Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1896

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIII, No. 19, October 1, 1896, page 302, 303

CASSEL.-Mary K. Cassel, widow of the late Daniel Cassel, died at her home at Cedar, Pa., Sept. 8th 1896, at about 10:30 A. M., surrounded by her immediate family. Her death was due to general debility, induced by nervous prostration. Since the death of her husband, nearly four years ago, she had been suffering with nervous prostration and was confined to bed since the middle of April, her condition gradually growing weaker. Sunday she lapsed into a stupor from which she did not rally and her departure was as peaceful as though she were sinking into a deep slumber. Deceased's maiden name was Reiff. She was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters, her last surviving brother, John Reiff, having been killed at a railroad crossing in Philadelphia some months ago. She married Daniel Cassel in 1844 and they lived together nearly 48 years, about 35 of which were spent at Cedars. They had six children, three of whom survive. Her age was 70 years, 8 months and 22 days. Funeral on the12th. Interment at the Upper Skippack Mennonite meetinghouse. S. M. K. Huber and George K. Meschter conducted the services at the house and deceased's pastors had charge of the services at the meetinghouse.

SPEICHER.-On the 13th of August, 1896, in Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, of pulmonary affection, sister Mattie Speicher, aged 43 yrs., 5 mos., and 5ds. Sister Speicher was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. In 1878 she came to Iowa, where she has since resided. She leaves her mother, one brother and three sisters. Her father and two sisters preceded her. Funeral services by H. Allebach in German from Rom. 8:18 and Pre. Schleuker in English from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

WILE.-On the 4th of Sept., 1896, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., sister Mary Wile, aged 65 yrs., 3 mos., and 3d. Buried on the 9th at Souderton. Funeral services at the house by Josiah Clemmer and Abel Horning ant the church by M. R. Moyer and Jacob Moyer to a large congregation, from Rev. 14:13. Sister Wile suffered much, though patiently, for two years. Peace to her ashes.

NICE.-On the 3d of Sept. 1896, in Elroy, Montgomery Co., Pa., of neuralgia, Bro. Garret Nice, aged 34 yrs., 15 ds. Buried on the 8th at Franconia. Funeral services by Christian Allebach and Jonas Mininger at the house, and Josiah Clemmer and M. R. Moyer at the church. Text, Rev. 3:20. The deceased leaves a sorrowing widow and three children.

ZOOK.-Near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 3d, 1896, of heart trouble, Solomon, son of S. K. and A. Zook, aged 19 years and 26 days. This beloved young brother suffered much, probably one fourth of the time for the last four years, but he suffered with patience and meekness as becomes a child of God, being willing to go when the Master said, "Come up higher." Funeral services were held at South Union church on the 5th conducted by D. Plank in German and A. Miller in English. Buried in South Union cemetery.

HINBURG.-Dietrich Hinburg was born in Germany, Feb. 29th, 1820, moved to Canada in 1872, and to Gratiot Co., Mich., in 1881, where he died August 30th, 1896, aged 76 years and 6 months, leaving only two sisters, be being the last of his family. Bro. Hinburg was a faithful Christian and member of the Mennonite church for twenty-two years.

HERSHEY.-September 6th, 1896, near Graybill's Station, York Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Bro. Aaron Hershey, aged 46 years, 9 months and 29 days. Buried Sept. 8th at Bare's church near Hanover. His remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors. Funeral services by H. H. Loose, Jacob Hershey and Martin Whisler.

HEGE.-On July 2d 1896, at his home near Marion, Franklin Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Michael Hege, aged 72 years, 11 months and 9 days. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, two daughters, ten grandchildren-two children and three grandchildren having preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Hege was the youngest of a family of nine children, and all left this world of sorrow now except one sister. Bro. Hege was a member of the Mennonite church for almost fifty years and was ordained deacon twenty-five years ago. He was earnestly engaged in prayer that God should be merciful to him a poor soul and could say to his Lord, "Thy will be done." Buried on the 5th in the Mennonite graveyard near Marion. Services by Benj. Zimmerman, P. H. Parret and Peter Wadel, from John 2:24-26. He was followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Peace to his ashes. J. H. PARRET.

