Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1904

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 32, August 4, 1904 - page 255, 256

Swartzendruber - George Swartzendruber was born in Germany, June 2, 1830, died near Wellman, Iowa, July 12, 1904, aged 74 Y., 1 M., 10 D. He is survived by a bereaved wife, 4 sons and 7 daughters. Funeral services were held at the Upper Deer Creek M. H. by W. K. Miller and G. A. Yoder. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church.

Saylor - On July 14, 1904, in Somerset Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Samuel Saylor, aged 71 Y., 4 D. His death was quite sudden. He had suffered from several strokes some time ago, but was able to be about and doing a little work again, when he was suddenly taken with another stroke on the 13th and died the following moring. Bro. Saylor was twice married. He was the father of 16 children, 13 of whom survive, and 30 grandchildren, 23 of whom are living. Funeral services were conducted on the 15th at the Thomas M. H. by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. Buried in the cemetery near by.

Alwine - On July 18, 1904, near Kring Station, Cambria Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. John Alwine aged 73 Y., 5 M., 17 D. He was never married and labored very hard all his life, accumulating a great deal of money, but put off his salvation until he was on his deathbed. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite church on the 20th of April, 1904. Though he was in Christ's service only a short time we trust he fell asleep in Jesus. In this life and death we are reminded again that the things of this world cannot give comfort in death. Though men may have their hearts set on this world's goods, they want something better by which to die. Bro. Alwine is survived by one brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, S. Gindlesperger and Alex Weaver, from Psa. 77:2 ---"In the day of my troubnle I sought the Lord." Buried on the 20th in the Stahl Mennonite cemetery.

Weaver - On June 10, 1904, in Lancaster, Pa., Mary oldest daughter of the late Amos H. and Lizzie Weaver, died of pneumonia, aged 8 Y., 9 M., 8 D. Mary was sick five weeks, during which time she suffered great pain, but was very patient. She was a very bright and intelligent child, greatly beloved by all who knew her, always having a pleasant smile for every one she met, but we have that blessed hope that she is now sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus. She leaves a sorrowing mother, two little brothers and many freinds to mourn her early departure. Her father preceded her to the spirit world four years ago. Services were conducted by Pre. Elias Hershey. Interment in the Weaverland cemetery.

Miller - Christiana Kauffman Miller, wife of Bro. Joe Miller, died at her home in Cass Co., Mo., on July 2, 1904, aged 65 Y., 1 M., 19 D. She had a complication of diseases, having had a milk-leg for 38 years, which was sore part of the time. She also had a cystic tumor for a number of years, which caused her a hard spell of sickness three years ago, from which she partly recovered until last October, when she grew worse again, and since then had been confined to the house nearly all the time. On June 27th an operation for the removal of the tumor was performed by specialists from Kansas City, but very little of it could be removed, as it was grown fast to the liver. She stood the operation very well and got along nicely for a few days; then her limb grew worse and gangrene set in and in six days after the operation she died. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove M. H. on Sunday afternoon by Ben. F. Hartzler in English and John J. Hartzler in German, from Matt. 24:13, a text which the deceased had chosen. Her brother, Bish. David Kauffman of Indiana, was here the last days of her life and was present at the funeral. She was born in Somerset Co., Pa., in 1839, and was married to Joe Miller, her surviving husband, in Lagrange Co., Ind., in 1860. In 1872 they moved to Cass Co., Mo., to the farm where she died. She was the mother of nine children, two having died in their infancy. The other children who survive are all living in the vicinity, the youngest son, Levi J. Miller, being one of our ministers of the gospel. She also leaves four brothers, five sisters and 23 grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Sycamore Grove congregation and died with a living hope of a glorious resurrection.

Loux - Sister Kate Loux (nee Hunsberger), wife of Bro. Enos B. Loux of near Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., Pa., died of consumption, July 5, 1904, after a lingering illness of about six months; aged 41 Y., 10 M., 1 D. Some time before her death she had expressed herself as resigned to the will of God. She had a dream in which she seemed to see the host of the redeemed, singing praises unto God, and regarded this as a sign that she would soon join them. About fifteen minutes before her death she gave the parting hand to the members of the household and then calmly feel asleep in Jesus. Funeral services were held on July 9, by Enos Wismer, A. O. Histand and Aaron Freed at the house, and Bish. H. B. Rosenberger and H. G. Anglemoyer at the m. H. at Blooming Glen. Text, 2 Cor. 4:16-18. Her husband, two daughters and a young son (eight months old) survive her. May God comfort the bereaved hearts.

Kratz - Abraham Linford Kratz, son of Abraham Kratz, near Dublin, Pa., on July 22, 1904, of appendicitis; aged 14 Y., 1 M. Several weeks ago he fell from a load of hay and although he did not seem to suffer any severe injuries it later resulted in appendicitis. An operation was performed by three doctors, but it was too late, and he died several hours later. His parents, one brother and two sisters, besides a grandmother and other relatives, survive. Funeral services were conducted on July 26th at the Blooming Glen M. H. by Bish H. B. Rosenberger in German and H. G. Anglemoyer in English, from 1 Pet. 1:24. May the bereaved ones seek and obtain comfort from Him who is able to heal every wound.

Shaum - On the 21st of July, in Elkhart, Ind., from the effects of a fall from a buggy on Tuesday evening previous, Lela, daughter of George W. Shaum and granddaughter of Jacob Shaum, aged about 17 years. Her death was caused by concussion of the brain, the skull having been fractured by the fall from the buggy as above sated. She was buried at the Olive cemetery on Saturday afternoon. Services were conducted by Pre. S. Light, of the M. E. church. She became unconscious immediately after the fall and remained so to the time of her death. She leaves sorrowing parents and five brothers and sisters to mourn her early death. "therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Trancribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 33, August 11, 1904 - page 263, 264

Pre Isaac Chupp was born Jan. 9, 1858; died July 16, 1904, at Garnett, Anderson Co., Kan., aged 46 Y., 6 M., 7 D. He formerly resided at Gibson, Miss. Last January the fatal disease, consumption , set in and he gradually grew weaker, passing peacefully away on the morning of July 16th. A few hours before his departure he called his family around his bedside and bade them farewell, admonishing each one separately. He leaves a sorrowing widow, three sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday July 17th, by Jonas D. Bontrager of Reno Co., Kan. The congregation feel their loss very keenly. May the Lord raise up another faithful one to take the vacant place.

Zook - On April 18, 1904, near New Holland, Pa., of congestion of the brain and typhoid fever, John B., son of Ezra B. and May B. Zook, aged 2 Y., 29 D. He was sick for a few weeks, but was improving when he was taken with severe pains, and after sixteen hours of suffering, death relieved him. He was a great favorite, especially with his grandparents. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing parents and friends. Funeral services were conducted by John Beiler and Gideon K. Stoltzfus.

Gearhart - Isaac Gearhart was born July 3, 1817; died July 18, 1904 near Evendale, Pa., aged 87 Y., 15 D. He is survived by five sons and six daughters. His funeral was largely attended. Services by Solomon Graybill and Pre. Gilbert.

Landis - Samuel Landis was born Oct. 22, 1820; died April 14, 1904; aged 83 Y., 5 M., 22 D. He is survived by three borthers and three sisters. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing friends. Funeral services near Evendale, Pa., by Spencer Beaver and John Bear.

Stimeling - Julia, wife of David Stimeling, was born Dec. 6, 1869; died near Evendale, Pa., June 18, 1904, aged 34 Y., 6 M., 28 D. She leaves a husband, three sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss; but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services by Banks Winey and Pre. Mengle.

Hooly - On July 30, 1904, near Garden City, Mo., John H., little son of Bro. and Sister Daniel Y. Hooly, aged 4 M., 4 D. Another little one gone to live with Jesus, who has said, "Suffer the children to come unto me." Funeral services by C. S. Hauder from Rom. 8:28. Buried on the 31st in the Clearfork cemetery. May God comfort those who mourn.

Schwartz - On July 26, 1904, near Dalton, Ohio, of dropsy, Jacob Schwartz, aged 49 Y., 11 M., 23 D. He was unmarried and leaves to mourn his departure five brothers and seven sisters. Services on the 28th by C. N. Amstutz in the Old Sonnenberg church.

Ruff - On July 11, 1904, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of a complication of diseases, Sister Elizabeth Ruff, aged 56 Y., 6 M., 3 D. She was born in Switzerland. She is survived by her sorrowing husband, firve sons, two daughters, two sisters and several grandchildren. Funeral services at the house by C. D. Steiner, and at the Old Sonnenberg M. H., where Sister Ruff had her church home, by Jacob Nussbaum.

Sprunger - On June 21, 1904, in Wayne Co., Ohio, of lung fever, Elmer, youngest son of Christian and Adel Sprunger, aged 1 Y., 6 M., 12 D. Funeral services on the 23rd at the Sonnenberg M. H. by C. N. Amstutz and Jacob Nussbaum.

Mishler - On July 12, 1904, at her home near Aurora, Oregon, of quick consumption, from which she suffered eleven weeks, Sister Matie, daughter of Bish. J. D. and Mary Mishler, aged 19 Y., 11 M. She was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., on Aug. 12, 1884. At the age of four years her parents took her to Oregon, and at the age of fifteen she was baptized and received into the Mennonite church. Sister Matie was a faithful member of the Hopewell congregation, a worker in the church and in the Sunday school, where she will be greatly missed. She leaves father, mother, three brothers and one sister to mourn their loss, two brothers and five sisters having preceded her to the glory world; five of these were grown to manhood and womanhood and gave good evidence of having died in the Lord. The funeral was held in the Hopewell Mennonite M. H. and the services were conducted by Pre. Christian Garish of Albany, Oregon, in German, and by L. J. Yoder, of the same place, in English. Her remains were laid to rest in the Hopewell Mennonite Cemetery.

Reed - Elias W. Reed was born July 27, 1855, and died at his home near East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, July 25, 1904; aged 48 Y., 11 M., 28 D. Bro., Reed was kicked on his breast by a horse about five weeks ago, from the effects of which he died after much suffering. He was married to Mary D. Blosser, who, with five daughters and three sons, survives him. One son preceded him to the spirit world. He also leaves four brothers and three sisters and many friends to mourn his early departure, but they can have the hope that their loss is his eternal gain. The funeral was held on the 28th, at the Midway M. H. The house was filled to overflowing with friends and neighbors to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved and respected. His four brothers and also one sister, all of Elkhart Co., Ind., were present at his funeral. He was a member of the Mennonite church. Services were conducted by David S. Lehman, John Burkholder and Allen Rickert. Text, John 11:14. The family has the sympathy of many friends and neighbors in this sad hour.

Stahl - Fannie Stahl, daughter of Samuel Keim, was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1839; died near Elmdale, Mich., July 24, 1904; aged 65 Y., 5 M., 12 D. She was united in marriage to Alexander Stahl in 1855. They moved to Michigan in 1866. Sister Stahl has been a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over forty years. She leaves a bereft husband, 6 sons, 2 daughters, 22 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those that have no hope. Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral services at the Mennonite M. H. on the 26th, by Pre. Isaac Weaver of Bowen and Bish. Jacob P. Miller of White Cloud, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. A very large concourse of friends and neighbors had met to pay the last tribute of respect to one whom they loved.

Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 34, August 18, 1904 - page 271, 272

Pre. Valentine Gingerich was born in Holmes Co., O., March 2, 1868; died in Troy Twp., Geauga Co., O., July 23, 1904; aged 36 Y., 4 M., 21 D. In 1896 he was married to Emma J. Kaufman. To this union were born three children, two preceding him to the spirit world. He was ordained to the ministry in the Amish Mennonite church in 1902. In which capacity he labored faithfully whenever health permitted. He leaves a wife, on child, father, mother, three brothers and seven sisters, with a host of friends, to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were conduted on the 25th by Bish. Jacob D. Byler and Pre. Phineas V. Yoder. Peace to his ashes.

Spitnale - On the 20th of July 1904, near Oakwood, Putnam Co., O., Sister Mary A. Spitnale, aged 43 Y., 16 D. She was baptized and received into church fellowship on the 22nd of May 1904, by Bro. L. J. Lehman of Cullom, Ill., and died, as we believe in the triumph of a living faith in the worlds Redeemer. Services on the 24th near Hoover's Mill, by J. M. Shenk. Text, "I know that my Redeemer liveth." Job 19:25.

Moyer - On July 18, 1904, at his home in Campden, Ont., Bro. Solomon Moyer departed this life. His age was 80 Y., 3 M., 24 D. Bro. Moyer suffered severely during the days of his affliction. He had been unwell for several months; enlargement of the liver was the cause of his death. He bore his sufferings patiently and looked forward with Christian assurance to the time of his departure. His wife, three sons, a brother and two sisters survive him. May God comfort and bless them with an eternal hope. Funeral and interment at Campden. Services conducted by S. F. Coffman. Text, Matt. 24:40 ---"The one shall be taken and the other left."

Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 35, August 25, 1904 - page 279, 280

Good - Near Spotswood, Lancaster Co., Pa., on July 2, 1904, Sister Fannie Weaver, wife of Bro. Isaac Good; aged 49 Y., 6 M., 21 D. Sister Good was afflicted for a number of years; she was unable to walk for four years, but was confined to her bed only a few days. She leaves a husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral on the 5th at Weaverland, conducted by Benj. Weaver, John Souder and Jos. Wenger. Text, 1 Cor. 15:54, 55. Her sister Eliza, wife of George Hartz, died the same week and funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Pre. Gable. May the lord comfort the sorrowing friends.

*Transcriber's note---there are two deaths mentioned in the above obituary.

