PRE. JOSEPH GASCHO.
was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Dec. 14, 1841, died near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Feb. 3, 1902, aged 60 years, 1 month and 20 days. He was married in 1868 to Maria Buerky, with whom he lived in happy matrimony for 33 years, 10 months and 21 days. To this union were born seven sons and five daughters, two sons preceding him in death. He united with the Amish Mennonite church, and for thirty years he served the church as a minister of the gospel. His earnest admonitions to follow Jesus will not soon be forgotten. His affliction was cancer in the face. He suffered greatly, but patiently, and when it became evident that the malady was incurable he was resigned and said, "God's will be done." When the end drew near he called to his side his beloved companion who had so loyally and lovingly ministered to his needs and who had for so many years shared with him the joys and sorrows of life, and earnestly admonished her to remain faithful unto the Lord. He also called his children, one by one and gave them loving, fatherly counsel, entreating them to be faithful and obedient to their dear mother and to follow Jesus. May the admonitions of a loving father never be forgotten. His end was peace. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Nicholas Roth, of Milford, Neb., and at the M. H., by Chr. Rediger, of Hamilton, Neb., and P. P. Hershberger and Chr. Beller, of Shickley, Neb. May the God of all comfort sustain the bereaved ones in their affliction.
PRE. JOHN ALLEBACH
was born in Hilltown Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., March 21, 1806, and died at the residence of his son, John B. Allebach, near Sellersville, on the 12th of February, 1902, aged 95 years, 10 months and 22 days. He united with the Mennonite church in his youth, was for many years a deacon and for the last 53 years of his life a minister in the Rockhill Mennonite Cong. He retained most of his faculties almost to the last, enjoying remarkable health throughout his long and busy life. He was extremely active for a man of his years. Several years ago he broke one of his legs and to the surprise of the medical fraternity the limb healed as nicely as that of one many years younger.
Up to the time of his death he had a great many friends who paid him visits. His kindly disposition and Christian virtues won the genuine admiration of all who knew him. He was entirely unassuming in manner, modest to the extreme. His patriarchal blessing has influenced hundreds of the younger generations.
His wife, whose maiden name was Bergey, died ten or more years ago. He leaves four children, one of whom is Pre. Christian Allebach of Kulpsville, Pa. He also leaves two sisters, twenty-seven grandchildren, sixty great grandchildren and forty-eight great great grandchildren. His remains were interred on the 20th in the Rockhill Mennonite cemetery, followed by a vast concourse of relatives and friends. Thus within a few days two of the oldest ministers in Bucks Co., Pa., have been called away, the other one having been Bro. Abraham F. Moyer of Blooming Glen. Bro. Allebach was at his death probably the oldest minister in the Mennonite churches in Pennsylvania, if not in America. Peace to his ashes.
ALDERFER. - On the 12th of February, 1902, in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., after a lingering illness, John S. Alderfer, aged 47 years. He leaves a widow, one sister and four brothers. Buried on the 17th at the Franconia Mennonite meeting house.
CULP. - On the 14th of Feb., 1902, at Logansport, Ind., at the insane asylum, Bro. Frederick Culp, aged 67 years, 3 months, 22 days. Buried at Yellow Creek, Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 18, 1902. Services were conducted by Noah Metzler and Jonas Loucks, from Jonah the 4:11. Peace to his ashes.
BENNER. - On the 2nd of Feb., 1902, in Souderton, Montgomery
Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Lester B., son of Elmer and
Annie Benner, aged 5 months, 18 days. Buried on the 6th at the
Souderton Mennonite M. H. Funeral services by M. R. Moyer. Text,
H. C. K.
MOYER. - On December 31st, 1901, Sister Emma Moyer, widow of Dr. Simon Moyer, of Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., aged 33 years, 7 months, and 10 days. Interment at the Blooming Glen Mennonite M. H. Services at the house by Pre. Henry Anglemyer and Pre. Aaron Freed; at the M. H. by Bishop Henry B. Rosenberger and Pre. A. O. Histand.
BUZZARD. - Martin K. Buzzard, oldest son of Jacob C. and Elizabeth Buzzard, died at his mother's home in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind. on Feb. 5, 1902. Aged 39 years, 4 months, and 3 days. His mother, five brothers, and one sister survive him. Funeral services were conducted by Noah Metzler and Jacob Christophel, from Deut. 32:39.
