YODER - On the 19th of January, 1896, near Nappanee, Ind., of lagrippe and lung fever, Elisabeth, wife of William Yoder, aged 35 years, 10 months, 16 days. She leaves her husband and 8 small children, 3 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn her early death, yet not as those who have no hope. She was a faithful sister in the old Amish church. Buried on the 22d at Weldy's schoolhouse. She will be sadly missed at home and in the community. Many friends followed the remains to the grave. Funeral services by Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach from John 5:24-29 and 1 Cor. 1:15.
MARTIN - On the 30th of Jan. 1896, in Cerro Gordo, Platt Co., Ill., of paralysis, Bro. Abraham Martin, aged one month less than 80 years. He was born in Cumberland Co., Pa., April 1st 1816. Moved with his parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1832, where he married Martha Leidligh in 1837. They had 12 children of whom 9 survive. In 1872 they moved to Platt Co., Ill., where sister Martha died in July 1888. He has been a member of the Mennonite church from his early youth.
BOESICKER - On the 5th of February 1896, at the residence of her nephew, Bro. Christian Shantz, in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., of paralysis, sister Barbara Shantz, relict of the late Bro. John Boesicker, aged 90 years, 7 months and 11 days. Buried on the 7th at C. Eby's meeting-house, Berlin. She leaves a sorrowing brother and many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Daniel Wismer and Tobias Bowman.
EICHELBERGER -On the 18th of February 1896, of croup and lung fever, Jacob Eichelberger, infant son of Andrew and Anna Eichelberger, aged 11 months. This is the third and last child of this family which the Lord has taken to Himself. The other two died at the same age and hour. Funeral services by Daniel Orendorff and John P. Smith.
EBERSOLE - Sarah A. Ebersole, was born January 29th 1811, and died January 13th 1896, at the ripe age of nearly eight-five years. She was the mother of seven children and forty-six boys and girls and men and women called her grandmother. She was left a widow at the age of thirty-five with her large family, the youngest being only seven months old. At the time of her death she had been a widow for fifty years, having raised her large family by her own efforts and a small income in the shape of interest on a dower. She was for about sixty years a consistent member of the Mennonite church. She was however, not content with holding church membership but made, we think, an honest effort to employ in her life the principles of Christianity. Although she was not rich in this world's goods yet the poor never appealed to her in vain for help. She fed the professional beggar as well as those who were deserving of her hospitality. The old adage that the poor is ever the poor man's friend was verified in her life. The command to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness was obeyed and the promise that all these (temporal) things should be added was singularly true in her case, for besides being charitable to every one almost to a fault and feeding and partly clothing a host of tramps she earned for herself and her youngest son, an invalid, a very snug and comfortable home. She had unbounded faith in God for her temporal support as well as for her spiritual comfort, but she suited her actions to her faith so that it might not be a dead faith. Although infirm she was able to do her "house" work to within a few weeks of her death, and was patient in suffering and longed to depart this life and to be with Christ; while she was not faultless, yet her life was in many respects an inspiration to those whom she came in contact. HER NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR
BENDER - Savannah, daughter of Enoch W. and Mary
Bender, of near Tub, Pa., died Jan. 13th 1896. She was 8 years,
6 months and 20 days old. Funeral services were held in the Amish
Mennonite M.H., near Grantsville. Md., conducted by Jacob S. Miller
and Joel J. Miller. Use was made of the central clause of Mark
10:14, as a basis for the principal discourse. Over two hundred
people attended the obsequies. The gain of the departed, who passed
over the mystic river in childhood's innocence and purity, is
beyond doubt infinitely greater than the loss of the bereft, though
the visitation of death in a family is terrible and appalling
with its dark and gloomy miseries and heart-rendering agonies
of grief. Truly, a departed child, in its freedom from sin, might
well say to survivors, with the words of Jesus, "Weep not
for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."
Savannah is gone! Her earthly home has left;
Her absence makes lone, her loved ones thus bereft.
The family group has lost one of its members;
It makes the spirit droop when th' mind its loss remembers.
Playmates will oft recall, the hours spent together;
But now, earthly ties all, are severed forever.
But through clouds of grief, divine sunlight streams.
The throes of pain are brief, follow'd by celestial beams.
On the blissful shore, where the ransomed shall be
When life's cares are all o'er, through all eternity.
