Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1903

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XL, No. 6, February 5, 1903 - pg 47


Pre. Christian Augsburger.
On Jan. 19, 1903, near Berne, Adams Co., Ind., Pre. Christian Augsburger departed this life, aged 81 Y., 7 M. Bro. Augsburger was born in Liberty Twp., Tioga Co., Pa., and was united in marriage to Barbara Leighty Dec. 1, 1859. To this union were born 9 sons and 7 daughters, 12 of whom survive, and all of whom, save one, were present at the funeral. There are 16 grandchildren living and two dead. Bro. Augsburger served in the ministry about 36 years. While he was not entirely faultless, yet we look upon his life as an example of unusually deep Christian piety which was a characteristic of his daily life. His warm-hearted devotion to his family and his deep concern for their spiritual welfare tends to draw their affections and desires after him to the glory world. His earnest life and triumphant death gives new inspiration to many to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Frequently when his children came home on a visit before separating he would request them to sing the hymn, "Jesus grant us all a blessing." This was also sung at the house on the morning of his burial. Funeral services were conducted on the 22d at the Defenceless Mennonite M.H. by Moses Brenneman and J.M Shenk, assisted by Christian Stukey of Berne, Ind. From 2:4-8, Rev. 14:13.* Bro. Augsburger frequently spoke to his family of the importance of being sure that a person is dead before burial; accordingly after the service, there being so little change visible he was taken back to the home where he was kept till the 24th, when his body was laid to its last resting place to await the call which will awaken all that are in their graves, when this mortal shall put on immortality and this corruption shall put on incorruption and be made like unto His glorious body.
J.M. Shenk.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

CLEMMER.-Mary, widow of the late Henry Clemmer, died Jan. 14, 1903, aged about 65 years. Since the death of her husband, who was killed at a railroad crossing over three years ago, she has resided with her son Tobias. Five sons, one brother and one sister survive. The funeral was held Monday. Interment at the Franconia Mennonite meeting-house.

FOREMAN.-On the 11th of January, 1903, near Cherry Box, Mo., Dora Agnes, daughter of Wm. and Sarah Foreman, aged 1 Y., 1 M., 21 D. She was buried on the 12th. Funeral services conducted by L.J. Johnston from 1 Thess. 4:18 and Mark 10:14. "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not." One more little jewel has gone to wear its starry crown above. L.D.

ORENDORF.-Dec. 19, 1902, at Bittinger, Md., of tonsilitis, Eli E. Orendorf. He was sick only a few days. His disease being of a contagious nature his remains were laid to rest about twelve hours after his death. The funeral services were held Jan. 4, 1903, in the Lutheran meeting-house at Bittinger, Md., by Ed. Miller. The deceased was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. He leaves his parents and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn his departure. We trust their loss in his gain.

GARBER.-Joseph Garber was born Nov. 7, 1816, in Alsace, France, died near Washington, Ill., Jan. 16, 1903, of old age, aged 87 Y., 2 M., 9 D. He leaves a wife, six sons, two daughters, 41 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to mourn his departure, but not as those who have no hope. One son preceded him to the spirit world. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and was faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at the Union M.H. by Peter Summer and Andrew Schrock in German and John Smith in English. Text, Matt. 1:21.

MILLER.-On Dec. 11, 1902, near Grantsville, Md., Bro. Elias J. Miller died very suddenly of heart trouble. He was an undertaker and had gone to a neighbor's house to prepare a corpse for burial. He had just finished his work and was on the porch ready to go home, when he fell to the ground dead. Another warning that we should be ready, watching and waiting for our Lord. He was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, leaves a wife, two daughters, one son, one grandchild, a number of brothers and sisters, with a host of other relatives to mourn his departure. He was aged 63 Y., 9 M., 20 D. Funeral services Dec. 13 by D.H. Bender.

RAMER.-Maria Hoover, beloved wife of David Ramer, died at her residence, Cedar Grove, York Co., Ont., Jan. 16, 1903. The funeral took place on the 20th. Buried at the Wideman M.H. The service was conducted by S.F. Coffman, who was assisted by Samuel Wideman and L.J. Burkholder. Text, 2 Thess. 2:16,17. Our departed sister was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and her quiet, devoted and consistent life was known to all who became acquainted with her. May we profit by her example. The sorrowing husband and children are comforted with the blessed hope of meeting wife and mother with the Lord. Deceased was in her 76th year.

STROHM.-On the 10th of October, 1902, near East Greenville, Stark Co., Ohio, sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John Strohm, aged 52 Y., 16 D. She was born in Lancaster Co.,Pa., Sept. 24, 1850, and came with her parents, Seth and Maria Hackman, to Ohio in 1851. Her death was caused by cancer and though she suffered very much during her last illness she bore her sufferings patiently and being resigned to the will of the Lord was ready to go. She leaves a husband, one son and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of one whom they had all learned to love. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View M.H. Oct. 13, from 8 Tim. 4:6-8, by I.J. Buchwalter and David Hostetler.

