Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1900

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XXXVII, No. 9, May 1, 1900 pages 142, 143


BRENNEMAN - Simon D. Brenneman was born December 13, 1854, near Grantsville, Garret Co., Maryland, where he entered into his covenant relationship with God in 1875 in the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining faithful in his vow until it pleased God to call him home from his active and useful life to the land of rest on March 9, 1900, aged 45 ys., 2 ms., and 26 ds. Deceased came to Smithville, Ohio, in 1881, was married to Lydia Miller, of Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 7, 1883, at the residence of John K. Yoder. To the peaceful and happy union were born five children, who with the dear life companion now deeply feel the loss of a dear loving husband and father. His fellow citizens of Smithville, express profound sympathy for the bereft family. The church feels the loss of a faithful brother who was ever willing to lend a helpful hand. The departed brother also has yet his father, three brothers and five sisters who mourn the loss of one who was so near and dear to them. His mother, one brother, and six sisters preceded him to the spirit land.

METZLER - On the 29th of March, 1900, in Columbiana Co., O., of dropsy, Nancy Metzler, aged 63 ys., 2 ms. and 8 ds. She was a devoted sister in the Mennonite congregation at Leetonia. She bore her afflictions patiently, submitting all to the Lord, and had a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. She was buried April 1st in the Leetonia cemetery, followed by a large concourse of friends. Services by Allen Rickert, and David Hostetler of Smithville, Ohio, from 1 Chron. 22:19.

CRONE - March 29, 1900, near Crosswell, Putnam Co., Ohio, Joseph L. Crone, son of John and _____ Crone, aged 3 ys. and 10 ds. His death was a sad one. The mother put some snow on the stove to melt and left the house for a few minutes to look for some eggs. The little boy pushed a chair up to the stove and got on to play in the snow and his clothing caught fire and he was so severely burnt that he died the following day. Buried April 1, 1900. Funeral services by D.S. Brunk.

STOLL - Joseph Stoll was born June 29, 1825, at St. Croix near Markirch, Alsace; died Apr. 1, 1900, near Milford, Neb., aged 74 ys., 9 ms., and 1 d. Buried in Pleasant View graveyard. Funeral text, 1 Tim. 6:6,7. Deceased was never married.

STUTZMAN - Christian Stutzman was born on the 11th of June 1824, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died Apr. 4, 1900, aged 75 ys, 9 ms., 24 ds. He was married to Magdalena Mast, Feb. 15, 1848. The union was blessed with seven sons and five daughters of which number one son preceded him. He leaves his aged widow and eleven children, seventy-eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to mourn his death. He was confined to bed for three weeks of the grippe at the home of his son-in-law, D. Eicher, until finally the Lord called him home to the better land. Buried in the Pleasant View graveyard. Funeral services from Psa. 90:2.

HARSHBERGER - On April 1st, near Waupecong, Miami Co., Ind., of lung fever, Emma Schrock. She was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Feb. 4, 1869, came to this state with her mother and family in the spring of 1888; was married to Benjamin Harshberger, Feb. 22, 1890. To this union were born five children, two of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves a sorrowing husband and three children to mourn her departure, also a mother, four brothers and one sister, and a host of friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth, in which faith she died. Sister Emma took sick and was confined to her bed on Tuesday, and died the following Sunday. She was buried Tuesday, April 3d. Services at the A.M. meeting house conducted by N. Sproll in German, from Rev. 21:4, and by J.S. Horner in English, from 2 Cor. 5:1. Peace to her ashes. G.W. North

HECKENDORN - While Bro. and Sister Heckendorn were visiting friends in Port Huron on their way to their new home in Berne, Huron Co., Mich., they were overtaken with diphtheria and had to remain about two weeks, when the Lord called their oldest child to her heavenly home. Arclista Heckendorn was born June 4, 1894, died Feb. 27, 1900, aged 5 years, 8 months and 22 days. Buried in Port Huron. Funeral services were held in the Berne meeting house on the 1st of April by Peter Ropp, from John 13:7.

