Herald of Truth Obituaries March, 1905

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 9, March 2, 1905,pages 71 and 72


While Christian Kaufman, son of Bro. John J. Kaufman, and Ed. Blough were digging coal in a mine near Davidsville, Somerset Co., Pa., which is owned by Bro. Josiah Blough, a large piece of slate fell on them, crushing out Kaufman's life instantly. Blough was almost completely covered, but was rescued from his perilous position by another man working in the same mine. He was not seriously injured.

The subject of this fatal accident was a bright, promising young man, having reached the age of 21 Y., 11 M., 28 D. He had many warm friends, especially among the young people, with whom he was a favorite. The saddest feature about the circumstance is, that he had never publicly accepted Jesus as his Savior. This should serve as a loud call, warning us all of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, when we must all go to give an account of the deeds done in the body, whether prepared or unprepared. May God use this sad dispensation of his providence in calling lost ones to him and warning those who live carelessly in this world; may he especially bless and comfort the deeply bereaved friends.

Funeral services were held at the Kaufman M. H. conducted by John Blosser of Rawson, Ohio, and L. A. Blough and Alex. Weaver of the home congregation. Text, Amos 4:12. "Prepare to meet thy God."


Good.-Joel Good was born April 28, 1822, near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., and died Feb. 8, 1905, at his home near Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., of dropsy; aged 82 Y., 9 M., 10 D. He was married to Catherine Halteman in 1844, who preceded him to the spirit world on Sept. 30, 1889. During the first few years of their wedded life they resided near Spring Grove, Lancaster Co., Pa., moving to Chester County in 1847. Unto them were born four sons and three daughters. One son died in infancy, Israel, William, Solomon and Fanny (widow of the late Henry L. Bechtel) reside near Spring City; Annie, wife of Abraham Gehman, and Lavina, wife of David Gehman, reside in Montgomery Co., Pa. Besides his children he leaves 32 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren; two brothers, Peter B. and Joseph B., and a sister, Judith, wife of Tobias Bowman, all of Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., together with many relatives and friends by whom he was much loved and esteemed. He united with the Mennonite church in early life and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were held on Feb. 13th and were conducted at the house by Bish. Andrew Mack and Noah Bowman and at the meeting house by J. B. Hunsberger and A. O. Histand. Text, John 9:4. Interment in the graveyard adjoining.

Speicher.-On Jan. 23, 1905, at Bowell, Somerset Co., Pa., Sister Fanny, wife of Bro. John Speicher; aged 81 Y., 9 M., 7 D. She was buried at the Thomas Mennonite church; services were conducted by S. G. Shetler and Sam. Gindlesperger. Text, Psa. 17:16.

Thomas.-On Feb. 4, 1905, in Cambria Co., Pa., Sister Eve, wife of Benjamin Thomas (deceased) aged 79 Y., 4 M., 23 D. She was buried on the 6th at the Weaver Mennonite church; funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler and Alex. Weaver. Text, Psa. 30:5.

Hostetler.-Bro. Abraham Hostetler was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., May 26, 1848; died at his home in Inman, Kan., Jan. 31, 1905; aged 56 Y., 8 M., 5 D. The deceased was married to Drusilla Yoder in 1869, in Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union were born five children: Chancy M., Herman H., Franklin H., Adelia May and Alvin Emanuel. The wife and children, with an aged mother and two sisters, who survive him, but they mourn not as those who have no hope. The departed was called home by a stroke of paralysis. In about twelve hours after the first attack he passed to the other shore from whence no one returns. On Feb. 2d funeral services were conducted by Geo. J. Lapp of Nebraska and Pre. Danks of the M. E. church. Funeral at the West Liberty Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by Geo. R. Brunk, from 1 Sam 20:3. "There is a step between me and death." A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one, though it was 15 degrees below zero.

Kurtz.-On Feb. 11, 1905, near Topeka, Ind., of old age, David Kurtz; aged 80 Y., 1 M., 22 D. He was born in Huntington Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1824; was united in marriage Nov. 21, 1850, to Susannah Yoder; moved to Indiana in 1852 and located on the farm where he since resided. To this union were born ten children; his companion and six children preceded him to the spirit world; three sons, one daughter and eleven grandchildren survive him. He united with the Mennonite church at an early day and remained faithful until death. Funeral on the 14th; services conducted by A. J. Yontz from the text, "Prepare to meet thy God." Buried in the Amish Mennonite graveyard.

Ebersole.-At her home in Elizabethtown, Pa., on Jan. 31, 1905, of pneumonia, Sally Ebersole; aged 71 Y., 6 M., 13 D. She was twice married, first to Henry Ebersole and the second time to Samuel Ebersole. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She was of a kind and loving disposition and beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by four children, two sisters and one brother. Two of her daughters and one sister live in Adams Co., Neb. The funeral services were held on Feb 3d, conducted by Bish. Martin Rutt and Pre. Levi Ebersole from Ex. 12:13. Peace to her ashes.