BLOSSER. - On the 6th of February, 1902, near East Lewistown,
Ohio, Barbara, wife of Bro. William Blosser, aged 30 years,
8 months, and 27 days. Funeral services were held in East Lewistown,
after which the remains were taken to the home of her parents
in Virginia for burial. She leaves a husband and one son to mourn
her early death, two children having preceded her to the spirit
KNABLE. - On the 18th of February 1902, at Paintborough,
Somerset Co., Pa., Maria, wife of Peter Knable, aged 56
years and 23 days. For about three months she suffered severely
with cancer, but bore it all with Christian patience. She was
a member of the German Baptist Church and seemed to be fully resigned
to the will of her heavenly Father. The funeral took place on
February 20. Services by Frank Deitz.
FRYMIER. - Feb. 13, 1902, at his home in Augusta Co., Va., Bro. John Frymier, aged 62 years, 2 months, 3 days, was called away. Had suffered for quite a while of dropsy of the heart, being unable to lie down at all for four weeks or more. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., came to Augusta Co., Va., and married Susie Grove. He resided here ever since. His widow and only son survive him. Funeral was held the 12th at Spring-Dale. Services conducted by the brethren E. C. Shank, A. P. Heatwole and J. H. Martin. Texts, Eccl. 8:8, and 2 Kings 20:1. "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live."
HAINES. - Elizabeth Weaver was born in Cambria Co., Pa., moved with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., in the year 1860; was married to William Haines, Dec. 24, 1871; died of consumption, Jan. 31, 1902, aged 51 years, 27 days. She leaves a husband one daughter and one son to mourn her departure, but not as those without hope. Her desire was that the will of the Father should be done, whether that should be for her to remain in this earthly house or to depart and be with Him, which is far better. Buried on the 3rd of Feb. Services by D. D. Miller, from Jno. 11:25, assisted by D. J. Johns.
DETTWILER. - On Jan. 25, 1902, Sister Amanda Dettwiler, nee Eby, quietly passed from this world to the home beyond. Deceased was born in Waterloo, Ont., April 14, 1846. In 1865 she was married to Bro. Jonas W. Dettwiler and moved to Michigan. In 1870 they moved to Morgan Co., Mo., where they have since resided. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth and lived a faithful Christian life. She leaves a husband, three sons, five daughters and nine grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn our loss, but we believe our loss is her eternal gain. On Jan. 26, funeral services were held at Mt. Zion M. H., conducted by Bro. D. F. Driver, from Rev. 14:13.
MUSSER. - On the 12th of Feb., 1902, near Bowmansville,
Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary, wife of Reuben Musser, aged 22
years, 10 months and 21 days. She was a beloved sister in the
church and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband
and two sisters. Her parents preceded her to the spirit world
several years ago. Her death was sudden and unexpected, she being
sick only thirty hours. We mourn for her early departure, but
not as those who have no hope. Her peaceful, quiet disposition
is worthy of imitation. Her remains were laid to rest in the Bowmansville
Menn. graveyard. Services were conducted by Noah Bowman, Henry
Good and Bish. Benj. Weaver. Text, Job 14:10. A large concourse
of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect.
Peace to her ashes.
DETWILER. - On January 10, 1902, Bro. John B. Detwiler, of near Levin, Bucks Co., Pa., in his 53d year. The deceased left home about three weeks before his death to attend market in Philadelphia, as was his custom every week, when he was taken suddenly with inflammation of the brain, superinduced by a previous attack of la grippe. He was unconscious most of the time until death relieved him of his intense suffering. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral on Jan. 15th, which was largely attended by relatives, friends and neighbors. Interment at Doylestown Mennonite M. H. Services at the house by Bishop Henry B. Rosenberger and Pre. Henry Anglemyer; at the M. H. by Pre. David L. Gehman and Pre. O. O. Histand. Text, Ecclesiastes 12:9.
AKER. - On the 17th of Feb., 1902, near Zions View, York Co., Pa., the only daughter of Bro. Wm. and Sister Elizabeth Aker was burned to death. The father was at a neighbor's sale, the wife went to the barn to feed the cow. She was gone only about ten minutes, but when she returned to the house the little girl was lying lifeless behind the door. It is supposed that she succeeded in getting the matches from the mantel, lit one, set fire to her dress and burned all but the shoes, stockings and part of her chemise. Her fingers were all blistered and the body badly scorched from the knees up to the top of the head where the hair was not even singed, only around the head. She was very bright and dearly loved by her parents and all who knew her.
She was 2 yrs., 4 mo., and 8 days old. Buried on the 18th at two P. M., at Manchester. Funeral services by Pre. Theo. B. Fory. Text, Luke 23:28.
SNYDER. - Feb. 12, 1902, Catherine Snyder, beloved wife of Bishop Jacob B. Snyder, at her home near Martinsburg, Pa., aged 75 years, 4 months and 29 days. She was married to Jacob B. Snyder 1837, who preceded her to the heavenly land ten years ago. Sister Snyder united with the Mennonite church in early life, and remained faithful to the end of her long and useful life, and now has gone to claim her reward. Sister Snyder was never blessed with children of her own, but raised four orphans in the fear of the Lord, to a useful life in the liberality of a spirit that always sought the opportunity to do a good deed and kindly act. She will be greatly missed by the [brethern] and sisters of the Martinsburg Cong.
The funeral services were in charge of Bishop Durr, assisted
by Pre. Charles Aurandt of Martinsburg, Pa. The family return
thanks to their many friends for their assistance rendered and
the many kind expressions of sympathy received.
Transcriber's Note: [brethern] as in original.
DAVIS. - On the 15th of Feb. 1902, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Parker, near Bremen, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Mary J. Steigerwalt (widow of John Davis), aged 85 years, 7 months, and 26 days. She was born in Schuylkill, (now Carbon), county Pa., came to Ashland Co., Ohio, with her sister in 1835, and was married to John Davis at Mansfield Ohio, on the 18th of Jan., 1837. She was the mother of six children, two sons and four daughters of whom five are still living, one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Myers, having died in 1877. There are twenty-seven grand, and a number of great grandchildren. Mother Davis will be greatly missed by the large circle of her friends. She lived a devoted Christian life, and always preserved her membership in the church. Her husband died July 6, 1872. She was buried at the Olive Men. Church, in Elkhart Co., on the 18th where funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, assisted by Pre. Hollowpeter of Wakarusa. Text, Matt. 25:46.
STUCKEY. - On the 5th of Feb., 1902, at his home in Danvers, Ill., Bish. Joseph Stuckey. He was born in Alsace Lorraine, France (now Germany), and was the oldest of a family of eight children who came to this country. His parents first landed at New Orleans, La., and later settled in Butler Co., Ohio. Deceased was married to Barbara Roth in 1844. She died Apr. 27, 1881, leaving a son and a daughter. He was again married, Dec. 11, 1881, to Magdalena Habecker, who survives him. He also leaves seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. He was a bishop for forty-two years, but was not closely identified with any conference. Buried on the 7th in the Imhoff cemetery. Funeral services in the North Danvers M. H., by J. H. King, from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8, assisted by C. Shantz, V. Strubbar and others.
GROFF. - On the 7th of Jan. 1902, near Elkhart, in Elkhart
Co., Ind., of paralysis, Maria, wife of John Groff, aged
50 years, and 19 days. She was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., Dec.
18th, 1851; married to John Groff, Sept. 29, 1869; after their
marriage they moved to Elkhart where they have since lived. On
the 19th of Sept., 1883 she had a severe sickness from which she
suffered about 3 months. One dark, quiet evening, while patiently
enduring much pain and nearly all hope of recovery was past, she
suddenly broke forth in singing:
"Jesus paid it all;
All to Him I owe,
Sin has left a crimson stain,
He washed me white as snow."
She began again to mend and her life was prolonged. On the 20th of June 1899 she had her first attack of paralysis, and from this on her health declined. Two weeks before her death she assisted in preparing and also enjoying with her friends a pleasant Christmas dinner. On the following Tuesday evening she had a second stroke from which she did not recover and died as above stated. A short time before she died she spoke of seeing Jesus, and said to one of her sons who was standing by her bedside, that she was going home, and seemed to pass away happily. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk at the California M. E. Church. She leaves a sorrowing husband and eleven children to mourn her death. Peace to her ashes.