AUGSPURGER - On the 17th of February 1896, in Butler Co., Ohio, Pre. Joseph Augspurger, aged 80 years, 1 month and 13 days. Bro. Augspurger was born in France on the 4th of January 1816. In 1819 he came with his parents to America. They settled in the then wilds of Butler Co., Ohio. In 1843 he was married to Catharine Goldschmeid, who preceded him 10 years ago. Nine children were born to them, of whom one preceded the parents. In the year 1861 Bro. Augspurger was ordained to the ministry, in which capacity he was a faithful laborer for 31 years. He enjoyed the blessing of sound health up to 2 years ago, when he had an attack of illness, from which he never fully recovered. Three weeks before his death he had a severe attack of fever, to which he finally succumbed. Besides his eight children he leaves fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and many warm friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Imhoff and H.J. Krehbile. Texts, Luke 2:29 and Num. 23:10.
WEBER - On the 3d of February 1896, in Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of convulsions, Ella daughter of Jacob and Hettie
Weber, aged 2 years and 1 day. She was buried on the 6th in the
Bowmansville graveyard. Services by Benj. Horning and Henry G.
"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."
WEAVER - On the 4th of January 1896, in Hinkletown, Pa., of diphtheria, Daniel O., son of George and Mattie Weaver, aged 4 years, 1 month and 12 days.
WEAVER - On the 11th of January 1896, in Hinkletown, Pa., of diphtheria, Eve Irene, daughter of George and Mattie Weaver, aged 1 year, 1 month and 7 days.
WEAVER - On the 18th of January 1896, in Hinkletown, Pa., of diphtheria, Rosalene Paulette, daughter of George and Mattie Weaver, aged 5 years, 1 month and 22 days. The above three children were buried at Weaverland the 6th, 13th and 21st respectively. Services by I.W. Taylor and Rudolph Reidenbach of the German Baptist church.
GODSHALK - On the 10th of January, 1896, in Elkhart
Co., Ind., Edna Louisa, daughter of William and Emma Godshalk,
aged 2 years, 11 months and 3 days. Services were held at the
Mennonite church in Elkhart on the following Sunday by J.F. Funk.
Go to thy rest fair child, go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled, with blessings on thy head.
Shall love, with weak embrace, thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle angel, seek thy place amid the cherub train.
HOAK - Effie C. Hoak, youngest daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hoak, was born in Jordan Twp., Whiteside
Co., Ill., November 27th 1883, and died February 6th 1896, near
Morrison, Il., aged 12 years, 2 months and 9 days. Buried February
9th at the Mennonite church in Ustick, where a large number of
people had gathered together. Funeral services were conducted
by John McCulloh and John Nice from Eccl. 12:7. During her last
brief sickness she was a patient, self-sacrificing sufferer, thinking
only of the friends around her.
"Effie, thou wast mild and lovely, gentle as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening when it floats among the trees.
Dearest sister, thou hast left us, here thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that hath bereft us - He can all our sorrows heal."
CLEHOUSE - On January 24th 1896, in Urich, Henry Co., Mo., of pneumonia and pleurisy, Elizabeth Stella, wife of Eugene Clehouse, and daughter of Daniel and Catharine Reitz, aged 23 years, 5 months, 19 days. She leaves a husband, and an only daughter seven weeks old, father, four brothers and one sister to mourn their loss, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. She accepted her Savior in her young years. She was a member of the Christian church. When she bid her friends good-bye she earnestly plead with them that had not yet accepted their Savior to prepare to meet her in Heaven. Her remains were taken to the Bethel church in Cass Co., Mo., on the 25th, where the funeral services were held by Daniel Kauffman from Eccl. 12:7 and 2 Kings 20, latter part of first verse, and by D.Y. Hooly from Gal. 6:8. Buried in the Clearfork cemetery.
LONG - On the 22d of December 1895, near Elmdale, Ionia Co., Mich., of consumption, Maudie, daughter of Isaac and Catharine Long, aged 14 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was sick all summer. In August she sealed her vow with God by baptism and lived a devoted life for the rest of her time. She had no desire to get well again. She often wished to go home to God. The funeral occurred on the 23d. Text 2 Cor. 5. Funeral services by Christian Wenger and Isaac Weaver.