Snyder.-Ruth, daughter of Abraham Snyder of near Elizabethtown, Pa., passed away at the age of 2 Y., 5 M., 12 D. Funeral on Feb. 12th, conducted by Martin Rutt from Rev. 3:19, 20. Buried in the Elizabethtown cemetery. Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.

Roth.-Catharine Roth (nee Christner) was born in Bavaria, Germany, Oct. 4, 1824; died near Albany, Ore., Jan. 25, 1905; aged 80 Y., 3 M., 21 D. She came with her parents to Canada at the age of six years. She was married to Nicholas Roth, who preceded her to the spirit world a number of years ago. She is survived by six sons, two daughters, 45 grandchildren and 47 greatgrandchildren. Her remains were laid to rest in the Knox Butte cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by L. J. Yoder in English, from Psa. 106:8, and Christian Gerig in German, from Isa. 35:10. Deceased was a member of the Amish Mennonite church.

Kaylor.-On Feb. 12, 1905, in Elizabethtown, Pa., Annie, beloved wife of Jacob Kaylor, died very suddenly; aged 30 Y., 3 M., 20 D. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, one small child, parents, one sister, a brother and many friends to mourn her early departure. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite church for four years. Her loss is deeply felt, but we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held on the 15th, conducted by Martin Rutt, Levi Ebersole and Abraham Witmer, from Matt. 21:24. Her place is vacant and can never be filled. Let us be ready should the summons come to us in like manner. A.

Rodgers.-Charles H. Rodgers was born in Rockingham Co., Va., and died near Trousdale, Kan., Feb. , 1905 (Bro. H. failed to give date of death), after an illness of ten days with pneumonia; aged 70 Y., 7 M., 8 D. He was married in August 1856 to Magdalena Heatwole. To this union were born twelve children, six sons and six daughters, ten of whom survive. Being a man of peace, when the war of the rebellion broke out he moved to Washington Co., Md., but after the Southern army burned Chambersburg, he became alarmed and moved with his family to Henry Co., Ill., and after ten years to central Kansas. One son, Alfred Theodore, was accidentally killed at the age of nine years by a wagon running over him in Henry Co., Ill. The mother died of cancer of the stomach on Mar. 22, 1904. One daughter, Sister Elizabeth, died near Hesston, Kan., of paralysis of the heart, on Jan. 28, 1905; aged 45 Y., 5 M., 11 D. She was a cripple all her life, having been thrown from a highchair when an infant, and in the fall her spine was injured. Father, mother and daughter are resting side by side in the Mennonite graveyard near Hesston, Kan. Funeral services over the remains of father and daughter were conducted by the brethren J. M. R. Weaver, T. M. Erb and David Zook from Ecc. 9:10 and Gen. 49:29. All the surviving children were present at the father's funeral. We admonish the living to consider Matt. 24:44. R. J. HEATWOLE.

Transcriber's note: In the Rodgers obituary, two individuals are commemorated: father Charles H. on Feb ... 1905 and daughter Elizabeth on Jan. 28.

Miller.-On Feb. 16, 1905, near Big Prairie, Mich., of spinal trouble, Emma May, daughter of J. J. and Lizzie Miller; aged 4 Y., 5 M., 25 D. Funeral services were held on the 18th, conducted by J. P. Miller and J. C. Springer, from 2 Sam. 12:23 and 1 Cor. 15:58. Interment in the Big Prairie cemetery. She is survived by her parents, three brothers and one sister. S.

Musselman.-On Jan. 26, 1905, near Silverdale, Pa., of pneumonia and Bright's disease, Sallie, youngest daughter of Samuel Musselman; aged 6 Y., 7 M., 22 D. Besides her parents she is survived by a brother and sister. She was much beloved by her schoolmates who attended her funeral in a body. Her remains were laid to rest in the Blooming Glen cemetery on Feb. 1st. Services were conducted at the house in the English language by H. G. Anglemoyer from John 14:4, and at the church in the German language by H. B. Rosenberger from Matt. 10:2730. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing parents. H. G. A.

Clemens.-Mary Ann Clemens (nee Brower), wife of Abraham Clemens, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Jan. 2, 1851, and died at her home at Green Lake, Mich., on Feb. 5, 1905; aged 54 Y., 1 M., 3 D. She leaves a husband, two children, four grandchildren and many friends to mourn her departure. She had suffered for several years from gall stones which caused her death. She was not a member of a church. Funeral services were held at Corning, Mich., on Feb. 10th, conducted by Pre. Wymer of the Church of Christ. Interment in the Leighton cemetery.

Frank.-Annie Frank was born April 21, 1883, and died near East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 14, 1905; aged 21 Y., 9 M., 21 D. She accepted her Savior in early life and united with the Mennonite church, remaining a consistent member to the end. She leaves a husband, a son, father, mother, three brothers and many friends to mourn her early departure. Funeral services at the Lost Creek M. H., conducted by Samuel Leiter, assisted by Samuel Gayman and Wm. Sieber. Text, Matt. 24:44. Interment in the cemetery adjoining. May our heavenly Father comfort the bereaved ones. W. G. S.