MARTIN. - On the 8th of Feb., 1902, at his home four miles north-west of Waterloo, Ont., after a lingering illness, Abraham Martin, aged 67 years, 9 months, 12 days. He was the second son of John and Anna (Weber) Martin and was born on the farm where he lived and died. He was married to Elizabeth Bauman, March 17, 1857. Of their ten children eight are left with their mother to mourn his death. Deceased was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite church by Bish. Joseph Hagey, at the Martin M. H. in Sept., 1861, and to the office of bishop at the C. Eby M. H., Berlin, in 1867, also by Bish. Hagey. In 1887, owing to some difference of opinion in the Canada conference as to the propriety of holding Sunday schools, evening services etc., he and some other ministers and members withdrew and formed their own conference, now locally known as the conference of the "Martin people," and which have since united in conference work with the ultra conservatives in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
JOHNSON. - In Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, on the 10th of Feb., 1902, Annie Johnson, aged 86 years, 7 months, and 12 days. She was born in Monroe Co., Ohio, June [22th] 1815. Her maiden name was Sailor. On the 7th of April 1833 she was married to Frederic Morris. To this union were born eight children, three of whom are still living. Frederic Morris died Aug. 15, 1857. On the 29th of Feb. 1861, she was married to her second husband, Samuel Johnson, who survives her. Two adopted children found a home with this family during [during] the time of their second marriage. There are twenty-three grandchildren and fifty-eight great grandchildren. She was sick about a week, and looked forward with joy to the time of her departure, and expressed herself as ready to depart and be at rest. She was buried on the 12th, at the Olive Men. burying ground. Funeral services were conducted by George Lambert and John F. Funk, text, Rev. 3:4. "They shall walk with me in white." The funeral was largely attended. Peace to her ashes.
Transcriber's Note: [22th], and repeated [during] as in original.
ZEIGLER. - On the 20th of January, at 9:45, A.M. Bro.
Abraham Zeigler, of Jackson Twp., near Harmony, Pa., died
of infirmities of old age. He had been infirm for some time, and
could not walk without help. He was born on the old Zeigler homestead,
Sept. 1, 1829, and was therefore aged 72 years, 5 months and 11
days. Here he lived, in the latter years of his life with his
son-in-law, E. H. Hutchinson. On the 12th of March, 1852, he was
married to Caroline Fiedler, who at the end of almost fifty years
of happy wedded life survives him. [Beside] his widow, three sons
and three [daughter], one brother, two sisters, sixteen grandchildren
and two great grandchildren survive him, all of whom were at the
funeral. Bro. Zeigler united with the Mennonite Church in his
youth, and was an esteemed citizen in his community, as was shown
by the large concourse of friends who assembled at the Harmony
meeting house on the 14th of February, at which time funeral services
were conducted by Pre. L. A. Lenzinger of the Reformed church,
and Pre. L. W. Garland of the M. E. church. Interment in the old
Mennonite cemetery. Peace to the ashes of one more of the sons
of the historical Zeigler family of old Harmony.
H. B. MOYER.
Transcriber's Note: [Beside] and [daughter] as in original.
PLANK. - On the 6th of February, 1902, of pneumonia and kidney trouble, Polly Plank, wife of J. W. Plank, of Springfield, Mo., aged 72 years, 5 months and 6 days. Buried in the Hazelwood cemetery on the 9th where a goodly number of friends and relatives assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Deceased was sick about two weeks and was conscious to the last. She was born August 30, 1829 in Wayne Co., Ohio, where she lived until she was about 13 years old, when she moved with her parents, Michael Stutzman, to Elkhart Co., Ind. She was married to John W. Plank on March 28, 1848. March 20, 1868, they moved with their family to Greene Co., Mo., where they arrived April 1, the same year. Deceased was a faithful and loving companion, beloved by all. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church when 17 years old. In that faith she lived during the remainder of her life. She leaves a sorrowing husband, three daughters and 5 sons to mourn her departure. While we feel our bereavement deeply, yet not as those who have not hope. She has gone to meet her Savior, where there are no more stormy clouds, where pleasure never ends and sorrow comes no more. May our loss be her eternal gain.
YODER. - Christian C. Yoder was born in Somerset
Co., Pa., May 29, 1819, and died Feb. 6, 1902. Aged 82 years,
8 months, 7 days. He was married to Catherine Hershberger in 1841,
with whom he lived in unity fifty years less five days, when she
crossed the river of death. Of their eight children, three are
left to mourn his departure. Eight of his thirty-two grandchildren
have preceded him into eternity. Of twenty-four great grandchildren,
twenty-two are still living. In 1843 Grandfather moved from Pennsylvania
to LaGrange Co., Ind., where he lived forty years. He then went
to McPherson Co., Kansas where he lived on his farm for two years,
after which he lived with his son-in-law, J. C. Miller with whom
he lived nearly sixteen years. He was hearty until just a few
months ago; he began to grow weaker until his death. He suffered
no pain and his death was caused by old age and sickness at the
heart. When he was eighteen years old he united with the Amish
Mennonite church, of which he has ever since been a faithful member.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. J. Zimmerman in the
German language from Matt. 13:43, and by Bro. S. C. Miller in
English from 2 Tim. 4:7. His chair is empty now. We miss his kind,
fatherly hand and his welcome voice when we come home, but we
have the assurance that he is in a better place than this, and
that we may meet him yonder where there is no parting.
S. E. MILLER.
MOYER. - Sister Deborah Moyer of Campden, Lincoln Co., Ont., was suddenly called home on Thursday forenoon, Feb. 6, 1902. She had been employed in the city of St. Catherines, near her home, and was taken ill with inflammation of the lungs just a week before her death. From this she suffered considerably but was feeling some better and was sitting up in a chair when she suddenly expired on account of the failure of her heart which for some time had not been strong. The remains of our sister were conveyed to her mother's home on Friday. The death of Sister Debby casts the dark shadow over this home for the sixth time. A brother, three sisters and her father preceded her to the life beyond. The dear mother and remaining brother have the sympathy of their large circle of friends and acquaintances in their sore affliction. But two weeks before the day of the funeral Sister Debby was in her accustomed place in the church services and took part in the Young People's Meeting, reading a paper on "The Blessing of Consecration." So soon was she called away from earthly scenes and hopes, but she leaves to all a comforting hope that she now enjoys the blessings of a life that was consecrated to the service of the Lord. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9th, by J. F. Rittenhouse and S. F. Coffman. Text, I Thess. 5:11. Services and interment at the Mountain Meeting-house near Campden, Ont.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.
MAST. - On the 29th of January, 1902, near Hopedale, Ill., Clara, daughter of John and Lydia Mast, aged 23 days. Funeral services on the 31st at the A. M. church. Interment in the A. M. cemetery west of Hopedale.
BIRKY. - On the 23d of Feb., 1902, near Hopedale, Ill., Clara (twin) daughter of C. J. and Lizzie Birky, aged 2 months, 10 days. Funeral services on the 24th at the A. M. church. Interment in the A. M. graveyard west of Hopedale.
BERGEY. - [One] the 24th of Feb., 1902, near Blooming Glen, Pa., Samuel, son of Clayton and Amanda Bergey, aged 8 months and 27 days. Buried on the 27th, at Blooming Glen. The funeral services were conducted by A. D. Wenger in English and by Henry B. Rosenberger in German.
Transcriber's Note: [One] as in original.
SCHWARTZENTRUBER. - On the 7th of February, 1902, near Baden, Waterloo Co., Ont., after a short illness, Catherine, only daughter of John E. Schwartzentruber, aged 11 years. Buried on the 9th in the A. M. cemetery west of Baden. Funeral services at the M. H. by Bishops John Gascho and Daniel Steinman.
STRICKLER. - On the 22d of Feb. 1902, near Kossuth, Waterloo Co., Ont., Bro. Henry Strickler, aged 77 years, 1 month and 28 days. Buried in Hagey's cemetery near Preston. Funeral services were conducted by A. B. Snyder at the house and at the meeting house by Jacob Woolner, Sr. in German, and by Jacob S. Woolner in English. Deceased was born in York Co., Pa. Peace be to his ashes. May God comfort the bereaved ones.
