Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1903

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XL, No. 32, August 6, 1903 - Page 256

Haas - On the 17th of July 1903, at his home on the banks of the Big Chiques, in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Michael Haas, aged 87 Y., 7 M. He was a stone mason and had lived at his residence almost 60 yeas. Of his fourteen children seven remain with their aged mother to mourn their loss. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Buried at Salunga Mennonite M.H. July 20. Funeral services by Henry Longnecker and A.H. Hottenstein.

Lantz - Israel Lantz was born in Dark Co., Ohio, July 10, 1840. He died of cancer, at his home near Emma, Ind., June 26, 1903, aged 62 Y., 11 M., 16 D. He was married to Mariah Geisinger, Feb. 1, 1866. To this union were born three sons and three daughters, who, with his wife, five brothers and three sisters survive him. He united with the Mennonite church in September 1902, and was a faithful member unto death. The funeral was held in the Clinton Mennonite M.H., Sunday forenoon, conducted by A.S. Cripe and D.D. Miller.

Whisler - On July 23, 1903, of dropsy, Elizabeth Whisler, aged 70 Y., 5 M., 10 D. Buried at the Roseland Mennonite M.H., Adams Co., Neb., on the 24th. Services by Albrecht Shiffler. Text, John 11:28, the latter clause.

Weber - On July 10, 1903, near Berlin, Ont., Cora Seleda Weber, infant child of Bro. and Sister George Weber, aged 4 M., 2 D. Services were conducted by the brethren Noah Stauffer and E.S. Hallman. Text, James 4:14. May the parents find consolation in the thought that their jewel is gathered among the redeemed.

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XL, No. 33, August 13, 1903 - Page 264

Pre. Noah Augsburger was born in Bavaria, Germany, Nov. 30, 1817; died near Hopedale, Tazewell Co., Ill., July 17 1903, aged 85 Y., 8 M., 17 D. He was afflicted for some time with kidney trouble and other complications, incidental, in part, to old age. He labored in the ministry for many years, and after a well-spent life the Master called him to rest. He leaves his aged companion, three sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral services on the 19th at the Hopedale Amish Mennonite M.H. by Daniel Grieser and Daniel Roth in German and by Samuel Gerber in English. May God comfort the bereaved family and congregation in the loss they have sustained.

Kauffman - On the 21st of July, near Hopedale, Ill., infant son of Joseph and Katie Kauffman, aged six days. Funeral services from the house on the 22d.

Hershey - On the evening of July 14, 1903, near Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dysentery and convulsions, Anne, daughter of John K. and Mary Hershey, aged almost seven months. Only a few days of severe illness, and little Annie could go where she will be well for ever more.

Nace - At the residence of her grandson, John Delp, in Salford, Montgomery Co., Pa., widow Anna Nace, nee Delp, aged 81 years. She was twice married, the last husband also preceding her. Three brothers, one sister and a number of grandchildren survive her. Funeral services and burial on the 4th of August at the Franconia M.H.

Neuhauser - On the 29th of July 1903, in Knox Co., Tenn., of consumption, Bro. John H. Neuhauser, aged 26 Y., 4 M., 9 D. Bro. Neuhauser leaves a young wife, parents, two brothers and four sisters to mourn his early departure. May they so live that they may all meet on the eternal shores. Buried in the Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services by the writer, assisted by Pre. White. Text, Psa. 39:5. H.H. Good

Detweiler - On the 29th of July 1903, in Elkhart, Indiana, of spasms, suddenly, Grace Marie, daughter of Rudy and Grace Detweiler, aged 1 Y., 1 M., 25 D. Funeral services were conducted in the Elkhart meeting house on Sunday, August 2, by George Lambert and J.S. Lehman. A very large number of people attended the funeral. May God comfort the hearts of the sorrowing parents. May they ever remember the words of Jesus, "Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Zook - At Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Sunday evening, July 26, 1903, Nancy Zook, aged 80 Y., 11 D. She was a daughter of Yost and Elizabeth Hartzler and the widow of Jonathan Zook. Her funeral was one of the largest seen in that community for some time. What was there in this aged, childless widow that drew forth so many people and touched so many hearts with sadness, as her body was laid to rest? She had a kind, loving heart, in which there was no guile. Good cheer followed her where she went, and so we think of her with pleasure. If she had no children of her own, her motherheart reached out to other people's children. Years ago she brought up two girls, each now in a home of her own. As the weakness of old aged increased, one of these took her into her own home and tenderly cared for her to the end. She feels that she has lost a mother, and many others feel that they have lost a friend. J.K. Hartzler