GOOD.-Annie, wife of Joseph Good, departed this life at her home in Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 20, 1903, aged 64 Y., 1 M., 2 D. She was sick only five days, though in failing health for some time. Oh, that we might follow her example in this that she was patient to her end and bore many trials and sorrows which Heaven only can recall and reward. Her earthly life was full of cares, but though her cross was heavy, Jesus helped to bear it. She leaves a husband, six children and sixteen grandchildren to mourn her departure. Buried at Bowmansville Mennonite M.H. on Jan. 25. Services by Henry Good, John Esh and Bish. Benj. Weaver. Text, 1 John 3:2. We mourn not as those who have no hope.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XL, No. 7, February 12, 1903 - pg 55

HERSHBERGER.-On the 28th of Jan. 1903, in Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, of lung fever, infant son of N.J. and Lydia Hershberger, aged 1 M., 7 D. Buried on the 30th. Funeral services by S.H. Miller from Job 1:21, assisted by M.A. Mast.

BALYEAT.-Jan. 27, 1903, at Middlebury, Ind., of whooping cough, Benjamin Franklin Balyeat, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Balyeat, aged 1 M., 21 D. Services on the 29th at Shore, by Yost Miller and A.J. Hostetler. Text, 2 Kings 4:26.

MAUST.-Walter Dennison Maust, son of Bro. Edward and sister Mabel Maust of Springs, Pa., died Feb. 28, 1903, of pneumonia, aged 6 M., 12 D. He was a picture of perfect health and vigor and was sick but a very short time. Funeral services Feb. 30*, by Ed. Miller, assisted by H.M. Gelnett. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

MILLER.-On the 19th of January 1903, near London, Madison Co., Ohio, Katie, wife of Abraham D. Miller, aged 27 Y., 8 M., 11 D. Buried on the 21st in the Kauffman cemetery. Funeral services by Bish. C.S. Beachy and C.J. Swartzendruber. Deceased leaves her husband, three children, parents, seven brothers, two sisters and many friends to mourn her departure.

HOSTETLER.-On the 29th of Jan. 1903, near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., of diabetes and gangrene, Moses M. Hostetler, aged 58 Y., 10 M., 8 D. He leaves a wife, ten sons and four daughters to mourn his departure, but not without hope. Bro. Hostetler suffered much the last few years, but bore it all with Christian fortitude and a full resignation to the will of God. His last admonitions were that his family should so live that they could all be reunited in heaven. Funeral on Feb. 1st at the Emma M.H. Services by D.J. Johns, from 3 Tim. 4:6-8, assisted by D.D. Miller.

MILLER.-On the 30th of Jan. 1903, in La Grange Co., Ind., of consumption, Lizzie, wife of Bro. Daniel Miller, aged 27 Y., 5 M., 18 D. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one son, one daughter, father, two brothers and two sisters to mourn her early departure. She talked of dying not as death, but as falling asleep to awake in glory, and chose for her funeral text, "Weep not, she is not dead, but sleepeth" (Luke 8:52). Funeral on the 2d of Feb. at the Forks M.H. Services by D.D. Miller in English and D.J. Johns in German, assisted by A.J. Hostetler.

BYLER.-Near McVeytown, Pa., January 29, 1903, Emanuel Byler, aged 85 Y., 1 M., 23 D. As will be seen in the figures above, our brother came to his grave in a full age. Like as a shock of grain cometh in its season (Job 5:26), so he was ripe for the sickle of death. In his later days and nights, so full of the distress and unrest which came from the frail and failing earthly tabernacle in which he dwelt, he looked to God with longing for His grace to open to him a door to that heavenly house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. 5:1. Comforted and sustained by this faith and hope, we believe he died in peace.

PEACHY.-January 19, 1903, near Kishacoquillas, Mifflin Co., Pa., Enos Peachey*, in his 46th year. The deceased was the oldest son of Samuel M. Peachey, who compiled the Genealogy of the Beechy Family some years ago. He leaves his widow and eight children and his mother and one brother to mourn their loss. For some time he felt that his time in this world was probably short and that he might be called away suddenly, and so it came that while he was busy with temporal labors, the call came; he sank down, became unconscious and in a few hours passed away, as we believe, to an everlasting home in heaven.
*Transcriber's note: Name spelled PEACHY & Peachey

SHERK.-On the 1st of Feb. 1903, the remains of Catharine, wife of Moses Sherk of Michigan, and daughter of David and Polly Musselman, were laid to rest in the burial grounds at the Berlin (Ont.) Mennonite M.H. The house was filled to overflowing, showing the esteem in which the deceased was held. She had contracted a cold some time ago, which developed into pneumonia, from which she died, aged 46 Y., 3 M., 26 D. Her husband, in response to his companion's dying request, brought the remains from their home in Michigan to the old home in Berlin, from where the funeral took place. Services in English by D.B. Shenk and in German by Samuel Bowman.

