Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1899

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The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 9, May 1, 1899 - pages 140-142

BIRKY. - On the 18th of March, 1899, Emanuel, infant Emanuel son of Joseph D. and Elizabeth Birky, aged 9 months and 24 days. Buried on the 20th in the Amish graveyard near Hopedale, Ill. Funeral services by Joseph Egli and J. C. Birky.

BLOUGH. - On the 23d of March, 1899, near Ransom, Ness Co., Kansas, Ray, infant son of A. J. and E. S. Blough, aged 2 days. On account of illness in the family no funeral sermon was preached at the time, but will be preached afterward by E. M. Shellenberger.

Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.
Like a dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this wide sea of strife
To the land of the blest.

SWARTZ. - On Sunday, March 12th, 1899, near Pipersville, Bucks Co., Pa., Ellen, daughter of Bro. Aaron and Sister Barbara Swarts, aged 18 years, 3 months and 23 days. She had been working for one of her neighbors, when he was taken sick with typhoid fever. She was afraid of the disease but remained there for a short time, when she too was taken sick with the fever. After being taken home a doctor was summoned, who said that Ellen was worrying about something. She told her mother she wanted to be baptized, which was done the next day. She was buried at Deep Run on the 17th. Another call for the unconverted. We believe that she found peace with God, as she sang and praised Him on her death bed. Funeral services by John Leatherman and John Gross. Text, Psa. 103:15,16.

Transcriber's note: The spelling "Swarts" is in the original.

SCHENBECK. - Barbara Huser, wife of John Schenbeck, was born in Adams Co., Ind., on the 1st of Nov. 1846, died on the 24th of March, 1899, aged 52 years, 4 months and 23 days. She lived in matrimony 34 years and 2 months. She leaves her husband, three sons, six daughters, and six grandchildren to mourn her departure. Three children preceded her. She fell calmly asleep in Jesus. Buried on the 26th. Funeral services by Christian Gerber of Clinton Co., Ind., from Psa. 90:3-6 at the house and by him and John Harms at the meeting house. Text, 2 Cor. 5:1-10.

GSELL. - Maria Burkhart was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 12, 1819; died of infirmities of old age at the home of her son, Joseph, in Ustick, Ill., March 16, 1899, aged 79 years, 6 months and 4 days. In her young years, she with her parents moved to Franklin Co., Pa. In 1840 she was married to William Gsell who died in 1881. To this union were born six sons and nine daughters; five sons and four daughters survive. Four daughters are buried in Pennsylvania. The other descendants are, seventy-five grandchildren, fifty-eight survive; twenty-six great-grandchildren, twenty-three survive. In the early part of their matrimonial life, they lived in Pennsylvania; in the spring of 1865 they moved with their family to Illinois and settled in the township of Clyde, Whiteside Co., later moved to the township of Ustick. She had lived with her son, Joseph, some time before her death. Grandma Gsell (her familiar name) confessed and accepted Christ as her Savior at the early age of twelve or thirteen years, and was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church up to her death. Her place at church services was seldom vacant when health would permit. She often longed to go to her eternal home where all sorrow, care and distress are unknown. She was a loving companion and kind mother, had willing hands and mind to help in every hour of need. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite M. H. In Ustick, Sunday, March 19th, where a large concourse of relatives and friends had met to show their last respects to the deceased sister. Funeral services were conducted by Philip Nice of Sterling and John Nice of Morrison. Text, 2 Cor. 2:9.

Gone before us, our mother,
To the spirit land,
Vainly look we for another
In thy place to stand.

KAUFFMAN. - On the 13th of April, 1899, Sister Frances Kauffman, wife of Andrew Kauffman, aged 64 years and 25 days. Sister Kauffman was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Though her health had been failing for about two years, she was still up and about with her family, until a few days before her death when she seemingly took a cold, which settled on her lungs; for a few hours she suffered very much, but toward the close she had less pain and passed quietly away, having expressed a bright hope of her trust in God. Sad it is indeed for a husband and family to linger by the bedside of a dying companion and mother, as with sorrowing hearts and weeping eyes, we see the kind voice is stilled and the eyes closed in death. But we mourn not as others who have no hope. If we serve mother's God, there will be a happy family reunion on the evergreen shore. The bereft husband and children have the sympathy of the entire community. May God sustain them and lead them on the narrow way. The husband and five children survive. Funeral on the 16th, at the house, conducted by Abram Metzler and J. N. Durr from Rom. 6:23.

Kind husband, I am loath to leave thee,
But 'tis Jesus bids me come,
Holy angels hover 'round me
And will bear me safely home.

Many years we have been together,
Faithful. loving, kind and true,
Alas, our ties on earth are severed,
But in heaven there is also room for you.

