DRUCK - Near Hellam, York Co., Pa., Sister Sarah Druck, aged 64 years, 9 months and 10 days. Buried on the 24th of April, 1897 at Stony Brook. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Theodore Forry.
HERSHEY - Near Spring Grove, York Co., Pa., very suddenly, Bro. Joseph Hershey, aged 79 years and 28 days. Buried on the 17th of August, 1897. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Samuel Myers.
GOOD - On October the 9th, 1897, in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of old age, Catharine Good, widow of Jonas Good, deacon, aged 83 years and 4 days. Buried at White Oak Mennonite M.N., Oct. 13. She has lived a Christian life up to her death. Services by Benj. Horning, A. Gehman and H.G. Good from 2 Tim. 4:7. Peace to her ashes.
FREED - On the 15th of October, 1897, at Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption of the kidneys and nerves, Bro. Rhine Freed, aged 23 years, 10 months and 5 days. Bro. Rhine was loved by all. Two years ago he made his peace with God, and became a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ. During his illness he suffered much but he bore it with Christian fortitude. When asked about his condition he often answered that he was suffering only the lighter affliction, and that Jesus was bearing the greater part for him. Buried on the 19th of October in Souderton. Funeral services from Luke 24:26. H.C.K.
SHANK - On the 6th of October, 1897, in Howard Co., Ind., of typhoid fever, Jacob Shank, aged 23 years, 11 months and 5 days. Funeral services at A.M. meeting house on the 7th, conducted by N. Sprool in German from 1 Cor. 2:9 and in English by J.S. Horner from Psa. 39:4. A very large concourse of people assembled. Buried in the old Mast graveyard. Bro. Shank was a member of the Mennonite church and was respected by all, and will be greatly missed. He leaves a sorrowing widow and two little children, and many friends and relatives to mourn their loss.
MILLER - On the 7th of October, 1897, near Elmira, Oregon,
Nora Ellen, daughter of Enos and Sarah Miller, aged 5 years,
6 months and 10 days. This dear little one was in the full enjoyment
of life twenty-four hours before her death. Bro. Miller with little
Nora Ellen and her two little sisters, just older than Nora Ellen,
were out in the brush just a short distance from the house burning
brush. Then Bro. Miller left for Elmira, leaving the three little
girls in the brush. He had not been gone long before little Nora's
dress took fire, and before the mother could reach her and get
her clothes off, her little body was burned to badly that she
died twenty-four hours later. Funeral services at the house on
the 10th by J.D. Mishler in German from Sam. 20:3, and at the
Christian church by Pre. Howard in English from 2 Sam. 12:16--22.
The following words were often heard from the lips of little Nora
Ellen by her mother,
"Twelve strokes I hear, perfect love has cast out all fear."
OBERHOLTZER - On the 11th of Oct. 1897, at 332 Katharine
St., Buffalo, N.Y., Florence Minnie, infant daughter of
Joseph A. and Emma Oberholtzer, aged 7 months and 26 days. Funeral
services were held at the English Methodist church by Rev. Peck.
Burial in the Pine Hill cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
"Go to thy rest, fair child, go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled, with blessings on thy head.
Before thy heart had learn'd in waywardness to stray;
Before thy feet had ever turn'd the dark and downward way.
Ere sin had sear'd thy breast, or sorrow woke the tear;
Rise to thy throne of changeless rest, in yon celestial sphere.
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." I.H.O.
GRAYBILL - On October 5th, 1897, near Kill Creek, Osborne Co., Kansas, Michael S. Graybill, aged 73 years, 11 months and 21 days. He was married to Hannah Zimmerman, February 5th, 1847; to this union were born nine children, four preceded him to the better world, the five remaining are: John, Christian, Sarah, Susan and Maggie. He also leaves twenty-four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In March 1882 the deceased moved from Snyder Co., Pa., to Osborne Co., Kansas, where he resided to the time of his death. He suffered with rheumatism for forty-four years; for nine years he was unable to walk without crutches. He bore his great and many afflictions with great patience until the time of deliverance came. His hope was built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness. He was a member of the Mennonite church for forty-seven years. The funeral was largely attended. The sermon was preached by Homer Gregory, minister of the Church of Friends, from the text, (selected by the deceased) Psalm 34:17.
FRANTZ - On August 25th, 1897, at his home near Gap, Pa., of an apoplectic stroke, Bro. Joseph Frantz, like a weary pilgrim longing for home, passed peacefully away, aged 89 years, 9 months and 24 days. He had been a member of the Mennonite church from his youth. He was very much interested in religious work. Up to the time of his death he was usually seen at church services. He always carefully read the HERALD OF TRUTH. The last Sunday he lived he accompanied his son, Joseph K., to Old Road M.H., where services were conducted by Bish. Isaac Eby. Bro. Frantz is missed, not only by his own family, but by his many friends. His well known face and pleasant greeting were familiar to the whole community. He leaves three sons, two daughters, seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was buried on Saturday morning, Aug. 28. Services were conducted by Pre. C.M. Brackbill and Bish. Eby at his late residence, where many friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the beloved old brother. Interment at Hershey's graveyard.