REIST - On the 16th of July, 1899, Irvin Reist, son of Joel and Magdalena Reist, aged 4 months and 24 days. Buried on the 17th. Funeral services were held in M. C. school house by Peter Ropp.

FREY - On the 27th of March, 1900, at Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill, of blood poisoning, occasioned by an abscess in the throat, Titus, son of John and Sarah Frey, aged 4 months and 21 days. Buried on the 29th at the Mennonite M.H. Funeral services by Pre. John Nice. Text, Job 1:21.

ZOOK - Catharine Kanagy was born in Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., May 19, 1811. She was the oldest of a family of 13 children, nine of whom preceded her to the spirit world. She was married Jan. 18, 1829, to Joel Zook, who died in May, 1875. She was the mother of nine children. Since 1878 she made her home with her daughter Sarah, near Belleville, Pa. She was blessed with remarkably good health until about two months before her death, when she had a fall from which she sustained injuries that deprived her of the use of her limbs and confined her to her bed. She bore her suffering very patiently until death relieved her, March 29, 1900, at the ripe age of 88 years, 10 months and 10 days. She made a confession in her youth, and united with the A.M. Church, of which she was a consistent member until her death. Kind hands ministered to her wants. She never complained, but was ever resigned to the will of Him who doeth all things well. Her living descendants number five children, 29 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren. Funeral March 31, 1900, conducted by J.H. Byler, in German, and Joseph Zook, in English. Texts, Numbers 23:10, and Rev. 22:14.

THOMAS - On the 20th of March, 1900, in Somerset Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Henry Thomas, aged 25 years, 4 months and 7 days. She was buried on the 23d at the Thomas Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by G.D. Miller, S. Gindlesperger and L.A. Blough. Text, Matt. 14:12. Sister Thomas, though in the prime of life, was called away very suddenly. She was sick not quite 24 hours. This message tells us again that we should always be prepared to meet our God.

AUKER - On April 14, 1900, near Oakland Mills, Pa., at the home of his son Lucian, John Auker, aged 77 years, 7 months and 14 days. Funeral on April 17th. Services were conducted at the house by William Graybill and Samuel Leyder. After which the remains were taken to the Pfoutz Valley family grave yard. His companion and one son died some years ago. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and had spent many years in laboring for Christ, who has now called him to rest.

AUKER - On April 18, 1900, at Mexico, Juniata Co., Pa., at the home of his grandson, Samuel Weaver, Samuel Auker, aged 71 years. Funeral on April 21st. After a few remarks by Samuel Leyder the remains were taken to the Lost Creek cemetery, where services were conducted by William Graybill and Samuel Leyder. His companion and only child Susanna are also buried there. He was a brother of John Auker, and also a member of the Mennonite Church, and had long labored for Christ.

MILLER - On April 10, 1900, near Van Buren, Ind., Mary, wife of Noah Miller, aged 70 years, 8 months and 20 days. Interment at the Forks M.H. on the 12th. The deceased had been a member of the Amish Mennonite Church from her youth. Services by J.C. Mehl, assisted by Andrew Hochstetler. Text, James 4:14.

WEAVER - On March 14, 1900, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., Leah Weaver (maiden name Winegard), widow of Tobias Weaver, aged 73 years, 5 months. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world five years. Of the 7 sons and 3 daughters, 4 sons and one daughter remain to mourn her departure. She had 47 grandchildren, of whom four are dead, and 27 great grandchildren, of whom two are dead. She united with the Mennonite Church early in life, and was a devoted and faithful member until her death. She was a kind and devoted mother. The sweet and pleasant voice, which so often gave gentle and loving reproofs and admonitions, will no more be heard by us, but its sweet strains are mingled with those in seraphic song. We trust that in our memories the timely admonitions may ever be alive to inspire us to higher and nobler things. Services by J.N. Durr and Jonas Blough, from Rev. 14:13.