Brubaker.-John K. Brubaker was born Oct. 12, 1871, and died in Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1905; aged 33 Y., 4 M. He was a kind, intelligent young man and loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, three children, father, mother, and one brother. Interment in the Lost Creek Mennonite cemetery. Services by Isaac Heckman and Wm. G. Sieber from 2 Kings 20:1. May God comfort the bereaved friends. W. G. S.

Blosser.-Susanna Blosser (nee Nold), widow of Jonas Blosser, died at the home of her daughter, widow of the late Isaac Culler, near East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., O., on Feb. 18, 1905; aged 78 Y., 11 M., 13 D. She was an invalid for many years and had to endure much pain and suffering. A few weeks before her death her weight had dwindled to fiftythree pounds. There remain to mourn their loss, two children, three grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, one sister, one brother and many warm friends. But they can be comforted with the assurance that she has gone where she is free from affliction and suffering. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church for many years. The funeral was held on the 21st at the Midway M. H., where services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Allen Rickert and Isaac Good of Medina county. Text, Isa. 40:2. A large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed sister. P. M.

Mast.-Elizabeth Mast (nee Miller), widow of the late deacon Noah Mast, died on Feb. 20th at the home of her son in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio at the age of 80 Y., 1 M., 21 D. She was for many years a member of the Walnut Creek congregation. She is survived by three sons, three daughters, twentythree grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at Union Hill, conducted by M. A. Mast and S. H. Miller from John 12:24, 25.

Strohm.-Christian Strohm died at his home near Orrville, O., on Feb. 15, 1905; aged 87 Y., 11 M., 8 D. Funeral at the Pleasant View church; services by Aaron Eberly and A. H. Brenneman. Bro. Strohm attended church services faithfully as long as health permitted and during his last affliction found great enjoyment in having sung to him the beautiful songs of Zion and hearing God's word read. His favorite hymn, "I have a Father in the promised land," was sung at the funeral.

Harnish.-Abram A., little son of Abram G. and Martha A. Harnish, died at their home near New Danville, Lancaster Co., Pa., on Feb. 13, 1905, aged 5 M., 6 D. He leaves father, mother and two little sisters to mourn his early departure. Funeral services were conducted at the Stone church on Feb. 16th, by Bish. Abram B. Herr and Pre. Jacob Thomas. Text, Psa. 16:6. He was but a flower that budded on earth to bloom in heaven. May God comfort the bereaved parents. E. S. F.

Martin.-On Feb. 8, 1905, Susan Martin died of consumption; aged 32 Y., 2 M., 3 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church since her youth and died with the hope of meeting her Redeemer in a resurrected body in the spirit world. A sorrowing husband, four sons and two daughters survive her, besides her parents, brothers and sisters, to mourn her early departure. We mourn not as those who have no hope. Buried in the Bowmansville Mennonite cemetery on the 11th. Services by Bish. Benj. Weaver and John Sauder. Text, Job 6:8. Peace to her ashes. WM. G. GOOD.

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 10, March 9, 1905, pages 79 and 80


Martin.-Catharine Martin (nee Leib) was born Sept. 1, 1823, in York Co., Pa. When a child her parents removed to Erie Co., N. Y. Her husband, David Martin, died nearly three years ago. She died Feb. 21st at the age of 81 Y., 5 M., 20 D. There are six remaining children to mourn the loss of an exemplary and self-sacrificing mother. She was a member of the Mennonite church for about fifty years. Funeral services were conducted by S. F. Coffman.

Wahl.-Bro. Henry Wahl was born on Oct. 10, 1840; was married to Widow Sarah Bingiman of Breslau; died near Breslau, Ont., Feb. 24, 1905, aged 64 Y., 4 M., 14 D. To this union were born two sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in Waterloo County and who, with their mother, remain to mourn their sudden bereavement, but not as those who have no hope. Death was due to heart failure. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite church, had been assistant Sunday school superintendent and also superintendent on various occasions, and was also "district man" in the Aid Union for the adjustment of losses by fire among the brotherhood. His remains were buried in the Cressman church cemetery on the 26th of February. The house was crowded with relatives, friends and acquaintances who had met to pay their tribute of respect to the departed brother and of sympathy to the bereaved family. May the God of all comfort and consolation ever be near the bereaved ones to bless and to comfort and guide, as he has promised to be a very present help in time of need. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Jonas B. Snider in German (text, Matt. 24: 44) and by Pre. J. S.Woolner in English (text, Jas. 4:14 and Eph. 5:15, 16).

Hostetter.-Feb. 27, 1905, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Sarah, widow of the late Elias Hostetter of Mt. Joy; aged 59 M., 1 M., 29 D. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite church for years, and during her illness bore her afflictions patiently. Funeral services were conducted by Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker and Bish. Martin Rutt from Heb. 4:9, "There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God."

