Herald of Truth Obituaries - May, 1902

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 9, May 1, 1902, page 142, 143

was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, December 13th, 1824, died April 7th, 1902, aged 77 years, 3 months and 24 days. He united with the Amish Mennonite church and was a regular attendant at public worship when health permitted. In 1854 he was married to Magdalena Fry. Two years later he moved to Howard County, Indiana, on the farm which he owned at the time of his death. In 1867, he was ordained to the ministry and about six years later to the office of bishop. He served his congregation faithfully, not shunning to declare all the counsel of God. So desirous was he for peace that he suffered many wrongs himself in order to save the church. He had been somewhat feeble during the winter but only a week before his death he was present at, and took part in the church services. On Friday, April 4th, he did some repairing on his farm and on Friday night became very sick with kidney trouble of a complicated nature. His family physician told him that he must die. He expressed a willingness to go, and called his family around him, giving them many admonitions to live for Jesus and to meet him in glory. His posterity numbers five children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Of these two children and four grandchildren have preceded him to the spirit world. Of his four brothers and six sisters only one sister survives him. Funeral was conducted by E. A. Mast, J. S. Hartzler, and J. S. Horner from Rev. 14:13 and was very largely attended. The family has lost a loving husband and father; the community, a good neighbor and the influence lead many others to a life of purity and holiness.

GOOD.-Apr. 7, 1902, near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Clarence H., son of Bro. Isaac M. and Sister Anna M. Good, aged 5 M. 17 D. Funeral services on the 9th at Hershey's meeting house by Pre. Amos H. Hoover. Text, Matt. 14:12.

HORST.-On March 17th, 1902, at her home near North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sister Emma S. Horst, aged 28 Y., 5 M., and 8 D. Funeral services at Pleasant View, by David Hostetler and I. J. Buchwalter from 1 Peter 1:24.

DAVIDHIZER.-On the 13th of February, 1902, near Nappanee, Ind., Ruth Catharine, daughter of Bro. Cornelius and Sister Catharine Davidhizer, aged 3 Y., 5 M., and 13 D. This family was sorely afflicted with scarlet fever, which resulted in the death of little Ruth. She was privately buried on the 14th, in the Union Center cemetery. Services were held on Easter Sunday, March 30th, in the Union Center brick church, by Pre. David Anglemyer and J. W. Christophel. Text, Matt. 19:14.

GROSS.-Joseph N. Gross of Doylestown, Pa., April 13, 1902, aged 85 years, 8 months and 10 days. In 1841 he was married to Sarah Wismer, with whom he lived 61 years. They were blessed with four sons and one daughter. The mother and three sons are still living, Henry W. of Doylestown, Levi of Oakland, California, and Isaiah of Philadelphia. He was buried on the 16th in the Doylestown Mennonite burying ground. Services by A. D. Wanger in English and D. L. Gayman in German. The church has lost one of its oldest and most worthy members. Peace to his ashes.

ERB.-On the 10th of March, 1902, in West Brookfield, Stark Co., Ohio, of paralysis, David Erb, aged 81 Y., 9 M., and 21 D. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., May 19, 1818. On the 23d of Sept. 1851, he was united in marriage to Anna Mary Yost. This union was blessed with five children. His wife and two children preceded him to the eternal world. He came to Ohio in 1853, and located near West Brookfield and lived as a faithful member of the Mennonite church to the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted in the Pleasant View Mennonite M. H. in Stark Co., on the 12th, by Ira J. Buchwalter, in the presence of a large concourse of people.

FUNK.-On the14th of April, 1902, in Owen Co., Indiana, of the infirmities of old age, Abraha Funk, aged 79 Y., 2 M., 10 D. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 4th, 1823. The family moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where he was married to Jane Pittman. They moved to Owen Co., Ind., about 1852, where he lived to the time of his death. He had one daughter, who died in 1870. He was an active and zealous member of the Mennonite church for many years. His wife preceded him to the eternal world Oct. 3, 1900. He was buried at the Mennonite graveyard at the Oberholzer meeting-house, on the 16th. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, of Elkhart, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. The funeral was largely attended.

Transcribers' note: "Abraha" as in the original. It probably should be Abraham.

BOWMAN.-On Apr. 9th, 1902, at Berlin, Ont., Sister Barbara Koch beloved wife of Jonas L. Bowman, aged 39 Y., 1 M., and 26 D. She had been confined to her bed for several months with dropsy and for the last few weeks with a complication of diseases. Toward the last her sufferings were great. The last few days she sang with her friends of her departure, and when unable to sing she requested others to do so. At times she gave forth expressions of joy, praise and prayer. She leaves a sorrowing husband and four children. May there be a reuniting of them all with two children who have preceded her. Services at the house were conducted by Daniel Wismer, and at the United Brethren Church by E. S. Hallman, text, Psa. 23:4, and by Noah Stauffer, text, Rev. 21:4, 5. Her remains were interred in the C. Eby Mennonite cemetery.

SHUMAKER.-Clara Eby, oldest daughter of Bro. A. E. and Sister Salome Shumaker, was born near West Liberty, Ohio, Aug. 29th, 1892, died March 24th, 1902, aged 9 Y., 6 M., 25 D. Clara's short stay here was a blessing to many. She was an affectionate child, and to know her was but to love her, and to be loved. She had many friends here, but we have the assurance that she is now enjoying the presence of Him of whom she loved so much to sing in her favorite song, "There is not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No not one, No not one." Truly she is missed at home, in school, and in Sabbath school, but the Good Shepherd had need of another lamb, and He has a right to "the fairest flowers of the garden," so we humbly bow in submission to His will. Funeral services were held at Bethel M. H. in West Liberty. Services were conducted by J. B. Smith and C. H. Blyer. Interment in West Liberty cemetery.

LONGENECKER.-Barbara, daughter of Jacob Newcomer, was born on the 29th of August 1873, at Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., was married a year and a half ago to Ira M. Longenecker, died on the 10th of April, 1902, aged 28 Y., 7 M., 12 D. She had been in good health and her sudden death was a blow to the companion and her other relatives and friends. Within about a half year her parents, have laid away a daughter-in-law, a son and a daughter. Deceased leaves her husband and infant daughter, parents, five brothers and two sisters. She had not identified herself with the church, but was ready and only waiting for her husband. May this be a call to all not to put off the matter of salvation for a more convenient season. May God give grace to the bereaved husband and to make his calling and election sure and to bring up the little motherless child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Funeral services at the M. H. by Bish. Martin Rutt, Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher and Pre. Ephraim Nissly, and at the schoolhouse by Jacob Martin, John Wolgamuth and Jones Mumma.

BRINER.-Nancy Hunsicker was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Nov. 15, 1824, died Apr. 6, 1902, aged 77 Y., 4 M., and 22 D. On Jan. 14, 1846 she was married to Joseph Troxel. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. The husband, Joseph Troxel, died Feb. 13, 1854. On Nov. 18, 1857 the deceased was united in marriage to Conrad Briner with whom she lived until death. Mr. and Mrs. Briner were the parents of seven children. Sister Briner united with the Mennonite church in her youth and lived a consistent member until 1887 when the Mennonite congregation of Bloom Twp., Ohio, disbanded. She then united with the Reformed church and lived a consistent member until her decease. A host of friends join in extending their sympathy of the bereaved husband and children who have lost a precious friend. The funeral was held from the U. B. church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, April 8th. The sermon was preached by her pastor, D. A. Parks. The remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery at Bloomville, Ohio.
J. N.

