BRAND - On the 30th of Oct., 1897, in DeKalb Co., Ind., of a complication of diseases, Alva Brand, aged one day less than 29 years. He was married to Ella Stofer, daughter of Pre. Eli Stofer, about eight years ago. He leaves a sorrowing companion, father, mother and a brother and sister to mourn his early death. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts, and give them grace to put all their trust in Him who has promised never to leave or forsake His children and who is a very present help to all. Funeral services were conducted by J.F. Funk of Elkhart.
STEALY - On the 6th of November, 1897, in Elkhart county, Indiana, of dropsy, Sister Nancy (Gipe) Stealy, aged 78 yrs., 9 mos. and 14 days. She was born in Lancaster county, Pa., on Jan. 22, 1819. She was married to Daniel Stealy, of Richland county, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1840. She with her husband moved to Elkhart county, Ind., in April 1856, where they lived together until Bro. Stealy died on Sept. 19, 1881. She leaves three sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to mourn her death. She was buried on the 8th. Services were conducted by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler from Rev. 14:13. A large concourse of friends and relatives had met to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed sister. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her. May God bless the dear ones who mourn her death.
DENLINGER - John Eby Denlinger, youngest son
of Henry S. and Lizzie Denlinger, was born April 21st, 1897, died
October 23d, 1897, aged 6 months and 3 days. The death of this
dear little babe was very sad, as he had never been sick. He was
an unusually good child, and the morning of his death his mother
went up stairs about seven o'clock and gave him nourishment, and
he fell asleep again. She laid him on the bed and went down again
as usual. In about an hour she went again to see about him. She
soon saw there was something wrong. He had turned on his face
and was smothered to death. The parents worked with him awhile,
thought they must awake him, but that was beyond their power.
May God comfort and help them to bear their loss. Funeral services
were held at the house by Bro. C.M. Brackbill and at Hershey's
M.H. by Bish. Isaac Eby. Text, Lam. 3:31--33.
Weep not for little Eby, his spirit now has fled;
He sweetly sleeps with Jesus among the silent dead.
His little coach is empty, his playthings laid aside,
And loving hearts are weeping for our little pet that died.
SHAFFER - Nov. 13th, 1897, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Arthur
Titus, infant son of Henry and Clarissa Shaffer, aged 3 months
and 19 days. Funeral at the Oberholzer M.H., where services were
conducted by H.A. Kilmer, assisted by David Lehman.
"Weep not for little Arthur, his gentle spirit has fled,
He sweetly sleeps with Jesus among the silent dead.
'Tis true we loved him dearly, yet Jesus loved him best;
He relieved him from his suffering and took him home to rest."
BAKER - On the 25th of October, 1897, near New Stark, Ohio, James Baker (colored) from the effects of a bullet wound, received while intoxicated. Funeral services Oct. 20th by N.O. Blosser, from Matt. 24:43.
CLINE - On the 24th of October, 1897, near New Stark, Ohio, of typhoid fever, Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Cline, aged 18 years, 10 months and 3 days. Funeral services conducted by John Blosser, from Eccl. 9:10.
KING - Isaac King was born near Allensville, Mifflin county, Pa., July 1st, 1821, died near East Lynne, Cass Co., Mo., July 29th, 1897, aged 76 years and 28 days.
WENGER - On Nov. 1st, 1897, near Mt. Crawford, Rockingham
Co., Va., Sister Sallie Wenger, died at the home of her
son John, with whom she lived. She had suffered for some time
of dropsy and heart failure. Buried on the 2d. Funeral services
were conducted by G.D. and S. Heatwole at the Pike M.H. in the
presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives assembled
to pay the last tribute of respect. The remains were laid to rest
in the Early graveyard by the side of her husband, Daniel Wenger,
who had preceded her to another world eight years ago. She leaves
ten children living, forty-four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,
and one sister to mourn their loss. She had reached the aged of
76 years, 8 months and 29 days. She was a consistent member of
the Mennonite Church for many years. The community lost a good
neighbor, and the children an affectionate mother. Her seat at
the meetings was seldom if ever vacant when health permitted.
Peace to her ashes.
"Mother, thou art sweetly resting, here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can distress thee more."
