Herald of Truth Obituaries - March, 1904

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 10, March 3, 1904 - pg 79

FREED.-Paul Freed was born in Stark Co., Ohio, July 1, 1818, and died near New Stark, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1904, aged 85 Y., 7 M., 17 D. He was married to Rebecca Wolfly, Oct., 4, 1844, who died Jan. 4, 1865. To this union were born three children, one of whom survives him. He was married to Cathrine Blosser, Dec. 26, 1868. To this union were born three children, all of whom preceded him to the spirit world. He resided in Hancock Co. during the last 64 years of his life. He leaves a wife, two sisters, one child, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, five step-children, 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Although he was permitted to bestow his parental affection to most of his children for only a short time, yet he was a father to many fatherless children - especially to his step-children, in whose financial, intellectual and particularly their spiritual welfare he was very much concerned. His counsel, when heeded, brought commendable results. He united with the Mennonite church early in his life and was faithful to the end. His life has been the nucleus around which clusters the prosperity of the church and the comfort of many of his friends and neighbors. Thus closes the eventful life of our beloved Grandfather Freed, whose pious , cheerful, self-sacrificing life will be an inspiration to all who knew him, and we sincerely wish that his many friends who morn his departure may be enabled by divine grace to imitate his noble life. Funeral services on the 21st by J.M. Shenk. Text, "If a man die, shall he live again?"

EASH.-In Goshen, Ind., Feb. 21, 1904, of consumption, Charles L., son of William B. and Bertha Eash, aged 3 Y., 10 M., 29 D. He leaves father, mother, a brother and many friends to mourn the loss of this little one who made friends of every one who met him. Oh, could we all be like this little one without sin! Funeral on the 23d by E.L. Hiestand from 2 Sam. 12:23.
B.J. Eash

GEIL.-On Feb. 12, 1904, at the home of Bish. Geo. R. Bunk, near McPherson, Kansas, after an illness of short duration, the spirit of Rebecca (Brenneman) Geil passed into the great beyond, at the age of 71 Y., 11 M., 24 D. The body was prepared and on the 14th shipped to her old home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Although her trials, of recent years especially, were hard to bear, yet He who knoweth our frame makes allowance for human frailties. Katie W. Brunk.

KAUFFMAN.-Nicholas B. Kauffman was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., April 14, 1866, and departed this life at his home in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 14, 1904, aged 37 Y., 10 M. He was married to Alice E. King, Jan. 26, 1893. This union was blessed with five children, four sons and one daughter, all of whom with his aged mother, three brothers and four sisters survive him. He was a loving husband, a kind and affectionate father, and his tender sympathy, his kind admonitions and loving counsel will be greatly missed in the home. But our loss is his eternal gain, for we mourn not as those who have no hope. In the last days of his life, amid the severest suffering, he frequently spoke of the love and mercy of a kind heavenly Father, the peace of God in the soul and a full assurance of being redeemed, as his last words were, "I am saved." He had united with the A. M. church and remained a member until the end. The funeral conducted by S.H. Detweiler and J.J. Warye. Interment in the Hooley cemetery.

BAUMGARTNER.-Daniel D. Baumgartner was born near Bluffton, Ind., Dec. 3, 1843, and passed from time to eternity at the home of his son Albert, at Bluffton, Ohio, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1904. His parents came from Switzerland, settled in Ind., where three brothers and one sister still reside. He was married to Elizabeth Althaus, in Wayne Co., Ohio, in 1866. In 1899 his health failed and he retired from business, his sickness ending in dropsy. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by three sons, Joel of Salem, Oregon, Albert and Elmer of Bluffton, Ohio, and Mrs. Gideon Steiner of Pandora, Ohio. Mrs. Baumgartner preceded her husband to the beyond over seventeen years ago. Brief funeral services were held at the house on Thursday, Feb. 18, and the funeral proper at the Ebenezer M. H., two miles west of Bluffton, by Bish. J.B. Baer, Bish. John Moser and W.P. Rilling. The former two spoke in the German language and the latter in English.

BEILER.-Rebecca E. Beiler (nee Esch) of Morgantown, Pa., died Jan. 28, 1904, of pneumonia, aged 65 Y., 8 M., 3 D. She was taken ill three weeks before she died. She leaves a husband, David S. Beiler, and six children, one brother, Christian Esch of Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., and two sisters, Mattie Miller of Juniata Co., and Lydia Esch of Mifflin Co., Pa. She was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., moved with her parents, Jacob and Barbara Esch, to Juniata Co., and after her marriage to Lancaster Co., and later to Berks Co., Pa., where she died. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite church.