Burkhard - Near Roseland, Neb., on Aug. 8, 1904; Reuben, son of Daniel and Hannah Burkhard; aged 13 Y., 8 D. He fell from a thresher water tank, the wagon passing over his body, from the effect of which he died. Bro., Reuben gave his heart to God when he was ten years old. On his dying bed he rejoiced that he had not put this important matter off until it might have been too late. He suffered much, but bore it all patiently. Funeral services were conducted by D. G. Lapp from 1 Thess. 4:13.

Silvius - On Aug. 2, 1904, near Sugar Creek, O., Mahala Jane Silvius; aged 62 Y., 3 M., 26 D. Her maiden name was Brown. She was married to William Silvius on Dec. 17, 1863. To this union were born 9 children; 4 of them preceded her to the spirit world, and 5, with their father, 9 grandchildren and 5 sisters, survive her. She united with the Mennonite church at an early age, remaining faithful until the end. Funeral services were conducted at Union Hill on Aug. 4th by I. J. Buchwalter, Van Buren Shoup and Josiah Kaser. Interment in cemetery near by.

Wise - Martha Wise, daughter of David and Anna Ebersole, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 7, 1868; died at her home in Sterling, Ill., Aug. 6, 1904, of typhoid fever; aged 36 Y., 3 M., 29 D. Funeral services at the Mennonite M. H. on the 8th, by Pre. Deal and Pre. Good, from 1 Cor. 15:35-44. She leaves a husband, four children, father, mother, five sisters and two brothers. She is the first one taken from the family circle.

Esterly - Susanna Esterly, nee Nold, was born Aug. 24, 1825, and died at her home in Columbiana, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1904; aged 78 Y., 11 M., 17 D. Sister Esterly had been in feeble health for several years and for the last year of her life was almost helpless. She was the widow of the late Abraham Esterly, who died Jan 6, 1895. To this union were born four children; one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She is survived by one son, two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, besides four sisters, five brothers and many friends to mourn her departure; but they mourn not as those without hope. The funeral was held on the afternoon of the 13th at the house. Services by Allen Rickert, assisted by Bish. John Burkholder. The closing prayer was offered by Pre. Cramer of the Reformed church. Text, Matt. 14:12. she was bured by the side of her husband in the graveyard at the Cherry Fork schoolhouse. She was a member of the Mennonite church.

Culp - On Aug. 10, 1904, near Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., of whooping cough, Beulah N., daughter of Charles and Susannah Culp, aged 4 weeks and 4 days. Buried at Yellow Creek. Services by John Martin in German and Jonas Loucks in English from Matt. 18:3.

Yoder - Barbara Z. Yoder (nee Zook), wife of David P. Yoder, was born Aug. 2, 1832; died May 5, 1904; aged 71 Y., 9 M., 13 D. She was married to her surviving husband on April 27, 1854, and lived in wedlock fifty years. to this union were born one son and three daughters, the son and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world. She was a devoted sister of the Amish Mennonite church from her youth, and was loved by all who knew her. Interment at the Oak Grove cemetery. Services conducted by Amos Mumaw and Benj. Gerig.

Brunk - Mary Elizabeth, daugher of Bro. E. H. and Sister Martha K. Brunk of Hagerstown, Md., died Aug. 7, 1904; aged 4 Y., 7 D. Buried in the Paradise cemetery. This little one took sick on Monday, Aug 1st, and endured intense suffering for about six days when, on Sunday morning, she quieted and death laid his cold hand upon her. It seemed she wanted to leave us, but the hears that so loved her and were bleeding, held her with their fondness until the evening of the same day, when, wishing to let her die in peace, the mother retired from the room, and her baby went to Jesus. Little Mary was an affectionate child, loved and petted by all who knew her. In her Sunday school she was always ready with her little memory verse when her turn came to recite. Her life seems to have been to make us holier, to make us think of heaven. Often in the last two years she would say, "I would like to go to heaven to see the babies and play with them. They are so nice." Jason, her little brother, was her constant playmate, but Mary would tire rambling out of doors and wanted to be in with mamma to be quiet. Now little Jason must go in and out alone, with no sister to shorten his hours. Many friends paid a last tribute of respect to her and watched the lifeless form lowered into her cold and narrow bed. It was so hard to see her go so soon from us, but we realize that she would say to us, if she could speak, according to the text used by the ministering brethren, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." (Psa. 16:6). How truly her line has fallen in pleasant places, and what an inheritance to enjoy through all eternity! The sad father and mother look through their tears and by faith see her among the children she so longed to join, and rejoice to know their darling is in the hands of Jesus.

Transcribed by Richele Herr, Ohio.

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