Horsch.-On Jan. 1, 1896 of nervous prostration, Sister Margarette Barbara Horsch, aged 66 years, 10 months and 20 days. Buried on the 4th in the Mennonite Cemetery. Services conducted by John Nice and J.S. Shoemaker. Text Heb. 4:0 and Isa. 41:10. She leaves a husband and an only daughter to mourn their loss, but their loss is, we hope, her eternal gain. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and an exemplary Christian since her childhood. She was an invalid and sorely afflicted for many yeas, but bore her affliction patiently saying "Lord, Thy will be done, not mine." Christ was the Rock of her salvation, and her longing was to depart and be with Him, which is far better.
There remaineth therefore a rest,
Yes, unto the people of God;
Prepared for those who Christ hath blest,
And who in all His ways have trod.
Our sister had longed for this rest,
And waited to be wafted away;
But, "just as our Father sees best,"
"His will be done," she would say.
In mercy the Messenger came,
And called her to mansions of rest;
There to praise Christ's excellent name,
And join in the songs of the blest.
Martin.-At Broadfording, Va., Dec. 24, 1895, of old
age, Bro. Martin aged 81 years, 2 months and 16 days. Bro. Martin
moved from Lancaster Co., Pa., to the vicinity of Hagerstown,
Washington Co., Md., 1839, where he lived with his family until
July, 1895, when he moved to Broadway, Va., and made his home
with his daughter, Mrs. Lewis Shank, until the time of his death.
His wife, Elizabeth (maiden name Horst), preceded him 2 years
ago. Eight sons and four daughters survive him, Michael, John,
Henry, David, Samuel, Abraham, Amos, Mrs. Solomon Martin and Mrs.
I. W. Eby of Washington Co., Md., and Jacob of Augusta Co., Va.,
Mrs. Lewis Shank and Miss Lizzie of Broadway, Va. He was a member
of the Mennonite church over 60 years. His remains were brought
to Hagerstown on the 26th and thence to his former home, where
the funeral was held on the 27th. Buried at Reiff's meeting house.
Services by the Brethren George Keener, Adam Baer, and Bishop
Benjamin Zimmerman, of Shiremanstown, Pa.
I. W. Eby
Miller.-On the 7th of Jan., 1896 near Emma LaGrange Co., Ind., of lung fever, Mary Ellen, only child of Uriah and Barbara Miller, aged 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day. Buried on the 9th, a large congregation gathered to show their sympathy for the bereft parents. Services at the Shore meeting house by D. J. Johns from St. John 14?2.
Blucher.-On the 10th of January, 1896 near Arthur, Illinois, William Blucher, age 29 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Buried on the 11th. Funeral services at Daniel Otto's at 2 P.M. He leaves a wife and 3 little children to mourn his early death. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Hunsberger.-Isaac O. Hunsberger was born in Bucks Co., Pa., on the 6th of Jan. 1825, died Jan. 6th, 1896, aged 71 years. He had been twice married. His first wife was Catharine Henry of Perth Co., Ont. To this union were born two daughters and four sons. His first wife died June 14th, 1865. In August 1870, he married as his second wife, Mary Good, of Lancaster Co., Pa. She died Nov. 19, 1878. He was buried at the Olive burying-ground on the 8th, where appropriate services were held by Martin Ramer and David Burkholder.
Gilliom.-Near Holden, Johnson Co., Mo., very suddenly
of heart trouble, Sister Elizabeth C., wife of Bro. Abraham
Gilliom and daughter of Daniel and Susanna Raber, aged 39 years,
2 months, and 8 days. She leaves her husband, 3 daughters, and
2 sons, the youngest daughter being 9 years old, besides parents,
5 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn their loss, yet they mourn not
as those who have no hope. She had accepted her Saviour in her
youth, and since that time had been a devoted sister in the A.
M. Church, and was a kind and prayerful mother. In time of trials
and temptation, she was ever ready to take her trouble to the
Lord in prayer. Now that the Lord has called her to come up higher
to join the heavenly hosts, and she walk the streets of the new
Jerusalem and sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb through the
ceaseless ages, may we all be prepared to meet her there. Funeral
services on the 5th by D. Morrel in German and D. Kaufman of Morgan
Co., and Levi Miller of Cass Co., Mos., in English. Text, Rev.
"Death as borne from us our mother,
We have taken our last farewell
From our loved and loving parent,
Why it was we cannot tell.
God saw fit to call her higher
From this world of toil and care
To her home beyond the river,
And we hope to meet her there.
