Herald of Truth Obituaries - September, 1904

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 36, September 1, 1904


Forrer.- On Aug. 16, 1904, at her home in Orville. Wayne Co., O., sister Charlotte Forrer, nee Kindig, aged 85 Y., 4 M. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1819, was married to Henry K. Forrer in 1838 and moved to Ohio with her husband in 1855. Their marriage was blessed with ten children, five preceding their parents to a future home. At an early age she gave her heart to Jesus and was a faithful member of the Mennonite church until the end. Five children, ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn the loss of a kind mother and friend. services Aug. 19th, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter at Martin's M. H. near Orrville, O. Peace to her ashes.

Lantz.- Noah Lantz was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Dec., 23, 1842; died at his home in Noble Co., Ind., Aug. 17, 1904; aged 61 Y., 7 M., 24 D. He was married to Lydia Yoder of Wayne Co., Ohio. To this union were born eight children. He is survived by his wife, seven children and ten grandchildren. He was converted in early life and remained faithful unto the end of his life. Funeral services at Maple Grove M. H. on the 19th, by J. Kurtz and A. J. Yantz.

Troyer.- Michel Troyer was born Oct. 4, 1838; died at his home near Garden City, Mo., Aug. 14, 1904; aged 65 Y., 10 M., 10 D. He was married to Tena Gerber, Dec. 17, 1863. He was the father of nine daughters and two sons, four of whom preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves. his wife, one son, six daughters and eleven grandchildren, also three brothers and four sisters, with many friends, to mourn his departure. He was a faithful member of the A. M. church and led a Christian life. We believe our loss is his eternal gain. Funeral was held Monday, Aug. 15th, at the Sycamore M. H. services by Bish. John Hartzler in German and Benjamin Hartzler and Levi Miller in English. "Watch thou, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh."

Eshleman.- On the 13th of August 1904, sister Elizabeth Maria, wife of Bro. A. W. Eshleman, was called from time to eternity, after a long illness of Bright's disease and lung trouble; aged 35 Y., 11 M.. 3 D. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth and expressed a strong faith in her Savior and often requested prayer and song. A distressed husband, father, brother and six children, with many relatives and friends, are left to mourn their loss. services were held on the 16th by the brethren A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank. Text, 1 Cor. 15:19.

Eshleman.- On Aug. 6, 1904, John Miller, little son of sister Elizabeth and Bro. A. w. Eshleman, was called from earth to heaven; aged 5 M., 19 D. God doeth all things well. After its mother knew she could not get well, she said, "Who will care for the baby?" Then it was taken and cared for by her heavenly Father just one week before her death. Funeral services by Bro. A. P. Heatwole, at Spring Dale, on the 7th. One month to the day after its grandmother. Text, Job 1:21.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 37, September 8, 1904


Blosser.- On Aug. 24, 1904, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of paralysis, Daniel Blosser, aged 72 Y., 9 M., 14 D. Bro. Blosser was the son of Pre. John Blosser who died some thirty-five years ago. When a young man he was married to Lydia Slutter, who died less than one year after their marriage. Thus he was early left alone. In later years his mind was very feeble at times and he spent a number of years in the Newburgh Asylum, but had so far improved that he spent his last year at the old homestead with his niece and her husband, Samuel Good. He was able to be about till the 21st, when he was seized with paralysis, from the effect of which he died. Bro. Blosser was a member of the Mennonite church. The funeral was held on the 26th at the Midway M. H. and the services conducted by Bish. John Burkholder and Allen Rickert. Text, John 5: 25. Buried in the adjoining graveyard. -- P. M.

Stutzman.- On Aug. 25, 1904, sister _____ Stutzman, wife of John Stutzman, aged 68 Y., 4 M., 22 D. She united with the Mennonite church at the age of 18 years and was a faithful member to the end of her days. She was married to John Stutzman in 1855. To them were born ten children, eight of whom survive. The funeral service was conducted by Eli A. Bontrager and S. H. Detwiler of West Liberty, Ohio. Text, 1 Cor. 15: 19. The body was laid to rest in the Fairview graveyard.

Martin. - On Aug. 12, 1904, near Orrstown, Franklin Co., Pa., of diabetes, Bro. David H. Martin, aged 45 Y., 7 M., 22 D. Bro. Martin has been a member of the Mennonite church for many years, and is survived by his companion and four children- John of Oklahoma and Annie and two sons who are at home. Funeral was conducted on the 14th in the Row M. H. by George Keener of Maryland and J. S. Burkholder of Letterkenny, Pa., from the words: "Set thine house in order, for thou must die and not live." Interment in the Horst burying ground. Peace to his ashes.

Frey.- On the 11th of August, 1904, near Chambersburg,Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities or old age, sister Elizabeth Frey (nee Ebersole), aged 82 Y., 7 M., 13 D. sister Frey was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years. Her husband, Bro. John Frey, preceded her to the spirit world about six years ago. She is survived by three children- John E. of Chambersburg, Elizabeth Diller, with whom sister Frey had her home, and Benjamin of Hamilton township. The funeral took place at the home and was conducted by Philip Parret of Chambersburg and George Keener or Maryland, from 1 Thess. 4: 18. Buried in the Frey burying ground.

Hershberger.- Elizabeth Hershberger (nee Miller), wife of Dea. Elias Hershberger, died at her home near Springs, Somerset Co., Pa., of dropsy, on Aug. 17, 1904; aged 62 Y., 11 M., 29 D. She was a sister of Bish. Joel J. Miller or Grantsville, Md. She leaves to mourn her departure, a husband, 3 sons, 5 daughters and many relatives and friends. But they do not mourn as those who have no hope. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 19th by Peter Brenneman and Gideon Yoder of Iowa.

Hoschstetler. - On Aug. 26, 1904, at Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., O., very suddenly, Benjamin C. Hoschstetler; aged 37 Y., 1 M., 22 D. He lived in matrimony over 15 years and is survived by a wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Joni J. Troyer of Emma, Ind., J. S. Gerig of Smithville, O., and S. H. Miller of the home church. Texts, 1 Tim. 6:12-17; Psa. 8:4.

Swartzendruber. - Noah Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Aug. 27, 1864; died Aug. 26, 1904; aged 40 Y., less one day. He was first united in marriage to Lena Swartzendruber, Dec. 25, 1888; lived with her 12 years and 15 days, when she died. He was married a second time to Mary C. Swartzendruber, Dec. 20, 1903. They lived together 8 months and 6 days. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek M. H. on Sunday, Aug. 28th; conducted by J. F. Swartzendruber, assisted by C. J. Miller and Jos. Gingerich. Text, Rom. 8: 19-23. It is supposed that about 1,500 people were present. Burial took place in the Lower Deer Creek cemetery near the meeting house. He was a member of the Amish church. He leaves to mourn his departure a young widow, four children (two having preceded him to the spirit world), 5 brothers and 3 sisters and a host of friends. His sickness (appendicitis) was of short duration, lasting only a week. He suffered very much. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereft ones. May the Lord comfort them and may it be the means of drawing them closer to him, is our earnest prayer. --- COR.

Hunsberger.- On Aug. 19, 1904, in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Bro. Ira Hunsberger, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Hunsberger, of appendicitis, aged 21 Y., 10 M., 3 D. He was sick at the B. & W. Hospital only a few days, when the death messenger came and thus ended the lifework of a faithful young brother in the Mennonite church. May the Lord comfort the sorrowful family who mourn, but not as those who have no hope. Ira is at rest. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Daniel Wismer at the home and at the Waterloo Mennonite M. H. by Jonas Snyder and E. S. Hallman. Texts: John 11:28; 1 Cor. 13:12.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 38, September 15, 904


Pre. David Morrell was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Oct. 10, 1828; died at Topeka, Ind., Aug. 9, 1904 ; aged 75 Y., 9 M., 29 D. He moved with his parents at the age of six years to Fairfield Co., Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He was married April 13, 1852, to Lydia Stutzman. In the spring of 1853 he moved his family to Noble Co., Ind., remaining there until the early spring of 1881, when they removed to Missouri, where they lived until death called his companion from the home in May 1894. He was the father of ten children. The wife and four children preceded him to the spirit world. The children living are: Anna of North Dakota; Etta, Emanuel and David of Colorado; Jemima of Idaho: and Sarah of Indiana, with whom he has resided for the past eight years, and who has so patiently ministered to every want and comfort. He was ordained to the ministry in the year 1870 and has ever remained a faithful servant of God, striving earnestly to win souls for the Master's kingdom and for the advancement of his cause. During his last years he often, in the pulpit as well as in the home and among friends, expressed his great desire to be a possessor of the joys that were awaiting him in the great beyond. Besides six children he leaves one brother (James A. of Michigan), a sister (Mrs. A. C. Lantz of Indiana), twenty grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Although he has gone from us, yet let us cherish his memory. Funeral services were conducted at the Maple Grove M. H. by Bish. J. Kurtz and A. J. Yantz.

Graybill. - Mary Graybill, widow of the late bishop Jacob Graybill, was born March 30, 1826, and fell asleep in the triumphs of faith at her home near Thompsontown, Pa.; July 25, 1904, aged 78 Y., 3 M., 25 D. She was laid to rest in the beautiful Lost Creek cemetery by the side of her husband. services were conducted at the house by Pre. Wm. Sieber and at the church by Bish. Wm. Auker and Pre. Samuel Lelder. Text, Psa. 132:14. She was united in marriage Dec. 18, 1849. The next October her husband and she joined the Mennonite church at Lost Creek. In a few weeks her husband was ordained to the ministry of the gospel and in 1856 to the office of bishop. He preceded her to the spirit world May 1, 1892. She was the mother of thirteen children, six of whom died in infancy. Seven years ago, when already in old age, she was called to mourn the death of her son Benneville, and her daughter Barbara within one month. Two sons (Joseph and Caleb), three daughters (Mrs. Abram Brubaker, Mrs, David Benner, and Ida, at home), and 27 grandchildren survive. Here maiden name was Searer. She was the last of the family, all her brothers and sisters having preceded her to the grave. Grandmother's home was longest established in this community, she having lived here 54 years uninterruptedly. For 42 years she shared the cares with grandfather in his farm life and busy ministerial career. The years of his early ministry were the pioneer days. Their home became a Mennonite nucleus. Now it is broken up and naught but pleasant memories remain, but these are precious! . No richer heritage could be given than the care, patience, fortitude and Christian principles which she exhibited and taught to her children. Farewell, mother and grandmother dear. Thou hast gone but a little while before where we, too, must follow on. We hope to meet in the dawning of the morning and clasp glad bands again on the other side. --- HER GRANDSON, C. N. G.

Unruh.- On Aug. 21, 1904, after a week of Intense suffering, Perry Otto Unruh, infant son of Pre. Abram and Rachel Unruh, passed out of this world, aged 2 M., 26 D. He was laid to rest in the Berea graveyard near Birch Tree, Mo. services by Pre. J. L. Brubaker.

Sieber.- On Aug. 24, 1904, near East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., of bowel complaint, Floyd F. Sieber, son of Pre. William G. and Mary (deceased) Sieber, aged 18 Y., 4 M., 25 D. Floyd's sickness was of short duration, though his suffering was great; he bore the same with patience and Christian fortitude. He had been a consistent member of the Mennonite church for over three years. He was perfectly resigned to the will of God. this fact is a means of great consolation to the bereaved family. He leaves a father, four brothers and three sisters to mourn his early departure. All were present at the funeral services, which were held on the 27th at the Lost Creek M. H. Short services were held at the house, conducted by Samuel Leiter and Pre. James. The services at the church were conducted by Samuel Letter, Christian Winey and J. S. Shoemaker of Freeport, Ill. Text, Job 16:22. The funeral was largely attended.

Harshberger.- On the 13th of August 1904, near Davidsville, Pa., Bro. Daniel Harshberger, aged 76 Y., 10 M., 14 D. Bro. Harshberger was the last of a family of thirteen children. He was the father of thirteen children, five of whom are living. He had been sufferIng a great deal for a number of weeks, but we trust these sufferings here worked for him a far more exceeding weight of glory. services at the Kaufman church, of which he was a member, were conducted by S G. Shetler and Jonas Blauch. Text, Job 5:26, 27.

Kaufman.- On the 22d of August 1904, near Davidsville, Pa., of consumption, Bro. Hiram J. Kaufman, aged 33 Y., 11 M., 3 D. Bro. Kaufman had been lingering for quite a while. but was very patient and fully resigned to the will of God. He is survived by a sorrowing wife and many friends who mourn for him. It is a sad time for his wife, who is suffering a double affliction, having buried her father, Daniel Harshberger, about ten days before. But she has the consolation that they only wait for her to follow them to the glory world. Funeral services were conducted on the 24th at the Amish church, by S. G. Shetler and S. D. Yoder. Text. Acts 6:15.

Saylor.- On Aug. 19, 1904, at Johnstown, Pa., Robert Russell, son of Bro. John Saylor, aged 9 Y., 3 M., 22 D. His death was very sudden, having come to him only about twenty-two hours after receiving serious injuries from stepping between the ties of a bridge on the trolley car line. this is a warning to all to prepare for the solemn message of death. Funeral services were conducted in the Reformed church of Johnstown, by J. H. Mickey and S. G. Shetler. Text, Isa. 17:14. Buried in the Grand View cemetery

Schrock.- On Aug. 13, 1904, near Bittinger, Garrett Co., Md., Catherine Schrock, nee Kemp, wife of Jonas Schrock, aged 38 Y., 10 M. Funeral services were held on the 14th at the Forks M. H., conducted by Bish. Joel J. Miller, J. S. Miller and J. B. Miller, from Psa. 30: 5. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. She leaves a husband, a number of children and many friends to mourn her departure. Her infant babe was buried in the same coffin with her. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing ones.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 39, September 22, 1904

Sprunger.- On Aug. 24. 1904, near Dalton, Ohio, sister Lizzie Schrock, wife of Philemon Sprunger, aged 41 Y., 19 D. She was born in Wayne Co., O., Aug, 5, 1863; was married Nov. 8, 1888. At an early age she gave her heart to Jesus and was a faithful member of the Mennonite church till her death. Sister Sprunger was loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her departure her sorrowing husband, one stepdaughter, nine children, the youngest only 19 days old, four brothers, two sisters and her aged parents, who mourn the first death in their family. The funeral took place on the 26th from the Salem M. H. Services by A. A. Sommer and Jacob Nusbaum. It was indeed a very sad sight to see a mother, who was so much needed in the home, taken away from her children. May God comfort and be very near the motherless children.

Kauffman. - Anna Kauffman, nee Shepp, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio. July 29, 1875; died in Denver, Colo., Sept. 8, 1904; aged 29 Y., 1 M., 9 D. She accepted her Saviour at the age of fifteen and lived a devoted Christian life and a faithful member of the Bethel (Mo.) Mennonite congregation. She leaves a sorrowlng husband, two children, father, one brother, one sister and many friends to mourn her departure. Her remains were brought home and interred in the Clearfork cemetery. Funeral services were conducted in the presence of a very large concourse of people by L. J. Miller and C. S. Hauder from Col. 1: 27. May God bless and comfort the sorrowing ones and help them to say, "Thy will be done."

Roth.- John N. Roth was born in Germany, Sept. 21, 1837; died near Noble, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1904; aged 66 Y., 11 M., 3 D. He was married to Mary Bender in Oxford, Canada, March 13, 1868; lived in matrimony 43 years and six months. To this union were born two sons and four daughters; one son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son, three daughters, one step-daughter and one adopted daughter. Funeral services were held at Sugar Creek M. H., conducted by S. Gerig and S. Musselman.

Miller.- Katie (Nebel) Miller was born in Jefferson Co., Iowa, Feb. 23, 1878, moving with her parents to Washington Go., Iowa, to the place where she resided until death. On Oct. 18, 1903, she was married to A. M. Miller, living with her husband only ten months and one day. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Amish Mennonite church, of which she remained a faithful member until God called her away. She peacefully ended her life on Friday morning, Aug. 19, 1904, aged 26 Y., 5 M., 26 D. She leaves a sorrowing and bereaved husband and twin sons, also her mother, three brothers and six sisters to mourn her early death. Her father and one brother preceded her. Funeral services held at Sugar Creek M. H., conducted by S. Gerig and Dan. Schlegel.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 40, September 29, 1904

Bucher.- On Sept. 19, 1904. at Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis, Bro. Jonas W. Bucher, aged 76 Y. He was a skilled mechanic and inventor, having invented a hayrake which is extensively used. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years and the father of Pre. John Bucher of Clay, Pa. Bro. Bucher is survived by his wife, four sons, six daughters, fifty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Hammer Creek M. H. on Sept. 22d.

Zook.- On Aug. 20, 1904, near Bellville, Pa., sister Barbara Zook, nee Plank, widow of the late Joshua Zook; aged 65 Y., 9 M., 2 D.

Landis.- On the 30th of July 1904, at his home near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., of Bright's disease and dropsy, from which he had suffered a long time, Bro. Levi S. Landis, aged 60 Y., 5 D. A distressed wife, three sons, with many relatives and friends. are left to mourn their loss. He was burled at Stony Brook; services were conducted by Bish. Abram B. Herr and Pre. Theo. B. Forry. Text, 2 Tim. 1:9, 10. Peace to his ashes;

Godshalk.- On the 22d of Sept., 1904, in Elkhart. Ind., of dropsy, sister Margaret Godshalk, widow of the late Jacob Godshalk, aged 76 Y., 10 M., 13 D. She was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Aug. 11, 1828. She was united in marriage with Jacob Godshalk, May 21, 1853. To this union were born five children, of whom three, two sons and one daughter, survive. The husband died 17 years ago. About 12 years ago by a misstep she injured her foot; which caused her much pain and suffering, on account of which she had not been able to walk without a crutch to the time of her death. She finally was afflicted with dropsy and gradually failed until relieved by death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years, and a devoted Christian and kind mother; though modest and quiet in her ways, she trusted in the merits of a crucified Redeemer, and we trust hers is the crown of glory reserved for all God's faithful ones. Funeral was held on the 24th at the Olive M. H., where services were conducted by John F. Funk from Phil. 1: 21, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

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