Herald of Truth Obituaries - August, 1905

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 31, August 3, 1905 -- no obituaries in this issue


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 32, August 10, 1905 - pg 255

KAUFFMAN.-On July 28, 1905, at Scottdale, Pa., of cholera infantum, Eunice, little daughter of Bish. Daniel and Mollie Kauffman; aged 8 M., 21 D. Bro. Kauffman had just reached Scottdale with his family on July 18th. Little Eunice took sick on he 23d and passed away five days later. Funeral services were conducted on the 30th at the home of Bro. Jacob S. Loucks by A.D. Martin and Aaron Loucks. Test, Psa. 39:9. Interment in the Alverton cemetery. The Lord comfort the bereaved ones.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 33, August 17, 1905 - pp 263,264

MUSSELMAN.-Delilah, daughter of Henry and Lizzie Musselman of Bucks Co., Pa., was born Dec. 23, 1894; died July 28, 1905; aged 10 Y., 7 M., 5 D. It was hard to part with dear Delilah. But it is their first one in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved ones. Services at the house by H.G. Anglemoyer in English and at the Blooming Glen meeting house by H.B. Rosenberger in German. Buried in the cemetery adjoining.

ROSENBERGER.-Sister Johannah Rosenberger was born Dec. 17, 1840; died near Silverdale, Pa., July 28, 1905; aged 64 Y., 7 M., 11 D. Funeral services at the house by H.G. Anglemoyer in English and at the Blooming Glen meeting house by H.B. Rosenberger in German. Text, Rev. 14:13.

YODER.-Amanda Yoder, daughter of Stephen and Mary Yoder, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1888; died of consumption at their home, near Nappanee, Ind., Aug. 1, 1905; aged 16 Y., 8 M., 1 D. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in May, 1905. Father, mother, five brothers and one sister mourn her departure. Funeral services were held Aug. 3d at the A. M. church, by David Burkholder in German, from Heb. 2:6, and J. H. McGowen in English, from Rev. 14:13.

BECHTEL.-David W. Betchel was born in Waterloo, Ont., Nov. 3, 1845; died of paralysis in Wakarusa, Ind., July 27, 1905; aged 59 Y., 8 M., 24 D. He moved to Indiana in 1864; united in matrimony with Catharine Hartman in 1867. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. His wife died in 1893. In 1894 he was married to Barbara Hunsberger. He leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral services July 29th at Yellow Creek by David Burkholder in German, from Job 14:10, and J. H. McGowen in English.

MILLER.-Abraham J. Miller was born March 15, 1837, in Somerset Co., Pa., and died of diabetes, from which he suffered for three years, July 13, 1905, at his home in Lagrange Co., Ind.; aged 68 Y., 3 M., 28 D. At the age of seven he emigrated with his parents, Jeptha and Barbara (Wenger) Miller, to Holmes Co., Ohio. In 1859 he went to Lagrange Co., Ind., where on Nov. 6, 1860, he was married to Magdalena Troyer, formerly of Berlin, O. To this union were born six children, four of whom with the sorrowing wife survive him. He united with the A. M. church as a young man, was for many years a member of the Forks congregation, but on account of ill health was not able to attend services for some years. He died in the full hope of meeting his Redeemer. He loved the songs of Zion - "Nearer, my God, to thee,", "I'm going home to die no more," "We're marching to Zion," and many others will always be sacred because of their blessed association. But father's voice will no more mingle with ours till we join the choir above. May we all so live that his prayer may be answered, that when this life is ended we may as one unbroken family surround the great white throne. Funeral services on the 16th at the Shore church, conducted by D. d. Miller, from Psa. 90:12, and Y. C. Miller, from Heb. 9:27.

ESHLEMAN.-Hazel Maria, only child of Ira and Nora Eshleman, of Reid, Md., died July 21, 1905, after an illness of about a day's duration, resulting in spasms; aged 1 Y., 5 M., 18 D. We believe this was another call from God, as there were many unconverted under the sound of the gospel on that Sabbath afternoon who would probably have spent their time elsewhere had we not been called together by death. Funeral services at the Miller church by C.R. Strite, from Psa. 39:4. May we ever remember the words of the text, for sooner or later we must all take the step little Hazel has taken, prepared or unprepared. May God bless the bereaved parents.

BRINK.-On July 21, 1905, near Elida, Ohio, Marie Agnes, daughter of Gabriel and Dora Brink; aged 23 days. Marie's stay with us was short indeed, and during her brief stay she suffered much, but we rejoice to know that she has gone where pain and sorrow can reach her no more. Buried at Salem on the 24th. Services by C. B. Brenneman, assisted by J. M. Shenk and Moses Brenneman.

WALTERS.-On the night of Sunday, July 30th, at her home near Chalfont, Bucks Co., Pa., of heart disease, Sister Rachel, wife of Pre. John Walters; aged 65 Y., 2 M., 10 D. She was a devoted member of the Line Lexington Mennonite congregation, where her husband (Bro. Walters) has been an active minister form any years. Besides her husband she leaves four children, a number of grandchildren, a brother and sister, besides a host of friends to mourn her death. She was buried in the Line Lexington Mennonite graveyard on Thursday, Aug. 3d, where she had been a faithful attendant in church services for so man years. Peace to her ashes. The sorrowing husband and children need not mourn as those who have no hope, but may comfort themselves with the blessed thought that if they hold out faithfully to the end they may meet again where there shall be no more parting forever. F.

SAUSER.-Rebecca Sauser (maiden name, Steiner) was born June 3, 1824, in Gondisville, Canton Berne, Switzerland; died near Orrville, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1905; aged 81 Y., 1 M., 29 D. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Swiss Mennonite church. Funeral services conducted at the home by Bish. D. C. Amstutz and at the Crown Hill church by Cleophas Amstutz in German (text, Heb. 13:14), and J. S. Gehrig in English (text, Psa. 17:15).

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 34, August 24, 1905 - pg 271

Pre. Abraham Horst, for thirty years a minister of the Old Mennonite church, died on Tuesday, Aug. 15th, at his home near Manheim Borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., in his eighty-third year. He had been afflicted with paralysis since March, 1905. He was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., and in early life was engaged in the milling business in Lebanon and Lancaster counties. For a time he had been living in the state of Ohio, where he was also engaged in the milling business, but later in life he returned to Lancaster county and engaged in farming near Manheim. He was ordained to the ministry about thirty years ago, and was one of the leading ministers of the Mennonite denomination in his vicinity. Six years ago he retired from active ministerial work on account of failing health. He leaves his second wife and ten children - eight daughters and two sons. Funeral services were conducted on the 18th inst. At the Mennonite church in Manheim. The remains were laid to rest in the Hernly cemetery.

BRUNK.-Hugh A. Brunk died of consumption, near Cross Keys, Rockingham Co., Va., on the 4th of Aug. 1905; aged 72 Y., 10 M., 1 D. He had been a member of the Mennonite church for many years. He leaves a widow and nine children. He was buried at the Bank church on the 5th. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. A.P. Heatwole, assisted by Christian Good, and also by Henry Early of the German Baptist church. Text, "There is but a step between me and death."

KAUFFMAN.-Samuel M. Kauffman died at his home in Millersville, Pa., July 15, 1905; aged 74 Y., 3 M., 27 D. Death was due to a complication of diseases. One son and two daughters remain to mourn the departure of a kind father: Harry M. of Windom, and Annie and Lizzie, who resided with their father. He is also survived by one sister, Elizabeth, widow of Abram Miller, and one brother, Reuben M., of near Masonville. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Funeral services were held July 17th, and were conducted by Daniel Lehman at the house, and Abram Herr and Abram Witmer at the Millersville Mennonite church. Texts, Phil. 3:12-14, and Luke 2:29,30. Interment at the Masonville Mennonite cemetery.

HOWARD.-On the 4th of Aug., 1905, of typhoid fever, Bro. Benjamin Franklin Howard; aged 28 Y., 4 M., 4 D. Bro. Howard confessed Christ and united with the Mennonite church in his twenty-third year, and leaves a comforting evidence that he was fully reconciled with his God and departed this life in the hope of a glorious immortality. From the way that he expressed himself during his sickness we believe he had fully purposed in his heart that if his life were spared he would put forth greater effort in the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom. He leaves a sorrowing companion, a little daughter, a grief-stricken mother, six brothers and three sisters to mourn his early departure. Services on the 6th by Moses Brenneman and J. M. Shenk.