Mrs. Henry Rychener.
Hartzler.-Nov. 29, 1895, near East Lynn, Mo., of diphtheria, Saide Alice, daughter of Benjamin F. and Rebecca E. Hartzler, aged 1 year, 7 months, and 27 days. Thus another soul has forever escaped the pitfalls of that arch enemy of everything which is pure and holy, and is wafted into the glorious presence of Jesus, to cease from pain and sorrow and to "rest" until the resurrection morning of that final great and "terrible day" when all must appear before God with Jesus and His angels to receive their just and final reward. Funeral services by P. Zimmerman and Levi Miller. Text, Tom. 8:28.
"Dear as thou wast, and justly dear,
We will not weep for thee;
One thought shall check the starting tear,
It is that thou art free.
And thus shall faith's controlling power
The tears of love restrain;
'Twas sad to see the parting hour
Be we know it was thy gain."
J. K. Zook
Lehman.-On Dec. 15, 1895 of measles, Joshua, infant son of William and Tildy Lehman, age 3 months and 4 days. Buried on the 17th in the Hostetler graveyard. Funeral services by D. D. Miller in English and Y. C. Miller in German. Text, Amos 4:12.
Though today we're filled with mourning,
Mercy still is on the throne,
With thy smiles of love returning
We can say, "Thy will be done."
Dinehart.-On the 13th of January, 1896, in Elkhart, Ind., Chloe Cole, wife of Leonhard Dinehart, at the advanced age of 78 years. She lived with her surviving husband in the marriage relation 56 years, and they were residents of Elkhart 47 years. She was the mother of a large family and was esteemed and beloved by all who knew her. Appropriate services were conducted on the occasion of her burial by J. H. Jackson.
Troyer.-On the 26th of December, 1895, near Shanesville, Ohio, Sister Mary, daughter of Seth and Mary Troyer, aged 22 years, 1 month and 1 day of typhoid fever. Funeral services on the 28th, at the Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house by David Beachy and Moses A. Mast. The deceased was a faithful member of the church and bore her sufferings with much patience.
Toms.-On the 28th of Nov., 1895, near Goshen Ind., Maggie, the infant daughter of Benjamin and Charlotte Toms, age 1 month and 6 days.
Shew.-Alice Kronk, daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. L. Kronk of South Main St., Elkhart, Ind., and wife of Henry Shew of Chicago, Ill., died in that city on the 15th, of puerperal fever, age 24 years, 10 months, 21 days. She leaves her husband, parents, three sisters, one brother, and many friends to mourn her early and sudden death. The remains were brought to Elkhart and interred in Grace Lawn cemetery on the 18th. Funeral services by H. B. Townsend.
Meyer.-On the 11th of Jan., 1896, at the home of Bro. Mathias Pfile, in Lancaster Township, Stephenson Co., Ill., of spinal meningitis, Betty Meyer or Marshall Co., Iowa, aged 27 years, 3 months, and 3 days. Betty left Iowa but a few weeks previous to visit among her relatives in Illinois. Little did she think when she bade father and mother farewell, that in a few short weeks she would be brought back a corpse. She was sick but a few days and her sudden departure is a solemn warning to us all, to be ready, for in such an hour as we think not, the Son of man cometh. Funeral services held at the home of Bro. Pfile's on the afternoon of the 14th, conducted by J. S. Shoemaker assisted by A. L. Meyers. Text, John 5:28, 29. Many had assembled to extend their sympathies to the bereaved ones. After the service the remains were conveyed to the Station, and with sad hearts did father and mother (who had arrived shortly before her death) went their way homeward with Betty silent in the embrace of death. Our sympathies go with them.
Landis.-On the 22nd of January, 1896, at Landis Valley, Mennonite meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Ervin S. Landis, oldest son of Susie and Israel K. Landis, age 2 _ years. Services by Pre's Brenneman and Lefever in English and German.
Landis.-At Landis Valley, Lancaster Co., Pa. Death very
sudden of paralysis of the heart, Henry L. Landis, aged
70 years and 4 days. Deceased was a kind, loving, and foreseeing
father, he had a host of friends, as could be seen and heard by
the large funeral assemblage which numbered several thousand;
over four hundred vehicles were counted. The announcement of his
death was a surprise to many. Deceased was at one time a faithful
member of the Mennonite church. His seat was never vacant, and
the tears could often be seen rolling down his cheeks as he was
moved by the Spirit of God. A righteous God will reward him. He
leaves a faithful wife and loving sister in the church, 7 sons
and 5 daughters all married except the oldest son and youngest
daughter. Most of them are faithful members of the Mennonite church.