Children dear, weep not for me,
Though I know you love me well;
I'm happy in eternity
To share the joys no tongue can tell,

And as you linger 'round my grave,
And think of mother's tender love;
Pray God for grace your souls to save,
And we can meet in Heaven above. A. M.

WITMER. - Anna Beulah, infant child of Christian and Barbara Witmer, died of bronchitis, Feb. 12, 1899, aged 3 months and 28 days. Buried in the Central graveyard. May God richly bless the family and give them to fully realize that sweet little sister has only gone home to rest. May they say with David, "We can go to her." Let this be our consolation.
L. J. Yoder, Albany, Ore.

WELLS. - On the 28th of March, 1899, near Corroma, Woods county, Oklahoma, David Wells, aged 60 years, 11 months and 3 days. He was born in Calvin township, Cass Co., Michigan, in 1838. The deceased in company with his son were at a neighbor's, grinding feed with a horse-power mill. He fell over and died instantly. So it was fulfilled, two grinding at the mill; one taken and the other left. "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." His companion, six sons and two daughters mourn the loss of a husband and father. The deceased became a Christian when 12 years old. Funeral services on the 30th, by the writer from Isaiah 38:1. Buried in the Corroma graveyard. S. HETRICK.

"We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss the sunshine of thy face;
This world can never give another
To fill our dearest father's place.

"We miss his kind and willing hand,
We miss his fond and earnest care;
But in that bright and better land
We hope our father's love to share."

BEILER. - On the 6th of April, 1899, at Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., of quick consumption, Bennie J., son of David E. and Lydia Beiler, aged 1 year less one day. He leaves many sorrowing and sympathizing friends to mourn the loss of a dear and loving little boy. His remains were laid to rest on the 8th in the Amish graveyard near Ronks station. Services by David Beiler and Daniel Esh, both of Ronks.

"We had a little Bennie once,
He was our grateful pride;
We loved him, 0, perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.

God needed one more angel child
Amidst His shining band,
And so He bent with loving smile
And clasped our darling's hand.

We loved the tender little one
And would have wished him stay,
But let the Father's will be done,
'Twill shine in endless day.
Sel. by his aunt, M. A. B.

MARTIN. - On the 30th of March, 1899, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Mary Martin, aged 65 years, 4 months and 2 days. Buried in Martin's graveyard. Funeral services by Paul Martin from Phil. 1:21, and by Bish. Abraham Martin from John 16:16. She was a member of the Mennonite (Wisler) Church. HIRAM WEBER.

ZEHR. - On the 17th of April 1899, in McLean Co., Ill., of lung fever, Magdalena Zehr, nee Raeschli, aged 41 years and 19 days. She was born in Washington, Tazewell Co., Ill., and united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member to her death. She was married to Christian Zehr Feb. 5, 1878. This union was blessed with seven children, of whom five survive, also husband, parents, brothers and sisters. Just before her death she called her children to her bedside, and after lovingly admonishing them to live in the fear of God she bade them and her dear companion farewell. She was ready to go and was fully resigned to God's will. Buried on the 19th. Funeral services at the house and at the M. H. by Christian King, Daniel Zehr, Joseph H. King and Joseph Stuckey.

HORST. - On the 8th of March, 1899, in Washington Co., Md., Emma Horst, aged 27 years, 11 months and 17 days. Deceased and her mother were living alone and on the above date while her mother went to a neighbor's house the daughter was taken violently ill. She called to a neighbor who chanced to be near and word was sent to the mother, who came only in time to see her daughter pass away. The saddest of all is that this young woman passed out of life without any visible evidence of having made her peace with God. It is a loud call to the unconverted to prepare for death, and to parents who have unconverted children to admonish them earnestly to seek the Lord while He may be found, before the moment comes when they will have to cry out, "Too late, too late!" Buried on the 31st of March in the Reiff burying ground. Funeral services by Geo. Keener and Christian Strite. B. B. WEBER

MARTIN. - On the 30th of March, 1899, near Spring Grove, Lancaster Co., Penna,, Mary Martin, aged 80 years, 10 months and 24 days. She was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church, and was of a retiring disposition and was not seen away from home very often. She was never married and had her home with her nephew, Abraham Weber, from whose place the funeral was held on April 3, 1899. The sermon was preached by Jonas Martin.

MARTIN. - On the 2d of April, 1899, at New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities incident to old age, Abraham M. Martin, in the 89th year of his age. He was long a member of the Mennonite Church. His wife died about ten years ago, and he had his home with his son David, from whose home the funeral was held on Wednesday, April 5. Interment was made at Weaverland, where Bishop Isaac Eby and Joseph Wenger preached able sermons.

