NAFZIGER. - Bish. Christian Nafziger departed this life on the 6th of March, 1899, aged 79 years and 10 months. He bore the sufferings of his last illness, which lasted about eight days, with Christian fortitude. He organized the congregation near Hopedale, Ill., to which he was called as minister in 1855. In 1861 he was ordained to the office of elder (bishop), in which capacity he served faithfully until his end. May his faithful admonitions be long remembered. He leaves his bereaved widow, two sons, nine grandchildren and a large congregation that was warmly attached to him to mourn their loss. Yet we mourn not as those who have no hope, for we feel that though our loss is deep, it is his eternal gain. The remains were laid to rest on the 8th of March. Funeral services were held by Samuel Gerber from Heb. 13:12-14, by Daniel Grieser from Philippians 1:21-23, and by Daniel Orendorf from 2 Cor. 5:1-7. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. C.
STOUFFER. - Pre. Jacob Stouffer was born in York Co., Pa., Oct. 17th, 1832, and died at Leetonia, Ohio, March 4th, 1899, aged 66 years, 4 months and 17 days. Interment on the 7th at the Leetonia church where services were held by John Blosser of New Stark, O., and Allen Rickert. When about two years of age he moved with his parents to Columbiana Co., Ohio, where he resided until his death. Feb. 4, 1858 he was united in marriage with Nancy Nold to which union were born twelve children. His wife, seven children, seven grandchildren, two brothers and one sister survive him to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and in 1878 was chosen deacon. Five years later he was ordained to the ministry, the duties of which office he faithfully discharged as long as health permitted. About seven years ago he had an attack of the grippe which so unnerved his system that he never fully recovered, finally terminating in nervous paralysis. Several weeks before his death he was again seized with an attack of the grippe which ended his long sufferings in death. In his death the family and the church have lost a faithful father, brother and counsellor, but we have this consolation that he has only gone before into the glory world.
HARTZEL. - On the 1st of Feb., 1899, in Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Creda, daughter of Aaron and Hannah Hartzel, aged 3 years, 3 days. Buried on the 4th at the Souderton Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Pre. Gardner and M. R. Moyer. Text, Heb. 12:9.
KENNEL. - Feb. 21st, 1899, Raymond J., infant son of Joseph J. and Emma Kennel, aged 18 days. Buried Feb. 23rd, from the Roanoke, Ill., M. H., where appropriate services were held by Eld. John Smith and Peter Zimmerman. "Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
HENDRICKS. - On the 3rd of March, l899, at Kulps Corner, Montgomery Co., Pa., of nervous troubles, Sister Catharine, wife of Jacob Hendricks, aged 70 years, 5 months and 13 days. She bore her sufferings in Christian patience. Buried on the 9th, at the Towamencin Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Josiah Clemmer and H. Godshalk at the house and by Jacob Mensch and Christian Allebach at the meeting house. Text, John 16:22.
SWARTLEY. - On the 28th of Jan., 1899, in Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa., of croup, Elmer, son of Jonas and Hannah Swartley, aged 1 year, 11 months and 4 days. Buried on the 2nd, at the Franconia Mennonite M. H. Funeral services at the house by M. R. Moyer, and at the meeting house by Josiah Clemmer. Text, Luke 23:28,29. H. C. K.
LANDES. - On the 14th of Aug., 1898, near Stonewall, Augusta Co., Va., Sister Lydia Landes, age 74 years, 3 months and 19 days. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves four sons and one daughter, (one daughter has preceded her to the spirit world), fourteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Her remains were laid to rest at the Mt. Pleasant M. H. Funeral services were conducted by G. D. and Simeon D. Heatwole.
LANDES. - On the 10th of Sept., 1898, near Stonewall, Augusta Co., Va., of dropsy of the heart, Bro. Jacob Landes, aged about 75 years. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, where he had been a deacon for many years. His wife was taken away a little over four weeks before. He said, after his wife was gone, that his time was not very long. Buried beside his wife at Mount Pleasant. Funeral services by G. D. and Simeon D. Heatwole. It is sad indeed for the children to lose both their dear parents in so short a time. JOSIE MOORE.
Death has robbed us of our parents,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
In the depth of our affliction,
Can we help but shed a tear ?
Our dear parents left us lonely,
In this world to travel on;
We may truly ask the question,
What is home since they are gone?
All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts to-day,
For the ones we loved so dearly
Have forever passed away.
Human hands have tried to save them,
Tender cares were all in vain,
Holy angels come and bore them
From this weary world of pain.
Parents dear you were our comfort,
Loved by all the hearts at home;
But the angels coming quickly,
Gently whispered, parents come.
0 dear parents when we meet you,
In the joyous reams above;
Gladly will we haste to greet you,
All our hearts aflame with love.
LESHER. - On the 23d of February, 1899, near Scotland, Franklin Co., Pa., of la grippe and old age, Sister Anna Lesher, widow of the late Daniel Lesher, aged 79 years, 7 months and 10 days. Grandmother Lesher, as she was familiarly called, was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by three step-sons and five step-daughters, and many friends to mourn their loss, but we believe our loss is her eternal gain. Her husband died over thirty years ago. Buried on the 25th at the Chambersburg Mennonite M. H., of which congregation she was a member since her youth. Services were conducted by Pre. Peter Wadel and Bish. Michael Horst in German and Pre. George Ernst in English. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain,
Farewell, till in some happy place
We shall behold thy face again.
'Tis ours to miss thee, all our years,
And tender memories of thee keep,
Thine in the Lord to rest, for so
He giveth His beloved sleep.