Funeral services at Landis Valley meeting house by Pre's Brenneman,
Hertzler, and Lefever. Texts, Mark 13:37 and Jer. 9:23, 24. We
were all ably admonished to watch while it is called today and
not to glory in ourselves, but in God. To add to the solemn occasion
was the announcement of the death of a grandson of the deceased.
At midnight, when left at the fireside alone, his clothing caught
fire accidentally and he was burned so badly that death ended
his sufferings at 3 o'clock P.M.
Father how has thou bereft us
In this sad world below
Yet a mother still is left us
For our God would have it so.
But our God shall be our Father
Since the Bible tells us so,
And we hope again to meet thee
When we are done with life below.
Though we shed so many tears
God can wipe them all away,
And we can allay our fears,
For He will lead us on our way.
Had we known thy death so sudden
How much more we'd had to say
But our voices were not answered
When thou cold in death didst lie.
But we know that thou wouldst answer,
As thou oft hadst done before,
"O! dear children, do remember
That our lives will soon be o'er."
When we shall fly from earth to heaven
To that bright eternal shore
And there dwell amongst the living
In bliss and joy for evermore.
Nissley.-On the 14th of January, 1896, at the residence of B. F. Herr, in Lancaster, Pa., Sister Alice B., daughter of Christian Nissley, of Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 24 years, 3 months and 9 days. Her remains were laid to rest in the Landisville, cemetery.
Transcribed by Ann Miller White - Nebraska
Pre. Isaac Moyer of Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., was born on the 1st of September, 1812. On the 12th of June 1843 he was ordained to the ministry in the Deep Run Congregation, in which capacity he served his Master faithfully for over 53 years. He was one of the oldest ministers in the Mennonite church, and until about a year ago he enjoyed good health and strength of body and mind. On the 16th of January 1896, he passed peacefully away at the residence of his son near Dublin, Pa., at the ripe old age of 83 years, 4 months and 16 days. He was twice married, and his second wife and 6 of his 12 children survive. The funeral, on the 21st, was very largely attended, 18 ministers being present to follow the remains of their beloved co-laborer to their last earthly resting place at the Deep Run meeting house. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Jacob B. Mensch and John Beidler and at the meeting house by Josiah Clemmer and Henry Rosenberger. Text, Acts 20:26, 27.
In memory of Roy, youngest child of Bro. and sister
Aaron and Amanda Landes, who died August 4th, 1895, aged
In the quiet churchyard yonder, one day a grave was made,
Where the little faded form of our darling boy we laid.
Day and night with yearning hearts we waited beside his bed
We thought we'd nursed him back to health but now they say, "He's dead."
Dead! Ah sad the message! Must we part with Roy?
Has he passed forever from us, our sunshine and our joy?
Cease, sad hearts, your grief and sighing, he has but passed above
Beyond this vale of care and sorrow, where all is peace and love.
He has crossed the mystic river, with its dark and chilling tide;
In that bright, celestial city He shall evermore abide.
Though the mist hung o'er the river, and its billows loud did roar,
He was borne on wings of angels over to the other shore.
'Twas Jesus called away our loved one, we watched him as he left our side,
With our Saviour we shall meet him when we too have crossed the tide.
STUTZMAN - Leander, son of John and Catharine Stutzman, was born June 17, 1894, died of casterfever Jan. 16, 1896, aged 1 year and 7 months. Funeral services by Jacob Stauffer from Psalms 39:3-8, Joseph Rediger from Ps. 103 and Jos. Schlegel from Luke 23:28.
STONER - On January 8th, 1896, in Murrell, Lancaster Co., Pa., after a lingering disease, Elizabeth B., wife of Samuel Stoner, aged 69 years, 3 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 11th at Metzler's meeting house. Services were held by Joseph Wenger, John Lefever and Benjamin Hertzler. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. She leaves one son and two daughters and a bereft husband to mourn her loss. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. A very large congregation was assembled to pay their last tribute of respects. She lived an exemplary life, so we have hope in her death and believe she now enjoys the reward of the righteous.
RUPP - Joseph R. Rupp of West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 11th of January, 1896, after a brief illness of three days. The cause of his death was paralysis. He was well known and highly esteemed in the neighborhood in which he lived. He leaves a wife and three daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral was held on the 15th of January and was very largely attended. Interment was made in Metzler's cemetery, West Earl Twp. The deceased was aged 61 years and 8 months. Amos Hottenstein, Israel Wenger and Isaac Taylor officiated at the burial.