McGowen - On the 26th of July, 1903, in Roseburg, Oregon, of appendicitis, Charles Edward, son of Pre. James H. and Elizabeth McGowen of Nappanee, Elkhart Co., Ind. The remains were sent to the parental home, leaving Roseburg on the 27th and arriving at Nappanee Sunday, Aug. 2, at 10 p.m., and were taken in charge by Walters & Lehman, undertakers, and about an hour after they were conveyed to the home of the bereaved parents, where many sympathizing friends had assembled. Funeral services Monday, Aug. 3, in the Mennonite M.H. in Nappanee by Eli A. Borntreger, Noah Metzler, David Burkholder and D.J. Johns. As not nearly all the people could be accommodated in the large house, the Evangelical church, a few miles away, was kindly opened, where John Miller and Henry Weldy conducted the services. Deceased was born near Nappanee, Feb. 2, 1877, and was aged 26 Y., 5 M., 24 D. He leaves, besides his parents, one brother and two sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn, but we believe our loss is his eternal gain. Bro. Charlie was friendly to all. His sunny disposition endeared him to all. He united with the church of his choice at the age of eighteen and became an active worker in the church and Sunday school. He left for Oregon the last time about 4 1/2 years ago. Peace to his ashes. G.W.N.

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XL, No. 34, August 20, 1903 - Page 271

Woods - On Aug. 6, 1903, in Elkhart, Ind., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Yoder, Mrs. Anna Woods, aged 85 Y., 8 M., 19 D. She was the widow of Alexander Woods, and is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Yoder, a son, Newton J. Woods of Ottawa, Kansas, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Delilah Vandeveer of Rock Island, Ill., and Mrs. Ebeliah Woods of Union City, Ind. Mrs. Woods was born in Pueblo Co., Ohio, Nov. 18, 1817, and was taken to Dark Co. when but an infant. She grew to womanhood and married, coming to Elkhart Co., Ind., 58 years ago and settling on what is now the Chris. Holdeman farm, five miles southwest of Elkhart. After living there 14 years, during which time three children were buried in the Jamestown cemetery, Mr. and Mrs. Woods moved to Grundy Co., Ill., and after living on a farm there for some time removed to Morris, where Mrs. Woods resided 24 years and where her husband died 14 years ago. In June 1898 she came to make her home with her daughter, sister Yoder. Deceased had always been a strong, robust woman, capable of overcoming such obstacles as confronted the wife of a pioneer, and her life went out peacefully and without pain after only a short illness. She was able to be up until Tuesday night, when she took her bed for the last time. The physicians who were called announced that her ailment was simply the weakness of extreme age. Her mind remained clear to the last minute of life. In her last years she seemed to be waiting patiently, yet with a great longing, for the coming of her Savior to take her to the eternal home. She had been a Christian for over half a century and was a member of the Methodist church over forty-four years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Somerville Light, pastor of the M.E. church, and J.S. Hartzler, of the Mennonite church. The remains were taken to Morris, Ill., for interment, at which place are buried six children and the husband. According to her own request, services were conducted in her home church at the above named place.

Niswander - On the 9th of August 1903, near his home at South English, Iowa, formerly of New Hope, Augusta Co., Va., after a long illness, Dee Niswander, aged 53 Y., 9 M., 13 D. He leaves an aged father, his wife, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 6 children and many warm friends to mourn his departure, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. In early life he united with the Dunkard Brethren church and lived a consistent Christian life. In his dying hour he called his family and friends to his bedside, bade them good-bye, told them he was happy, asked them to meet him in the glory world, then asked them to sing, "Oh, how happy are they who their Savior obey," and joined in the singing. Oh, the blessedness of a consecrated life! How these bright evidences ought to inspire us to live more devoted to our heavenly Father! S.B. Wenger

Sheffly - On the 29th of July, 1903, near Hooversville, Pa., of a tumor, Julia, wife of Charles Sheffly, in her 19th year. Buried on the 30th in the family graveyard. Funeral services by L.A. Blough. Text, Job. 14:15: "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee."

Brubaker - On the 31st of July 1901, near Freeport, Ill., of old age, Sister Elizabeth Brubaker, widow of R.K. Brubaker, aged 81 Y., 10 M., 11 D. She leaves six sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted Christian mother. She united with the Mennonite church in her early years, and was ever a faithful servant of her Lord, walking humbly in the way of righteousness until she peacefully fell asleep in Jesus. Funeral services on the 2d of August at the Mennonite M.H., where a large concourse met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom to know was to love. Services were conducted by Christian Good of Dale Enterprise, Va., assisted by Christian Snavely and William Kryder of Shannon, Ill. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Borntrager - On Aug. 5, 1903, of dropsy, Sister Elizabeth Borntrager, aged 87 Y., 7 M., 5 D. She lived in matrimony with Bro. Christian Borntrager 67 Y, 2 M., 5 D. She was seemingly afflicted for only about two months and was able to walk about until the last two or three days of her life. When the end came she very quietly passed away to meet Jesus whom she said she was ready to meet at any time. She is survived by her husband, 7 children, 44 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the Amish M.H. in McPherson Co., Kansas, by Moses Lehman of Lagrange Co., Ind., from 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Jonas Borntrager from Reno Co., Kansas, from Rev. 14:6-14; and Jacob Zimmerman of McPherson Co., Kansas, from 1 Tim. 4:7, 8, and Eph. 2:8. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the meeting house. May we all be kept in the faith that we may meet the departed mother in the city of our God where there will be no more parting, where sorrow and sighing will cease and where all tears shall be wiped away forever and ever. R.J.H.