BRUBAKER.-On the 31st of August, 1896, near Port Treverton, Snyder Co., Pa., David B. Brubaker, aged 71 yrs., 4 mo., and 22ds. He died at the home of his son-in-law. He was a brother in the Mennonite church. One son and one daughter survive. The remains were laid to rest in the St. Paul graveyard where many friends met to pay their last respects. Funeral services were conducted by William Auker and William Graybill. Text. Matt. 24:44.

BARGE.-July 26th, 1896, near Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of injuries received at a railroad crossing, Enos N. Barge, aged 23 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral on the 29th at the Strasburg Mennonite M. H., where over two thousand people met in sympathy and respect for the family. Services by A. H. Brubaker and Elias Groff, from Psa. 50:15.

Death, dear Enos, bore you from us
And we take the last farewell
Of our dear and loving Enos,-
Why he's gone we cannot tell.

Dearest Enos, how we miss thee
When we see thy vacant chair,
When we look around to see thee
Naught but sorrow see we there.

We'll not murmur though we miss thee,
Rest thee now from all thy care;
Soon we hope with wings celestial
To be borne thy joys to share.

BARGE.-Sept. 1st, 1896, near Strasburg, Lan. Co. Pa., of inflammation of the bowels, Ella May Barge, aged 12 years, 2 months and 18 days. She bore her afflictions very patiently and said to her parents that she must die. Funeral the 4th at Strasburg Mennonite M. H. Text, Isaiah 40:6-8. Elias Groff officiated at the church. The house was filled to its utmost capacity by sympathetic friends, and the Sunday school pupils sang a very touching hymn in sympathy for their departed comrade. Pre. Brubaker officiated at the house.

Two long weeks dear Ella suffered,
But she meekly bore it all;
Never in complaints she murmured,
But awaited God's last call.

O sweet Ella, when we meet you
In the joyous realms above,
Gladys will we haste to greet you
All our hearts aflame with love.

Ella dear, you were our darling,
Loved by all the hearts at home;
But the angels coming quickly
Gently whispered, Ella come.

HOCHSTETLER.-Catherine Winchester Hochstetler of near Winesburg, Holmes Co., Ohio, died August 7th 1896, aged 68 years, 11 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 9th from the home of the deceased. She was a member of the Mennonite denomination. Funeral was conducted by D. J. Yoder, of Wayne Co., J. Kaser and M. V. B. Shoup, of Mt. Eaton, Ohio.

KAUFFMAN.-On the4th of July 1896, at Topeka, Lagrange Co., Ind., of paralysis and old age, Nancy Kauffman, widow of Joseph Kauffman, who preceded her 28 years. Sister Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., and moved with her parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, where she was united in marriage to Joseph Kauffman, and afterwards they moved to Logan Co., Ohio. From there they moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., (Haw patch) where she spent her last years. She died at the residence of her youngest son, Levi. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church from her youth. She leaves five sons and one daughter, 26 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her children were all present when she died except one who lives in Iowa. She reached the advanced age of 89 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Services were conducted by Jonas Troyer in German and Jonathan Kurtz in English. Text, Psalms 92:12.

ALDERFER.-On the 9th of Sept. 1896, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., of Bright's disease, Reuben Alderfer. His wife and one daughter survive. Funeral on the 12th at Line Lexington M. H. Deceased had been a resident of Hilltown for about 25 years, and was much respected.

CHRISTOPHEL.-On the 15th of Sept. 1986, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Noble, infant son of Bro. Jonas and sister Salome Christophel, aged 6 months, 22 days. Buried on the 17th at Yellow Creek. Funeral services by Noah Metzler and J. S. Lehman from the text, "Behold, the babe wept." Ex. 2:6.

WENGER.-On the 29th of April 1896, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Elizabeth Wenger, aged 82 years, 3 months and 22 days. She was a faithful Christian. Her remains were buried in the family graveyard. The funeral text was 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

BERNS.-On the 8th of May 1896, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. David Berns, aged 89 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral text: Psa. 37:37

LEHMAN.-On the 5th of Sept. 1896, in Dauphin Co., Pa., Bro. David Lehman aged 53 years, 4 months and 5 days. Buried at Stauffer's M. H. Text Matt. 24:44.

SCHWANGER.-On the 12th of Sept. 1896, in Bellaire, Lancaster Co., Pa., infant child of Tilman and --Schwanger, aged 28 days. Funeral services at Risser's M. H., and burial in Milton Grove cemetery. Funeral text, Mark 10:14.