CHRISTOPHEL - On Jan. 24th, 1896, in Chambersburg, Pa.,
of spasms, caused by teething trouble, Mary Edna, daughter
of Noah S. and Rebecca J. Christophel, aged 11 months and 23 days.
Buried on the 26th in the Mennonite burying-ground near Chambersburg.
Services by Peter Wadel and Philip H. Parret. Text, Matt. 9:24.
She leaves a little brother and sorrowing parents to mourn her
"Our little child has passed away, to brighter realms above,
From earth to heav'n hath winged its way to bask in Jesus love.
O, why then, parents do you weep? Your loss is her great gain,
Her happiness, how calm, how sweet, unawed by grief or pain."
PEACHEY - On January 14th, 1896, near Menno,
Mifflin Co., Pa., Sarah, wife of John Peachey, aged 65
years, 7 months and 2 days. She leaves an aged husband, 5 sons
and 2 daughters, and 18 grandchildren to mourn her loss, 4 children
having preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member
of the Amish Mennonite church and was highly respected and loved
by all who knew her, and she always had a friendly and loving
word for every one she met, and we believe she lived in the fear
of the Lord. She was in her usual health in the evening. All of
the family were absent from the home except her husband and one
daughter. At about eleven o'clock death entered and called her
away. It was a great shock to the entire family, and the whole
community. A loud call that we should always be prepared to meet
the angel of death. Funeral services were conducted on the 17th
by Joel King and Henry Stoltzfus.
"God saw fit to call our mother from this world of toil and care,
To her home beyond the river, and we hope to meet her there.
Then farewell our dear mother, till we meet on heaven's shore;
For when life's short day is ended we will meet to part no more."
KAUFMAN - On the 15th of January, 1896, Sem Kaufman
Sr., passed away at his home in Conemaugh Twp., about two
miles west of Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., in his eighty-seventh
year, after an illness of about three months.
The deceased was born in Somerset County. His father, Jacob Kaufman, located near Davidsville, from Berks Co., where the deceased had since made his home. He was the youngest of the family of three boys.
On March 30, 1830, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Yoder, of Shanksville, Somerset County. After twenty-three years of married life, she died, leaving thirteen children, one of whom died shortly after, in infancy. One daughter, Hettie, wife of Solomon Kaufman, of Ligonier, Ind., died in 1865, at the age of twenty-three. Fifty-three grandchildren, sixty-eight grand-children, and five great-great-grandchildren are the other descendants of this union. In 1854 Bro. Kaufman married married Sister Anne Yoder, relict of Jonathan Yoder, of Scalp Level, Pa. She died in November, 1889, leaving her husband a second time alone in the world. Bro. Kaufman was a life-long and faithful member of the Amish church. The funeral sermons were preached by Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshberger, after which interment was made in the Kaufman burying-ground at Davidsville, whither the mortal part of this good man was followed by a large assemblage of relatives and sympathizing friends.
MAST - On the 31st of October 1895, Joseph Mast, aged 80 years, 9 months and 14 days. Buried on the 3d. Funeral services by Eli E. and Manassas J. Borntreger.
CHRISTNER - On the 6th of January, 1896, Andrew, son of John and Maria Christner, aged 2 years, 4 months and 9 days. Funeral services by Eli E. and Manassas J. Borntreger.
BAWEL - In Armagh Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., January 7th, 1896, of typhoid pneumonia, Catherine, wife of Henry Bawel. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 5 sons, 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren to mourn her death, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held by Christian and John Yoder.
STOLTZFUS - Near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 8, 1895, of injury received from falling off a wagon, Christian P. Stoltzfus, aged 29 years, 4 months and 7 days. On July 26th as he was engaged in hauling manure he was thrown from the wagon, falling on his head and breaking his back bone a few inches below the neck. He was a faithful member of the Amish church and remained steadfast unto his end. He leaves a bereaved widow, 4 small children, an aged mother, 4 brothers and one sister and a host of friends to mourn his departure.
BYLER - On the 7th of January, 1896, near Belleville,
Mifflin Co., Pa., of paralysis, Mattie Byler, aged 74 years,
11 months and 2 days. She was unmarried, and lived by herself
until the spring of 1895, when she moved to J. D. Kauffman's and
was soon stricken with paralysis. She lay in bed 16 weeks, but
she bore her suffering patiently. She was a faithful member of
the Amish Mennonite church a long time. Funeral services were
held by C.K. and S.W. Peachey.
