Herald of Truth Obituaries - June, 1904

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 23, June 2, 1904 - pp 183,184

METZLER.-On April 24, 1904, at his boarding place in New Holland, Lancaster Co.,Pa., of measles, Bro. John M. Metzler, son of Bro. and Sister Henry Metzler of Farmersville, Pa., aged 23 Y., 8 M., 4 D. He leaves a loving father, mother, two brothers and many friends who greatly mourn his early and sudden departure. He was taken ill with measles on April 20th, and was unable to report at the machine shop in New Holland, where he was employed as foreman. He lingered and at times suffered great agony until Sunday evening, April 24th, when the soul left its mortal frame to appear before God who gave it. He united with the Mennonite church about a year ago and truly seemed to be sincere in his Christian duties. Services were conducted on April 27th at his parents' house by Jos. Wenger and at Metzler's Mennonite M. H., where interment was made, by Noah H. Mack and Bish. Benj. Weaver. D.M.W.

SHORT.-Peter Short of Archbold, Fulton Co., O., passed away May 16, 104, aged 78 Y., 28 D. Bro. Short had been ailing for many years, but he bore all his sufferings submissively. He was a member of the A. M. church and remained faithful until the Lord took him home. His beloved wife preceded him to the spirit world four months ago. He leaves four sons and two daughters to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those that have no hope. Funeral services were held May 19th, at the A. M. M. H., conducted by Christian Stuckey, assisted by Christian Freyenberger and Henry Rychener. Text, 2 Cor. 5:18 and 2 Cor. 1;1. Interment in the Lockport cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved ones. A Sister.

KAUFFMAN.-Near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., May 9, 1904, Annie E., wife of Elder John E. Kauffman, aged 46 Y., 4 M., 12 D. She was in robust health until about five months ago when small tumors appeared in her neck and breast; these were removed at the hospital in Philadelphia, but shortly after this her lungs became affected and after a short period of great suffering she passed peacefully away. Three times during the past two years our brother's home has been visited by the death messenger; first a son of 15 years was called away, then an aged uncle, and now the beloved wife and mother. Sister Kauffman was the daughter of our aged Elder Michael Yoder. She was a faithful attendant and supporter of the Sunday school since its organization here in 1872. In early life she united with the church and in her life did much to build up the congregation at this place. She is survived by her husband, two sons and three daughters, who are yet small, an aged father, two brothers and four sisters. Funeral services were opened by singing her favorite hymn, No. 157 in Church and S.S. Hymnal, and further conducted by Joseph Zook, J.Z. Kanagy and J. H. Byler. Although she is gone, she yet speaketh, her influence lives on and her memory is blessed. H.

STROHM.-On May 21, 1904, at the hospital in Canton, Ohio, where she had been taking treatment for a tumor, Selinda Strohm of Orrville, O., aged 47 Y., 3 M. A sad feature in connection with her death was the fact that for years she has been caring for her parents, Bro. and Sister Christina Strohm, who have reached the advanced age of 87 and 82 years respectively and are known as the oldest couple in the Mennonite church at this place for many miles around. Selinda was a member of the U. B. church for about 30 years. Services were held at Pleasant View on May 23, by I.J. Buchwalter of Dalton, O., from Rev. 21:4.

SWOVELAND.-Andrew Swoveland was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on Sept.. 1, 1827; died April 21, 1904, aged 76 Y., 7 M., 20 D. He came to Elkhart Co., Ind., about 58 years ago and settled near the place where he died. He was the father of eight children, four sons and four daughters. He leaves a beloved wife, three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss; also, seventeen grandchildren, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services by Jonas Loucks and J. Christophel from Num.23:10.

SHELLEY.-On the 26th of April 1904, at his home near East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., of general debility and a complication of diseases, Christian B. Shelley, aged 70 Y., 12 D. He leaves to mourn their loss his aged companion, Hannah (Graybill) Shelley, one son and two daughters. With his companion he united with the Mennonite church many years ago. Having remained faithful, he looked to God when the scenes of this life were drawing to a close, longing to fall asleep. He was a loving companion, a kind father and tried to point his children to God in their tender years. May his dying petition to God for us, his children and grandchildren, be answered - "that God may give us grace so to live that we may all meet in heaven. Funeral services on the 29th at the Lost Creek M. H., where interment was made, by Bish. Wm. Auker and Pre. Samuel Leiter, from Rev. 14:13.

