Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1905

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 5, February 2, 1905, page 39


Stoltzfus.-Freddie Stoltzfus died in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1905; aged 3 Y., 11 M., 27 D. He took sick on Jan. 1st with the dread disease diph-theria, and after seven days of intense suffering he passed away. Private services were held by John S. Mast and C. W. Stoltzfus from the text, Psa. 16:6. Interment in the Mast cemetery. He is survived by his parents, six brothers and two sisters who mourn his early departure.

Eshleman.-Netty Eshleman (nee Grove), wife of Adam Eshleman, died near Reid, Washington Co., Md., on Jan. -, 1905; aged 23 Y., 11 M. She was very ill for two weeks. She was fully pre-pared to go and selected her own funeral text. She leaves her husband with three small children, the youngest a babe of three weeks old, also two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted on the 18th, by Christian Strite, Daniel Martin and George Keener, from the text, "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Buried in the Paradise cemetery.

Gerber.- On Jan. 21, 1905, near Winesburg, Holmes Co., O., of appendicitis, Aaron Gerber, son of Levi and Magdalena Gerber; aged 14 Y., 10 M., 26 D. This was the first death in this family. He was staying with his grandparents who took him to his home the day before he died. He is sur-vived by his parents, five brothers, two sisters and grandparents on both sides. Funeral services were held at the Walnut Creek M. H., by M. A. Mast, S. H. Miller, Josiah Kaser and A. W. Hershberger from Psa. 6:7 and 2 Sam. 12:23. Interment in the graveyard adjoining.

Swartzendruber.-Daniel G. Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 21, 1857; died on his birthday, 1905; aged 48 Y. He was married to Catherine Yoder, Dec. 5, 1878. To this union were born eight children, six of whom survive him. He also leaves a sorrowing companion and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He lingered about a year with consumption and then passed peacefully into the great beyond. He united with the Amish Mennonite church in his young days and remained a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were held at the Upper Deer Creek M. H., conducted by Gideon Yoder from the text, 1 Cor. 15:21, 22. A large concourse of relatives and friends paid their last tribute of respect to one they loved. Buried in the cemetery adjoining.

Risser.-Rosa Risser (nee Gingrich), wife of Elias E. Risser, of Lawn, Lebanon Co., Pa., died at a sanitarium in Lebanon on Jan. 16, 1905; aged 48 Y., 7 M., 15 D. She had been in ill health for some time and as a last resort had an operation performed which proved fatal. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years, always attending services when her health would permit. She is survived by her husband, two brothers, one sister and her parents. Funeral services were held on Jan. 19th at the Lawn Evangelical church by Pre. Samuel L. Oberholtzer, Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker and Jacob L. Brubaker of the River Brethren church. Text, Rom. 6:23. She was buried at the Campbellstown burial ground. May God comfort the sorrowing husband and friends.

Lantz.-Bro. Levi Lantz of the Howard-Miami (Ind.) congregation died at the Old People's Home, Rittman, O., on Jan. 11th, aged about 38 years. As far as is known, he is survived by one sister, three brothers and his mother, who has also been staying at the home since last spring. For a long time he had been suffering with a large growth over his left eye and from general debility. A stroke of apoplexy hastened his departure. Funeral services were held on the 14th at the Oak Grove church near Smithville, O., by Ben. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder.

Burkholder.-Samuel Burkholder, a former inmate of the Old People's Home, died on Jan. 15th at the State Hospital, Massillon, O.; aged 63 Y., 9 M., 21 D. Two daughters and a brother survive him, so far as is known. He was buried at the Oak Grove church near Smithville, O., on the 19th, Ben. Gerig and C. Z. Yoder officiating.

Moser.-On Jan. 19, 1905, at his home near Dal-ton, O., Bro. Peter P. Moser, of pneumonia; aged 60 Y., 6 M., 10 D. He leaves a sorrowing wife, two sons, eight daughters, one grandchild, an aged father, five brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure. Funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 22d, conducted by Ira Buchwalter and C. Z. Yoder in English and C. N. Amstutz, in German. He united with the Swiss Mennonite church in early life and remained faithful to the end. May God bless and comfort the bereaved.

Kiener.-Elizabeth, beloved wife of Fred Kiener, daughter of John J. Amstutz, was born in Wayne Co., O., June 16, 1864, and died suddenly at her home near Orrville, O., on Jan. 14, 1905; aged 40 Y. 7 M., 28 D. She is survived by her husband, four children, parents, one brother and four sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral at the Old Son-nenberg church, of which she was a consistent member, on Jan. 17th. Services by Jacob Nussbaum and C. N. Amstutz.

Barkey.-Elizabeth Weldy was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, on the 13th of April, 1828. In 1851 her parents moved to St. Joseph Co., Ind., and in 1855 she united in marriage with her surviving hus-band, John Barkey of Holmes Co., Ohio. In 1856 they removed to the farm where they resided to the time of her departure. To them were born three children, of whom two, a daughter, Susanna, and an infant son, preceded her to the spirit world. She departed this life on Jan. 23, 1905; aged 76 Y., 9 M., 10 D., leaving a sorrowing hus-band, one son (Levi) and an adopted daughter (now the wife of Pre. H. M. Swalm), three broth-ers and four grandchildren to mourn her death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about 46 years, a kind mother and a friend to all, and always ready to give good ad-vice to those with whom she associated. She bore her long and severe affliction (dropsy of the heart) with patience and resignation to the will of God, never murmured or complained, and often expressed a desire to go home. Funeral services were held at the Olive M. H., conducted by John F. Funk, from Luke 23:28. A large concourse of people had gathered to show their last token of love and respect.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 6, February 9, 1905, page 47


Hartzler.-In Menno Twp., Mifflin Co., Pa., on Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 1905, of pneumonia, Ben-jamin Hartzler, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 24 D. The funeral services were held in the Allensville church on the following Tuesday, the house being crowded. An appropriate discourse was preached in German by Joseph H. Byler from Rev. 14:12, and Joseph Z. Kanagy preached in English from Heb. 9:27. Interment in the graveyard near by. A son, two daughters, a number of grandchildren and many friends feel that one who was near and dear and always cheering and helpful has passed away. In his youth Father Hartzler gave himself to the service of the Lord and remained faithful to the end of his earthly life. He was endowed with gifts and graces that fitted him for usefulness in the community and in the church. He had a strong, calm, well-balanced mind and a penetrating insight into business affairs and spiritual things. He was reasonable and lovable and seemed to be without guile, and so he was trusted as a friend, wise as a counsellor and a pillar in the church. He loved God and his fellowmen. Since the famine in India he paid for the support and train-ing of one of the famine orphans in the mission in India. Though he saw and felt her faults, yet his church was to him a real church of God, engaged in God's work of rescuing the perishing and minis-tering to the edifying of the saints, and therefore it was worthy of loyal support. He could be counted on to attend any meetings of the church, regular or special, on a week-day as well as on Sunday. He retained that happy, youthful spirit (see Isa. 40:31) which enabled him to enjoy life and the services of God. The Bible Conference held in the Allensville church a few weeks before his death seemed to be a season of spiritual refreshment to him. His interest in the Sunday school was deep and helpful. He taught his class on the last Sunday of his life in this world. In the afternoon of that day he went over the lesson of the following Sunday with one of his grandsons. The good Lesson Helps published at Elkhart, with their questions, comments, practical points and references to the Bible, led him to read, search and enjoy the scriptures as he never had before. On the following Sunday morning, instead of going to meeting, there was something better for him; his frail "earthly house of this tabernacle" was dissolved and he passed away, as we believe, to "a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven" (2 Cor. 5:1). J. K. H.

Krupp.-Sister Annie Krupp, a maiden lady, re-siding with David Hedrick in Perkasie, Montgom-ery Co., Pa., died of the infirmities of old age. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, and highly respected. For several years she had been practically blind, able only to distinguish to a small degree the light from the dark-ness. She was confined to her bed about a week, and reached the advanced age of 89 Y., 4 M., 22 D. Her only brother, Benjamin M. Krupp, and his wife, both far advanced in years, also have their home with Bro. Hedrick. Eighteen nephews and nieces survive her. Her father, Pre. John Krupp, was a minister in the Plain Mennonite congregation for many years. He died about sixty years ago. Sister Annie was born near the meet-ing-house. The funeral was held on Wednesday following. The remains were laid to rest at the Souderton Mennonite meeting-house. Bro. Henry Godshall preached the sermon from Rev. 14:13.
H. C. K.

Roth.-Little Clara, infant daughter of Gilbert and Lena Roth, died Jan. 22, 1905; aged 4 weeks and 5 days. She was taken from her mother's bosom, but she is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral at the house on the 23d. Services by Pre. Elliot. Interment in the Greenwood cemetery at Canton, Ill.

Strock.-Samuel Strock was born in Franklin Co., Pa., Aug. 21, 1834; died in Sterling, Ill., Jan. 11, 1905: aged 70 Y., 4 M., 20 D. Bro. Strock united with the Mennonite church about three years ago and lived a consistent Christian life. He is survived by a wife, five sons and one daughter. The funeral services were held on Jan. 15th. Interment in the Riverside cemetery.
A. B.

Musselman.-Phares N. Musselman of Salunga, Pa., met with sudden death at his warehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1905. He was in the 44th year of his age. In connection with his coal and lumber yard he operated a chopping mill, the motive power being a gasoline engine. While in the act of stopping the engine he fell into a tank of hot water. The tank was sunk into the floor and contained about two feet of water, which was used to cool the cylinder. It is supposed that an attack of vertigo caused him to fall. Funeral services were held at his residence on Jan. 28th.
T. Derr, pastor of Reformed Church at Rohrers-town, and Bro. Henry Longenecker officiated. Text, 1 Sam. 20:3. Buried in the Mennonite cemetery at Salunga.

Riehl.-On the 18th of Jan., 1905, at Greenland, Lancaster Co., Pa., of diphtheria, Barbara, second daughter of Eli and Sallie Riehl; aged 17 Y., 5 M., 15 D. She was sick only a few days and bore her sufferings patiently. Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters. She was buried the same day in Beiler's graveyard at Ronks.

Smucker.-Rebecca, wife of Samuel P. Smucker, died at her home near Intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 15, 1905; aged 31 Y., 4 M., 28 D. She is survived by her husband and six children; she also leaves a mother, step-father, two sisters and one brother, besides a host of friends to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Amish church and was a loving mother and kind neighbor. Her loss is deeply felt, but she left us not without hope. Funeral services were held on the 18th, conducted by Daniel Esh and Jacob Lapp. Interment in the Amish cemetery at Gordonville.

Showalter.-Mary Esther, little daughter of Bro. and Sister Jacob D. and Mary Showalter, died at their home near Mt. Crawford, Va., Jan. 15, 1905; aged 1 Y., 11 M., 7 D. Buried on the 27th at the Pike church, where funeral services were conducted by the brethren Jacob A. Heatwole and Christian Good from Luke 18:16.

Shifflet.-Bro. A. D. Shifflet died of pneumonia at his home near Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 28, 1905; aged 72 Y., 8 M., 13 D. Buried at Weaver's church on the 30th; funeral services by C. Good and Jacob A. Heatwole from Job 14:14. He is survived by his wife and eleven children, two having preceded him to the eternal world.

Stauffer.- ____ Stauffer, beloved wife of Pre. B. B. Stauffer, died at her home near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Jan. 22, 1905; aged 41 Y., 3 M., 9 D. She suffered much pain for two years, but bore it all patiently and with Christian forti-tude. Her life was such that we believe her spirit has joined the white-robed throng and is now praising God in eternity. Funeral services were held on the 25th at the Kauffman M. H., conducted by Jacob N. Brubacher in English and Joseph Boll in German. Text, Rev. 7:5. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. Let us all be about our Father's business, so that we may meet her where parting is no more.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 7, February 16, 1905, page 56


Brenneman. - On Jan. 28, 1905, at the Sarah Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Va., Dr. Timothy H. Brenneman died of blood poisoning, contracted while temporarily acting as surgeon in the Infant Asylum, New York City. He was taken to the Presbyterian Hospital, where he hovered between life and death for several weeks, but toward the middle of January he was thought to be improving, although not out of danger. He was moved to Norfolk a week before his death where every possible means known in the medical profession were applied by his brother physicians. During the week it was thought he was getting better and his relatives in the Valley were so informed. On Friday dangerous complications set in and he passed peacefully away Saturday morning; aged 34 Y., 6 M., 14 D. His father was killed by lightning when he was only thirteen months old. He was a grandson of Bish. John N. Brenneman of Allen Co., Ohio. After his father's death he and his mother went to Virginia and lived with her father (F. A. Rhodes) seven years, when she married Pre. Samuel Shank, who died some years ago. His early training was plainly made manifest all through his life. To know him was to love him. He had many warm and true friends, which has been proved by the many letters of sympathy which have been sent to the stricken mother. He was fully resigned to God's will and was conscious to the end. His mother, with many relatives and friends are left to mourn their loss. We must wonder why one so young and useful to his fellow men should he taken so soon. May God give us grace to say, "Thy will be done." He united with the Mennonite Church twelve years ago. Although he was not permitted to often worship with those of like faith, yet we believe the simple and true doctrine of our Savior, as he was taught from his youth, was his staff and refuge in life, and more so in the hour of death. His body was brought to the home of his mother near Waynesboro, Va., on the 29th. On the 30th it was accompanied by relatives to Broadway, Va., where funeral services were hold at the Zion Mennonite M. H. Interment near the side of his step-father. A large number of people met to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved. The brethren who officiated were Jos. Geil, A. P. Heatwole and G. D. Heatwole. Text, Luke 7 13. By His Cousin.

Stauffer.-John E. Stauffer was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 3, 1827; died near Sterling, Ill., Jan. 31, 1905; aged 77 Y., 5 M., 28 D. Funeral services conducted by John Nice and Samuel E. Good, were held on Feb. 3d. Interment in the Science Ridge cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons. A daughter pre-ceded him to the great beyond three weeks before. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition, but never made an open profession of religion. Bro. Good visited him about a week before his demise, which seemed to give him some satisfaction. A. B.

Metzler.-Noah Metzler was born in Mahoning Co., O., in 1840; he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1865, where he resided until last October when he was taken to Chicago to live with his daughter. He died of rheumatism on Feb. 1st; aged 64 Y., 5 M., 2 D. He is survived by a sorrowing wife, one daughter, two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. His remains were brought to New Paris for interment. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor of the Evangelical church (of which he was a member), from the text, 2 Tim. 6:19.

Shenk.-On Dec. 10, 1904, near Elida, O., of diphtheria Irvin Henry, only son of A. J. and Malinda Shenk; aged 3 Y., 3 M., 10 D. While the trial to give up little Irvin is severe to the parents and friends, yet they find great consolation in the thought that he is now with the redeemed in heaven, safe forevermore. Funeral sermon was preached at the Pike church, Jan. 25, 1905, by Moses Brenneman.

Miller.-Near Shore, Lagrange Co., Ind., Sister Catharine, beloved wife of Bro. Daniel J. Miller, Sister Miller was a long and patient sufferer with diabetes and other ailments, which finally developed into dropsy. She was born Jan. 23, 1846, in Somerset Co., Pa,, and died Jan. 22, 1905; aged 58 Y., 11 M., 29 D. Surviving her are a loving companion, two sons and one daughter; also three brothers and one sister, who live in Somerset Co., Pa. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Shore Mennonite congregation for many years, living an exemplary Christian life. She gained the love and respect of all. She was especially concerned about the spiritual welfare of her children. We believe our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted at Shore, Jan. 25th, by A. S. Cripe in English, from Rev. 7:14, and Y. C. Miller in German from Job 14:14. In-terment in the Miller graveyard. A. S. Cripe.

Hinkle.-Marie, little daughter of Henry and Leah Hinkle, died at their home near Harper Kan., on Jan. 30, 1905; aged 3 M., 20 D. She leaves father, mother, one little brother and one little sister to mourn her early departure. Funeral serv-ices were conducted at the Pleasant Valley church by Bish. T. M. Erb of Newton, Kan. She was but a flower that budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Yoder.-On Feb. 5, 1905, at his home in Columbiana, O., Jacob H. Yoder; aged 63 Y., 5 M., 6 D. Bro. Yoder was afflicted with diabetes during the summer, but was able to be about his work until almost December, when a complication of diseases set in and his condition grew worse. On New Year Day he met with us in Sunday school and church services for the last time. He gradually grew weaker until the end came. Bro. Yoder was a faithful member of the Leetonia congregation for many years and his seat in God's house was seldom vacant. He was also actively engaged in Sunday school work and was, with one exception, the oldest teacher in the congregation. He will be greatly missed in the church as well as in the home. He is survived by his wife, a son, a brother, three sisters and many friends. Funeral at the Leetonia M. H., on Feb. 7th, conducted by D. S. Lehman from Acts 9:36, 37, and Allen Rickert from John 14:1, 2. The house was filled to overflowing by those who came to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved. The friends have the sympathy of their many friends in this sad hour of bereavement. P. N.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 8, February 23, 1905, pages 63 and 64



Pre. Martin Risser died at his home near Maugansville, Washington Co., Md., on Feb. 7, 1905, after an illness of about two weeks with rheumatism; aged 44 Y., 10 M., 29 D. Bro. Risser was ordained to the ministry a little over two years ago, and he filled his place in the pulpit faithfully. His presence and help in the services will be missed, but we bow to the divine will. He leaves his companion, four daughters, an aged mother, two sisters and three brothers to mourn the early loss of one who was near and dear to them. Our hearts go out in sympathy for the sorrowing family, but we commend them to our heavenly Father who does all things well and who is ready and willing to bind up the broken hearts. Funeral services were held on the 10th at the Reiff M. H., conducted by George Keener and Christian Strite. Text, Col. 3:4, "When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." A large concourse of people assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to one they loved. Peace to his ashes.

Pre. Michael W. Shank was born in Ontario, Canada, Oct. 15, 1833, and died in La Junta, Colo., Feb. 13, 1905; aged 72 Y., 3 M., 28 D. In 1836 his parents moved with him to Putnam Co., Ohio, and thence to Elkhart Co., Ind., about the year 1849. Here he was married to Nancy Ramer, June 17, 1854. This union was blessed with eleven childr-en, ten of whom are living. They lived in Elkhart county until about 1865, when they moved to Joseph Co., Ind. Here he was ordained to the office of deacon, and, a few years later, called to the ministry. Bish. Tillman Moyer of Canada conducted the ordination services. In 1886 they moved to Finney Co., Kan. Here they braved the hardships of frontier life, suffering many privations on account of numerous crop failures. But they lived happily together until 1896, when the wife and mother was called home to her reward. After that he lived with his children in Finney county until about eight months before his death, when he moved to La Junta, Colo., for his health. But he had "fought the good fight" and "finished the course." The last few years of his life he was in feeble health, being afflicted with "creeping paralysis." About three weeks before his death he was stricken down with congestion in the lungs and later suffered from a paralytic stroke. He bore his afflictions bravely, and when the final summons came he peacefully passed away. Bro. Shank was a faithful workman in all he undertook. Robust in constitution, and determined in will, he faced the storms of life bravely, and in spite of crop failures he was always able to meet his obligations. For years his voice was heard in de-fense of a pure gospel and righteous Christian liv-ing. Though not an eloquent man, he was sound in faith and consistent in life, and exerted a marked influence in conferences and church work in general. The way that people listened to what he had to say was remarkable. But his voice will be heard upon earth no more. He has gone to his reward and left us a worthy example by which to profit. Funeral services were conducted at the home in La Junta, Tuesday, Feb. 14th, by J. M. Nunemaker, Geo. Ross and Daniel Kauffman. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8. After this the remains were taken to his former home in Garden City, Kan., and after further service at the Friends' church were laid to rest in the Garden City cemetery, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1905. D. K.

Pre. Benjamin L. Fisher was born June 1, 1838; died at his home near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 1904; aged 66 Y., 5 M., 24 D. His death was due to pneumonia of which he suffered but one short week, taking sick one Friday and ex-piring the following Friday. This sad dispensation of Providence came as a great shock to the family, the neighborhood and the church. He bore his sufferings patiently. All was done that medical skill and loving hands could do, but to no avail. We have the assurance, however, that he has gone where sorrow and care are known no more, but where joy and happiness reign for evermore. He was ordained to the ministry in the Amish Mennonite church in October, 1871, thus serving the church in this sacred capacity for more than thirty-three years. He was a kind, loving husband and father, a good neighbor, and a faithful minis-ter. He leaves a sorrowing wife and three children, two sons and one daughter, all married. The funeral was held on Sunday, Nov. 27th, at the home of his son John. A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to show their last tribute of love. Services were conducted by John Zook and Samuel Peachy, both of Mifflin Co., Pa. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. His remains were laid to rest in the Beiler graveyard near Ronks. May the Lord comfort and bless the sorrowing ones. Peace to his ashes. A HERALD READER.

Lantz.-Susanna Lantz, beloved wife of Pre. Benjamin Lantz, died at her home near Mascot, Pa., on Sunday morning, Nov. 27, 1904; aged 65 Y., 5 M., 26 D. She was afflicted with heart trouble, but retired in the evening in good spirits and gave no signs of illness. When her husband awoke in the morning he found her body cold in death beside him. Her soul had taken its flight to the spirit world, where we believe she will be forever free from all trouble and eternally happy. She leaves a grief-stricken husband and four chil-dren to mourn her sudden departure. She was a loving wife and a kind mother and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held on the following Wednesday at the home of their son Jonathan, where a large concourse of people had assembled for the solemn occasion. Services were conducted by Samuel Peachy and John Zook, both of Mifflin Co., Pa. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mill Creek Amish graveyard, near Bareville.

Berger.-Catharine Smith was born Jan. 24, 1827, in Wuertemberg, Germany, and died in Wa-keshma Twp., Kalamazoo Co., Mich., on Feb. 7, 1905; aged 78 Y., 14 D. In October 1849 she emigrated from her native home in Germany to the United States of America and located in Lan-caster Co., Pa., near which place she united in marriage with Christian Berger, March 22, 1850. After residing about three years in Pennsylvania they moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, and afterwards to Williams county in the same state. From the later place they removed to Wakeshma, Kala-mazoo Co., Mich., where she resided thirty-eight years, until the time of her death. To them were born nine children. The oldest daughter died in infancy. She leaves six sons, two daughters, thirty grandchildren and one great-grandchild, to mourn her death. Sister Berger united with the Menno-nite church fifty-one years ago and remained a faithful and consistent member to the time of her death. Her husband died Nov. 13, 1899. She was buried on the 10th. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart, Ind., from Heb. 4:9. She was a patient sufferer with dropsy for nearly a year, and had a longing desire to de-part and be with Christ, which is far better. On one occasion she folded her hands and prayed very earnestly that the Lord might come and take her home and relieve her from the trials and suf-ferings of this present life. Our loss is her eternal gain.

Taylor.-On Feb. 9, 1905, near Lima, Ohio, Frank Taylor, son of William Taylor; aged 13 Y., 10 M., 8 D. Funeral services on the 10th, conducted by I. J. Buchwalter and Moses Brenneman.

Maurer.-John Maurer was born July 21, 1837, in Neukirchen, Kaiserslautern, Rheinpfalz, Germany; died near Carlock, Ill., Jan. 26, 1905; aged 67 Y., 6 M., 2 D. He is survived by his wife, six sons and two daughters. Buried near Stanford, Ill. Funeral services by John Gingerich and John Kinsinger.

Shank.-Sister Mary Shank died near Edgmont, Md., on Feb. 3, 1905, of pneumonia; aged 82 Y., 11 M. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and the last of the family, the others having preceded her to the spirit world. She lived in maidenhood all her days, and for a number of years made her home with Bro. and Sister Abraham Martin. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 5th, at the Stouffer M. H., conducted by George Keener and Daniel Strite from Psa. 90:12. Interment at the Stouffer graveyard.

Brown.-Sister Brown passed from works to re-ward near Masontown, Pa., on Feb. - 1905; aged 84 Y., 3 M., 21 D. A few days before her death she was alone up stairs and her clothing caught fire from the grate or in some other way. Her screams brought Bro. Bare to her assistance. By faithful efforts the fire was extinguished, but Sister Brown was so badly burned that it caused her death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for more than sixty years. She is survived by an invalid daughter and many friends. Interment in the Mennonite cemetery. Services by John Brilhart from John 19:27, "Behold thy mother." J. B.

King.-Anna Ruth, little daughter of E. J. and Magdalena King of near McLain, Kan., passed away Jan. 19, 1905. She took sick on the night of Jan. 17th with this dread disease scarlet fever, and after thirty-nine hours of suffering she went to be with Jesus at the early age of 2 Y., 2 M., 3 D. Interment on the following day without funeral services, as the family was quarantined at the time. The funeral services were held Jan. 29th at the Pennsylvania M. H. in Harvey county, conducted by J. M. R. Weaver from the text, Psa. 39:7, 9, latter clauses, "My hope is in thee," "Because thou didst it." Our baby is survived by her parents, two brothers and four sisters. One little sister preceded her only one year and eight months ago. While it is hard to give these dear little ones up, yet we can say with Job, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." HER MOTHER.

Bair.-Near Hanover, Pa., at the home of Joseph B. Diller, on Jan. 23, 1905, Sister Elizabeth K. Bair; aged 82 Y., 4 M., 12 D. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church for many years; was never married, but had gained many friends by her acts of kindness during her lifetime. Funeral on Jan. 26th. Services at the house by Daniel Stump in German and J. C. Miller in English. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in the burying ground adjoining Bair's church.

Steinmann.-Catherina Steinmann (nee Wise) was born in Lothringon, France, in 1827, and died at her home near Flanagan, Ill., Feb. 9, 1905; aged 78 Y. She was united in marriage to Christian Stehly, Mar. 25, 1869, who preceded her to the spirit world. To this union was born one daughter. She was again united in marriage, Aug. 17, 1876, to Daniel Steinmann. She leaves her husband, one daughter, six step-children and one brother to mourn her departure. She was a true and faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by Daniel Orendorff in Geman and Daniel W. Slagel in English from Rev. 14:13.

Stoltzfus.-Marcus Stoltzfus, son of Daniel and Sue Stoltzfus, died Feb. 12, 1905; aged 4 Y., 2 M., 12 D. He took sick on Jan. 31st with the dread disease diphtheria. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters, who mourn his early departure. Interment in the Millwood cemetery.

Stevanus.-With the death of Elizabeth Stevanus, one of the oldest citizens of Springs, Pa., has passed away. She was born near Summit Mills, Pa., on March 23, 1828, and died Feb. 2, 1905, near Springs, Pa., at the advanced age of 76 Y., 10 M. She was the daughter of Josiah Yoder (better known as "Axy" Yoder) and in 1846 was married to John Stevanus, who died in 1896. She was beloved by all who knew her. Deceased was the mother of thirteen children, nine of whom survive her. They are J. S., J. J., G. J., and E. J. Stevanus of Springs, Pa.; Eliza House of Coal Run, Pa.; Susan Yoder, Springs, Pa.; Elizabeth Dennison of New Centerville, Pa.; Polly Tressler and Lydia Keim of Springs, Pa. She is also survived by one sister, Veronica, of Athens Co., Ohio. Besides the children her posterity numbers 80 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. She was for many years a member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by D. S. Beachy and D. D. Yoder at the church near Springs on Sunday, Feb. 5th. HER SON.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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