Herald of Truth Obituaries - November, 1900

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 21, November 1, 1900, page 334, 335

WELDY. - On the 12th of October, 1900, in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of a complication of diseases, Walter Eli, son of Bro. and Sister George Weldy, aged 2 years, 5 months and 2 days. Little Walter leaves, besides father and mother, three brothers to mourn his early death. He was a very bright child and the Lord took him because He had for him a better home and a more glorious place to fill. Before he was two years old he sang the Hymn Jewels, No. 409 Gospel Hymns. He told his parents before his death that he was going home. Funeral services were held on the 14th, conducted at the house by Bro. John Hygema, and at the Olive M. H., where burial took place, by Bro. Jacob Shenk. Text, Luke 22:42, "Thy will be done." Walter is now with the angels and singing the beautiful songs of the redeemed in heaven, where thousands of children sing around the throne of God. May God give grace and strength to our brother and sister that they may be able to sincerely say, "Thy will be done."

HERTZLER. - On the 30th of May, 1900, near Mohea, Warwick Co., Va., John Franklin, son of Isaac and Fannie Hertzler, aged 3 years, 6 months and 24 days. It is a deep grief, but Christ said "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Funeral services by Jacob Hahn.

YODER. - Samuel Yoder of LaGrange, Wyo., died of dropsy of the heart, Sept. 15, 1900. He was born near Johnstown, Pa., Sept. 2, 1826. Thus living more than his three score and ten. He suffered untold misery, having not been able to lie down in over 5 months, only sitting in chairs and reclining on a couch. He bore his suffering with the utmost patience, never a murmur was heard from his lips. He was buried in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, Sept. 16, 1900, where two daughters and one son preceded him. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn their loss.

STALL. - On the 22d of Sept., 1900, near Port Treverton, Snyder Co., Pa., Jacob Vannes, son of Joseph and Phoebe Stall, aged 1 year, 8 months and 13 days. Buried on the 26th at the Stoufer church. Funeral services by William Graybill and Pre. Stoufer. Text Jn. 14:1-4.

ZOOK. - On the 26th of September, 1900, at the residence of her son-in-law, J. F. Vanormer, in Lostcreek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Lydia Zook (maiden name Oberholtzer), aged 80 years, 4 months and 26 days. Funeral services by William Graybill and Solomon Lauver. Buried at the Lost Creek burying ground.

WHISLER. - On Oct. 4th, 1900, near Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Bro. Joseph Whisler, aged 68 years, 11 months and 9 days. Buried at the Center church burying ground, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled to pay the last tribute of respect. It was only in the last days of his life that he resigned his will to Christ - and was willing to receive water baptism which was administered by Pre. Abraham Burkholder. He leaves a bereaved wife and two daughters to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Pre. Abraham Burkholder and Pre. Martin Oberholtzer conducted the services.

BAIR. - On the 14th of August, 1900, at Kralltown, York Co., Pa., Sister Annie Bair, aged 81 years, 11 months and 14 days. She was buried on the 17th at Hershey,s M. H. from Heb. 4:9. Peace to her ashes.

HOSTETLER. - On the 12th of October, 1900, in Adams County, Pa., of cramp colic, Sister Susan Alverta Hostetler, aged 22 years and 25 days. She was buried on the 14th at the Hostetler M. H., in the presence of a large concourse of people. Services were conducted by Martin Whisler, Daniel Stump and K. C. Miller from 1 Sam. 20; last 3 verses. She was the only daughter of John and Mary Hostetler deceased, and leaves eight brothers to mourn her death. She was taken sick in the evening, and died the next morning. We have reason to believe that she is sweetly resting with her Saviour in the glorious mansions prepared for all God,s faithful children. MARTIN WHISLER

LANTZ. - On the 6th of October, 1900, near Plevna, in Howard Co., Ind., of consumption, Malinda, wife of Amos J. Lantz, aged 41 years, 7 months and 22 days. Sister Lantz had been ailing of lung trouble for several years. She was the mother of eight children, one of them preceded her to the spirit world in its infancy. She leaves a sorrowing husband and seven children to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite meeting house on the 8th, a large concourse of people were present. Preaching by Abraham Caler in English from Heb. 11:15 16, and by E. A. Mast in German, Matt. 24:44.

SOMMERS. - On the 8th of October, 1900, near Plevna, Howard Co., Ind., of membraneous croup, Laura, daughter of Joseph and Mary Sommers, aged 3 years, 1 month and 22 days. Buried on the 9th. There was no preaching on account of the nature of the disease.

LIEBMAN. - Caroline Liebman was born in Germany May 29th, 1838. Came to America in 1881, settled in Harper Co., Kan., later moved to Oklahoma. Died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Julius Hess, near Manchester, Oklahoma, Sept. 9th, 1900, aged 62 years, 3 months and 11 days. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church since 1884. Was buried on Sept. 10th at the German Springs burying ground. Services conducted by Bro. Geo. Hinkel from 2 Cor. 5:1,2.

TAIT. - On September 4th, 1900, at Sherkston, Ont., at the home of her grandmother, Miriam Sherk Tait of Buffalo, N. Y., aged 1 years and 2 months. Funeral services were held in the lawn, thence to Schissler cemetery for burial. Bro. E. Hallman conducted the service. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3.

SNYDER. - Near Waterloo, Ont., Elmer, son of Bro. and Sister Nathaniel Snyder. His age was 1 year, 6 months and 19 days. Funeral services were held Sept. 16. The child having been buried several weeks previous on account of the contagious disease. The services were held at the C. Eby Church by Bro. Jonas B. Snyder in German and Bro. E. S. Hallman in English.

STAUFFER. - On October 16th, 1900, near Breslau, Ont., Harvey, son of Norman and Lizzie Stauffer, aged 4 months and 1 days. Services at the house by Bro. I. A. Wambold and at the church by Bro. E. S. Hallman. Text, Job. 1:21. May the Lord bless these parents to cast all their cares upon Him, for He careth for you.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVII, No. 22, November 15, 1900, page 349, 350

YODER. - On the 25th of Oct., 1900, of typhoid fever, Bro. Harvey Yoder, son of Bro. Joseph Yoder, aged 20 years, 7 months, 5 days. Buried on the 26th. He was very sick when Bro. Ira was buried. He said at that time he would not get well and during his sickness he prayed often, and said he was now ready to sit at Jesus, feet. We feel that our loss is their gain. A large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last respects to our departed ones. They leave father, mother, two sisters and four brothers and many friends to mourn their loss, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Ten days before their burial we viewed them as strong and hardy young men. Truly we can say that in the midst of life we are in death. We shall not forget their earnest admonitions of living holy lives. Buried in the Spring Valley burying ground. Services were conducted by J. M. R. Weaver, text Rev. 14:13.

Transcriber's note: see also Ira Yoder obituary on this page.

LINEBACH. - On 22nd of Oct., 1900, in Brecknock Twp., Lanc. Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age, Bro. Jacob Linebach, aged 79 years and 4 days. He was a man possessed of a quiet disposition. He was a widower for sixteen years. His remains were buried in Bowmansville Mennonite burying ground where appropriate remarks were made in the church by H. G. Good, Benj. Weaver and Benj. Horning from Phil. 3:20.

ERB. - On the 17th of Sept., 1900, in Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., Daniel, infant son of Henry and Annie Erb, aged 3 months and 8 days. Funeral services were conducted by Ephraim Nissley and _____ Weiss, on the 10th, from 1 Sam. 3:8. Buried at Landisville. The mother had gone to visit her parents in Adams Co., where the little babe took sick and died. They have now three little ones on earth and three in heaven. May God comfort the hearts of the sorrowing ones.

STAUFFER. - On the 28th of May, 1900, near Marshallville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of blood poison, Sister Elizabeth Hartman Stauffer, aged 86 years, 8 months, 25 days. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 16 years and was a faithful and consistent member for over 70 years or until the time of her death. She was united in marriage with John Stauffer in 1837 and moved from Lancaster Co., Pa. to Wayne Co., Ohio in 1850. Services took place from the Pleasant View church, May 30th, 1900, and were conducted by her nephew's son, I. J. Buchwalter.

HOOVER. - On the 15th of Oct., 1900, in Rainham Township, Ontario, Detrick Hoover, aged 82 years, 1 month, 16 days. Funeral on the 17th by Solomon Gehman and Isaac Rittenhouse, from Rev. 14:13.