SIMON.-On the 9th of July 1896, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Christian Simon, aged 56 years, 9 months and 24 days. Buried at Ehrisman's M. H. Text, 1 John 5:12.

GERMAN.-On the19th of July 1896, in Milton Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa., Susanna German, a member of the Dunkard denomination, aged 68 years, 8 months and 24 days. Buried in Shenks family graveyard. Funeral text John 7:16, 17.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIII, No. 20, October 15, 1896, page 318, 319


Our beloved brother, Isaac B. Wenger, passed away from earth into the land beyond, with the bright hope of a blessed immortality, on July 7th 1896, aged 28 years, 10 months, 7 days. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his early departure. The remains were interred in the Weaver cemetery on the evening of the 8th. Funeral services on the 9th at the Weaver M. H., by the brethren Abraham Burkholder and Christian Good. Text, "If a man die, shall he live again?' Job 14:14. Deceased was a son of Pre. Abraham B. and Sarah H. Wenger of Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va. Early in life he chose teaching as his profession, and by diligent application to books and other helps near at hand, he acquired such a degree of education as to fit him to occupy the school-room where he spent many pleasant and useful days in teaching the youth of the community in which he lived. In 1889 he was married to Ella Haldeman of Winchester, Va. In 1891 he and his wife were received into the Mennonite church by the rite of baptism, administered by Bish. Samuel Coffman. He was an earnest worker in the church and was greatly concerned about the souls of his fellow-men. He was also a faithful and useful teacher in the Sunday school in which he labored. On the 14th of April of the present year, he was called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and was ordained to the ministry by Bish. L. J. Heatwole. With willing hands and a heart filled with resignation to God's will, he at once began work in his new field of labor, and in our opinion his efforts were well directed and earnest. Thus ended a life which seemingly had not yet reached its meridian, and which promised fair to be useful and well spent. The church in which he labored has sustained a loss which we feel that none but the hand of God can supply. Surely the Lord's ways are not our ways. In the home circle he was a dutiful and obedient son, a kind brother, a faithful and devoted husband and a fond, yet prudent and discreet father. The sorrow-stricken mother, who a week after the death of her son, was left a widow, and the heart-broken wife as well as the whole family circle and many other friends, deeply mourn the loss of one in whom many bright hopes had centered. Yet while they are "passing under the rod," they wish to say, "God's will be done."

"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath;
And stars to set-but all,
Thous hast all seasons for thine own, O death!" AUNT LYDIA.


was born near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va. After a lingering illness of a complication of diseases, he quietly passed away on the 14th of July, 1896, aged 57 years, 2 months, 1 day. He was a son of Benjamin Wenger and he grew to manhood and spent the most of his life near the place of his birth.
In 1862 he was married to Sarah Hartman. To this union were born six children, two of whom preceded him to the spirit world. While yet in youth he united with the Mennonite church and remained a faithful member till death.
In 1880 he was ordained to the ministry. He labored earnestly for the cause of the Master, but on account of declining health, he was unable to do as much as he desired, especially during the last four years of his life which were spent in great tribulation. At times he suffered intensely. Though sorely afflicted, he bore his sufferings patiently and without murmuring. After realizing that his work was done here, he longed to quit this world of sin and pain to live in the blessed realms of joy prepared for God's children. During his sickness he could be up and about the house part of the time. About a week before his death, when we returned from the burial of our dear brother, Isaac B. Wenger, we found that our loving father who had witnessed the death of our brother only a few days before, had grown very seriously ill during our absence and was seemingly in a dying condition, but, after a little while he rallied and lived a few days in agony and untold suffering, till early in the morning of the 14th, before day dawned, the faithful watchers found that life was ebbing fast away and before the sun rose his spirit had gone to Him who gave it. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow and one son and three daughters to mourn their loss which we believe is his gain. Funeral services by the brethren Samuel Weaver and Bish. L. J. Heatwole at Weaver's M. H., after which his remains were laid away in their last sleep in the Weaver cemetery. LIZZIE.


KRAEDY.-September 30th, 1896, at Donerville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Lizzie H., wife of Bro. Wilson Kraedy, aged 22 years, 2 months and 18 days. Funeral on Oct. 3rd. Text: Isaiah 40:6-8. Buried at Petersburg meeting house. A sorrowing husband and two children suffered great loss and a large circle of relatives mourn her departure. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the dear sister. Sister Kraedy died in faith rejoicing in hope and fully resigned.