Oh grandmother, thy voice is hushed,
Thy warm, true heart is still,
And on thy pale and peaceful face
Is resting death's cold chill.
Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast,
We have kissed thy lovely brow,
And In our aching hearts we know
We have no grandmother now. GRAND-DAUGHTER.
MISHLER. - On Feb. 28th, 1899, at her home in Conemaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., of catarrh of the stomach, Sister Mary, wife of David Mishler, Sr., aged 57 years, 6 months and 23 days. She left a husband, one daughter, three sons, nine grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters to mourn the loss of one they dearly loved. She was afflicted for several years. She bore her afflictions with much patience, yet frequently expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. And in her last moments her desire was to see her children of whom all were present when she gave her last farewell. Then she calmly and peacefully passed away. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for thirty-six years and always expressed her desire to come to the house of the Lord. She was buried on the 2d of March in the Stahl burying-ground. Funeral services were conducted by the ministering brethren: Levi A. and Jonas Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, Luke 10:42. The text had been selected by the deceased sister. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord , the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." HENRY H. MISHLER.
SHERK. - On the 1st of February, 1899, of Sherkston, Ont., Samuel Sherk, one of our old and esteemed brethren, at the age of 88 years less four days. He had always lived within four hundred yards of where he was born. He was an enterprising man and possessed wonderful endurance. He was strictly honest and upright in every particular. In 1845 he was united in marriage with Mary Jane Snider. To them were born five sons and five daughters, all of whom are living. In 1885 the loving wife and mother was attacked with a stroke of paralysis, of which she died a few days later, leaving a sorrowful husband and heartbroken children. Then, being the youngest son, Walter became heir of the old homestead and resolved to care for his father, and about one year later united in marriage with Lottie White and they kindly looked after the welfare of their father during the remainder of his earthly pilgrimage. His end was perfect peace. He left a bright evidence of his acceptance with the Lord. The writer had the pleasure of conversing with him a few days previous to his departure. He testified that he was at peace with all people, particularly with his children and grandchildren and desired to meet them all in heaven. But memory from time to time seems to renew the anguish, and by recalling joys that are past touches a spring of sensibility, but how consoling the thought that our separation is only temporary and that there is a time of reunion with those with whom our happiest days were spent. Funeral of the deceased brother was very largely attended. Services by Pre. John Hoover. Text, Heb. 9:27,28. B.P.S.
STAUFFER. - Amanda, daughter of Benedict and Magdalena Stauffer, was born on the 16th of April, 1896, died on the 4th of March, 1899, aged 2 years, 10 months and 16 days. This dear little one suffered for some time of inflammation of the bowels. May God comfort the bereaved ones. Buried in the Fair View graveyard. Funeral services by Nich. Roth, Joseph Gascho, and Joseph Rediger.
REESE. - On the 27th of Dec., 1898, in New Providence, Lancaster Co., Pa.,. Elizabeth, widow of the late Jacob Reese, aged 92 years, 4 months and 23 days. Buried in the New Providence burial ground. Funeral services by Tobias Brubaker and Elias Groff. Text, John 14:2.
"Mother is gone, she has left us,
Her sorrows and trials are o'er;
And if we who are living are faithful,
We'll meet on that heavenly shore."
EBY. - On the 6th of March, 1899, in Berlin, Ont., of the infirmities of old age, John Eby, in the 84th year of his age. He was born Aug. 7th, 1814; was married to Rebecca Bricker, Nov. 7th, 1837. She died May 11th, 1872. To this union were born seven children, of whom four survive. After the death of his first wife deceased was married to Nancy Groff. For a number of years previous and up to his death deceased was completely blind. Buried on the 9th in the C. Eby cemetery.
CROYLE. - On the 9th of March, 1899, in Somerset Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Milton Luther, son of Bro. Joseph Croyle, aged 1 year, 8 months and 5 days. Buried on the 11th at the Thomas M. H. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Text, Job 14:1,2.
Milton, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it lofts among the trees.
Dearest Milton, thou best left us,
Here thy 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." Sel. By the Parents.
WISMER. - On the 5th of March 1899, in Orilli, Ontario, of epilepsy, Josiah Wismer, son of Isaac and Mary Wismer, aged 20 years, 9 months and 24 days . His remains were brought to the home of his parents near Preston, whence he was taken to Blair cemetery for interment. Services by J. B. Gingrich from Job 14:10 and 1 Peter 1:24, 25 in German. Hymn 408 in Hymns and Tunes was selected by the family to be sung at the close of services.
BARTHOLOMEW. - On the 4th of Mar. 1899 Olive Amelia, infant daughter of Charles Bartholomew, of Strasburg, Ontario, at the age of 25 days. Buried on the 8th at Weber's meeting house. Services by J. B. Gingrich, from Matt. 18:3.
Farewell, sweet morning flower,
Brief vision of a day;
Thy blossoms of an hour
Soon drooped and died away.
KAUFMAN. - On the 11th of Feb. 1899, in Somerset Co., Pa., Robert, son of Bennett and Lizzie Kaufman, aged 4 months and 26 days. He was buried on the 13th at the Blough Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by Samuel Zimmerman.
THOMAS. - On the 1st of March 1899, in Somerset Co., Pa., Peter Thomas, aged 69 years, 1 mouth and 14 days. He was buried on the 3rd at the Thomas Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Pre. Hutchinson of the Lutheran Church (of which the deceased was a member), assisted by L. A. Blough. Text, 'He that endureth unto the end shall be saved." The deceased had thirteen children, ten living; thirty-two grandchildren, twenty-nine living; and three great grandchildren.