EBERLY.-On the 28th of Jan. 1903, in Farmersville, Pa., of catarrhal pneumonia, Neal S., only child of Bro. Gideon and sister Julia Eberly, aged 6 M., 8 D. The little one suffered much; all that human hands could do to save his life was done - the good Lord needed another little lamb in His shepherd's fold. He thought best to cut short his days, and now he is also cared for, far better than in this world. The beloved parents may comfort themselves with the thought of having a little one awaiting them in the glory world. Funeral services on the 31st at Metzler's M.H. by Joseph Wenger in German, and Noah H. Mack in English from Heb. 6:19. May God comfort and richly bless the bereaved parents. A Neighbor.

MISHLER.-On the 9th of January 1903, near Lamont, Oregon, of an affliction similar to asthma, Charles Albert, son of Pre. Jacob Mishler of Aurora, Oregon, aged 22 years. Deceased had been working for a Mr. McMeen and had been in the field operating the seeder all day, although experiencing some difficulty in breathing. The following morning he was worse than usual, and, being left alone for about ten minutes he was found dead in his chair. He had accepted the Savior about six years ago and we believe that our loss is his gain. His brother, A.R. Mishler, took the remains to the parental home, where funeral services and interment took place on the 12th at the Hopewell Mennonite M.H. Funeral services at the McMeen home by Pre. E.A. Child and at the M.H. by Pre. Cocking. Deceased leaves his parents, three brothers, two sisters and many friends to mourn his early death.

KURTZ.-On the 28th of January 1903, near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, of heart disease, Jacob Y. Kurtz, aged 73 Y., 2 M., 20 D. His remains were laid to rest on the 30th in the Oak Grove cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by David Hostetler in English and Jacob Gerig in German from Isa. 3:10,11. He was a devoted brother in the Amish Mennonite church and always filled his place as long as health permitted him. In the last few months of his life he especially seemed to be more zealous for the cause of Christ and realized that the blood of Christ does indeed cleanse from all sin and that the life of Christ is a sinless life. He rejoiced to know that he was nearing his heavenly home and was longing to be with his Redeemer, thus giving full assurance to his beloved companion and sister and brother who so kindly cared for him during his sickness, that he is now sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus; so they need not mourn as those without a hope. May this solemn dispensation of God's providence bring blessing to every soul that is seeking for a higher and a purer life.

GORTNER.-On the 14th of January 1903, in Garrett Co., Md., Bro. Peter Gortner, aged 83 Y., 4 M. He was born in Low, Prussia, Sept. 14, 1819. In 1844 he went to Bergel, Prussia, where he took charge of an estate, remaining there until 1847. On the 20th of June of that year he was married to Barbara Schoenbeck, after which he returned with his bride to his old home at Langenau. On the 9th of April 1848 they started for the New World, arriving at New York on the 1st of August. They settled in Somerset Co., Pa., April 1, 1853, and a few years afterward they moved to Garrett Co., Md., where he has resided ever since. His wife died Oct. 15, 1894. His remains were laid by her side in the family burying ground on the 18th. Funeral services in German by Peter Miller of the Amish church, of which deceased was a devout member since his youth. Pre. Tobias Fike made appropriate remarks in English. The funeral was largely attended, considering the very inclement weather. Of his five children four, with 21 grandchildren, survive. Peace to his ashes.

GINGERICH.-Catherine Steckly was born in Waterloo Co., Canada, March 3, 1833, died Jan. 24, 1903, of pneumonia, aged 69 Y., 10 M., 21 D. She leaves her husband, seven children, 16 grandchildren, two brothers, four half-brothers and one half-sister, besides many other relatives and friends. At the age of 14 she united with the Amish Mennonite church, of which she has since been a faithful member, beloved by all who knew her. She was married to Jonas Gingerich, Dec. 12, 1858. It was her earnest desire to have all her children at home with her on Christmas. Her daughter Fannie, who lived in Illinois, came on Thanksgiving day. Her son John, from Reading, Kansas, and daughter Kate, from Ottawa, Kansas, arrived Dec. 24, making a complete family. In their married life of 44 years, 1 month and 12 days not a death had occurred in the family. Ten happy days were spent, then each returned home, not thinking that in three short weeks they would be called together again to lay to rest the precious mother whom they all loved so dearly. Mother will be greatly missed by all, but great is our joy to know she is at rest, gone to receive the reward of the faithful servants of the Lord, and if we in our Christian lives are as faithful as she was we shall be gathered, one by one, to meet her in the land where sorrow and parting never come, and be with her throughout all eternity.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XL, No. 8, February 19, 1903 - pg 63

KAUFFMAN.-On the 30th of Nov., 1902, infant child of C.J. and Amanda Kauffman, of Conway, Kansas, aged 3 days. Funeral services were held at the West Liberty meeting-house on the 5th of Jan., conducted by Bish. S.C. Miller. Their loss is her eternal gain.

SPRENKLE.-On Jan. 22, 1903, Lydia Sprenkle of near Menges Mills, York Co., Pa., died very suddenly of heart disease, age 73 Y., 8 M., 29 D. Buried on the 25th. Funeral services by Martin Whisler, assisted by Daniel Stump, from Luke 12:40.
Martin Whisler.

BURKHOLDER.-On the 29th of Jan. 1903, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Edna, only daughter of Bro. John H. and Sister Kate Burkholder, aged ----. She was a great sufferer, being almost blind the last few days that she lived, but she fell asleep in Jesus, and there will be no blind in heaven. On the 31st her remains were laid to rest. Services by Elias Groff and Abraham Brubaker. Edna was a bright Sunday school scholar at the Strasburg Mennonite school.

BOOSE.-Bro. John Boose passed away from earthly scenes at his home near Campden, Lincoln Co., Ont., Jan. 25, 1903, aged 80 Y., 1 M., 16 D. Funeral services and burial at the Campden M.H. on the 29th. Services by J.F. Rittenhouse, Gilbert Bearss and S.F. Coffman. Text, Ecc. 12:13. The family and a large number of friends and neighbors assembled to participate in these last sad rites. May all be inspired with a sure hope of the resurrection of the just. Bro. Boose was well known and highly respected and for many years a member of the Mennonite congregation here.

WENGER.-Annie Mary Wenger was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Oct. 22, 1888. Died of typhoid fever, Dec. 21, 1902, aged 14 Y., 1 M., 22 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She leaves a sorrowing mother, two sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss, but we believe that hers is a great reward, for, she was ready and waiting to go home. Many anxious weeks we spent, hoping for her recovery, but God thought it best to take her home. Funeral sermon by Pre. Joe F. Heatwole and Bish. L.J. Heatwole. Test, Matt. 9:34.

YODER.-On the 4th of Feb., 1903, in ----, Ohio, Mary Catharine, widow of Samuel J. Yoder, aged 60 Y., 6 M., 29 D. She was born in Ashland Co., O., July 5th 1842. Married Samuel J. Yoder of Columbiana Co., Oct. 6th, 1864. In March 1869 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. Her husband, one child and four grandchildren preceded her to the world beyond. She went on a visit to her friends in Ohio, Dec. 23, 1902. On Jan. 30, 1903, she took sick with epileptic fits, from which she did not recover. Her remains were brought to Indiana and interred at Yellow Creek Mennonite M.H. on Sunday, Feb. 8th. A large number of people attended the funeral. Services by David Burkholder and Geo. Lambert, from 2 Jno. 1:8. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. Four children and four grandchildren survive her.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XL, No. 9, February 26, 1903 - pg 71

CULP.-Samuel D. Culp was born April 28, 1852, died Feb. 5, 1903, aged 50 Y., 9 M., 7 D. He leaves a sorrowing companion, one son, two daughters, 6 grandchildren, 6 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn his death. One son, two daughters, a sister and brother preceded him to the world beyond. His sister died on the same day of the month eleven years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek M.H. on Sunday, Feb. 8th, by Henry McGowen of the Amish church and Jonas Loucks, from Matt. 24:44. A very large number of people attended the funeral.

WEAVER.-Bro. Martin W. Weaver died at his home near Rothsville, Pa., Feb. 4, 1903, aged 68 Y., 9 M., 16 D. Deceased was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1834. He was confined to his chair for 16 weeks, during which he sometimes suffered a great deal and until within a few hours before his death, when he slept more peacefully, and gently passed away. He was conscious to the end, his wife and youngest son John only being with him at the time. Two of the older children were on their way to see him, but he had passed into eternity about twenty minutes before they arrived. He bore his suffering with meekness, often longing to be at rest. He was the first to be taken from the family circle. He was married about 46 years ago to Barbara Reiff, who, with two sons and three daughters and 15 grandchildren, survive. Funeral services on the 7th at Hess' meeting-house by Jonas Hess and Christian Risser in German and Abram Witmer in English from Job 14:10.

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