KOMPP - On the 25th of March, 1900, in Lane Co., Oregon, of consumption, Malinda Ellen, wife of Henry Kompp, and daughter of Bish. J.D. Mishler, aged 28 years, 3 months and 15 days. Funeral services at the house on the 27th by Pre. Sibert, of Junction City, Oregon. Text, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." This text was chosen by the sister before she died. Deceased leaves a husband, one child two and one-half years old, five brothers, two sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She was followed by a large concourse of friends to the Mulkey cemetery, where she was laid to rest. The writer never saw such a happy person on a death bed before, so willing and ready to go home to Jesus. Her death is universally deplored. It seemed everybody in the whole community was her friend. They did not mourn as those who have no hope. The last few days she lived she gave kind admonitions to all. At or a little before 11 o'clock she awoke from a short slumber and told her husband that she had seen Jesus. She asked a neighbor by her bedside to sing a song. The woman began to sing, but before she had sung two stanzas she fell asleep in Jesus without a struggle.

HOCKMAN - March 15, 1900, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Bro. John K. Hockman, aged 19 years, 8 months and 24 days. Interment in the Blooming Glen cemetery. Bish. Henry B. Rosenberger, Peter B. Loux, Jacob Resh and John Leatherman officiated. Text, Philippians 1:21. He had lived a very exemplary life. A large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one who will be missed greatly. We sympathize with the family in their loss.

COURT - On the 4th of April, 1900, in Locke Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., suddenly, of dropsy of the heart, Bro. Cyrus B. Court, aged 68 years, 8 months and 24 days. He was born in Switzerland on the 10th of July, 1831, came to America with his parents in his early youth, and united with the old Amish Church. In October, 1852, he was married to Anna Hausauer, Of Wayne Co., Ohio. This union was blessed with four sons and seven daughters, of whom one son and five daughters, all married, remain with their invalid mother to mourn his death. In the fall of 1852 he moved from Ohio to Indiana, clearing a home for himself in the forest wilds. He remained on this homestead the remainder of his life. Buried on the 6th at the Weldy school house. Funeral services by Moses Burkholder and John C. Schlabach, from John 5:24-30 and 1 Cor. 15.

HOOVER - Barbara, widow of the late Benjamin Hoover, of Rainham, Ont., departed this life on the 12th of April, 1900, aged 79 years. Her husband preceded her ten years ago at the same age. Mother Hoover, who was at the time of her demise living with her son Edwin, had been enjoying good health up to about the beginning of April, when she was affected with pain at the heart, from which, however, she apparently recovered in a few days. On the 4th of April, after eating a hearty supper, as she was sitting beside her daughter-in-law, rocking one of her great grandchildren, she was stricken down with paralysis. She lived until the morning of the ninth day of her illness, when the spirit took its flight. During this time she seemed to recognize those about her, but she could not speak. During the last year of her life she expressed her readiness to go home, but she was deeply concerned for her youngest son, sho was unconverted. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She was fully consecrated to the divine will. Mother will be greatly missed by all who knew her, as she was ever ready to help where help was needed. May those who mourn her death follow her noble example. Funeral services on the 14th by Noah Stauffer, from the text, "Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." (John 14:4). She was followed to the burying ground by a large concourse of relatives and friends. She leaves three sons, three daughters, 23 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, one sister and one brother. Peace to her ashes.

HOSTETLER - In Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 24, 1900, Christian Hostetler, aged 17 years, 10 months and 14 days.