Prange.-On the 25th of Jan., 1905, near Breslau, Waterloo Co., Ont., Mary Anne, daughter of Henry and Leah Prange; aged 6 M., 25 D. Buried in the Cressman cemetery. Funeral services by J. S. Woolner. Text, Col. 1:14. She was a flower that budded on earth to bloom in heaven.

Martin.-Daniel Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., on the 26th of May, 1819, and died in Elkhart Co., Ind. on the 26th of February: aged 85 Y., 9 M. In 1832 he moved with his parents from Pennsylvania to Erie Co., New York, and later in life he moved from New York to Elkhart Co., Ind. His first wife, Elizabeth Lapp, died Dec. 18, 1849. His second wife, Elizabeth Waller, died Jan. 11, 1881. He leaves to mourn their loss four sons, three daughters and twenty-seven grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over sixty years. He was an especially faithful attendant at the church services; while in health and strength his place was seldom vacant, and he was very often the first man on the meeting-house ground on the day of service. We all remember him as a quiet, devoted follower of the Lord, beloved and respected by all who knew him. He suffered about one week with pneumonia. and the Lord took him to his reward. He was buried at the Olive M. H. on Tuesday, Feb. 28th. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk and Jacob Shenk, from John 14:23. We need not mourn as those who have no hope, for we know that our loss is his eternal gain. F.

Fish.-Feb. 23, 1905, near Mongo, Ind., of tubercular menengratis, Orville, son of John and Belle Fish; aged 5 M., 9 D. While the trial of giving up little Orville is severe to the parents, yet they find great consolation in the thought that he is now with the redeemed, and safe for ever more. Funeral sermon at the Emma M. H. on the 26th by Y. C. Miller from 2 Kings 4:26. Interment in the Miller graveyard.

Transcriber's note: the word "menengratis" is transcribed as it appears in the original.

Martin.-On the 19th of Feb., 1905, near Beemer, Cuming Co., Neb., Nicholas Martin; aged 71 Y., 11 M., 4 D. Deceased was born in Saarburg, Alsace, came to America at the age of twenty, set-tling first in Tazewell Co., Ill., where he was united in marriage with Katharine Litwiller, Apr. 1, 1855. From Illinois he moved to Decatur Co., Kansas, in 1887, and in 1894 to Cuming Co., Neb. He leaves his wife, one son and four daughters, also 34 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services on the 22d by J. H. Birky and Peter Oswald. Burial in the Beemer cemetery.

Mast.-On the 20th of Feb., at Morgantown, Pa., Annie, daughter of Daniel Mast; aged 21 Y., 1 M., 4 D. She was the fourth one of the family to be taken by the same disease-typhoid fever-since last November, the father having died in November, the mother in December, and an eleven-year- old daughter in January. Three young brothers, two of whom were down with the same disease, but have recovered, are left to mourn the loss of parents and sisters.

Risser.-On the 19th of February, 1905, at the residence of Samuel Miller, in Mount Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Elizabeth Risser, widow of the late Jacob Risser; aged 71 years. Her maiden name was Oberholtzer. Her ancestors settled in the same township in 1777. She was a member of the Mennonite church from her youth and was highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities. She leaves one son and two daughters. Funeral services on the 22d at the Risser M. H. Inter-ment in the burial-ground adjoining.

Myers.-Persis E. (Linell) Myers was born in Lima, N. Y., May 7, 1843; died Feb. 21, 1905; aged 61 Y., 9 M., 14 D. She was married to Daniel C. Myers, Sept. 18, 1861. She was a devoted Christian wife and mother. Her remains were laid to rest Feb. 23, 1905, in the West Liberty cemetery. Funeral services by S. C. Miller from the text, Rev. 14:13. Of her four sons and four daughters, two daughters preceded her. She never enjoyed very robust health and during the early summer of 1902 she passed through a severe illness. We believe she has gone to her rich reward. Besides her sorrowing husband she leaves a host of loved ones to mourn their loss.

Shantz.-Near Waterloo, Ont., on Feb. 20, 1905, of rheumatism followed by pneumonia, Magdalena, beloved daughter of Amos and Jemima Shantz; aged 13 Y., 10 M., 1 D. She was saved over a month ago at the meeting held by Bro. Wenger at Berlin. She was conscious to the end and spoke of her desire "to serve the Lord." What a blessed evidence and hope we have of her entrance into the better world! The family have our heartfelt sympathies. Lena was a beautiful singer. We trust she has joined to swell the redemption anthem in heaven. Services were conducted at the Berlin Mennonite M. H. by A. D. Wenger (text, Mark 5:41) and E. S. Hallman (text, Prov. 8:17).

Steffen.-John Steffen was born in Emmenthal, Switzerland, Oct. 11, 1836, came to America in 1868, and settled in Wayne Co., Ohio. In 1873 he was united in marriage to Magdalena Amstutz. To this union ten children were born. His companion and two children (a son and a daughter) preceded him to the spirit world. He died Feb. 18, 1905, of apoplexy; aged 68 Y., 4 M., 7 D. Funeral services were held Feb. 22d at the old Sonnenberg M. H. by Pre. Jacob S. Moser. Buried in the cemetery adjoining. He leaves to mourn his departure five sons, three daughters, four grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.