SHIRK - On the 30th of January 1896, near Ephratah, Lancaster Co., Pa., of several weeks' illness, Sister Susan, wife of John M. Shirk, aged 64 years, 9 months and 21 days. Buried in the cemetery near the Weaverland meeting-house. Funeral services by Elias Nolt in German and John M. Zimmerman in English. Text, Phil. 1:21, which the departed sister had selected in her lifetime. The church loses a faithful member. A deeply bereaved husband and 4 sons mourn her loss, yet they have the assurance that it is well with her. May God comfort them.
HAVERSTICK - On the 2d of February 1896, near Washington
Borough, Pa., Kate H., daughter of Levi Haverstick, aged
43 years, 3 months and 5 days. She was for years a faithful member
of the Mennonite church, and died with a fervent trust in Christ
Jesus, and a glorious hope for eternal glory. Even when her sufferings
were almost unendurable, she prayed and trusted that Jesus would
receive her to Himself. Services were conducted by Jacob N. Brubacher
and A. Whitmer. Text: "In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Interment
in Habbecker's cemetery.
Her prayers were granted and she rose, victorious o'er the last of foes.
Where peace, and joy, and love and bliss, make life one round of happiness.
How sweet to know that God in love, has borne her to the home above,
This comfort only those can tell, who feel and know that "all is well."
NOLT - On the 28th of January 1896, Elizabeth Nolt, wife of Jonas Nolt, near Voganville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age. She was buried on February 1st 1896, in the grave-yard at Groffdale new meeting-house. Services at the meeting-house by Jonas H. Martin and John Kurtz. She was almost totally blind the last years, but she bore her affliction patiently. She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. She leaves a husband, six sons and two daughters and many grandchildren to mourn our loss, but we hope our loss is her eternal gain.
BLOSSER - On the 31st of January 1896, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Peter Blosser, aged 34 years, 4 months and 23 days. He was buried on Tuesday February 4th at Weaverland. Services at the meeting-house and grave-yard were conducted by Sam'l. B. Witmer, John M. Zimmerman and Benj. Horning. Text: John 16:22. He leaves a wife and two children. He was a member of the Mennonite church and a native of Indiana.
BAUMAN - At Rosendale, Waterloo Co., Ont., very suddenly
of heart disease, on the night of the 20th of December 1895, Abraham
Bauman, aged 74 years, 10 months and 8 days. Bro. Bauman was
married to Hannah Buehler (maiden name Woolner) on September the
5th 1865. He leaves a widow to mourn her loss. He was buried on
Sunday the 22d in Synder's burying ground, where funeral services
were held by Noah Stauffer in English and Solomon Gehman in German.
"So shall the bodies of the just, in weakness sown, be raised in power
The precious seed shall leave the dust, O glorious and immortal flower."
RESCHLEY - On Jan. 22d 1896, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, at the age of 32 years, 9 months and 11 days, Anna, wife of Joseph Reschley. They lived in matrimony 12 years, 10 months and 4 days. She leaves a sorrowful husband and seven children to mourn their loss. She was buried in the Sugar Creek grave-yard. Funeral services were held by Pre. Schlenker in English and D. Graber and S. Gerig in German. Text, 2 Cor. 5:8.
HELMUTH - Matilda Helmuth, daughter of Michael
and Christena Troyer, and wife of John Helmuth, was born
in Lagrange Co., Ind., January the 31st 1868, died January 21st
1896, aged 27 years, 11 months and 20 days. She leaves a husband
and one child and many friends to mourn their loss.
"Farewell, farewell Matilda dear, now in your grave you sleep;
Your loving form is resting and o'er your grave we weep.
Dear husband, you are lonely now, be sure and keep the solemn vow.
To live for Christ, that you may be with sister in eternity.
Then parents, cease to mourn and weep, since your beloved has gone to sleep.
The time is short till life is o'er and we may meet to part no more.
Brother and sisters, weep no more, I longed to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be, when pillowed on my Savior's breast."