EICHELBERGER. - Elizabeth Birky, widow of the late Jacob Eichelberger, departed this life on the 27th of January 1899, aged 72 years. She leaves three sons and 11 grandchildren to mourn their lose. She was a faithful sister in the Amish congregation, a true pattern of Christian patience. She greatly desired to depart and be with Christ. Buried on the 28th. Funeral services by Christian Nafziger and J. C. Birky. C.
NAFZIGER. - On the 23d of January 1899, in Woodford Co., Ill., of lung fever, Magdalena Grieser, wife of Christian Nafziger, aged 32 years, 5 months and 7 days. She leaves her husband and four children to mourn her early death. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite Church. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services by Daniel Nafziger and Joseph Egli.
BINKLEY. - On the 10th of March 1899, at the home of his parents, at Neffsville, Pa., of membraneous croup, Lloyd, son of Abram E. and Lizzie Binkley. Buried on the 13th at the Millersville Mennonite meeting house, where services were hold.
This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom,
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade
Death came with friendly care
The opening bud to heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there.
SHISLER. - Magdalena Shisler was born on the 5th of February 1827, died in Stark Co., Ohio on the 25th of February 1899, aged 72 years and 20 days. Funeral services at the Pleasant View meeting house were conducted by Jacob Tyson in German assisted by John Smith in English from 1 Chron. 29:15.
Dear grandmother's chair is vacant,
And her place can ne'er be filled;
And her room is 0, so lonely
Since her voice for aye is stilled.
Her fond smile no more will greet us,
But we know that all is well,
And in heaven we wish to meet her,
And with her forever dwell.
Fare thee well, our dear grandmother,
If with thee we now must part;
But in heaven thou art resting
With a glad and joyous heart. JONAS S. HORST.
ZOOK. - On the 10th of March 1899, near Orrville, Ohio, Catharine, wife of Ezra Zook, aged 65 years, 7 months and 28 days. She was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church. She leaves a husband, one daughter and three sons to mourn her departure. Funeral services by John K. Yoder in German and J. S. Gerig in English. Text, John 5:24 and 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
BARR. - Samuel G. Barr was born near Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 30th 1849, and died at Belton, Mo., March 14th, 1899. He was married in 1875 to Martha J. Balding who survives him. To this union seven children were born, six of whom are now living, the oldest a son 21 years old having died three months ago. We feel indeed like weeping with this bereaved family. Samuel was a model man in his way, beloved and respected by all who knew him. The service was held in the M. E. church at Belton and conducted by J. H. Hershey of Olathe, Kan., from Rev. 2:23 last clause.
FRANCK. - On the 15th of February 1899, near Kissel Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Susan Hess, wife of Henry S. Franck, aged 59 years, 6 months and 2 days. The deceased was lingering for many years of rheumatism and other complaints, still she died quite suddenly and unexpectedly. A bereaved husband, two sons and one daughter survive to mourn her departure. On the 18th of February the remains were taken to the cemetery at the Hess meeting house. Services by John Lefevre and John L. Landis.
MEYER. - On the 28th of November 1898 near Preston, Ontario, of the infirmities of old age, Christophel Meyer, in the 82nd year of his age. He leaves one son and one daughter and six grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral services a the house of his son-in-law Michael Ford on the 30th by J. B. Gingrich from Psalm 90:10. Buried in the Preston cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
KINZIE. - On the 12th of February, 1899, near Kossuth,
Waterloo Co., Ont., of dropsy and la grippe, Magdalena Kinzie,
nee Martin, aged 77 years, 7 months and 6 days. She was
born July 6th 1821, and leaves three children and twelve grandchildren
to mourn their loss. During her long illness she endured her sufferings
patiently, awaiting the time when it pleased God to remove her
from a life of sorrow into those glorious mansions above where
all tribulation and sorrows will be known no more. Services on
the 16th were held at the house of Edward Spate her son-in-law,
near Kossuth, by Pre. Paul Martin and Joseph Gingrich. Text, Philippians
1:21 and Matt. 24:13. Then in the afternoon the remains were taken
to Detweiler's meeting house, Dumfries township where a goodly
number of her friends were present and services were held by J. B. Gingrich from John 5:24. The remains were committed to the grave in the cemetery adjoining.
STEWARD. - Ida Eby was born in Olive Twp., Elkhart
Co., Ind., December the 24th, 1871. As her mother died when Ida
was yet young, she was brought up by John Barkeys. She afterward
went to stay with her father, Enoch Eby, six miles south of Syracuse,
Ind., where she was married to Sherman Steward Nov. 30th, 1890.
They moved four miles south east of Syracuse where she died Mar.
4th, 1899, aged 27 years, 2 months and 10 days. Buried on the
6th. The funeral sermon was preached in Syracuse by M. R. Deter
of the German Baptist denomination. Text, Job 20:14. Her remains
were buried in the village graveyard. She leaves a sorrowing husband,
father, brother and sister and a host of relatives and friends
to mourn her early departure. She had not made an open confession
and was sick only a few weeks. May this be a warning to those
who are out of Christ.
MISHLER. - On the 28th of February 1899, in Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Mary, wife of Bro. David Mishler, age 57 years, 6 months and 23 days. She was buried on the 2nd of March at the Stahl Mennonite meeting house. Funeral services by Jonas Blough, L. A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger. Text, Luke 10:42 selected by the sister to be used at her funeral. Sister Mishler was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years and was a bright example of patience and faithfulness, and is now gone to her final reward. She was married 37 years, 10 months and 13 days. She was the mother of four children and nine grandchildren who mourn their loss, but not without hope.
NOFZIGER. - On the 26th of Feb. 1899, near Archbold, Ohio, Sister Phillipena Nofziger, nee Seigle, widow of John D. Nofziger, deceased, aged 87 years, 9 months and 18 days. She was born May 8th, 1811, and united in marriage with John D. Nofziger Oct. 29, 1835. To this union were born eleven children. Her companion and six children preceded her to the spirit world, and five are yet living to mourn her departure. Funeral services on the 28th at the Amish M. H., conducted by D. J. Wyse and C. S. Stuckey in German and E. L. Frey in English.
SWEIGART. - Henry G. Sweigart, aged 20 years, 10 months and 19 days, youngest son of Samuel and Mary Sweigart, residing near Brubaker's Mill, one mile south of New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., was instantly killed at a Pennsylvania railroad crossing at Cain, Chester Co., one mile east of Coatesville, on Wednesday night, Feb. 22, about 11.30 o'clock. Young Sweigart was employed on Howard Johnson's dairy farm, east of Coatesville, and had been out spending the evening. On his way home, just as he crossed the railroad at Cain Station, the Southwestern Express came dashing along striking the buggy squarely and breaking it up pretty badly, and killing young Sweigart instantly. As he was alone at the time very little is known about the manner in which he met his death; the horse was injured so badly that he died soon afterwards. The body of young Sweigart was brought home to the heart-broken father and mother, brothers and sisters, the day following, where the funeral was held on the Sunday following. Bishop Isaac Eby preached a short but very impressive sermon at the house, after which the body was taken to Groffdale for burial, where Joseph Wenger preached in German and Isaac Eby in English. Two brothers and four sisters survive the deceased, all but one of whom with the parents are members of the Mennonite Church. May this loud and solemn call be the means of drawing the other brother into the fold of Christ, and not only him but every precious soul, old or young, that has not yet accepted Jesus as their Saviour. May we who have made a covenant with God to be obedient to His teachings and commandments, dig deep down into our hearts and see whether we are ready to meet our God should we be called from time into eternity in the twinkling of an eye. Are we possessed with the same mind which was in Christ Jesus, to do the will of the Father? Are we filled with that unbounded love which was so richly manifested in our Lord and Saviour, the love of the spiritual welfare of the whole human family, doing good whenever we can, letting our light so shine that men may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven? Are we living epistles, read of all men, and lead such lives that men may take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus?
HUNSICKER. - On the 5th of January, 1899, in Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Hunsicker, aged 16 years, 9 months and 7 days. Bro. Jacob was a promising young man of bright intellect and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends, old and young, who with the sorrowing family of father, mother, sisters and brother, mourn their loss. His interest in spiritual things plainly showed that he was prompted by the Spirit of God to give his heart to Jesus, but for some unknown reason he put it off until God laid him on a bed of sickness with typhoid fever. At the end of two weeks he seemed to be doing well, when a relapse came. Realizing that his time for this world was short, and feeling his need of a Savior to cleanse his heart and give him the assurance of divine acceptance that he might be prepared for the great change that was imminent, he gave himself unreservedly into the Savior's tender care relying upon His precious promises. He was baptized, after which he was fully resigned. He spoke many earnest words of warning, which will be long remembered by those who heard them. May his words ever stand as a memorial to remind those who have not yet taken the important step to make their peace with God. Our dear brother lingered about ten days with us then passed quietly away, trusting Him who had so sweetly called and so lovingly redeemed him. His remains were conveyed to the Blooming Glen graveyard. Funeral services in the meeting house adjoining where the deceased had so often met with us as an interested listener in Sunday school and church service. H. B. Rosenberger and A. F. Moyer spoke in German and A. 0. Histand in English. Text, Prov. 8:17. Hymns No. 72 and 80 Hymns and Tunes were sung. The large meeting house was filled with sympathizing friends.
"The golden gates were opened,
A gentle voice said, Come,
And with farewells unspoken
He calmly entered home." W. D. B.
OBERHOLTZER. - On the 6th of February, in Waterloo Twp., Ontario, of pulmonary tuberculosis, Laura Hamah, beloved wife of Josiah Oberholtzer, aged 26 years, 6 months and 23 days. Deceased had been ailing for some time and was still growing weaker till at last she agreed to consult a physician who told her that her case was hopeless and her time at the longest no more than three weeks, which also proved true. When she saw death staring in her face and no hope for the future, it caused her a very deep conviction, and she became seriously concerned about her soul's salvation, and soon sent for a minister to help her on the right way to get salvation, and requested ministers and Christians to come and encourage her in her great distress. She repented and prayed and asked others to pray with her and for her. She was not ashamed to pray in the presence of strangers, but called unto God for pardon and salvation. She often said in presence of the writer, "I believe all you say, I believe in all the promises of the Bible, and in all the encouragements you give me, yet I am not saved." I sometimes asked her, "Is there anything keeping or holding you?" The answer was every time, "Nothing but my sins." In this state she bad been for seven days. Then she confessed a great evil which she had committed. By this time she was very weak in body and at times somewhat weak in her mind, still had her mind continually fixed on her Savior, and every time I came to see her she seemed to be so glad and talked, and even if voice had failed she whispered and told all about her welfare. On the 8th day of her distress I visited her again, then she looked cheerful and bright and said, "Now I have peace, now I am saved, I feel easy and my burden has left me. Thank the Lord." Upon asking her what had happened she said that she bad confessed her sin to God and her husband and received forgiveness as soon as she asked it. She said "I could rest and sleep all night, and now I am willing to do all that God requires of me. I want to be baptized and unite with the church which has been my choice for some time. Bish. Jonas Snider was called the next day, and administered water baptism and received her as a member in our church. Then we held communion, but on account of her being very weak we did not mention feet-washing, but when we were about to close the meeting, she whispered to me, "I would also like to observe feet washing." We said, "That shall be granted you, only we thought you were too weak and tired?" "O no! I am strong enough to do that yet." Then she said, "Now I am ready to die, still I am willing to live and suffer as long as the Lord sees fit to leave me here." On the 3d of February she was received in the church militant, and on the 6th, God saw fit to take her into the church triumphant. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two little daughters, parents, and many other friends to mourn their lose, yet she left a bright evidence that she was going where Jesus is, there to live in glory forever. Only a few days in peace with God. O! how sad if she had not received salvation until it had been forever too late. This should be a solemn warning to all who are still outside of the ark of safety. Our departed sister said that she often was convinced of her sad condition, and often felt the necessity of being a Christian, and forsaking the fashions and follies of this world and living in the simplicity enjoined in the Sacred Word. She was fully consecrated to the Lord's will and had done away with all of self, and was entirely willing to live a life separate from the world. O! sinner, yield to God's calling while you are yet strong in body and mind, and serve the Lord with a full purpose of heart, and do not put it off until your dying hour; you might be cut off instantly, and not have the privilege this young sister bad to become converted on your bed of affliction, but might be lost forever. Sister Oberholtzer was buried on the 8th of February at Hagey's M. H. near Preston, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors were gathered. Services by J. B. Gingrich from Hebrews 4:16.