"Auntie, thou art sweetly resting, here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can disturb thee more."
MARTIN - Sister Mary Martin was born February 27th, 1807, in Fayette Co., Pa. She grew to womanhood years in the land of her nativity, and March 22nd, 1829 was united in marriage to Lewis Bare. In 1838 they moved to Ohio. September 14, 1847 he fell sick of a fever and died. In 1848 the wife and children removed to Fayette Co., her old home, and she secured for the children suitable places. Twelve children had been born to them; 7 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 2 sons died in their infancy and 1 son and 1 daughter died at the age of man and womanhood; 4 sons and 4 daughters are still living. She remained a widow until 1855, at which time she was married to Barnhard Martin, who died April 18th, 1865 of apoplexy, leaving her a widow again. She then disposed of her property and moved on her own property on Jacob's Creek, which she purchased on her removal from Ohio, she and her youngest son living there for a while. Later she sold her property and lived with her children until her death. She was aged 88 years, 2 months and 12 days. A strange coincidence is that her sister, Barbara Johnson, also died at the age of 88 years, 2 months and 12 days, both dying of the infirmity of old age. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. It can truthfully be said of her that she did not eat the bread of idleness. Her mind, hearing and eyesight remained good to the very last. Six of her children reside in Fayette Co., 1 daughter lives in Cullom, Ill., and 1 in Oregon City, Oregon. Of grandchildren there were 63; of these, 13 are dead; great-grandchildren living 66; dead, 8. The funeral took place on May 11th, 1895, from the house of her son, Justus B. Bare. Interment in the Mastontown Mennonite burying-ground. She was followed to her last resting place by a very large concourse of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services by John N. Duff from Psalms 17:15.
TROYER - On the 16th of January, 1896, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., ____, infant child of Daniel and Lizzie Troyer, aged one day. Buried at Union Chapel. Services by J.P. Schmucker and David Garber.
REDIGER - On the 13th of December 1895, in Seward Co., Neb., Bro. Jacob Rediger, aged 71 years, 4 months and 18 days. He leaves his wife, 3 sons and 6 grandchildren; 5 children preceded him. He was a faithful member in the Amish church. Buried on the 15th in the Fairview cemetery. Funeral services by Bish. Christian Rediger from John 14:13.
ABEL - Milton Abel was born Sept. 28th, 1869 in Northampton co., Pa., died on the 16th of January, 1896, aged 26 years, 3 months and 18 days. He leaves a young wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn the loss of a beloved husband and father.
STAYROOK - On the 19th of January, 1896, Elizabeth Stayrook, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Abram Shetler, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa. Her death was caused by pneumonia, complicated by stomach trouble, and resulted after an illness of some three weeks, previous to which the deceased had been remarkable strong and well for one of her age, she being at the time of her death 75 years, 9 months and 15 days old, having been born on the 4th of April, 1820, near McVeytown, Mifflin County. Her husband died there several years ago, and most of her life was spent in that vicinity, where the greater number of her children and other relatives reside. The deceased was the mother of seven children, of whom 3 daughters and 2 sons survive her. Mrs. Stayrook's maiden name was Kaufman; 3 brothers and 2 sisters survive. During almost all her lifetime the deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by Bish. Moses B. Miller and Jonathan Harshberger on the 21st. Interment in the Kaufman burying-ground.
MILLER - On the 30th of January, 1896, in LaGrange Co.,
Ind., of consumption, Fannie Jane, daughter of Moses P.
Miller, aged 19 years, 11 months and 21 days. Fannie was a faithful
member of the Amish Mennonite church. Shortly before her death
she said she had kept all her baptismal vow excepting in one thing,
that was going to parties a few times. When the writer visited
her she was fully resigned to the will of God, and said she had
no fear of death, but was through the cleansing blood of Jesus
ready to meet with all the blood washed saints in glory to praise
her dear Redeemer forever. Buried in the Miller graveyard on the
1st of February. A very large concourse of friends gathered at
the Shore meeting house to pay the last tribute of respect and
show their deep sympathy with the bereft family. Services in German
with Yos. Miller from 1 Pet. 1:24, and in English by D.J. Johns
from 1 Cor. 15:55-58.
"Remember me, my dearest friends, remember me till life shall end;
And though the grave be my first lot, my dearest friends forget me not."
