Herald of Truth Obituaries - July, 1902

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 13, July 1, 1902, page 206, 207

PRE. JOHN H. MILLER died at his home near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Friday morning June 6, 1902, of paralysis, aged 48 Y., 22 D. He was married to Sister Elizabeth Troyer June 16, 1878. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. The deceased leaves a wife, five children, two brothers, three sisters and many friends to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church, was ordained as a minister in the fall of 1891. Funeral services on Sunday June 8, at the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite meeting house by Moses A. Mast and S. H. Miller, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8, to a large concourse of people. Bro Miller died very suddenly. The day before his death he had been visiting among his neighbors. A very loud call to us. Would we be ready if the Lord should come to-night? Let us consider Matt. 24:44 and Luke 12:40.

RAY.-On the 11th of June, 1902, near Lilly, Rockingham Co., Va., of paralysis, sister Margaret Jane, widow of David Ray, deceased, aged 78 Y., 2 M., 3 D. Buried at Mt. Clinton on the 12th. Funeral services by Christian Good, assisted by Samuel Weaver.

SPRINGER.-On the 9th of June, 1902, in Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, from which he suffered for some time, Abram D. Springer at an advanced aged. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, one sister and one brother. He was buried in the Blooming Glen burial ground on the 12th of June.

UNRUH.-On the 14th of June, 1902, near Birch Tree, Mo., Jacob Unruh, aged 4 M., 18 D. Though here only a short time, he budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He was a frail little flower, and God transplanted the little bud in the world unknown. May God comfort the bereaved parents. Services conducted by Bro. John Brubaker.

BYER.-Frank Louis Byer, son of J. L. and Emma C. Byer of Markham, Ont., died June 17th 1902, aged 4 M. and 17 D. Funeral service at the Wideman M. H., was conducted by L. J. Burkholder, assisted by S. R. Hoover and Samuel Wideman. Text 2 Sam. 12:23. The cause of death was whooping cough and brain fever.

ERB.-On June 3, 1902, in Goodville, Lancaster Co., P., Amelia Erb, aged 64 Y. and 7 M. Funeral on the 6th from her home and the church in Goodville. Interment in the Weaverland burial ground. Services by Benj. Weaver and Noah H. Mack. Sister Erb was a highly-respected and good neighbor, always ready to do a kind act, and will be missed by her many friends. She is survived by a husband and three sons and one brother.
A. K. D.

SWARTZENDRUBER.-On the 22d of February 1902, near Shipshewana, Ind., of consumption and dropsy, Ephraim Swartzendruber, aged 47 Y., 9 M., 15 D. He leaves a bereaved wife and six children to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Mennonite congregation at Shore. Funeral services by Bro. Y. C. Miller, text, Psalm 132:14, and by Amos S. Cripe from Rev. 14:13, in the presence of a large congregation. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller cemetery.

RHODES.-On the 13th of June, 1902, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. John Rhodes, aged 80 Y., 7 M., 23 D. Funeral and burial on the 15th at New Erection Presbyterian church where an unusually large congregation assembled in respect to the deceased who was well known in the community in which he lived for many years. Funeral services conducted by Pre. Ruff, pastor of the church at that place.

SAUDERS.-Mary Elizabeth, only child of Bro. Abram and sister Fannie Sauders, died June 14, 1902, aged 1 M., 25 D. Almost without warning, with every care which loving parents could bestow to little Mary to make her comfortable, the Savior calls her home. May this thought comfort you, dear parents, that she is now freed from all suffering, care and sorrow. Funeral services from the home at Rhorestown by the brethren, Benj. Lehman at the house, Benj. Hertzler and Daniel Lehman at the church. Text, Psalms 16:6.

PETERS.-On the 18th of Feb. 1902, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., Mollie, beloved wife of Bro. Charles A., son of Bro. Peter S. and Nancy Heatwole, aged 30 Y., 2 M., 5 D. She was sick only a short time and died with bright hope that all was well with her. She left a deeply bereaved husband and four children, parents, brothers, and sisters to mourn her early departure. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope. The funeral and burial at the Cloverhill church on the 20th, conducted by Pre. Hiram Miller of the German Baptist church, assisted by Christian Good.

