunder storm, on Aug. 28th, 1872. His wife Sophia died 13 years ago. This also caused him great sorrow, but putting his trust in the Lord, he looked forward in an abiding hope-yes as he said on two occasions during his last illness in a "living hope, Eine Lebendige Hoffnung.

About 20 years ago, he became subject to an affection of a paralytic nature and which gradually grew on him until it disabled him altogether for the work in which he was so deeply interested. During his last years he was very feeble in body, so that he could seldom even go to meeting, but his mind was strong and vigorous to the end. His last sickness was first malarial fever of which he suffered about 4 weeks. During the last week of his life the disease turned to irritation of the bowels. He suffered patiently, and without a murmur until death came to his relief.

On the morning before his death he requested to have sung the hymn, "Abide with me, fast falls the eventide," etc. A week before he died he was impressed with the thought that his end was near and requested that his daughter Annie should be sent for, made arrangements for his burial, and who should conduct the services, and named some of the hymns to be used, and especially requested that he should be buried in a quiet way without pomp or display, and without eulogy, so as not to give any one the idea that they could be saved by good works, but alone through grace as the free gift of God.

His funeral occurred at the Salem M. H. on the 5th of Oct. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by Bish. J. F. Funk, of Elkhart, Ind., from the text Deut. 5: 29, which he himself had selected for the occasion some years ago. He was not only an earnest preacher, but also a diligent writer. He wrote a great many able and edifying articles in the HERALD OF TRUTH as our older readers well remember. His first work was the little book "Christianity and War," published in 1863 which has passed through several editions.

At the communion season last spring he was unable to attend the public services, but desired that the communion be given him at his home. This was done and was such a source of comfort to him that he shed tears of joy on the occasion.

"Plain Teachings," an excellent collection of his best articles, including several hymns, was published in 1876.

Thus, both by preaching and writing, did he seek to do his Master's work and labor for the promotion of the cause. For a time he felt that he wanted to stay, that he might still be a comforter and an advisor to his children and their descendants. But before he died he could leave it all to God and said he was now fully resigned and willing to go.

FLICHT. ­ Sept. 26th 1895, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Laura Viola, daughter of Samuel and Amanda Flicht, aged 9 months and 20 days. Burial and services at the Oberholzer M. H. on the 29th, conducted by Allen Rickert and John Burkholder.

FUHRMAN. ­ On the 7th of Sept., 1895, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Emanuel Fuhrman, aged 67 years, 7 months and 16 days. Buried at the Oberholzer M. H. where services were held by Allen Rickert and Albert W. Harold.

FUHRMAN. ­ On Sept. 28th 1895, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Anna Fuhrman, aged 68 years, 10 months and 8 days. Funeral services at the Oberholzer M. H. on the 30th where services were conducted by David Lehman and Allen Rickert.

LANDIS. ­ On the 23d of August, 1895, near Lancaster, Penna., Mary Elisabeth, infant daughter of Edwin H. and Emma Landis, aged 5 months and 10 days. She was sick but 2 days of cholera infantum. Funeral was conducted by John Landis and John Brubaker at Mellinger's meeting house. Text, Zech. 11: 6, 7.

The little crib is empty,
The clothes are now laid by,
I am not dead, but sleeping,
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So, mother dear, farewell.

And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed,
Your only child, your Mary,
Who now has gone to rest.

And farewell dear grandparents,
You've watched by my bedside,
But I could not linger longer,
For Jesus called His child.

STAHLY. ­ On the 18th of Sept. 1895, near Nappanee, Ind., of complicated diseases, Franklin, son of Peter and Catharine Stahly, aged 22 years and 1 month. He endured his extreme sufferings with Christian fortitude. He was rational to the very last moment, and during the day before he died he raised his clasped hands and exclaimed, "Oh! For the hope I have in Christ." The admonitions and instructions he gave his sisters and brother should outweigh whole sermons. As he lies in the silent tomb his works are living and do follow him. Funeral services by Jas. H. McGowen, from Rom. 14: 8 to a large concourse of people who came to pay the last tribute to a loved brother and friend.

BERKEY. ­ On the 1st of October 1895, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Henry Rosco, son of Aaron and ____ Berkey, aged 7 months and 15 days. Buried at the Olive M. H. Services by Jonas Loucks and John F. Funk, from 2 Kings 4: 26. May God comfort the sorrowing parents.

EBERSOLE. ­ On the 21st of Sept. 1895, near Stephens City, Frederick Co., Va. of congestion of the bowels, Anna Mary, youngest daughter of Bro. Christian and Sister Mattie Ebersole, aged 13 years, 7 months and 26 days. She was beloved by all who knew her, she spent her evenings reading her testament, and often during the day while playing with her dolls she would read to them of Jesus and His love. On Tuesday morning before she took sick she went upstairs to her playroom and set everything in order. She was sick four days. Just before she died she said, "Oh, what pretty things! Let me go." Her mother asked her where she wanted to go. She answered, "I want to go home." Buried in the Kernstown graveyard on the 23d, followed by her parents, one sister, one brother, and a host of sympathizing friends. Funeral by D. Baker and Christian Brunk. Text, Rev. 21: 6 and Job 1: 21. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

HERSHEY. ­ Oct. 1, 1895, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Enos, son of Bro. Moses and sister Margaret Hershey, aged 2 years, 6 months, 5 days. Little Enos was sick only 24 hours with convulsions and inflammation of the brain. This again teaches us that death is certain and life very uncertain. Enos was a bright little boy for one of his age. He was gentle and pleasant, and his parents feel the loss of one that was very near to them. Such is life. The Lord does all things well, and when He sees fit to call these little jewels from our side, then we should not complain, but ever rejoice that it is well with them, and try to live so that when we are called, we may be so happy as to meet them again, meet to part no more. Here is meeting and parting; there we meet to part no more.

"Another little bud has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling boy
Is sheltered in the grave.

Little Enos was too fair
In this cold world to stay;
So God in mercy called him home
To dwell in endless day.

Go, darling, little Enos, go,
A parent's heart can tell
And none but they can fully know
How hard to say, Farewell. ­A FRIEND.

BURKHART. ­ On the 17th of Sept., 1895, in Putnam Co., Ohio, of inflammation of the bowels, Andrew William, son of Teny Burkart (widow of Andrew Burkhart), aged 1 y., 2 m. and 27 d. Buried on the 28th. Services at Zion M. H. by C. P. Steiner, Jacob Horning and Moses Brenneman, from 2 Kings 4: 26.

BRUBAKER. ­ September 27th 1895, Ida Laura, daughter of Martin M. and Katie Brubaker, near Olathe, Kansas, came to her death by spilling boiling clothes over herself while her mother turned herself to do something. It was very sad. They have the sympathy of friends and neighbors. Funeral sermon by Jacob Hershey. Text, Ps. 89: 45. ­BARBARA GEHMAN.

PETREE. ­ On the 12th of August, near Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, of cholera infantum, Ada, daughter of Marion and Lizzie Petree, aged 1 year, 6 months and 22 days. Funeral services by J. M. and Andrew Shenk.

"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head.
"However painful it may be,
To know that thou art gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Thee in thy heavenly home."

SHOFFER. ­ On Sept. 24, 1895, near Osborn, Miami Co., O., of bone dropsy, Bro. John W. Shoffer, aged 74 years, 3 months and 22 days. His suffering was great for the last month or more, but he bore it with Christian fortitude, and we believe he gently fell asleep in Jesus. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services were held at Grider's church by D. S. Brunk, from 1 Cor. 7: 29. He leaves one sister and a number of children to mourn his departure. They need not mourn as those that have no hope, for we believe that their loss is his eternal gain. Peace to his ashes.

WILTROUT. ­ Near Summit Mills, Somerset Co., Pa., Sept. 6th 1895, Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Wiltrout, aged 81 years, 6 months and 20 days. Deceased was sick two weeks and suffered great pain a part of that time, but she bore it patiently and continually called on her Creator to deliver her from this evil world. Her dying words were repeatedly, "Christus ist mein Leben, und Sterben ist mein Gewinn."

SHERRICK. ­ Bro. Samuel Sherrick was born on the 23d of December 1815, in Fairfield Co., Ohio, died in Allen Co., Ohio on the 7th of October 1895, aged 79 years, 9 months and 14 days. In August 1841 he moved from Fairfield to Allen Co., where he lived to the time of his death. He was married in 1833 to Barbara Stemen who survives him. She was a daughter of Bishop Henry Stemen, of Fairfield Co. They had nine children, 4 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 3 sons and 4 daughters survive him. He had 39 grandchildren, 33 of whom are still living; 21 great grandchildren of whom 19 are still living. Bro. Sherrick was afflicted with sciatic rheumatism from which he suffered very severely during the last six or seven months until finally his physical strength was exhausted and the lamp of life went out, and the weary sufferer went to his rest as we hope and trust to enjoy the glories of that brighter and better world prepared for all those who love the Lord in sincerity and truth. There is a remarkable fact connected with the deaths of the members of this family; there were six brothers of whom Samuel, the subject of this sketch, was the youngest. These six brothers died in the order in which they were born; the oldest born died first; next the second born, and so on to the last. It is remarkable too that their wives all outlived their husbands, three of whom are living still. The family were a Mennonite family from both sides. Christian Stemen lived to be nearly 100 years old, and was also a member of the Mennonite church. He was great grandfather to the children who to-day follow the remains of their father to the grave. He was one of the oldest settlers and as far as known the oldest man in years in this immediate vicinity. Bro. Sherrick said he was ready to go, and all was clear. He was so glad that all the trouble was over; had arranged his matters, forgiven and forgotten everything, had no ill feeling in his heart, and was satisfied and hoped all the others were satisfied too. He was very much concerned for the salvation of his children. Once he said, "O children, I won't be with you long," and in all his prayers he remembered his children and prayed that they might serve the Lord, and meet him in heaven. The last words he was heard to say were, "O Lord have mercy upon me." Funeral services were held at the Salem Mennonite M. H. on the 9th, by J. F. Funk, from Matt. 25: 31 ­ 34, 41, 46.

WISSLER. ­ September 19th 1895, at Wissler's Mill, Lancaster Co., Pa., of general disability, Sister Anna Wissler, widow, aged 88 years and 21 days. Funeral on the 21st. Text, 2 Cor. 5: 1. Buried at Hamer Creek M. H. Peace to her ashes.

BACHMAN. ­ September 24th 1895, at Fontana, Lebanon Co., Pa., of malaria and apoplexy, Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Cyrus Bachman, aged 64 years, 5 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text, Phil. 1: 21. Buried at Gingrich's meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the beloved sister, and to sympathize with the bereft family. The deceased was a faithful sister in faith.

BARKEY. ­ On Sept. 30th 1895, in Markham Township, York Co., Ont., Katharine Strickler, widow of the late Christian Barkey, aged 82 years, 5 months and 20 days. She was a member of the Mennonite congregation. She had been weak in her mind the last few years. Buried on the 2nd of Oct. in Wideman's graveyard, where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed sister. Funeral services by J. G. Hoover and Pre. Booker. Text, Rom. 8: 1. Peace to her ashes.

GROVE. ­ On the 22nd of Sept. 1895, in Augusta Co., Va., Henry H. Grove, aged 54 years, 8 months and 20 days. On the 24th his remains were interred in the Spring Dale burying ground. He leaves a sorrowing widow who has the warmest sympathy of the entire community. Bro. Grove's death was rather sudden. He had fever, but was thought to be improving nicely, being confined to his bed only about a week. He was taken suddenly worse on the morning of the 22nd and in a few hours passed quietly and peacefully away from the cares of this life. He was a consistent and beloved member of the Mennonite church, where he will be greatly missed. He was never absent from service either church worship or Sunday school, and never withheld his hand from helping. A great many poor will also miss this good man as he was especially active in charitable work. "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver." Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Jacob R. Hildebrand, E. C. Shenk and Jacob Martin, from the text, "Matt. 24: 44.

GARBERICH. ­Sept. 19th 1895, in Cowley Co., Kansas, Nora, daughter of Jefferson and Anna Garberich and granddaughter of A. and M. Means, aged 2 years, 7 months and 21 days.

HORST. ­ Matilda Horst, (maiden name Blosser) wife of Bishop Michael Horst of Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, was born August 15th 1836, in Hocking Co., Ohio and died in Orrville, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1895, aged 59 years and 1 month. She was united in the bonds of matrimony to Henry B. Brenneman, Oct. 26 1854. Having been left a widow she was again united in matrimony with Michael Horst, Feb. 4, 1889. She was an earnest, devoted sister in the service of her Master, always showing forth the spirit of meekness and speaking words of kindness to those around her. She fully realized the responsibilities placed upon her as a bishop's helpmeet and was willing to help bear the burden as Paul says, and so fulfill the law of God. Her disease was paralysis and softening of the brain. She bore her afflictions very patiently without a murmur, submitting herself to the will of God, and looking forward with that blessed hope of meeting her God in peace. She was so filled with the love of God in her soul that heavenly visions of angels appeared to her, and she told those at her bedside she would soon go to dwell with them in the realms above where all is love, peace and happiness. Oh, what a blessed hope and consolation for our aged bishop and to those who mourn her loss. May we all take new courage and by the example of our beloved sister that we may have that blissful hope that Jesus' grace has given, when days and months and years are past we all shall meet in heaven. Her remains were interred in the Pleasant View cemetery in Stark Co., followed by a very large concourse of friends and relatives to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. Services were conducted by D. Garber, D. Hostetler and A. H. Brenner, from Isa. 3: 10, 11, and 2 Tim. 4: 6, 7. ­D. H.

BOWMAN. ­ On the 20th of September 1895, in Toronto, Ont., of Bright's disease and other affections, Leander M. Bowman, eldest son of the late Pre. Isaac L. Bowman of Berlin, Ont., aged about 31 years. He leaves a wife and two children, mother, three brothers and many friends. Deceased was a most exemplary young man and was at the time of his death chief sanitary inspector for the Toronto Board of Health in which capacity he served the municipality faithfully. He was also an active Christian worker, and his loss will be deeply felt. The remains were brought to his late home in Berlin, where funeral services were held on the 23d, conducted by Pre. D. B. Sherk, after which the burial took place in the cemetery at Blair.

Transcribed by: Terri Harper, Utah.

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