BRUNK - On January 22nd, 1896, at the home of her son-in-law, P.S. Hartman, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of bronchial trouble and the infirmities of age, Sister Susan Brunk, aged 73 years, 6 months and 6 days. Funeral services and interment at Weaver's church on the 24th by C. Good and Jos. F. Heatwole. Deceased was twice married, first to Frederick Weaver from which union there are yet three daughters and one son living. Of the second marriage, with Jacob Brunk, there are two children, one being Pre. Daniel S. Brunk of Allen Co., Ohio. Since the death of her last husband which occurred May 19th, 1884, she has been an invalid and often her life seemed to hang upon a very slender thread, but through all the years of her affliction she maintained a Christian fortitude that was sublime. Peace to her ashes.
AMSTUTZ - Near Orrville, Wayne Co., Ohio, on January 27th, 1896, of apoplexy, Bro. Jonas Amstutz, age 66 years, 4 months and 29 days. Buried on the 29th at Martin's church. Funeral services by Jacob Mussbaum and John K. Brubaker. Text, Rom. 15:4. He leaves a widow and 9 children. Peace to his ashes.
WELTY - On the 15th of January, 1896, near Mount Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of pneumonia, Sister Marianna Welty (maiden name Baumgartner), aged 34 years, 2 months and 28 days. Buried on the 17th at the Sonnenberg meeting house, where a large circle of relatives and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. Sister Welty was fully resigned to God's will and was ready to go. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn. Funeral services by Jacob Nussbaum. Text, Matt. 5:8.
SNYDER - At Breslau, Ont., February 1st, 1896, of typhoid fever, Leander, son of Levi Snyder, aged 16 years, 6 months and 21 days. Leander was rather a bright young man, but his evil associates seemed to have a sad influence over him and he thus neglected the important work, to give his heart to God. May this be a loud warning to his young associates that they may make the wise choice before it is too late. Funeral at the Cressman Mennonite church, services by Samuel Stauffer and August Stoltz of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church.
LONGENECKER - January 7th, 1896, near Good's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Elizabeth Longenecker, widow, aged 71 years, and 12 days. Funeral on the 11th. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17. Buried at Good's meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect to her memory. Sister Longenecker was the mother of eleven children. All of them united with the church, one of them, namely Henry E. Longenecker, is a faithful minister of the Gospel. Sister Longenecker was a faithful Christian, a light of the world and an ornament to the church. May the good Lord comfort the bereft children.
NISSLEY - January 23d, 1986, in Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Joseph W. Nissley, aged 82 years, 6 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 27th. Text, 2 Cor. 5:17-21. Buried at Kraybill's meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the deceased.
SHELLEY - December 30th, 1895, near Milton Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa., Irena A. Shelley, aged 7 years, 11 months and 1 day. Funeral on January 2nd, 1896. Text, Matt. 18:3. Buried at the Green Tree meeting house. This dear little girl spoke very beautifully of heaven before she died, saying she will be much happier in heaven than here in this world.
LANE - January 16th, 1896, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Christian Lane, aged 85 years, 2 months and 16 days. Funeral on the 20th; text, Isa. 38:1. Buried at Landisville M.H. Many people assembled in token of respect for the beloved brother. Bro. Lane was indeed a noble example of a Christian. His disposition was very modest and unassuming and always peaceable. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.
BAER - January 4th, 1896, of typhoid fever, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Ephraim B. Baer, aged 55 years, 9 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 8th. Text, Heb. 9:27, 28. Buried at Petersburg meeting house. A wife and family and an aged mother mourn his death.
GOOD - January 26th, 1896, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Joseph G. Good, aged 71 years, 2 months and 21 days. Funeral on the 29th. Text, Matt. 25:21. Buried in the family graveyard. A sorrowing family and many friends mourn his departure. Bro. Good was a faithful servant of the Lord. May the good Lord comfort the family.
HOOVER - Martin Hoover was born in Ontario, Canada,
Oct. 13th, 1813, and died on the 27th of January, 1896, at the
home of his son-in-law, Pre. Michael Shirk, five miles west of
Goshen. He was buried from Yellow Creek church on the 30th. Funeral
sermon was preached by Pre. J. Engel of Ohio. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Four sons and 2 daughters are left to mourn the loss of a dear
Christian father. Levi and John who reside in Peabody, Kansas
and M.W. and C.F. in Chicago. The daughters, Mrs. M.M. Kreider
and Mrs. M. Shirk reside in and hear Goshen, Ind.
