JACOB BEIDLER, one of the early settlers, and also one of the pioneer lumbermen of the city of Chicago, Illinois, died at his residence in that city on the morning of March 15th, 1898, in the eighty-third year of his age.
He was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., in 1815. He grew up on his father's farm, enjoyed only limited educational advantages, learned the carpenter and cabinet making trade, and was early inured to hard work. His experiences while following his trade as a country carpenter were remarkable.
In 1842 he went to Springfield, Ill., and engaged in the mercantile business. After two years he sold out, married, and in August, of the same year, (1844) moved to Chicago, where he resided to the time of his death.
Mr. Beidler enjoyed a high degree of temporal prosperity. The Lord prospered him in all his ways. The saying of Solomon, Prov. 22:29, was, if indeed not literally, yet figuratively fully verified in the life of Jacob Beidler. While he was diligent and energetic, and applied himself closely to his business, no one could say that he was parsimonious or avaricious. What he had, came to him as from the open hand of the bountiful Giver of every good and perfect gift. He in many instances manifested a degree of benevolence and disinterested acquiescence to circumstances and fortune that was remarkable and highly commendable. One morning he came down to his office, and, as was his custom, took up the morning paper and began to read. While thus engaged his book-keeper came into the room and informed him of the fact that his lumber-mill at Muskegon, Michigan, had burned away the previous night [the loss being over $16000.00]. The news made so slight an impression on his mind that he only gave a brief commonplace reply and read on as if nothing had happened.
He accumulated a large fortune, but with a truly generous impulse in his soul he let others also share in his prosperity. Many young men were helped into business and started in life by his aid and direction. A number of business firms were established and prospered by the means supplied by the unselfish hand of Jacob Beidler.
He also gave generously to the poor and needy in different ways, and paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to churches and other benevolent purposes. Among many other liberal donations, he gave $5000.00 to the maintaining of a free bed in the Presbyterian Hospital of the city; $9000.00 to wipe out a church debt; $16666.00 to the building of a Y. M. C. A. building on the West side and $80000.00 for the endowment of a professorship and the building of a cottage in the Lake Forest University, at Lake Forest, Ill. In fact Jacob Beidler indirectly laid the foundation stone that gave to the Mennonite Church the church papers published at Elkhart, and the extensive publishing house now located here. To him surely belongs a share of the credit that the originators of this enterprise deserve, and the writer feels that in his death he has lost a friend to whom he owes in a large measure what he has of earthly goods, and what God permitted him to do for the good of the church and of mankind in this world. He was to him a friend indeed. In his house the writer, for seven years, found a pleasant home; under his instruction and direction he received his business training; to his kindness, with a number of others, he owes a part of his education. His wise management and opportune advice were of great value to the writer, and to them he owes many of the blessings of life, and now that he who gave them sleeps calmly in the grave, he feels that in this death he has lost a friend whose memory should be ever cherished and honored.
Hundreds can testify to his kindness and generosity. Faithful as a friend, true to every trust, a character above reproach, outspoken in his convictions, and unflinching in his defense of the right, he lived his life, and in a good old age, like a shock of corn fully ripened for the harvest, he was gathered to his fathers. God bless his memory.
On the 23rd of April, 1844, Mr. Beidler was married to Mary Ann Funk, also of Bucks County, Pa. To them were born eight children, five of whom, with the mother, survive him. He was sick about a week. Funeral services were held at the residence on Thursday the 17th, and were conducted by the Rev. Frank Talmage, of the Jefferson Park Presbyterian Church, assisted by Dr. Marquis of the McCormick Theological Seminary.
CORRECTION.-In the obituaries in the last issue the name Amanda Kemp should have been Arminta; her maiden name was Folk, not Falk; the funeral services were conducted by G. D. Miller and Samuel Fike.
WALDNER.-Near Freeman, S. Dakota, on the ___of March, 1898, Jacob Waldner, aged 40 years. Funeral services were conducted by John Hofer.
MOYER.-On Jan. 9th, 1898, at Berlin, Ontario, Sister Elizabeth Moyer, beloved wife of Geo. Moyer, from a complication of diseases. She was born near Jordan, Ont. and lived to be 62 years of age. She had been a sufferer and confined to her bed for over four months and during all this time she bore her sufferings with Christian submission and often desired to be with Jesus. Funeral services were held at the C. Eby Mennonite Church, Berlin, where she was laid to rest. Bro. Moses Erb, E. S. Hallman and ___Henderson of the Methodist Ch. conducted the services.