BINKLEY - Sister Barbara Binkley, wife of Uriah Binkley, died Nov. 1st, 1897, aged 69 years, 2 months and 3 days. She leaves, besides her husband, eight sons, two daughters and three brothers and one sister. Funeral services on the 4th by Jacob Krehbiel assisted by Pre. Simkins. Text, Isaiah 45:3. Buried in the Rural cemetery. Sister Binkley had a paralytic stroke the latter part of June, but recovered so far as to be able to sit up the greater part of the time until the last three weeks she began to fail until death relieved her. She was conscious to the end and went to sleep in Jesus.
STUTZMAN - Ethel, daughter of David F. and Anna
Stutzman, was born in Plattsmouth, Neb., Jan 20th, 1896, died
Oct. 17th., 1897, of cholera infantum, at Mancelona, Mich., aged
1 year, 8 months and 27 days. She was laid to rest on the 19th
in the Mancelona cemetery.
"This little bud so young and fair, called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower in Paradise would bloom.
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade, death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed and bade it blossom there.
Dear Ethel's cab is empty now, her little clothes laid by,
A mother's hope, a father's joy, in death's cold arm doth lie.
Go, little pilgrim, to thy home, on yonder blissful shore;
We miss thee here, but soon will come, where thou hast gone before." A.S.
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CULP - Departed this life Nov. 9th, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Elias Culp, aged 35 years, 3 months and 2 days. Deceased leaves a wife and two children, parents, four brothers and many relatives to mourn his departure. May God bless and comfort the bereaved in this the time of their trial and sadness. Burial at the Yellow Creek cemetery was largely attended. Services by S. Longenecker and D. Brenneman. Text: "Looking unto Jesus." Heb. 12:2. The deceased was a minister of the gospel.
HOSTETLER - On the 15th of Oct. 1897, near Shipshewana, Ind., Willie, son of Jacob and ___ Hostetler, aged 4 months and 23 days.
KAUFFMAN - On the 22nd of Nov. 1897, near Goshen, Ind., of cholera infantum, Mabel, daughter of Jonathan and Libbie Kauffman, aged 2 months and 19 days.
MARTIN - On the 9th of November 1897, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Elias Martin, aged 69 years, 5 months, 7 days. He leaves his wife, two sons and seven daughters. Buried in the Martin graveyard. Funeral services by Abraham Martin and Daniel Brubacher. Deceased was a member of the Old Mennonite church and was highly esteemed.
LICHTY - On the 21st of November 1897, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Daniel Lichty, aged 47 years, 9 months and 11 days. His sickness and departure were sad, and his death should be a solemn warning to backsliders and the unconverted. He leaves a bereaved wife, three children and an aged mother. Buried in the Martin graveyard. Funeral services by Abraham Martin from Psa. 39:4, and by Joseph Gingerich from James 5:61. HIRAM WEBER
SELL - On the 1st of Oct. 1897, near Doylestown, Wayne Co., Ohio, of diphtheria, David Henry, son of Bro. Henry and Sister ___ Sell. He was born Dec. 4th, 1892, aged 4 years, 9 months and 27 days. Funeral services at the Crown Hill M.H. by D.C. Amstutz in English from James 4:14, and C.D. Steiner in German.
BEYELER - On the 29th of Nov. 1897, near Burton City, Wayne Co., Ohio, Frederick Alvin, son of Bro. Alfred and Sister ___ Beyeler. He was born Oct. 28, 1891, and was aged 6 years, 1 month, 1 day. Funeral on Wednesday at the Crown Hill M.H., by D.C. Amstutz in German from Rom. 14:1--9, and L.J. Burkholder, of Markham, Ont., in English.
CRAIG - On the 16th of Sept., 1897, near South West,
Elkhart Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Rebecca Culp, wife
of Charles O. Craig, aged 36 years and 9 days. Funeral services
conducted by David Longenecker of the Ebeneezer church. Text,
Num. 23:10. Deceased leaves a husband, two children, a father,
five brothers and six sisters to mourn her early departure, but
they mourn not as those who have no hope. She was a member of
the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church for several years. Here
was the first death of a family of twelve children. Her mother
died about twelve years ago.
One more precious life is ended, and a voice we loved is stilled;
In our midst a place is vacant which can never more be filled.
Human hands have tried to save her, tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore her, from this weary world of pain.
Tearfully we lowly laid her, neath the grass that grew so green;
And the form of dear Rebecca, in our midst no more is seen.
Se. by her sister, MARY YODER
CULP - On the 10th of Oct. 1897, at her home in Goshen,
Ind., Anna Culp, wife of Cornelius Culp, after an illness
of ten days of lung fever, aged 39 years, 4 months and 8 days.
She leaves a husband, six children, a father, four brothers and
four sisters to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those
who have no hope. She was a member of the German Baptist Church
for 20 years. Her mother preceded her to the spirit world just
five months and five days. Funeral from the Yellow Creek M.H.
Services by L. Berkey and J. Metzler, the latter having baptized
her and united her in matrimony to her now bereaved husband.
Mother, thou at the close of day, midst with Jesus soar away.
Into fairer worlds above, where all fears are lost in love.
Parted? Yes; and nevermore, here thou'lt fill that vacant chair;
Parted from us, here below, where a thousand tears do flow.
Tell, dear Jesus, why 'tis so, that our mother first should go;
But the answer comes along, 'tis to join the blood-washed throng. Sel. by A FRIEND
JORDAN - On the 23d of Nov. 1897, in Allen Co., Ohio,
of membraneous croup, Goldie Salina, daughter of Charles
and Elizebeth Jordan, aged 8 years and 26 days. Buried on the
24th at the Salem M.H. Services by C.B. Brenneman of Elida and
C. Good of Rockingham Co., Va. Text, Rev. 21:6, "It is done."
May the rich blessings of God attend the much bereaved parents,
so that they may be able to come to a throne of grace and find
grace to help in every time of need. Oh that all may strive by
the grace of God so to live in this life that when once the Master
comes it may well be said of every member that their work is done,
their salvation is completed and all is ready to meet Goldie in
that beautiful home of the blest.
"Dear parents, weep not for your child, although it has left you for a while;
In heaven, that high and holy place, you may again behold its face." C.B. BRENNEMAN
BRACKBILL - On the 25th of Nov. 1897, in the city of
Lancaster, Pa., of catarrhal pneumonia, Laura E. Brackbill,
at the home of her grandmother, aged 5 years, 3 months and 3 days.
Services on the 28th of November at the house by John K. Brubaker.
Text, Nahum 1st chapter last clause of the 12th verse. At the
Strasburg meeting house by Elias Groff from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25. On
Thanksgiving day our darling Laura fell calmly asleep in the arms
of Jesus. She was a loving child and we miss her everywhere, and
feel as though we can scarcely go on in this life without her
loving words and cheerful disposition. She was a great blessing
and comfort to us, and we shall cherish her loving memory only
as a loving and affectionate child. God grant that her absence
may draw us more closely to Himself. And may we go more gently
through the remainder of our lives and soon meet our darling never
more to part. She is with her mama who preceded her several years
We miss thee because thy smile was fair,
Thy lip and eye so bright,
Because thy loving cradle care was such a dear delight.
Shall love with weak embrace thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle angel, seek thy place amid the cherub train. S.E.B.
ROPP - Near Berne, Huron Co., Mich. Buried in the Bay
Port Union cemetery on the 28th of Nov. 1897 at 3 o'clock P.M.,
infant son of Pre. Peter and Catharine Ropp, aged 8 days.
Funeral services will be held in the Berne Mennonite meeting-house
as soon as Sister Ropp is able to attend public worship.
However painful it may be to know that he is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see him in that heavenly home. SAMUEL L. BOWMAN
BECHTEL - Catharine, wife of William Bechtel,
died Nov. 24th 1897, near Berne, Huron Co., Mich. She was born
in Waterloo Co., Ont., February 25th 1821, living in holy matrimony
with William Bechtel 50 years, 5 months and 10 days. She was the
mother of seven sons and four daughters, of whom four sons and
four daughters survive; thirty-eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Her age was 76 years, 8 months and 29 days. She was a member of
the Mennonite church for many years; but she has now gone home,
we hope and trust to dwell with the redeemed on Canaan's happy
shore. Buried on the 28th in the Bay Port Union burial ground.