SCHROCK. - Eldon M., son of Levi and Sarah Schrock,
died of tubercular bronchitis, on the 2d of Mar. 1902, near Smithville,
Ohio, aged 4 years, 2 months and 14 days. Prior to his sickness
he learned and repeated scriptural texts. "Watch ye, "
"Glory to God," which with Psa. 16:6, were used as a
basis for remarks for services at the funeral by Benj. Gerig and
C. Z. Yoder. Buried on the 5th in the Oak Grove cemetery.
C. Z. YODER.
DETWEILER. - On the 31st of Jan. 1902, near Shickley, Fillmore Co., Neb., from la grippe and pneumonia, Barbara Detweiler, wife of C. H. Detweiler. Her maiden name was Eigsti. She leaves husband and four daughters. Two daughters preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral was held in the Dunkard church. Sermons were preached by C. Beller and P. P. Hershberger in German, and in English by the Dunkard minister. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery.
SMUCKER. - Emmet F., son of Milo and Malinda Smucker, was born Nov. 21, 1898, died March 3, 1902, near Orrville, Ohio, aged 4 years, 3 months, 10 days. His sickness which lasted but a few days was spinal meningitis. In the last days of his health he often sang, "There'll be no dark valley when Jesus comes," as he learned it in Sunday school. Buried in the Oak Grove cemetery, near Smithville, O., Mar. 5. Services conducted by Benj. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder. Texts, Isa. 40:6 and Psa. 127:3.
MUSSELMAN. - Mrs. Katie Musselman (maiden name Eigsti) on the 11th of Feb. 1902, near Hartford, Lyon Co., Kan. from sciatic rheumatism and blood poisoning. She was born Oct. 12, 1865, and was married to J. J. Musselman in 1887. To this union were born four sons and three daughters, all of whom, with husband, three sisters and four brothers, survive her. Her father, mother and three sisters preceded her to the home beyond. Services were conducted by Joseph Schlegel and John Steckley. Interment was made in the Mennonite cemetery.
LEHMAN. - On Feb. 22, 1902, near North Lima, Mahoning
Co., Ohio, Jacob L. Lehman, aged 83 years and 10 months.
He had a stroke of paralysis only a few days previous to his death
and passed away without much suffering. The funeral took place
on the 25th at the new meeting house near the Midway church. Buried
in the graveyard adjoining, he being the first one that was buried
at this place. Services by D. Brubacher and Jacob Tyson of Wayne
Co. A large congregation of friends and neighbors assembled. He
was married to Maria Blosser who with two children survive him,
as also a number of grandchildren.
DROLLINGER. - On the 5th of Feb., 1902, in Grand Rapids,
Mich., of consumption and heart failure, Minerva, wife
of Schuyler Drollinger, aged 41 years, 3 months, and 5 days. She
was the daughter of Bro. Henry and Susannah Baker. She
is survived by a husband and one son nineteen years old, her mother,
three brothers and one sister, Mrs. Emma Arnold, of near South
Bend, Ind., David Baker, near Lakeville, Ind., Aaron, in Romulus,
Mich., and Benjamin, near Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio. Her father
preceded her to the spirit world twenty-seven years ago. Funeral
services were held at the house. Buried in the Valley City cemetery,
MILLER. - On the 21st of February, 1902, near White
Cloud, Mich., of heart trouble, Harvey Edward, son of Bro.
M. D. and Rebecca Miller, aged 8 years, 6 months, and 3 days.
Funeral services at Pleasant Valley by the writer from Psalms
16:6. Harvey was a very bright and pleasant boy and took great
delight in the S. S. When he became too weak to attend S. S. he
requested that the Supt. send him his lesson card so he could
learn his lesson at home. He leaves parents, four sisters, and
two brothers to mourn their loss; three sisters and one brother
preceded him to the celestial city. Only one year ago, lacking
one day, his sister Barbara was buried. Thus we see that God reclaims
His own. Brother and Sister Miller have the sympathy of the entire
community in their bereavement.
JACOB P. MILLER.