Transcriber's note: "son of" as in the original.

WEAVER.-Sister Susan Weaver of Willoughby Twp., Welland Co., Ont., passed from this world to her rest on May 9, 1902, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 14 D. She was a great sufferer and longed to be at rest. Thus does the Lord comfort the weary pilgrims by giving them the promise of rest when this life is over. She died at the home of her son Joseph in Willoughby Twp., at whose residence the funeral was held. The body was interred in the Mennonite burying ground in Bertie. Services by S. F. Coffman. She lived a noble example of Christian fortitude which we trust may ever be an inspiration to those who survive her.

SPEICHER.-On the 16th of May, 1902, near Schrock, PO., Lagrange, Ind., Ida Pearl, daughter of Bro. Noah and sister Polly Speicher, aged 5 Y., 10 M., 22 D. She was a bright little daughter and leaves deeply bereaved parents, two brothers and nine sisters to mourn their loss. Yet they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
Funeral services at the house by Bro. Y. C. Miller; at the Shore M. H. by the brethren A. S. Cripe and John Garber in English and Y. C. Miller in German from Matt. 18:10, a text chosen by the parents.
A large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed one. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved family. Y. C. M.

Transcriber's note: "PO." as in the original.

STEINER.-At the home of his father, near Morrison, Ill., June 2d, 1902, William L. Steiner, son of Bro. and sister Adam Steiner. The deceased was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Nov. 4th, 1863, and was aged 38 Y., 8 M., 28 D. He met death very suddenly. He was out in a heavy rain storm and took shelter in a cattle shed and while there was struck by lightening and instantly killed. He was a quiet, moral young man and lived with his parents nearly all his life. The funeral services were held on the 4th at the Mennonite M. H., near Morrison where the Sunday school conference had just convened. The funeral services were conducted by L. J. Lehman, J. S. Shoemaker and J. Nice, and were largely attended.

BALLY.-Henry Bally was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1826, died June 1, 1902. In the year 1833 he, with his father and mother, emigrated to America. His mother was not permitted to reach America with the rest of the family. She died and was buried in the bosom of the deep not more than one day's sail from land. His father, with the rest of the family, landed at New York, and finally settled in Lancaster Co., Penn., where he remained for a few years, then going west to Ashland Co., Ohio, where he remained until the death of his father. In the year 1852 he came to Miami Co., Ind., where he resided until his death. He was a member of the German Baptist church for six years. He leaves a wife, three children and seven grandchildren who mourn their loss. Two children have preceded him to the spirit world.

HUNSBERGER.-On the 10th of June 1902, in Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., of apoplexy, sister Anna Hunsberger, aged nearly 84 years. Of a family of nine children, she was the second last, her brother, E. F. Hunsberger, being the only one remaining. For seventy-six years she and her sister Esther lived together. Some years after the death of the latter, eight years ago, she moved with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Abr. Hunsberger where she died. She was a woman of deep religious conviction and in conversing with her she rarely failed to quote some scripture thought or passage, showing that her mind was much occupied with things pertaining to the life to come. She had a ready and willing hand for the poor and needy and a deep interest in the welfare of others. Rather than enter the matrimonial relation, she with her sister chose to wait upon and tenderly and devotedly nurse a consumptive mother during a period of forty-two years, as well as two consumptive brothers and one sister. She was buried in the Blooming Glen burial ground on Saturday the 14th of June.