KING - At Belleville Pa., Feb. 25, 1900, infant child of Isaac King, aged 10 weeks and 2 days.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas


HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XXXVII, No. 10, May 15, 1900 pages 158 - 159


HENRY YOTHER was born near Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., Pa., January 30, 1810. He lived in Westmoreland and Fayette counties until 1864, when he moved with his family to Livingston Co., Ill. In 1871 he moved farther west and located near Blue Springs, Neb., where he has since had his home. He was united in marriage to Catharine Moyer in 1834. To them were born eight sons and four daughters. His wife died in 1861, also three children in the same year. Since then one son and one daughter have passed away. An aged sister, four sons and three daughters survive him. He united with the Mennonite Church in September, 1831, at the age of 21 years, and was ordained to the ministry in September, 1845. In October, 1857, he was ordained an elder (bishop). Though not located in a congregation since moving to Nebraska, he was yet active in his ministry, often traveling long distances by private conveyance to preach the Gospel. He also labored under the direction of the Evangelizing Board in the beginning of that work. He retained his vitality in a remarkable degree in both body and mind. He was an earnest Bible student, quoting Scripture accurately, and displaying marked ability. His sermons were composed largely of quotations from all parts of the Scripture. He died April 18, 1900, at the advanced age of 90 years, 2 months and 18 days, near Blue Springs, Neb., at the home of his son Isaac, after a short illness. At his request, his body was brought to Scottdale, Pa., where funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, April 22, by J.A. Brilhart, S.F. Coffman and Aaron Loucks, after which his earthly remains were laid beside his departed companion in the Mennonite grave yard at Alverton, awaiting the resurrection of the righteous. Peace to his ashes.


KING - Near Orrville, Ohio, on April 8th, 1900, Sister Sadie M. King, aged 26 years and 9 days. She was born March 29th, 1874. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and was a zealous worker in her Master's vineyard until He called her home to her reward. She had a living hope of the crown that is awaiting her. She chose her own text from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Funeral services by J.K. Yoder in German and by J.S. Gerig in English.

HILTY - Near Sterling, Wayne Co., Ohio, April 4th, 1900, Barbara Hilty, wife of Joseph Hilty, aged 61 years, 9 months and 22 days. She was born June 12th, 1838. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church. Funeral services by J.K. Yoder in German from Psa. 39:4,5, and by J.S. Gerig in English from Heb. 4:9. Peace to her ashes.

OBERHOLTZER - On the 19th of April, 1900, in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Anna, wife of Tobias Oberholtzer, aged 71 years, 4 months and 17 days. Buried on the 25th at the Plain M. H. Funeral services at the house by Pre. Ziegler and at the M. H. by Chr. Allebach. Text, Isa. 38:1.

MOYER - On the 22d of April, 1900, at Souderton, Pa., Sister Katie, wife of Isaiah Moyer, aged 39 years, 9 months and 11 days. Buried on the 26th at the Souderton M. H. Funeral services at the house by Josiah Clemmer and at the M. H. by M.R. Moyer. Text, 2 Cor. 4:17,18.

SHAFER - On the 23d of April, 1900, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Irwin Shafer, aged 24 years, 2 months and 3 days. He leaves a sorrowing young widow and an infant child. Buried on the 27th at Franconia M. H. Funeral services at the house by Pastor Fetter and at the M. H. by Josiah Clemmer and M.R. Moyer.

HUNSBERGER - On the 16th of April, 1900, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. John Hunsberger, aged 63 years, 7 months and 21 days. Buried on the 21st at Souderton M. H. Funeral services by Abel Horning at the house and by A.S. Mack and Henry B. Rosenberger at the M. H. Text, Rev. 14:13.

BIXLER - Daniel Bixler was born Feb. 4th, 1866; died April 5th, 1900; aged 34 years, 2 months and 1 day. He leaves a sorrowing companion and five small children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. His sickness, pneumonia, was of a few days' duration. Buried at the Midway M. H. Services by David Lehman and Allen Rickert.

YODER - Bro. Thomas D. Yoder was born May 12, 1851; died in Reading, Pa., after a lingering illness of consumption on April 14, 1900. His remains were brought to the home of his parents at Columbiana, O. He gave his heart to Jesus in his youth and has led a quiet Christian life. He leaves his aged parents, two brothers and one sister to mourn the loss of one who was near and dear to them. His funeral was held from the Midway M. H. where appropriate words were offered by Bishop John Burkholder and Bro. Bassinger.