Reiff - Joseph Reiff was born in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1828, moved to Woodford Co., Ill., in the spring of 1849, was married to Mary Jane Wilson, Sept. 26, 1850. This union was blessed with four sons, two of whom, Samuel W. and Andrew S., survive, the other two died in infancy. The wife and mother died Dec. 27, 1860. July 11, 1861, he was married to Mary Bally, daughter of Bish. Yost Bally. Three children, John B., Mary J. Gish, and Lizzie C. Steel, blessed this second union. All but S.W. (who lives in McPherson Co., Kanasa, but was with his father in his last illness), live in this neighborhood. Deceased was united with the Brethren denomination in 1852 and served as deacon since 1868. In Feb. 1889 he moved to Holmesville, Neb., where he passed away July 3, 1901. Pre. Owen Peters preached the funeral sermon from Rev. 14:13. We mourn not as those who have no hope. The M.H. was not nearly large enough to accommodate the friends who came to pay their last tribute of love. He was widely known and was loved by all. A Friend.

Burkholder - On the 3d of Aug, 1901, near Marshallville, Wayne Co., O., Sister Lovina Burkholder, beloved wife of Dea. Abram Burkholder, aged 50 Y., 24 D. She leaves her sorrowing husband, three sons and seven daughters and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. During the last ten months of her life her sufferings were, at times, very severe, but she bore them patiently. and when death came she was ready to go. The funeral took place at the Crown Hill M.H., Aug. 6, in the presence of a very large assembly of people. Services by J.S. Gerig of Smithville, O., and I.J. Buchwalter of Dalton, O. Peace to her ashes.

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XL, No. 35, August 27, 1903 - Page 280

King - Sister Amelia King, wife of S.K. King, died at her home near Needy, Oregon, Aug. 10, 1903. Deceased was a daughter of Isaac S. and Elizabeth Miller. She was born near Lovington, Ill., Nov. 15, 1874, and reached the age of 28 Y., 8 M., 25 D. She moved to Oregon with her parents in 1880, was married to S.K. King Feb. 2, 1894. Her husband is bereft of a faithful wife, and five children (the youngest a mere infant) are bereft of a loving mother's care. Her parents, one brother and five sisters also survive her and mourn her early departure, but not as those who have no hope. Deceased was a member of the Amish church.

Burkhart - On the 10th of August 1903, at the Lutheran and Reformed church in Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., were laid away the remains of Rebecca, widow of Jacob Burkhart, aged 72 Y., 2 M., 16 D. Although a member of the Reformed church, she was warmly attached to the Mennonite people, and was greatly beloved for her exemplary Christian life. The funeral was largely attended. Services by Pastor Wickert of the Reformed church, S.R. Ott of the Gen. Conf. Mennonite church and Bish. Benjamin Weaver of the Mennonite church.

Fry - On the 5th of August 1903, in Columbiana, Ohio, of cancer of the stomach, Julia Ann, widow of Daniel Fry, aged 67 Y., 5 M., 25 D. Her husband died ten years ago. Two sons, one daughter and fourteen grandchildren mourn her departure, but they mourn not as do those who have no hope. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services on the 7th at the Midway M.H. by Allen Rickert, assisted b y D.S. Lehman. Text, John 11:24. Buried in the graveyard adjoining the M.H.

Good - On the 7th of August 1903, at his home in Millwood, Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. John H. Good, aged 63 Y., 10 M., 18 D. He suffered for several months - patiently, without a murmur, being fully resigned to the will of God, and without a fear of death, for he said to his family that the end could not come too soon. We have the living hope that he is resting on Canaan's shore where sickness and sorrow cannot come. He was married to Annie, daughter of the late Henry Good of Bareville, Pa. He leaves his beloved companion and two sons, Henry and John, both of Philadelphia, and two daughters, Hettie, wife of Franklin Brackbill of Phila., and Anna, at home; also four brothers and one sister to mourn for one who was near and dear to them. He united with the Mennonite church in his youth and was a faithful member up to the time of his death. The word of God was his continued delight. Funeral services by Bish., Isaac Eby and David Buckwalter at Hershey's Mennonite M.H. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Sister H.H.
(Note: Will Sister H.H. kindly tell us what the 25 cents inclosed in her letter were for?--Ed.)

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