FISHER.-On the 10th of Feb. 1898, Sister Mary Ann Fisher, of York, Pa., aged 65 years, 3 months and 5 days. Her husband, one son, and two daughters survive her. About a year ago she was received into the church. She was buried at Stony Brook. Funeral services by Pre. Theo. B. Forry. Text, Heb. 9:27.
FORRY.-On the 5th of Nov., 1897, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Pre. Joseph Forry (deceased), at Tilden, Pa., aged 72 hears, 5 months and 15 days. Nine children survive her. She was buried at Stony Brook. Services by Bish. Martin Rutt and Pre. Eli Hursh. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17.
GINDLESPERGER.-On the 6th of March in Roxbury, Cambria Co., Pa., of a lingering disease, Frances, wife of Cyrus Gindlesperger, who died about 8 months ago, aged 52 years, 7 months, and 4 days; she was buried on the 8th at the Blough Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by J. H. Mickley of the Reformed Church of which church deceased was a member, and L. A. Blough. Text, 1 Thess. 4:13.
KING.-On the 10th of March, 1898, in German Twp., Fulton Co., O., of infirmities of old age, Sister Elizabeth King, widow of Pre. Nicholas King, aged 92 years, 4 months and 12 days. She had been helpless as a child for many years, but strong in the Lord and expressed her desire to leave this world and trusting that the promise of her Savior would be her reward. Funeral on the 13th when she was laid beside the remains of her husband who preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services by C. S. Stucky, Daniel J. Wise and C. Fryenberger.
HACKMAN.-On the 4th of March, 1898, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of inflammation of the stomach, Barbara, widow of the late Daniel Hackman, aged 64 years. She was buried on the 10th, at the Franconia Mennonite meeting house. Her husband died twenty-two years ago. She leaves four children to mourn her death.
SCHWEITZER.-March 5, 1898, in Gads Hill, John,
son of Jacob S. and Lizzie Schweitzer, aged 6 years, 4 months
and 12 days. Buried at Pool on the 7th inst. Funeral services
were held by Peter Spenler and Nicholas Nafziger.
ANDREW NAFZIGER Brunner, Ont.
KING.-On the 24th of Dec., 1897, in Lansing, Kans., of intermittent fever, little Esther, daughter of Nathan and Sarah King, aged 2 years and 3 months. Esther was a bright child.
Fair as a lily, yea fairer,
For angels have clothed her in white.
And have carried her upward to heaven
Where all is joy and light.
Sweet is her song, far sweeter
Than any on earth can be given;
For she is now holding a golden harp,
And is joined with the angels in heaven.
Pleasant it is, yes pleasant,
To know that from care she is free,
And if we so live as to meet her,
In heaven her bright face we shall see.
KING.-On the 9th of Feb., 1898, in Lansing, Kans., of typhoid fever and hemorrhage, in the same family as the above, Iona, daughter of Nathan and Sarah King, aged 11 years, 7 months and 11 days. She was born June 28th, 1886. She leaves her parents and four brothers to mourn her departure.
"Fold me closer still, dear mother,
Closer still," the loved one said;
None to pet but brothers dear,
Since your darling Ona's dead.
"Do not weep for me, dear father,
Listen to that heavenly song;
Lovely angels, happy spirits,
Now I've joined that blissful throng.
"Oh, the aches I've had, dear parents,
How I've suffered none can tell;
But the struggle now is over,
Farewell brothers, oh, farewell."
HUNSBERGER.-On March 12th, 1898, in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Dora A. M., daughter of Daniel and ___Hunsberger, aged 17 years, 2 months and 24 days, She suffered about eight weeks. She was buried on the 14th at the Olive burying ground, where appropriate services were conducted by George Lambert and J. F. Funk. She leaves her parents, brothers and sisters, and many friends to mourn her early death. We trust her early departure will be a means by which many of those who are living in the pleasures and enjoyments of this life will turn unto the Lord in the accepted time, and prepare themselves for the better home above.
SCHMIDT.-On the 31st of Jan., 1898, near Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Elizabeth Schmidt, aged 74 years, 1 month and 19 days. She was born Dec. 12, 1823, in Prussia, Germany, and was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 40 years. She was the last of her family. She had one brother, and one sister, who died before her. Neither of these were ever married. She was a constant reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH, and the RUNDSCHAU for many years. Peace to her ashes.