BENNETT. - On the 23d of Dec., 1901, near Monmouth, Ill., from an accident on the railroad from which he died soon after, Carl C., son of Gilgian and Katie Bennett, aged 22 years, 1 month, and 12 days. Bro. Carl and sister Ella R. Balcer were going to Monmouth to be married on the 24th, but suddenly and unexpectedly the plans of the happy pair were unmade, and the bride-to-be mourns the loss of a loved one, with whom she had plighted troth for life. To a friend who congratulated Bro. Bennett on his coming wedding, he said, "The Lord's will be done." Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church for ten years, he having been baptized at the early age of twelve years. The bride is a member of Bro. John Smith's congregation at Roanoke, Ill. He leaves four brothers and three sisters and many friends to mourn his sudden death. The funeral was held on the 27th from the Dunkard M. H. at Mount Morris, Ill. Services by Eld. Miller from Rev. 22:14; D. L. Leonard from Psa. 90:14, and by J. D. Rupp from Heb. 9:27, 28. The death came suddenly. We rejoice to believe that the deceased was ready to meet his God in peace.
ALLGYER. - Barbara Allgyer was born Feb. 4, 1822,
in Mifflin Co., Pa., where she spent the greater part of her life.
In 1874 she moved with her husband, Joseph Allgyer, and family
to Wayne Co., Ohio. They moved to Champaign Co., Ohio, in 1875,
where she departed this life at the home of her son, S. E. Allgyer,
Feb. 3, 1902, at the advanced age of a few hours less than 80
years. In 1901 she visited friends in Pennsylvania four and one-half
months, and enjoyed good health until ten days prior to her death,
which was caused by pneumonia. She was the mother of seven children,
two of whom with her husband preceded her to the heavenly home.
She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her early life,
and was a consistent member. She was a loving mother and will
be greatly missed in her home and by her friends. But we hope
our loss will be her eternal gain, as she was perfectly resigned
to the Lord's will, and died with a bright hope of immortal glory.
Her surviving children were all present at her funeral, which
was held at the Oak Grove M. H., Feb. 5th at eleven A. M. Services
were conducted by J. J. Warye, Jonas Yoder and David Hostetler,
from Rev. 7:16, 17. Interment in the Hooley graveyard.
EBY. - On Feb. 1, 1902, in Lancaster, Pa., Bro. Isaac Victor Eby, aged 21 years, 4 months, 21 days. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 4, at the house by A. D. Wenger, and at the Millersville M. H., near which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery, by Abram Herr. At the early age of fifteen he professed faith in his Savior, and united with the Mennonite church. On the 20th of June, 1901, he united in marriage with Mary L. Kulp, daughter of Bro. Henry Kulp of Lancaster, Pa. Only a few weeks later while they were on a visit to relatives near Hagerstown, Md., he took sick. An abscess of the liver formed and after much suffering an operation was performed by three physicians, which afforded much relief. In November he became able to return with his wife to Lancaster where he resumed his work with the G. A. and P. Tea Co., but was again stricken with the same illness and lived but fifteen days, during which he bore his sufferings patiently. While he endured great pain in his body there was peace in his soul and prayer and song upon his lips. He was heard to sing, "There'll be no more sorrow when Jesus comes to gather His loved ones home!" His last words were, "Jesus is mine," and "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." May a loving Savior befriend throughout life the one who was so soon bereft of her companion. Besides his wife he leaves his parents, I. W. Eby and wife, two brothers, J. M. and Amos F. all of Maugansville, Md., and one sister, Lizzie M., wife of Ed Musselman of Shiremanstown, Pa.
RANCK. - January 23, 1902, near Paradise, Pa., Jacob E. Ranck, aged 64 years, 5 months, and 16 days. He had been in feeble health for over two years, of kidney trouble, but was confined to bed only one week. He bore his sufferings very patiently, and often said he was satisfied just as the Lord willed. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and always tried to help build up Christ's kingdom and to help the poor. He was highly respected in the community and the bereaved family have the warmest sympathy of their friends and neighbors. He is survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. One daughter preceded him to the spirit world eight years ago. He also leaves three brothers and two sisters, yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. May they all put their trust in God, for we know that father has just gone before, and soon the time will come that all who are faithful can meet those gone before and enjoy the pleasures forevermore at God's right hand. His chair is vacant in the home, he is missed each new-born day. In his death his wife has lost a kind and affectionate husband; the children, a loving father, who was always ready to help them all he could. Funeral services were held on the 27th by Christian Brackbill at the house and at the Strasburg Mennonite M. H. by Elias Groff. Text John 14:1-4.
Transcribed by Kathy Sparr Mott, Indiana.