Transcriber's note: It was assumed that "Hamah" was the maiden name; but perhaps not.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
HARTZLER. - Samuel Y. Hartzler was born in Champaign Co., O., March 6, 1858; died Mar. 24, 1899, aged 41 years, 18 days. He was married to Elizabeth A. Yoder, December 12, 1882. To this union were born 4 sons and 3 daughters. One son and three daughters preceded him. He leaves a wife and three sons to mourn their loss, yet they need not mourn as those that have no hope. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. His place was seldom vacant at church or Sunday school. The burial services on the 6th at the Walnut Grove M. H. were conducted by C. K. Yoder and Jonathan Warye. The remains were laid to rest in the Hooley graveyard in Champaign Co.
BINKLEY. - On the 10th of March, 1899, at Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Lloyd the 13 months-old son of Bro. Abraham and Sister Lizzie Binkley, death resulting from membranous croup. The parents can comfort themselves with the assurance that they have a jewel safe in the arms of Jesus. Services were held on the 13th of March at the Millersville Mennonite M. H. by John Lefever, Samuel Cauffman and Benjamin Hertzler. Text, Luke 18:16.
The little cradle is empty now,
The playthings laid aside,
And loving hearts are weeping
For our little pet that died.
So farewell, dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So mamma dear, farewell.
And farewell dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your child, your little Lloyd dear,
Who now has gone to rest.
Farewell my sister, Anna dear,
You loved me well while I was here,
God loved me too, and that is why
He called me to the world on high. By his aunt, E. H. Herr.
MILLER. - Near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., Matilda, daughter of Eli and Polly Miller, aged 2 years, 11 months and 15 days. She leaves a father, mother and little sister to mourn her loss. Funeral at the Shore M. H., Feb. 17th. Services by Y. S. Miller in German, and D. D. Miller in English.
Little Matilda, Jesus called you
And we knew you had to go,
For your heart it was too perfect,
For this world of sin and woe.
And now Jesus smoothed the forehead,
As He soothes her to His breast;
But her little voice is silent,
And her smiles are fixed in death.
Oh the pain when in the parting,
Yet we know that on that shore
We can meet the little treasure,
To be parted never more.
Little darling, we have laid thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace;
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy angel face.
BRUNK. - Magdalena, wife of Pre. Christian Brunk of Winchester, Va., died March 15th, 1899, aged 75 years, 1 month and 23 days. She was brought up in Rockingham Co., Va., and was the daughter of Christian Brenneman. She has one brother and four sisters living; and besides her husband, she leaves four sons and two daughters, also twenty three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Sister Brunk lived happily in matrimony for fifty-five years, and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for fifty-four years. She was indeed a mother in Israel and her place at meeting was seldom vacant, and by her untiring efforts to do good to all she came in contact with, she will be remembered by many, and by her aged companion she will be sadly missed, as they had traveled together so many years that he said he longed to go with her on this journey also. When he knew she would never again return to him and help and comfort him, he felt to say with Job of old, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." She was buried on the 18th. A short service was held at the house by Lewis Shank of Broadway, text, 1 Cor. 13:13, then her remains were taken to Rockingham Co., where she was buried In the old Brenneman graveyard by the side of her three children who had preceded her. Services at the New Brenneman M. H. by L. J. Heatwole, Abram Shank and others. Text, Mark 13, latter part.
We saw not the angels who met her there,
The gates of the city we could not see,
Over the river our mother dear
Our mother stands waiting for me.
And she is just our loved one still,
And loves us now no less,
She goes away to come again
To watch us and to bless.
HOOVER. - On the 18th of March, near Teegarden, St Joseph Co., Ind., William Hoover, oldest son of Mrs. Anthony Culp, formerly Mrs. ___ Hoover, aged 17 years, 9 months and 12 days. His death was a very sad one. He attempted to board a freight train while in motion, missed his hold, and falling under the wheels, both feet were so badly crushed that amputation was necessary. After three days, it was found that a second amputation was necessary, from which he never rallied, and death ensued. He was deeply concerned for his salvation, and earnestly admonished his companions to serve the Lord. He also said that a year ago he felt that he ought to give his heart to God, but simply put it off. This should be a most solemn warning for all who are inclined to neglect the important step and defer it till ofttimes it is too late. He bore his severe sufferings patiently, and was resigned to the will of God. He leaves a deeply sorrowing mother, four brothers and two sisters to mourn his sad and early death. May God comfort their hearts. Funeral services were conducted at Yellow Creek M. H. on the 21st by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler. The funeral was largely attended.
SAUDER. - On the 6th of March, 1899, near Pettisville, Ohio, Minnie, beloved daughter of Daniel and Barbara Sauder, aged 4 years less one day. Little Minnie was sick over three months of rheumatism and heart affection, and suffered great pain, which she endured in patience and called the angels to receive her in the mansions above, where pain is no more. May our heavenly Father comfort the bereaved family with the assurance that dear little Minnie is forever at rest with her Saviour and that they may meet her if they are faithful. Funeral services on the 8th at the Amish M. H., conducted by C. S. Stuckey and C. Freyenberger.
KENNEL. - On the 11th of March, 1899, near Opal, Va., of consumption, Mary Kennel, aged 71 years, 8 months and 9 days. She was in feeble health for years and was confined to her bed nine weeks. She endured her sufferings patiently, awaiting the time when it pleased God to remove her from a life o sorrow into those glorious mansions above where all tribulation and sorrows will be known no more, where all tears are wiped away. Funeral services on the 14th inst. by C. Swartzentruber and C. S. Beachy from Rev. 7:15-17. The remains were laid in the Beachy graveyard. One son and four daughters survive her.
ULRICH. - On the 17th of January. 1899, Omer, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ulrich, aged 4 years, 24 days.
When coming home at eventide
I close my eyes and think I see
The happy little brown-eyed boy
Who never failed to welcome me.
A little sentinel he stood,
With beaming eyes, expectant air;
When evening came and I was late
I knew that I should find him there.
His wagon and his rocking horse, --
Dear treasured playthings thrown away,
While at the gate with longing eyes,
He watched for papa every day.
With empty arms and aching heart
I wish those days could come again;
Those days that were so sweet to us
Alas, I watch and look In vain.
I reach the lane and strain my eyes
And think if I could once more see
The little form with loud, glad shout
Come bounding out to welcome me,
I'd gladly bear the burdens, Lord,
While toiling for our daily bread
To feel again on my lone breast
The weight of his dear, loving head.
KOLB. - On the 11th of January, 1899, in Holmes Co., Ohio, after a week's illness of lagrippe, Bro. Isaac Kolb, aged 63 years, 10 months and 2 days. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and was loved by all. He leaves four brothers and three sisters to mourn his departure. But they do not mourn as those who have no hope. Services by Peter E. Miller and M. V. B. Shoup from Heb. 4:9.
FUNK. - On the 25th of March, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jacob F. Funk, aged about 81 years. He was born in the state of Virginia, in 1818. The family moved to Ohio in his younger years. Afterwards he came to Indiana and on the 31st of May 1863, be was married to Mary E. Carlton who survives him. He was stricken with paralysis on the street car while on his way from Goshen to Elkhart, and died as above stated. He leaves a sorrowing companion crippled and in feeble health and three sons and three daughters to mourn his death. Funeral services by J. F. Funk, from 2 Cor. 5:1. Buried in Gracelawn cemetery at Elkhart.
NEWCOMER. - Mary Newcomer, daughter of Bishop Abraham Rohrer of Medina Co., Ohio and widow of the late Peter Newcomer, was born Sept. 4th, 1813 near Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md., died at the home of her two daughters near Acme, Medina Co., Ohio, Feb. 28th, 1899, aged 85 years, 5 months and 24 days. Her remains were laid to rest in the old Mennonite burying ground of which church she was a consistent member for many years. Services were conducted by Jacob Weaver in the German and in English by Jacob Tyson. Text, 2 Cor. 5 :1-3. She emigrated with her parents to Medina Co., Ohio, in the autumn of 1833. Her parents purchased the property now owned by David Rohrer near River Styx. In the following autumn she was married to Peter Newcomer of Franklin Co., Pa. To this union were born six sons and three daughters. One daughter and two sons preceded her to the spirit world. Four sons and two daughters remain to mourn the loss of a loved one, but not without hope. Her companion was taken away from her by death Oct. 16th, 1886. Since that time she had her home with her two daughters. On the evening of the 24th of Feb. she had a stroke of paralysis from which she became helpless, but was apparently conscious until near the end, when death relieved her from her suffering Feb. 28th. At the time of her death there were living seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Peace to her ashes.
"We only know that thou hast gone,
And that the same returnless tide
Which bore thee from us still glides on,
And we, who mourn thee, with it glide."
BONTRAGER. - John Bontrager was born Nov. 3, 1814; died in Champaign Co., Ohio, March 9, 1899, aged 84 years, 4 months and 6 days. Dec. 13, 1835 he was married to Anna Summers. To this union were born 11 children, of whom 9 survive. There were also 52 grandchildren, 43 living; and 53 great-grandchildren, 46 living. He was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church for about 65 years. His companion preceded him to eternity two years and eight months less one day. He was blessed with a remarkable memory and had committed a large portion of the Bible to memory. He was also well read in the Martyrs' Mirror and the works of Menno Simons and Dietrich Phillip. He could also repeat a number of hymns. All of these treasures of the memory were a great comfort to him in his affliction. He was always a strong advocate of peace, and was greatly opposed to divisions in the church, and when difficulties arose he was ever ready to help restore peace. He was a friend to the poor and needy and helped wherever he could. We believe he met his God In peace. During his sickness, which was of about four weeks duration, he bore his sufferings with the fortitude of a Christian martyr, with implicit faith in his Lord and Savior. We shall greatly miss those kind words of comfort which only a loving father can give, and the family feel grateful to those who aided us with their comfort and help in our time of trouble. May God bless them all. The services on the 11th were conducted by Jonathan Warye at the house, from Psa. 34, and at the South Union M. H. by C. K. Yoder in German and Abednego Miller in English from Rev. 14:13. Burial in the South Union cemetery.
YORDY. - Francis Yordy was born Aug. 4, 1880 and died of diphtheria, Dec. 5, 1898, aged 18 years and 4 months. Buried in the Fairview cemetery near Milford, Seward Co., Neb. Services by Jos. Schlegel from Thess. 4, and Jacob Stauffer from John 5 :28.
BROWHILL. - Thomas J. Browhill was born in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., Feb. 6, 1866. On the 6th of June, 1884, he came with his parents to Wilson, Kans. He remained there 18 months, then went to Arizona where be engaged in mining. They were sinking a shaft and were in the act of blasting rock. Tommy who was in the shaft and had ignited the fuse gave the signal and the man at the surface began to draw him up. When he had almost reached the top the rope broke letting him fall down the shaft 95 feet, and almost at the same instant the blast exploded. On account of the explosion they could not go down at once. When they got down they found him a corpse. The remains were sent to the home of his parents at Lucas, Russell Co., Kansas, for burial on the 21st of March. The funeral at the M. E. church was largely attended and was very sad. Services were conducted by the writer. Text, Isa. 53:4-6 and Matt. 11:28-30. The age of the deceased was 33 years, 1 month and 7 days. This sudden call in the midst of life and health should be a warning to all, but especially to the unsaved. J. B. STUTZMAN.
MARTIN. - On the 12th of January, 1899, near Reidenbach's Store, Lancaster Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Nora N., daughter of Isaac G. and Kate Martin, after an illness of two weeks, aged 20 years, 7 months and 21 days. Funeral on Jan. 16, 1899, at the Dunkard (Brethren) church near Blue Ball, where she was a faithful member, laboring for the Master's cause, in the church and Sunday school. She sought the Lord when young when He was easy to be found, before the evil days come. She will be greatly missed in the family circle, in the community, in the church, and Sunday school. Her funeral was largely attended, and solemn and impressive services were conducted by Isaac Taylor and Rudy Reidenbach. She leaves a sorrowing father and mother, one brother, and many warm friends to mourn their loss, which was, according to her evidence, her eternal gain.
Fond parents, calm the heaving breast,
The Saviour called her home;
Grieve not, your darling is at rest,
Beyond this vale of gloom.
Let hope's bright beams dispel the gloom
That fills your throbbing breast;
'Twas Jesus kindly bade her come,
And called her to His rest. D. S. W.
UXLEY. - On Sunday, Jan. 8, 1899, Cora Uxley, daughter of Samuel and Ida Uxley of Reading, Pa,, formerly of Weaverland, Pa., aged 8 years and 27 days. Interment and services at Weaverland on the 10th inst. Services by H. D. Shultz of Terre Hill.
SNADER. - On Saturday, Jan, 7th 1899, at Weaverland, Pa., Samuel, son of Aaron and Amanda Snader, aged 6 months and 15 days, Funeral services on the 9th inst. at Weaverland, by John Zimmerman.
Go to thy rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head.
CLEMENS. - On the 17th of Mar. 1899, at the Berlin Waterloo hospital, Berlin, Ont., after a very short illness of cerebro spinal meningitis, Dr. Levi Bowman Clemens, son of the late Bro. George Clemens of near Kossuth, Ont., aged 43 years, 8 months and 18 days. He was married on the 14th of Feb. 1883 to Edith Wells of Waterloo. To this union were born two children. His companion died about a year ago, also after a very short illness, and in the same hospital, an unsuccessful operation having been performed upon her. He enjoyed a very extensive practice, and his system gradually gave way under the excessive strain. He was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends, who deeply mourn his early death, but none so deeply as the two little ones now left alone to face the battle of life. May God direct their footsteps through the journey of life. Funeral on the 20th from his residence, Cor. Queen and Church Sts., Berlin. Services at the Presbyterian church by A. R. Atkinson and Noah Stauffer.
YODER. - On the 18th of March, 1899, at his home, near Wakarusa, Ind., of heart trouble Bro. Henry B. Yoder, aged 69 years, 10 months and 15 days. He was born in Mahoning Co. Ohio, June 3rd, 1829. Married Elizabeth Bixler, of Mercer Co., Pa., on the 26th of Sept. 1852. To this union were born nine children, three of whom are dead. There are also nineteen grandchildren, five of whom are dead. Sister Yoder died on the 24th of December 1889. He leaves four sons and two daughters to mourn his death. Bro. Yoder has been a member of the church many years, and was seldom absent from worship when health and the weather permitted. We trust that with Paul he may also have been able to say, I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course, henceforth there is laid up a crown of righteousness, etc. He was buried on the 21st at Yellow Creek; where services were held by John F. Funk and Noah Metzler. The funeral was largely attended.
FOLTZ. - Lydia, wife of Theopilus Foltz, was born in Pennsylvania and died in Logan Co., Ohio, March 26, 1889 at the age of 55 years, 8 months and 20 days. The remains were buried at the South Union M. H. Funeral services by C. K. Yoder and David Hilty.
SALTZMAN. - On the 19th of March, 1899, near Hopedale, Ill., Elizabeth Schrack, wife of Michael Saltzman, aged 76 years, 11 months and 19 days. She lived in matrimony over 50 years, and leaves her aged companion, four sons and two daughters, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and many friends to mourn their loss. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite congregation and was deeply interested in the spiritual welfare of her children and of the church. Buried on the 21st of March. Funeral services by Joseph and John Egli, Daniel Nafziger and J. C. Birky. C.
FRETZ. - On the 13th of Feb., 1899, near Bedminsterville, Bucks Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Annie, widow of Isaac Fretz, aged 73 years, 2 months and 11 days. Funeral on the 18th. Buried at Deep Run. Preaching at the meeting house by Henry Rosenberger and John Gross from Isaiah 35:10.
HUNSBERGER. - On March 2, 1899, in Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., of apoplexy, Sister Mary, wife of Enos Hunsberger, aged 62 years less I day. Sister Hunsberger had been in her usual good health until within a little more than a week before her death when she had been feeling ill for several days, when she said she was feeling better again. She was paring potatoes for dinner when she was stricken with apoplexy. Her daughter-in-law noticed that she sank down in her chair and went to her, but she was unconscious. After some time she regained consciousness, but could not speak any more. She was a kind and cheerful wife and mother and will be missed very much by the family and neighbors. But we hope their loss is her eternal gain. She was buried at Deep Run on the 7th. Preaching at the house by Jacob Rush and Abram 0. Histand in English and at the meeting house by Henry Rosenberger and David Gehman in German. A. M. L.
DETWEILER. - In Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., on Jan. 14, 1899, Sister Catharine, widow of Joseph Detweiler, aged 87 years, 8 months and 7 days. Buried at Deep Run, Pa. Preaching by Henry Rosenberger. Text, Psa. 37:37.
SWARTZ. - On the 8th of Jan. 1899, in Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., Andrew Swartz, aged 77 years, 5 months and 26 days. Buried at Deep Run, on the 12th.
SHADDINGER. - On Jan. 10, 1899, in Gardenville, Bucks Co., Pa., Sister Catharine Shaddinger, aged 88 years, 3 months and 23 days. Buried on the 13th at Deep Run. Preaching by J. Rush in English and John Gross in German.
MILLER. - In Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa., on Jan. 17, 1899, of grippe, Bro. Henry Miller, son of John and Elizabeth Miller, aged 22 years, 11 months and 22 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 21st. Preaching at the house by John Leatherman and John Gross, at the meeting house by Jacob Rush. Text, John 16, part of the last verse.
FRETZ. - Near Gardenville, Bucks Co., Pa., on Jan. 24, 1899, of enlargement of the liver, Bro. John S. Fretz, aged 81 years, 2 months and 27 days. He was buried at Deep Run on the 28th. Preaching at the house by James R. Bergey in English, at the M. H. by Jacob Rush in English and John Leatherman in German. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1.
MYERS. - In Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., near Wismer, on the 3d of Feb. 1899, of grippe, Bro. Henry F. Myers, aged 81 years, 5 months and 21 days. He was born Aug. 12, 1817. Married Annie Krout of New Britain. Their union was blest with four sons and three daughters. He was buried at Deep Run on the 9th. Preaching at the M. H. by Henry Rosenberger and John Leatherman from Rev. 3:5.
MYERS. - On Feb. 23, 1899, at the same place as the above, also of grippe, Annie, widow of Henry F. Myers, aged 73 years, 4 months and 19 days. Buried at Deep Run on the 26th. May God comfort the bereaved children who had to part with both their parents within three weeks.
DINTAMAN. - On the 14th of March, 1899, at the home of her parents near Avilla, Mo., Sister Nannie Dintaman, aged 21 years and 3 months. Sister Nannie gave her heart to the Lord and united with the Mennonite Church in the fall of 1895, since which time (although in a manner isolated from the people of her choice), she lived an exemplary Christian life, seemingly always rejoicing in her Savior, and that she could say with the apostle, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ" was plainly manifest by her non-conformity to the world, even while living among her former fashionable associates. She was afflicted with cerebro spinal meningitis from which she suffered for over four weeks, but she bore all her sufferings without a murmur. She leaves her parents, two sisters and one brother and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure, but we feel that we can truly say that we "mourn not as those who have no hope." Funeral services were conducted by Christian Holdeman and Andrew Shenk. Text, John 11:25,26. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this ?"
Human bands have tried to save thee,
Tender cares were all In vain;
Holy angels come and bore thee
From this weary world of pain.
One by one thus earthly 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.
MILLER. - On the 25th of March, 1899, at his home, 107 West King St., Lancaster, Pa., from complications following an attack of the grippe, after an illness of six weeks, Bro. John L. Miller at the age of 67 years. He was born in East Hempfield Twp., but had been living In Lancaster for about 30 years where for many years he was engaged in the mercantile business. He was a respected member of the church and leaves his wife and four children, all residents of Lancaster. Buried on the 1st of April at the Millersville Mennonite M. H.
SHANK. - On March 12, 1899, near Roseland, Adams Co., Neb., of heart failure, Bro. B. D. Shank, aged 41 years, 6 months and 21 days. Buried at Roseland Mennonite M. H. on the 15th. Funeral services by J. M. Nunemaker. Bro. Shank was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., moved to Adams Co., Neb., in 1880, where be resided until his death. His wife and seven children survive him to mourn their loss, which we hope is his eternal gain.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana