Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1901

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 17, September 1, 1901 - Page 271

BLEAM - Jonathan Bleam was born June 10, 1801, in Berks Co., Pa.; was married in Canada, July 12, 1853, to Miss Margaretta Miller, died August 14, 1901, aged 91 years, 2 months and 4 days. Of his four daughters and three sons, he leaves with his wife, five children, eleven grandchildren and one sister to mourn their loss. Buried in the burying ground of the Mennonite congregation where he was a member. The funeral service was conducted by Peter Klein in German and the writer in English. ISAAC WEAVER

BRENNEMAN - On the 6th of Aug., 1901, sister Mary E. Brenneman of Elida, Ohio, aged 21 years, 8 months, 15 days., She in company with her younger brother went last spring to Jasper Co. Mo., to visit friends and relatives, where she was taken sick and after an illness of about two weeks passed away. A few days before she died her mother from Ohio, reached her bedside; but found her daughter unconscious in which condition she remained until death. The remains were brought back to Ohio where they were consigned to their last resting place on the 10th in the presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Deceased united with the church in her seventeenth year and we believe that we need only be faithful to God and wait a little longer to strike glad hands with her in the "Sunbrlght cl'me in heaven." Services by J.M. Shenk and D.S. Brunk. Text: "Lord make me know mine end and the measure of my days what it is that I may know how frail I am." Psa. 39:4.

HAHN - Jennie Blosser was born in Elkhart Co., Ind. April 21, 1876; was married to Daniel Hahn of Kent Co., Mich., Oct. 1st, 1896, and died Aug. 18th, 1901. She united with the Mennonite Church at the age of thirteen years and was a faithful member until the Lord called her home. She leaves a husband, a mother, three brothers and three sisters to mourn her departure, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. The church lost a faithful sister, the husband an affectionate wife, the community a good neighbor. Funeral on Aug. 20th. Services by Pre. Overholt of the Dunkard Church and the writer from Rev. 14. ISAAC WEAVER

KRATZ - Sarah Kratz, wife of late Abraham Krazt (nee) Swartley was born Sept. 28th, 1818, and departed this life on the 7th day of July, 1901. Aged 82 years, 9 months and 9 days. Her husband and three sons and only daughter preceded her to eternity. Three sons survive.

WITMER - On the 8th of Aug., 1901, near Stony Creek, York Co., Pa. Buried on the 10th at Witner's M.H. A very large number of friends and relatives were present. Services were conducted by Martin Whisler, from Isa. 35:10. She suffered with cancer in the stomach and died at the age of 60 years, 5 months, 11 days. She had been blind since she was eleven years old.

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KOHR - On the 5th of August, 1901, in Stoverstown, York Co., Pa., Nancy Kohr, aged 73 years, 9 months, and 2 days. She was buried on the 8th at Bairs Codoris M.H. Services by Martin Whisler and H.H. Loose, from John 11:25. Peace to her ashes.

ERB - At Berlin, Ontario, July 31st, 1901, Preacher Moses Erb, aged 79 years, 11 months, and 25 days. He was a faithful minister of the gospel in the Mennonite church for 47 years, in which he labored as a faithful servant of God. Many kind admonitions, warnings and exhortations the brother gave to his flock as God gave grace and many times he would describe the "beautiful golden eity, where they need no light of the sun, but the Lamb is the light thereof," of which we often meditate. May he now enjoy the blessedness of the redeemed, resting from his labors and his works following him. He leaves a widow (daughter of the late Pre. Geo. R. Schmitt), two sons and two adopted daughters. May the Lord bless and comfort them all. He was laid to rest in the C. Eby Mennonite burying ground, where services were conducted by Bishop Daniel Wismer and John L. Landis of Lanc. Co., Pa. Text, Phil. 1:21. Peace to his ashes.

HISTAND - Near German Mills, Ont., on July 23rd, 1901, George Histand, aged 80 years, 8 months, and 23 days. He had been a healthy man all his life, until a short time before his death. He had stomach trouble for a few months and gangrene set in his right foot. He bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He had been a member of the Mennonite church for about 60 years, one of the leading brethren in the C. Eby congregation, Berlin. He leaves a widow, one daughter and three grandchildren to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Amos Cressman, Daniel Wismer and Samuel S. Bowman.

SHROCK - Near Plevna, Ind., July 12th, 1901, of cancer in the stomach, Mary Ann, wife of Joseph A. Shrock, aged 46 years, 8 months, and 2 days. She suffered intensely the last few weeks of her life, but bore in all with great patience. She was the mother of four children, of whom two preceded her to the glory world in their infancy. Funeral services on the 14th at the A.M. Meeting House. A very large concourse of people assembled. Services by D.C. Miller in German and E.A. Mast in English, from 2 Tim 4:6--8.

MAST - Near Plevna, Ind., on the 10th of July, 1901, of the infirmities of old age, Sarah Mast, aged 72 years, 4 months, and 16 days. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 24, 1829. She was the mother of seven sons and three daughters. Two sons and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. Five sons and two daughters and nine grandchildren were present to mourn her departure. Funeral on the 12th. Services by D.C. Miller in German from Heb. 9:27--28 and J.S. Horner from Job 14:14, 15.

