Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1899

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The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 13, July 1, 1899 - pages 205,206

ZOOK. - In Menno township, Mifflin Co., Pa., May 11th, 1899, Sarah Zook, widow of Jacob Zook, aged 79 years, 3 months and 11 days.

BEILER. - At Belleville, Pa., May 22, 1899, Mary, wife of John K. Beiler, aged 29 years, 5 months and 20 days.

ESH. - At Mattawana, Pa., May 24, 1899, Lydia, wife of Rufus Esh, aged 38 years, 4 months and 14 days.

PLANK. - At Belleville, Pa., May 27, 1899, Jonathan Plank, aged 62 years, 8 months and 28 days.

GROVE. - May 6, 1899, at her home near Ladd, Augusta Co., Va., of tuberculosis, Sister Mary Grove, wife of Bro. Abram Grove, aged 31 years, 4 months and 20 days. A husband, one son, an infant daughter (but four days old) father, three sisters and three brothers survive her. She had been failing in health for two years, but was able to attend to her household duties until about eight months before her death, during which time she was mostly confined to the house and a greater part of the time In bed. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude. She was a model Christian, loving companion and mother, and is greatly missed in the community. Funeral services on the 8th at Spring Dale M. H. by the
home brethren. Text, Num. 13:30.

GROVE. - May 25, 1899, at his home, Augusta Co., Va., of consumption, Bro. Isaac Grove, aged 79 years, and 8 days. He was the father of ten children; his companion and four children preceded him to the spirit world. Thus six children, forty-five grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren are left without father and grandfather. But he has left good examples for them to go by, and we trust they will not be forgotten. He was a minister of the gospel nearly forty years. We believe he tried to do his duty faithfully. He had remarkable bodily strength for one of his age until about three months before his death. Funeral services at the Hildabrand M. H. by J. R. Hildabrand, A. P. Heatwole and J. H. Martin. His esteem was proved by the large concourse of people that met on this occasion.

LEHMAN. - On the 15th of June, 1899, Menno A. Lehman died at his home near York, Benson Co., North Dakota, of lung trouble. He was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 4th 1861, moved to N. Dakota in 1896, where he has resided since. He lived an upright life and before dying expressed his willingness to go and was fully resigned to God's will. He is survived by a wife and small child, an aged father, four brothers and two sisters.

HOOVER. - On the 7th of June, 1899, in the village of Stouffville, York Co., Ontario of inflammation of the bowels, Samuel Hoover, aged 18 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral services were held in the Wideman M. H. on the 9th, when appropriate remarks were made by the brethren, Samuel R. and John G. Hoover, to a very large congregation from Eccl. 12:1. "Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth." Bro. Hoover was sick only a few days, and passed away so unexpectedly that we could scarcely realize the fact. He had been living an unconverted life up to the time of his sickness. but it was a good moral life as far as morality goes, and was highly respected amongst all who knew him. He suffered greatly with pain so that at times it was almost impossible to bear it, so the doctors put him under the influence of morphine which stupefied him so that we could not talk to him about the thing most needful until just about a day before he died, the doctors quit giving him morphine and be brightened up and felt the need of a Saviour. It created joy in our hearts to know that he felt that all was not yet done to dwell with Christ forever, and he called upon the name of the Lord in faith believing, and He heard his cry and said, "Come unto me and live. In those last few hours, he was yet very anxious to perform the commandments which our Saviour so lovingly places before us, namely, to the believer to be baptized, to commemorate His suffering and death and to wash one another's feet, all of which he observed before he died, and was ready to depart and be with Christ which was far better. Though he waited until the eleventh hour, still the Lord received him and the promise is a penny a day. Oh may God help every unconverted soul not to wait until that time to come to Him, as it is very dangerous.

Farewell Samuel, God has called you,
So we will cease our weeping now;
And prepare to meet you yonder
When our Christian course is run.

Gode saw fit to call you higher,
From this world of pain and care,
To your home beyond the river
And we hope to meet you there. SAMUEL WIDEMAN.

HOLDEMAN. - On the 16th of June, 1899, near Wakarusa, Ind., suddenly, Barbara Herrington, beloved wife of John F. Holdeman, aged 58 years, 7 months and 3 days. She was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., on the 13th of Nov. 1840. She was married to her surviving husband, April 18th, 1869. This union was blessed with two children, Anna survives the mother. She had eight sisters and four brothers, of which number five have preceded her to the eternal world. She was a loving and affectionate wife and mother, and passed peacefully away in the blessed hope of a mansion on high. She was beloved and respected by those who knew her and she enjoyed a large circle of friends who gave her the testimony: "She has done what she could." She was buried on the 19th at the Olive burying ground where many were present to show the last tribute of love. Funeral services were conducted by J. S. Lehman and John Hygema from the words, (I Sam. 20:18) "Thou shalt be missed because thy seat will be empty."

BOWMAN. - On the 27th of March 1899, near Mannheim, Waterloo Co., Ont., Sister Lydia, daughter of Joshua Y. Shantz and wife of Pre. Moses C. Bowman, aged 41 years, 2 months and 6 days. Buried on the 30th in the Latschar graveyard. Funeral services by Bish. Amos Cressman in German, and by Noah Stauffer in English from Phil. 1:21. Besides her husband she leave four sons, one daughter and many other relatives and friends to mourn the lose of one who was dearly beloved. God comfort the bereaved ones in their affliction.

BRENNEMAN. - Sister Lizzie Brenneman, maiden name Zimmerman, was buried January 31st, 1899, aged 61 years, 7 months and 3 days. She died of complication of diseases, which lasted eleven months, during which time she suffered a great deal, but bore it all with Christian patience.

We have traveled long together,
Hand in hand and heart in heart;
Through fair and stormy weather,
Though 'twas hard! 'twas hard to part.
While we sigh farewell to her,
Answer one and all, adieu,
'Tis not darkness gathering round us
That withdrew her from our sight,
Walls of flesh no more can bind us,
But translated into light
Far beyond earth's span of sky;
Are we dead! -- nay, by this token
Know that we should cease to die. A FRIEND.

HOSTETTER. - On the 23d of May, 1899, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart disease and dropsy, Elmer J. Hostetter, son of Pre. David and Salome Hostetter, aged 15 years, 10 months and 3 days. He leaves parents, two sisters and two brothers to mourn his early departure, yet they need not mourn as others who have no hope. Several days before he died he asked to be baptized. Funeral services by Christian Brackbill at the house and Amos Hoover and Isaac Eby at the meeting house from Psa. 102:23.

"We miss him, oh, we miss him
When we see the vacant chair,
When we see the room without him,
For there is no Elmer there.

Sleep, Elmer dear, and take your rest,
God called you home, He thought it best,
'Tis hard indeed to part with you,
But Christ's strong arm will bear us through."

BARBE. - On May 4th, 1899, Annie S., daughter of Jesse and Fanny Barbe, near McEwen, Humphreys Co., Tenn., of scrofula and rheumatism, aged 7 years, 10 months and 15 days. That congregation being without a minister the funeral services were deferred to May 14th when the writer was present and held a funeral service from Psalm 103:15,16. May God bless the bereaved family. H. H. GOOD.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 14, July 15, 1899 - page 222

HARTMAN. - Near Wakarusa, Ind., on June 8, 1899, Walter Wellington, infant son of Wm. and Mary Hartman, aged 4 months and 16 days. Funeral services and interment at Olive M. H. by Jacob Shenk from Gen. 37:37, and Jas. H. McGowen from Mark 10:13-16. As God has given one child and taken it again to Him, may they find a comforting assurance in Him and say, "Blessed be the name of the Lord."

One sweet flower has drooped and faded,
One sweet infant voice is fled,
One fair brow the grave has shaded
One dear infant child is dead.

JOHNSON. - Near Nappanee, Ind., June 20, 1899, suddenly by falling from a load of hay, Bro. John Johnson, aged 64 years, 5 months and 4 days. Bro. Johnson was loading hay for his neighbor across the road from his residence. The load was about completed and he was standing on the rear end and when the horses started the wagon to receive the last fork full he lost his balance and fell, breaking his neck and killing him instantly. Bro. Johnson was a devout Christian in the Amish Mennonite Church. He was one of those quiet men and never had much to say and attended to his own business. Services at the Mennonite M. H. in Nappanee, Ind., by J. P. Smucker in German from Eccl. 9:12, and by Jas. H. McGowen in English from 1 Sam. 20, part of verses 3 and 18. His companion preceded him to the spirit world last September. They leave four sons to mourn their departure. May the Lord comfort them in their deep affliction.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

GOCHANAUER. - On the 1st of July, 1899, at the residence of her nephew, Jacob Gochanauer, in Baugo Twp., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Barbara Gochanuer, aged 77 years, 6 months and 26 days. Her home was in Harrison Twp., near the Yellow Creek M. H. She had come however to stay with her nephew about six weeks ago, where she took sick about two weeks before her death and died as above stated. She and her brother Samuel and Sister Christina were never married and lived together as a family for many years. The brother and sister died some years ago. This sister's earnest desire was for years, to "depart and be with Christ," and her continual prayer was during the last days of her life, "Come Lord, come quickly." Funeral services at Yellow Creek on the 3d, by J. F. Funk assisted by Jacob Christophel and Jonas Loucks. She was a faithful member for many years, and a devoted Christian. Peace to her ashes.

Transcriber's note: "Gochanuer" would seem to be a misspelling.

BETZNER. - On the 16th of Feb. 1899, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Sister Maria Betzner, wife of Bro. Jacob Betzner of Breslau, aged 70 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was buried at the Cressman Mennonite meeting house. Services were conducted by Bish. Jonas Snyder in German and Pre. Isaac Wambold in English. Her remains were followed to the grave by a large congregation who wished to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed sister who bore her sickness in patience, and left a bright evidence for the future world, so they that were left to mourn her loss need not mourn as those without hope. Peace be to her ashes. May God comfort the bereft ones.

MYERS. - Near Wismer, Pa., on Saturday, May 27th, 1899, Bertha, daughter of Bro. Leidy and Sister Sallie Myers, aged 6 years, 4 months and 7 days. The father had just hitched his team to go to the depot, when the little girl arid her little brother got on to go along too.
Before the father could get on the wagon the house door blew shut and frightened the horses. They ran out the lane and as they turned into the road the little girl was thrown out and over the wall into the field and instantly killed, her neck being broken by the fall.

SHELLY. - Near Gardenville, Bucks Co., Pa., on June 15th, 1899, Sister Susan, wife of Bro. Thomas Shelly, in the 71st year of her age. Buried at Deep Run on June 18, 1899.

MARNER. - Sarah Catharine Bontrager was born Sept. 14, 1865, died June 11, 1899, aged 33 years, 8 months and 27 days. She was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, moved with her parents to Johnson Co., Iowa, in her early childhood; was married to Wm. T. Marner, Feb. 1, 1890. She early united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith she died. She leaves a husband, two children, parents, brothers, and sisters, to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held in a grove at the residence of Bro. Gideon Petersheim on the 13th. Services conducted in German by Christian Warey and by A. I. Yoder in English. Interment in the Shettler cemetery. A. I. Y.

ZIMMERMAN. - On the 20th of May, 1899, in Cumberland Co., Pa., Susanna, widow of Pre. Samuel Zimmerman, aged 82 years, 7 months and 29 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for sixty-six years, and the mother of ten children, six preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves three sons and one daughter. She was buried on the 23d in Slate Hill cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. Services by Pre. Isaac Eby. Text, Job 5 :26. Deceased had been a reader of the HERALD OF TRUTH since 1864. S. P. ZIMMERMAN.

ROSENBERGER. - On the 18th of June, 1899, at Hart, Mich., Sister Mary Rosenberger, maiden name, Oberholtzer, aged 89 years and 3 months. She was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, and was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years,

SHAUB. - Entered into rest, May 11, 1899, Mrs. Susan Wade Shaub, of Strasburg Borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 89 years, 2 months, and 18 days. Grandmother Shaub, as she was familiarly called, was known far and wide and beloved by all. Her spirit was kind and forgiving, her charity was extended on every side and known everywhere. She died in the old home where she had lived for many years and in which it was her joy to meet her family and her many friends. She was most closely attached to her home, seldom going away for even a day, But she was fond of the society of her neighbors and other friends and welcomed them all to her well kept and ordered home. She was a devoted wife, a most kind, loving and self-sacrificing mother, a simple, faithful, trusting Christian. She was the last survivor of the six daughters and two sons of the late John and Mary Wade. Her husband, the late Benjamin Shaub, died, very suddenly, in June 1896. All her children survive. Mary, wife of David E. Moyer, county commissioner, is the youngest, and tenderly cared for and ministered to her mother in her latest years, The others are, Benjamin F., late County Supt. and principal State Normal School, Amos W., John and Christian, all well known business men in Lancaster city. Grandmother had no marked sickness, suffered but little pain, and could generally take care of herself, up to within the last few weeks of her life. Without a visible struggle she calmly passed over the Dark River into the heavenly rest. For many years, she was a member of the Mennonite Church and she died a faithful consistent member of the same. Her faithful pastor, Elias Groff, conducted the funeral services, assisted by Abraham Brubaker. Her remains were laid beside those of her late husband, in the burying ground of the Strasburg Mennonite meeting house. Tender recollections of her loving, meek and gentle spirit and life, remain with us to gladden us long as memory shall endure. F.

YODER. - On the 27th of June, 1899, in Logan Co., Ohio, of kidney trouble from the effects of scarlet fever, Arthur Melvin, son of S. P. and Emma Yoder, aged 11 years, 4 months and 21 days. Buried on the 29th at the South Union M. H. Services by David Plank and David Hilty. C. K. YODER.

Our dearest Arthur has gone to rest,
Where never a sin shall stain his breast;
No trouble disturb him, no fear annoy,
No cloud overshadows his innocent joy.
He has gone home to that land of love,
Of light and gladness and blessing above;
His head is pillowed on Jesus' breast,
Our dearest Arthur is sweetly at rest. SELECTED BY A FRIEND.

LANDIS. - Catharine Holdeman Landis was born in Bucks Co., Pa., March 10th, 1818, and died June 27th, 1899, aged 81 years, 3 months and 17 days. She was united in marriage to Frederick Landis in Wayne Co., Ohio, on March 21st 1839. She was the mother of fourteen children of whom eight survive her, four sons and four daughters. Frederick and Catharine Landis journeyed together in this life nearly fifty-two years, the husband dying Dec. 7th, 1893, nearly six years ago. Mother Landis died on the farm on which she lived for over fifty-one years, having located on the homestead March 1st, 1848, when they came from Wayne Co., Ohio to this state. Mother Landis joined the Mennonite Church in her early girlhood when only sixteen years of age, and remained a consistent and faithful Christian to the end which came peacefully and with full consciousness. Funeral services were conducted at Yellow Creek M. H. (where she attended church services for many years), by J. F. Funk and D. Burkholder from Rom. 6:23. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed her to the last resting place. Her hope in Christ was firm and unshaken to the last.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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