METZLER. - On the 31st of Oct, 1900, near Columbiana, Ohio, John F. Metzler, son of Bro. and Sister A. Metzler, of West Liberty, Ohio, aged 18 years, 11 months, 4 days. While engaged as a farm hand with his Bro. Harvey, on the Lehman farm, and returning home from the woods with a horse, by some means which will remain a mystery, he fell from the horse and having his foot entangled in the line, tied at the side of the horse, was dragged a distance of 40 rods, at which place his brother caught the horse and released him. He was unconscious and died in about two hours. His parents were telegraphed for at once and arrived with sad hearts on Thursday evening Nov. 1st. May God give grace to our dear Bro. and sister that they may sincerely say "Thy will be done." A congregation of upwards of 600 people gave evidence of the sympathy for the bereaved parents, brothers and sister. Funeral Friday 2nd, at Midway church by Allen Rickery and I. J. Buchwalter.

RIFE. - On the 29th of Sept., 1900, near Letterkenny, Franklin Co., Pa., Sister Cathrine, wife of Henry O. Rife, aged 75 years, 1 month, 1 day. She was afflicted for about two years with heart troubles. Her maiden name was Lehman; she leaves a husband, five daughters and one son to mourn her departure. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Funeral services by the Brethren Peter Wadel, Philip Parret and Henry Bricker. Buried on Oct. 2nd. Interment in Salem cemetery.

WEBER. - On the 30th of Oct. 1900, in Fayette Co., Ill., Otto, son of William and Susanna Weber, aged 5 months, 29 days. Buried in the family graveyard near the parental home. Funeral services by Samuel Bender and J. J. Borntreger from Luke 11:7.

GODSHALL. - On the 24th of Oct., 1900, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy. Isaac Godshall, aged 70 years, 9 months, 25 days. All of his children preceded him in death. He is survived by a widow, two brothers and two sisters. Buried on the 28th at Franconia.

NISSLEY. - On the 20th of Sept., 1900, in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa., Christian S. Nissley, aged 65 years, 8 months, 1 day. The funeral was held in Florin and the interment at Kraybill's meeting house. He leaves a widow and four children to mourn the loss of a beloved father. Funeral was conducted by Bishop Martin Rutt and Abraham Hess. Text, "Set thy house in order for thou shalt die and not live."

KULP. - On the 31st of Oct., 1900, in Harrison Township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of blood poison in the arm, Sister Elizabeth Kulp, widow of the late Isaac Kulp, aged 76 years, 10 months, 26 days. She was born in Northampton Co., Pa., on Dec. 5th 1823. Her maiden name was Coppes. In 1841 she came with her parents to Medina Co., Ohio, and on the 6th of April 1843 she was united marriage to Isaac Kulp, who died Aug 31st 1855, after great suffering from an injury received from the falling of a beam while engaged in raising a barn. They moved from Ohio to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1849 and settled on the farm where she lived with her family to the time of her death, a period of fifty-one years. She was the mother of five children, two of whom preceded her to the home beyond. She leaves three sons, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and a large circle of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss which we hope is her eternal gain. She was a kind and devoted mother and a faithful and consistent member of the Mennonite Church over forty years, and her kindness and devoted life were marked features of her character, and she was ever ready to comfort the sorrowing and lend a helping hand in caring for the sick and suffering as well as in providing for her own family. She will be missed in many places, and her earnest prayer was during her last sickness, in which she suffered very severely, that she might by relieved and that the Lord might take her home to Himself in the church triumphant. She was buried at the Yellow Creek M. H., on Nov. 3rd, followed to the resting place by a large concourse of friends. Services were conducted by John F. Funk from John 11:25. May we not soon forget the earnest self denying life she led, and go and do likewise.

GARBER. - On the 25th of Oct., 1900, near Bosslers M. H., Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Tillman Garber, aged 23 years, 8 months, 6 days. She had been sick about two weeks but so far recovered that all thought she would soon be well again. She however had a relapse and in a few days passed away. She suffered much, but bore it patiently, and said she was willing to die if it was God's will. Both she and her husband had decided to begin the Christian life and unite with the church, but on account of her sickness she had not been baptized, yet we trust that her heart was given to the Lord and that she found in Him a merciful and all sufficient Saviour. The funeral was largely attended, so that in addition to the meeting house the school house was opened and services conducted there by John Wolgemuth and Ephraim Nissley, from Isa. 38:1, (last clause). At the meetinghouse, services were conducted Martin Rutt, Jacob N. Brubacher and John Landis, from Rom. 6:23. She leaves a husband and infant child, and many friends to mourn her death. The remains were laid to rest in Bosslers grave yard on Oct. 28th. Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, etc.