MARTIN.-On Saturday morning, June 14, 1902, Bro. David H. Martin, of Bareville, Lanc. Co., Pa., died from an illness mainly to dropsy and a weakness of the heart, aged 61 Y., 7 M., and 11 D. The funeral was held on the 17th at 12:30 o'clock at the house, and 1:30 o'clock at Groffdale Mennonite M. H. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. N. H. Mack, and at the Meeting-house by Bishops Abram Herr and Benj. Weaver. All the ministering brethren spoke ably from God's word in behalf of the departed, but the central truth was found in Bro. Weaver's text, 2 Cor. 12:9. "My grace is sufficient for thee."
Our departed brother is survived by his wife, five brothers, four sisters and a host of friends. During his sickness patience and contentment were a great help to him until death called him to the New Jerusalem, of which he no doubt saw a glimpse, as he shouted, "O Jerusalem! Jerusalem!" during his dying hours.
His departure will be felt in the church and Sunday school of which he was a strong supporter; but he is now resting under the sod near the church of which he was a trustee. May God's grace be sufficient for us all.

MARTIN.-David Martin of Clarence Center, N. Y., died Friday forenoon April 25th, 1902. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1823, and was aged 79 Y., 2 M., and 14 D. He came with his parents to Clarence Center, N. Y., in the Fall of 1832. He was married to Catharine Leib, Dec. 1, 1848, who survives him, with six children-Emanuel, of Syracuse, Neb., Henry, of Newton, Kans., Mrs. David Kurtz, of Mt. Morris, Mich., John L., Orlando and Mrs. Peter Williams, of Clarence Center. Bro. Martin was in feeble health for several years past, but it was only a short period before his death that he was confined to his bed, suffering from a paralytic stroke. He was a good man, highly respected by all, a worthy citizen, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. In early life he joined the Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful member, and in practical life he cherished and endeavored to conform to a high ideal of Christian character. The funeral which was largely attended, was held on Monday morning from the United Brethren church at Clarence Center, S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., officiating. Burial in the Clarence Center cemetery.

BOWMAN.-Wendel C., third son of Elias and Polly (Clemens) Bowman, was born near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Dec. 10, 1835. In the spring of 1863 he went with his parents to Kent Co., Mich., which was then a woodland wilderness. He was married to Hannah, daughter of Amos Clemens. To this union were born one son and two daughters. His wife died while his youngest child was an infant and he was married in the early spring of 1875 to Barbara, daughter of the late John Meyers and widow of the late Benjamin Brubacher, of Waterloo Co., Ont. To this second union were born four sons and three daughters. His companion and all his children, including two step-sons, Albert M. and Josephus M. Brubacher of Elkhart, Ind. survive; also 11 grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters and a large circle of other relatives and friends. He had been in failing health for several years, due to a stroke of paralysis, a recurrence which ended his life on the 17th of June 1902 at the age of 66 Y., 6 M., 7 D. Funeral services on the 19th at his late residence and at the Gains U. B. Church by Bish. Horace T., assisted by Alvin P. Barnaby. Text, 1 Pet. 1:3. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Deceased was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church (Old Constitution), and his sterling qualities and strength of Christian character endeared him to all who recognized and esteem true worth, and while our loss of a beloved companion, father, brother, neighbor and friend is a sore one, yet we have the blessed assurance that for him it is everlasting gain. The annual Bowman Family Reunion was to have been held on the 18th, but this happy event was changed into a sorrowing gathering on the day following, when we followed to the grave the remains of one who was always a prominent figure in these annual gatherings. He has gone before to the great reunion of the redeemed in heaven. May his oft expressed wish and prayer, that we might all meet as an unbroken family in heaven, be fulfilled.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 14, July 15, 1902, page 222, 223

MILLER.-Near White Cloud, Mich., infant child of Bro. Chauncey and Sister Lydia Miller, born June 16, 1902, died June 29, 1902, aged 12 D. Services at Pleasant Valley by Peter Keim in German , and by Jacob P. Miller in English, from Job 1:21.

HORST.-Near Harper, Kansas, Paul Horst, son of Benjamin and Leah Horst, was born March 4th, 1901, died June 11th, 1902, aged 1 Y., 3 M., 7 D. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite M. H. on the 12th, by the writer. Text, Mark 10:14-16.

HERNLEY.-On the 29th of June 1902, in Lancaster Co., Pa., after an illness of several weeks, sister Kate, daughter of Ephraim Hernley, in the 20th year of her age. Funeral service and interment at Kraybill's M. H. on the 3d of July. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church, and leaves many friends to mourn her early departure.

