Pre. Jacob Shank
was born in Olive Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 19, 1856, and was married to Margaret Hunsberger of the same locality, Feb. 3, 1884. To this union was born one son, Clarence. Bro. Shank and wife united with the Mennonite church at Elkhart in the spring of 1896. The Olive congregation was then without a resident minnister, and as Bro. Shank was residing within the limits of that district, a few months later, when a minister was to be chosen, the Lord opened the way by unmistakable evidences and the lot fell on Bro. Shank, and on the 16th of April, 1896, he was accordingly ordained, within a few months after having united with the church. He was a faithful worker in the cause and was a man true to his convictions in all things. The congregation was blessed and prospered under his care, and the love and esteem his people had for him were abundantly manifested by the large attendance of relatives, friends and neighbors at his funeral, and the many weeping eyes as listened to the earnest admonitions of the speakers and as they passed by the casket to view for the last time the remains of their beloved teacher and pastor. The audience throughout was deeply affected and especially the members of his congregation. All the ministers of the district, except two, were present. Bro. Shank's deepest concern was that souls might be awakened from the slumbers of sin and converted to God. In a conversation with the writer only about two weeks before his death he expressed a special interest in a friend in whose salvation he was interested, and while under the hand of affliction nothing seemed to be sweeter and more enjoyable to his soul than the teachings of the word of God and the contemplation of heavenly and eternal. things. A short time ago his health began to fail, and on the 21st of November, while at the home of his wife's mother, widow of Peter Hunsberger, he was stricken with paralysis, from which he was for a time unconscious, but the following day and for several days he improved to such an extent that good hopes of at least partial recovery were entertained. But the Lord ordered it otherwise, and he died in the evening of Nov. 27th, aged 49 Y., 9 M., 8 D., leaving a sorrowing companion, one son, four brothers, five sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn his early death. May the Lord temper these storms of sorrow to the bereaved ones, and prove to them ever a very present help in time of trouble. Funeral services were conducted at the Olive M. H. by J. S. Hartzler, John Hygema and others. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. J. F. F.
ZEHR.-On the 8th of Nov., 1905, near Croghan, Lewis Co., N. Y., Andrew Zehr, Sr., at an advanced age. He was a lifelong resident of the place. He was sick only a short time. He leaves a wife and ten children to mourn his death. Funeral, Nov. 10th, which was largely attended. He enjoyed a large acquaintance in the vicinity where he had lived so many years, and leaves many friends and relatives who held him in high esteem.
BLOSSER.-Jacob Blosser was born June17, 1830; died at his home in East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1905; aged 75 Y., 5 M., 3 D. He was married to Barbara Printz, Nov. 3, 1859. To this union were born two daughters and one son, all of whom with his wife survive him. Also seven grandchildren, one brother, one sister and many friends; but they mourn not as those who have no hope. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 38 years. He had a light stroke of paralysis a short time ago and later a second stroke, from which time he was confined to his bed and rom the effects of which he died. Funeral on the 22d at the Midway M. H. Services by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Allen Rickert. Text, John 14:1-3. Interred at the new cemetery adjoining. P.M.
MYER.-On the 23d of Nov., 1905, near Monterey, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Emma L., wife of Jacob Myer, in her forty-seventh year. Her maiden name was Wenger. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church. Two children, two brothers and three sisters survive her. Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Stumptown Mennonite meeting-house.
HOOVER.-On the 22d of ov., 1905, at the home of her nephew, Jacob E. Brackbill, near Lancaster City, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sarah A. Hoover, widow of the late David Hoover, in her 79th year. She had recently sustained three apoplectic strokes and was in feeble health. Fifteen minutes before her final seisure relatives had spoken to her, and later found her at the point of death. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church, and leaves a wide circle of friends. Buried at the Brick M. H. near Willow Street, on the 25th.
CULP.-On Nov. 20, 1905, at his home in East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, after suffering for some time with Bright's disease, Noah Culp, aged 58 Y., 7 M., 24 D. He was twice married; his first wife died, leaving three children. His second wife was Barbara Knagey, with whom he had one child. He is survived by his second wife, four children, five sisters, three brothers and his aged father, now 93 years old, to mourn his death. Funeral on the 23d at the Midway M. H. Services by Pre. Flake of the Reformed Church, assisted by E. M. Detweiler. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8. Buried in the adjoining graveyard.
DETWEILER.-On Nov. 22, 1905, in Beaver Twp., Mahoning Co., Ohio, Albert, infant son of Henry and Clara Detweiler; aged 17 days. Funeral on the 24th at the Midway M. H. Services by E. M. Detweiler and John L. Yoder. Text, Matt. 18:2. The parents, one little sister and two brothers survive to mourn the death of the little child; but they may all comfort themselves with the thought this precious little one is now safe in the arms of Jesus, where they can meet him again if they hold out faithful to the end. P.M.
HARSHBARGER.-On the 23d of November, 1905, at her home near Mattawana, Pa., of pleural pneumonia, Sister Mary D. Harshbarger, widow of David Harshbarger; aged 70 Y., 11 M. Funeral services a the A. M. meeting-house on the 26th at 10 a. m., conducted by Bish. Michael Yoder in German and Bish. John E. Kauffman in English from Rev. 14:12,13 and 2 Pet. 3:13,14. The attendance was very large. She leaves three sons and three daughters, and 17 grandchildren to mourn her departure. She united with the A. M. church in her young years and continued faithful unto the end.
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Pre. Christian Brunk and his sister, Barbara Brenneman.-The home of Bro. and Sister Jacob Alger, of near Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va., on the evening of Dec. 3, 1905, was the scene of two deaths that occurred within the period of about half an hour. Pre. Christian Brunk, who for twenty-eight years or more has lived at Winchester, Va., had lately been visiting his relatives in Rockingham county. Before his return to Winchester he was taken for one more visit to his sister, Barbara Brenneman, who was at the time prostrated with rheumatic troubles. While stopping there he himself became so enfeebled as not to be able to proceed on his journey homeward. For about two weeks both himself and sister continued to gradually decline - until the evening of the 3d inst., when at 10 a. m. Sister Brenneman died, and was followed a half hour later by her brother into the spirit world. Bro. Brunk's age was 82 Y., 9 M., 20 D., and that of his sister, 69 Y., 29 D. Both were born and reared in Rockingham county. Sister Brenneman had lived in widowhood for more than thirty-five years, her husband, John Brenneman, having died when yet a young man. She is survived by one daughter, Sister Frances Alger, with who she has for many years made her home.
On Wednesday, the 6th, the dead brother and sister were borne in separate coffins to Lindale M. H., where one of the largest congregations ever known at that place had assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to their memory. The services were conducted by Jos. W. Geil, L. J. Heatwole and Lewis Shank from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. In the graveyard the coffins were lowered simultaneously into separate graves that were not far apart, the one being placed beside her husband and the other beside his wife. One burial service was used for both.
Bro. Brunk was for sixty years a member of the Mennonite church, lived in wedlock for fifty-five years with Magdalene Brenneman Brunk, who departed this life march 15, 1899, and his service in the ministry covered the period of more than forty-six years. In this period he has preached and traveled through ten states and Canada. He resided near Edom, Rockingham Co., Va., until near the close of the Civil War, when in October, 1864, he refugeed to Lancaster Co, Pa., and lived with his family near Millersville until the spring of 1865, when after making an extensive visit through the Western states and Canada, he returned to Rockingham Co., Va., where he resided until 1871. Since then he has made his home with a small congregation near Winchester, Va. Bro. Brunk has been widely known among the congregations in Virginia and elsewhere for his striking figure and commanding presence, which he never failed to make manifest in the pulpit. Those qualities, together with a strong and earnest voice and the peculiar force with which he presented gospel truth to an audience, when once heard could never be forgotten. During the long period in which he served as a minister, he invariably kept in close touch with the Virginia conference, in which body he was recognized as one among its leading spirits. It was observed that he found a peculiar enjoyment in associating with ministers much younger than himself, for all of whom he never failed to have a kind and encouraging word, and unlike some old people of his years, he maintained full identity with the church to the end of his life. Though his ministerial work covered well nigh the space of three generations, with the general round of change that has come in that time, in method and the line of more direct work in the church, he has always had the grace to enter heartily into the spirit of the times and to readily adapt himself to the work and needs of the church as each change came. Peace to his memory. L.J.H.
BRENIGAR.-On the 23d of October, 1905, in Elkhart, Ind., Edwin, son of Jacob and Minerva Brenigar; aged 2 Y., 1 M., 6 D. Funeral services by George Lambert.
EHRET.-On the 25th of Nov., 1905, in Elkhart, Ind., Mildred Fern, daughter of Albert and Sadie Ehret; aged 4 Y., 8 M. Funeral services by George Lambert.
SEITZ.-On the 29th of Nov., 1905, near Mountville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob C. Seitz, aged 69 years. Two sons and a daughter survive him. Funeral services by A. R. Witmer at Habaker's M. H., where the interment also took place.
HERSHEY.-On the 30th of Nov., 1905, in E. Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Anna, wife of Samuel Hershey, at an advanced age. She had been an invalid for twelve years. Her husband, one son and two daughters survive. Funeral was held on Sunday at the Mellinger meeting-house.
KREIDER.-On the 3d of Dec., 1905, at the home of his son Phares in Conestoga Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Michael M. Kreider, aged about 78 years. He formerly lived in Pequea. He was a member of the Old Mennonite church, and is survived by his wife, five children and one sister. Funeral on Wednesday, the 6th of Dec., at the Stone M. H., New Danville.
REIMER.-On the 31st of oct., 1905, near Canton, Kan., Elizabeth Schroeder, wife of Cor. A. Reimer; aged 38 years less 4 days. She was born in Russia, Nov. 4, 1867. In 1874 she came with her parents to America. June 14, 1886, she was baptized and received into the Alexanderwohl congregation by Bish. Jacob Buller. On the 19th of Feb., 1889, she was married to her surviving husband. She leaves seven sons and two daughters; one son preceded her in death. She suffered severely for fifteen days. She died in the blessed hope of glory. She seemed to have the premonition that she would soon be called away and in view of it the day before she died she said, "Wie bin ich doch so froh!" Funeral services were conducted by Pre. Peter A. Wiebe from Luke 7:11 and Bish. Peter Balser from John 10:11.
NEUENSCHWANDER.-On the 30th of Nov., 1905, in Allen Co., Ohio, after a protracted illness, Christian Neuenschwander, aged 92 Y., 11 M., 20 D. He came from Europe seventy years ago, and for many yeas was a resident of Allen Co., Ind. He died at the home of his son Cleo. Funeral services were conducted at the Ebenezer M. H. on the 2d of Nov. by ---- Hege and M. S. Steiner.
TSCHANTZ.-Peter Tschantz was born April 15, 1837; died of dropsy at his home near Orrville, O., Nov. 24, 1905; aged 68 Y., 7 M., 8 D. Bro. Tschantz was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. The funeral took place on Sunday, Nov. 26th, at the Old Sonnenberg M. H., where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay the last tribute of love to the departed brother. Services were conducted by Bro. Jacob Nussbaum. He is survived by his wife and three children - William, David and Fanny - six grandchildren and two sisters.
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Pre. Solomon Beery was born near Cross Keys, Va., Oc. 25, 1832, and died near Dayton, Va., Dec. 11, 1905; aged 73 Y., 1 M., 16 D. He was married Oct. 5, 1845, to Mary Geil, a daughter of the late Bish. John Geil. To this union there were born four children, two daughter and two sons, all of whom survive their father. He lived and brought up his family where he was born, but after the death of his first wife, in the spring of 1891, he was married to Annie E. Winger, and has lived near Dayton, Va., until the time of his death. He was ordained to the ministry at the Bank congregation on the same day and with Bro. J. S. Coffman, July 18, 1876. For many years he was actively engaged in preaching the gospel and especially in crossing the mountains of West Virginia. In his preaching he always spoke with a great deal of energy and life, and became very widely known as a minister. Eternity alone will reveal the results of his labors. Early in the past autumn (1905) Bro. Beery's health began to fail and a few weeks ago he was stricken with paralysis and gradually grew worse until the end peacefully came. Funeral services were held at the Bank M. H., where he was also buried the 13th, conducted by J. S. Martin, Jos. F. and Jacob A. Heatwole, in the presence of a large congregation. Text, 1 Cor. 5:1. J.A.H.
FISHER.-Hattie Virginia Fisher, daughter of Jacob K. and Martha Fisher, of near New Paris, Elkhart Co.,Ind., was born Sept. 28, 1879; died, after a protracted illness Nov. 30, 1905; aged 26 Y., 2 M., 2 D. She leaves to mourn her death, her parents, three sisters, one brother, an aged grandmother and many other relatives and friends. At the age of seventeen she accepted Christ and united with the Mennonite church, of which body she was a faithful member until death. Funeral services at the Whitehead church near New Paris, Ind., Sunday, Dec. 3d, at 2 p.m., by Jacob Christophel and J. S. Hartzler. Texts, Phil. 1:21 and John 16:33.
SHANK.-On Dec. 5, 1905, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., as is supposed, from the effects of an epileptic fit, Charles Shank, at the age of 46 Y., 9 M., 10 D. From early life he has remained a consistent member of the Mennonite church. For many years he had suffered greatly from epilepsy, which at certain periods came in such severe and frequent attacks as to bring on at times an enfeebled condition of both body and mind. On the afternoon of the 5th inst., while his wife was absent from home he was left alone with some of the younger children. These say that he remained about the premises as usual during the greater part of the day, but toward evening he was seen to walk out in the direction of the stable, where, it was supposed, he had gone to look after the feeding. Not returning as soon as expected, one of the little boys in searching around found him dead at the corn crib, his body lying in such position as to give evidence that he had died from suffocation during the period of one of his fits. A wife and nine children survive him, who have the sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends. The funeral was held on the 7th from Weaver's M. H. before a large concourse of relatives, neighbors and associates, who seemed deeply impressed with the unexpected and tragical manner in which our brother came to his death. Services were conducted by A. P. Heatwole, C. Good, and L. J. Heatwole, from 2 Cor. 5:1. L.J.H.
ALLGYER.-On the 25th of Nov., 1905, near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Sarah Allgyer, aged 76 Y., 11 M., 10 D. She was born near Allensville, Dec. 20, 1828. She was married Mar. 1, 1846, to Peter Allgyer of Allensville, who survives her. She was the mother of four sons and five daughters. She suffered about two years from paralysis, which deprived her of the use of some of her faculties. She bore her sufferings during the last few days which were such as could be known only by those who were at her bedside, without a murmur, until death relieved her of all her sufferings and she fell asleep in the arms of her loving Savior. The funeral services were conducted by Joseph Kanagy and Michael Yoder. She was buried at the Amish burying-ground.
HARTZLER.-On the 2d day of Dec., 1905, near Barr, Mifflin Co., Pa.., Chr. Hartzler, aged 63 Y., 6 M., 27 D. He was the son of David Hartzler, deceased, and spent his whole lifetime in the vicinity where he was born and died. He was taken with a stroke of paralysis about a month ago and this was the cause of his death. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel and David Peachy on the 5th.
HARSHBARGER.-On Nov. 25th, near Mattawana, Mifflin Co., Pa., after a brief illness of about a week, Paulina, widow of the late David Harshbarger; aged 70 Y., 11 M. She had been on a visit to her daughter in Michigan and came home sick. She leaves three sons and three daughters and many friends to mourn her death. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her, and will be sadly missed both in the home, in the church and in the community. Funeral services wee conducted by Michael Yoder and John E. Kauffman. The services were largely attended.
YODER.-On the 9th of Dec., 1905, in Belleville, Pa., Mattie Yoder, aged 74 Y., 5 M., 23 D. She suffered about two weeks with dropsy. She was a daughter of Gideon Yoder and spent her entire life in the county where she was born. For the past sixteen years she had her home with Lydia Esh, where she died. Funeral services were conducted on the 11th at the home of Christian Sharp near Kishoquillas by Christian and Samuel Peachy. Interment in Gideon Yoder's graveyard.
SPROOL.-On the 28th of Nov., 1905, in Howard Co., Ind., Catharine, widow of the late Pre. Nobertius Sprool. She lived to the advanced age of 77 Y., 6 M., 17 D. Funeral services were held at the A. M. meeting-house on Thanksgiving Day by N. O. Troyer and E. A. Mast, from 2 Tim. 4:7,8. The young and the old are alike subject to death, and none knoweth the time. Therefore be ye also ready.
MILLER.-On the 4th of Sept., 1905, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Abraham Miller, aged 83 years. He was one of the oldest settlers in this vicinity. He had been a member of the Mennonite church for many years, had been suffering from ill-health for some time. He is survived by his third wife. He was buried at the Weaver M. H. Services by Levi A. Blough and Alex. Weaver.
RICKERT.-On the 2d of Dec., 1905, in Elkhart, Ind., at the home of her daughter, Magdalena Rickert, widow of the late Henry Rickert; aged 80 Y., 4 M., 3 D. She with her husband came to Elkhart Co., Ind., from Waterloo Co., Ont., many years ago. She leaves six children, 46 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. She was a devoted Christian and was buried at the South Union graveyard near Nappanee. Funeral services were held at the Beaulah church in Elkhart by A. B. Yoder and F. C. Rudy. Text, 2 Tim. 4:10-12.
CUSTER.-Solomon Custer died of peritonitis, at his home near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., Nov. 27, 1905; aged 53 Y., 3 M., 11 D. He was sick only a few days in which time he was a great sufferer and expressed his willingness to depart, believing that all would be well with him. He was a member of the Mennonite church for nearly 17 years. His funeral was held at the Weaver church on the 29th. Services were conducted by J. F. and L. J. Heatwole. Interred in the cemetery near by.
WEAVER.-On the 7th of Nov., 1905, in ----, Fannie, wife of Daniel Weaver; aged 57 Y., 8. She leaves a husband, two daughters and five grandchildren to mourn her death.
MOYER.-Abraham J. Moyer was born in Ashland Co., Ohio, and in his younger years came with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where he lived to the time of his death. He was married to ---- Leatherman, who, with two sons and four daughters survives him. He had been suffering from some time from cancer in the upper part of the neck, under the ear. He died Dec. 7, 1905, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind.; aged 68 Y., 6 M., 17 D. Funeral services at Yellow Creek M. H. on the 10th. Services were conducted by Pre. ---- Rudy, of the M. B. in Christ church, of which Bro. Moyer was a member, assisted by Jonas Loucks and John Hoover. The funeral was largely attended, and he leaves, besides his family, a large circle of friends to mourn his death.
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BERG.-On the 13th of Dec., 1905, in Sonnenberg, Ohio, of croup, John son of John and Anna Berg; aged 5 months. Funeral services by A. A. Sommer on the 15th.
AMSTUTZ.-On the 10th of Dec., 1905, at the home of her parents near Dalton, Ohio, of consumption. Bertha, daughter of Abraham and Lizzie Amstutz, aged 29 years. She was buried on the 13th at the Salem M.H. in Sonnenberg. Services by A.A. Sommer. She is survived by her parents, four brothers and three sisters. One brother and one sister preceded her in death.
WISE.-On the 15th of Dec., 1905, at the home of Dec., 1905, at the home of Wm. McCulloh, near Morrison, Whiteside Co., Ill., Samuel Wise, aged 86 Y., 2M., 6D. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 9, 1819. When he was six years old he moved with his parents to Franklin Co,, Pa., and on Dec. 17, 1844, was married to Elizabeth Lininger. To this union were born five sons and two daughters. His first wife died Oct. 15, 1879, and he was married to Mrs. Hannah McCulloh in 1887, who survives him, In 1889 he moved to Whiteside Co., Ill., where he has since lived. He was a member of the Lutheran church, but since living in Illinois he attended the Mennonite church near Morrison, at which place the funeral services were conducted Dec. 18th by Pre. John Nice, from Psa.89:48. JOHN W. McCULLOH.
LESHER.-On the 10th of Dec., 1905, near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., from a complication of diseases, Sister Les Barbara Lehman Lesher, widow of the late Samuel Lesher; aged 72 Y., 7 M., 1 D. Sister Lesher was an invalid for eight years, and was during the last three years confined to her bed the greater part of the time and suffered severely, but she bore it so patiently all these years that those who visited her in her afflictions were made to think, "Here is the patience of the saints." She is survived by two sons and two daughters, the youngest being at home, and lovingly and tenderly cared for her mother in her last years. Her husband and one son preceded her to the spirit land. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite M. H. (of which congregation she was a member since her youth), on the 12th of Dec., by Joseph Martin and George Keener. May she rest in peace. (Sent in also by several others.)
HARTMAN.-On the 14th of Dec., 1905, in Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the effects of a stroke of paralysis, Elizabeth, wife of Levi Hartman. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church, and is survived by several children. Buried on the following Sunday at Rohrerstown.
RIDER.-On the 6th of Dec., 1905, near Waltonville, Dauphin Co., Pa., after a few days' illness, Leander Rider, aged 60 Y., 4 M., 6 D. After he was married he moved to Dauphin county, where he lived ever since. He leaves a widow, one daughter, a grandson, two brothers and one sister, to mourn their loss. He lived a moral life and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, but died without making a confession. The funeral took place on Saturday, Dec. 9th, with services at the house by Pre. John Ebersole and at Stauffer's M. H. by John Ebersole and Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, John 5:24. Interment in the adjoining graveyard.
FISHER.-Eli L. Fisher was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 7, 1847; died very suddenly at his home near West Liberty, Logan Co., Dec. 12, 1905; aged 58 Y., 8 M., 5 D. Bro. Fisher was helping one of his neighbors at butchering and had gone home for a chain that was needed. On his return, and when but a short distance from his home, he was stricken down, and when found a few minutes later he was already cold in death. Bro. Fisher was twice married, his first marriage being with Nancy King, Jan. 17, 1878. To this union was born one child, who with the mother preceded him to the spirit world. Bro. Fisher was married to Katie Yoder of Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 7, 1880, who with three sons and one daughter survive. One daughter died in infancy. Through the death of Bro. Fisher the family is bereft of a loving husband and father; the church of one of her most faithful members, and the community at large of a good neighbor. Funeral services were held at the South Union M. H., Dec. 14th, by J. J. Warye in English from Luke 12:39, 40, and in German by C. K. Yoder from Rev. 12:15. The esteem in which he was held as a member of the A. M. church and as a friend was attested to by the 475 sorrow-stricken relatives and friends who assembled to take a last look at the remains.
ERISMAN.-Bro. Christian Erisman was born April 27, 1835; died on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5, 1905, at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Rittman, Ohio. By profession Bro. Erisman had been a German schoolteacher, having formerly come from the old country. For some time he lived in Illinois, where he taught German school. He made his temporary abode at the Home as early as December 1902, but in June 1904 he went there to spend the remainder of his days. He expressed a readiness and a willingness to depart from this life. Funeral was held Friday, Dec. 8th, at the Home, the brethren D. C. Amstutz and C. A. Yoder officiating. Text, Psa. 17:15. Burial in Crown Hill cemetery. He had reached the age of 70 Y., 7 M., 8 D.
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