YODER. - On the 14th of Oct., 1900, near Canton, Kansas, of typhoid fever, Bro. Ira Yoder, son of Joseph Yoder, aged 19 years, 1 month, 18 days. Bro. Ira was sick only one week. His last words were "Glory, Glory, Glory." He was a faithful teacher in the Sunday school. Buried in the Mennonite grave yard at Spring Valley on the 15th. Services conducted by J. M. R. Weaver.

Transcriber's note: see also Harvey Yoder obituary on this page.

BLAKE. - Near Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 22, 1900, of internal hemorrhage, John Blake, aged 52 years. Deceased was born in Ennis, County Claire, Ireland. He leaves a wife, eight children and many friends to mourn his departure. Two children preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services conducted by Jacob Shank and F. T. Simpson, from Hebrews 9:27. Buried at Grace Lawn cemetery, Elkhart.

ESPENSHADE. - Sister Lizzie, wife of Amos Espenshade, died on the 7th of Sept. 1900, aged 25 years, 10 months. She was in feeble health for about a year with consumption, but she bore her afflictions very patiently. She was a kind and loving wife and mother. She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church two years ago and she lived faithfully to the time of her death. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband, two small children, mother and an aged grandmother to mourn her early departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. We have reason to believe that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held on the 9th at the Strasburg Mennonite church and were largely attended. Services were conducted by Elias Groff, Frank Herr and Abram Brubaker.

ESPENSHADE. - Since the death of the mother, on Oct. 16, 1900 her little son followed her to her last resting place. It was indeed very hard to part with friends so near and dear but how glad would the mother be to receive again her darling. Little Ralph lived to be almost a year old, and suffered greatly in that time. He was laid to rest beside his mother on October 19. Services by Elias Groff and Frank Herr.

HONSBERGER. - On Sept. 26th, 1900, at her late residence in Louth Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont, Sister Mary Albright, widow of our late ministering brother, Abram Honsberger, passed peacefully to her rest at the age of 73 years, 9 months and 4 days. Sister Honsberger had been a patient sufferer for a number of years, being afflicted with bronchitis. Her quiet and faithful Christian life has been exemplary and an encouragement to all, and gives an assurance that she but sleeps to awake in the glorious resurrection., May this be the comfort of the family and friends. Interment at the Moyer meeting house. Sermon by S. F. Coffman. Text, Luke 14:15.

SNYDER. - On the 23d of Oct. 1900, in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Bro. John K. Snyder, aged 63 years, 11 months and 17 days. We trust that according to his desire he went home to his resting place "to die no more." He suffered with Bright's disease over a year. Sometimes he had much pain, but was not confined to his home long. He was present at our recent communion meeting not long before his death, thus expressing his faith in the great atonement accomplished by the death and suffering of our Lord. He was married to Veronica Shantz, Mar. 26, 1861. To this union were born eleven children, one of whom died in infancy. He leaves a widow, ten children and eleven grandchildren. Buried at Shantz's grave yard, in Wilmot, Oct. 25th, 1900, followed by a large concourse of friends to his last resting place. Funeral services were conducted at the house by A. S. Cressman and by Joseph Nargang at the grave. In the meeting house the services were conducted by Orphan Wismer in English, from I Pet. 1:24, 25, and in German by Noah Stauffer from 2 Cor. 5:1.

FEASER. - On the 17th day of Sept. 1900, at New Stark, Ohio, Bro. Blenton Feaser, aged 35 years, 5 months and 15 days. Died of typhoid fever. Was married to Anna Good. Funeral services by John and N. L. Blosser. Text, Eccl. 9:10. "Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do with thy might." This brother's hand found to do hard manual labor; he was ever ready to do his part in that he was capable and will be greatly missed in the neighborhood.