Bixler.-On the 8th of February, 1905, near Mt. Eaton, Wayne Co., Ohio, of lagrippe, Luella, daughter of John J. and Sarah Bixler; aged 5 M., 28 D. Buried near the Salem M. H., Feb. 10th. A. A. Sommer officiated. May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 11, March 16, 1905, pages 87 and 88


Klopfenstein.-Mary Nafziger was born in Iowa, July 20, 1858; died of cancer, near Holden, Mo., Feb. 25, 1905; aged 46 Y., 7 M., 5 D. In 1894 she was married to John B. Klopfenstein. She ac-cepted Jesus as her Savior in early life and united with the Amish Mennonite church, remaining a consistent member to the end. She leaves her husband, a daughter, four brothers, one sister and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the Pleasant View church, conducted by Benjamin Hartzler, assisted by D. B. Raber. Interment in the cemetery adjoining.

Good.-On March 7, 1905, near Intercourse, Lan-caster Co., Pa., Vera C., daughter of Isaac M. and Anna M. Good. Buried in the Hershey graveyard on the 8th, Amos H. Hoover officiating. May God comfort the friends in their bereavement.

Stouffer.-Feb. 24, 1905, at her home near Chambersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., Sister Barbara B. Stouffer, wife of Daniel Stouffer; aged 71 Y., 5 M., 29 D. Sister Stouffer's life was an exemplary one. Her loss will be greatly felt in her home and community. A faithful and devoted Christian, she always, when possible, attended church services, she having been a member of the Mennonite church for over twenty-five years. Possessed of a singularly happy disposition, every one who knew her loved her. Always active, she had been going about her household duties until the day of her death. She frequently expressed her absolute confidence and trust in her Divine Master. She is survived by her husband, one son and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chambersburg Mennonite M. H. by Christian Strite of Maryland from Isa. 38:1. Interment in the graveyard near by. May she rest in peace. A.

Showalter.-March 1, 1905, near Port Republic, Va., Sister Mary Ann E. Showalter died at the home of her daughter of catarrh of the bowels. Although she had been afflicted for six years, yet she was called away rather suddenly, as she had been going about all the time. She had just been visiting relatives in the Spring Dale neighborhood and starting for home on Friday evening, went from the station to her married daughter and never reached home, as she died there on Wednesday. She and an unmarried daughter lived alone. Mother will surely be missed by her. Her age was 77 Y., 15 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mill Creek graveyard. Services conducted by the brethren A. P. Heatwole and Jos. F. Heatwole. Text, 1 Cor. 15:26.

Yoder.-Near Belleville, Pa., March 1,1905, John H. Yoder, aged about 52 years. Early in life Bro. Yoder was married to Sister Mary Kauffman, who survives him. He was preparing to retire from his farm to a house which he was just finishing in Belleville. He was a picture of robust manhood who to human appearance might live to a good old age. Five days before his death he suddenly became a very sick man with inflammation of the bowels, which soon terminated in death. He was a Christian man, well liked by a large circle of friends, who will sadly miss him. The funeral was held at the Locust Grove M. H., March 3d. Interment in the Amish graveyard near by.

Markwell.-John F. Markwell was born Jan. 2, 1849, in Rush, Co., Ind.; died Feb. 16, 1905; aged 56 Y., 1 M., 16 D. He went west with his parents at the age of three years. Nov. 22, 1874, he was married to Sarah A. Good, daughter of J. S. Good. To this union six children were born, all of whom died in infancy, except one son, Clarence. Besides wife and son he leaves five sisters and three brothers. He was converted in 1875, first uniting with the United Brethren, afterward with the Free Methodist church, of which church he was a consistent member at the time of his death, which was caused by heart trouble. Funeral serv-ices were held at the Church of God in Sham-baugh, Ia., Feb. 18th, conducted by his pastor, Pre. Aharn, assisted by the Pre's. Brown and Lawson.

Gerber.-On the 21st of Feb., 1905, near Walnut Creek, Holmes Co., Ohio, Ida May, daughter of Henry and Frances Gerber, aged 5 M., 5 D. Funeral services, on the 23d, conducted by S. H. Miller, from Isa. 49:14-23.

Hershey.-On the 1st of March, 1905, in Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Sister Katie, wife of David C. Hershey; aged 42 years. She was the daughter of Samuel G. Keller , and was a member of the Mennonite church. Her husband and one son, beside a large circle of relatives and friends, are left to mourn her early death. Funeral services on the 4th at Kauffman's M. H.

Huber.-On the 28th of February, 1905, at Byer-land, Pa., after a week's illness of pneumonia, Bro. John Huber, in his 69th year. His wife, one son and three daughters survive. Funeral services on the 3d of March at the Byerland M. H., of which congregation the deceased was a member.