ESCHILIMAN - Bro. Samuel Eschiliman was born
in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 29th, 1833, and died at his home near
North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, on January 11th, 1896. He came
to Ohio with his parents when about 4 years of age. He was united
in marriage with Miss Anna Martin, Jan. 15th, 1856, whose death
occurred a few years ago. Bro. Eschiliman has long been a consistent
and influential member of the Mennonite church in which organization
he has for many years acted as deacon. His age was 62 years, 7
months and 13 days. Funeral services at Pleasant View by Michael
Horst and I.J. Buchwalter from 2 Tim. 4:6.
"A loving one from us has gone, a voice much loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."
BLOUGH - On the 15th of Jan. 1896, in Cambria Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Carrie Minnie, daughter of Bro. Henry and sister Caroline Blough, aged 3 years, 6 months and 5 days. She was buried on the 16th, in the Weaver Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch, L.A. Blough, and Alex. Weaver. Another little one gone to rest. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.
LEAMAN - Jan. 20th, 1896, near Intercourse, Lancaster
Co., Pa., very suddenly, of scarlet fever, Isaac, son of
Bro. Amos Leaman, aged 7 years, 1 month and 1 day. He was buried
on the 22nd at Hershey's church where services were held by Pre.
John Ranck and Bish. Isaac Eby, from the texts "The Lord
loveth whom he chasteneth" and "He is not dead but sleepeth."
Well could we say with the poet,
"He is not dead by sleepeth, look upward, weeping eyes,
Behold the treasure of our hearts, lives safe in Paradise."
Little Isaac was a bright little boy for his age, always cheerful and happy, and with a bright smile on his rosy face. The Sunday school has lost another industrious little member who was always ready to join in singing the beautiful hymns. Isaac leaves a kind father who feels the heavy loss of one who was closely attached to him; also one brother and two sisters.
Little Isaac, dear and lovely, your vital spark is fled,
I watched you very closely while upon your dying bed.
We'll await a happy meeting with our cherished boy above,
And not chide the hand that took him, for we know that hand is love.
MILLER - Near Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 18th,
1896, Ezra E., son of deacon Henry L. and Elizabeth H.
Miller, aged 14 years, 2 months and 21 days. Buried on Monday
Jan. 20th. Funeral services on Feb. 3d, 1896, at Bossler's meeting
"A precious one from us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled."
MOYER - On the 8th of Jan. 1896, near Elroy, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age and paralysis, Bro. John M. Moyer, aged 76 years, 11 months and 14 days. Buried on the 13th at the Franconia meeting house. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer at the house, and by M.R. Moyer at the meeting house. Text Isa. 57:2.
GARNER - On the 1st of Jan., 1896, near Dallastown, York County, Penna., of cancer of the stomach, Bro. Solomon Garner, aged 65 years, 3 months and 11 days. Buried at Locust Grove church. Services by Wm. Crammer and Theo. B. Florry.
ZIEGLER - On the 10th of January, 1896, at Franconia Square, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Mary Ziegler, aged 82 years, 6 months and 20 days. Buried on the 16th at the Salford meeting house. Funeral services by Henry Bower and M.R. Moyer at the house and by Josiah Clemmer and Jacob Moyer at the M.H. Text, Psa. 92:13-16.
MOYER - On the 19th of January, 1896, in Soudertown, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. William Moyer, aged 76 years, 2 months and 11 days. Buried on the 23d in the Soudertown graveyard. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer at the house and by M.R. Moyer and Andrew Mack at the meeting house. Text, Psa. 39:5.
SWAREY - On the 19th of January, 1896, near Belleville,
Mifflin Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Davie Ezra, son of John
and Mattie Swarey, aged 7 months and 1 day. Davie was a bright
little boy but our heavenly Father thought it best to take him
home to Him. Funeral services by Christian Yoder and Samuel W.
Peachey from Mark 10:13-17.
"A bud the gardener gave us, but yet in early day,
Down came the Heavenly gardener and took the bud away.
Little Davie was too fair in this cold world to stay,
So God in mercy called him home to dwell in endless day."
WENGER - Jan. 23d, 1896, near Intercourse, Pa.,
of scarlet fever, Susie, daughter of Bro. Louis and Sister
Sarah Wenger, aged 9 years, 5 months and 12 days. The loss of
little Susie falls heavily upon the parents, as this is the first
in the family that has been taken from them, but may they be satisfied,
as the Lord knows what is best, and may they be drawn closer to
the Saviour than ever before, so that when their journey is ended
they can all meet again. It looked sad at the funeral as father
and mother could not, on account of sickness, be present to see
their dear one put into her last resting place. Two little brothers
and one sister were present. It was hard to part with their little
sister, but such is life. The Lord knows what is best for us all.