SHROCK.* - On the 26th of Oct. 1900, near North Grove, Miami Co., Ind., Benj. J. Schrock. He was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 29th, 1817 and was aged 82 years, 10 months and 27 days. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his young days, and was married to Mary Keck, which union was blessed with fourteen children, nine of them preceded him to the spirit world. In 1849 he moved with his family from Ohio to Miami Co., Ind., and in 1868 his first wife died. He was a widower for five years, after which he was married to Anna Harris, and they lived together for 27 years, till the time of his death. Bro. Schrock was blind for the last three years of is life but spiritually we believe that he was not blind. He always seemed to be well contented with his lot; he was a man of good counsel, both in the church, and outside of the church, his counsel was much missed in the church after he became so feeble and blind that he no longer could fill his place in the church. He leaves a widow, five children, twenty-nine grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, their loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services at the Mennonite Church on Sunday the 28th, conducted by D. C. Miller in German and D. H. Bender from Tub, Pa., in the English from 2 Cor. 5:1. It was a very large funeral, the house could not accommodate nearly all the people. Buried in the old home grave yard.
G. W. N.

*Transcriber's note: Both spellings (Shrock & Schrock) are in the original obituary, cjl.

DREYFUS. - Josie Dreyfus was born on the 28th of May, 1881, in Alsace, Germany, and died on the 20th of April, 1900, in Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., aged 18 years, 10 months and 20 days. Funeral on the 22nd at the Shore Mennonite church. Services by A. S. Cripe; buried in the Miller burying ground.

SCHROCK. - In Shore, LaGrange Co., Ind., of cholera infantum, Clarence Ray Schrock, only child of Bro. David and Sister Fannie Schrock. He was born Nov. 19, 1899, died Sept. 14, 1900, aged 9 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 16th at the Shore Mennonite meeting house; services by A. S. Cripe and D. D. Miller. Buried in the Yoder burying ground. Bro. and Sister Schrock mourn not as those who have no hope, for little Ray budded on earth but bloometh in heaven.

MAST. - Near Plevna, Ind., Nov. 2, 1900, of failure of the heart, Adam Mast, aged 71 years, 11 months and 16 days. He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 16, 1829. Was united in matrimony to Sarah Yoder, Aug. 19, 1852. This union was blessed with ten children. One died in infancy, the other nine all arrived at the age of manhood and womanhood. Afterwards one son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Mast united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his early years, and was a consistent member up to the time of his departure. In 1865 he, with his family, moved from Somerset Co., Pa., to LaGrange, Ind.; and in 1870 they moved from LaGrange Co., Ind. to Douglas Co., Ill., and in 1876 they removed back to Elkhart Co., Ind., In 1887, he and his wife came to Howard Co., Ind., where they remained with their second son, Emanuel, to the time of his death. He leaves a sorrowing widow, five sons and two daughters, one brother and a sister to mourn in his departure, but they need not mourn as if they had no hope, but their loss is his eternal gain. The funeral was held at the home of his son, Emanuel, on account of Sister Mast being too old and feeble to go to the church. A very large number of people were present. Services by N. Sprool in German from 2 Rom. 4:6-8 and by J. S. Horner in English from 1 Peter 1:3, 4. Buried in the Mast graveyard. Peace to his ashes.

STOKES. - On October 27th, 1900, near Arcadia, Ind., of old age, Sister Elizabeth Stokes, (maiden name Smeltz) aged 84 years, 3 months and 9 days. She was buried in the Kauffman graveyard. Funeral services by Elias Smeltzer. Sister Stokes was born in Lancaster Co., Pa, and united with the Mennonite Church at Arcadia, Ind., some fifty years ago.

LIECHTY. - On the 18th of September, 1900, at her son-in-law's home, Pre. Christian Augsburger in French Twp., Adams Co., Ind., Catherine Liechty, nee Wenger, born the 14th of September, 1820 in Canton Bazel, Switzerland. Her age was 80 years and 3 days. Married in Wayne Co., Ohio to Jacob Liechty. To this union were born ten children, of which husband and two children God saw fit to take away from this world of care and trouble some years ago. There were also eighty-three grandchildren and thirty seven great-grandchildren and of these fifteen were taken to eternity. Funeral on the 20th of September at the Defenceless Mennonite church. Burial in the Huser graveyard. Services were held by Nobertus Sprool of Howard Co., Ind., assisted by Daniel Yoder from 2 Tim. 4:8-10, also Psalm 90. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church from early youth and died in peace and with a longing to meet her Maker. May her rest be sweet, and may we all so live so that we can meet her over yonder.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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