YODER - On the morning of the 22d of January, 1896, of consumption, Rufus A. Yoder, of Salem Twp., Champaign Co., Ohio, aged 46 years, 9 months, 19 days. His health began to fail gradually about 3 years ago and in the last year of his life he was unable to do any work at all. While he saw that he was approaching the end of his earthly career, that his association with his family, which he loved, would end ere long, he followed the steps of providence without a single murmur, waiting to know God's will, and when he was fully persuaded that the Lord intended to call him hence he longed for the time of his departure. On one occasion shortly before he died he asked his companion whether she did not see some good sign that he could leave soon. He watched the changes that he was undergoing with such acuteness that he was the first to notice the death rattle in his throat and spoke of it as a good sign now. He leaves a companion, three daughters, a mother, three brothers and two sisters to follow him. Funeral services at the Oak Grove church conducted by Bro. Swank assisted by Bro. Hilty and Bro. Stutzman from Psalm 37:23. S.H. PLANK
HERTIG - On the 3d of February 1896, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, of inflammation of the abdomen, Ulrich Hertig, aged 42 years, 3 months and 7 days. The deceased was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland. He was united in marriage in 1875 to Anna Bowman. In 1881 he came to America and located near Wayland, Iowa, where he has resided ever since. He was a kind father and husband, a good neighbor, respected by all who knew him. He leaves a sorrowful wife and 6 children to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Christian Lutheran church. Services by H. Alleback in English and D. Graber and S. Gerig in German. Text, Heb. 13:14.
WISE - On the 19th of December 1985, in Harmony, Butler Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob F. Wise, aged 77 years, 11 months and 7 days.
KIPFER - On the 21st of January 1896, in Mornington Twp., Perth Co., Ont., Johnny, son of Nicholas and Lena Kipfer, aged 1 year, 5 months and 17 days. Funeral services by John Nafziger from Mark 10:13-16, and Nicholas Nafziger from 1 Cor. 13:11.
INGOLD - On the 3d of Feb. 1896, near Foosland, Ill., of lung trouble, David, son of David and Katie Ingold, aged 1 year and 21 days. Funeral services by Peter Zehr from Matt. 19:13-15.
PICKEL - January 28th 1896, in Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Anna Pickel, widow, aged 80 years, 8 months and 24 days. Funeral on the 31st. Text: Heb. 4:9-11. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. Sister Pickel was a faithful Christian.
RAMER - On the 6th of February 1896 in Mount Joy, Markham
township, York county, Ontario, of heart trouble, Bro. Abraham
B. Ramer, aged 71 years, 5 months and 22 days. Buried on Sunday
February 9th in the Wideman grave-yard, when a large concourse
of friends assembled to sympathize with the bereaved family. He
leaves a sorrowing widow and six children, three sons and three
daughters, to mourn their loss. Bro. Ramer was up and around and
did most of his work about the barn, but used to complain about
his breath that he used to get so tired. On the 6th he was in
the house in the forenoon, but did not complain. After dinner
he went out to do his feeding and Sister Ramer thinking that he
was staying long went out to see what was wrong. When she got
out he was lying dead in the entry. He had been absent about half
an hour. It was a crushing blow to her to find her husband so
suddenly removed, but it was God's will, and we do not mourn as
though we had no hope, but believe that our dear brother is now
resting in the place where his soul often longed to be, free from
all trouble. He was an honest father and good husband and will
be much missed by the family and also by the church and Sunday
school as he was a faithful and earnest Christian worker in the
Mennonite church. All who knew him could see by his life and conversation
that he was earnest in the salvation of souls. He had been writing
on the day before his death to Bro. D.H. Bender and Bro. S.F.
Coffman to ask them if they could not come and hold a number of
meetings in the behalf of the unsaved souls. But now he has gone
the way of all flesh, and is now reaping the reward of the spirit.
It has again been shown to us that we all must die, and well with
us if we have made our peace with God, and if we wish to meet
our dear brother we must live true and faithful and have Christ
for our life. It will then be gain to us when we die. May the
rich grace and true love of God comfort the sorrowing ones which
have been so deeply wounded by this sudden death. Services were
conducted by Bro. Samuel R. Hoover from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
"Death has robbed us of our father, whom we loved and cherished dear.
It was father, yes, dear father, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes we miss him, oh, we miss him, when we see his vacant chair;
And how sad the room without him, for there is no father there.
Father's work on earth is ended, faithfully the cross he bore;
Now his loving soul's ascended, over to fair Canaan's shore.
A sudden change, - I, in a moment fell;
I had not time to bid my friends farewell;
Think not this strange, death happens to all,
This day was mine, to-morrow you may fall.
Farewell, dear wife and children dear,
I loved you all while I was here.
Grieve not for me, nor sorrow make,
But love each other for my sake."
