Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1899

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The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 21, November 1, 1899 - page 334

MOWAT. -On the 5th of August 1899, near Wakarusa, Ind., Mary Sophia, daughter of George and Elizabeth Mowat, aged 1 year, 10 months, 26 days. Funeral services by Henry Weldy. "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." -- Job.

WHITAKER. - On the 6th of September 1899, near Hartford, Kansas, Albert, youngest son of Joseph and Barbara Whitaker, born Nov. 21, 1898, died Sept. 5th 1899, aged 9 months, 15 days. Funeral service by Joseph Slagle and D. D. Kauffman.

The little crib is empty,
The clothes are now laid by,
I am not dead, but sleeping,
Awaiting a crown on high.

So farewell dear, dear mamma,
You nursed and watched me well,
But Jesus took your darling,
So, mother dear, farewell,

And farewell, dear, dear papa,
You to your bosom pressed
Your only child, your Albert,
Who now has gone to rest.

MARTIN. - At her home, in Maugansville, Washington Co., Md., on the 14th of Feb. 1899, of a complication of diseases, Sister Anna H., wife of Solomon Martin, aged 60 years, 5 months, 24 days. Her sufferings were indeed very severe, she being unable to lie down from the 20th of May 1898 to the time of her death, being confined to her invalid chair the entire time. She bore her sufferings without a murmur, and consoled herself with the text, Rev. 21:4. She was a devoted child of God, and a sincere worshiper at the feet of Jesus. She become a Christian in the tender years of her girlhood. Her husband and children survive her. She was buried at the Reiff burying ground, where services were conducted by Christian Strite and George Keener, from Rev. 21:4. Through her sore afflictions she could use the words of Paul (2 Cor, 4:17,) For our light afflictions which are but for a moment, work in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Ah, I love to seek Thy presence,
Dearest Lord Thy love to know,
Jesus keep me 'neath Thy blessing,
Save me from this world of woe.

Have me Jesus, I entreat Thee,
Praising Thee around Thy throne,
As in visions I have seen Thee
Have me with Thee, Lord, at home,

Farewell, mother, thou art living,
In those heavenly courts so high,
With the promises thou hast given
We will meet thee by and bye.

God has heard thy prayer, dear mother;
Now thou art with Him in that home;
Thou art gone, my dearest mother,
Thou art us drawing nearer home. LIZZIA MARTIN.

ZIEGLER. - On Saturday September 23, 1899, of appendicitis, Menno J. Ziegler, aged 20 years, 3 months and 27 days. He was born in Henry Co., Iowa, and when three years old, his parents moved to Wayne Co., Ohio. He was a telegraph operator and was at Jonesville, Mich. when he died. He never openly acknowledged Christ as his Savior and the only hope the family have of his salvation, is that the last half day of his life, he seemed to be muttering something and his attendants thought that he was praying. What a warning to the unconverted. His body was brought to Smithville, Ohio, on Sunday, and the funeral took place on Monday at the 0ak Grove church. Services were conducted by D. J. Johns of Goshen, and J. S. Hartzler of Elkhart, Ind., from Psalm 23. Text was selected by the family.

EABY. - Near her home in Clyde, near Morrison, Ill., of paralysis, Mary A. Eaby (maiden name Plank,) born June 19th 1852 in Lancaster Co., Pa., died Oct. 15, 1899, age 47 years, 3 months, 26 days. She came to Illinois in 1893, united in marriage with Noah Eaby the same year. She was a member of the United Brethren Church. Funeral services were held Tuesday Oct. 17 at the Mennonite Church, in Ustick, Ill. Services were conducted by John Nice, assisted by John McCulloh. Text, Num. 23:10.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana


The Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVI, No. 22, November 15, 1899 - pages 348,349

HOSTETTER. - Pre. David M. Hostetter died at his home near Intercourse, July, 23, 1899, aged 62 years, 9 months and 9 days. He had been in failing health for some time, but was taken suddenly sick with stomach trouble and dysentery and lingered about two weeks when God called him home. Bro. Hostetter was ordained to the ministry Dec. 9, 1886, and labored earnestly and faithfully for the cause up to the time of his sickness. He was much concerned for the prosperity of the church and was a warm friend of the Sunday school and took a great interest in the young people for whom he was much concerned. He was a kind and beloved father. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his departure, yet they have the assurance that their father has gone to rest. He was buried on the 26th. Services at Paradise Mennonite M. H., where a large congregation had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to their former pastor. Services by Christian Brackbill at the house and Amos Hoover and Isaac Eby at the M. H. The body was then taken to Strasburg for interment.

HOSTETTER. - Salome F. Hostetter died Sept. 29, 1899 (aged 57 years and 3 days) at the home of her daughter, Emma Ranck, near Paradise, Pa., where she made her home since the death of her husband. She had been in feeble health for about eight years. Sometimes she was very feeble, but at other times she was able to go about again, but bore it very patiently and seemed satisfied just as the Lord willed. She was confined to her bed just one week when God called her home. She longed to go to rest, her husband having died just two months before and her son, aged 15 years, four months before, that being all of the family at home, there being three deaths in one family in about four months time. She was a kind Christian mother. She is survived by two daughters and two sons. They have the sympathy of the community in their sore bereavement. What the Lord does is well done, and they are now at rest. Funeral services at the house by Christian Brackbill and at the Paradise Mennonite M. H. by Amos Hoover and Isaac Eby, after which the body was taken to Strasburg and laid beside her husband and son.

All looks sad and dark and drear
In a certain humble home,
Father, mother, brother dear,
All have left, their parting sore.
We have missed their kindly greeting
Since they passed from earth's dim shore,

Oh, 'tis true we miss our loved ones,
When they pass from earth away,
Still we cannot look beyond us
To that land of endless day ?
There we might behold our loved ones
Where all tears are wiped away.

ZIMMERMAN. - September 28th, 1899, near Spring Grove, Lancaster Co., Penna, Carrie Sensenig Zimmerman, wife of Bro. Benjamin Zimmerman, aged 24 years and 25 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for several years where she attended as long as her health permitted. She suffered for six months with consumption, but bore her long illness with great patience, and expressed a hope of eternal life, being glad that she stepped on the side of the Lord when in health. She leaves a husband and a son, aged three years, besides three sisters, one brother, and a mother. The funeral was held at Weaverland where the Brethren John Zimmerman and Benjamin Weaver preached to a large number of people.

SENSENIG. - October 1st, 1899, near Weaverland, Lancaster Co., Penna., Mary Sensenig, wife of Martin Sensenig, aged 26 years, 11 months and 24 days. She died of lingering consumption, but was satisfied and patient as the end drew near. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for some years. She leaves a husband, parents, and three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral at Weaverland where Jonas Martin and John Kurtz preached.

Precious sister, she has left us
Left us, yes forever more,
But we hope to meet our sister
On that bright and happy shore. BY A FRIEND.


WEAVER. - October 13th, 1899, in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster Co., Penna., Paul Edgar, son of Benjamin and Mary Weaver, aged 6 months and 17 days. The funeral was held at Weaverland, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15th, where the Brethren John Zimmerman and John Sauder officiated. This was the younger of the two children in the family of our young brother and sister.

MARTIN. - October 18th, 1899, at Lancaster, Pa., David Z. Martin, aged 66 years and some months. Bro. Martin traveled over many of the western states in his younger years owning land and entering into many different enterprises, but he came home to the place of his boyhood last spring, broken in health. He began to attend services at Weaverland, the church home of his father and mother; and about six weeks before his death he with twenty-two others was received into the church by water baptism, upon confession of faith in the Lord Jesus. He was able to attend several times after that, and he seemed to enjoy his new life greatly.

HERSHBERGER. - Near Kalona, Washington Co., Iowa, Barbara E. Ellen, infant daughter of John and Lena Hershberger, aged 7 months and 24 days. She suffered a great deal of pain in the short time that she was here on earth, but now she has gone to rest. Funeral services were held on the 16th, by Chr. Miller, Peter Brenneman and Jonathan Plank. Text, Mark 10:14. Remains were laid in the Shetler graveyard.

Another bud has blown,
While bursting into bloom;
But Jesus needs these blossoms
To decorate His home.

So dry your tears fond parents,
Your darling is not dead,
But gone where you can meet her
With Chris our "living Head." IDA MILLER.

THOMAS. - On the 17th of October, 1899, near Schellsburg, Bedford Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Thomas, aged 74 years, 2 months, 22 days. Bro. Thomas suffered a great deal for the last few years. His disease began with a sore leg, which gave him much pain, but he bore all patiently till death relieved him. The remains were brought over to the home of his son Henry, at Scalp Level, Cambria Co., Pa. Funeral on the 19th, at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. Services by S. G. Shetler, Samuel Gindlesperger and Alex Weaver. Text, Heb. 10:32. May God bless the sorrowing widow, children and friends.

Death has borne from us our father,
We have bade our last farewell
To a kind and loving parent,
He has gone where spirits dwell.
God saw fit to call him higher
From this world of toil and care,
To his home beyond the river,
And we hope to meet him there.

Pain no more shall heave his bosom,
All his trials now are o'er.
He has passed awhile before us,
Joined the saints on Canaan's shore,
Yes, we miss him, 0, we miss him
When we see his vacant chair;
And how sad the room without him
For there is no father there." SELECTED BY A DAUGHTER. Schellsburg


SHETLER. - On the 17th of October 1899, at Holsopple, Pa., Ralph Clayton son of Pre. S. G. and Sister Maggie Shetler, aged 4 months and 6 days. Little Ralph was twin brother of little Rena Mable who died Sept. 29th, aged 3 months and 18 days, which death notice will be found in Oct. 15th Herald. These two little children suffered a great deal in their short lives, but are now sweeting resting. May God bless the sorrowing parents. Funeral services on the 18th at the Stahl M. H. by Jonas B1auch, L. A. Blough, Samuel Gindlesperger and Alex Weaver. Text, John 16:20 which text was selected by the parents of the deceased child.

Two beautiful flowers have faded,
No more on earth to bloom;
Two beautiful children in heaven,
Beckoning us to come.

Transcriber's note: "sweeting resting" is as in the original.

KNORR. - On the morning of October 3d, 1899, near Kossuth, Ont., of consumption, at the home of her parents, Sister Annie Knorr, daughter of Andrew and Rachel Binder, and widow of the late Jacob Knorr, who preceded her to the spirit world, he being preceded by their only child. Thus the entire young family has gone to try the realities of the beyond. She was aged 24 years, 5 months and 23 days. Buried on the 5th of Oct. in the David Eby cemetery, near Waterloo. Funeral services by Jacob Woolner, Sr. at the house and at the meeting house by Noah Stauffer in German from Isaiah 57:2, and by J. S. Woolner in English from Phil. 1:21. She leaves parents and five sisters besides other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure, yet they need not mourn as those that have no hope. She went home rejoicing in a crucified Redeemer. She remained conscious to the end. Nearly an hour before her departure she said, "Good-bye all, now I am going home." What a consolation for us when we stand by the dying and see that they have a strong arm to lean upon through the valley of death. May God comfort the bereaved ones in their sore affliction and may they look forward to the time of their departure that when life's work is ended they with us and we with them may lay our armor by and meet our loved ones who have gone before.

MARTIN. - On the 28th of Oct., 1899, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of inflammation of the brain, Titus M. son of Bro. Samuel and Sister Martha Martin, aged 5 months and 2 days. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Benj. W. Weaver at the Groffsdale M. H. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from Rev. 20:12.

The tender flower God has given
To bloom with us a while,
The gentle soul He has taken
To live where angels smile.

From earth he went to heaven to live
And with the angels be;
I hope the rest can happy live
And him in heaven see.

The Lord above a message sent
To call His wanderer home,
And at this call to Christ he went,
In heaven above to roam. A NEIGHBOR, L. B. F.

EBERSOLE. - On the 18th Of Oct., 1899, near Roseland, Neb., of consumption, Sister Susan, wife of Benjamin Ebersole, aged 65 years, 6 months and 14 days. Funeral on the 20th. Buried at the Roseland Mennonite M. H. Services by J. M. Nunemaker; text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.

BARNHART. - Howard, little son of John H. and Sophia Barnhart, departed this life Oct. 17, 1899, aged 2 years, 2 months and 25 days. About three months before his death he took very sick with dysentery, which disease was so obstinate in his case that the most careful nursing and anxious watching could not restore him to health. He was a patient little sufferer. A bright blossom which budded on earth has now gone to bloom eternally in God's garden, but why he needed to quit this world so soon we can not know, but we know that he is sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted by L. J. Heatwole, J. F. Heatwole and N. 0. Blosser, from 2 Kings 4:26, "It is well." Interment in the Weaver church burying ground.

Our baby lies in death's embrace
We'll never see him face to face
In this sad world of sin and pain,
Yet in God's home we'll meet again.
God gave to us this jewel rare,
He gave awhile into our care,
Then took him to Himself above
Where all is joy and peace and love.

His infant voice to us to stilled,
The thought our hearts with grief has filled,
His eyes so bright now closed in death
Spoke love to us while he had breath.
He was so gentle, undefiled,
No sin had pressed this little child.
His fair young brow Is placid now,
God help us to Thy mandates bow.

PROVINS. - Katie Malinda, daughter of Lowry and Plezzie Provins, was born Feb. 22, 1896, and died Oct. 27, 1899, at the age of 3 years, 8 months and 5 days. Little Katie had been sorely afflicted for several months during the summer and passed away very suddenly when seeming about recovered from a recent attack of diphtheretic sore throat. A bright little bud has been transplanted into the paradise of God. Funeral services at the Masontown M. H. by S. F. Coffman. Text, John 12:23, "The hour is come."

We miss thee, oh, we miss thee,
When we see the vacant chair,
When we see the room without thee,
For thou art no longer there.

Sleep on dear sister, 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. J. S. W.

GINGERICH. - On the 24th of Sept., 1899, in Garrett Co., Md., of paralysis, Christain Gingerich, aged 69 years, 9 months and 3 days. He was married to Mary Beachy. To this union were born nine children of whom four daughters and three sons remain. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church since his youth. During his affliction be desired to go home and often longed to be with his companion who departed 16 months before his death. He had selected a funeral text, Phil. 1:21, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." 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 services were conducted by Joel Miller in German and Jonas Miller in English at the Maple Glen meeting house.

Parents dear, you were our comfort,
Loved by all the hearts at homes;
But the angels coming quickly,
Gently whispered, parents come.

0 dear parents when we meet you,
In the joyous realms above,
Gladly will we haste to greet you,
All our hearts aflame with love. M. C. G.

Transcriber's note" "Christain" is spell as in the original.

HOSTETLER. - On the 29th of Sept., 1899, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Amanda, daughter of D. and B. Hostetler, aged 22 years, 7 months and 5 days. Buried Oct. 1st in the Oak Grove cemetery. Services were held in the Paradise Union M. H. by I. J. Buchwalter In English and S. B. Longanecker in German. Services at the house were conducted by Amos Mumaw, from Matt. 24:44. A very large concourse of friends, relatives and neighbors followed her to her final resting place. She was a sister in the Mennonite Church and her seat was never vacant at the meetings, Sunday school or young people's meeting as long as health permitted her to be there. Her disease was somewhat lingering, the physicians not knowing the real cause of her death. She bore her suffering very patiently, realizing that her days were few. She had a strong desire to go home and meet her Saviour and those loved ones who had gone before. Her hope for the future was very bright. A few nights before she passed away she dreamed she had passed away on the other aide and was carrying white lilies in her hand, and called her father and mother, brothers and sister and neighbors to her bed-side and gave them good-bye and asked them all to meet her in heaven.

WEBER. - On the 12th of Sept., 1899, near Bally, Bucks Co., Pa., of summer complaint, Fanny, daughter of John and Lizzie Weber, aged 9 months and 16 days. Buried at Allegheny M. H., Sept. 16. Funeral services by Benjamin Horning and Andrew S. Mack.

God saw fit to call our darling,
She so sweet and dear to all,
Up to His own home of glory,
Where no harm can ere befall.

WEISS. - Aug. 10th, 1899, near Boyertown, Berks Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Weiss, aged 74 years, 6 months and 1 day. Buried at the Boyertown M. H. Services by Andrew S. Mack. Text, Luke 24:20.

Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana

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