EASH.-In Johnson Co., Iowa, Anna Eash, maiden name Reber, wife of Joseph Eash, died June 11, 1902, aged 41 Y., 2 M., 19 D. She leaves a deeply bereaved husband and five children to mourn the loss of an exemplary Christian wife and mother. Funeral services on the 12th conducted by C. Wery, Dan Kauffman and A. I. Yoder.

MARTIN.-Deacon David B. Martin died at his home near Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, June 19, 1902, ot the age of 73 Y., 4 M., 6 D. He was born in Waterloo Township, Ontario in 1829, but in his early years moved to Indiana, where he married Elizabeth Eyman who died in 1884. His death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried at Yellow Creek on the 21st of June. The funeral services were conducted by Jonas Loucks, Christian Shaum and John Martin.

Transcribers' note: "ot" as in the original.

WAREY.-Near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, Katie, wife of John Warey, died June 16, 1902, after a lingering illness of consumption, borne with patience and Christian fortitude. Her age was 43 Y., 10 M., 7 D. She is deeply mourned by a husband, four children, aged parents, and five brothers, but they need mourn as those who have no hope, as she left a bright testimony of an assurance of meeting her Savior in peace. Funeral services the 17th at E. Union M. H. conducted by D. Kauffman and A. I. Yoder.

DRIVER.-Eunice Elizabeth Driver, daughter of A. D. and Lydia Driver died June 21st, 1902, of whooping cough and other troubles, aged 4 M., 19 D. Buried in the Mt. Zion burying ground June 22d. Services conducted at the house by W. W. Holsopple, and at the church by D. F. Driver. Text, Heb. 9:27, "It is appointed unto men once to die." Two little sisters and one little brother are left to talk about little sister being with Jesus and the angels. May God help us all to meet our loved one gone before.

JOHNS.-Elmer H. Johns, son of Bishop D. J. Johns near Goshen, Ind., was born May 15, 1876, died April 14, 1902, aged 25 Y., 10 M., and 29 D. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church when he was fifteen years old. When he was sixteen, he was chosen teacher in the Sunday school and since then he has served as teacher or Supt. of a Sunday-school until sickness and death were his lot. At the age of 21 he began teaching in the public school and has taught every year since then. On Sept. 9, 1900 he was married to sister Inah Kauffman who with a little daughter survive him. Funeral at Forks M. H. Services by J. S. Hartzler and D. D. Miller.

SCHOOLY.-Sister Schooly, widow of the late Bro. John Schooly of Humberstone Twp., Welland Co., Ont. died very suddenly at the home of her son-in-law, Samuel Sherk, in Pelham Twp., Lincoln Co., Ont. Her age was 73 Y., 11 M., 26 D. She retired as usual on Friday evening June 20, feeling only a little indisposed. She was found dead in bed the next morning. It was her intention to attend the communion service at Vineland the following Sunday, but the Lord called her home to sit down at His table in His kingdom. Funeral service at the house by Bro. Gilbert Bearss, and at the Mennonite Meeting house in Benton Twp., to which place the corpse was taken for interment, by Bro. S. F. Coffman. Text, 2 Tim. 2:11. The Lord comfort the bereaved ones.

SHROCK.-Andrew James Shrock was born Sept. 25th, 1847, died at his home two and one half miles west of Middlebury, Ind., May 22nd, 1902, aged 54 Y., 7 M., 27 D. Bro. Shrock was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for a number of years and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He lived in matrimony with his surviving wife nearly 32 years, leaves wife and five children besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss, which we trust is his eternal gain. Funeral was held on the 25th at the Forest Grove M. H. where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect. Services by A. S. Cripe and D. D. Miller from 2nd Timothy 4:6-8.