MILLER.-On the 9th of March, 1898, near Shipshewana, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Nancy Miller, nee Yoder, aged 82 years, 4 months and 17 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. Her posterity number 189, of which 30 preceded her to the spirit world and 159 are living, viz., 9 children, 61 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Thus a dear old mother in Israel has passed peacefully away in a living hope of meeting a living Redeemer. Funeral on the 11th at the Shore M. H. Services by D. J. Johns from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
YODER.-On the 6th of March, 1898, on Elkhart Prairie, near Goshen, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Jacob Yoder, aged 83 years, 6 months and 4 days. The deceased was born in Somerset Co., Pa. At the age of twenty-three he went to Wayne Co., Ohio, where in 1837 he was married to Rachel Yoder. In 1847 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. on the place where he lived until his death. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. He was buried on the 8th. A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. Services and the A. M. church in Clinton Twp. by Jn. Troyer in German and D. J. Johns in English. Peace to his ashes.
HAHN.-On Feb. 13th, 1898, in Warwick Co., Va., of consumption, Bro. John L. Hahn, son of Pre. Jacob Hahn, aged 22 years, 4 months and 4 days. Deceased was born in Clarence Center, Erie Co., N. Y., Oct. 9th, 1875. He suffered with consumption for three years. He gave himself to Jesus and was baptized about two weeks before his death. He then told his father that he did not know that a Christian life was so pleasant to live. He died fully consecrated to the Lord. He leaves a father, stepmother, three brothers and one sister to mourn their loss. He was the first one buried in the Pine Grove cemetery. Funeral services were held by D. Z. Yoder and I. D. Hertzler from 1 Cor. 15:55.
"As doves to their windows when night draws nigh,
My soul in its longing to Jesus would fly;
When dark waves of sorrow would over me roll,
In Jesus, my Savior, there's rest for my soul."
BAKER.-Noah Baker was born in Bucks Co., Pa., June 25, 1832. He emigrated to Ohio in 1838 and located near Wadsworth, Medina Co., where he remained until the time of his death which occurred Feb. 4, 1897. He reached the age of 64 years, 7 months and 9 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for a number of years. That he was respected as a father, brother, neighbor and friend was manifested by the unusually large concourse of people who assembled on Sunday, the 7th, to pay to him a final tribute of respect. Services were held by Isaac Good and I. J. Buchwalter, from 2 Sam. 20:3.
EBERLY.-In Akron, Ohio, Jan. 16th 1897, A. M. Eberly of typhoid fever and heart troubles. He was born in Baughman Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1861. His age was 35 years, 4 months, and 16 days. Funeral took place from the home of his parents near Dalton. Interment on Jan. 19, at the Pleasant ___cemetery, at which place services were held by Pre. Davison and I. J. Buchwalter. He leaves a widow, two children, and a large number of friends to mourn his death.
STEINER.-Olive, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Samuel Steiner, was born Dec. 26th, 1896, died Jan. 28, 1897, aged 1 month, 2 days. Services at the home by I. J. Buchwalter, at the church near Dalton, Ohio, by Bishop Jacob Nussbaum.
SHADDINGER.-In Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., on the 19th of February, 1898, of the infirmities of old age, Jacob Shaddinger, aged 85 years, 4 months and 12 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 23rd. Preaching at the house by A. O. Heastand in the English, at the meeting house by Jacob Rush in English, and John Gross in the German language. Text, Heb. 13:14.
MOYER.-On March 2nd, 1898, near Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Mabel May Moyer, daughter of Bro. Christian and the late Amanda Moyer, aged 6 years less three days. The death of little May was quite sudden and sad. On the Sunday previous to her death she was visiting her grandparents in company with her uncle and aunt with whom she lived since the death of her mother; her parents and another uncle also coming there. She seemed well and happy, but that night she was taken sick with diphtheria, and on Wednesday night she died. But we trust she has gone home to meet her mother.
Dearest Mabel when we saw thee
Only three short days ago;
Blest with life and health and beauty,
Gaily romping to and fro.
Little thought we that the Master
Would so quickly claim His own,
Take thee from kind friends and parents
To that brighter, better home.
We are lonely, very lonely,
Since thou'st gone from us away,
But we'll trust in God to meet thee,
In that land of endless day.
Owing to the disease with which she had been afflicted the board of health did not permit the holding of a funeral. But a few of her aunts and uncles had gathered at the burial ground, where they took a last look at the little form through a glass, which was placed over her. No service was held.
WISMER.-In Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., on the 12th of Feb. 1898, of the infirmities incident to old age, Bro. Samuel Wismer, aged 83 years, 2 months and 25 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 17th. Preaching at the house by A. O. Heastand and Jacob Rush, at the meeting house by John Leatherman. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
HIGH.-On the 24th of Jan. 1898, in Plumstead Twp., of old age, Bro. Philip High, aged 86 years, 3 months and 18 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 28th.