Weideman.-On the 26th of February, 1905, near Mount Hope, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jacob Weideman, in his 67th year. Buried on the 1st of March in Sporting Hill cemetery. Funeral services by John Snavely and Joseph Boll. Two sisters survive.

Kready.-On the 26th of February, 1905, in Lancaster Co., Pa., Susan Kready (unmarried), in her 82d year. She leaves a sister and two brothers. Funeral services at the Crisman Mennonite M. H. on the 2d of March, Bish. J. N. Brubacher and Jos. Boll officiating. She was a member of the Mennonite congregation at that place.

Berkey.-Lucy A. Berkey, wife of Bro. Josiah Berkey, of near Davidsville, Pa., died Feb. 24; 1905; aged 22 Y., 10 M., 26 D. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about four years and was married not quite two years. She leaves a sorrowing husband, father, mother and many friends to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted on the 26th at the Stahl M. H. by S. G. Shetler, assisted by Jos. Kanagy of Allensville, Pa., and L. A. Blough. Text, Luke 23:28.

Heckman.-On the 26th of Feb., 1905, in Somerset Co., Pa., of pneumonia, superinduced by lagrippe, of which she suffered only a few days, Rachel Heckman, aged 81 years. Buried on the 28th in the Thomas burial ground.

Bair.-On the 22d of Feb., 1905, in York Co., Pa., John K. Bair, aged 80 Y., 10 M., 23 D. Buried on the 26th in the Cadorus church yard. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and Daniel Stump. Text, Heb, 4:9.

Swoveland.-On the 16th of January, 1905, in the almshouse at York, Pa., Jacob Swoveland. Buried on the 19th in the Bair church yard. Fu-neral services by Martin Whisler. Text, Heb.11:10.

Yoder.-On the 20th of Feb., 1905, in Somerset Co., Pa., David Yoder, at the advanced age of 93 Y., 3 M., 15 D. He had always enjoyed good health, and on the day of his death he enjoyed his breakfast as usual, and got up to go to an adjoining room, when he fell to the floor unconscious. In this state he remained until 6 p. m., when the final summons came. He was for many years a faithful member of the A. M. church and was highly respected by all, and beloved as a neighbor and Christian brother. Two sons and three daughters survive him. Funeral services on the 22d in the Weaver M. H. by S. G. Shetler and Alexander Weaver. Buried in the family burial ground.

Schirk.-On the 4th of March, 1905, near Spring Mount, Montgomery Co., Pa., of heart failure, Charles Schirk, aged 46 Y., 6 M., 11 D. Funeral on the 7th. Interment in the Lower Salford Mennonite graveyard.

Lederach.-On the 6th of March, 1905, in Lederachville, Montgomery Co., Pa., of apoplexy, after an illness of twenty weeks, William Lederach, aged 82 Y., 1 M., 1 D. He leaves a widow, one daughter and seven grandchildren. Interment on the 9th in the Lower Salford burial ground.

Hackman.-On the 4th of March, 1905, near Franconia Square, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Mrs. Henry Hackman, aged 85 years. Her husband preceded her in death about ten years. She leaves two sons and two daughters and a number of grandchildren. Burial on the 9th, in the Franconia Mennonite graveyard.

Lintner.-On the 3d of March, 1905, in Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., John Lintner, in his 96th year. He was one of the oldest residents in Lan-caster county. In 1858 he was married to Kate Gruff, who, with her two daughters, survives him. Funeral services on the 6th in the Millersville Mennonite M. H.

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 12, March 23, 1905, page 95



Pre. David Weaver was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1829; died near Newton, Kan., Feb. 27, 1905; aged 75 Y., 5 M., 9 D. He was married to Anna Musser, Dec. 15, 1857. To this union wore born eleven children. Two died in infancy. One daughter, Josephine, married to J. W. Burkhart, died several years ago. His wife also preceded him less than two years ago. The children living are John (minister), Christiana, David, Moses, Menno, Titus, Reuben and Anna; thirty-nine grand-children and two great-grandchildren also survive. All the children were present at his death and funeral except David. Funeral held at the Penn-sylvania M. H., March 1st, where a large number of friends and neighbors assembled to show their last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by T. M. Erb and D. D. Zook from Luke 23:46 and 1 Cor. 15:51-58. Bro. Weaver moved with his fam-ily from Lancaster Co., Pa., to Harvey Co., Kan., in 1880 and settled on the farm where he died and which is now occupied by his son Reuben. Soon after his arrival in Kansas the first Menno-nite services were held in this locality which in due time resulted in the organizing of a church now having a membership of nearly one hundred. Thus he might well be called one of the pioneers of the Mennonite church at this place. He was ordained to the ministry in the fall of 1885, but on account of throat trouble was never able to officiate very much in that capacity. His unwavering faith and loyalty to the cause he had espoused enabled him in his last days to long for the hour when he could be delivered and be at rest.

Deacon Samuel H. Weaver died of typhoid-pneumonia near Waynesboro, Va., on March 8, 1905; aged 49 Y., 7 M., 14D. He suffered with this disease only one week. It seemed to take deep hold in the start, and all that medical aid and lov-ing hands could do was of no avail. When God calls man is nothing. The family, church and community all felt as though he could not he spared. God's will is done and we must humbly submit. He moved with his wife from Lancaster Co., Pa., 28 years ago, and faithfully served his church as deacon for 26 years, always ready and willing to do what he could in an humble and submissive way. He leaves a sorrowing companion, eight children, two sisters, two half-brothers, a step-mother and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, which is his eternal gain. His family was ruled by love and are all members of the church of his choice, except two which are yet in childhood. In the night before he died he requested to have the hymn sung, "Savior, teach me day by day," etc. Funeral services were held on the 11th at Spring Dale, where a large concourse of people gathered to show the last tribute of re-spect to one they esteemed. Services were con-ducted by the home brethren, M. W. Brunk, A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank. Scripture used was the 23d Psalm, selected by the family, as it was a special favorite of the deceased. Oh, what a comfort when we can say, "The Lord is my shepherd!'

Deacon David Eshleman died near Mannheim, Waterloo Co., Ont., of pneumonia, on Feb. 11, 1905; aged 82 Y., 2 M., 17 D. He was married to Esther Shantz, who preceded him to the spirit world 21 years ago. To them were born a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters. He leaves behind him six children, twenty grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a great many friends. In 1859 he was ordained deacon of the Mennonite church, which office he faithfully filled until a few years previous to his death, when he resigned owing to ill health. He took a great interest in church work; he leaves a bright hope of the glorious beyond. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Bowman, Menno Cressman, Noah Stauffer and A. D. Wenger of Pennsylvania. Text, Phil. 1:21; 2 Tim. 4:6.

Heckelman.-Susan Heckelman (nee Harsh-barger) was born near Dayton, Va., Sept. 18, 1825. In 1855 she moved to Grundy Co., Ill., with her brother, Abraham Harshbarger and family. She was married to John Heckelman, Oct. 14, 1858. Soon after their marriage they moved to Livingston Co., Ill. They were among the first settlers in that section of the country. The husband died in November 1875. After 1877 she and her son moved on her farm which is now a part of Cullom, where she lived until her death, which occurred Feb. 27, 1905; her age being 79 Y., 5 M., 9 D. She is survived by one son, two grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers, she being one of a family of thirteen children, six having preceded her to the spirit world. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about forty-four years, and
had the welfare of the church at heart, being ready and willing to help in a good cause and to further God's kingdom. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite church at Cullom, March 2d, by Geo. Lambert of Elkhart, Ind., from the text, John 11:26. Buried at the West Lawn cemetery.

Yoder.-Effie May Yoder, daughter of J. D. and Rachel C. Yoder, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., May 28, 1882; died at her home near Surrey, N. Dak., of consumption, March 11, 1905; aged 22 Y., 9 M., 13 D. Funeral sermon was preached by John M. Hertzler and Isaac S. Mast, from John 14:1. The services were held in the Surrey German Baptist church. She was laid to rest beside her brother in the German Baptist burying ground, he having died with the same disease over a year ago.

Minnich.-On March 6th, at Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., of heart failure, superinduced by a prolonged attack of lagrippe, Lizzie C. Minnich, wife of J. W. Minnich; aged 53 Y., 25 D. Funeral services before a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends were held on the 8th from the Bank M. H. by C. Good of the Menno-nite church and John Ruff of the Presbyterian church. Text, 2 Kings 20:1. She united with the Mennonite church when sixteen years of age and died in the hope of a blessed immortality through her Redeemer in whom she placed implicit con-fidence and trust to the end of her life. During the last six weeks of her sickness she found special solace and comfort in reading her Bible and meditating upon the promises of God. Deceased was the eldest daughter of the late Bish. Samuel Coffman and a sister of Pre. John S. Coffman, who died at Elkhart, Ind., a few years since. Of her family, an aged mother, now in her 80th year, three brothers and four sisters remain behind. She is also survived by a deeply bereaved husband, an only daughter (Lillie F., who reached her bedside from South English, Iowa, three days before her mother's death) and two sons (Wade H. of Norfolk, Va., and Beidler M. of Richmond, Va.)
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Gerber.-Frances Gerber (nee Hershberger), beloved wife of Wm. A. Gerber, died near Walnut Creek, Ohio, March 6, 1905; aged 66 Y., 5 M., 2 D. Buried on the 7th. Funeral services by S. H. Mil-ler from Heb. 4:9, and M. A. Mast from 1 Peter 1:3. She is survived by her husband, five sons, three daughters, one brother and one sister living in Nebraska. Peace to her ashes.

