HARTZLER - Jonathan Y. Hartzler was born in Fairfield
Co., Ohio, April 3d, 1897, died in Logan Co., Ohio, March 1st,
1897, aged 59 years, 10 months, 28 days. He was married to Elizabeth
Borntreger, Sept. 25th, 1862. This union was blessed with seven
children, six of whom had the privilege of being with their father
when he died. One died quite young. Bro. Hartzler, for a number
of years, made weekly trips to Springfield, Ohio, with produce,
and only on the Wednesday before his death he went as far as West
Liberty, but feeling quite unwell he consulted his physician who
advised him to return home. He did so, but before he reached his
home he was taken so very ill that Michael Yoder, a school teacher,
had to assist him to his home. He was taken with a severe attack
of pneumonia and notwithstanding the best of medical aid and good
nursing, he grew worse until death ended his suffering, which
was of only a few days' duration. Funeral was held at the Walnut
Grove church March 4th, where a large number had assembled to
pay respects of the deceased brother. Services by A. Miller and
David Hilty in English and David Plank in German. Text, Mark 13:33.
Interment in the Alexander cemetery. The ceased was a member of
the Amish Mennonite church. Peace to his ashes.
"His trials are past, his work is done, we trust he's fully blest;
He fought the fight, the victory won, and entered into rest.
Then let your sorrows cease to flow, God has recalled His own;
And let your heart in every woe, still say, Thy will be done.
BECHTEL - Pre. Amos Bechtel was born in Waterloo
Co., Ont., Sept. 28th, 1836, died April 7th, 1897, aged 60 years,
6 months and 10 days. He united in matrimony with Mary Ann Funk
of Waterloo Co., Ont., at the age of twenty-three years, emigrated
to Indiana in 1863 and settled in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co. To
them were born four sons and six daughters; one son and one daughter
preceded him to the spirit world. A wife, three sons, five daughters,
and twenty grandchildren mourn the loss of a loving husband and
father. He united with the church of his choice (River Brethren)
at the age of twenty-nine years, served as deacon and minister,
and lived an exemplary Christian life. He had been a great sufferer
more or less for a year with creeping paralysis, yet with all
this he was filled with the Spirit of God to the end. His conversations
to neighbors and friends, and especially to his children, were
about the salvation of their souls. May the dear children hear,
obey and walk in his precepts and example; may the loved wife
and all the relatives be drawn closer to Him that "doeth
all things well." The Lord gave, the Lord has taken; blessed
be the name of the Lord. Funeral services at Yellow Creek M.H.,
on the 9th, by Michael Shirk from Rev. 14:13, and Jas. H. McGowan
from 2 Tim. 4:6--8.
My brother preachers, fare you well, your fellowship I love;
In time no more I shall you see, but soon we'll meet above.
My dearest children near my heart, and nature seems to bind.,
It grieves me sorely to depart, and leave you all behind.
O Lord, a father to them be, and keep them from all harms,
That they may love and worship Thee, and dwell upon Thy charms.
My loving wife, my bosom friend, the object of my love,
The time was sweet I spent with you, my dear and harmless dove.
My loving wife, don't grieve for me, neither lament or mourn;
For I shall with my Jesus be, when you are left alone.
For I can never come to thee, for this not grieve your heart;
For you will shortly come to me, where we shall never part.
BENDER - Near Hartford, Lyon Co., Kans., on March 21st
1897, Mary Magdalena Bender, aged 2 years, 4 months, 7
days. This dear child was drowned in a slop barrel. Her parents
had taken her with them to church in the morning and stopped at
Bro. Sutter's for dinner. After dinner the children were out playing,
and when the child was missed search was made and she was found
in the barrel, which had been sunk into the ground. It is supposed
the child was sitting on the lid of the barrel and that it gave
way. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of the neighbors
and friends. Their home is sad and gloomy now, but may they realize
the very presence of the heavenly Comforter who is every near
those who look to God for help. Funeral services on the 23d, at
the house by Pre. Joseph Schlegel assisted by Pre. John Steckly
and D.D. Kauffman.
"Farewell my parents, dear, I must go and leave you here;
In heaven, that high and holy place, you may again behold my face."
HAMMER - On the 31st of March 1897, in Someset Co., Pa., Dortha Alwood, daughter of John Hammer, aged 3 months, 3 days. She was buried on the 2d of April at the Baptist church. Funeral services by L.A. Blough.
HOOVER - John Hoover was born July 24th 1833,
in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., and died Feb. 21st, 1897,
at his home near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 63 years,
6 months and 24 days. He had been troubled for some time with
kidney and heart disease, but bore it with Christian fortitude
and without a murmur. When the final summons came he passed quietly
and peacefully away to awaken in a brighter world. He was a member
of the Mennonite church for a number of years. He leaves a sorrowing
companion and four children to mourn the loss of a kind husband
and father. Three children preceded him. Services by Bish. Isaac
Eby assisted by Bro. Heatwole at Strasburg Mennonite M.H.
Death has reached again our circle, robbed us of our father dear;
In the depths of our afflictions, 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.
MYERS - On the 2d of April 1897, near Dupont, Putnam
Co., Ohio, of brain trouble, Samuel N. Myers, son of Noah
and ____ Myers, aged 1 year, 7 days. On the 4th the remains were
laid to rest in the Myers cemetery near Cascade in the same county.
Services by D.S. Brunk of Elida, Ohio, from Matt. 19:14, "But
Jesus said, Suffer little children and forbid them not to come
unto me; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."
"God has taken a lovely blossom, that He had planted in our home;
And transplanted it up yonder, where it shall forever bloom.
It was a precious little blossom God had planted in our home;
But the angels came and whispered, "Come and live with us at home."
So dry your tears, fond parents, your darling is not dead,
But gone where you can meet him, "With Christ our living Head." ANNA R. BRUNK
BRICKER - David Bricker, youngest son of John and Annie Bricker was born near Blair, Waterloo Co., Ont., March 30th, 1814. On Sept. 12th 1897, he was married to Hannah, youngest daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Clemmens) Kolb, who died April 10th, 1870. The last twenty-seven years of his life were spent in retirement in the village of Breslau. On Feb. 6th, 1871, he was married to Caroline Devitt. With his first wife he had ten children, and with his second wife, one. He died after a short illness, or rather the growing debility of age, on the 4th of April 1897, at the ripe old age of 83 years, 5 days. Bro. Bricker was a member of the Mennonite church since his youth. Funeral services at the M.B.C. church at Breslau on the 7th, were conducted by S.S. Stauffer and Noah Stauffer. Buried in the cemetery at Blair. In Bro. Bricker's death the community loses another one of the few remaining early settlers, and a highly esteemed neighbor and citizen.
CLEMENS - On the 13th of April, 1897, at his residence, No. 2313 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., George O. Clemens, aged 69 years. A widow and adult children survive. Buried on the 15th at the Plain M.H., in Montgomery Co., Pa., in the vicinity of which he formerly resided.
DERSTEIN - On the 13th of April 1897, at the residence of her son-in-law John B. Landis, near Bergey, Montgomery Co., Pa., of cancer of the stomach, Catharine Derstein, aged 71 years, 10 months. Her husband died nine years ago. Buried on the 17th at the Franconia M.H. Deceased is survived by an only daughter.
WEAVER - On the 29th of March, 1897, near Oronogo, Jasper
Co., Mo., of brain fever, Joseph A., son of David S., and
Barbara Weaver, aged 10 months, 2 weeks and 4 days. Funeral services
by the writer. Text, Gen. 42:22. "Do not sin against the
"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." ANDREW SHENK
EASH - Elisabeth N. Eash was born August 6th, 1854, died at the home of Levi Hershberger in Van Buren, Ind., Feb. 3d 1897, aged 42 years, 6 months, 27 days. Funeral on the 5th at the Pashan school house. Services by A.S. Cripe and J.J. Weaver. This sad death should be a solemn warning to all to be more earnest and sincere in our prayers to God, that we may not be overcome in an unguarded moment.
EBERLY - On March 28th, 1897, in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Nancy Gehman, wife of Henry Eberly, aged 73 years, 10 months, 20 days. The funeral services were conducted in the Martindale M.H. by John S. Kurtz and Jonas H. Martin. Deceased was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She leaves a husband and two daughters to mourn her death.
SHAFER - On the 24th of Feb. 1897, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Sarah, wife of Henry Shafer, and daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Kauffman, aged 45 years, 3 months, 22 days. Buried on the 26th in the Thomas graveyard. Services in the Thomas M.H. by C.H. Stewart.
BLAUCH - On March 11th 1897, in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Rea Ellen, daughter of David and Ellen Blauch, aged 8 months, 16 days. Buried on the 13th in Levi Weaver's burying ground. Services at the house by H. C. Salem.
ORRIS - On the 27th of March, 1897, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Darley, wife of Isaac Orris, aged 67 years. Buried on the 29th in the Yoder graveyard. Services in the Weaver M.H. by Alex Weaver and Jonas Blauch.
YODER - On the 25th of March, 1897, in Conemaugh Twp.,
Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy and the infirmities of old age, Susannah,
wife of Isaac Yoder, aged 70 years, 9 months. Buried on the 28th
in the family graveyard. Services in the Stahl M.H. by Moses B.
Miller and Jonathan Harshberger. The deceased leaves a sorrowing
husband, four daughters and one son, two sisters, four brothers,
to mourn the loss of one that was near and dear to them, but they
need not mourn as those who have to hope. She was a member of
the Amish Mennonite church for many years.
BEACHY - On the 3d of April 1897, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Delila Beam. She was born April 19th 1864, and was received into the A.M. church by baptism Sept. 4th, 1892, where she remained a faithful member until death. On August 12th 1896 she united in matrimony with John B. Beachy. They lived together peaceably nearly one year, and were blest with one child now two weeks old. Sister Delila, seemingly well, was preparing soup for her infant, when she fell dead to the floor without a struggle. Buried on the 4th. Services in German by J.D. Miller and in English by D.D. Miller. Text, Matt. 25:13. Her age was 32 years, 11 months, 14 days.
MISHLER - On March 20th 1897, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Lillia May, daughter of John and Amanda Mishler, aged 1 year, 7 months and 26 days. Buried on the 28th in the Miller graveyard. Services at the Township line church by J.D. Miller in German and D.D. Miller in English. Text, Job. 14:1, 2.
STAUFFER - On the 15th of March 1897, at the home of A.W. Hood, in Chillicothe, Mo., of consumption, Lineaus B. eldest son of Tobias and Mary Stauffer, aged 31 years, 10 months and 12 days. His remains were sent back to Ellsworth, Ill., near his former home, where he was buried on the 18th. Funeral services by Pre. Evans, from 1 Cor. 15:55. He leaves a wife and three children (one preceded him), father, mother, four brothers and one sister, also an aged grandmother, in her ninetieth year, to mourn his loss. T.S.S.
WENGER - On April l2th 1897, near Martindale, Lancaster Co., Pa., Joseph Wenger, aged 71 years, 4 months and 10 days. Funeral services by Menno Zimmerman and John S. Kurtz in the Martindale Mennonite M.H. Deceased leaves two sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Mennonite church.
YODER - On the 8th of April 1897, near Goshen, Ind., of catarrhal trouble, Amos S. Yoder, aged 51 years, 10 months, 18 days. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his death. The funeral services which were largely attended were conducted by J.P. Smucker and D.D. Miller.
HOUSEWORTH - On the 20th of March 1897, near Poe City, Medina Co., Ohio, Mary Kindig. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 15th 1832, and was married to William Houseworth in the year 1854 and remained in Bucks Co., Pa., until the year 1862, when they removed to Medina Co., Ohio, Montville Twp., where they resided to the time of her death. She was aged 64 years, 4 months, 5 days. To them were born eight children, two sons and two daughters of whom preceded her in their infancy. She leaves a husband, three sons and one daughter to mourn the loss of a kind wife and loving mother. William and Mary Houseworth united with the Mennonite church at Wadsworth, Ohio, in 1880, and she was a faithful member up to the time of her death. The funeral took place on the 23d. Services by N.C. Hirschy.
BUZZARD - On the 14th of April 1897, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, Bro. John Buzzard, aged 85 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was born in Northampton Co., Pa., on the 15th of December 1811. He moved to Ohio in 1835, and from there he went to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1849, where he resided to the time of his death. He united with the Mennonite church early in life and was a faithful member and a pillar in the church, loved and respected by all who knew him. He was well read, and especially well versed in the Scriptures. He often wrote articles for the HERALD OF TRUTH, and occasionally translated hymns. The hymn No. 307 in the Allgemeine Leidersammlung, a translation of "On Jordan's stormy banks I stand," was made by Bro. Buzzard, and is one of the best of the many translations of that hymn made. He was a decided Mennonite and always stood strong and firm for the doctrines and the maintenance of the order of the church. His children and grandchildren have in him a worthy example of unwavering fidelity to his church, and of an earnest, devoted life of piety and love to God and the teachings of His word. For many years he was looking forward to the time of his departure. Often when the younger persons were called away by death, he remarked, "Why could they who were young and vigorous, and who were needed so much, and who could still do much good, not have been spared. If it would have pleased the Lord to take me, who am old and worn out and no longer able to be useful." But the time of waiting is fulfilled. Our aged brother who for a long time has been ready, has finished his course, fought the good fight, kept the faith, and is now gone, as we hope and trust, to receive his crown and be with the Lord forever. Funeral services were conducted by Joseph S. Lehman and Noah Metzler.
KINSINGER - Daniel L. Kinsinger passed from the realms of mortality, at his home, south of Grantsville, Md., on Thursday, March 11, 1897, at the age of 36 years and 7 months. His illness from lung and heart trouble, consequent to la grippe, while brief, was very severe. His funeral was held at the Mapledale meeting-house, north of Grantsville, at which Jacob S. and Joel J. Miller officiated. D.H. Bender also spoke in English. The funeral was one of the largest every held at this place. The departed brother united with the Amish Mennonite congregation of this section in 1879, in whose charge he partook of the sacred communion shortly prior to his death. He was a devoted and zealous Sunday school advocate and worker. When our Sunday school was organized, he was appointed one of the superintendents and remained such until its decline began. Upon its reorganization in 1896 he was elected its superintendent and held that position when he died. Prior to the organization of our school, and contemporary with its career, he was interested in a union Sunday school, near his home, and took an active part therein. He was genial and sociable and evidently inclined to guide and direct the thoughts of those with whom he came in contact, to a higher and nobler plane. May his admonitions to increase the denial of self and the devotion to Christ be heeded. His expressions of concern and regret, at the negligence and indifferences of members of the Sunday school and church, may well be meditated upon with profit. Only last autumn he told the writer of a terrible experience he had had, a number of years ago, when he was very critically, and then feared, fatally ill. He said he then believed that the time of his departure was at hand, and he felt that he was unprepared to pass into eternity. He said he had visions of an awful character and suffered mental tortures that were indescribable. O! how he longed to be fully devoted to Christ, would God only prolong his days and how earnestly he admonished those who came to visit him. Happily, the crisis passed, and health was restored for a time. He earnestly resolved to deny self more and more and to labor more earnestly in the Master's vineyard. Time and again did he urge his Sunday school class to so live that no reason could exist for the "slavish fear" of death, and eternity, which haunts the ungodly. He repeatedly spoke, animatedly, of the blessedness of being always prepared for the cruel, cold and ruthless messenger's call. Faultless, he was not, nor does the writer of this believe in eulogizing departed persons as though they were free from all shortcomings, yet we believe his faults will be overbalanced by his virtues, when weighed in the balance all searching. Wife, daughter, parents, two sisters and three brothers survive. May we feel, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
HERSHBERGER - Jonas E. Hershberger died at the
residence of his uncle, Jonas J. Beachy, near Grantsville, Md.,
of Wednesday, March 10th, 1897, after a brief illness of pneumonia,
at the age of 32 years and 10 days. Funeral was held at the Mapledale
meeting house, near Grantsville at which the services were conducted
by Jacob S. and Joel J. Miller. The deceased united with the Amish
Mennonite congregation a number of years ago. He was much esteemed,
generally was a quiet, unpretentious, yet genial young man, of
more than average intellectual ability. He taught in the public
schools of the county - Garret - the past two winters, and was
a successful teacher. His death so shortly after that of his brother
Mahlon, doubles the bereavement of the mourning survivors. How
forcibly these sudden departures to the land "over the river"
should appeal to the unprepared. But a very short time ago,
those departed brethren were among us, apparently in nearly full
vigor of life, but now, what a change has been wrought. Those
seemingly strong mortal forms have reached the terminus of mortality.
One by one, we follow on; soon we, too, are dead and gone.
And our presence here, but memory.
NEFF - Barbara Wade Neff died at the home of her sister Mrs. Susanna Shaub in Strasburg Borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 15, 1897, aged 81 years 6 months, 14 days. "Aunt Barbara," as she was familiarly known, was a remarkable woman in very many respects. She was exceptionally active in mind and body and kept up her interest in almost everything up to the time she began to be confined to her bed. She was a woman of marked individuality, social in her nature, and of a kind and charitable disposition. To the poor and needy her sympathies were ever extended and her hands were ever open. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and endeavored to exemplify its teachings and doctrines throughout her entire life. She was a subscriber to and a reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH for many years. Her sickness was not of long duration. She was calm and gentle and patient through it all, and expressed herself as ready for whatever the Lord would will. On Saturday, Feb. 13, she spoke in broken accents to those around her, and of her desire to depart and to be at rest. She then soon afterward fell asleep and never again spoke or showed any sign of consciousness, and on Monday, Feb. 15, passed into her eternal rest. The funeral services were held in the Strasburg Mennonite church and were conducted by her pastor, Pre. Elias Groff, assisted by Pre. Gladstone Holm of the Methodist Episcopal church. Her body was interred in the graveyard of the church beside that of the husband who died about sixteen years ago. Dear Aunt Barbara, we sadly miss thy presence, we tenderly cherish thy memory and we confidently hope to meet thee in the heavenly home. F.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia
IN MEMORY OF
Our Dear Mother who died
Dec. 20th 1896
BY HER DAUGHTER, FATIMA HORNING
Oh can it be that I must tell that dearest mother is now gone;
Our mother loved by all so well, - it makes us feel so sad and lone.
She was the dearest of all, like a bright flower in life's fair day;
Yet came the Master's heavenly call, and soon she drooped and passed away.
Her loving heart refused to beat; her eyes were closed, her breathing ceased;
Her spirit fled her God to meet, from dull mortality released,
They placed her in a shrouded bed, and bore her to her resting place;
They laid her low among the dead, and hid away her loving face.
Our mother's labour now is done; her weary soul is now at rest;
Her race is run, the victory won; and safely gathered with the blest.
Within the circle of our home, dear mother no more is found;
Her chair vacant, oh there's gloom, for she is missing all around.
We can no more with her unite in humble prayer and thankful praise;
Her heart and voice, so free and light, join not with us in tuneful lays.
Let noble thoughts our minds employ, we'll wipe our weeping eyes and trust,
She's gone to rest, and heavenly joy, and joins the praises of the just.
Methinks I see her by the throne, in that celestial, happy land,
With her dear friends before her gone, resting with Jesus and th' angels band.
We sorrow not so much for this, that she can be with us no more,
As that we're not with her in bliss, where sighing, pain and death are o'er.
By Jesus' help it won't be long, a few more years or months or days,
And we can go where she has gone, and sing with her redeeming grace.
Bluffton, Allen Co., Ohio
RYSTRA - Margaret Rystra was born Sept. 29th 1864 and was aged at the time of her death 32 years, 6 months and 27 days. She was the last of a family of 6 children. The parents also preceded her. She had epileptic fits occasionally, but died of heart failure. She had her home with her friends, and was staying with Bro. John Hygema's, in St. Joseph Co. at the time of her death. Buried in the Whitehead graveyard, Union Twp. She was a member of the Mennonite church, and left a bright hope of Heaven. She loved to sign that hymn, "I'm going home to die no more." Sometime before she died she said she would be glad to lie in the graveyard beside her parents. Funeral services by Noah Metzler and Henry Weldy. Text, John 14:1.
CHARLTON - Nancie F. Charlton was born June 16th
1896, died May 1st, 1897, aged 10 months and 15 days.
Sweet as a flower in early morn, that withers in the rising sun;
Lovely was this infant's dawn, too swiftly fled her life away.
Nancie's dark eyes will shine no more, her soul has taken flight;
She has gone to the blessed shore, where all is peace and light.
She died e'er life's sorrows had touched her baby heart;
But for a moment felt the rod, and then returned to God. S.C.M.
DELLINER - On the 28th of March 1897, in York Co., Pa.,
near York, of consumption, Bro. Lemeul Dellinger. He was
laid to rest at York Ana. He was only 22 years and 3 months old.
He desired to be baptized and received into the church on the
26th of March and on the 28th the messenger of death summoned
him home. A special warning to the young. Services in German by
Pre. Eli Hursh and in English by Pre. Theo. B. Forry. Text, Rev.
Transcriber's Notes: Surname is first written as Delliner, then as Dellinger.
KAUFFMAN - On the 4th of April 1897, Simon Kauffman died suddenly, aged 33 years, 3 months and 15 days. He had been sick only a few days. Funeral services by Theo. B. Forry and Eli Hursh. Buried at Locust Grove church, York Co., Pa. Text, Job 14:14.
CHRISTNER - On the 17th of April 1897, in Somerset county, Pa., Susan, daughter of Samuel and Barbara Christner, aged 34 years, 9 months and 24 days. She was buried on the 19th at the Baptist church. Funeral services by Samuel Zimmerman and Levi A. Blough.
ROTH - On April 16th 1897, in Mummasburg, Pa., of dropsy of the heart, Bro. Abraham Roth, aged 59 years, 10 months and 7 days. Funeral services by Philip H. Parret and Martin Whisler. Text, John 11:25, 16. REUBEN D. ROTH
YODER - Susan Yoder was born in Franklin Co., Pa., May 4th 1850, died in Nappanee, Ind., of consumption April 22d 1897, aged 46 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was united in matrimony with Jacob Yoder Oct. 28th, 1869. To them were born 4 sons and 4 daughters. One son and one daughter have preceded her to the spirit world. A husband, 3 sons and 3 daughters mourn the loss of a kind wife and loving mother. Funeral services by Jas. H. McGowen from Mark 14:8.
KENDALL - April the 19th 1897 at the house of C.C. Strong, in Howard Co., Ind., of lung fever, Abraham Lewis, son of Christian Kendall, aged 20 years and 23 days. Young Abraham left his home on Friday afternoon for their neighbor's house (C.C. Strong's) though he was not feeling well, and soon after he came to the neighbor's house became seriously ill which lasted but five days. What a loud call this should be for our young people. Young Kendall had never made a confession of his Lord and Master. Funeral on Friday at Zion's church. Services conducted by Elder McDowell from 2 Kings 20:1: "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die."
EBERSOLE - On March 11th 1897 near Clear Spring, Washington
Co., Md., of spasms, William Albert, infant son of David
and Alice Ebersole, aged 7 months and 4 days. Funeral services
at the Clear Spring M.H. on the 12th. He leaves his parents, 3
brothers and one sister to mourn his death. Services by George
Oh dear Albert, how we miss thee; yes we miss thee everywhere;
For in life thou wast so pure - Yea, so full of love, so fair.
But now sweet Albert dear, we see thy face no more;
Nor shall we hear thy sweetest voice until we reach that shining shore.
Cold in death thy hands are folded, lying on thy little breast,
Holding fast the faded roses, till they too decay in dust.
But God has taken thee, our darling, and transplanted thee above;
Sweeter, purer, fairer darling, with sweet flowers more fair in love.
Good-bye mamma, papa dear, sisters, brothers, all I love,
I'm with God and holy angels, oh! do meet me here above;
Oh! the sweet face of dear Jesus, come and see Him full of love;
He will help you if you ask Him, and in death will guide you home. BY HIS AUNT, LIZZIE M.
KULP - On the 13th of March in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., of inflammation of the bowels, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jacob Kulp, aged 48 yrs., 11 months and 26 days. She was sick only about a week, but in that time suffered greatly. She leaves a sorrowing husband and eight children to mourn her departure. Four children preceded the mother to the home beyond. Buried on the 20th at Deep Run. Services at the house by John Gross and Jacob Rush. At the M.H. by John Leatherman and Henry Rosenberger. Text, Isa. 35:10.
EBY - On the 17th of March 1897, at Groffdale, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Sadoc Eby, aged 35 years, 1 month and 16 days.
He had been a sufferer for a long time with consumption and after
many weeks of intense but patient suffering, death came to his
relief. Deceased was an upright, honorable man, and he died in
the triumphs of the Christian faith. He was respected by all who
knew him, and he had many friends. The large concourse of people
who came to pay a tribute of respect to his memory the day of
his funeral attest to the esteem in which he was held. He leaves
a wife and five children, also a father, one brother and seven
sisters, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn his
Sweetly sleeps the precious husband, all his toil and cares are o'er
Freed from pain and all earth's sorrows, now he rests on Canaan's shore.
Father, how hast thou bereft us, in this sad world below;
Yet a mother still is left us, for our God would have it so. M.L.
MAYER - On the 18th of April 1897, at the home of Matthias
Pfile, near Freeport, Ill., of the infirmities of old age, Bro.
Jacob Mayer, at the advanced age of 93 years, 5 months
and 23 days. Bro. Mayer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 25th
A.D. 1803. He was married to Mary Mayer in Lancaster Co., Pa.,
Dec. 9th 1823. To them were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. Bro.
Mayer and family came west in the spring of 1817 and located in
Freeport, Ill., and he has been a resident of Freeport and vicinity
ever since. He was twice married. His first wife died July 10th
1870. He was married again Sept. 10th 1874 to Maria Kahler; also
formerly of Lancaster Co., Pa.; his wife and 3 sons survive him,
the rest of his family have preceded him to the spirit world.
Bro. Mayer was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for
many years. He was one of the first members of the Freeport
and was loved and respected by all who knew him. For the last
few years he was almost entirely helpless and was confined to
his bed continually the last year of his life. He had been anxiously
awaiting the time of his departure. His desire was to depart and
be with Christ the Savior in whom he trusted. He was buried in
the Mennonite cemetery on the 20th. Many sympathizing friends
were present to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they
loved. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Jos. Shirk
and at the church by Christian Snavely in the German language
and J.S. Shoemaker in the English. Text, 2 Tim, 4:7, 8.
"I have fought a good fight," Paul to Timothy saith;
"I have finished by course, and have kept the faith."
Henceforth there is, I say a crown laid up for me,
And in that glorious day, the Lord will give it me.
But not for me alone a crown He did prepare,
But all who love the Son, a glorious crown shall wear.
Our brother's fight is ended, his course on earth is run,
He kept the faith of Jesus, and a golden crown he won. J.S.S.
SHADDINGER - On March 10th 1897, in Blooming Glen, Pa.,
of la grippe, Catharine, wife of John L. Shaddinger, aged
75 years, 5 months and 29 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband,
two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. They lived in matrimony
57 years. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church
for many years, and lived an exemplary life in modesty and humility
She bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude and was willing
that the will of the Lord should be done, always looking forward
to that heavenly mansion that is prepared for all those who put
their trust in the living Son of God. We miss a kind and loving
mother and grand mother but our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral
services were conducted by Pre. P.B. Loux and Abm. Hiestand at
the house, at M.H by Josiah Clemmer and Henry B. Rosenberger.
Text, Phil. 1:21. Interment in Blooming Glen graveyard.
"Well, she is gone and now in heaven, she sings His praise who died for her,
And in her hand a harp is given and she's a heavenly worshiper.
Often let us think of what she said, and of the kind advice she gave,
That we may choose the path she chose, beyond this world of sin and woes
With Jesus in eternity.
MECK - Early in the morning, April 26, death entered
the home of Bro. Geo. H. and Sister Amanda Meck, near Lampeter,
Lancaster Co., Pa., and claimed their beloved and youngest child,
Willis G., at the tender age of two years. The little one
died of brain fever. Funeral services were held April 28th at
Mellinger's M.H. Pre. John K. Brubaker, preaching fro the text:
"Thy son liveth," John 4:51. Willis was a bright and
loving little boy, and his sweet, innocent prattle will be daily
missed by those who loved him. But sad as it seems, yet faith
brings the comforting thought, that the soul, pure and spotless
as it came from its Maker, has been wafted back to Him, there
to be transformed into a being of light, still more beautiful
than the dear little form that was laid beneath Spring's soft
carpet of green.
"Baby left his cradle for the golden shore, o'er the silvery water he has flown;
Gone to join the angels, peaceful evermore, empty is the cradle, baby's gone."
KING - On April 8th 1897, in Logan Co., Ohio, near
of liver trouble, Jonathan K. King, aged 51 years, 9 months
and 22 days. Funeral on the 10th. Services by Jonas C. Yoder in
German and Jacob France in English. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6--8, "For
I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at
hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith," &c. A large concourse of friends
and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to
a kind and loving friend. A few days before his death he called
his family to his beside telling them how they and we all should
be more prayerful and more thankful to our heavenly Father for
what He has done of us, and that they should not weep for him.
He leaves a wife, two children, three grandchildren and seven
brothers, three in Logan Co., Ohio, and four in Penna. Levi and
Joshua from Pennsylvania attended the funeral. Jonathan was born
in Pennsylvania, and in 1869 he was married to Saloma Zook, and
then moved to Champaign Co., Ohio and later to Logan Co. He will
be greatly missed in the neighborhood and church and especially
in the family.
Saloma, do not weep for me, in heaven I hope you all to see.
Just try and live in Christ, I say, and He will help you on the way.
Death has taken our dear father whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was father, yes dear father, can we help but shed a tear?
Yes we miss you, how we miss you when we see your vacant chair;
And how sad the room without you, 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. G.
KENAGY - April 2d, 1897, near Belleville, Pa., Elizabeth Kenagy, aged 87 years and 3 days.
KING - April 11th, 1897, near Belleville, Pa., Sarah King, daughter of Christian King (deceased), aged 69 years.
SHADDINGER - In Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa. on the 27th of March, of cancer of the mouth, Henry Shaddinger, aged 91 years, 1 month and 7 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 31st. Services at the house by Jacob Rush and Abraham Hiestand in the English language and at the M.H. by Henry Rosenberger, David Gehman and John Leatherman in German. Text, Psalm 37:37.
HEACOCK - On March 11th 1897, in Plumstead, Pa., of pneumonia, Claude, son of Bro. Edward and Sister Emma Heacock, aged 7 months. Buried at Doylestown on the 16th. Services at the house by Abraham Hiestand and David Gehman at the M.H. by Henry Rosenberger. Text, John 10:28.
MILLER - On April 21st 1897, near Smithville, Wayne
Co., Ohio, Percival, son of Andy J. and Ellen Miller, aged
6 years, 4 months and 27 days. Buried in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Services by J.K. Yoder in German and J.S. Gerig in English.
Oh, dear Percy we do miss thee in our earthly home;
But in heaven we hope to meet thee, when we are called home. B.G.
BRUBAKER - On the 29th of April, 1897, in Delaware Twp., Juniata Co., Pa., of paralysis, Sister Elizabeth Musser, wife of Jacob Brubaker (deceased), aged 82 years, 12 days. Three sons and one daughter are left to mourn their loss. She united with the Mennonite church early in life and was a faithful member, and loved by all. She died at the home of her son-in-law. Buried in Lostcreek graveyard. Funeral services by William Auker and William Graybill. Text, Matt. 25:13.
FRANTZ - On the 28th of April, 1897, in Juniata Co., Pa., of pneumonia and la grippe, Sister Elizabeth Frantz, aged 17 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was received into the church by water baptism on her confession, during her last sickness. Buried at the Nemond's church. Funeral services at the church by William Graybill. Text, Phil. 1:21.
DAVIDHIZER - On the 21st of April 1897, near Wakarusa, Indiana, of heart disease, Barbara Landis, wife of John Davidhizer, aged 73 years, 8 months 14 days. She was the mother of nine children, two of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a husband and seven children and twelve grandchildren to mourn her departure. Funeral services were conducted by Amos Mumaw and J.F. Funk from the words, Luke 23:28, "Weep not for me." These were her last words, and we feel to comfort ourselves with the assurance that she, trusting in God, realized that her departure from the earth, was only a departing from the trials and afflictions of this present life, and an entrance into the glorious rest of the people of God, and therefore she could well say to those who should still remain here, "Weep not for me." May we all be faithful in the duties God gave us to do here, and at last God will receive us as His own faithful children in the home of the redeemed.
KAUFFMAN - Jacob Kauffman died at his home in
Cedar Co., Mo. of heart disease, on the 2d of April, 1897. He
was in feeble health for more that a year. For the last three
months he could lie down but very little. He had to sit in a chair
night and day. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., April 7th, 1833,
and was therefore nearly 64 years old. He passed away while asleep
in his chair. He was married to Susan Miller in 1853, to which
union were born eleven sons and three daughters, of whom ten,
together with their mother, survive. He was a member of the Amish
Mennonite church. Bro. Kauffman leaves also thirteen grandchildren
to mourn his departure. His remains were laid to rest on the 3d
of April in the Virgil cemetery. Services were conducted by Pre.
We miss thee, father dear, from thy old familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near, nor see thy cherished face.
We miss thee at the table, we feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrows piece our hearts to see thy vacant chair.
Thy room looks drear 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, whichever way we go,
The memory of thy kindness till doth keep our hearts aglow. P.L.R.
GOOD - On the 8th of April, 1897, of brain fever, Laura, daughter of Henry and Bettie Good, aged 2 years, 5 months and 4 days. Buried on the 10th, at the Salem church, Allen Co., Ohio. Services by C.B. Brenneman and D.S. Brunk. C.B.B.
BRUBAKER - On the 7th of April, 1897, in Synder Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Hettie Auker, wife of Daniel Brubaker (deceased), aged 75 years, 1 month and 2 days. Buried in the family graveyard, where many friends met to pay their last respects. Services at the house by William Graybill and Jacob Weber. Text, John 5:24.
Transcribed by C. Wheeler - British Columbia