GARBER.-Died Sept. 9th 1896, near Bassler's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., of blood poisoning, Jonas E. Garber, son of Bro. and Sister Henry E. Garber, aged 14 years, 1 month and 4 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text: Col. 3:2-4. Buried at Bassler's meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the dear son, and showed sympathy for the bereft family.

MOYER.-On the 20th of Sept., 1896, at the house of his son Eli, at Mainland, Montgomery Co., Pa., Isaac K. Moyer, 77 years, 11 months, 2 days. Five children survive. His remains were buried in the Hereford Mennonite graveyard on the 24th.


Lines written on the death of our dear mother who departed this life, July 10th, 1896.

Earth once seemed to me an Eden,
With its buds and blossoms fair,
With its happy birdlike music,
Ringing out on incense-laden air.
But the flowers have lost their beauty,
And the merry birds are dumb,
And the very sun is darkened
Since mother dear went home.

What care I for golden treasures,
Or for wealth or aught it brings?
All its gifts but mock my spirit,
Pain me with their scorpion stings.
I would give them all this moment
If again she could but come,
Clasping me with sweet caresses, -
Ah, my mother has gone home.

But they tell me where she dwelleth
Is a fairer land than ours,
That far sweeter is its music,
Far more beautiful its flowers.
O, that through its golden portal
Some sweet day I too may come,
And reign my dearest treasure, -
Mother, dear there safe at home.

Mother dear, what was thy mission
To this world so drear and cold?
Just to weave thy spell around us,
Just to fill with love untold
These sad hearts? Aye, by thy magic
Hold them, nevermore to roam,
To the thoughts of things above us,
Where our mother's safe at home.

By her daughter, Sister Mollie E. Wolfe, Urbana, Ohio.

SOUDER.-October 2, 1896, near Chestnut Hill meeting house, Sister Fannie Souder, wife of John Souder, aged 66 years, 2 months and 1 day. Funeral on the 5th. Text: 2 Cor. 5:1. Buried in the Silver Spring cemetery. A husband survives. Sister Souder was a faithful Christian.

NISSLEY.-September 15th 1896, in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of rheumatism, Sister Sarah N., wife of Bro. John S. Nissley, aged 55 years, 6 months and 5 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text: Phil, 1:21. Buried at Landisville meeting house. A large congregation assembled in token of respect for the beloved sister. Sister Nissley suffered for about 15 years. She was patient in tribulation and rejoiced in hope. A husband and family mourn her departure.

NIES.-September 15th 1896, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary Nies, aged 87 years, 3 months and 2 days. Funeral on the 18th. Text: Psalm 116:15. Buried at Landisville meeting house. A goodly number assembled in token of respect for the dear old sister. Peace to her ashes.

OESCH.-In Ness Co., Kansas, on the 23rd of July 1896, infant child of David and Barbara Oesch, aged 13 days.
The mother, Barbara Yoder, wife of David Oesch, suffered for a considerable time until the Lord called her home on the 16th of September, aged 39 years, 8 months and 21 days. Funeral services were held by Jacob Aeby from Isa. 54:7-12. She frequently desired devotional exercises during her sickness, and we hope she has been called to the home of the blessed, to rest from all her trials and sufferings here below.

SNYDER.-Bro. Jared, son of Christian B. and Barbara Snyder, died on Sept. 7, 1896, aged 32 years, 1 month. He had been to Peter Sherk's house in Bridgeport, Waterloo Co., Ont., on the Sunday afternoon mentioned, and on his return home he was overcome with an epileptic fit, to which he was subject, and died on the road. Funeral services at Martin's M. H. by Abraham Martin and Paul Martin, from 2 Cor. 5:1.

BEERY.-John Henry Beery was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Aug. 20, 1831 and died near Lima, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1896, aged 65 years and 22 days. He was married to Delilah Niswander, who with one son and daughter now mourn the loss of a kind and devoted husband and father. Two sons, who died in infancy, have preceded him to the better land. He united with the church about forty years ago and died with a firm faith in the promises of Christ.

MITSCHELEN.-Michael Mitschelen was born Jan.11th, 1826, died Aug. 4th 1896, aged 70 years, 6 months and 24 days. Burial services at the Olive M. H., Elkhart Co., Ind., by J. S. Lehman assisted by Andrew Good.

YODER.-John P. Yoder was born in Mifflin county, Pa., Sept. 4th 1813, died in Lagrange Co., Ind., Aug. 29th 1896, aged 82 years, 11 months and 25 days. Funeral services by D. D. Troyer in the English from Job 7:9, 10, and by Jonathan Troyer in German. Buried in the Union chapel burying ground on the 30th of August.

JOHNSON.-Near Masontown, Fayette Co., Pa., Sept. 19th 1896, Nellie May, daughter of Bro. Wilford and Sister Anna Johnson, aged 3 years, 1 month and 24 days. This little girl came to a sudden and unexpected end. On Saturday morning September 19th the mother was taking hot water to the cellar to wash the churn after churning. The little girl wanted to go along, and with her mother's permission she started down the porch steps, her mother following. As she set the pan with water down on a step to close the gate, she noticed the baby near the edge of the porch. About the same time little Nellie slipped and her mother made an effort to catch her, and in doing so the pan of water was upset and poured down over little Nellie's breast scalding her from the neck down. The mother at once proceeded to remove the clothing, not thinking it was so serious. The little girl said to her, "Mamma, isn't this a shame?" Her mother told her she would soon get well. She said, "No, mamma, I'll not; put me in my cradle and send for papa." Medical aid was secured at once, and all was done to save the child's life that was possible, but to no avail. She did not seem to suffer much pain and was conscious up to the last moments when she calmly passed away about 8 P. M. the day the accident occurred. She was unusually bright and intelligent for one of her age and was dearly loved by all who knew her. The heart-stricken parents were almost overcome with grief to think their darling was thus suddenly taken from them, but God in His wisdom called her home

"Before her heart had learned
In waywardness to stray,
Or e'er her feet had turned
The dark and downward way."

She was buried on the 21st at the Masontown Mennonite church where funeral services were conducted by Aaron Loucks, David Johnson and Alpheus Debolt. Text, 1 Cor. 15:53, first clause.

EPPLER.-On the 22d of May 1896, in Dauphin Co., Pa., daughter of Jacob and -- Eppler, aged 2 years, 5 months 23 days. Buried at Rissers M. H. in Lancaster county. Funeral text: Psa. 23:2, 3.

FRY.-On the 12th of June 1896, in Lancaster Co., Pa., very suddenly of heart disease, wife of Bro. David Fry, aged 68 years, 5 months and 14 days. Buried in Stern's family graveyard. Funeral text Matt. 20:8-11.

STREID.-On the 8th of Sept. 1896, near Meadows, Ill., after only a few days' illness of inflammation of the bowels, sister Jacobina Streid, aged 42 years, 5 months, 4 days. She leaves her husband, eight children, parents, eleven brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn her early departure. Her remains were followed by a large concourse of friends. Funeral services by Joseph Kinsinger, Andrew Vercler and Daniel Orendorff.

AUKER.-On Aug. 23d , 1896, in Altoona, Blair Co., Pa., at the home of her son Henry, sister Eva Auker, widow of David Auker, deceased. Aged 76 years, 6 months, and 15 days. Her maiden name was Shirk. She was a consistent member in the Lostcreek Mennonite congregation for many years. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Her remains were brought to Juniata Co., Pa., and laid in the family graveyard on the old homestead in Lostcreek valley near Mexico. Services were conducted at the house of Bro. Samuel Auker, by William Graybill and William Auker. Text, John 16:33.

EBERSOLE.-Samuel D. Ebersole was born Oct. 21st 1829, died Sept. 14th 1896, aged 66 years, 10 months, 23 days. Funeral services were held at Good's Mennonite M. H., on Thursday forenoon at 10:00 A. M., Sept. 17. Preachers Benjamin Lehman and Martin N. Rutt officiated. Interment was made in the graveyard adjoining the meeting house. He was a member of the Mennonite church since early manhood. His aliments were biliousness and liver complaint. His second wife, two daughters of the first wife, and two sons all living in Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa., one brother near Sterling, Illinois, and one sister living near Elizabethtown, also three grandchildren survive him.

HOSTETLER.-On the 18th of Sept. 1896, in McPherson Co., Kansas, Eva H. Hostetler, youngest child of Henry and Salome Hostetler, aged 10 days. Buried on the 20th in the West Liberty graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by S. C. Miller and G. R. Brunk, from Job 14.