WEAVER. - On March 14, 1899, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of apoplexy, John S. Weaver, aged 83 years. He had his home with his daughter, Anna E. Stauffer. He was post master of Goodville for over 40 years and held the office when he died. He was a member of the Mennonite Church many years, but without English preaching in our church and without a Sunday school, his family and relatives, who were English speaking people, naturally worshiped in other churches where their children were taught on the Sabbath and where preaching was beard In a language which they could understand, hence some years ago he, with his family, joined the Evangelical Church, of which be was a consistent and faithful member to the time of his death. He leaves a son, B. Frank, of Philadelphia, and Anna E. Stauffer, who gave him a good home and cared for him most tenderly in his declining years.

HORST. - On Saturday, April 1, 1899, in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities incident to old age, Bro. Moses Horst, aged 86 years, 1 month and 15 days. Bro. Horst was a devout and consistent member of the Mennonite Church since his early manhood. His wife and one daughter preceded him to the spirit land. He leaves one son and one daughter, with whom he made his home alternately, but be died at the home of his daughter, Fanny Horning. His funeral was held at Lichty's M. H., which was a spiritual meeting long to be remembered by those who are praying and longing for more brotherly feelings between the Mennonite and Amish Mennonite Churches. Bro. John Mast, of the Amish Mennonite Church, preached from John 14:2. He spoke of the departed brother in the most endearing and hopeful manner, and made a plea to the non-resistant people for more unity, stronger love, and more sympathetic and brotherly feeling for one another. Bro. Benjamin Horning, an old patriarch in our Church, and a beloved apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ, followed our Amish brother and spoke In such a strain and line of thought, as to cause many of the congregation to be moved to tears; his text was Rev. 14:13. The first speaker was a young man of 35 years, the second of 75. And as these two men of God, representing two strong denominations, living close together and among one another; both having the same faith, and the same principles, largely, only differing in a few minor points of church discipline; when this youth and old age can stand together on the same pulpit and calling each other brother, will call unto men to stand together around the banner of a loving Savior, and forget past differences, and look to God, then we can really and thankfully rejoice in the Lord. But what causes still greater joy is that both these congregations here represented are feeling the same need of a closer union and are earnestly and prayerfully working for more loving and brotherly relations.

MARTIN. - On Friday, March 3, 1899, in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart failure, Samuel H. Martin, aged 75 years, 8 months and 26 days. Bro. Martin was ailing for some time, yet he was able to be about; he walked across the room and as he reached his bed he sank to the floor and died. He leaves a wife and three young children to mourn his departure. His funeral was held at Weaverland on Monday, March 6, 1899.

NEWSWANGER. - On February 27, 1899, In Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Peter Newswanger, of a general breaking down of the system, brought on by old age, aged 69 years. He was a farmer and some years ago he lived in Elkhart county, Indiana. He was long a member of the Mennonite Church. His funeral took place at Weaverland on March 2, 1899, where many friends gathered to pay their last respects to the departed. Jonas Martin and several others conducted the services.

SHIRK. - On February 25, 1899, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of consumption, David Shirk, aged 32 years. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and had many friends. He leaves a sorrowing widow and five small children to mourn the death and loss of a kind and loving father, at a time when we would think they would need him most. But surely God's ways are not our ways, and if we can bow in humble submission to His divine will, we can always say, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." His funeral took place at Weaverland.

HARTZLER. - Near Belleville, Pa., after a lingering illness, April 30, 1899, Sister Leah Hartzler, widow of Pre. John Hartzler, aged 78 years, 6 months and 11 days. Having reached a ripe old age, our sister seemed to be just waiting for the Master's call home to himself and the dear ones gone before. Funeral services by Joseph H. Byler and John E. Kauffman.

LAUVER. - On the 28th of March, 1899, in Evendale, Juniata Co., Pa., of heart trouble of three weeks duration, Virjinia, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Lauver, aged 7 years, 8 months, 15 days. Virjie was a bright and intelligent little girl, for one of her age, a good student and went to school as long as her health permitted; she was a very dutiful girl in the family, but all her intelligence could not keep her here. God wanted her in that better world, where she can sing with Moses and the Lamb. Buried in the Brick churchyard west of Richfield. Service S. S. Graybill and William Graybill; text, Song of Solomon 2:1; Luke 12:27.

"I want to be with Jesus
And with the saved ones stand;
A crown upon my forehead
A harp within my hand."

MUSSER. - On the 25th of March, 1899, in Lostcreek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa,, of pneumonia, John M. Musser, aged 50 years, 15 days. He united with the Mennonite Church two years ago and was a consistent member ever since; a sorrowing wife, two sons and one daughter mourn his death. Buried at the Lostcreek Mennonite churchyard. Services by Samuel Gayman and William Graybill.

FENZEL. - John N. Fenzel of LaGrange Co., Ind., died at his home on Pretty Prairie on his birthday, March 22, 1899, aged 66 years. The deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1833; emigrated to America in 1848; married in 1871 to Barbara Walker. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. They with their mother remain to mourn the departure of their father. Deceased was an industrious farmer and resident of this county. He was brought up as a German Lutheran and at the age of about 14 was confirmed according to the doctrine of the Lutheran Church. He died in the faith of Christ and said he was prepared for death. Some time over a year ago he was taken with the LaGrippe and since has been a constant sufferer with what is known as creeping palsy. He gradually grew weaker until death relieved him . His remains were laid to rest in the Pretty Prairie burying ground. Rev. Krauss of Sturgis made some very impressive remarks. The services at the house were held in German and at the church in English from John 8:51.

GOOD. - Near Now Holland, Pa., Pearl Elizabeth, infant daughter of Roland and Martha Good. She was born May 28th, 1898, died March 30, 1899, aged 10 months and 2 days. She was an unusually bright child and her loss is deeply felt by all. But she has gone to meet her dear little sister Irene who has gone before.

"Sleep on in thy beauty
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted
By sin undefiled.
Like a dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From this wild sea of sorrows
To the land of the blessed."

BURKHOLDER. - On the 25th of March, 1899, near Smithville, Ohio, of scarlet fever, Icie Dora Burkholder, aged 8 years, 9 months and 14 days. Buried in the Oak Grove cemetery. Funeral services at the house by John K. Yoder.

"Weep not for me my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be,
Oh parents do not weep for me.
Weep not for me, since 'tis in vain,
In heaven above we'll meet again,
Where we can then together be
Forever in eternity."

WEAVER. - On the 28th of March, 1899, in Cambria Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Christian Weaver, aged 23 years, 8 months and 20 days. Buried on the 30th at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Blauch, S. G. Shetler, Saml.
Gindlesperger and Alexander Weaver. Text, Phil. 1:23. The deceased brother felt the need of a Saviour a few weeks before his death and was baptized and received into the church militant and we hope he is now in the church triumphant. He left behind a sorrowing wife and child, a mother, two brothers and one sister.

SHANTZ. - On March 30th, 1899, near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, Elisabeth Shantz, wife of Jacob Shantz, aged 64 years, 6 months and 25 days. She was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Six children were born to this union; four of them are still living. The father and two children preceded her to the spirit world. Peace to her ashes. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove meeting house by John K. Yoder in German from Rev. 21:5 and J. S. Gerig in English from Psa. 39:4.

I long to go, then farewell woe,
My soul will be at rest;
No more shall I complain or sigh,
But taste the heavenly feast.
0, may we meet and be complete,
And long together dwell;
And serve the Lord with one accord,
And so, dear friends, farewell."

EBERLY. - On the 26th of March, 1899, at the residence of her son Abraham, near the Mennonite M. H., Clay Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Elisabeth Eberly, widow of Michael Eberly, aged 96 years, less thirteen days. Deceased was in many respects a remarkable woman for one of her great age. She leaves three sons, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral on the 31st. Services by Chr. Risser and John Landes from Rev. 22:13.

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." A. E.

WEBER. - On Dec. 31, 1898, Sister Magdalena Weber died at the age of 60 years, 2 months and 12 days, at the home of her brother, Samuel E. Weber, Washington Co., Md., where she had been living for many years. Her death was principally caused by Bright's disease. Those who mourn her death need not mourn as those having no hope; she having given her heart to the Lord many years ago and lived up to the vow as the Lord gave her strength. She was followed to her last resting place on Jan. 3, 1899, at the Reiff M. H., where services were held by George Keener and Christian R. Strite. Text, "O death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory?" Peace to her ashes. B. B. WEBER.

WEBER. - Nancy Weber, maiden name Shantz, daughter of Isaac Shantz, who came from Pennsylvania in 1808 and settled on the farm near Berlin, now in possession of Abram Wambold, was born Aug. 11th, 1817. On the 1st of March, 1836, she was married to Benjamin M. Weber, and moved on lot No. 113, between Bridgeport and Breslau, which was at that time all forest but a few acres. They were of the first settlers, and wolves and other wild beasts and Indians were plentiful. Some years afterward other Mennonite people came in, and they built a house of worship now known as Cressman's Meeting House. Here they lived and worshiped the Lord harmoniously in true unity and spirit together until Nov. 30, 1870, Benjamin Weber died. Since then she remained a widow until her life ended here to begin in glory, which took place April 8th, 1899, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 27 days. This union was blessed with ten children, of whom only two remain. She was buried at C. Eby's M. H. on the 11th, where a large concourse of friends and relatives were present. Services by Noah Stauffer from Heb. 11:10, followed by Jacob
Woolner. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church.

BETZNER. - On the 2d of April, 1899, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Bro. Jacob S. Betzner, aged 59 years, 7 months and 23 days. Bro. Betzner had been for some time afflicted with dropsy, and by the advice of his physician he went to the Berlin Waterloo hospital for treatment, from which he returned home several weeks later greatly improved. He, however, believed that the end would come suddenly, and arranged his temporal affairs accordingly, nor did he neglect his spiritual interests, for he said to his daughter some time before his death that he was ready to go, and had no fears for the future. He retired on the evening of Easter Sunday, apparently as well as usual. Next morning his daughter, in passing his room, found him in a partly recumbent position, dead. He had evidently passed quietly away a number of hours before. The remains were laid to rest in the Cressman cemetery, Breslau, beside the remains of his wife who passed away a few years ago. Funeral services by D. B. Sherk in English from Psa. 127:2, last clause, and by Noah Stauffer in German. A large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of love to the departed brother. Two daughters remain to mourn the loss of an affectionate father.

FETTER. - Isaac Fetter was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 22, 1825, died April 3, 1899, aged 74 years, 1 month and 11 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, five children and many friends to mourn his departure. He was a good neighbor, always ready to help when needed. In his earlier years be attended services at the German Reformed church, in later years, as he was hard of bearing, he attended church very seldom. His companion being 83 years old and feeble they disposed of their household effects and made their home with their son-in-law, W. Frieze. On the 3d of April, after attending to some business, he took a hearty dinner and then got ready to go and pay his last bill, three dollars, at the blacksmiths. He and his son-in-law went to Orrville, and after transacting some business and getting a load of feed, deceased started homeward afoot along the C. A. & C. railway, as the roads were in very poor condition. When about a mile from the depot at a sharp curve at the W. & L. E. R'y crossing the north bound mail train, which was 20 minutes late, and running very fast, struck him, mangling his body badly and killing him instantly. The engineer had sounded the whistle, but the deceased being hard of hearing, evidently did not hear it, nor see it, as he walked with his head bent down. Buried at Martin's M. H., Wayne Co., Ohio. Services by A. H. Brenneman and D. M. Irvin. Text, Amos 4:12, latter part. A. H. B.

JANTZEN. - On the 23d of April, 1899, at the home of her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Work, 306 Division St., Elkhart, Ind., Elisabeth, infant daughter of Bro. Daniel F. and Lyda E. Jantzen, aged 1 month and 14 days. Buried on the 25th in Gracelawn cemetery. Funeral services by Eld. George Lambert.

Sleep, tender little blossom, sleep,
The Father loving watch doth keep;
We'll meet thee in the heavenly home,
Where flowers in fadeless beauty bloom. A. B. K.

BETZNER. - On the 22d of March, 1899, near Pollasky, Fresno Co., California, of spinal meningitis, John, eldest son of Moses and Veronica Betzner, of Berlin, Ontario, aged 31 years, 10 months and 10 days. The circumstances surrounding the death of our dear young friend are peculiarly sad. He had been away from home for a number of years, and had decided to come home in the near future. He was engaged by the Ohio Gold Mining Co., and was highly esteemed by his employer as a trustworthy young man. Owing to heavy rains work at the mines had to be temporarily stopped, and a party of miners went up into the mountains prospecting. Although not feeling well the deceased accompanied the party. While they were out, on the 19th of March, a heavy rain set in, drenching them. Deceased took cold and became so ill that his friends had to carry him back. As he continued to grow worse he was taken on the train to Fresno, 22 miles distant, on the 21st. The physician met them at the depot, and upon examination pronounced it a case of spinal meningitis. He was taken to the hospital, but died the following morning. His brother Allan, who resides in San Francisco, 207 miles distant, was notified and at once came and took charge of the remains. He purchased a lot in the Fresno cemetery and had the remains interred there. Funeral services were held on the 29th. The deceased leaves his parents, one brother, two sisters and many other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death far away from home and friends. Upon leaving San Francisco three years ago the deceased, who often felt lonely and depressed, handed his brother a poem, which seems to express to some extent his feelings at the time. The poem will be found in the next issue. May God comfort the bereaved family in their sore affliction and grant them grace to live so that when the end comes they may depart in peace to meet the loved ones gone before, let us hope, to a brighter world.

McCLINTIC. - Sylvester E. McClintic was born Feb. 15, 1861; died Apr. 13, 1899, at Goshen, Ind., of rheumatism of the heart. He leaves a sorrowing wife, parents, four brothers, one sister and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral Services on Sunday, the 16th, by John F. Funk, assisted by B. Sawyer; text, Psa. 116:15.

STUTZMAN. - On the 23d of March, 1899, near Goshen, Ind., of hemorrhage of the lungs, Mary E., wife of Jephtha Stutzman, and daughter of Abr. and Fannie Garber, aged 43 years, 3 months and 5 days. She leaves a husband, five sons and four daughters (one daughter preceded her to the spirit world), parents, six brothers and four sisters to mourn her early departure, but they need not mourn as those that have no hope. She was a faithful, devoted Christian. Many were the trials she bore in this life, and few the complaints heard from her lips. She was always resigned to the will of God. She was weakly for a long time, but on the day of her death she thought she was feeling better, but all at once she was seized with a violent cough, and in eight minutes she had breathed her last. The family could well realize that they have the sympathy of the entire community by the large concourse of friends and neighbors that gathered at the Mennonite M. H. on the 26th, where funeral services were held by D. J. Johns from 2 Tim. 2:11,12, assisted by P. Y. Lehman.

Our mother dear has passed away,
Her soul has left its house of clay,
That friendly form no more we'll see,
Her work is done, and she is free.

A blank she left that none can fill,
Although her name we'll cherish still.
Her pain is past, her troubles o'er,
Which she in sweet submission bore.

How blest to thus triumphant rise,
To join the loved ones in the skies,
Where free from sickness, pain or care,
She ever may God's love declare.

Ah! soon we all must leave this clay,
To meet God at the judgment day.
Then let us pray that we may be
As fit to reign above as she. BY HER DAUGHTER.

KUHNS. - On the 1st of April, 1899, near Shickley, Fillmore Co., Nebr., of lung fever, Emanuel Kuhns, aged 31 years, 6 months and 18 days. He leaves his wife, four children, parents, three brothers and five sisters to mourn their loss, but which is his eternal gain. May God comfort the bereaved ones. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite Church. Buried on the 2d at the Dunkard M. H. Funeral services by Joseph Schlegel, Joseph Gascho and P. P. Hershberger in German and Daniel Heiney in English.

KEMPF. - Moses Kempf was born in Maryland, March the 14th, 1836. In 1839 his parents moved to Fairfield Co., Ohio; from there they moved to Johnson Co., Ia., in 1850. Bro. Kempf moved to Iowa Co., Iowa, about twelve years ago. Died March 3, 1899, aged 62 years, 11 months and 19 days. Bro. Kempf was married to Mary Fisher, March 26, 1862. To this union were born eleven children, of whom seven passed to the spirit land, also both parents. His wife died April 1, 1895, leaving him and four children. Now the father is gone to meet his beloved ones where parting will be no more. Bro. Kempf was paralyzed in October 1897, from which be suffered a great deal, but bore it all patiently, until the death angel called him to the land of rest. May God bless the bereaved ones and direct their footsteps through the journey of life. Funeral services were conducted at the house in German by Christian Warye. A large concourse of relatives and friends followed to the West Union church, where services were conducted in German by C. Warye, and in English by A. I. Yoder. He was laid to rest in the Yoder graveyard at Amish, Ia. A. Y.

LAPP. - On December the 10th, 1898, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Samuel Lapp, husband of Katie Lapp, after a short illness of only a week, aged 26 years, 4 months and 4 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, a daughter and two sons to mourn his departure. Samuel Lapp, of Intercourse, and Katie Stoltzfoos were united in marriage six years ago and lived together a peaceful and happy family unto his end. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by David Beiler, of Witmer, and Daniel Esh, of Intercourse. Buried the 13th in Gordonville.

STOLTZFOOS. - Wednesday, Feb, 8, 1809, near Atglen, Chester Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Elmer, son of Aaron and Sarah Stoltzfoos, after an illness of nearly two weeks, aged 2 years, 8 months and 12 days. The funeral was held from the family home at 10 o'clock and at 2 o'clock at the Peaquea M. H. near Millwood. Services by Jonathan Kauffman and Gideon Stoltzfoos. It was hard to part with the loving little boy, but God will take care of him, and we know he is free from pain and sorrow forever.

Elmer dear has gone afar,
To us he'll ne'er return;
He has reached the golden shore,
For him we should not mourn.

His soul is in the Father's care,
And tenderly He'll keep
Our little lamb, then why should we
Lament for him or weep?

"Come unto me," thus saith the Lord,
"You little children dear."
I have for you a home secured,
In which you need not fear.

BEILER. - On the 6th of April, 1899, near Bird-in-hand, Pa., of lung fever, Bennie Beller, son of Lydia and David Beiler, after a long illness, aged 11 months and 28 days. The funeral was largely attended, and the remains were laid to rest in the Beiler graveyard. Funeral services were hold by David Beiler, of Bird-in-hand, and Daniel Esh, of Intercourse. His grandparents, his parents and sister are left to mourn their loss. "And Jesus said: Suffer little children to come unto me."

Is there anything on earth
That is here to stay?
It lasts here but a little while,
Then passes soon away.
Bennie came with us to live
And on this earth to bloom,
But Jesus took the loving one
To a bright and happy home. A. K. STOLTZFOOS.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 10, May 15, 1899 - page 158

WEAVER. - On the 26th of April, 1899, William Dewey, son of Bro. David and Sister Jane Weaver, aged 8 months and 5 days. Buried on the 28th at the Blough Mennonite M. H. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, S. Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough. Text, Isaiah 40:9.

HARSHBERGER. - On the 14th of April, 1899, in Somerset Co., Pa., of a lingering disease which lasted over five months, during which time she suffered a great deal but bore it all with Christian patience, Sister Katie, wife of Bro. A. W. Harshberger, aged 28 years, 7 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 16th. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Blauch, L. A. Blough and Jonathan Harshberger. Text, Job 14:14. Sister Harshberger left a sorrowing husband and many other friends to mourn her early death, but she left behind a consolation that it is well with her and that she is only gone before, waiting for us to come.

GENSCH. - On the 24th of April 1899, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of cancer of the mouth and throat, Sister Katie Gensch, aged 53 years, 20 days. She suffered considerably, but bore everything in patience, always looking at the brighter side of the trouble. Her husband died five years ago. She leaves seven children to mourn her death. Funeral on the 30th at Souderton, where she was laid to rest. Services by Jonas Mininger at the house and by M. R. Moyer at the M. H. Text, 2 Cor. 4:17,18. H. C. K.

SHAFER. - Sophia Susanna, daughter of W. H. and Mary P. Shafer, near Dupont, Putnam Co., Ohio, was born Feb. 16th, 1896, died March 1st 1899, aged 3 years and 13 days. Sophia was a bright and loving child. She was loved by all who knew her. Often she would talk about Jesus to her papa and mamma and often expressed her desire to see Him. And before retiring to her little bed little Sophia would kneel before her Maker and say her little prayer. Sophia though a little child has given us an example which we would do well to follow.

Jesus called a little child,
One so lovely, meek and mild,
To come and dwell with Him above,
Where there is naught but blissful love.

Now while our hearts do almost break,
Because God did Sophia take,
We'll gladly say, the Lord knew best,
He took our darling lamb to rest.

He took her to the other shore,
Where death and sickness are no more,
There she'll join the shining hand,
In that celestial, happy land.

Papa, mamma, do not weep,
For I've only gone to sleep.
Weep not for me, but comfort take
The Bible tells me I shall wake.

Brothers, sister, do not cry,
Your little sister did not die.
I've only gone with Christ to be,
Where I shall dwell eternally. LINES BY JOHN M. BRUNK.

HOOVER. - Bro. Henry Hoover was born in Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 18th, 1826, died of dropsy near Sterling, Ill., Apr. 21, 1899, aged 72 years, 4 months and 26 days. Bro. Hoover moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois with his family about thirty years ago. The family consists of wife and two children who survive him. Bro. and Sister Hoover were faithful members of the Mennonite Church for many years. Bro. Hoover was one of the oldest settlers of Palmyra Twp., and had the respect and admiration of all who knew him. Funeral on Monday April 24th at Science Ridge M. H., near Sterling, Ill., where also interment was made, services being conducted by Pre. Philip Nice. The family selected the text Rev. 14:13 to preach from, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

SPITNAIL. - On the 11th of April, 1899, near Dupont, Putnam Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Sarah Spitnail, wife of Isaac Spitnail, aged 36 years, 4 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 13th in the Cascade cemetery. Funeral services by D. S. Brunk from Eccl. 8:8. She was the mother of eight children. One son preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a husband, one son and six daughters to mourn the loss of a kind companion and mother. Peace to her ashes.

NEWENSCHWANDER. - Maria, maiden name Steiner,near Pandora, Ohio, April 27th, 1899, aged 71 years, 1 month and 21 days. She was the widow of Isaac Newenschwander with whom she lived in matrimony forty-two years, eight months and eighteen days, and was mother of ten children, fifty-six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One son and five grandchildren have preceded her to the shore beyond. She was kind, modest and motherly in her disposition and ways. It may truly be said of her: "Her children and grandchildren rise up to call her blessed." For many years she has been a member of the Swiss Mennonite Church. Buried April 29th at the St. John's church. Services by John Moser and M. S. Steiner, assisted by Isaac Burkhart and Christian Zimmerly.

ROHRER. - On the 26th of April, 1899, at her home near Palmyra, Marion Co., Mo., sister Anna Rohrer, wife of Jacob Rohrer, in her 51st year. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 22nd of March, 1849 and in 1884 came to Palmyra, Mo., with her husband and children. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for eighteen or twenty years, and gave evidence before dying that she had only gone before. Although she had been in delicate health for a number of years, yet her death was sudden, resulting from a complication of diseases which confined her to her bed but four days. Always kind and cheerful, she had won the love and respect of all who knew her, and she will be sadly missed by her husband and seven children. May God comfort them and teach them so to live that they may meet her in glory. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Daniel Kauffman and John Kreider. A large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled to show their love and respect to the departed.