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia
JONES - In Springfield, Missouri, Jan. 19th 1896, of
liver complaint, Mary Susan Witmer, wife of Eli Jones,
aged 38 years, 9 months and 17 days. She was the last of the family
of David and Frances Witmer of Rockingham Co., Va. Her parents,
two sisters, one brother and three children have preceded her
to the spirit world, while a deeply afflicted husband, two daughters
and one son are left to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife
and mother, but they need not mourn at those who have no hope,
as she left a bright evidence that she has gone to be with Jesus
and the loved ones gone before. She was very much concerned for
the dear ones left behind. May they heed her earnest words and
much more the words of the Savior, "He that cometh to me
I will in no wise cast out," and so be prepared to meet their
loved ones in the glory world.
I leave this world without a tear, save for the friends that linger here;
To heal their sorrow, Lord descend, and the friendless prove a friend."
STEMEN - Nicholas Stemen died at his residence
near Pickerington, Fairfield Co., Ohio. He was born in Perry Co.,
Ohio, Jan 11, 1829, and departed this life Feb. 17, 1896, aged
67 years, 1 month and 6 days. He was married to Lydia Brenneman
February 24, 1853, to which union were born three sons and two
daughters all of whom are living. He united with the Mennonite
church in 1857, and remained a faithful member until death. For
the last 10 years he filled the office of a deacon in the church.
For more than 20 years Bro. Stemen had been a sufferer of stomach
trouble. Twelve days prior to his death he was taken with an acute
attack of his old disease. His sufferings were great, but he bore
them with Christian fortitude, and his conversation was of spiritual
things; he seemed to have no desire to speak of worldly matters.
One day, previous to his death, he said, "I am ready to meet
death and have fully resigned myself to God's will," His
last dying words were, "O Lord, O Lord." Bro. Stemen
leaves a wife, 5 children 9 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 sister
to mourn his departure. Funeral services on the 19th by D.S. Brunk
of Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, from Heb. 13:14. D.S. BRUNK
We miss thee, father dear, from thy old familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near, nor see they cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table, we feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrows pierce our hearts, to see thy vacant chair.
Thy room looks vacant without thee, how desolate every heart;
Oh, could we hear thy voice again, what joy it would impart.
We miss thee, oh, we miss thee, which ever way we go,
The memory of thy kindness still around our hearts entwines.
We have you with us, mother dear, but we will not have you long,
Yet we hope to meet you both, in that bright celestial home.
BRUNK - On the 7th of January 1896, near Dale
Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of neuralgia, John Brunk,
aged 76 years, 4 months and 6 days. Funeral services were held
at Weaver's church on the 10th, when appropriate remarks were
made by Joseph F. Simeon and Gabriel D. Heatwole to a large audience
of neighbors and friends after which the body was interred in
the graveyard near by. He was sick only a few days, and his death
was so unexpected that even those of his own household who would
have been willing to make almost any sacrifice to be with him
in his last moments were not with him yet we feel that he was
not alone; we believe that the guardian angels were hovering around
his bed ready to bring his spirit home. Bro. Brunk was born in
Rockingham Co., Va., August 31st 1819, and was married to Annie
Weaver January 13th 1842, and in February of the same year he
and his wife were received into the Mennonite church of which
they were worthy and faithful members until their death, his wife
having died on the 19th of March 1889. Shortly after their marriage
they moved near Weaver's church, where he also became sexton and
remained in that position till his death, having been sexton about
54 years. While he never filled the office of minister or deacon,
we feel that he faithfully discharged the duties of a lay member.
He also filled many positions of trust in and out of the church.
He was a strong counsellor, his counsel and advice being sought
by many on matters both temporal and spiritual, and many have
been much benefited by his advice which was always cheerfully
given. Of the church we can truly say another pillar has fallen.
He loved his church. He loved to see God's kingdom flourish which
was evidenced by his conversation, by his example in a modest
and humble life, by the interest he manifested in church affairs.
He rejoiced in her prosperities and grieved in her adversities.
By his presence and his cheerful countenance at the house of God,
at the regular church service, at the counsel meetings of which
he was a regular attendant when circumstances would permit and
also by his liberality when financial aid was required. He also
felt a great interest in the welfare of family, especially in
their spiritual welfare. We know that at several times he had
considerable anxiety with regard to this matter, but he lived
to see his 7 children and their companions in his own church (1
child died young). In meditating on the events of his useful life
we are also reminded of the trials, temptations and discouragements
through which we know that he also passed, at times greatly feeling
his spiritual poverty of which we have evidence in the expression
of his favorite hymn, No. 260 in Mennonite Selection.
Oh could I find some peaceful bower, where sin hath neither place nor power;
This traitor vile, I fain would shun, but cannot from his presence run.
When to the throne of grace I flee, He stands between my God and me;
Where'er I rove, where'er I rest, I feel him working in my breast.
When I attempt to soar above, to view the heights of Jesus's love,
This monster seems to mount the skies, and veils his glory from mine eyes.
Lord, free me from this deadly foe, which keeps my faith and hopes so low,
I long to dwell in heaven my home, where not one sinful thought can come.
BAUGHMAN - August 2324, 1895, of consumption, Mrs. Jacob
N. Baughman, aged 34 years, 2 months and 18 days. Katie
Gingrich was born near Tonica, LaSalle county, Ill., June
3, 1861. Her parents removed to Minonk, Ill., while she was a
child. This was her home until three years ago. In 1886 she was
married to J.N. Baughman, and in 1892 they moved to Calhoun county,
Iowa, and made their home in Center township, near the Twin lakes.
She leaves a husband, and a seven-year-old son, and a host of
relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was a member of
the Mennonite church at Flanagan, Ill., since 1884, and died in
the triumphs of the Christian faith. Her funeral was held at the
Methodist church on Monday, at 2:30 P.M. Services were conducted
by H.G. Pittenger, from 2 Tim. 1:10. Her remains were laid to
rest in Rose Hill cemetery.
"Farewell, husband, 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, dearest little darling, I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters, and where all is joy and love.
God say fit to call her higher, from this world of pain and care,
To her home beyond the river, and we hope to meet her there."
KAUFFMAN - On the 8th day of February, 1896, near Davidsville, Somerset county, Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Brother Sem Kauffman, aged 87 years, 6 months and 23 days. Burial on the 10th in Kauffman's graveyard. Funeral services by Moses L. Miller and Jonathan Herschberger, from Rom 8. Brother Kauffman leaves twelve children, the oldest sixty-five, the youngest forty-three years old.
KAUFFMAN - On the 24th of February, 1896, near McVeytown, Pa., Esther, daughter of Preacher John E. and Allan K. Kauffman, aged 1 year, 2 months, 19 days.
ZIMMERMAN - Arden Franklin, son of Frank Zimmerman, of near North Lawrence, Ohio, was born June 22, 1894, died February 10, 1896, aged 1 year, 7 months and 18 days. Funeral services at Pleasant View meeting-house by D. Weygandt, assisted by I.J. Buchwalter.
MINNICH - Elizabeth, wife of Michael Minnich, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., Nov. 25, 1825, died at her home near Clinton, Ohio, Feb. 13, 1896, aged 70 years, 2 months, 18 days. She united with the Mennonite church in 1853 and remained faithful until death. Funeral services in Clinton by I.J. Buchwalter.
STAHL - Ida, daughter of Emanuel Stahl, of Logan, Kent county, Mich., was born October 1, 1895, died February 21, 1896, aged 4 months, 24 days. Funeral services were conducted by John Blosser, from the text, "She is not dead, but sleepeth."
MARTIN - Abraham Martin departed this life at the home of William Longanecker, near Cerro Gordo, Ill., January 30, 1896, aged 79 years and 2 months. He was born in Cumberland county, Pa., April 1, 1816; removed from there in his boyhood days with his father (in 1832) to Wayne county, Ohio; was married to Martha Leidig in January, 1838, and remained on the old homestead until 1872, when they, with part of their family, moved to Cerro Gordo, Ill., and located on a farm one and a half miles northwest of the town, and remained there until death. This union lasted for a little over fifty years, when on June 5th, 1888, the dear mother was called to her home, with a bright hope of eternal happiness, while the husband and father remained with us until the above date. About five years ago he was stricken down with internal paralysis, but again recovered and could help himself most of the time until last fall, when he became very feeble, and finally relapsed into a helpless condition until death; but in all his afflictions he waited patiently for the last summons without a murmur of complaint. There were twelve children born, of which nine are still living, and were all present at the funeral, excepting the oldest daughter, Anna Eckard, of Wayne county, Ohio. There are twenty-eight grandchildren living, and one great-grandchild. He was converted in early life, and united with the Mennonite church, in which he remained a faithful servant until death, with a bright hope of eternity. He was the last member of a family of thirteen children, nearly all reaching a good old age. Funeral services were conducted by George W. Cripe, in the Brethren church of Cerro Gordo, on Sunday afternoon, February 2d. Text, Job 14:14, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Cerro graveyard.