YOST.-In Plumstead, Pa., on the 2nd of March, 1898, of hip disease, Sister Amanda Yost, aged 42 years, 11 months and 23 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 6th. In her younger years she was afflicted with scrofula, from which she had since been lame. For the last six months her hip had been open. She had been confined to her bed most of this time. She did not seem to have much pain, but gradually wasted away. We trust she has gone to her rest.
BLOSSER.-On Feb. 5th, 1897, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Hannah, wife of Abraham Blosser, aged 70 years, 3 months and 22 days. Funeral on the 7th at the Oberholzer church, where services were held by Abm. Brubaker, Henry Horst and Jacob Weaver.
WITMER.-On Feb. 8th, 1897, at the home of her son-in-law, H. B. Culp, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Rebecca, widow of Charles Witmer, aged 81 years, 5 months and 4 days. Interment at the Oberholzer church. Services by Allen Rickert from 2 Tim. 4:6-8, assisted by Peter Basinger.
Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon
On the death of Daniel Cloid Powell,
who died Feb. 7th, 1898, aged 8
months and 29 days
Our darling baby is gone-
That pleasant look and little smile
We never can forget,
Oh! may his life, his sickness, death,
Allure our thoughts to heaven,
That we may ever watchful be
That his blest joys ours too may be
When we shall thus be called
To bid this world adieu.
Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
From sorrow unblighted,
From sin undefiled.
Like the dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this sinful world of strife
To the home of the blest.
Knox Co., Tenn.
CORRECTION.-To the death notice of Daniel Cloid Powell in No.
6 current volume, it should have read son of Henry J., instead
of Daniel, Powell. We would again kindly ask our correspondents
to be particularly careful in writing names and dates.-Ed.
(Transcribers note: See March 15, 1898)
GEHMAN.-On the 13th of March 1898, of consumption, Bro. Phares Gehman, of Martindale, Lancaster Co., Pa., son of Joseph Gehman, aged 22 years, 6 months and 6 days. He was married to Amanda Sweigart and leaves a sorrowing young widow, father, two brothers, one sister, and many friends to mourn their loss which is his eternal gain. Oh what joy, oh what peace, oh what pleasures, oh what comfort, and consolation, when we come to die, and can say, as did the departed brother, "I am ready and willing to go home." His mother preceded him to the heavenly home some years ago. Funeral services were conducted on March 16th by Bro. John Zimmerman, in German, from Gal. 6:7, and by Bish. Isaac Eby, in English, from Psalm 103:15-18.
"Attend, young friends, while I relate
The dangers you are in;
The evils that around you wait,
While subject unto sin.
Although you flourish like a rose,
While in its branches green;
Your sparkling eyes in death must close,
No more will they be seen."
CLIPP.-Conrad Clipp was born near Cassel Hessen, Nassau, Germany, Oct. 10, 1831, died Mar. 10, 1898, aged 66 years and 5 months. He came to this country in 1853, residing first in Ohio then moving to Indiana, where he married Katherine Pletcher. To this union were born seven children, four of whom, with the wife, and eighteen grandchildren survive Him. Funeral services by Geo. Lambert and J. S. Lehman. Text, John 2:5, latter clause.
ZIMMERMAN.-On the 24th of December, 1897, at his home near Eberly's Mills, Cumberland Co., Pa., from the effects of apoplectic stroke, Emanuel Zimmerman, aged 79 years and 16 days. He was a member of the Mennonite Church since 1841. Buried in the Slate Hill cemetery. He leaves a widow and eight children to mourn their loss. One daughter living in Iowa was not able to attend her father's funeral. He also leaves thirty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services by Jacob N. Brubacher of Lancaster Co., Pa., from Heb. 9:27, 28.
SOLLENBARGER.-In Hamilton, Pa., on the 27th of March,
1898, of consumption, Barbara, wife of John Sollenbarger,
aged 60 years, 1 month and 24 days. She was a member of the Dunkard
Church, and was buried at the Salem M. H., where services were
conducted by Christian Byers and Christian Myers. Text, Phil.
J. S. BURKHOLDER
MILLER.-March 26, 1898, near Shipshewana, LaGrange Co., Ind., Amanda, wife of J. Edwin Miller, age 23 years, 6 months and 14 days. Sister Miller was not as well as usual for the last three of four months, but still performed her household duties. She was very patient in all her suffering. On Saturday the 26th she said she was feeling real well, that she had not felt so well for quite a while. In the evening they retired as usual; at about eleven o'clock she awoke her husband and told him she could not rest very well. Her husband got up with her and said he would go for his mother to stay with her while he went for the doctor. She said he did not need to, she could stay alone, so he went for the doctor, who was only two miles distant, and when he returned he found his wife sitting in the same chair, dead, where he had left her but twenty minutes before. Imagine the feeling of the young husband to find his wife whom he had married only fifteen months before, dead all alone in the house. Deceased was a member of the Congregational Church. She was buried on the 28th. Funeral at Shipshewana at the M. E. church, which did not nearly hold all the people. Pre. Preston officiated. She leaves a husband, parents, brothers, sisters and many friends to mourn their loss.