Funeral services by Samuel S. Bowman assisted by Pre. Lantz. Text,
2 Cor. 5:1.
SAMUEL S. BOWMAN
ZIEGLER - On the 22d of Nov. 1897, in Berlin, Ont. of the results of lagrippe and pleurisy, Enoch Ziegler, in the 76th year of his age. He was born near Preston, Waterloo Co., Ont., March 2d, 1822. His father, Dilman Ziegler, emigrated from Montgomery Co., Pa., a few years earlier. Deceased was married to Hannah Hallman in 1844. In 1846 they moved to Berlin, where they have since resided. He leaves a family of six sons and three daughters, a large number of grandchildren and other relatives to mourn his departure. Buried on the 23d. The funeral services were conducted by Pre. Henderson in English and Pre. McNally in German. The funeral was very largely attended. Deceased was the last of a large family of children who figured prominently in the earlier history and development of the old "German Tract" in Waterloo Co., Ont.
HERTZLER - Sister Anna Hertzler, wife of Bro. Benjamin Hertzler, aged 62 years, 11 months and 6 days. After a severe illness of a few months she had recovered sufficiently to be about again, and when all hoped for her complete recovery, suddenly she was stricken with apoplexy on the 23d of Nov. 1897, and was unable to speak, but on the 24th she returned to consciousness for some hours when her dear husband spoke to her, read with her, and they prayed together, after which she sank into unconsciousness and on the evening of the 26th about 6:30 the angels bore her spirit away. Peace be to her ashes. A sorrowing husband, three children, a number of grandchildren and an immense concourse of friends followed her to her last resting place on the 30th of Nov. Services at the house by Bro. Abram B. Herr, prayer by Bro. A.D. Wenger, both very appropriate. The principal services were held at Rohrerstown, Bro. Jacob N. Brubacher opening the service in German. Bro. Isaac Eby followed with the sermon from Romans 8:1. Bro. J.K. Brubaker followed basing his remarks upon Hebrew 11:4. "Being dead yet speaketh." The services were very impressive throughout and she is mourned by many, in the home, the neighborhood and the church, but our loss is her gain. About 1200 people attended the funeral, among this number 28 or 29 ministers. About 700 partook of the refreshments prepared in the basement of the church after which we laid her remains away in the Millersville cemetery, a large number of friends following.
GOOD - Mrs. Elizabeth Good, daughter of Abraham and Catharine Lehman, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., August 24th, 1825, and died in Canal Winchester, Ohio on the 21st of Sept. 1897, at the age of 72 years and 27 days. She was married to John Good in the fall of 1847, and to them were born seven children, two of whom died in childhood. Soon after marriage she united with the Mennonite church remaining a member until death. Her husband died August 6th 1862 leaving her a widow more than 35 years. In the last few years she suffered from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, and on the evening of Sept. the 17th was stricken with apoplexy. Lingering in an unconscious condition until Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock September the 21st when she passed to the beyond, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Noah Lehman with whom she made her home the latter half of her widowhood. In accordance with her oft repeated request, Pre. J. Heffley of the Reformed church preached her funeral discourse, assisted by Pre. A. Snyder of the U.B. church and Pre. Noah Good of the Columbus Oak Wood Chapel M.E. church, the services being held in the U.B. church of Canal Winchester, Ohio, on the morning of the 22d after which the burial took place in the Mennonite cemetery by the side of the grave of her husband. The funeral text was Luke 24:34. "The Lord is risen indeed."
KRATZ - Near Kappa, Woodford Co., Ills., on the 21st of November, 1897, after a long illness, Bro. Samuel Kratz, aged 84 years, 8 months and 6 days. He suffered nearly six months of paralysis and the infirmities of old age. He bore his sufferings with patience and submission, and as the days became less on earth his desire increased to depart to the home above. He was born in Montgomery Co., Pa. His widow, two sons and one daughter survive him. His remains were laid to rest in the White Oak graveyard followed by many relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the house by Valentine Strubhar. Text, Ps. 39:3, 4. JOSIAH G. KRATZ
JANSEN - Sister Helena (von Riesen) Jansen was
born in Schidlitz, near Danzig, Germany, on the first of December
1822, died of strangulated hernia at her home on South Second
St., Beatrice, Neb., on the first of December, 1897, at the ripe
old age of 75 years. She leaves three sons and two daughters to
mourn her departure, but with the blessed consolation that she
whom they so dearly loved has gone to join the loved ones who
have preceded her to the world of light. Within the last 3 years
death has reaped a rich harvest in this home. Our readers will
remember the death of the husband and father, Bro. Cornelius Jansen,
Sr., Dec. 14th, 1895, after having shared with his beloved companion
the vicissitudes of life for nearly fifty years. Last summer sister
Jansen's only sister Anna von Riesen, who had lived in the family,
died after a long and painful illness, and now the last of the
aged trio has passed away. The funeral on the 3d of December was
attended by many relatives and friends. Short services in English
were held at the home, after which the remains were conveyed to
the Mennonite meeting house northwest of Beatrice and laid by
the side of her beloved husband and sister. In January 1850 sister
Jansen accompanied her husband from Danzig to Berdiansk, South
Russia, making the journey on a wagon as was the mode of traveling
then. In the fall of 1852, on account of the Crimean War which
was threatening then, they moved back and lived temporarily at
Schidlitz. Later they moved on a farm in the vicinity of Elburg,
Germany and in 1856 they moved back to Berdiansk, accompanied
by Sister Anna von Reisen, who remained with them as a member
of the family until her death last summer as already stated. In
April 1873 Bro. Jansen received peremptory orders from the Russian
government to leave the country, because he so stoutly maintained
the principle of non-resistance in the face of an order from the
government which required that all young men of proper age must
do military duty. Hitherto the Mennonites in Russia had been exempt
from such duty, and the exemption had been guaranteed them "forever"
by a previous Russian ruler. In consequence of this ukase against
him Bro. Jansen and family left Russia shortly after, and after
a month's sojourn in Germany among friends, and another short
stay in England, they came to Canada on the 10th of August, 1873,
from whence, after a year's residence, they moved to Point Pleasant,
Iowa, and on the 16th of November 1876 they moved to Beatrice,
Neb. The Lord comfort the bereaved children in their deep affliction,
and at last grant this dear family a happy reunion in the mansions
of the blest in the bright beyond.
Transcriber's Notes: Surname is first written as von Riesen, and then as von Reisen.
YODER - Sister Fannie Yoder of Smithville, Wayne
Co., Ohio, wife of Henry Yoder, and daughter of D.P. and Barbara
Yoder died at the Huron St. Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 27th,
1897. She was born Jan. 5, 1866. In her youth she accepted her
Savior, entered into a covenant relationship with Him in the Amish
Mennonite Church and ever remained a faithful member of the church.
She was seldom absent from Sunday school, Young People's meeting
or the regular services of the church. Jan. 30, 1890, she entered
into the holy bonds of matrimony, proving to be a loving and helpful
companion, leading a meek, quiet and peaceful life. Her co-laborers
in the Sunday school and church with those who were near and dear
to her by the ties of nature, remember her in the language of
"Sister, thou wast mild and lovely, gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening when it floats among the trees."
"Yet again we hope to meet you when the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet you where no farewell tear is shed."
The cause of her death was a fibrous tumor, internally, which is supposed to have begun seven years prior to her death, when she was afflicted with lagrippe, she being under treatment at the time. The tumor apparently lay dormant and caused no inconvenience until within 3 months of her death when her trouble began and increased rapidly. Being examined by several physicians they all agreed that nothing but an operation would save her life and much suffering. The sister after prayerfully considering the matter, willingly submitted, while her friends were more reluctant to consent because of the great danger that her physicians said she would be subjected to by the operation. On the 21st of November, she in company with her father and husband went to the above named hospital where on the next day the tumor was removed satisfactorily. Our sister endured the operation remarkably well, but on the morning of the 27th her strength began to fail, she took to vomiting and expired at 2:10 P.M. In her days of severe trial and suffering she was fully resigned, patient yet cheerful which we cannot better describe than in the words of a poem:
"I long for God, the living God, I hunger for His grace,
I long to see as I have seen my heavenly Savior's face.
The earth has not a home for me, where I would always stay,
O let me take my pilgrim staff and speed my upward way.
I would not be afraid to live, nor yet afraid to die,
Nor wish to end my working days or make them faster fly.
Funeral services at the Oak Grove meeting house were conducted by John K. Yoder and D.H. Bender. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
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