Hertzler.-On Feb. 3, 1905, near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., Bro. Samuel Hertzler died very suddenly; aged 83 Y., 9 M., 26 D. He was united in marriage to Sarah Byler in January, 1864. He was blind for about sixteen years, but we trust he has gone where his eyes will ever behold the glories of the world beyond. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years and bore his affliction with patience and Christian fortitude. He is survived by his wife, six sons and one step-daughter. All were present at the funeral, except one son who lives in Kansas. Buried in the burying ground, services by Christian Stoltzfus and John S. Mast. Text, 2 Cor. 1:14.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

Herald of Truth, Vol. XLII, No. 13, March 30, 1905, pages 103 and 104


Lapp.-On March 9, 1905, in Clarence, Erie Co., N. Y., of a complicated, lingering illness of some years, Simon Lapp, youngest son of the late Pre. Abram Lapp; aged 71 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Jacob Krebiel from Rev. 1:7. Buried in the Good cemetery.

Weaver.-Sister Catherine Weaver (nee Miller*), widow of the late Isaac Weaver, was found dead in her bed in Spring Grove, Pa., on the morning of March 10th; aged 71 Y., 5 M., 27 D. She was afflicted with heart trouble, but was able to be about, going to bed in the evening in apparently good health, when suddenly and quietly the Lord called her to the blessed home above. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful sister in the church; although her troubles and anxieties for the care and welfare of her children were many, she had the sweet satisfaction to see that her labors in this direction were not in vain, her good works follow her. The surviving family consists of eleven children and a number of grandchildren, nearly all actively engaged in the service of the Lord. One of her sons is our beloved bishop, Ben-jamin Weaver, and another son, David W., is a minister in the Dunkard church in Lancaster City. The funeral was held at Weaverland on the 14th, services being conducted by the brethren Samuel Witmer, John Souder and Israel B. Good. The text used was the language of our Savior-"She hath done what she could."
[*Researching note: Maiden name was Witwer not Miller - Thelma Hoover Martin]

Rush.-The widow of the late Richard Rush died two miles south of Elkhart, Ind., on Feb. ---, 1905; aged 78 years. She was born in Champlain Co., N. Y., and moved with her parents to Indiana in 1838; was united in marriage with Richard Rush in 1849. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world in 1895. She is survived by one son and four daughters, four brothers and two sisters. She was a devoted wife and a kind mother; even in her helplessness she was a light and a comfort in the home. Funeral services were conducted at the home by George Lambert. Text, John 11:23.

Cassel.-On Feb. 9, 1905, at her home in Hart-ford City, Ind., of apoplexy, the beloved wife of Samuel A. Cassel; aged 58 Y., 10 M., 15 D. The husband, who is in his 63d year, feels his affliction very keenly. May God comfort him in his sad bereavement.

Horst.-On March 7, 1905, near Weaverland, Pa., of dropsy of the heart, Sister Anna Horst, be-loved wife of Joseph Horst; aged 63 Y., 6 M., 6 D. She was a faithful member of the Weaverland con-gregation and Sunday school, where she will be missed; but most of all will she be missed in the home where she leaves a sorrowing husband and one son with two motherless children who were under the care of their grandmother. We are assured that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were conducted by the brethren Samuel Witmer, John Souder and Israel B. Good. Text, Rev. 14:13. D. S. W.

Brown.-Mary A. Brown (nee Printz) was born in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 1832, and died of heart failure brought on by weeks of suffering with the grip, March 9, 1905, at her home near Poland, Mahoning Co., Ohio; aged 72 Y., 6 M., 9 D. She was baptized by Pre. John Blosser, thirty-five years ago. She is survived by her aged husband, James S. Brown, now past 91 years of age, besides two brothers (Henry Printz of Youngstown and Samuel Printz of Rosemont, Ohio) and one sister (the wife of Bro. Jacob Blosser of East Lewistown, Ohio), also ten nephews and nieces. The funeral was held on the 13th at her late residence, where serv-ices were conducted by E. M. Detwiler and Pre. Pickens of Poland. Buried in the Poland cemetery.

Freed.-Near New Stark, Ohio, on March 16, 1905, Catharine Freed (maiden name, Thut), mother of preachers John, N. O. and Henry Blosser; aged 69 Y., 7 M., 3 D. She was wedded to Christian Blosser, Aug. 9, 1854. To this union were born four sons and one daughter. Eight years and six months were happily spent together, when the young husband passed into the great beyond, leaving the widow to care for the children. On Dec. 26, 1868, she was married to Paul Freed and lived in this relation about thirty-five years, when Father Freed was called home, Feb. 18, 1904. To this union were born two daughters and one son, all of whom preceded their parents to the spirit world. The children of the first marriage, with twenty-seven grandchildren and two great--grandchildren, survive to mourn their loss; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild preceded her to the land of bliss. Her last known prayer was, 'Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wing" (Psa. 17:8). She selected this psalm to be read at her funeral, the last verse of which was used as a text. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite church for about fifty years, and we are comforted with the thought that in the great resurrection day she "shall awake with his likeness." Funeral on the 19th, in the presence of a large concourse of friends; services by J. M. Shenk.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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