Herald of Truth Obituaries - October, 1904

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 41, October 6, 1904


Pre. Christian Bare (Wisler) was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 6, 1816. He moved with his parents to Columbiana Co., Ohio, where he remained until Oct. 16, 1837, at which time he was married to Esther Shank. Later they moved to Putnam Co., Ohio, where he was ordained to the ministry. After this he moved to Elkhart Co;, Ind., where he died Sept. 24th, 1904, aged 88 Y., 4 M., 18 D. He leaves an aged companion, one son and three daughters, 36 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren and many friends to mourn his death. Two daughters preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Bare was in the ministry 48 years. He was indeed a pillar in the church. He was a very humble man and practiced throughout all his life the strictest simplicity; his humble and simple way of living was certainly a faithful exemplification of the teachings of God's word, and this, coupled with his meek and quiet spirit and his familiarity with the Scriptures and his willingness to be governed by them and the principles of right, made him a man beloved and respected by all who knew him, so far as it is possible to say this of any one. He had no education, as we speak of education at the present time; but he had learned in the school of Christ and had gathered from the Bible such a rich fund of gospel truth that, with God's blessing, he was in the fullest sense "apt to teach." The writer well remembers two occasions on which Bro. Bare preached in the Yellow Creek meeting house some thirty years ago, when his soul seemed to have been all aglow with divine love and power. These two sermons for beauty of thought, for appropriateness, for practical instruction, and plain and pointed, yet inoffensive, applications, were ideal sermons. The writer has heard many of the popular preachers of the age, but for spiritual power and practical edification neither the discourses of Beecher with all his great eloquence, the flowery, figurative outbursts of Talmage, nor the plain, practical sermons of our old friend and fellow-laborer, D. L, Moody, left impressions on the mind like these simple teachings of our old brother, who, like Paul of old, would not dare to boast of anything save the cross of Christ and his own weakness and imperfections. May the Lord give us more men like Bro. Bare. We believe our loss was his eternal gain. He was buried at the Yellow Creek M. H. on the 27th. A large number of friends and relatives were in attendance. Services were conducted by John Martin, Henry Schrock and Martin Ramer. J. F. F.

Renner.- On Sept. 16, 1904, near Cherry Box, Mo., of appendicitis, Claud Renner, aged 9 Y., 4 M., 11 D. Buried on the 17th in the old Mennonite cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by L. J, Johnston from Job 21:23-26. The sympathies of many friends are with the sorrow stricken parents in the loss or their oldest son.

Zimmerman.- Mary Zimmerman was born Apr. 1, 1818, near Basel, Switzerland, came to America about 1848, settled near Orrville, 0. In 1853 she moved to Butler Co., 0., near Trenton, where she lived a number of years by herself, as she never was married. When she became feeble Sister Lena Schrock took her into her home and cared for her until March 17, 1904, when she was brought to the Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio. She was able to come to the table for about three weeks; after this she was mostly confined to her room. On the 13th of September she had a stroke of paralysis which affected her throat and right side so she could neither swallow nor talk and was seemingly unconscious until Sept. 22d, when she was relieved by death, for which she had longed during her confinement. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Her age was 86 Y., 5 M., 21 D. The funeral was held at the Mennonite Old People's Home, conducted by D. C. Amstutz and J. S. Gerig. Her body was laid to rest in the paradise cemetery, where her mother, brother and two sisters were buried.
J. G. WENGER, Supt.

Eaton.- Sept. 20, 1904, near Delphos, 0., Sister Melissa Ann Eaton, aged 40 Y., 1 M., 24 D. She was afflicted for several years with spinal affection, from which she suffered much, especially the last four weeks of her life. About four weeks ago she, with her husband, was received into fellowship with the Mennonite church, and the words of comfort, counsel and advice which she left behind are esteemed by her husband and friends as very rich treasures. She leaves a husband, five sons, one daughter, a father, a mother-in-law, three brothers and one sister to mourn her early departure. Buried on the 22d at the Pike M. H.; services conducted by C. B. Brenneman and J. M. Shenk. Text, "These are they which come out of great tribulation. (Rev. 7:14).
Bro. Eaton wishes to extend his heartfelt gratitude to all who so kindly assisted him and family during their affliction and bereavement.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 42, October 13, 1904

Metzger.- Elizabeth R., wife of Henry Metzger, died at her home at Landisville, Pa., on Sept. 30th, at the advanced age of eighty-two years. She was a member of the Mennonite church and the oldest person in the community. Funeral services were held at the Landisville M. H. on Monday, Oct. 3d.

Bender.-Annle Bender, wife of Jacob Bender, died at her home near Windom, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Oct. 1, 1904. She is survived by her husband, 2 sons and 3 daughters. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Sister Bender was in her sixty-fourth year. Funeral services were conducted at the Masonville M. H. Oct. 4th.

Heatwole.-On May 15, 1904, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of cancer, from which she suffered, at times severely, for four months, Elizabeth Geil, widow of John G. Heatwole, departed this life in the triumphs of faith and a bright hope of immortal glory, aged 77 Y., 8 M., 2 D. She lived in widowhood 35 years less one day. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth, and her life was consistent and loyal to the church of her choice until death. She is survived by three brothers and four sisters. Four sisters and one brother preceded her to the eternal world. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver church by L. J. Heatwole, E. C. Shenk and J. F. Heatwole. Buried in the graveyard near the church. Peace to her ashes.

Hughes.-On the 24th of September, 1904, at her home near Dalton, Wayne Co., 0., Sister Laura Hughes, nee Surgeon, aged 43 Y., 10 M., 24 D. She was afflicted with dropsy, from which disease she suffered almost constantly for five months. She bore her sufferings patiently until finally relieved by death. She was married to Wesley Hughes. Four children were born to them. The funeral was conducted from the Pleasant View M. H., Sunday, Sept. 25th, by Ed. J. Buchwalter, assisted by Michael Horst of Kansas.

Coen.-Homer, son of James W. and Eliza Coen, on Sept. 30, 1904, at Newton, Ran., aged 9 Y., 7 M., 7 D. His death was caused by a very sad accident. He stepped into a vat of boiling water at the ice plant and was fearfully scalded. He was conscious for fourteen hours after the accident and seemed to stiffer no pain. Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Samuel Nettiour and J. M. R. Weaver. Text, 1 Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Pennsylvania cemetery near Trousdale.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 43, October 20, 1904

King.- On Oct. 9, 1904, of paralysls, Sister Charity King (maiden name, Speicher), passed peacefully out of this life, aged 74 Y., 10 M., 4 D. She was sick only three days. It was her desire that when her time should come to leave this world she would not need to be sick long, and the Lord granted her desire. Her husband died a number of years ago, since which time she made her home with her youngest son and his family. She leaves three sons, a number of sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn her departure; yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. Sister King was received into the Mennonite church from another denomination and has been a faithful member, her place in the services seldom being vacant. She attended the meeting just one week before her death and, as usual, had a smile and pleasant word for all. Funeral services by G. D. Miller, assisted by Pre. Fike of the German Baptist church.

Culp.- Hannah Hare was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1841. Departed this life near Teegarden, Marshall Co., Ind., Sept. 29, 1904, aged 62 Y., 11 M., 2 D. She was married to Ferdinand Beck in 1860. To them were born seven children, five of whom are living. The husband and father died in 1882. In 1885 Sister Beck was married to Josiah Culp. To this union one child was born. The deceased united with the Mennonite church about twelve years ago. She had been in ill health for a number of years, yet bore her afflictions in patience, without complaint. There remain to mourn her departure, the husband, five sons, one daughter, seven step-children, one brother and a number of grandchildren. The funeral took place on Oct. 2d in the Brethren church, where a large number of sympathizing friends assembled. Services were conducted by Henry McGowen of Nappanee and Henry Weldy of Wakarusa. The remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Henry Weldy.

Hostetler.- On Oct. 3, 1904, at his home near Needy, Ore., Bro. Geo. L. Hostetler, son of Bro. and Sister Levi Hostetler, aged 26 Y., 4 M., 27 D. While working in the cider mill on his farm the hopper under which he was working became detached from the roof, falling on him and breaking his back. He was not found until life was extinct. Bro. George united with the Amish Mennonite church at an early age, and lived a consistent Christian life to the time of his death. He was well known and highly respected, and his untimely death was a shock to the entire community. He was born in Indiana in 1878, and removed with his parents to their home near East Lynne, Cass Co., Mo., in 1884, where he grew to manhood. In 1900 he went with his parents to Needy, Ore., where he was married to Nora Troyer, March 16, 1902. Besides his sorrowing wife he leaves to mourn his departure a little son, his aged father and mother, six sisters, three brothers and many relatives and friends. Although we are filled with sorrow, we have the assurance that he is now at rest. In a conversation the evening before his death he said, "I have peace with God." We know that, although he has gone from us, he waits on the other shore to welcome us. The funeral was held in the Zion M. H. and was conducted by Pre. Chr. Gerig, in German, and by Pre. David Garber, in English, from Isa. 38:1. "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." A very large concourse of friends and relatives followed him to his last resting place.

Kendig.-On Sept. 30, 1904, near Rosevllle, Lancaster Co., Fa., Bro. Martin K. Kendig, of catarrh of the stomach, aged 42 Y., 8 M., 5 D. His wife and one daughter survive him. Services were held Oct. 4th at the house and at the Landis Valley M. H., conducted by John Lefevre, Noah Landis and Bish. Abram B. Herr. Text, Psa. 116:15.

Maust.-Near Springs, Pa., on Sept. 28, 1904, William D. Maust, youngest son of Bro. D. W. and Sister Anna Maust, passed away after a few days' illness of cere-splnal meningitis, aged 1 Y., 6 D. He leaves a father, mother, four sisters and five brothers. Funeral services were conducted on the 30th at the Folk M. H. by G. D. Miller, assisted by Ed. Miller.

Lehman.-On Oct. 5, 1904, at his home near Kidron, Wayne Co., 0., Bro. Christian A. Lehman, aged 65 Y., 4 M., 29 D. Bro. Lehman was enjoying good health until about two weeks before his death, when typhoid fever set in and soon a kind, loving father was called home. He leaves a wife, five children, six grandchildren and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. The funeral services were conducted on the 7th in the presence of a very large assemblage of people at the Sonnenberg M. H. by Jacob Nussbaum and I. J. Buchwalter.

Dixon.-James Dixon was born in Langshire, England, Feb. 20, 1838; died near White Cloud, Mich., Sept. 30, 1904; aged 66 Y., 7 M., 8 D. He had no relatives in the United States. Funeral on Oct. 2d, at the Union M. H. near Big Prairie. Services by Jacob P. Miller, assisted by Isaac Weaver. The funeral was largely attended.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 44, October 27, 1904

OBiTUARY. Pre. Benjamin K. Lehman was born Nov. 8, 1817, in Manor Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa. His death occurred on Saturday evening at 9 o'clock, Sept. 17, 1904, having reached the ripe age of 86 Y. 10 .M., 9 D. Seven children, three daughters and four sons, one of whom is Pre. D. N. Lehman of Millersville, Pa., thirty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, two of whom are the daughters of A. D. Wenger of Millersville, Pa., survive him, his wife and three daughters having preceded him to the spirit world. Of the ninety-one ministers in the Lancaster Conference, he was the oldest, and he served longer in the ministry than any now living, having been ordained Aug. 12, 1862. His entire lire was spent in the community in which he died, with the exception or visits to the churches in Virginia and in the West in the earlier years of his ministry. He was a man or strong physique and was able to attend church and take part in the services until a few weeks before his death. He bore his afflictions patiently until, through heart failure, he peacefully slept away, leaving to his many friends assuring evidences that he entered eternal rest. He was an humble, pious, God-fearing, peace-loving, good-natured man and had few, if any, enemies. With unwavering faith he labored until the end, with the talent that God had given him. The house of God was his delight and the Sunday school always received his ardent support. His old age never made him conservative to the extent of protesting against any scriptural methods or winning souls to Christ or in any way spreading the doctrines of Him who said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." A kind and loving father and grandfather has gone to his reward, and may his posterity and all who knew him ever pattern after all that was noble and good in his life. The funeral was held at the Habecker M. H., Sept. 21st and interment was made in the cemetery adjoining. Many friends and relatives were in attendance. Services were conducted by Abram Witmer, Abram B. Herr, Jacob N. Brubaker and Martin Rutt, from the text, Heb. 13:7, 8, 17.

Harshey.- On Oct. 10, 1904, at his home near North Lawrence, Stark Co., 0., Edward H. Harshey, aged 48 Y., 1 M., 24 D. He leaves a wife and one son to mourn their loss. He was a member of the U. B. church for a number of years. Services were conducted Oct. 12th in the Pleasant View church by James Felton and i. J. Buchwalter.

Grieser.- Daniel Grieser was born in "Eisass-Lothringen" (Germany), Jan. 28, 1822. Came with his parents to America when he was 12 years old. They lived in Wayne Co., 0., one year and then moved to Fulton Co., 0., where Bro. Grieser died, Sept. 13, 1904; aged 82 Y., 7 M., 8 D. He was twice married and is survived by 7 children, 44 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by Christian Stuckey and C. Frelenberger in German and Henry Rychiner in English.

Brubaker.-On Oct. 8, 1901, near Freeport, Ill., or paralysis, Andrew J. Brubaker; aged 60 Y., 7 M., 7 D. His wife preceded him to the spirit world three years ago. He is survived by five sons, two daughters. five brothers and two sisters, one of whom is the wife of Bish. J. S. Shoemaker. He was a member of the Ernberg church or Freeport. Funeral services were conducted by S. Graybill and E. M. Shellenberger. The remains were taken to Michigan to be buried by the side of his wife.
E. M. S.

Harshberger.-On the 7th of October, near Geistown, Cambria Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Elvie Ruth Harshberger, aged 3 Y., 7 M., 29 D. Elvie was sick only a few days. She was a bright child and was much loved by the family, but we believe Jesus loved her still more and took her to himself. Before she died she said to her grandfather, "I see Jesus." May those of us who have come to the years of accountability prepare ourselves so that when we come to die we may, like Elvie, see Jesus. Funeral services on the 9th at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. by L. A. Blough and Alex. Weaver. Text, "We all do fade as the leaf" (Isa. 64:6).

Mohr.-John Mohr was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 23, 1824; died at his home in Logan Co., 0., Oct. 12, 1904; aged 80 Y., 6 M., 18 D. In middle life he united with the Brethren church and remained in full fellowship to the end. He was twice married, was the father or 13 children. Both his companions and six children preceded him to the spirit world. Services were held at the home, Friday, Oct. 14th, conducted by Elder L. H. Dickey of Alvada, Ohio. Interment in the Philadelphia cemetery. There are left to mourn their loss seven children and sixteen grandchildren. The church loses a father in israel, the community a good neighbor. Peace to his ashes. B.

Hooker.- On Oct. 13, 1904, near Unionville, Columbiana Co., Ohio, Barbara Hooker, aged 82 Y., 4 M., 18 D. She was unwell for some time, but was bedfast less than three weeks. About six weeks previous to her death she expressed a desire to be baptized and to unite with the Mennonite church, but this was neglected. Then a week before her death she said again, "I want to be baptized: I cannot die without." Bish. John Burkholder was sent for and he baptized her on Sunday morning, the 9th. Her husband died 17 years ago. The funeral was held on the 16th at the house. Services by Enos Detwiler, assisted by Allen Rickert. Text, Psa. 145:18 Peace to her ashes. PM

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