Let us ever be thankful to Him for all blessings. The funeral
was held at Hershey's meeting house on the 25th. Services by John
Ranck and Bish. Isaac Eby. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.
Lovely Susie, thou wast too fair in this cold world to stay,
So God in His mercy called thee home to dwell with Him in endless day.
MILLER - On January 12th, 1896, near Charm, Holmes Co., Ohio, of membraneous croup, Malinda, only daughter of Bro. and Sister Benj. D. and Martha Miller. She was born February 19th, 1894 and was aged 1 year, 10 months and 23 days. Buried at Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house on the 14th. Funeral services by David Beachy and Moses A. Mast, to a large concourse of friends and relatives. May God bless the bereft family.
MILLER - On the 13th of January, 1896, near Charm, Holmes Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Sister Lydia S. Miller, aged 70 years and 4 days. She was born Jan. 9, 1826. Buried on the 15th at the Walnut Creek A.M. meeting house of which congregation she was a member since her youth. She had been helpless for some time, and had to be cared for by her friends. She was never married. Funeral services by Moses A. Mast.
HYNES - On the 12th of Jan. 1896, in Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Mary Amanda Hynes, daughter of Bro. Jerry Blough, aged 20 years, 10 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 14th at the Blough Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough. This young sister while on her sick bed became alarmed about her soul's salvation and was taken into the church by baptism on confession of her faith. She said she was willing and desired to die to inherit a better home in heaven. We were glad to see her come to Christ and leave behind the good consolation she did, but how many neglected to come to Christ until it is forever too late!
THOMAS - On the 12th of Jan. 1896, in Somerset Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Bro. Jacob E. Thomas, aged 71 years, 4 months and 26 days. He was buried on the 14th at the Thomas Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Blauch, L.A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. The large congregation that assembled was an evidence that he was beloved by many. In the death of Bro. Thomas the church loses a faithful member, but we believe her loss is his eternal gain. His posterity consisted of six children, one dead and five living, also 21 grandchildren. May God bless the sorrowing widow and friends.
ZOOK - In the death of Sister Martha Zook which occurred on the 15th of January, 1896, Winnington Twp., lost one of her best and most highly respected ladies. She was among the first Amish settlers in Lawrence Co., Pa., moving to the township, where she died, in 1848. Sister Zook was the relict of the late Jacob B. Zook and she was buried on the 17th from the Amish church near Neshannock Falls, Jonathan Lantz and John Zook conducting the services. Text 1 Cor. 15:47-58 and Rev. 20:12-15. In her death one son and four daughters are left to mourn, all but one of Lawrence Co. Sister Zook was a very amiable lady, setting a Christian example at all times and under all circumstances. She did right because she believed it was right to do right. She will be missed by many friends, and although she had attained the advanced age of 82 years, she was active and interesting, and her Christianity and intelligent and kindly disposition had endeared her to her entire acquaintance. After a useful and well-spent life she has answered the summons on high where she will rejoice with the redeemed. C.
WENGER - On the 5th of January 1896, at the home of her oldest son, Deacon J.Z. Kolb, near Berlin, Ont., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jonas Wenger, aged 84 years, 5 days. Sister Wenger was born in the 31st of December 1811 near Skippack, Montgomery Co., Pa., and in the year 1816 she emigrated with her parents, Bro. and Sister Dilman and Kate (Schwartz) Ziegler to the then wilds of Upper Canada. On the 2nd of Nov. 1829 she was united in matrimony to Bro. Abraham Kolb who died in 1874. This union was blessed with four sons and three daughters, all of whom except one son are still living. In 1881 she was married to Bro. Jonas Wenger, who now survives her. She also leaves 44 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Sister Wenger was a devoted Christian and a faithful, zealous worker in the Mennonite church since her youth. She saw our congregations in Canada grow from their organization to the present time and always took deep interest in religious work. In homes where sickness and sorrow prevailed she was ever ready to render substantial aid and administer comfort, and when death came to her at last, after a long and busy life, she passed away peacefully and quietly, gathered as the shock of grain, fully ripened, into the heavenly Master's garner. Her remains were laid to rest on the 8th in the C. Eby cemetery, Berlin. Funeral services by Elias Weber at the house and by Noah Stauffer and Isaac Wambold at the meeting house.
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler