PRE. WILLIAM GRAYBILL
of Evandale, Juniata Co., Pa., passed away Sept. 6, 1902. One more of our faithful ministers has passed away from labor to reward. Surely one thought his work, presence and life was needed among us as a shepherd, counselor and sympathizer with his people. He was in his seventieth year of life, and the thirty-fourth year of his ministry. He was the father of eight children-six sons and two daughters, one of which preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a dear companion and seven children to mourn their loss. Interment in Lost Creek cemetery. Funeral sermon by Bish. William Auker, assisted by J. A. Brilhart.
LECKRONE.-On the 9th of September, 1902, at Woodside, Fayette Co., Pa., of cancer of the throat, Bro. Mathias Leckrone. Funeral services by Bish. Aaron Loucks, of Scottsdale, Pa.
ROHR.-Sister Sallie Rohr, wife of Charles Rohr, died suddenly on Aug. 4, 1902, aged 28 Y., 11 M., 14 D. Funeral on the 8th. Services were conducted by Pre. Jacob Rush and John Leatherman at the house and at the M. H. by Bish. Henry Rosenberger and Pre. Henry Angelmoyer. She was buried at Blooming Glen Mennonite M. H. Peace to her ashes.
FRETZ.-Bro. Joseph B. Fretz, of Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., died Sept. 9, 1902, aged 71 Y., 21 D. Funeral was held on the 13th. Services were conducted at the house by Pre. Peter Loux and A. O. Histand and at the M. H. by Pre. John Leatherman and Henry Angelmoyer. He was buried at Blooming Glen Mennonite M. H. May we all live a life in Christ that we can also die in Him and again meet our friends who have gone before. Such a life we believe our dear Bro. lived, as he wished to depart from this sinful world and live with Christ in peace.
FARAH.-On Sept. 11th, 1902, M. H. Farar of Mayton, Alberta, Canada, met with a very sad death. While returning home with a load of lumber, his horses took fright and ran away, throwing him from the wagon. He was severely kicked by one of the horses, and when his lifeless body was taken up, his neck and arm were found to be broken. The funeral was held Sept. 13th and was conducted by G. Miller in German and A. Brubaker in English. Deceased leaves a wife and six children to mourn his sudden departure. Two months ago, after a long continued illness, Mr. Farar's mother departed this world. This funeral was also conducted by A. Brubaker.
REAM.-On the 28th of August 1902, near Johnstown, Pa., of consumption, Bro. Samuel J. Ream, aged 60 Y., 3 M., 16 D. Buried on the 30th. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler and Jonas Blauch. Text, Heb. 11:16. Bro. Ream and lives a long time in this life without belonging to any church, rather, depending on mortality for salvation, but when sickness took hold upon him and he realized his time was short in this life, he sent for Bro. Jonas Blauch who baptized him and received him into the church. He realized his sin pardoned and died with a living hope in Christ. Another evidence that it takes more than mortality to die happy.
RAMER.-Catharine Ramer was born Oct. 20th, 1812, died at the home of John Pletcher in Elkhart Co., Ind., Aug. 30th, 1902, her age being 89 Y., 10 M., 10 D. Buried on the 31st at Yellow Creek where many friends assembled at the services conducted by Henry Weldy and Monroe Schwalm. Text, Job 19:25. She was a member of the Mennonite church, and led a consistent Christian life and had a desire to depart and be with Christ. She was the mother of seven children, of whom four survive: of the 46 grandchildren, 41 are living, and of 52 great grandchildren, 46 are living, also three great great grandchildren.
SHULTZ.-Mary Shultz, maiden name Miller, was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, died Sept. 9, 1902, aged 62 Y., 2 M., 23 D. The deceased united in matrimony with Gabriel Shultz in 1859. To this union were born eight children, and twenty-one grand children. Three children preceded her to the spirit world. Three sons, two daughters, and a dear husband remain to mourn their loss. Our departed sister was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 41 years and was a good neighbor, a kind wife, and an affectionate mother. Buried at Yellow Creek, Sept. 11. Funeral services by J. H. McGowen, from the words, "Remember thy mother," and by Noah Metzler, from John 14:2. Peace to her ashes.
STAUFFER.-On the 19th of August, 1902, near North Lima, Mahoning Co., Ohio, after a week's illness with a complication of diseases, Henry Stauffer, aged 61 Y., 6 M., 8 D. The funeral took place on the 22nd, at the North Lima Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by M. S. Steiner, of Pandora, Ohio, assisted by D. Rickert. Buried in the adjoining grave yard. A large congregation was assembled. He was married to Elizabeth Blosser who survives him, with five daughters, three sons, and ten grandchildren, also one brother, one sister, and many friends to mourn his departure. But they mourn not as those who have no hope. M.
SLABAUGH.-Daniel Slaubaugh was born in Maryland, July 9, 1827. On Oct. 2, 1849 he was married to Marie Brenneman, who survives him. To this union were born six children, Mrs. A. J. Springer, Mrs. D. R. Miller, and John of Iowa, Mrs. John Gingrich, Mrs. Lewis Byer and Mrs. R. W. Nafziger of this state. He united with the Mennonite church in his early years. In 1864 he came to Illinois and lived south of Danvers until his death, which occurred July 29, 1902 after an illness of three weeks, his age being 75 Y., 20 D. Besides the children, twenty-one grandchildren and two great grandchildren are left to mourn his death. The funeral was held at Danvers, Pre. C. Shantz and M. Kinsinger officiating. Interment was made in Park Lawn cemetery, Danvers.
BONTRAGER.-Fanny, (Hershberger) wife of Christian J. Bontrager, of Nappanee, Ind., was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 2, 1832, died Aug. 29, 1902, aged 70 Y., 6 M., 27 D. She had been sick with a complication of diseases for 11 years, which seemed to baffle the skill of physicians. The deceased came to Lagrange Co., Ind., with her parents when 10 years of age, and on April 4, 1850, was united in marriage to Christian Bontrager. They adopted two children,-Gary North, and Mattie Jones. Sister Bontrager united with the Amish church in her early life and remained a consistent member until her death. Her suffering was endured with Christian fortitude and when the end came she was glad to go where suffering is not known. Funeral took place on Sunday, August 31, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Manassas M. Miller and David S. Kauffman. Peace to her ashes. G. W. North.
HARMON.-On the 6th of Sept., 1902, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Solomon Harmon, aged 85 Y. The funeral took place Sept. 8, at North Lima Lutheran church, he being a member of that church. Services were conducted by the Lutheran pastor of that place. Buried in the grave yard near by. On the 10th his wife died, at the age of 78 Y. She was buried on the 12th at the same place. Services conducted by Paul Witmer, assisted by the Lutheran pastor. The funeral was largely attended. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. She was blind for several years. Thus they lived together for many years, to a good old age, and then both were permitted to depart this life within less than a week's time, we hope, to meet each other beyond this vale of tears, in a better world than this, where there will be no sorrow, no sickness, no death, and no parting for evermore. Two sons and two daughters and a number of grandchildren survive them, with many friends to mourn their departure, but not as those who have no hope.
Transcriber's note: The above contains obituaries for both husband and wife.
EVERS.-Magdalen Evers was born April 5th, 1834, in Rockingham Co., Va., and died July 14th, 1902, aged 86 Y., 3 M., 9 D. She was, on her father's side, of the Suter family, being a daughter of Daniel Suter, who emigrated to America from Alsace, France, in the year 1825. On her mother's side, she was of the Heatwole family, who came to Virginia many years ago from Pennsylvania, one of the pioneers of the Mennonite church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She was married to Wm. Evers in 1855. He died Feb. 24, 1878. Since that time she lived in widowhood, and cared for her family. She always seemed to be deeply concerned about their welfare. Death came to her very suddenly. In the evening she and her daughter Bettie milked the cows, and while at that she finished first, and was standing waiting for her daughter when she was stricken down with apoplexy. She was taken to the house and soon was unconscious. A physician was called, but all the skill rendered was to no avail. She died at 3 o'clock next morning. Four sons and two daughters survive her. Samuel and the two daughters are still unmarried. She was buried at St. John's church, near Singer's Glen. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran church for many years. Funeral was conducted by her pastor, W. B. Oney, and Christian Good, of the Mennonite church. The latter in the opening exercises read parts Psalm 90 and 1 Cor. 15. He made some very appropriate remarks. The text used by the pastor was Job 30: 23. He preached a very interesting sermon to the large concourse of relatives, neighbors and friends. May she rest in peace until the resurrection morn.
SAUDER.-Mollie, beloved wife of Bro. Levi Sauder, and only daughter of Pre. Abram and Susan Snyder, was born July 12, 1874, died at her home near Roaring Springs, Pa., on the 31st of July 1902, aged 28 Y., 19 D. She leaves her sorrowing husband, an infant son nine days old, her aged parents and six brothers. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of fifteen and exemplified her profession by her faithful life. She was one of the four founders of the congregation at Roaring Springs, four years ago, (since which time it has increased to 22 members,) and also was instrumental in opening a Sunday school at Martinsburg a few years ago. Her labors were early closed and she will be greatly missed, but God doeth all things well. She was the first in this congregation to be called away by death. She suffered very severely during her illness, but when the end came she fell peacefully and quietly asleep in Jesus to wake in glory. She was held in high esteem far and near, as was shown by the large attendance at the funeral and the many tokens of love, especially by her Sunday school class of about fifteen little girls. The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of her host of friends in this great loss. At the funeral, held on the 2nd of August the six brothers bore the remains to their last resting place. Funeral services at the house by Abram Metzler and by J. H. Hershey at the M. H. from the text, Psa. 46:5 and by J. N. Durr at the grave. God comfort the bereaved ones.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
MISHLER.-On the 16th of September, 1902, near Johnstown, Pa., Charles David, son of Bro. David and sister Sallie Mishler, aged 7 M., 8 D. Funeral services at the Fire Hill German Baptist church by S. G. Shelter and Jonas Blauch. Buried in the Stahl Mennonite graveyard.
HERSHBERGER.-Near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co, Ohio, on the evening of the 25th of Sept., 1902, of dropsy, widow Catharine Hershberger, daughter of the late Pre. A. Mast, aged 56 Y., 9 M., 11 D. Burried on the 28th at the Walnut Creek A. M. church, of which she was a faithful member. Funeral services conducted by preachers Fred Mast and Levi Miller, both of the Martinscreek Cong. The deceased was the mother of 13 children and 26 grandchildren. Two sons and her husband preceded her departure. She bore her sufferings very patiently and often expressed her wish to leave this world of sorrow and sufferings, the Lord willing, for the spiritual world beyond.
Transcriber's note: "burried" as in the original.
YODER.-On the 11th of September, 1902, near Elton, Cambria Co., Pa., very suddenly, sister Lydia, wife of Joseph Yoder, aged 48 Y., 6 M., 29 D. Sister Yoder was out in the stable helping her husband to do the milking in the evening and she fell over and in a few hours she was a corpse. Her two daughters (her only children living) were both away teaching school, and before they reached home their mother was gone. This indeed shows us the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. Though we believe she was prepared to meet her God, it should be a loud call to us all, especially to the unconverted. Buried on the 13th at the Mennonite M. H., near her home. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler from John 19:27.