"Twas a precious little blossom
God had planted in our home,
But the angels came and whispered,
Come and dwell with us at home."

KAUFFMAN.-Betsey Ann Miller was born July 16th 1865, was married to Rudolph Kauffman Feb. 28th 1888, died Sept. 4th 1896, aged 31 years, 1 month, 18 days. To this union were born four children, one of which preceded its mother to the spirit world. Sister Kauffman was afflicted with consumption for some time, and often suffered untold fortitude, waiting with patience for the coming of the Lord. She was conscious that her temporal life was drawing to a close and gave instruction concerning her funeral, making choice of the ministers to preach her funeral, also selecting the funeral text, and hymns to be sung. Her funeral which took place at the Shore M. H. on Sunday Sept. 6, was possibly the largest ever witnessed in this vicinity. Services by Eli Miller in German and J. J. Weaver and A. S. Cripe in English from Psa. 40:1. The following are lines which were selected by her:

"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 darlings,
I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters,
And where all is joy and love.

God saw fit to call me higher,
From this world of pain and care,
To my home beyond the river,

And I hope to meet you here."
A. S. C.

HERSHEY.-What proved to be one of the saddest accidents on record here, occurred at the P. R. R. crossing at Bird-in-hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., on the night of July 25th by which two lives were sacrificed. The victims were Barbara Hershey, aged 18 years, daughter of Peter and Barbara Hershey of Paradise Twp., and Enos N. Barge (whose death notice appeared in the HERALD) aged 23 years, son of Jacob Barge of Strasburg Twp. They were returning home after spending the evening with friends, and as they reached the R. R. crossing (which is a very dangerous one) they failed to hear or see a train which was approaching at the rate of 55 miles an hour, and drove on the track just in front of it. Barbara was killed instantly or nearly so; it is supposed the entire train passed over her body which was found crushed and lifeless some distance from where they were struck. Her companion was very badly injured, but was conscious when found. He was removed to the county hospital in Lancaster city where he died twenty-three hours later. This sad accident has cast a gloom over the community in which they lived, and the bereaved families have the sympathy of all as was manifested by the immense crowds which attended both funerals. Barbara was buried on the 28th in Hershey's burying ground and Enos was buried on the 29th in the Strasburg burying ground. Two more lights have gone out, two more homes made sad and lonely; yet we believe that,
"Not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that night."

But we believe it is a warning sent by a kind heavenly Father to all. May we all, and especially the unconverted friends and companions of the departed ones, not allow this solemn warning to pass by unheeded.

"Sorrowful mourners, silently weep,
Weep for your loved ones who sleep their last sleep,
Gaze on the forms where beauty once bloomed,
Now in the dust they are entombed.

Borne by friends to their last home,
Peacefully laid down in the tomb.
Lightly, tread lightly round their low bed,
For there sleep our beautiful dead."

SHROCK.-At Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., Sarah Jane Robbins. She was born Nov. 6th 1874, was married to Aaron Shrock May 27th 1893, died Sept. 20th 1896, aged 21 years, 10 months, 14 days. Her affliction was typhoid fever, of only a little over a week's duration. After a night of prayer to her God she confessed peace, and said she had given her heart and her children to God, and requested her husband to prepare to meet her in heaven. Funeral at the Shore Mennonite M. H., Sept. 21st. Services by D. D. Miller in English and A. S. Cripe in German and English from Job 19:25. Following are lines composed by her sister:
In the prime of her womanhood and vigor,
When life seemed sunny and fair,
Disease laid its chill upon her,
And scattered its presence there.

She battled one week bravely,
While loving friends watched by her side;
But her spirit at last broke its fetters,
And she drifted away on death's tide.

How sadly we shall miss her
In places we knew her so well,
The regard and sympathy within us,
Is greater than words can tell.

So we'll bring our last loving tribute,
And give it, Jennie, to you,
And we'll trust in words of the Giver,
As we bid you an earthly adieu.

GOLDSMITH.-On the 26th of Sept. 1896, at the home of her parents John and Lydia Goldsmith, in Logan Co., Ohio, Emma Goldsmith, aged 16 years, 10 months, 22 days. Buried at the S. Union M. H. on the 27th. Funeral services by C. K. Yoder and A. Miller.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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