SIVERLING - On the 30th of Sept., 1897, in Lancaster Co., Pa., David Siverling, aged 33 years, 6 months and 26 days. Deceased was away cutting corn late the evening before. He got up early the next morning with the intention of going to cut corn again. He went to do his feeding, but fell over dead before he got there. His wife went to look for him, and found him dead. She called for help, but no one heard her, so she ran to a neighbor's house for help, but he was past all human aid. He was buried at the Center Lutheran and Reformed church. Pre. Wickard preached to a crowded house. Text, Job. 13:5. May this cause many to prepare themselves to meet their God in peace. May every one who reads this prepare for death, for now is the time. We know now how soon we may be called away. Deceased died of heart disease. He left a wife and one child and many friends to mourn his departure. He was long a member of the Lutheran church. AARON STAUFFER
WENGER - On the 1st of July, 1897, at his home in Burton
City, Wayne Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Emanuel E. Wenger,
aged 69 years and 18 days. He was taken with paralysis a few years
ago, so that he could not talk intelligibly beyond yes and no.
He bore his affliction with patience, and waited till the Lord
called him home. He always showed a willingness to do what he
could for the Master, and though he could not talk, yet in his
countenance he would express that he had peace with God and we
believe that he has gone to God who will loose his tongue again
to that he can sing and praise God with a new tongue. May the
dear sister and children be comforted and live a life acceptable
to the Lord and theirs shall be the kingdom. He leaves a wife,
four sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral took place
on Sunday, July 4. Buried at Martin's M.H., where services were
conducted by A.H. Brenneman in English, and D. Hostetler in German,
assisted by D. Garber, to an overflowing house. He was born in
Lancaster Co., Pa., June the 13th, 1828.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow tears will all be wiped away.
Father, thou art sweetly resting, cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered come and live with us at home.
Father, thou art sweetly resting, on the lovely Savior's breast;
Where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
Father, thou are sweetly resting, here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can distress thee more."
HOLLINGER - On the 12th of October, 1897, in Caernaryon
Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis, Sister Hettie Hollinger,
aged 64 years, 11 months and 25 days. Her funeral took place on
Friday, Oct. 15, at Weaverland Mennonite meeting house, where
many friends and relatives met to mourn with the family. John
Sauder and John Landis preached at the house of mourning, and
Benjamin Horning, John Zimmerman and Isaac Eby, preached at the
meeting house. Texts, Rev. 7:13--15 and John 14:1. She was the
wife of Deacon John Hollinger, and greatly assisted her husband
in the work of the Lord. She was a member of the Mennonite church
for forty-six years. She was the mother of fourteen children,
of whom twelve are living, all grown up; the other two sons having
died after they grew to manhood. She leaves forty-seven grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. Her's was a busy and useful life;
she was a lover of the church and Sunday school, and was present
at both services when not otherwise busy in the work of the Master.
She was kind and gentle, and was greatly loved and respected by
all who knew her, and although her departure is greatly lamented,
we do not mourn as those who have no hope.
"Far from affliction, toil and care, the happy soul is fled;
The breathless clay shall slumber here, among the silent dead.
The Gospel was her joy and song, e'en to her latest breath;
The truth she had proclaimed so long, was her support in death.
The church's loss we all deplore, and shed the falling tear,
Since we shall see her face no more, till Jesus shall appear."
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FORRY - On the 2d of November 1897, at his home in Hanover, York Co., Pa., of apoplexy, Bro. David W. Forry, aged 47 years, 9 months and 5 days. Bro. Forry had just returned from a meeting at the Mennonite M.H., in the city, and after conversing with his daughter Bertha and a friend he went to the basement to get some coal when he must have stumbled or been overcome by an attack of vertigo causing him to involuntarily to throw out his hand which clutched the electric wire, causing his hand to be badly scorched, and giving him an electric shock, from which he was paralyzed. Deceased was born in Penn Typ., York Co., Pa., in 1850. He was married to Anna M. Hostetter May 30th 1876. She died July 27th 1879 leaving one child. November 24th 1884 he was married to Emma B. Emig, who died Jan. 8th 1886 without issue. He was identified with several business enterprises of Hanover and was esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. His funeral on the 5th of November at the Hanover M.H. was largely attended. Funeral services by J.K. Brubaker of Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., in English from Ps. 49:7 and Samuel Myers in German. Interment at Baer's M.H. near Hanover.
EBY - On the 26th of October 1897, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., of cancer, Bro. John B. Eby, aged 43 years, 7 months and 19 days. He was afflicted for some time and suffered very severely. Several weeks before his end he was convinced of his sinful condition, and of the necessity of having peace with God. He desired to be baptized and received into fellowship with the people of God. He gave himself up fully to the care and guidance of his heavenly Father, and an obedient life, and with confidence and trust in the divine mercy he passed away in the hope of the rest prepared for the people of God, leaving a deeply sorrowing companion, two children, an aged mother, and six brothers to mourn his early death. He was a son of Jacob Eby, formerly from Canada, who died a year or more ago. Bro. Eby was buried on the 28th at the Olive M.H., where appropriate services were conducted by J.F. Funk and J.S. Lehman, assisted by Jacob Shank, Henry Weldy and Amos Mumaw. A large concourse of people were present to show their esteem and respect for the departed friend and brother.
WEBER - On the 23d of October 1897, at Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ont., after a long illness, Sister Anna Weber, aged 46 years, 2 months and 3 days. During the last weeks of her sickness, she bore her sufferings with patience and submission, and as the days became less on earth, her desire increased to depart to the home above, she so much longed for. She and her sister Mary had been living together, and most of their time was devoted to sewing and making bonnets for our sisters. Her remains were laid to rest at the C. Eby graveyard, followed by many relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the house by Moses Erb, and at the church by E.S. Hallman from John 11:25, 26, and Daniel Wismer from John 17:24.
STUTZMAN - Near Rocky Ford, Colo., on the 12th of October
1897, Harvey, youngest son of Bro. John and Mary Stutzman,
aged 7 years, 5 months and 4 days, from the effects of a rattle
snake bite. He lived 25 hours after being bitten. He leaves father,
mother and two brothers to mourn their loss. Buried on the 13th
near Rocky Ford. Services conducted by Pre. Mitchell of Rocky
"One more precious life is ended, and a voice we loved is stilled;
In our home a place is vacant which can never more be filled.
Human hands tried hard to save him, tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore him from this weary world of pain.
Yet we hope again to meet him when the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet him where no parting words are said.
Cease to weep, then, parents, brothers, who could wish him back again;
Since with Jesus he is happy, free from sorrow, sin and pain."
ROTH - On September 17th 1897, near Lund, Decatur Co., Kan., Katie, daughter of Samuel and Mary Roth, aged 9 months and 24 days. Buried on the 19th. Services at A.E. Stoltzfus from Psalms 116:8, 9 and C.C. Schrock from Heb. 12.
BAUMAN - On the 13th of Oct. 1897, in Preston, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Bro. Christian Bauman, son of Pre. Tobias Bauman, aged 43 years, 3 months and 29 days. A few days before his death he was baptized, and a few hours before his departure he partook of the emblems of Christ's broken body and shed blood. At this time he suffered intensely with heart disease and dropsy, but he was desirously waiting for Jesus to come and take him home. Buried at Hagey's M.H. on the 15th. Services at the house by Jos. S. Collings, and at the meeting house by J.B. Gingrich. Text, James 4:14. Peace to his ashes.
COX - On the 24th of October 1897, near Waupecong, Miami county, Ind., Bertha, daughter of William and Ellen Cox, aged 5 months and 12 days. Funeral services at the A.M. meeting house on the 25th conducted by J.S. Horner from 1 John 2:12. Buried in the Zion cemetery. Little Bertha's mother left this world for eternity on the 19th of May 1897 and now Bertha can meet her mother in eternal happiness.
BRENNEMAN - Mary Gates Brenneman, widow of John Brenneman who died 18 years ago was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 26th of July 1817. After she grew to womanhood she was married to John Brenneman in Wayne county, Ohio. To this union were born five children, one of whom died young. All the others except one passed away in later years. She united with the Mennonite church in early life and remained firm in her faith unto the end. She was a great sufferer bodily for many years, and passed through many severe afflictions from cancer and other complications of diseases, and finally when the measure of her days and her sufferings were full God called her home. She died on the 21st of October 1897, aged 80 years, 2 months and 26 days. She leaves one son, Jacob, now residing in Elkhart, two aged brothers, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was buried on the 24th. Services were conducted by John F. Funk from 1 Pet. 1:3--5. She was a kind mother and a warm friend to all; and her kindness was appreciated and she was held in high esteem by all who knew her.
LANTZ - On the 2d of Nov. 1897, near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., of consumption, Elizabeth, wife of Emery Lantz, aged 19 years, 6 months and 25 days. She was a sufferer for about two years, and was confined to her bed the last six weeks of her life, but she had given herself up into the hands of her blessed Savior and was conscious to the very last moments of her life. She leaves a sorrowing husband and a child six weeks old, a mother and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but they need not to mourn as though they had no hope. Funeral on the 3d. Services conducted by Pre. Bruckhard in German from Heb. 13:14 and J.S. Horner in English from Rev. 21:4, to a large congregation. Interment in the Zion graveyard.
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