SHANK - Henry N. Shank was born in Putman county, Ohio, April 2, 1842, died at his residence, seven miles west of Ottawa, Ohio, February 29, 1896, aged 53 years, 10 months and 27 days. Brother Shank was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. He leaves a wife, six children, one brother and two sisters to mourn his departure. The evening before his death he ate a hearty supper, then went to the woodpile to split wagon spokes. While engaged in the work he became short of breath; he returned to the house, but could only speak a few words that could be understood. At once the physician was summoned, and when he came said there was no hope of recovery, and that his trouble was catarrh, asthma and heart disease. The day before his death he requested that Rev. 22 should be read by one of his daughters, and he also requested that Rom. 8 should be read for a lesson at his funeral. Services were held Sunday, March 1, conducted by D.S. Brunk from Prov. 27:1.
HARTZLER - Near East Lynne, Mo., February 11th, 1896, at the home of his son, N.K. Hartzler, Isaac J. Hatzler, aged 70 years, 8 months and 1 day. Brother Hartzler suddenly became ill on the night of the 7th. The complicated nature of his disease baffled the skill of the physician. He was sick only four days. At times he suffered intense pain. His body was taken to Clear Fork cemetery and interred, after which funeral services were held by John J. Hartzler and L.J. Miller, at Sycamore Grove meeting-house. Z.
BYLER - In Cass county, Mo., Feb. 25th, 1896, Sarah, wife of Eli Byler, aged 72 years, 6 months and 4 days. Funeral services on the 26th, conducted by Levi J. Miller and J.J. Hartzlere, at Sycamore Grove meeting-house. Z.
LANTZ - On December 26th, 1895, at Alvin, Texas, of hemorrhage of the lungs, J.J. Lantz, son of David and Sarah Lantz, aged 40 years, 3 months and 21 days. His remains were taken to Cass county, Mo., and buried in the Clear Fork cemetery on the 29th, on which occasion remarks were made by Levi J. Miller from Num. 23:10, and by D.T. Hooly, from Heb. 9:27. Deceased was united with the Mennonite church six years ago. Z.
MILLER - Rollie, son of Moses and Lydia Miller,
of near Shipshewna, Lagrange county, Ind., was born May 7th, 1892,
died March 2d, 1896, aged 3 years, 9 months, 25 days. Buried at
Shore meeting-house on the 4th. Funeral services by J.J. Weaver
and D.D. Miller.
"Then parents, cease to mourn and weep, since your beloved has gone to sleep;
The time is short till life is o'er, and we may need to part no more.
Rollie, dear, is sweetly resting, cold may be the earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered, "Come and live with us at home."
HILBORN - On the 28th of February, 1896, near
Preston, Waterloo county, Ontario, of diphtheria, Thomas Clayton,
son of Samuel and Mary Ann Hillborn, aged 13 years, 3 months,
13 days. Buried the same evening at Hagey's meeting-house. Funeral
services by J.B. Gingrich.
"Dearest Clayton, thou hast left us; here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us; He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee, - when the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee, where no farewell tear is shed."
ZELLER - On the 1st of March, 1896, near Breslau, Waterloo county, Ontario, Brother Philip Zeller, aged 77 years, 6 months, 29 days. Brother Zeller was born in Germany, and came to America in his youth. He was a noble, efficient worker for his Master, and for many years was a faithful worker in the Sunday school in the Cressman Cong. He had been in feeble health for a number of months, and finally the Master, whose call to work he had for many years obeyed cheerfully and faithfully, called him home to eternal rest. The family, church and community sustain a great loss. May God comfort the bereaved ones. He leaves an aged companion in feeble health, one son and five daughters and many friends to mourn his departure. Buried on the 4th at the Cressman meeting-house. Funeral services at the house by Bishop Elias Weber, and at the church by Bishop Daniel Wismer and Elder Samuel Stauffer.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia