Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1900

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XXXVII, No. 13, July 1, 1900 - pages 206, 207


Adelbert Henry Long,
Son of Dea. Jacob and Catherine Long, was born in Medina Co., Ohio, on the 6th of April, 1863. He came with his parents to Clay Co., Indiana, in 1865, and two years later came to Elkhart Co. He was married to Amanda Shaum, daughter of Bish. Henry Shaum, on the 22nd of Dec., 1888. He, with his surviving companion, united with the Mennonite Church in 1892, and lived a devoted Chrisitan life to the time of his death. He went to Austell, Ga., about the first of March of the present year, where he took sick with typhoid fever about four weeks ago, and died on Saturday morning, June 16th, aged 37 years, 2 months and 9 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion, parents, four brothers, one sister, and many friends to mourn his early death. He was of a kind and peaceful disposition, a faithful member of the church, a good neighbor, and an honest, square dealing business man, and his quiet, gentle disposition won for him the friendship of all. He was in the fullest sense of the word a noble Christian man. He carried his religion with him in every day life. We mourn him as a dutiful son, a kind and loving brother, a devoted husband, a faithful Christian, and a respected and esteemed neighbor and friend. Truly we shall miss him here, but we feel that we can comfort our hearts with the thought that he has only gone before to the better home, where we may all meet him when our work is done, and in the fullness of that glory which God has prepared for all those that love Him, rejoice with him, and with all the saints of God, where there shall be no more sorrow, nor death, and where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.
The body was brought to Elkhart, accompanied by his wife and brother. Services were held by John F. Funk in the Elkhart meeting-house on Tuesday, June 19, from Jno. 17:4. The burial took place at the Olive meeting-house. The funeral was very largely attended. God comfort the sorrowing and bereaved ones.


EBERSOLE - On the 6th of June, 1900, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Sister Ebersole, daughter of Pre. Kindy, of Manor Twp., aged 74 years, 4 months and 9 days. She was the widow of Pre. Peter Ebersole, who died one year and five months ago. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for about forty years. She was buried on the 9th of June at Good's meetinghouse, where she had lived for many years. Funeral services were conducted by Martin Rutt, John Landis. Levi Ebersole, and Abraham Witmer. Text, Isa. 66:13. Her place is vacant, which never can be filled. Sweet be her rest. A.C.G.

HARTZLER - Levi Hartzler, near Smithville, Ohio, was born Jan. 23, 1822; died June 1, 1900, aged 78 yrs., 4 mos., 9 days. Buried on the 3rd at the Paradise cemetery, followed by a very large concourse of friends and neighbors, to pay the last tribute of respect to a devoted brother of the Amish Mennonite Church. He bore his afflictions patiently, and was resigned to the will of God, longing to depart and to be with Christ, which he realized would be far better. Services by J.K. Yoder and David Hostetler. Text, Isa. 38:1.

HARTZLER - On the 7th of June, 1900, near Allensville, Pa., Yost Hartzler, aged 73 years, 1 month and 3 days. Bro. Hartzler was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for upwards of 50 years. He was not a man of many words, but modest, quiet, and yet strong and well grounded in his convictions. He was kind and open-handed toward the poor and suffering, and to him the needy ones were all "neighbors", whether they lived near his home or in famine-stricken India. Against strife and divisions in the church he stood, calm and immovable as a pillar. The drifting away from the plain old ways and faith grieved him deeply; but he did not sit down in despair, to find fault, do nothing, or even withdraw, but he believed that God still lives and reigns, and that He will be with His people "alway, even unto the end of the world." This living faith led him to be a worker in the Sunday school as long as strength permitted. The funeral, on June 8th, was attended by a large number, and was conducted by Joseph Zook and Joseph H. Byler. We feel that his family has lost a good father, the church and Sunday school a strong friend and faithful worker. It seems as if we could hardly spare such helpers, but we pray that the Lord may raise up earnest workers to take the place of those who have passed away. A family of eight children, with grandchildren and one great grandchild remain. Brother Hartzler was a descendant of the venerable preacher, Jacob Hertzler, who left Switzerland nearly two hundred years ago, on account of religious persecution, and settled in the Palatinate (Pfaltz) in France, whence he came to America in 1749, settling near Hamburg, Berks Co., Pa., on land bought from Thomas and Richard Penn.

HORST - On the 9th of June, at Maugansville, Washington Co., Md., Bishop Michael Horst, aged 75 years, 9 months and 7 days, departed this life very suddenly. He arose in the morning, well; was preparing to go away, when he complained of feeling sick, and in a few moments he was a corpse. Oh, how well that he was ready to meet his God. Many would not have been ready at such a short summons. He was ordained to the ministry in 1854, and in 1868 he was ordained bishop, in which he labored faithfully until his death. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 11th, at Reiff's M. H., where a very large concourse of people met to pay their last respects to one who will be greatly missed. Services by George Keener and Christian Strite, from 2 Kings 20:1 and Psa. 132:14. He leaves four brothers, Christian, Joseph, David, and Samuel, and four sons, John, Samuel, Abram, and Michael. Peace be to his ashes.

FIKE - June 1, 1900, Tub, Pa., Bruce Fike, aged 1 month and 2 days. Buried in the Folk cemetery. Services by D.H. Bender and H.M. Gelnett, from Matt. 18:10.

ZIMMERMAN - On April 20, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of asthmatic troubles, Bro. Christian F. Zimmerman, aged 65 years, 5 months and 2 days. He was married to Mary Martin forty years ago, who with three sons and six daughters are left to mourn the loss of a husband and father. Bro. Zimmerman's voice in leading the singing at regular services, and at funerals, will be remembered and missed by the brotherhood. He was born on the farm where he always lived and was buried in a graveyard on the same farm. He was active in church and Sunday school work, being a member of Lichty's S. S., and he often expressed a wish that there should be more older brethren in attendance at the S. S. During his last illness he often said, "As the Lord sees fit to order, so will I be satisfied." He spoke hopefully of the future and was glad to go home. His admonitions and kind, fatherly advices to his family were many, and his children will never regret it if they remember and keep those sayings of a well-wishing father. Funeral services at the house by two sets of ministers; at one end of the house Bros. John Sauder and John Landis, and at the other end Bros. David Buckwalter and Benj. W. Weaver preached. Several of the texts used were Phil. 1:21 and Heb. 9:27,28.

ZIMMERMAN - On May 17, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Peter M. Zimmerman, of a complication of diseases, aged 63 years, 10 months and 25 days. He was married to Mattie Martin, who with six daughters, all married, survive the husband and father. He was a brother of the above Christian Zimmerman, who died one month before. They were also brothers of Bro. John Zimmerman, the one-armed Mennonite preacher of Weaverland. They also leave one sister, Rebecca, wife of Abraham Martin, near Churchtown. He visited Canada and Indiana several times. He was of a very genial and sociable disposition. Funeral services in both houses at his late home, by Bros. John Sauder, Menno Zimmerman and Abraham Witmer in one house, and S.W. Witmer, B.W. Weaver and Ben. Hertzler in the other house. The texts in the presence of the family were, John 11:25,26, Rev. 21:6; the burial was also made in the old family graveyard, near his brother.

WENGER - On April 18, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Michael Wenger, of rheumatism, and old age, aged 81 years, 1 month and 22 days. He left an aged widow (whose death is noted below), and four sons and three daughters to mourn his departure. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for 60 years, and in times of trial and trouble he leaned on the strong staff of the Lord; and by his even life, he became a strong influence of good, and his counsel in family or church was well worth considering. He was unable to attend regular services for several years, and services were held at his home at different times, which he always greatly enjoyed. Funeral services at the house, where Samuel Witmer and B.W. Weaver preached. Texts, 2 Cor. 5:10, and Rev. 3:21. The remains were interred in Sensenig's graveyard.

WENGER - On May 28, 1900, in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Barbara Wenger, widow of the above named Michael Wenger, aged 78 years, 1 month and 3 days, of stomach trouble or indigestion, being seriously sick less than a week. She was also for many years a devout member of the Mennonite Church, and these aged parents lived to see all their children renounce the world and turn their faces Zionward. She is also survived by an older brother, John B. Sensenig. This aged couple spent 59 years together in married life. This makes a great change in the old home; but there are two sons and two daughters living at home, and the every day work may go on as usual, but the vacant places can never be filled. May God heal the affliction and extend His all-merciful hand as a shield over this dear family. Bro. Wenger leaves two brothers and three sisters, one of whom lives in Elkhart county, Ind., and two in Maryland.

FOLK - June 2, 1900, at Grantsville, Md., Rella May, youngest child of Bro. W.W. and Sister Mintie Folk, aged 2 years, 10 months and 5 days. Little Rella had gone to the water trough to get a drink of water, and evidently lost her balance, falling in head first, where her heart-stricken mother found her dead a short time after. Services by D.H. Bender and Pre. Weaver, from Job 1:21. The Lord comfort the sorrowing parents.

HORST - On June 4, 1900, at her home near North Lawrence, Stark Co., O., of paralysis, Anna (Hess), wife of David B. Horst, aged 68 years, 6 months and 8 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 26, 1831, and was the devoted mother of eight children, 17 grandchildren. One son and the only daughter preceded her to their resting place. She leaves a husband, a brother and sister, and six sons to mourn their loss. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral on the 6th. Services by Henry Hursh and Isaac Good. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8, which was selected by her about six months before her death.

LECHLITNER - David Lechlitner was born Feb. 27, 1828, departed this life June 8, 1900, aged 72 years, 3 months, 12 days. He was united in marriage to Susanah Holdeman, March 6, 1851. To this usion were born 15 children, of whom 6 preceded him to the spirit world. He was a devoted brother in the Mennonite Church for forty-five years. He was one of the early settlers in Olive township and his walk among the people was beyond reproach. Surely we need not mourn as those that have no hope. During his sickness his mind was occupied by heavenly things and he often talked about his home in heaven. He leaves a companion, 4 sons, 5 daughters, 34 grandchildren and one great-grandchild to mourn the loss of a loved one. Funeral took place at the Olive M. H. Services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Shenk and A.B. Yoder, from John 14:1-3.

WENGER - On April 7, 1900, in East Eal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., John Wenger, infant son of David A. and Maria Wenger, aged 2 months and 13 days. Services were held at the house by Bros. John Sauder and B.W. Weaver. The scene was peculiarly sad, as by the coffin sat Sister Wenger's aged parents, - who have lived in matrimony for 55 years - Bro. John Longenecker, aged 80, and his wife Nancy, aged 75, who is totally blind. This affliction came on her only a few months before this little one was called away; and Bro. and Sister Wenger, while doing all that they could to ease the burden of the aged father and mother, were thus doubly afflicted. But if we can believe that God never makes a mistake we can still say, "Blessed is the name of the Lord."

BURCKY - On the 1st of June, near Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., Ill., of dropsy and heart failure, Jacobina, wife of Pre. Joseph Burcky, aged 61 years, 11 months and 13 days. She lived in wedlock forty-two years and was the mother of eight sons and three daughters. Five children preceded her to the spirit world. She suffered much but bore it all with Christian fortitude and longed to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Funeral services by D.J. Johns of Goshen, Ind., assisted by Daniel Roth and Jacob Ringenberg.

RAIFSNIDER - On the 7th of June, 1900, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., Mary Esther, youngest daughter of Wm. and Minnie Raifsnider, aged 2 years, 1 month and 10 days. Buried on the 9th at the Chambersburg M. H. Funeral services by Philip Parret and Pre. Heffner. Text, 2 Samuel 12:23. May God bless and comfort the sorrowing parents and friends. M.E.R.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXVII, No. 14, July 15, 1900 - pages 222, 223


Christian C. Beery
was born in Virginia, Aug. 8th, 1831, died of apoplexy, very suddenly, June the 29th, 1900. He went out to the woods in the forenoon to get two small poles to make a ladder to pick cherries. He told his folks that he would be back till dinner, but failed to come. After they had eaten dinner, they became uneasy and his son, Abraham, started towards the woods, and when he came to the gate at the end of the lane, he found his father lying on the ground dead. He had cut the two poles, one he had carried along to the gate. He leaves six children, three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. One son and one daughter are living in Ohio. They were all present at the funeral except the daughter in Ohio. His companion preceded him six years to the spirit world. Thus we see one by one goes the way of all flesh. Bro. Beery's health failed several years ago, but he filled his place in church whenever he could. His eyesight failed so he could not read on account of a cataract. He will be greatly missed both in the family and in the church. He had his home with his son since his wife died. We believe he had his house set in order. His last sermons were directed to the end of the world. He preached very earnestly as long as his health permitted him. He passed through many trials and difficulties, but was steadfast to the end. He was ordained as a minister in Fairfield Co., Ohio, and was a preacher in the Mennonite Church for many years. His funeral took place the first of July at the Caledonia meeting house, in Kent Co., Mich., and was largely attended. Funeral services by ______ Miller and Peter Keim. H.E.

Frederick A. Rhodes
was born Feb. 22, 1819; died Feb. 12, 1900; aged 10 days less than 81 years. Bro. Rhodes was a deacon in the Mennonite Church for many years and was faithful to the office which the Lord had entrusted him. Concerning his life, little needs to be said since "Actions speak louder than words." All who knew him could realize that he had been with Christ, and he was ever found working for the upbuilding of the kingdom of Christ here on earth. Although in his last years he suffered much, yet he bore his afflictions patiently and without murmuring. He was ever longing to go and be with Christ which he expressed as a rest in the text he selected: "This is my rest forever; here will I dwell, for I have desired it." Ps. 132:14. Bro. Rhodes was married twice, first to Magdalena Heatwole, and then to Sallie Shoemaker, who survives him. He also leaves two sons and three daughters, also many friends to mourn his loss, although we need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was a kind father, a good neighbor, and a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Bank M. H., and largely attended, and conducted by Bro. Lewis Shank and Bro. Joseph Geil. May we all so live that when we are called away it will seem a rest for us, a place to dwell, "because we desire it." Let all who read these lines so live that we may be read and known of all men, as was this our brother. H.E. Heatwole.


CRANE - June 21, 1900, near Milan, Oklahoma, of kidney trouble, Orren Crane, aged 73 years, 2 months and 18 days. He was born in Toronto, Canada 1827. He lived as he died, peaceful, as he said he was not afraid to die. Those who knew him best loved him most. He leaves a widow and two daughters and three sons. Funeral services by Simon Hetrich. Text, "Set thine house in order." Isa. 38. The remains were laid to rest in the Timberlake cemetery where a large concourse of friends gathered to pay the last tribute of love and respect.

BAUMGARTNER - Anna Holdeman Baumgartner was born in Holms Co., Ohio, in May 1831; died in Elkhart, Ind., on the 2nd of July, 1900, aged 69 years, 2 months. She was the mother of eight children three of whom are dead, leaving three sons and two daughters to mourn her death. There are also seven grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and a strong believer in the efficacy of prayer. She had many trials in her life, endured many afflictions in various ways, but bore all with patience and humble submission to the will of God. We have reason to believe that these light afflictions which "endure but for a moment" worked for her a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. She was buried at the Mennonite cemetery, near Elkhart on the 5th. Services were conducted by J.S. Lehman and J.F. Funk from 1 Cor. 15:21,22.

POORMAN - On the 26th of July, 1900, near Elida, Ohio, at Bro. Simon Good's, Sister Catharine Poorman (widow of Daniel Bechtal who died eight years ago), of paralysis and old age, aged 85 years 11 months and 2 days. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church about twelve years ago and remained faithful until God called them home. Sister Bechtal had for a number of years a great desire to depart and be with Christ. She seemed to be tired of this world and could hardly wait the time when God would call her home. We believe she was ready to meet her God in peace and that she is now at rest. She leaves three sons and one daughter. She had twenty-nine grandchildren, twenty-three living; twenty-seven great grandchildren, twenty-five living; three great great grandchildren, dead. Her funeral was a sad one, not one of her large posterity being present, though many sympathizing friends followed her to the grave. Buried at Salem M. H., on the 27th. Services were conducted by Moses Brenneman, assisted by C.B. Brenneman and J.M. Shenk from Isa. 66:13. She died with a firm faith in her Redeemer, and calmly closed her eyes as one falling asleep. May children, grandchildren and all prepare to meet her in heaven.

(Transcriber's note: Bechtal seems to be her married name, and Poorman her maiden name, but transcribed as printed in original text. Also, date of death was printed as after the date of this issue.)

OTT - On the 27th of June 1900, in Somerset Co., Pa., Mary A., wife of Albert Ott, and daughter of Bro. Aaron and Sister Maria Miller, aged 33 years, 9 months and 20 days. Her mother, as will be seen in these notices, died on the 7th of the same month. She was buried on the 29th at the Blough Mennonite meeting house, where services were conducted by S.G. Shetler, Rev. Gross, of the Lutheran Church, and L.A. Blough, from Jer. 10:19. She leaves a sorrowing husband, two children (one quite young), a father, two brothers and three sisters. The death of wife and daughter within the brief period of three weeks brings to Bro. Miller and family a double measure of sorrow, but God can comfort them; "and these light afflictions which endure but for a moment work in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory while we look not at the things which are seen, but on the things which are not seen; for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal."