HENSLER - Near Plevna, Ind., Aug. 13th, 1901, of heart failure, Lizzie Ann Hensler, at the home of her brother, A.D. Hensler, between 9 and 10 o'clock, A.M. Aged 47 years, 4 months and 26 days. She went down into the cellar to churn. Soon afterward one of the family went down in the cellar and found her sitting on the chair dead. Funeral services on Thursday the 15th at the A.M. Meeting House by J.S. Horner in English from Matt. 24:44 and E.A. Mast in German from 1 Samuel 20:3.

NISSLEY - On the 16th of August, 1901, in Mount Joy, Pa., after an illness of two years of Brights disease, Bro. Elias N. Nissley, in his 57th year. He is survived by his wife, one son, and one daughter, also a brother, Pre. Ephraim N. Nissley, and a sister. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral was held from his residence on the 19th. Interment at Kraybills M.H.


A loved one, with whom many of the HERALD readers have been acquainted has gone to her eternal rest, so I thought I would write, that her many friends may know that she is no longer on the earth.
Catharine Mishler, nee Miller, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 10th, 1816, and died at her home in Polk Co., Iowa, near Elwell, on June 19th, 1901; aged 84 years, 10 months and 9 days. She was united in marriage with John Mishler, in Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1836. In 1859 they moved to Johnson Co., Iowa, and in 1868 from there to Polk Co., where they resided until death. When quite young she united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained true to that faith until death. To this family were born eleven children; two died in infancy. Two daughters, Mrs. Isaac Baker, of this place, and Mrs. John C. Gingerich, of Kalona, Iowa, died a number of years ago. Four sons, Eli, Samuel, John and Isaac Mishler, all of Polk Co., and three daughters, Mrs. Anna Hochstetler and Mrs. Lydia Yoder, also of Polk Co. and Mrs. Barbara Kempf, Johnson Co., are still living. All of whom were with her during her last sickness and present at the funeral. She leaves seven children, forty-seven grandchildren, and thirty-two great grandchildren to mourn her departure.
She had always been a very healthy woman, having scarcely ever had a sick day. Last autumn she began failing and from that time lost strength rapidly. She was confined to her bed since May 10th and there never can be a more patient sufferer. Not one word of complaint passed from her lips. The doctor informed the children that medical aid would do her no good, it was a case of worn out old age. Hers was a long life, well spent in doing kind and loving deeds. All that devoted children and loving friends could do was to brighten and comfort her in her last days, but naught could be done to stay the icy hand of death. The sadness which overspread the entire community told plainer than words how the dear grandmother was endeared to all who knew her. Her loving and unselfish life always made a place for her in the hearts of both old and young. Her remains were laid to rest in the Evangelical cemetery by the side of her husband, who had preceded her to the spirit world in February, 1884. Although it is hard to part with one so dear, all rejoice knowing that she will enjoy the reward so richly merited.
IDA M. COOK, A Grandchild,
Maxwell, Ia., Aug. 26, 1901.


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Herald of Truth , Vol. XXXVIII, No. 18, September 15, 1901 - Page 287

BOWMAN - On the 24th of August, 1901, in Whatcom, Wash., of the infirmities of old age, Mary Bowman, widow of the late Pre. B.B. Bowman, aged 86 years and 6 months. Her maiden name was Clemens. She was born in Bucks Co., Pa., March 6, 1815. Her family moved to Canada, with others of the Mennonite people when she was twelve years old, and formed with them a large settlement in Waterloo Co., Ont. The Bowmans were from Bucks Co., and had previously settled in the same neighborhood, and some years later Mary became the wife of B..B. Bowman, the youngest son of a large family. He died in 1872. Mary Bowman's family consisted of four sons and seven daughters, of whom one son and four daughters survive. She came to Whatcom in 1883. Her increasing infirmities rendered her helpless for a year and nine months, when death came to her relief and she calmly fell asleep. Funeral on the 27th. Interment at Bay View Cemetery.

MISHLER - Near Aurora, Oregon, on the 25th of August 1901, Fremont, youngest son of Bish. J.D. Mishler, aged 19 years, 4 months and 3 days. He had united with the Mennonite Church in the fall of 1899. He was baptized by Bish. Geo. R. Brunk, of Kansas. He leaves a sorrowing father and mother, four brothers and two sisters, and a host of friends, who mourn his departure, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral, Aug. 27, at the Hopedale, Men. M.H. Services were conducted in the grove, as the new house was not yet done and the old house would not hold more that half the people. He was laid to rest in the new cemetery, close to the new house. He was the first one buried there. Services were conducted by David Hilly, from Albany, Oregon. His death was caused by stomach trouble.

HERTZLER - In Boiling Springs, Pa., of paralysis, Sister Sarah Hertzler, widow of the late Christian Hertzler, aged 54 years, 5 months, and 29 days. She was buried on the 17th at Churchtown burying-ground.

Died, Aug, 8, 1901, Orval Hewit Alexander, son of Bro. Edward and Sister Katie Alexander, of near Grantsville, Md., aged 4 months and 16 days. Funeral services were conducted in the Casselman M.H., Garret Co., Md., by D.H. Bender and G.D. Miller, assisted by S. Fike. Text 2 Kings 4:26.

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