YODER - March 25th, 1900, in Mahoning Co., O., of kidney trouble, Bro. Jacob Yoder, aged 83 years, 4 months and 26 days. He was born in Lehigh Co., Pa., in 1816. Moved with his parents to this state when but a few years old, they being among the first Mennonite settlers in the state. He was a strong pillar in the church for many years, always ready to lend assistance where needed. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held from the Midway M. H. March 28th. Services by David Lehman in English and John Burkholder in German.

YODER - Near West Liberty, O., of the infirmities of old age, Lydia, widow of Jonas P. Yoder, aged 79 years, 3 months and 10 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church from her youth. Funeral services were held at South Union M. H. on the 21st by Jonathan Warye in English and David Plank in German. Buried in family burying ground on Ludlow Road.

KULP - On the 24th of March, 1900, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of blood poisoning from burns which she received, Rosa, daughter of Jacob Kulp, aged 1 year, 8 months and 24 days. Interment at Line Lexington, Jonas Minninger officiating.

ROSENBERGER - On the 24th of March, 1900, of grippe and general debility, Bro. Henry Rosenberger, Sr., aged about 86 years. Funeral on the 29th. Interment at the Gehman M. H.

STOLTZFUS - On the 20th of March, 1900, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of inflammation of the brain, Jacob, son of Samuel and Annie Stoltzfus, aged 1 year, 3 months and 26 days. Buried on the 22d. Funeral services by Jonathan Kauffman and C. King.

STOLTZFUS - On the 30th of March, 1900, near Churchtown, Berks Co., Pa., of catarrhal fever, Mattie, daughter of Daniel and Mattie Stoltzfus, aged 1 year, 6 months and 19 days. Buried on the 31st. Funeral services by Gideon Stoltzfus and Samuel Stoltzfus.

YODER - On the 21st of April, 1900, in Somerset Co., Pa., of inflammatory rheumatism, Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Joseph T. Yoder, aged 42 years and 12 days. She was buried on the 23d at the Stahl Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by S.G. Shetler, Jonas Blough and L.A. Blough. Text, Acts 9:36. This woman was full of good works. The death of this sister was very unexpected by the family and neighbors, as no one thought she was seriously ill. Sister Yoder was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church from her youth. She left behind a sorrowing husband, two daughters and a number of friends to mourn their loss, which we believe was her eternal gain. God bless all sorrowing friends.

HOOVER - On the 3d of May, 1900, in the city of Goshen, Ind., from a complication of diseases, from which she had been suffering several months, Sister Emeline Cramer, widow of David W. Hoover, aged 67 years, 6 months and 9 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 24th of September, 1832. Two years later she removed with her parents to Wayne Co., Ohio, at which place she united in marriage with David W. Hoover in 1852. The family came to Elkhart Co., Ind., and settled in Clinton township in 1854. The husband and father died in August, 1883. One son, Dr. E.Z. Hoover, died some months later. Sister Hoover leaves two sons, four daughters, two sisters and an unusually large circle of friends to mourn her death. She was buried at the Clinton Mennonite M. H. on Sunday, May 6th. The funeral was a very large one. Services were conducted by John F. Funk, of Elkhart, from 1 Cor. 15:22. Sister Hoover was a devoted Christian and her quiet unassuming life won for her the love and friendship of all who knew her.

LEAMAN - April 10, 1900, near Soudersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the home of his employer, Jacob Bachman, Edgar C., son of Abram and the late Sister ______ Leaman, after an illness of three days, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, aged 22 years. His sickness was such that he was entirely unconscious of his surroundings and while he was seemingly unconscious he repeated a few hymns that only his sister could catch the words. Oh what a loud call to those yet out of Christ. He leaves a sorrowing father, five brothers and an only sister, who with the father stood by the bed night and day attending him with loving care and administering to every want of one they dearly loved though he was unconcious of the tender love bestowed on him. Buried in Mellinger's church yard. Services by Bro. John and Sanford Landis. Text, Isaiah 38:1. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing ones in their sore affliction.

Transcribed by: Jeannine Janzen, Kansas

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