GLIMANHAGY.-On May 22, 1904, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, Abraham Glimanhagy, aged 73 Y., 11 M., 20 D. He was born in Markham, Canada, June 2, 1830. He moved with his parents to Putnam Co., Ohio, in 1840, and in 1848 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., on the farm where he died. There were eleven children in this family, five sons and six daughters, of whom only four daughters survive. Father and mother died a number of years ago, and the one brother and four sisters (all unmarried) occupied the old home. Bro. Abraham was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, and was one of those quiet, inoffensive followers of the Lamb, that had won the love and respect of all who knew him. He was buried at the Yellow Creek M .H. on the 25th. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by John F. Funk and Jonas Loucks, from 2 Cor. 5:1. May God comfort the surviving sisters, who are all in feeble health, and keep them as under the shadow of his wing, until they, too, shall be called to their eternal rest.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 24, June 9, 1904 - pp 191,192

ERISMAN.-On May 23, 1904, Bro. Christian Erisman of Lancaster Co., Pa., was stricken with paralysis and died a few hours after. He had reached the ripe old age of 88 Y., 2 M., 21 D. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He leaves an aged wife, one son, four daughters, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure. Interment at the Erisman M. H., where funeral services were conducted by Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher and Bro. Wenger.

SHIRK.-Joseph Shirk, Sr., was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in the year 1824. In 1849 he started for the gold fields in California, where he was successful. In 1963* he was married to Elizabeth Shirk, who with five sons and five daughters survive him. He had united with the Mennonite church, but moving to Kansas, away from our people, he cast his lot with the Methodist denomination. He was devoted to religion and tried to raise his family in the fear of the Lord. One sister, Elizabeth Meyers, still lives in Lancaster Co., Pa. He died of the infirmities of old age on May 23, 1904, near Hesston, Kan., aged 80 years within two and one-half months. Funeral services by Pre. Herbert from Gen. 47:9 and J.M.R. Weaver from John 19:30. Interment in the Pennsylvania cemetery near Newton, Kan. D Weaver.

*Transcriber's note: Printed 1963, should obviously be 1863

MATTINGLY.-Anna Kreider was born March 28, 1842, in Medina Co., Ohio; died May 16, 1904, in Marshall Co., Ind., aged 62 Y., 1 M. 19 D. She was married to Augustus Fretz, Feb. 22, 1862. To this union were born four sons and six daughters. In 1863 they moved to Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind. Their oldest daughter, the wife of Peter B. Yoder, died Feb. 19, 1886. Augustus Fretz, her first husband, died Nov. 23 ,1894. On April 3, 1898, she was married to Benjamin F. Mattingly in Marshall Co., Ind., who, with 4 sons, 5 daughters and 15 grandchildren, survives her. She died with a firm hope of eternal life. Funeral services by P.J. Kaufman from Gal. 6:7, which she had chosen for the occasion.

HURST.-On the 25th day of May in Terra Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., John Hurst died of the effects of a premature explosion of dynamite in a limestone quarry, aged 20 Y., 11 M., 21 D. He was married to Emma Weaver about five months ago. He lived about three and a half hours after the explosion, during which time he called his friends to his bedside and asked them to pray for him, as he had lived without the Savior up to that time. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much. We hope that God has forgiven him, though we commit him in God's hand. The remains were laid to their last resting place in the Bowmansville Mennonite cemetery. The deceased leaves a young widow, his parents, one brother and nine sisters. Four brothers preceded him to the spirit world. About 1,200 relatives, friends and neighbors gathered at the Bowmansville Mennonite M. H. to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services were conducted by Israel B. Good in English from Prov. 27:1 and by John Sauder in German from Acts 8:24. Short was his life. May this loud call touch the hearts of those living without Christ. Peace to his ashes. Wm. G. Good.

KAUFFMAN.-The death messenger has come into the home of our dear Bro. and Sister Henry and Fanny Kauffman, Goshen, Ind., and called home three of their loved ones within ten days. Jesse, born Dec. 3, 1891, died Apr. 10, 1904, aged 12 Y., 4 M., 7 D. Rosa, born Jan. 31, 1894, died Apr. 20, 1904, aged 10 Y., 3 M., 9 D. Wilma, born Apr. 20, 1899, died Apr. 11, 1904, aged 4 Y., 11 M., 22 D. Jesse took sick with scarlet fever on Friday; diphtheria soon set in and on Sunday evening he was called home. Wilma also being seriously sick followed her brother on Monday. Both were laid in the same coffin and buried on Tuesday in the cemetery at the Clinton Mennonite M. H. (Brick). Rosa took sick a few days later with the same disease and followed her brother and little sister on the 20th. No funeral services were held at the time on account of the nature of the disease, only a few being present at the grave. Two of the other children were also very sick, but we are glad to say they are recovering though yet under quarantine. Of a family of ten children six have already gone to the home beyond. Two daughters and two sons yet remain to cheer their home below. Funeral services were held on May 29th, at the Clinton M. H. by D.H. Bender and John Garber. Text, Job 1:21. May God comfort these deeply bereaved friends.