ESHLEMAN.-Benjamin F. Eshleman died July 14, 1905, at his home in Cearfoss, Washington Co., Md., of paralysis; aged 69 Y., 10 M., 10 D. About two years ago he sustained a slight stroke of paralysis and five weeks before he died he received another stroke which proved fatal. He was a son of Christian Eshleman, who moved to Cearfoss about forty-five years ago from Lancaster Co., Pa. He was married three times; his first wife was a Miss Grumbine of Lancaster county, his second wife a Miss Showalter of near Broadford, and his third wife a Miss Latshaw of Waynesboro, Pa. His last wife survives him; also a daughter by his first wife (Mrs. Elizabeth Leaking of Rothville, Lancaster Co., Pa.), an two brothers (Christian of Chambersburg, Pa., and Samuel of Mauganville, Md.). He was a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Funeral took place on the 16th. Services at the Reiff church by Jos. Neibert and Bish. George S. Keener. Interment in the graveyard adjoining. Text, Psa. 17:15. I.W. EBY

KAUFMAN.-At her home near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio, on Aug. 12, 1905, of heart trouble, Sister Barbara Kaufman; aged 63 Y., 4 M., 22 D. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., March 20, 1842, and moved to East Greenville, Stark Co., Ohio, in 1852, with her parents, Bro. and Sister Henry Hartman. Her husband, Bro. Franklin Kaufman, and five of their children preceded her to the world beyond. Her aged father, three sons, three daughters, four brothers, two sisters and fourteen grandchildren survive. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 14, 1905, at the Pleasant View church, of which she was a consistent member for many years. Services by I. J. Buchwalter, assisted by D. Martin and A. Eberly.

BAUM.-Bro. William Baum of Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., died of blood poisoning on June 14, 1905; aged 65 years. He is survived by his wife, thee sons, three daughters and one brother. Funeral services were held at the Deep Run Mennonite M. H. on June 18th.

ROSENBERGER.-Sister Johanna, wife of Bro. Joseph Rosenberger of Perkasie, Bucks Co., Pa., died on July 28th from the consequences of an internal tumor; aged 64 Y., 7 M., 11 D. She was married to Joseph Rosenberger on Oct. 1, 1864. Two children preceded her in death. Survived by her husband, five sons, one daughter and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services at Blooming Glen M. H. on Aug. 1st. Services at the house by Pre. H.G. Anglemoyer in English, at the meeting house by Bish. H.B. Rosenbergrer in German. Text, Rev. 14:13.

MUSSELMAN.-Delilah, only daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry Musselman of Silverdale, Bucks Co., Pa., died of typhoid fever on July 28, 1905; aged 10 Y., 7 M., 5 D. Funeral services were held on Aug. 2d at the Blooming Glen Mennonite M. H. Pre. H.G. Anglemoyer conducted services at the house in English, and Bish. H. B. Rosenberger at the meeting house in German. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24,25.

BRUBAKER.-On the 9th of August, 1905, in Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co, Pa., of a complication of diseases, Sister Catharine, wife of Bro. Andrew Brubaker, in her eighty-third year. She was a member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite congregation for many years. She was a native of the village in which she lived and died. Bro. Brubaker was he second husband. Her first husband was ---- Wisler. She leaves her aged husband and three daughters and many friends to mourn her death. She was buried on Saturday, the 12th. Services were held at the M. M. H. in Rohrerstown and the burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. The Lord bless the bereaved ones and strengthen them in the hope of a better life beyond.

HOLDERMAN.-On the 16th of aug., 1905, near Jamestown, Elkhart Co., Ind., of blood poisoning, of which she suffered very severely for about five weeks, Sister Anna Seese, widow of the late John Holderman; aged 90 Y., 1 M., 16 D. She was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, June 30, 1815, and in 1837 united in marriage with John Holderman, who died eighteen years ago. She leaves five sons, two daughters and fifty-one grandchildren to mourn her death. She was a woman of extraordinary physical and mental endurance. She came to Elkhart county when the country was really a wilderness, and with her husband she shared the toils and hardship of pioneer life. She did a great deal of hard out-door work that is usually done by men, raised a large family and took care of her household duties as well, and reached the extreme age of 90 years with a mind and memory that would have done credit to one of much younger years. She was a good mother, a devoted wife, a kind and helpful neighbor, and possessing a kind and cheerful disposition she was beloved and respected by all who knew her. She was buried at the Olive Mennonite M. H. on the 18th, where appropriate services were conducted by John F. Funk from the text, 2 Cor. 4:17, 18 and 5:1. The funeral was largely attended. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years and the bereaved ones need not mourn as those who have no hope, feeling assured that their loss is her eternal gain.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XLII, No. 35, August 31, 1905 - pp 279,280

Pre. George Brunk was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Jan. 29, 1831; died in Allen Co., Ohio, Aug. 17, 1905; aged 74 Y., 6 M., 19 D. He was united in marriage with Mary Weaver, Oct. 21, 1852. To this union were born ten children, of whom four preceded him to the spirit world. A bereaved companion, three sons and three daughters are left to mourn the death of a kind husband and father. He also had fifty-two grandchildren, of whom forty-six are living, and seven great-grandchildren, of whom four are living. Two brothers and one sister also survive him, besides a large number of relatives and friends. Soon after his marriage he, with his wife, united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful unto the end. About thirty years ago he was ordained to the ministry and though he did not have the gift of an eloquent speaker, he was a faithful worker and a good counselor. He had the welfare of the church at heart and was much grieved to see that worldliness, pride and popularity are coming into the church. He lived in his native state until about three years ago, when he with his wife moved to Allen Co., Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life, having his home with his son Samuel. In the death of our brother the church has lost one of her strong pillars, the wife a kind husband, the children and grandchildren a dear father and grandfather, and the community a good neighbor, but we mourn not without hope. He often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ, and he died with a living hope in his Redeemer. May we all prepare to meet him in heaven. Buried on the 19th at Salem. Services by J.M. Shenk and Moses Brenneman, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. Funeral services were also held at the same time near his old home in Virginia.

YODER.-Bro. Joseph Yoder was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 12, 1882; died Aug. 14, 1905; aged 22 Y., 9 M., 2 D. He was received into the Amish Mennonite church May 10, 1903, and has lived a consistent Christian life ever since, for which we praise the Lord. His health has been failing for nearly two years. He had taken a trip to New Mexico and Colorado for his health, but it was of no avail. Everything was done that kind and living hearts and hands could do for him; but it pleased the Lord to take him in his young years, for the Lord has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Funeral was held on Aug. 16th, at West Union M. H. Services were conducted by Bro. J.K. Yoder, from Rev. 22:14, assisted by Bro. D.D. Kauffman. The remains were buried in the Upper Deer Creek cemetery. He leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother four brothers and one sister and many friends and relatives. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.

SMITH.-Catharina Smith, nee Burkelbaw, was born in the English Colony, Canada, Aug. 29, 1830, and departed this life Aug. 14, 1905, at her home near Gridley, Ill.; aged 74 Y., 11 M., 14 D. She was united in the bonds of matrimony to John P. Smith, in Butler Co., Ohio, Oct. 17, 1847. To this union were born five children, two preceding her to the glory world. She is survived by one step-brother, one step-sister, one sister, three daughters, twenty grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth and faithfully served the Master to the end. Her last words were, "Home, home." Our loss is her gain. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Daniel Orendorff (text, Psa. 90) and at the church by Daniel W. Slagel, in English (text, John 11:25, 26), and in German by John Smith (text, Gal. 6:6-9).

GODSHALL.-On the 16th of August, 1905, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Herman K. Godshall; aged 87 Y., 2 M., 11 D. He suffered about two years and for nearly a week previous to his death was unconscious. Bro. Godshall was born near Morwood, in the same county where he lived and died, June 5, 1818. In his younger years he taught school, in which occupation he continued many years. He also was associated with his brother Samuel in the milling business until the year 1864, when he retired and moved to the village of Souderton, where he spent the remainder of his days. He was also interested in several business enterprises while residing in town, and was one of a committee appointed by the Mennonite church of the Franconia conference to collect a fund and assist those of our Russian brethren who were without means and who were compelled to emigrate from Russia to America on account of the rescinding of the privileges formerly granted to our people, and making them subject to military duty, from 1873 to about 1875-6. In this important work he took a prominent part and made several trips to the West in its interests. He was a pillar in the church of his choice and a conscientious worker, and his counsel and advice was sought and esteemed. He was one of the prime movers in the building of the Mennonite meeting house in Souderton and led the singing for many years. In 1842 Bro. Godshall was united in the bonds of matrimony with Catharine Alderfer, who died in 1897. They had one child, a daughter, who also preceded her father to the eternal world some nine years ago. A grandson, Chas. G. Frick, is the only survivor of his descendants. The funeral was held on the 20th and the body of the aged brother was laid to rest in the Mennonite burying-ground in Souderton. In the death of Bro. Godshall the church has lost one of her strongest and most substantial members.

FUNK.-On the 21st of August, 1905, in Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pa., Abraham Funk; aged 91 Y., 10 M. He was entirely blind for some years and had also lost one limb in consequence of an injury sustained in falling from a load of hay about fourteen years ago. Buried in the Doylestown Mennonite burying-ground.

KOLB.-Joseph Kolb, eldest son of Tobias and Magdalena (Bechtel) Kolb, was born Aug. 30, 1839, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont. On the 18th of October, 1866, he was married to Nancy Stauffer. He united with the Mennonite church many years ago and has always been deeply interested in the welfare of the church. Up to within a few years ago he had enjoyed excellent health, when several slight attacks of paralysis, following some time after a severe fall, shattered his splendid constitution. Knowing that his death might come suddenly, he had "set his house in order." On the day of his death he expressed the belief that he would not be here long any more, and this proved true. Death came very suddenly on the 15th of August, 1905, from the rupture of a blood vessel. His end, though sudden, was not unexpected, and he passed away in peace with God and men. His age was 65 Y., 11 M., 16 D. Of five children, two sons and two daughters, together with his beloved companion, remain to mourn their loss. The funeral, on the 18th, was attended by a very large concourse of relatives and friends. Services at the house by I.A. Wambold and at the Berlin Mennonite M. H. by Noah Stauffer from Job 5:26. May God comfort the bereaved family in their affliction.

YODER.-On the 10th of August, 1905, in Somerset Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Isaac Yoder, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 15 D. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him, but had been failing both mentally and physically for several years. On the5th of August he suffered a paralytic stroke, which finally resulted in his death. He was a faithful member of the Amish M. church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Stahl meeting house by S. Gindelsberger, S.G. Shetler and L.A. Blough.

WADE.-Susanna Wade was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 30, 1845; died at her home in Freeport, Ill., Aug. 15, 1905; aged 59 Y., 8 M., 15 D. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, being loyal to her Master's teaching from the time of her conversion until she passed to her reward. She was of an humble and unassuming disposition and beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by three brothers and six sisters who keenly feel the loss they have sustained, but their loss is, we trust, her eternal gain. The remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery near Freeport, Aug. 17th. Short services were held at her home in Freeport, conducted by Jas. K. Shields of the M. E. church. Services proper were held at the Mennonite church, conducted by J. S. Shoemaker, assisted by E. M. Shellenberger . Text, Phil. 1:20,21.

YODER.-On the 10th of August, 1905, in Somerset Co., Pa., Bro. Isaac Yoder, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 15 D. Funeral services were conducted on the 12th at the Stahl church by S. G. Shetler, S. Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough from Gen. 25:8. Interment in the family graveyard. Bro. Yoder was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. He was a very sociable man and had a wide acquaintance and many friends, but for the last year his mind was failing and his friends had not the satisfaction of talking with him as before, but they can have the consolation that it is well with their friend and father.

Transcribed by Janice Wilbur, Utah

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