YODER.-On the 15th of Feb. in Somerset Co., Pa., Elias Yoder, aged 85 Y., 9 M., 10 D. He died at the home of Bro. Sam. K. Johns, with whom he had made his home for a number of years. He was buried on the 17th at the Thomas Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by L.A. Blough, Jas. Saylor and Sam. Gindlesperger.

YOUTZ.-On Feb. 11, 1904, at his home near Milton Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa. Of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Thomas Youtz, aged 74 Y., 3 M., 21 D. Bro. Youtz was never married; he leaves a brother and several sisters to mourn their loss. Deceased was a member of the Catholic church until about seven years ago, when he united with the Mennonite church. He was a faithful member and a regular attendant at all church services. Funeral services on the 15th at the house by Benj. Lehman and at Rissor's M. H. by John Ebersole and Samuel L. Oberholtzer, from Isa. 38:1 (last clause). Interment in the graveyard adjoining.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 11, March 10, 1904 - pg 87

YODER.-In Bratton Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1904, after a lingering illness, Melinda widow of Jonathan Yoder, aged 59 Y., 9 M., 19 D. Two daughters and two sons remain to mourn the departure of a dear and kind mother. These brothers and sisters are just on the threshold of life. May our heavenly Father in his love, bless and direct each one of them through the struggle of life. To their honor be it said that during their mother's long illness they honored her by kindly and faithfully waiting upon her day and night. H.

PEACHEY.-In Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 26, 1904, Joseph H. Peachey, a notice of whose marriage appears in this week's Herald. Bro. Peachey lived to the age of 37 Y., 4 M., 18 D. The ties that bound our young brother to this life were many and strong. He had just fairly entered into the work of life. Five days before he passed away he was married and had made arrangements for taking up housekeeping. He was his aged mother's chief earthly stay and support, the only child remaining of three, and was a faithful son and companion. To human appearances she needed him and he knew it, so here was another tie. He was attached to the church; faithful and interested in its welfare, and, we believe, a true child of God. His life in the community breathed the spirit of peace, good will and helpfulness. But, let us remember that no one was ever so firmly rooted in this life, nor so much needed, nor so full of useful work, but death could break all, if God permitted it or ordered it to be so. "All things work together for good to them that love God." Rom. 8:28. In the last few days of Bro. Peachey's life a stomach trouble of several years' duration, suddenly became very serious and an operation was thought necessary, but he was then too weak and resigned himself into the hands of the Lord and so passed away. A post-mortem showed that a tumor had made an opening in the stomach and that death had been inevitable. The funeral was held Feb. 29 at the Allensville M. H.; all seats and standing room were occupied. Services by J.H. Byler in German from Micah 6:8, and J.Z. Kenagy in English from James 4:14. In their great loss and loneliness the mother and the bride-widow have the sympathy of the whole community.

Note: the following marriage announcement was found in the same issue of Herald of Truth as the obituary. dk
MARRIAGES: Peachey-Yoder.-In Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., Feb. 21, 1904, by Elder Michael Yoder, Joseph H. Peachey and Emma Yoder.

GINGERICH.On the 22d of Feb. 1904, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Anna Smeltzer, widow of the late Christian Gingerich, who died 37 years ago. She was born June 29, 1822, and reached the age of 81 Y., 7 M., 23 D. She leaves seven children, fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren to mourn her death. She was a member of the Mennonite church for over fifty years, and lived a devoted Christian life, having especially during her last years a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far batter. She was buried on the 24th at Yellow Creek M. H., where services were conducted by John F. Funk and Henry Weldy, from 1 Cor. 15:55-57. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts and help us all to live for that better home which Jesus has prepared for all that love his appearing.

HOOVER.-Susan Hoover, wife of David Hoover, was born in Markham, Ont., Ma 7, 1827; died at the home of her daughter near Lakeville, Ind., Feb. 10, 1904, aged 76 Y., 9 M., 3 D. Her husband died June 11, 1890. Se was the mother of 11 children, 37 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; four children preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Hoover was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, a kind and loving mother, and in the community where she lived was much beloved and respected by all who knew her. May her Christian example long be remembered and made to bear fruit in the lives of her many friends. Buried on the 12th near Lakeville. Services by Noah Metzler, Jacob Hildebrand and J.W. Christophel. Text, Psa. 116:15.

MEYERS.-On Jan. 30, 1904, near Pell City, Ala., Daniel A., youngest son of Samuel Meyers, aged 24 Y., 8 M., 3 D. He was a steam shovel engineer for the McAfee Construction Co., which is working on the Seaboard Air Line R.R., near Pell City, Ala. He was carried to Birmingham Saturday night where the remains were to b e sent to Shipshewana, Ind., to the home of his parents. The deceased was killed by an accidental discharge of a pistol which he carried. He stooped over to tighten a hot water pipe when his pistol fell from the scabbard and was discharged, the bullet entering his heart and causing death in about five minutes. Mr. Meyers had never made an open confession of Christ. This is a warning to all who have not made their peace with God. Hel eaves deeply bereaved parents, one brother and one sister. Funeral was conducted at the Shore M. H. on Feb.3, by J. J. Troyer in German, from Isa. 40:6; and Y.C. Miller in English - "Prepare to meet they God." Y.C. Miller.

RUTT.-Feb. 23, 1904, at her home in West Donegal, Lancaster Co., Pa., Fannie, wife of Bish. Martin Rutt, aged 62 Y., 2 M., 6 D. Sister Rutt had been in declining health for a number of years, but was able to be about the house. The morning of the 23d she joined the family as usual at the morning meal and soon after was seized with a stroke of paralysis. Sh lingered till six o'clock in the evening, then quietly passed away to her eternal rest. She is survived by her sorrowing companion, three daughters, one son, one brother, three sisters and eighteen grandchildren, who deeply mourn their loss. Though she will be greatly missed in the home and the church, of which she was a consistent member for 39 years, we rejoice that she is now with her Savior and that she shall never know sorrow or suffering again. May we who knew her so well, follow the example of beautiful Christian piety she set for us. Services were held on Friday, the 26th, atBossler's M. H. and were conducted by Pre. Abraham Witmer at the home and by Bishops Jacob Brubacher, Abraham Herr and Isaac Eby, from Rev. 7:16, 17. At the close of the service the sister's favorite song, "We'll never say Good-bye in heaven," was sung. Not our will, but thine, O Lord, be done. A Sister.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 12, March 17, 1904 - pp 95,96

LANDIS.-On the 16th of Feb., 1904, at his home at Dover, York Co., Pa., of weakness of the stomach, Bro. John L. Landis, aged 66 Y., 16 D. He leaves a wife and 8 children to mourn their loss. He had united with the Mennonite church many years ago, but had gone astray. A few weeks before his death he longed to be received again and to partake of the emblems of the broken body and shed blood of a crucified Savior. He was buried at Strayer's M. H. Services by Pre. Theo. B. Forry and O.P Shellhauser. Text, Psa. 119:67.

LANDIS.-On the 1st of March, 1904, Sister Lydia B., wife of Bro. Henry Landis, near Stony Brook, Pa., of pneumonia, aged 65 Y., 8 D. She was only sick eight days and leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. She was a useful and active member. The family, the church and the community feel their loss. She was buried at Stony Brook. Services by Pre. Abram M. Witmer of Lancaster Co. and Theo. B. Forry. Text, Isa. 66:13. Peace to her ashes.

DETWEILER.-On Feb. 22, near Sellersville, Pa., after taking a large dose of strychnine pills which her grandfather was using, little Mabel, daughter of Clayton H. and Rachel Detweiler, died almost instantly, aged 2 Y., 10 M., 22 D. Mabel was a bright, lovable child and will be much missed in the home. Funeral at Rockhill M. H. by Bish. Samuel Detweiler and Pre. Mahlon Souder from John 14:4. Our sympathies are with the sorrowing family.

KULP.-Bro. Lewis Kulp of Elkhart, Ind., died very suddenly of neuralgia of the heart on Monday morning, March 7, 1904, aged 63 Y., 1 M., 18 D. He was born in Holmes Co., Ohio. At the age of thirteen he accompanied his parents to Grundy Co., Ill., where he resided for thirty-eight years. He was married to Nancy Tinsman, Nov. 19, 1863. To this union were born five daughters and two sons. Four daughters and the mother survive him. The family have resided in Elkhart since 1892, where they have been active members of the Mennonite church. Bro. Kulp was a man of few words and hard work; he was no fluent speaker, but a wise and safe counsellor. During the time he resided at Elkhart he served in various capacities in connection with our church institution, having been a trustee in the church, secretary of the Ev. Board and treasurer of the Board of Directors of the school now known as Goshen College, which position he held at the time of his death. He was a frugal manager and an excellent financier, having in his time amassed a small fortune, and many shared the blessings that came to him in this line. A marked characteristic of his life was the willingness to help his neighbors and all who appealed to him, by his time and service. Funeral services were held on the 10th and were conducted at the house by George Lambert, at the church by J.S. Hartzler, assisted by D.H. Bender, and at the grave by Samuel Yoder. Text, Psa. 73:24. Peace to his ashes.

KELLAR.-Barbara (Brenneman) Kellar, departed this life, Mar. 1, 1904, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 11 D. Her native home was in Fairfield Co., Ohio, where she was married to John Kellar on Sept. 23, 1845. In 1866 they moved to Branch Co., Mich. After the death of her husband in 1899, Sister Kellar made her home with her daughter, Mrs. C.W. Brooks, Sturgis, Mich., at which place she breathed her last. She leaves to mourn her departure, 3 brothers, 11 children, 29 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 5 half-brothers and 3 half-sisters, besides a host of fiends. She united with the Mennonite church in 1855 and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services on the 3d by Geo. Lambert.

KEHR.-Feb. 7, 1904, at his home in Sterling, Ill., of neuralgia of the heart, Bro. Jacob M. Kehr, aged 74 Y., 5 M., 18 D. Bro. Kehr was born in Hanover, York Co., Pa., Aug. 30, 1829. At the age of six years he moved with his parents to Mansfiled, Ohio, and at twenty went to Goshen, Ind. He was married to Martha Kornhaus in 1852. To this union were born seven children, five of whom are living. They are: Dr. S.S. Kehr of Sterling Ill.; Cyrus of Knoxville, Tenn.; Aaron of Dixon, Ill.; Mrs. Reuben Reed of Sterling, and Miss Lula, who lives at home. The family located at Sterling in 1865. Mrs Kehr died Sept. 5, 1873. Bro. Kehr married Mrs. Mary Ebersole, Oct. 20, 1875. Besides his family he leaves one sister, three brothers, 14 grandchildren and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. Bro. Kehr was a member of the Mennonite church for more than forty years. Funeral services at the Mennonite M. H. near Sterling, Ill., by John W. McCulloch. Text, Psa. 89:48.

RAMER.-Elizabeth Hoover was born in Pickering Twp., Ont., April 11, 1840; died at her home in Mt. Joy, Markham, aged 39* Y., 10 M., 15 D. She was twice married. Her first husband, Abr. Neighswander, died a few years after marriage, leaving her with one child, a daughter, who cared for her during her illness. Later she was married to Abr. Ramer, who departed this life eight years ago. Although she had been in poor health for some time, she was able to attend to her usual household duties. Only two weeks previous to her death, she had attended church and Sunday school, and during the night she was stricken with paralysis. Sister Ramer had for many years been a member of the Mennonite church, and will be greatly missed in the family, church and neighborhood. Buried Feb. 28, at the Wideman M. H. Services by L.J. Burkholder from 1 Thess. 4:13.
*Transcriber's note: HofT, Mar. 24, 1904 issue, pg 103; Correction.-In giving the age of Sister Ramer of Markham, Ont., in last Herald, we should have said 63 years instead of 39 years.

SCHIEDEL.-Feb. 29, 1904, at Caledonia, Kent Co., Mich., Catharine (Hershberger) Schiedel, wife of Henry Schiedel, Aged 54 Y., 8 M., 6 D. She is survived by her husband, one brother (Tobias Hershberger of Milan Valley, Okla.) And two sisters (Magdalena Speicher and Elizabeth Lite, both of Bowne, Kent Co., Mich.) Funeral services on March 2, at the U.B. church in Caledonia, by Pre. J.E. Crites. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3, latter clause. Interment in the Caledonia cemetery.

HARSHBARGER.-Charles Leroy, son of Abraham and Pearl Harshbarger, died Oct. 18, 1902, after a brief illness of pneumonia, aged five weeks. Not lost, but gone before.

HARSHBARGER.-Bruce Abraham, son of Abraham and Pearl Harshbarger, died Feb. 11, 1904, after a brief illness of pneumonia, aged 24 D. Gone, but not forgotten.

YODER.-Ella Elizabeth Yoder, daughter of Simon P. and Mary M. Yoder, was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, and died in Warwick Co., Va., Feb. 28, 1904, aged 14 Y., 11 M., 1 D. She confessed Christ as her Savior, and united with the Mennonite church when she was 12 years old. Her health began to fail nearly a year before her final departure. The immediate cause of her death, however, is believed to have been lagrippe. Our young sister was exceptionally bright and intelligent, and of a very industrious disposition, and we are reminded in her death of the adage: "Death loves a shining mark." She also left us a bright evidence of being possessed of that new life, begotten of God, and which manifests itself in the outer walk and conduct. During her long siege of suffering she wished to be actively engaged in some way that she might be doing something useful. In addition to this she wanted to read, or have read, daily, some portion of God's word, thus exercising herself in two of the very noblest Christian virtues, in which all would do well to imitate her. Her remains were laid to rest on the 2d of March. Funeral services by Jacob Hahn and the writer from John 11:25, 26. Daniel Shenk.

PLETCHER.-On Feb. 27, in Wakarusa, Ind., Raymond Irwin, son of Joseph and Rachel Pletcher, aged 1 Y., 10 M., 2 D. May the Lord comfort the parents and bless this dispensation of his providence to their eternal good. Services by Go. Lambert.

PLETCHER.-On March 2, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Mary Pletcher, aged 81 Y., 10 M., 17 D. Sister Pletcher was a member of the Mennonite church and previous to her death regretted her negligence in her Christian duties, renewed her covenant with God and obtained a bright hope for the future. She lived with her niece and family, Bro. Bartholomew Rissers, until death called her home. She was buried in the Olive cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Services by Jonas Loucks and Geo. Lambert.

KNOX.-Sarah Jane, daughter of John and Phebe Eldridge, was born in Eden Twp., Lagrange Co., Ind.; died at Logansport, Ind., Feb. 24, 1894, aged 57 Y., 3 M., 2 D. She was united in marriage with Henry Knox on Nov. 22, 1877. Four children were born to this union, one departing this world in infancy. She is survived by her husband and one daughter (of this place) and two sons (one in Illinois and the other in Missouri); also three sisters and one brother. In the year 1865 she joined the Lutheran church at Fish Lake, and later united with the Mennonite church at Clinton, of which she remained a member until death. Funeral at Forest Grove, Sunday, Feb. 28. Services by John and David Garber, from Heb. 9:27.

METZLER.-On Feb. 27, 1904, near Kinzer, Lancaster Co., Pa., of appendicitis, Elsie R., daughter of Isaac Metzler (deceased) and Mary A. Metzler, aged 11 Y., 11 M., 11 D. During her sickness she asked to see the minister and desired baptism. She also was much interested in the salvation of her associates. She earnestly pleaded with them until she had the promise of her only brother, one sister and three of her cousins, and we believe her influence will reach far, as more are coming in. Elsie was a bright, obedient and loving girl. She leaves a sorrowing mother, one brother and two sisters to mourn their loss. Interment at Hershey's M. H. Services by J.S. Sanger at the house and Bish. Isaac Eby at the meeting house. Text, Psa. 72:18.
By a Cousin.

CLEMENS.-John G. Clemens died at his residence at Lansdale, Pa., aged 77 Y., 6 M., 8 D. Deceased was born on the old homestead "Clemens" in Towamensing Twp. On the Allentown road. His first wife was a daughter of Dea. Abram Clemer, Sr. His second wife was Mary Fisher, who survives him. He leaves no children. One sister, the wife of Pre. Michael Moyer, also survives, Bro. Clemens was a quiet, conscientious Christian man, interested in his church, a regular, faithful attendant at the services of the Mennonite congregation at Towamensing. He was buried Saturday, March 5, 1904, at Towamensing M. H., where a large number of friends had gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed. Services were conducted at the house by Pre. Henry God shall and at the meeting house by Christian Allebach.

ALDERFER.-Feb. 24, 1904, at the residence of her son, Levi S. Alderfer, just deceased, Susanna, widow of the late Jacob Alderfer, aged 74 Y., 11 M., 1 D. Her maiden name was Swartley. She was the mother of ten children, of whom nine survive. Sister Alderfer was a good woman, a kind neighbor, a lifelong member of the Mennonite church at Salford, where she was regular in attendance at divine worship. Interment at the Lower Salford Mennonite M. H., by the side of her husband. Peace to her ashes.

KRATZ.-Feb. -, 1904, at his home between Kulpsville and Mainland, Pa., Henry K. Kratz died very suddenly of apoplexy, aged 49 years. Soon after retiring his wife heard him breathing very heavily. On speaking to him and receiving no answer Mrs. Kratz proceeded to light a lamp. She was quick to realize her husband's condition and hastily sent for a physician, but before he had reached the home death had done its work. The deceases was born at Lucon, Skippack Twp., and was the son of the late Henry D. Kratz. He is survived by his wife, his aged mother, Mary Kratz, and one brother, William K. Kratz. The funeral was held on Monday and was conducted by Christian Allebach and Wm. S. Gottshall. Interment at the Lower Salford Mennonite M. H.

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HERALD OF TRUTH, Vol. XLI, No. 13, March 24, 1904 - pp 103,104

Correction.-In giving the age of Sister Ramer of Markham, Ont., in last Herald, we should have said 63 years instead of 39 years.

Obituary of Pre. Samuel A. Kurtz
Samuel A. Kurtz
was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, and died near Nampa, Idaho, March 5, 1904, aged 31 Y., 2 M., 22 D. Bro. Kurtz went to Nampa a little over four years ago, where he was ordained to the ministry, Dec. 9, 1899. He was of a mild, gentle disposition and fully consecrated to the Master's service. His attendance at the services was prompt and regular so long as health permitted him to be present. He was actively engaged in his ministry and when he could no longer preach he faithfully admonished those with whom he came in contact. His life was a constant reproof to sin. Although the last few weeks of his earthly life were spent in great suffering, yet not a murmur was heard to pass his lips. He was willing to suffer for Christ's sake here, but had a desire to depart and be with him. He was married April 2, 1902, to Sister Sarah Troyer of Holmes Co., Ohio, who survives him. Beside his sorrowing companion he leaves a father, two brothers and a sister to mourn his early departure. The congregation at Nampa realizes that it has lost one of its most faithful members and workers, but we are assured that our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted on the 6th at the Antioch M. H., in the presence of a large concourse of people, bu the brethren D. Hilty and A.M. Shenk. Text, Phil. 1:21-24. J.P.B.

LEFEVER.-On Feb. 16, 1904, at Paradise, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel Lefever died very suddenly, aged 82 Y., 6 M., 26 D. He was married to Elizabeth Esbenshade in 1849, with whom he lived happily until Nov. 5, 1900, when she was taken home. Since then this life had last much of its pleasure. He was longing and waiting for the time when he, too, could go to his eternal home. He was of a quiet disposition, always ready to lend a helping hand and a regular attendant at church, even to the last Sunday of his earthly life. On Tuesday morning he arose as usual, but feeling a little weak. At 6:30 o'clock he sank to the floor and was assisted to an easy position by his daughter, but in a moment the spirit had taken its flight. God mercifully pared him suffering. He leaves an aged brother, one daughter, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at Paradise by Bish. Isaac Eby. Text, Rev. 22:7. Interment in the Strasburg burying ground.

SHANTZ.-Near Waterloo, Ont., Russel Stanley, beloved son of William and Hannah Shantz, aged 7 Y., 9 M.., 23 D. Only a few days previous his little brother Howard Ira had been summoned by the angels, and now these two little brothers are where their sufferings are at an end. May their parents find consolation in God, "our refuge.". The remains were laid to rest on Feb. 29,. 1904, in the Waterloo Mennonite cemetery, where services were conducted by H.S. Hallman (text, Job 1:21) and E.S. Hallman (text, 2 Sam. 12:23). A hymn sung, which brought much consolation to all, was, "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

BRUBACHER.-Near Bridgeport, Ont., Hannah Musselman, beloved wife of Frank Brubacher, aged 50 Y., 6 M. She seemed to be an earnest worker for her Master. The remains were laid to rest in the Berlin church cemetery on March 3, where services were conducted by Samuel S. Bowman in German (text, Luke 10:28) and D.B. Sherk in English (text, Rev. 14:13).

BRICKER.-Near Washington, Ont., on March 5, 1904, Sister Snyder, beloved wife of Isaac Bricker, aged 70 Y., 9 M., 26 D. She suffered for about two weeks until the death angel relieved her. She leaves a husband and eleven children, some of them living in the West and Northwest, one daughter in Pittsburg. The remains were laid to rest in the Blenheim cemetery, where services were held by Menno Cressman (text, Rev. 14:13) and E.S. Hallman (text, 2 Cor. 5:1 and Acts 3:19).

SHANTZ.-Near Waterloo, Ont., Howard Ira, beloved son of William and Hannah Shantz, aged 3 Y., 9 M., 13 D. Medical skill, the ministration of tender parents and uplifted prayers could not withhold the messenger of death. Thus we believe the Lord's will was done, which is far better than human will and skill. The remains were laid to rest on Feb. 26 in the Waterloo Mennonite cemetery, where services were conducted by H.S. Hallman (text, Matt. 18:1-4) and E.S. Hallman (text 1 Sam. 20:3).

GONGWER.-On Mar. 8, 1904, in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of kidney trouble, Albert Gongwer, aged 46 Y., 9 M., 21 D. Bro. Gongwer was born in Ashland Co., O. He leaves a wife and six children, besides a host of friends, to mourn their loss. He united with the Mennonite church three years ago and remained a faithful member until death. In his death the family lose a devoted husband and father and the church a faithful member. Funeral at the Olive M. H., March 11, where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one they loved. Services by J.S. Hartzler from John 5:28, 29. Peace to his ashes.

UMBLE.-Robert Lantz, son of Isaac K. and Stinnie Umble of Bird-in-Hand, Pa., died Feb. 26, 1904, of lagrippe, aged 7 Y., 5 M., 29 D. He is greatly missed at home and by his schoolmates, as he was a cheerful and loving little boy. His parents, two sisters and one brother survive. He had only budded on earth to bloom in heaven. Services were held at the Bird-in-Hand M. E. church by J.F. Kingsley and Christian Brackbull. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

GOOD.-Lydia Good was born in Perry Co., Ohio; died March 5, 1904, at the home of her son, Abe Stemen, aged 76 Y., 7 M., 6 D. She was the mother of nine children; two having preceded her to the better world, leaving four sons and three daughters, 50 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure. The children were all present except two daughters, Mrs. Eli Huddle of Gresham, Ore., and Mrs. John Hayes of McCune, Kansas., She became a Christian in early childhood and lived as such all her life. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church. During her last days she suffered greatly and longed to be at rest. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the M. H. C. church, conducted by her pastor, Pre. Utter, assisted by Pre. A.A. Miller. She had chosen 2 Tim. 4:6-8 as the text to be used. Interment in Butler cemetery.

CHRISTNER.-Jacob Christner was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1836. He came with his parents to Canada in 1847 and moved to Iowa in 1855. He was married to Barbara Egli, Oct. 18, 1860. Bro. Christner died March 6, 1904, aged 67 Y., 8 M., 25 D. He leaves a wife, seven sons and two daughters to mourn his departure, one son having preceded him to the spirit world. Buried in the Sugar Creek cemetery, Henry Co., Iowa. Services by S. Gerig and D. Graber in German and S.M. Musselman in English from Phil. 1:21 and Thess. 4:13-18.

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLI, No. 14, March 31, 1904 - pp 111,112

STEWARD.-March 10, 1904, near Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, of erysipelas, Mahala, wife of James Steward (maiden name, Good), aged 57 Y., 5 M., 12 D. Her health had been failing for about two years, the disease being of such a nature that it affected her mind. She suffered a great deal during her sickness, but bore it patiently, being resigned to the will of Gd. In early life she was converted and united with the Mennonite church and remained steadfast unto the end. She leaves a bereaved husband, an aged father and one sister, besides a host of relatives and fiends to mourn her departure; but we mourn not as those who have no hope, believing that she is now at rest and is free from all pain and suffering. Let us prepare to meet her in heaven. Buried on the 12th at Salem, where funeral services were conducted by Moses Brenneman from 1 Cor. 15:51.

LEHMAN.-On the 2d of March, near Davidsville, Pa., very unexpectedly, Sister Nancy, wife of Dea. Tobias Lehman, aged 70 Y., 9 M., 12 D. Her death was caused by a fall a few days before, but no one expected that death was so near. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, two daughters and one brother, and other friends, to mourn for a loving friend, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. May God's rich blessings rest upon the friends, especially the aged husband. Funeral on the 4th at the Amish M. H. Services by L.A. Blough, Jonas Blauch and S. Gindlesperger. Text, Luke 12:40.

LIVINGSTON.-On the 3d of March, near Davidsville, Pa., of consumption, Sister Barbara, wife of John K. Livingston, aged 51 Y., 11 M., 29 D. She was buried on the 5th at the Blough Mennonite M. H. Services by S.D. Yoder and S. Gindlesperger. She is survived by a loving husband, one brother and one sister, who need not mourn as those who have no hope. The writer had visited her frequently during her sickness and she always appeared willing and ready to go when the Master would come to call her home. L.A. Blough.

MAURER.-Samuel L. Maurer died very suddenly March 16, 1904, at his residence about three miles southeast of Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart failure, aged 75 Y., 1 M., 26 D. The day before his death he helped a neighbor to cut down trees, and in the evening Bro. Maurer retried in his usual good health. At about half past four o'clock his wife heard him gaping* for his breath; she immediately struck a light and found that he was dying. A few minutes later life was gone. Surely, this is again a strong reminder of the words of our Savior, "Be ye also ready, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh." He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years and was well known and respected throughout the neighborhood in which he lived. A wife, two sons and a daughter survive him and mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. The funeral was held at the Mount Pleasant Mennonite M. H. The services were conducted by Pre. Elias Groff. Interment in the graveyard adjoining. Hope that all who mourn the loss of a friend and father and have have not as yet accepted Christ will accept him while it is yet called today.
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

GOOD.-Christian G. Good died March 16, 1904, near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 62 Y., 4 M., 17 D. Bro. Good was stricken with paralysis, after lingering one week in an unconscious state, he fell asleep in Jesus. He lived an exemplary Christian life. He is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral at the Bowmansville M. H. in the presence of a large concourse of people of all denominations and classes. Services by John M. Souder in German from Prov. 12:28 and John B. Senger in English from John 11:25,26. Peace to his ashes.

WITMER.-On March 4, 1904, Sister ____ Witmer, wife of David Witmer, died near LaSalle, Niagara Co., N.Y., of the infirmities of old age, aged 88 Y., 7 M., 25 D. Services were conducted at the home by Jacob Krehbiel. Text, 1 John 3:4.

ZIMMERMAN.-On March 16, 1904, in Harper Co., Kansas, Earl Zimmerman. Son of Jacob and Sue Zimmerman, died of measles, aged 7 Y., 6 M., 10 D. Earl had always been a healthy, intelligent little boy, and is missed in the Sunday school, where he could be seen every Sunday if possible. He always tried to learn all about Jesus. Little Earl leaves father, mother, five brothers and three sisters, besides many friends who deeply mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant Valley M. H., March 18, 1904, by T.M. Erb, from John 14:19.
Anna L. Brubaker.

SHOWALTER.-On Jan. 12, 1904, at the home of his son, Jacob C. Showalter, near Mt. Crawford, Rockingham Co., Va., of chronic throat and chest trouble, Bro. John D. Showalter, aged 74 Y., 7 M., 6 D. By reason of his peculiar affliction, he had not been able to speak above a whisper for at least seven years before his death. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church from early life and was one of those liberal, open-hearted brethren which the New Testament would characterize as a "cheerful giver." Much of his worldly means were donated for the support of the church and the worthy poor; and his memory will long be cherished by the ministers and deacons, for whom he always had a kind and encouraging word. His wife, Elizabeth Driver Showalter, died on May 8, 1895. Funeral was held on the 20th from Weaver's M. H. Discourse by C. Good and Jos. F. Heatwole. A daughter and four sons, a large number of grandchildren and many other family connections followed him to his grave in the cemetery near by. L.J.H.

MILLER.-On the 21st of March, near Shore, Lagrange Co., Ind., of quick consumption, Mary Catharine, daughter of Moses P Miller, aged 18 Y., 8 M., 28 D. Several years ago she united with the A. M. church and was a faithful member to the end. She leaves father, four brothers and one sister to mourn her early departure, but not without the hope that their loss is her eternal gain. Services at the Shore M. H. by D.J. Johns, assisted by Yost C. Miller.

STUTZMAN.-On the 13th of March, in Clinton Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Joseph M. Stutzman, aged 89 Y., 8 M., 8 D. He leaves his wife and three sons, three daughters (three children having preceded him to the spirit world), 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Though Bro. Stutzman has been feeble for some time, he died quite unexpectedly. Buried on the 15th. Services by J.J. Troyer in German and D.J. Johns in English.

BRICKER.-In Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ont., on March 5, 1904, Lydia, wife of Bro. Isaac Bricker, aged 70 Y., 9 M., 27 D. Sister Bricker was ill for only a few weeks and dangerously ill for only a few days, so that the messenger of death came rather unexpectedly to her friends. She leaves a sorrowing husband, seven sons and four daughters, whose loss, we believe, is her eternal gain. Funeral services on March 8, at the Blenheim Mennonite M. H., where Bro. M. Cressman spoke in German and Bro. E.S. Hallman in English to a large and attentive audience. Buried in Blenheim Mennonite cemetery. Thus "He giveth his beloved sleep."

BERGEY.-Near Mannheim, Waterloo Co., Ont., on Feb. 29, 1904, of the infirmities of old age, Jacob Bergey, aged 85 Y., 6 M., less 1 D. He was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Sept. 1, 1818, went to Canada with his parents in 1822, and in 1849 moved to the farm where he died. He is survived by his widow, four sons, four daughters, 42 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral on March 3, on which occasion Pre. A. Cressman spoke from Rev. 14:13 in German and Pre. N. Stauffer from Job 5:26 in English. Buried in Latchar cemetery. We mourn not as those who have no hope.

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