WEBER.- ....Weber, nee Basinger, wife of Marion Weber, was born March 8, 1863, and died May 29, 1904, at the age of 41 Y., 2 M., 21 D. She was united in matrimony to Marion Weber twelve years ago. To this union were born six children, two of whom preceded her to the great beyond. She joined the Mennonite church at an early age and this spring became a member of the late organization at Pandora, O. Buried at the St. John Mennonite M. H. Services by S.F. Sprunger in German from Gen. 24:56 and M.S. Steiner in English from 1 Cor. 13:12.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 25, June 16, 1904 - pg 199

HUNSBERGER.-At New Dundee, Ont., on June 2, 1904, Sister Elizabeth Snyder, wife of Aaron Hunsberger, aged 69 Y., 8 M., 14 D. She suffered for a considerable time before her death from cancer of the internal organs, but endured the pain with fortitude and resignation to the will of God. She was faithful unto death. Buried in the Blenheim Mennonite cemetery, June 5th. Bro. Jacob Woolner spoke in German and Bro. Noah Metzler in English from Rev. 14:13. A large number of people had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased.

BUCKWALTER.-May 12, 1904, Catharine (Lintner), widow of Levi Buckwalter, entered into rest in her 72nd year. Funeral services by John Landis and Sanford Landis. Text, Mark 14:8. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church.

ZEHR.-George Zehr died April 16, 1904, at the home of his son, Christian Zehr, near Minier, Ill., at the age of about 78 years. He had been sick quite a long time, but was very patient in his affliction. His hope was built on Jesus' blood and righteousness. He was a member of the A. M. congregation at Hopedale, Ill. Buried April 17, in the A. M. burying ground near Hopedale, Ill. Funeral by John Egli, Sr., in Grerman and Samuel Gerber in English. John C. Birky.

GINGERICH.-Florence Mabel Gingerich was born March 7, 1903, died May 13, 1904, aged 1 Y., 2 M., 6 D. She leaves her father, mother and one sister. She was buried May 14th; funeral services by Daniel Nafziger and Joseph Egli. John C. Birky.

SHANK.-Near Milnor, Franklin Co., Pa., on Jan. 28, 1904, John B., only son of Bro. Daniel and Sister Annie Shank, died of diphtheria, aged 6 Y., 11 M., 28 D. It seemed medical skill, the ministration of tender parents and uplifted prayers could not withhold the death messenger, but God in his wise providence saw fit to visit this home and remove a flower and transplant it into his heavenly kingdom. Johnnie lingered but a few days. He leaves a father, mother and a younger sister, with many other relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Johnnie had a desire to stay, but God thought it not best. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Funeral services were conducted at the Reiff M. H. by Christian Strite and George Keener. M..L.M.

EASH.-On May 30, 1904, in Conamaugh Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., after an illness of about 20 years, Adam Eash, aged 61 Y., 10 M., 26 D. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He leaves a wife, one son, two daughters and an aged father-in-law, to mourn his departure. Funeral services on may 31st by D.S .Yoder and Jonas Blauch. Buried in the Stahl cemetery.
Levi Blauch.

MOYER.-At his late residence near Campden, Ont., Bro. John H. Moyer passed away on the 28th of May, 1904, aged 81 Y., 3 M., 18 D. Just two weeks before his companion was called to her eternal home. Bro. Moyer's death was quite unexpected. He contracted a cold, which resulted in an attack of pneumonia and induced a stroke of paralysis. In four days he yielded to the attack of the diseases and his life was gone from us. He leaves to mourn the loss of both parents, two sons and three daughters. He was buried on June 1st in the graveyard near Campden. Funeral services were held by Gilbert Bearss and S.F. Coffman.

SCHLETZBAUM.-June 2, 1904, Gilbert, son of Joseph and Susan Schletzbaum, aged 2 Y., 10 M., 26 D. Funeral services by C.D. Yoder of Windom, Kansas. Text, Psa. 103:15,16. - "As for man, his days are as grass."

SCHLETZBAUM.-On June 7, 1904, little Mabel, infant daughter of Joseph and Susan Schletzbaum, aged 3 M., 1 D. Funeral services conducted by C.D. Yoder from 2 Kings 4:26. -"Is it well with the child?" May God comfort the sorely bereaved parents.

LIVINGSTON.-On the 29th of May in Somerset Co., Pa., of consumption, Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John Livingston, aged 28 Y., 8 M., 7 D. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over ten years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, four little children, father and mother, three brothers, five sisters and many friends to mourn for her who was so much needed here to bring up and care for her small children. But they need not sorrow as those who have no hope. She was buried on the 31st at the Blough M. H. Services by S.G. Shetler, James Saylor and L.A. Blough. L.A.B.

DETWEILER.-On the 2d of June 1904, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of consumption, Elizabeth Arletta Bullard, wife of John Detweiler, aged 22 Y., 8 M., 23 D. She was born Sept. 9, 1881. Her mother died of the same disease when Elizabeth was a little girl. She was married to her surviving husband, April 8, 1902. She leaves besides her sorrowing husband, one child about a year old, parents, two brothers, one sister and two grandmothers to mourn her early death. Some weeks before her departure she was baptized and received into church fellowship. She was fully resigned to the will of her heavenly Father, though she would gladly have lived for her child and her husband's sake. Her last words were to her father, "Papa - angels." Funeral services were held on the 4th of June at the Mennonite M. H. in Elkhart, and were conducted at the home by George Lambert, and at the church by A. Yoder and John F. Funk from 1 Cor. 15:54-57. It is sad indeed to have one so dear and so much beloved taken away from the usefulness and activities of life, but our consolation is that we need not mourn as those who have no hope; she only went before to the better home, and we hope the dear ones she left may all prepare themselves and be also ready for the mansions of bliss when the Savior comes to call them home. F.

RICKERT.-On the 6th of June, in Pervasive, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Daniel K. Rickert, in the 79th year of his age. Funeral services were held at his late residence, on the 9th. Interment at the Deep Run Mennonite church, of which he was a member for over fifty years. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. William H. Powell, of Doylestown.
- "Intelligencer."

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 26, June 23 ,1904 - pg 208


Pre. Henry H. Blauch was born near Johnstown, Pa. on April 14, 1828, and died at Springs, Somerset Co., Pa., on June 8, 1904, aged 76 Y., 1 M.., 24 D. He was a brother to Bish. Jonas Blauch of Johnstown, Pa. Bro. Blauch united with the Mennonite church in early life and took up his abode in Elk Lick Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., then known as the "Calsselman River" district, where he was called to the ministry by the unanimous voice of the church on Sept. 6, 1853, serving the church at this place continuously for more than fifty years. His language was German, but he also had an ordinary English education and preached the gospel in both languages. When he was ordained to the ministry the church at this place numbered 22 members, only two of whom survive him. He lived to see the congregation increase in numbers from 22 to 250. For several years he was the only Mennonite minister in the southern part of the county. The church had no house of worship, so he filled appointments in school houses at various points in both his native county and the adjoining county (Garrett) in Maryland; the work grew and in his lifetime the congregation erected four meeting houses. He was unable to do any preaching for several years on account of bodily and mental weakness. His end was peaceful and painless, being the direct result of a paralytic stroke. He was married to Catherine Keim on May 25, 1851. To this union were born eight children, six of whom, with the mother, 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, survive him. Funeral services were held at the Springs (Folk) M. H. on June 10th, before a large concourse of people, conducted by D.H. Bender, G.D. Miller, H.M. Geinett and Ed. Miller, from the text, "I have waited for they salvation, O Lord." Gen. 49:18. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

HEATWOLE.-On May 4, 1904, near Dayton, Va., Lydia, wife of Pre. Gabriel D. Heatwole, aged 63 Y., 6 M., 19 D. The husband, three sons and four daughters survive. Sister Heatwole was a member of the Mennonite church from her youth. Funeral services were held on May 6th by J.D. Wenger from Mark 13:32-37. Buried at the Pleasant View M. H. Rest in peace.

BURKHOLDER.-On June 8, 1904, near Cullom, Ill., of dropsy, Henry Burkholder, aged 65 years. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 8, 1839. In 1869 he moved to Woodford Co., Ill., where he was married to Barbara Bally in the year 1874. To this union were born three sons, who, with the mother, three sisters and one brother, still survive him. In the year 1882 he united with the Mennonite church and for these twenty-two years has been a faithful and consistent brother. His remains were laid to rest in the Village cemetery near Cullom on Saturday, the 11th. Services were conducted by Peter Unzicker and J.S. Shoemaker. May the Lord comfort the mourning friends.

STOVER.-Sister Sarah, widow of the late Gideon Stover, died suddenly on April 27, 1904. While attending the funeral of he son, Pierson Stover of Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., who was instantly killed in a runaway accident, the excessive grief acted so intensely upon her heart that she sank down beside the grave, dead. Aged 70 Y., 4 M., 2 D. The burial occurred on May 5th at the Blooming Glen M. H. Services by Bish. H.B. Rosenberger in German and by Pre. H.G. Anglemoyer in English. Text, 1 Cor. 5:1.

HIGH.-Bro. Henry High of Blooming Glen, Pa., was born Feb. 21, 1826, and died at his home on March 31, 1904, from the infirmities of age, being aged 82 Y., 5 M., 5 D. Interment at the Blooming Glen M. H. on April 5th. Services at the house by Pre. Peter Loux in German and by Pre. A.O. Histand in English, and at the M. H. by Bish. H.B. Rosenberger in German and by Pre. H.G. Anglemoyer in English. Text, Dan. 12:13.

MOYER.-Sister Mary Moyer (nee Kolb), widow of the late Christian Moyer, was born July 18, 1815, and died May 19, 1904, aged 88 Y., 10 M., 1 D. She was buried on May 22d at the Blooming Glen M. H. Services at the house by Pre. H.G. Anglemoyer and at the M. H. by Bish. H.B. Rosenberger. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 27, June 30, 1904 - pg 216

BOWMAN.-On June 16, 1904, in Bowmansville, Pa., Leah Bowman, widow of the late Isaac Bowman, died of infirmities of old age. In the morning she ate breakfast as usual and in a short time she was a corpse. Death overtook her in the twinkling of an eye, but it was her great gain. She was a consistent member of the General Conference Mennonite congregation. Aged 89 Y., 19 D. Buried in Bowmansville Mennonite cemetery. Services by W.S. Gottshall and Bish. Benj. Weaver. Text, "I die." Peace to her ashes.

GRISHER.-April 27, 1904, Sister Franna Grisher, aged 76 Y., 2 M., 27 D. She leaves an aged sister and many friends to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. The funeral services were conducted by Solomon Graybill and Simon Auker. Text, John 21:4. May the Lord comfort the aged sister and all the sorrowing friends.

SPRENKLE.-At the home of his brother near Menges Mills, York Co.,Pa., on June 13, 1904, Bro. E. B. Sprenkle died from a stroke of apoplexy, aged 72 Y., 5 M., 7 D. He united with the Mennonite church many years ago and remained a faithful and consistent member till the end. He was unmarried and leaves three brothers to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held on Thursday morning, at the house and also at the meeting house by the brethren Daniel Stump and J.C. Miller, from 1 Sam. 20:32, last clause. Bro. Sprenkle was overtaken while seated in his class at Sunday school, of which he was a faithful and regular attendant. His funeral was largely attended.

GNABLE.-On May 24, 1904, in Cambria Co., Pa., Hannah, wife of George Gnable, aged 85 Y., 8 M., 9 D. Buried on the 27th. Services by Frank Deitz. She leaves one son, a daughter and an aged husband, with whom she lived for fifty-nine years. She was a member of the German Baptist church. Levi Blauch.

SHORT.-Peter Short was born in France, April 18, 1826, and died in Fulton Co., O., May 16, 1904, aged 78 Y., 28 D. He was married to Barbara Lauber in 1846. To this union were born 13 children, 8 of whom with 61 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren survive him. He was a charitable, kind, generous-hearted man and a faithful member of the A. M. church.

EBERSOLE.-Anna Rutt was born Jan. 26, 1827, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and was married to Abraham D. Ebersole, Oct. 16, 1845. To this union nine children were born, eight of whom are living. The family moved to Sterling, Ill., in 1867, where the husband was the minister in charge of the Mennonite church until the time of his death, June 21, 1892. In the family there were thirty-six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, all of whom are still living. She was for many years a faithful and active member of the Mennonite church and trusted in her Savior to the last. She quietly passed away June16, 1904, aged 78 Y., 4 M., 16 D. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Christian Good, assisted by Bish. John Nice. Text, John 11:25.

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