MOYER.-Bro. George Moyer, formerly of Waterloo county, Ont., who of late has been living in Lincoln Co., passed away on Saturday morning, June 21, 1902, at the hospital in St. Catherines from the effects of falling from a load of hay on Wednesday, June 18. His aged was 71 yrs. and 3 days. He leaves two daughters, one in Rochester, N. Y. and one in Alberta, N. W. T. to mourn their loss.
Thus from the activities of life are we called into stillness of death, Bro. Moyer falling backwards from the wagon which he was loading in the field was rendered helpless, almost breaking his neck. He was taken to the hospital on Friday, but no medical skill could avail for him. May the Lord give us grace to be ready at any time. Funeral at the Moyer meeting house on June 24, by Amos Cressman, J. F. Rittenhouse and S. F. Coffman. Text, Col. 3:3

SHREINER.-On the 17th of June, 1902, in Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Ind., of bronchial consumption, of which she suffered about six months, Minnie Shumway, wife of Eli Shreiner, aged 30 Y., 9 M., 11 D. She was born in Olivet, Bellevue county, Mich., Sept. 6th 1865. She was a graduate of the Olivet High School, and united with the Congregational church in her native town before her marriage. She was married to her surviving husband, April 28, 1897. She was a faithful and devoted wife, and manifested a spirit of devotion to God, and of patient suffering during the sickness that showed a strong and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She resigned herself fully to the will of her heavenly Father, expressed herself ready to go and be with Jesus. We need not mourn as those without hope. She was buried on the 19th. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, from 1 Cor. 15:57. God comfort the sorrowing husband and friends.

LAPP.-Sarah Lapp, daughter of John Gross, was born July 26, 1837 near Fountainville, Bucks Co. Penna., and died at her home in Ayr, Adams Co. Nebr., June 22, 1902, aged 65 Y., 10 M., 26 D. She leaves a husband, one daughter and four sons to mourn their loss. She died of pleurisy and was sick only a few days. She was married to Samuel W. Lapp Oct. 16, 1856. To this union were born seven sons and four daughters, of whom five survive. They moved to Adams Co., Nebr. in March 1878, where they have since lived. The departed mother was a sister in the Mennonite Church from her youth, and lives a life of devotion and service to her Master. The funeral services were conducted at the house at 1:00 P. M. June 24, by the Pastor of the M. E. Church, and at the Roseland meeting house by Bro. Albrecht Schiffler. Text, 1 Cor. 15:54-56.

YODER.-On June 27, 1902, near Berlin, Ohio, Lydia, daughter of Jonas M. and Catherine J. Yoder, passed peacefully to her rest, aged 31 Y., 2 M., 5 D. She was afflicted with spinal disease for about 19 years, but the cause of her death was paralysis of the stomach and bowels. She bore her suffering with patience, her frequent desire was to be at rest. Father, mother, one brother and two sisters preceded her to the spirit world; one sister and two brothers remain to mourn the loss of their departed sister, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope, for she was fully resigned to her Master's will. Funeral services were conducted at the Bunker Hill M. H. by Moses Mast and S. H. Miller in German and Josiah Hochstetler in English. Text, John 14:1-6. On June 4, 1894 she was baptized and united with the Amish Mennonite church, since which time she rejoiced in the thought of being a follower of Jesus. Buried in the family cemetery.

LEAMAN.-On the 30th of June, 1902, in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of softening of the brain, Sister Elizabeth Leaman, widow of Tobias Leaman (who preceded her to the eternal world 43 years, he having died on the17th of June, 1859). She was in the 78th year of her age. She was confined to her bed over 9 weeks and longed to be at rest. Thus does the Lord comfort the weary by giving them the promise of rest when this life is ended. She died at the home of her son-in-law, Henry D. Heller, where the funeral took place on July 3d, with services at Mellinger's Meeting House by Pre. John L. Landis at he house and at the Meeting House by Pre. David Buckwalter in German, and Pre. Sanford Landis and Bish. Isaac Eby in English. Text, Heb. 4: 9; "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." She is survived by three sons, five daughters, 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She had a ready hand for the poor and needy, and a deep interest in the welfare of others. God's grace be sufficient for us all.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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