YODER.-On the 10th of Sept., 1902, in Wakarusa, Ind., of cancer of the stomach, Bro. John H. Yoder, aged 74 Y., and 4 D. He was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Sept. 6th, 1828. He was married to Mary Shaum, Dec. 23th, 1849. To this union were born 14 children. His wife and 11 children preceded him to the spirit world. Three children, two brothers, two sisters, and two half-sisters survive him. There were also 19 grandchildren and 1 great grand child. He came to Indiana in 1850. He was a member of the Mennonite church about 40 years, and was much concerned for the church. He was confined to his bed most of the time for about four months, but bore his afflictions with patience. When he realized that the time of his departure was at hand, he set his house in order, and made the necessary arrangements for his funeral. He was buried on the 12th of Sept., on which occasion services were conducted at the house by Pre. Dudley, at the U. B. meeting house in Wakarusa, by Henry McGowen, and at the Olive Mennonite M. House, where his remains were laid to rest, by Jacob Shank, from Isa. 38:1. Peace to his ashes.
Transcriber's note: "23th" as in the original.
LANDIS.-At her home near Landis Valley, Mrs. Catharine Reist, widow of the late Henry L. Landis, on Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock, aged 70 Y., 4 M., 18 D. She had been failing for some time of dyspepsia and cancer of the stomach. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for some 40 years, a devoted Christian and a most faithful mother of fifteen children. She is survived by the following children:-Andrew R., single at home who lived with mother all his life time; H. Reist near Lititz; Peter R., Landis Valley; Mrs. Benj. R. Brubaker widow, of East Petersburg; Mrs. Lizzie R. Miller near Lititz; Isaac R., Landis Valley; Jacob R. Landis on the old homestead near Oregon, Manheim Twp.; Mrs. Katie Shank near Lancaster; Mrs. Ella Mumaw of Landisville; Mrs. Clara Weidman near Lexington; Israel R. near Landis Valley. Four children preceded her to the spirit world. Benjamin R., the second son, met a tragic death two years ago on the Pennsylvania railroad cutoff near the Novelty works at Lancaster, while crossing with four horse team when he and two of his horses were killed. Emma, Mary and Alice died in infancy. Nearly all of the living have accepted Christ and follow in the path of their parents. Besides those of her children who survive, thirty-eight grand children and five great-grand children live to mourn her death. The funeral was held on Friday morning Sept. 26 from her late residence at 9 o'clock and 9:30 at Landis Valley Mennonite meeting house where interment was made, services by Bishop C. B. Risser, John Lefever and Abram Witmer. Text, Isaiah 66:13. "As one whom his mother comforteth so will I comfort you: and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem." Notwithstanding the inclement weather the house was well filed.
Transcriber's note: "comforteth" and "filed" as in the original.
NUNEMAKER.-On the 30th of September, 1902, George
N., son of J. M. and Hannah Nunemaker of Roseland, Neb.,
died at Eustis, Neb., of typhoid fever at the age of 23 Y., 1
M., 6 D. Deceased was a bright, healthy looking young man, but
in the vigor of life, that dread disease, typhoid fever, overtook
him and as the fever rose, his mind was disturbed; his father
and his brother Henry were with him and when they saw that death
was near, they sent word to the mother and also to Miss Lula Coleman
of Hastings, Neb., his bride, whom he had chosen as a life companion
who came as soon as possible, but only to see him whom they had
seen go away from home Aug. 1, in the bloom of youth-now a corpse,
as he had died 20 minutes before they arrived. What adds to the
sorrow and grief of the parents and the family is, that he kept
putting off to accept and confess Christ as his Savior. A solemn
warning to the young people as well as for older ones that are
without hope in Jesus. Now is the accepted time, now is the day
of salvation. The remains were brought home, telegrams were sent
to the children that were from home, Edgar and Noah, Sterling,
Ill.; Cassie, Iowa, La.; John, Tacoma, Wash. The funeral took
place on the 4th of Oct. at the Roseland Mennonite M. H., all
the family being present with the exception of John, who was too
far away. God had blessed this family with 11 children, 9 boys
and 2 girls. George being the fourth son, was the first one to
be called away after they had been an unbroken family for 32 years.
Services were conducted at the house by Pre. Yost of the M. E.
church of Roseland, from Psalm 39 and at the church by the writer
from Eccl. 11:9, 10, and D. G. Lapp from Eccl. 12:1. A very large
concourse of people attended the funeral.