All is over, hands are folded,
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, sufferings ended,
Now dear Amanda is at rest.
Dear Amanda, how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more;
Yet we hope we soon shall meet thee,
Over on the other shore.
Time was too short to say farewell,
To either friends or husband dear;
She now is where saved spirits dwell,
Released from every earthly care.
Her heavenly Father thought it best,
To thus cut short her days;
To give her everlasting rest,
Thanks be to all His ways.
YODER.-On the 24th of Feb., 1898, in Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin Co., Pa., Michael Yoder, aged 83 years, 6 months and 10 days.
RIFE.-Near Letterkenny, Franklin Co., Pa., on March 26, 1898, of consumption, Bro. Henry H. Rife, aged 77 years, 4 months and 8 days. He was born, raised and lived on the farm where he died. He leaves an esteemed wife, one son and four daughters to mourn their loss. Pre. Henry Bricker spoke at the house, and Peter Wadle and Philip Parret, from 2 Cor. 5:1-3. Interment in the Salem cemetery where services were held.
LEHMAN.-On March 10th, 1898, in Nappanee, Ind., of spinal fever, Cecil Lee Esther, infant daughter of Albert and Alice Lehman, aged 11 weeks and 2 days. Funeral services by Jas. H. McGowen at the M. H. from 2 Sam. 12:23.
Go to thy rest, fair child;
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head.
However painful it may be
To know that thou art gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Thee in thy heavenly throne.
EIMAN.-On the 17th of Feb., 1898, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, of catarrhal bronchitis, Edwin Alvin, infant son of Peter and Annie Mary Eiman, aged 3 months and 20 days. Funeral services at the Pleasant Hill M. H. on the 18th by Pre. Chr. Werey in German and by Pre. Telfer in English. Text, Job 14:1, 2. Buried in Deer Creek Cemetery.
"Weep not for little Edwin,
His gentle spirit's fled;
He sweetly sleeps in 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.
His little crib is empty,
His playthings laid aside,
And loving hearts are weeping
For our little pet that died."
Selected by a FRIEND.
YODER.-On the 18th of February, 1898, near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., of paralysis, Katie Yoder, aged 67 years, 11 months and 29 days. On the 16th she went to a neighbor's house to sew; about noon she suddenly fell off her chair, when kind hands helped her to the lounge; her tongue was paralyzed, and in about 15 minutes her eyes were closed also. She was a daughter of John H. Yoder, deceased, of Spruce Hill, Juniata Co., Pa. She was never married. Four brothers and five sisters mourn her death. When about 7 years old she had scarlet-fever, and lost her hearing. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, and led a quiet life. She could not read, but we hope that by the grace of God she has found a home in the mansions above.
Death has taken our kind sister,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was Katie, yes, dear sister,
Can we help but shed a tear?
I miss thee, sister dear,
From your old familiar place,
I do not hear thy footsteps near,
Nor see thy cheerful face.
Thy room looks drear without thee,
How desolate every heart,
Oh, could I 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 still
Doth keep our hearts aglow.
Sweetly sleeps the precious sister.
All her toils and cares are o'er;
Freed from pain, and all earth's sorrows,
Now she rests on Canaan's shore.
EBY.-On the 17th of March, 1898, in Rosedale, Waterloo Co., Ont., after an illness of many months, of paralysis, Bro. Henry Eby, in the 74th year of his age. He was the son of Samuel Eby and was born Jan. .12th, 1825. He was married to Maria Baumann, Nov. 11th, 1845. His wife died April 19th, 1875. He was afterward married to Hannah, widow of Abraham Buehler. Bro. Eby was a devoted and highly esteemed member of the Mennonite Church. He was a patient sufferer during his last long illness, and we believe he has entered the eternal rest. Of his five children two sons and one daughter survive. The remains were laid to rest on the 20th at the C. Eby M. H., Berlin, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of love to the departed.
MILLER.-On the 20th of March, 1898, near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, of consumption, Malinda Miller, nee Troyer, wife of John F. Miller, aged 26 years, 11 months and 21 days. She was born in German Township, Holmes Co., Ohio, March 29th, 1871. Lived in matrimony with her surviving husband 3 years, 11 months and 8 days. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 sons aged 1 and 3 years respectively, mother, 4 sisters and 1 brother. Deceased was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek. Funeral services were held on the 23rd by J. S. Gerig in English and M. A. Mast and S. H. Miller in German, from John 11:25, 26.