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXIX, No. 10, May 15, 1902, page 158, 159

was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Jan. 8th, 1861, died near Birmingham, Jackson Co., Kansas, April 19th, 1902. His sickness was erysipelas followed by cerebral meningitis. He suffered intensely for about a week. His age was 41 Y., 3 M., 11 D. He was united in marriage to Hannah Kauffman of East Salem, Pa., on Dec. 22d 1887. To this union were born four children,-two boys and two girls. One of the girls died in infancy. Bro. Winey united with the Mennite church in the Spring of 1886, was ordained to the ministry Dec. 8th, 1887 at Peabody, Kansas. The last seven years he had charge of the church at Cedar Vale, Jackson Co., Kans. At the Kansas-Nebraska Conference in the fall of 1900 he was elected District Evangelist, holding the same position at the time of his death.
He was consecrated to his work and laboured faithfully as well as successfully. His last labors at Spring Valley, McPherson Co., were especially crowned with success, about 25 souls confessing their Savior. He was never happier than when he could be at work for the Lord. He had the salvation of sinners at heart, and the "abundant life" to be manifested amongst the children of God.
Though consciousness was taken away from him most of the time during his last sickness, yet the last day of his life he was mostly conscious, and but fifteen minutes before he passed away, he was asked by his companion, whether he could praise the Lord now, to which he responded "Yes, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! These were the last words he said. The ministerial force of Kansas is weakened, one of their family is gone. The Mennonite church loses a faithful worker for the cause of Christ; the family a kind and loving husband and father, and his neighbors a pious, honest, and kind neighbor and friend.
The funeral was held from his late home on Monday afternoon Apr. 21st, after which the remains were taken by rail to Peabody, Kansas, where another service was held at the Catlin M. H. the next day, Apr. 22d. Buried in the adjoining burial ground. Services were conducted at both places by Tillman M. Erb, of Newton, Kans., from Psa. 116: 15 on the 21st, and from Num. 23:10 last part on the 22d. May God comfort the bereaved family.

Transcriber's note: "Mennite" and "laboured" as in the original.

KURTZ.-On the 17th of March, 1902, near Menno, Pa., Maria Kurtz, aged about 75 years.

HALLMAN.-On the 23rd of April, at the residence of his son-in-law, Samuel Steele, Morristown, Pa., Henry Hallman, aged 79 years. Buried on the 26th at the Methacton M. H., Worcester.

EIGSTI.-On the 10th of April, 1902, in Bureau Co., Ill., infant daughter of Bro. John and Sister Ida Eigsti, aged 10 days. Buried in the Willow Spring cemetery. Funeral services by Pre. Jacob Ringenberg and Deacon H. V. Albrecht.

HORNING.-On the 24th of April, 1902, at the residence of her son-in-law, Levi B. Freed, near Telford, Montgomery Co., Pa., widow of the late Joseph Horning, aged about 80 years. Her husband died about fifteen years ago. Two sons and a daughter survive. Funeral services on the 1st of May at Gehman's Mennonite M. H.

TYSON.-Sarah, wife of Enos W. Tyson, of Limerick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., succumbed to a stroke of paralysis, aged 61 Y., 4 M., 11 D. She leaves her husband, five sons, two daughters and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Burial and funeral services on the24th of April at the Upper Providence Mennonite M. H.

Green.-Albert Green died at the Mennonite Orphans' Home in West Liberty, O., May 2, 1902, of stomatitis, aged 1 M., and 1 D. Buried services were held at the Home by Eli D. Yoder, May 3, at four o'clock, after which the body was followed to the grave in Fair View cemetery by the Home children and a few friends. On account of the measles at the Home no public services were held. This was the first death that ever occurred at the Orphans' Home.

CAMP.-On the 22 of March, 1902, at Metamora, Ill., of heart failure, Magdalena Camp, aged 62 Y., 9 M., 28 D. She was born May 24, 1839, united in marriage with Christian Camp, Feb. 1860. She leaves her husband, five sons and three daughters, ten grandchildren, two sisters and one brother to mourn her departure. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth, in which she remained faithful to the end. Funeral services at the Metamora M. H. in German by Andrew Schrock from 2 Tim. 4:4-8; in English by Samuel Garber from Rom. 6:23. Burial in the Roanoke cemetery.

HARNISH.-On the 25th, of April, 1902, Henry B. Harnish died of lung fever at Belton, Mo., aged 43 Y., 8 M., 29 D. He was born at East Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 26th, 1858. He was married to Susan LeFever Jan. 10th, 1886, and moved to Cass Co., Mo., in 1891. He leaves a wife and eight children, a father, two brothers, one sister and many friends to mourn their loss. He was sick only four days. The funeral took place on April 30th, in Belton in the M. E. church. Services by C. S. Hauder of Garden City, Mo. Text, Jas. 4:14, "What is your life?" May the Lord bless the family.

ZOOK.-On the 30th of April, 1902, in Mifflin Co., Pa., Fannie Salome, the sweet little daughter of Bro. John L. and Sister Amelia Zook. Funeral on the 2d of May in the Mennonite M. H. near Allensville. Services in German by Joseph Zook and in English by J. H. Byler. Text, "Suffer the children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
The child was only sick a few days. Little did any one think an impending danger was near until a few minutes before the spirit took its heavenly flight. The disease seemed to linger in its throat and terminated in membranous croup.


LINK.-On the 24th of April, 1902, near Nappanee, Ind., Mabel Ruth, infant daughter of Bro. Charles U. and Sister Clara Link, aged 5 M., and 24 D. The child's sickness began with mumps; hopes of recovery were however entertained. A relapse terminating in congestion of the brains and lungs was the immediate cause of death. The messenger came unexpected and took from the home a bright little gem. A few cries, a few smiles, a few pains constituted the history of its short earthly stay. Funeral services were conducted at North Union, April 27th. Bro. Frank Hartman preached the sermon, Bro. David Burkholder assisting. A large congregation of friends and relatives attended the funeral and the bereaved family has the sympathy of their many friends.

ZOOK.-On the 9th of April, 1902, in Omaha, Neb., Menno K. Zook, eldest son of Joel Zook of Belleville, Pa., (deceased), aged 70 Y., 4 M., and 24 D. He had gone to Omaha the day before with a shipment of cattle, which he has sold, and was on his way to the depot to return home when he dropped dead on the street. He was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., and was married Feb. 3, 1853, to Barbara Kauffman who with five sons and five daughters, also two brothers and two sisters survive him. Bro. Zook united with the Mennonite church at the age of twenty. He was beloved and esteemed and his sudden death casts a gloom over the entire neighborhood. Funeral on the 13th, Pre. S. Shafer of the M. E. church, officiating. The Lord comfort the stricken family in their deep and sudden affliction.

YODER.-Benjamin Yoder was born in Huntington Co., Pa., June 21st, 1829, and died in Logan Co., Ohio, April 23d, 1902, aged 78 Y., 10 M., 21 D. He came with his brother-in-law, John B. Yoder, to Logan Co., in the spring of 1844; a few years after he went back to Pennsylvania where he stayed until the spring of 1865 when he came to Ohio to make his home, and on the 10th of November 1857 he was married to Lydia Plank. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. Two daughters and his companion have gone before him to the spirit world, and three sons, and one daughter and nine grandchildren are here to mourn his departure, but they need not mourn as though he had no hope. Funeral on the 25th at the Union church was conducted by C. K. Yoder and Jonathan Werey. His remains were laid to rest in the South Union burying ground.
C. K. Yoder.

BENDER.-May 4, 1902, Ida E., wife of Bro. D. H. Bender, of Tub, Pa. Sister Bender was affected with a tumor or cancer of the bone in her left limb. It was a number of months before it was known what the disease was. The doctors decided that amputation was necessary. Bro. Bender took her to the Mercy hospital, Pittsburg, Pa., on Apr. 25th. The leg was amputated and she rallied but he third day began to sink and died on the above date, aged 25 Y., 4 M., 19 D., leaving three children. She died in perfect peace, having submitted her will and life entirely in the hands of God. In her last hours she assured her husband that it was well with her soul. The church feels deeply the loss of this devoted Christian worker. Her humble and submissive life, her chaste conversation and her devotedness to God and the church was a good example to many. The church joins in expressing our deepest sympathies to our dear brother in his bereavement. He is a faithful minister and evangelist and has preached the gospel to many souls. The remains of Sister Bender were brought home and she was buried May 6th in the Mennonite graveyard at Tub., Pa. Funeral services were conducted by G. D. Miller, assisted by David Keim, H. M. Gelnett and Ed. Miller.

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

Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana

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