MILLER - On the 7th of June in Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Mariah, wife of Bro. Aaron Miller, aged 59 years, 10 months, 11 days. Sister Miller was called away quite unexpectedly. She attended the communion services on the 3rd, took of the sacred emblems of the broken body and shed blood of Christ, but at the close of the meeting she took sick, and in a few days she had gone to her final reward. She was buried on the 9th at the Bough Mennonite M. H.; funeral services were conducted by S.G. Shetler, Aaron Loucks, and Jonas Blauch. Text, Job 26:14. Sister Miller left a sorrowing husband, two sons, and four daughters, and many other relatives. One of the daughters, Mrs. Ott, followed her a few weeks later as will be seen in another death notice.

BLOUGH - On the 10th of June, in Cambria Co., Pa., Stella May, infant daughter of John H. and Mary Blough, age 10 days. Funeral services by Jonas Blauch.

SNYDER - Absolom Snyder born in Waterloo Co., Ont., May 23rd 1817, died of paralysis on May 21st 1900, leaving four sons and three daughters to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. He passed away at the ripe old age of 82 years, 11 months, and 29 days. A large circle of relatives and friends followed the remains to their last resting place at Wanner's M. H., on the 24th. Deceased united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a consistent member until his death. Funeral services at the house by Jacob Woolner, Sr., and at the M. H. by Noah Stauffer and Elias Weber. Sister Snyder preceded her husband nine years ago.

CULP - In Garrett Co., Md., near Dobbin, W. Va., on the 30th of June, 1900, Peter Culp, aged 59 years, 5 months, 10 days. Bro. Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, on Jan. 20, 1841, some time after he moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., where five brothers and a sister still reside. He was married to Catherine Holdeman. His health failing he moved to the mountains fo Garrett Co., Md. He was a sufferer for many years with gastric catarrh, or cancer of the stomach, and for the last year could eat scarcely anything but raw oysters. Three years ago he was baptized and received with his wife into the Mennonite Church. He was a quiet, peaceable man, as we learned from his neighbors. He bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude and when the end drew near he admonished his children to mend their ways and lead Christian lives. He was perfectly resigned and willing to exchange this life for the life beyond. He leaves a sorrowing wife, five brothers, one sister, four sons, four daughters, (all married) and twenty-one grand-children to mourn their loss. Services were conducted on July 1st by D.H. Bender and Isaac Abernathy, of the Dunkard Church, from Rev. 14:13. Interment in Cooper's graveyard.

SHNAVELY - On the 5th of May, 1900 at Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Brother John Shnavely, aged 71 years within one day. Deceased was sick only a few weeks till God saw fit to call him home. He was a consistent and obiedient member of the Mennonite Church. He was one of those quiet, gentle, and kind dispositions which everyone admires and always ready to give advice, both about home and in the church. He was always ready to help to build up the cause of Christ, giving for church work or to the poor. He was hard of hearing but that did not hinder him from serving God. When he was yet in his younger years he scarcely ever missed his seat in church. He will be missed in the home, in the church, and also in the village wherein he lived. He was never married and lived with his sister Elisabeth and Bro. Benjamin. Seven brothers and two sisters survive him, and one sister died about 30 years ago. We believe our loss was his eternal gain. May we all strive so to live that when God sees fit to call us, we can say as our brother said in the presence of the writer, on his death bed. He cast his eyes heavenward and exclaimed: "It is all right." Peace to his ashes. The funeral was held on Tuesday May 8th. A large concourse of friends and neighbors came to pay the last tribute of love. Services were conducted by Isaac Eby and Bro. C.H. Brackbill, from Prov. 14:32.

LOUCKS - Died on the 19th of June, 1900, at her home in Scottdale, Pa., of old age, Sister Nancy Loucks, (she was born February 4, 1808,) aged 92 years, 4 months and 15 days. Funeral services were conducted in the home on Thursday the 21st by Bro. J.N. Durr, assisted by J.B. Lyle, after which the body was interred in the Alverton cemetery, by the side of her husband, who had preceded her to the spirit world nearly 31 years. Peace to her ashes.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas

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