WENGER. -On the 24th of April 1899, in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Sister Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Susannah Wenger, aged 34 years, 6 months and 22 days. She was sick a considerable time but bore her suffering with patience and Christian fortitude. She was a very faithful and devoted sister and a faithful worker in the Sunday school, and took a deep interest in church work in general. Some years ago in a dream it appeared to her that she was transferred to the realms of light, and when she saw the blessedness and the beauty of the heavenly home she had a desire to stay, and asked the angel if she could stay. "No," said the angel, "not now. You will have to remain yet a while in the world, and then you can come to stay." We feel sure that she has gone to the rest of the saints to enjoy the blessedness of their condition. She was buried at the Olive M. H. on the 26th. Services were conducted by J. S. Coffman, John F. Funk and Jacob Shenk. She leaves a father, mother, one brother and two sisters to mourn her early death.

PATTON. - On the 21st of April 1899, in Delphos, Ohio, Judith Izetta Patton, daughter of Ephraim and Anna Howard, aged 20 years, 2 months and 26 days. She was converted in the year 1895 and united with the Christian Church of which she was a devoted member until her death. In the same year she was united in marriage to S. B. Patton. She was the mother of four children, three sons who are yet living and one daughter who preceded her to the spirit world. A few weeks previous to her death she came home to her mother on a visit, where she took sick with pneumonia and on the 21st she departed this life. We hope her spirit took its flight to the land of rest. The funeral was held at the Pike Mennonite M. H. Services conducted by D. S. Brunk from Jer. 15:9. Her remains were laid in the Walnut Grove cemetery. Peace to her ashes.

BEILER. - On the 18th of April 1899, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., of throat consumption, Joseph K. Beiler, aged 24 years, 8 months and 26 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, a father, three brothers and one sister to mourn the loss of a kind and loving one. His remains were laid to rest on the 21st in the Amish graveyard near Bareville where many weeping friends and relatives were gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the kind departed friend. Funeral services were conducted by Henry Stoltzfus of Mascot and Benjamin Fisher of Ronks. This was indeed a sad affliction upon this young couple as they were married only four months. But the Lord's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So in God's name we will take it as it comes and say, "Thy will, 0 Lord, not mine, be done."

Companion dear, why do you weep
Since I a resting place have found,
So calm and peaceful I shall sleep
Beneath my green and mossy mound.

It pleased the Lord to take away
My husband, kind and dear to me,
So now I'm left, since he is gone,
To bear life's burden patiently,

Weep not for me, my race is run,,
And all my earthly work is done,
Prepare to die, for die we must,
And with each other sleep in dust.

YODER. - Six miles north of Urbana, Champaign Co., Ohio, Susanna Yoder (nee Gerber). She was born at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 9th, 1841, united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of 17 years and was a consistent member of the same until the time of her death. She was married to David J. Yoder, May the 8th, 1862. To this union were born one daughter and five sons, the daughter and two sons preceded her to the spirit world. She died April 17th 1899, aged 67 years, 6 months and 7 days. She in company with her husband had gone to Oak Grove on Sunday morning to attend church services and soon after arriving at the church she was stricken with paralysis and was taken to her home unconscious and remained so until Monday noon when her spirit took its flight. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Oak Grove and were conducted by C. K. Yoder in German from Matt. 24:44 and by J. J. Warye in English from Psalm 116:15, after which a large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

KRATZ. - On the 25th of April 1899, in the Pennsylvania Hospital, after a short illness of brain fever. He was apparently well until taken with a sudden chill. He was a son of Abraham (deceased) and Sarah Kratz of Chalfont, Bucks Co., Pa. The mother survives him and is now 81 years old. William removed from Chalfont to Philadelphia in 1890, where he conducted a successful boarding house up to the time of death. He leaves a sorrowing widow and three children to mourn his death. He was buried at the Pleasantville Reformed church on Sunday April 30th. Services by J. H. Watts and Uriah Weidner.

ROHRER. - On the 22d of April, in Union Township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of spinal meningitis, Jacob, son of John D. Rohrer, aged 14 years, 9 months, and 12 days. Jacob was a bright, interesting boy, and we may wonder why he could not be spared for a life of usefulness; but the Lord knows best. He will be much missed by parents, brothers, sisters and friends. Buried at the Brick M. H. Services by J. S. Coffman.

STOLTZFUS. - On the 16th of March, 1899, near Intercourse, Pa., of lung fever, Abram Stoltzfus, after a short Illness of only five days. His age was 54 years, 8 months and 10 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn his departure. He was buried on the 18th of March in the Amish graveyard in Gordonville. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held by Daniel Esh and Benjamin Stoltzfus, of Morgantown. He was a loving and consistent member of the Amish congregation.

Abram dear has gone to rest
In a mansion bright and fair,
You have gone to the good and blest,
A golden crown of joy to wear.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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