STONER.-On the 19th of March, 1898, near Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Pa., Katie, daughter of Samuel and Kate Stoner, aged 1 year, 11 months and 19 days. Funeral on the 22nd at the Hammercreek Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by Bishop Christian Risser, John Myers and Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher. Text, John 16:22. Katie was a bright little jewel and the joy and comfort of home, but the parents can now think that she has a brighter and happier home than they could give her. May they be brought nearer to their Savior and say, Thy will be done; and may they prepare themselves to meet their little darling on the bank of the ever-green shore, there to dwell forevermore. May the God who wounded their hearts lead them gently by the still waters of life, and feed them on green pastures, and may they finally be brought home.
"Once they had a darling Katie,
Full of sweetness, full of love,
But the angels came and took her,
There to live with them above.
Tearfully we lowly laid her
"Neath the grass that grows so green;
And the form of darling Katie,
In our home no more is seen.
Little Katie was our darling,
Loved of all the hearts at home;
But the angels coming quickly,
Gently whispered, Katie, come.
God His message sent to call her,
From her parents here below,
And she's gone to those fair mansions,
Where all godly children go."
BY HER AUNT, B. B. S.
HUNSBERGER.-On Jan. 20th, 1898, in Montgomery Co., Pa., Bish. John B. Hunsberger, aged 76 years. He was a sufferer of heart disease for some time, and at last a complication of diseases hastened his end. He was an honest and earnest servant of the Master for 35 years, and 20 years ago he was ordained bishop of the district of Skippack, Upper Providence and Worcester, his late residence. His loss will be mourned by many and by his surviving wife and son and four daughters. His remains were brought to the Upper Providence burying-ground on the 27th where a large assembly of sorrowing relatives and friends attended the last solemn rites of one who was dear to us all. Bish. Isaac Eby, of Kinzers, conducted the services from Heb. 11:7. A very large congregation assembled on the solemn occasion.
We meet no more on this side heaven,
This parting scene is over
The last sad look is given
SAYLOR.-March, 14th, 1898, near Armbrust, Pa., Bro. Levi Saylor , aged 72 years, 7 months and 14 days. Buried on the 16th. Funeral services conducted by Jno. N. Durr, from 2 Sam. 15:26 (last clause). May the Lord comfort the bereaved wife and children, and may they be prepared when the messenger death comes, to say, "Here am I, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
ALLEBACH.-On the 3rd of March, 1898, in Hatfield Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Susan Allebach, aged 20 years and 19 days. Several weeks before her death she was baptized and received into church fellowship. She was buried on the 7th at the Plain M. H., where Josiah Clemmer conducted the services, from Psa. 103:15-18.
HAGEL.-On the 3rd of March, 1898, near Culpsville, Montgomery Co., Pa., Bro. Lewis Hagel, aged 78 years, 5 months and 29 days. He was buried on the 7th at the Plain M. H., where Jacob Mensch conducted the services. Both of these funeral services were conducted at the same time, in the same place.
KREIDER.-Jan. 19th, 1898, in Witmer, Pa., Annie Kreider, aged 49 years, 2 months and 7 days. The deceased was a kind friend and a devoted Christian. She had a large circle of friends and relatives, who deeply feel their loss. The interment on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Mellinger's M. H., where the last sad rites were performed, was witnessed by a large concourse of friends.
"We miss thee, Annie dear,
From thy old familiar place;
We do not hear thy footsteps near,
Nor see thy cheerful face.
We miss thee at the table,
We feel thy absence there;
And oh, what sorrows pierce our hearts,
To see thy vacant chair.
Thy room looks 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 still
doth keep our hearts aglow."
ALBERT.-On the 19th of March, 1898, at Waldheim, Manitoba, of dropsy of the bowels, Bro. John Albert, at an advanced age. He had been a sufferer for about four years. In 1869, on account of conscientious scruples, he left his home at Elbing, West Prussia, Germany, and with his family of wife and three children, he emigrated to America, settling in Berlin, Ont. From thence he moved to Manitoba in 1876, in which province he has since resided. His wife and daughter preceded him to the grave. Two sons, Conrad and Herman, survive. The remains were laid to rest on the 22nd near Waidheim. Mennonitische Blaetter, please copy.
ROSENBERGER.-On the 1st of March, 1898, in Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, of pneumonia, Sister Nancy, beloved wife of Bro. Benjamin S. Rosenberger. She was born on October 11th, 1839, and was a daughter of the late Bishop Henry Shantz. She leaves a sorrowing husband, and five sons and five daughters to mourn their loss, though not as those who have no hope. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and led a consistent Christian life. Buried in the Blenheim Mennonite cemetery on March 3rd where Menno Cressman preached in German from Rev. 14:13, and Noah Stauffer in English from Prov. 12:28, to a large congregation. Her end was peace.
MILLER.-On the 26th of March 1898, near Pekin, Ill., Sister Fanny Miller, aged 37 years, 11 months and 14 days. She was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 12th, 1860. In 1868 she moved with her parents, Yost and Elizabeth Miller, to Lagrange Co., Ind. Dec. 1st, 1878, she was united in matrimony to Samuel B. Miller. About three years ago they moved near Pekin, Ill., where she lived up to the time of her death. She bore her sufferings with great patience, and had great desire to depart and be with Christ. She leaves a husband and eight daughters to mourn the loss of a dear mother, but thank God, we need not sorrow as those who have no hope. Funeral services by Joseph Litwiller in German and Samuel Gerber in English at the Union schoolhouse, from John 5:24-29.
Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our heart to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow
Tears will all be wiped away.
Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never can distress thee more.
HUNTSBERGER.-Mary Westhaffer Huntsberger, widow
of the late Samuel Huntsberger, died at the home of her son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Eshleman, in Orrville, on Friday
March 11th 1898. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 22d
1810 and was aged 87 years, 2 months and 19 days. She, with her
husband, emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1832. She was
the mother of eleven children, of whom two sons and three daughters
survive her, sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and was the
last member of the Westhaffer family. She was an invalid for over
seven years and was the soul of patience through all suffering
and afflictions, but the Lord has called her to the immortal joys
of that higher home; and we have the blessed assurance that she
gone before and is waiting for us at the beautiful golden gates. Oh let us strive by the grace of God so to live that when the Lord calls us to try the realities of another world that we can meet her there. She chose for a text for her funeral Rev. 14:13. Services were conducted by Bro. D. Garber assisted by Bro. D. Hostetler and I. J. Buchwalter. The funeral was held Monday, March 14th, at the Martin meeting-house, south of Orrville, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of love and respect.
"Grandmother's work on earth is ended.
Though many were the afflictions she bore,
But now her loving soul's ascended
Where she can rest for evermore.
BRENNEMAN.-On the 20th of Feb.1898 at the home of his son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Christian Horst, near East Greenville, Stark Co., Ohio, Benjamin Brenneman, aged 79 years, 8 months and 15 days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 5th 1818. He was married to Mary Hursh, who preceded him to the glory world about ten years ago. He leaves six children, twenty five grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister to mourn his departure. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He took sick very suddenly with paralysis, of which he suffered only about five days when the Lord released him from his pain, and he has now gone home, we hope, to meet the loved ones who have gone before. Since the death of his wife, he had his home among some of his children where he is greatly missed. Funeral on Tuesday Feb. 22nd. Buried at the Martin M. H., where services were conducted by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter at the house and Bro. D. Garber and Bro. D. Hostetler at the church, from 1 Cor. 15:54.
Dear grandfather from our midst is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
HOOVER.-On the 23rd of January 1898, in Rainham Twp., Haldimand Co., Ont. after suffering one week from the effects of a fall, Elizabeth Hoover, wife of the late Jacob Hoover, aged 81 years, 11 months and 4 days. The remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite burying ground by the side of her husband who preceded her to the spirit world twenty-five years. She is survived by three sons and eight daughters all having been present at the funeral but one daughter. Services by Noah Stauffer and Isaac Rittenhouse.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
Farewell mother, dearest parent,
Ever faithful, kind and true;
Trusting thou hast won a crown,
In the home prepared for you.
PERSHING.-On the 28th of March 1898, at his home in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, of palsy and dropsy, Bro. C. B. Pershing, aged 71 years, 1 month and 6 days. Funeral on the 30th at the Union Hill meeting-house. Services by David Garber assisted by Josiah Koser. Text, "The hour is come." John 12:23. Our brother suffered much during the last two weeks of his life, and the last words he uttered were: "Lord Jesus, relieve me." Peace to his ashes
EAST.-On the 14th of March, 1898, in Chester Co., Pa., Elizabeth Histand, widow of the late Samuel East, aged 79 years, 3 months and 12 days. Buried on the 19th in the Vincent Mennonite cemetery.
IMHOOF.-Theodore Imhoof was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, January 4th, 1835, died of palsy, being sick only two days, at the house of Henry Ballees, near Chili, Ind., on the 26th of February 1898, aged 63 years, 1 month and 22 days. His companion had gone to the spirit land five years ago. He leaves six sorrowing children, four daughters and two sons, seventeen grandchildren, and three brothers and two sisters. In 1852 he was married to Sarah Fike. In 1875 they moved from Ohio to Miami Co., Ind. In 1896 the deceased went to Marshall Co., Iowa and lived there until the fall of 1897, when he came back to Miami Co., Ind., and lived here until his death (not quite 5 months). The funeral services were conducted in the M. E. church by Pre's Spitchler and Swilhart of Roann and Pre. Fisher of Mexico. The hymns sung were, "Jesus, Lover of my Soul," "Asleep in Jesus," and "Religion we must have." His remains were taken to the Chili cemetery, where they were laid to rest beside his dear companion. Side by side they are sleeping, and no father or mother is left to comfort us. They are gone to that land where there's no pain or death, where all tears are wiped away.
Death again invades our circle,
Robs us of our father dear.
In the depth of our affliction,
Can we help but shed a tear?
Death hath borne dear father from us,
And we take the last farewell
Of our dear and loving father,-
Why he's gone we cannot tell.
Human hands have tried to save thee,
Tender care was all in vain,
Holy angels came and bore thee
From this weary world of pain.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed.
All your warfare now is ended,
All your suffering now is o'er;
To your God your soul ascended,
We shall see you here no more.
Farewell dear parents. Arr. by
A. I. daughter of Theodore and Sarah Imhoof.
MELLINGER.-On the 9th of March, 1898, near Winchester,
Va., of consumption of the lungs, Sister Elizabeth, wife
of Pre. Daniel H. Mellinger, maiden name Greider, aged
69 years and 5 months. Buried at Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa. Services
at the house on Friday, the 11th, in Virginia by Bishop Abraham
Shank and the writer from Phil, 1:20-24. Services on the 12th
at 2 o'clock P. M. at the Mennonite church in Salunga, Lancaster
Co., Pa., by the same brethren from Virginia and by Bishop Jacob
N. Brubacher from Lancaster, Pa., in German from John 5:25-29.
She expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. She was a
reader of the HERALD for over thirty years. She leaves a husband
and two sons and one daughter and eleven grandchildren to mourn
her departure, but thanks be to the good Lord, they need not mourn
as those who have no hope. She was a consistent member of the
Mennonite Church for many years.
SMITH.-Sister Susan Gruver was born in Adams Co., Pa., Feb. 16th 1832, died in Nappanee, Ind., of abscess, Feb. 16th, 1898, lacking one day of being 66 years old. She was united in matrimony with John B. Smith, Feb.12th1853, to which union were born four sons and six daughters, of whom one daughter preceded her. The deceased lived in matrimony 45 years. She united with the church of her choice March 19th, 1889, and was a faithful sister nearly nine years. She suffered untold agony for several weeks until God released her. She was conscious to the very last and a few moments before she expired she exclaimed. "O Jesus, come, take me." She leaves a sorrowing husband, nine children, twenty-one grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to mourn their loss, but their loss, we hope, is her eternal gain. Funeral services by Jas. H. McGowen from Matt. 25:31-34, 41.
Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But "tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
MILLER.-On the 30th of March 1898, in Somerset Co., Pa., infant son of Mahlon and Lydia Miller, aged 6 days. Buried on the 31st in the family graveyard of Bro. Abraham Weaver, funeral services at the house by S. G. Shetler. Text, "It is well."
GRABER.-On the 14th of March, 1898, near Oval City, Stark Co., Ohio, after a brief illness of only three days with inflammation of the bowels, Samuel, son of Peter and Mary Graber, aged 22 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was a very bright and intelligent young man, and was the first to be taken out of this family of eight children. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church of Canton. Funeral services by Pre. Krebiel and J. S. Gerig. Texts, James 4:14 and John 11:25,26.
Farewell brother, till we meet thee,
In thy heavenly home above,
There to sing God's praises with thee,
In that land of joy and love.
SWARTZENDRUBER.-On the 14th of March, 1898, near Amish, Iowa, of Bright's disease, Edward, son of Noah and Lena Swartzendruber, aged 6 years, 7 months. Buried in the Yoder graveyard. Funeral services conducted by Gideon Yoder and J. F. Swartzendruber from Luke 21:25. He leaves parents, two brothers and a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. But we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Let us ever be ready; for at such an hour as we think not, the Son of man cometh.
One by one earth's ties are broken,
As we see our love decay;
And the hopes so fondly cherished
Brighten but to pass away.
One by one our hopes grow brighter,
As we near the shining shore;
For we know across the river
Wait the loved ones gone before.
Another little lamb has gone
To dwell with Him who gave;
Another little darling
Is sheltered in the grave.
God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped our darling's hand.
Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon