METZLER.-On Aug. 26, 1905, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Mary, widow of the late Martin Metzler, aged nearly 76 years. Her husband died nearly 17 years ago. She is survived by one son, one daughter, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at the house on Aug. 29th, conducted by Pre. Bomberger, after which her remains were laid to rest beside her husband at the Leetonia Mennonite graveyard.
SHORT.-Barbara Short was born near Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, Dec. 25, 1869, and died Aug.22, 1905; aged 36 Y., 7 M., 27 D. She was married to Simon Short Jan. 24, 1889, lived in matrimony 16 Y., 6 M., 28 D. During her brief illness she suffered much pain, but bore it with Christian fortitude, and died leaving the blessed hope of a happy immortality. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, two daughters, two sons, father, mother, six brothers, three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted on the 24th in the A. M. M. H. by Christian Freyenberger in German, assisted by H. Rychener in English. May we all remember the word of God, for sooner or later we must all take the step our sister has taken, whether prepared or not. May God comfort the bereaved husband and children.
HOMSHER.-On the 26th of August, 1905, in Strasburg Borough, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Jacob Homsher, in his 79th year. He was a son of the late Pre. David Homsher. He was widely known and highly respected. Funeral services were held on the 29th in the Strasburg Old Mennonite church, of which the deceased was a member.
HESS.-Sister Eliza Hess, wife of Henry Hess, of Conestoga Center, Lancaster Co., Pa., died very suddenly of heart disease, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Val. K. Shenk, on the 29th of August, 1905, in the seventieth year of her age. She had been in feeble heath for some time. She had been left alone for a little time in her room, and when the daughter came again to look after her she found her mother dead. She was a member of the Mennonite church and had a host of friends. The remains were buried on the 1st of September near the Old Mennonite church at River Corners.
BURKHOLDER.-On the 20th of August, 1905, in Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis, which attacked her a few hours before, Fannie, wife of David Burkholder, in the 67th year of her age. She was a member of the Mennonite church. The remains were buried on the 29th, near the Brick M. H., where appropriate services were conducted.
HOFSTETTER.-Sister Catherine Hofstetter (nee Neuenschwander)died from the effects of an internal tumor, near Kidron, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1905; aged 75 Y., 1 M., 6 D. She leaves to mourn her departure, an aged husband, three sons, three daughters and 27 grandchildren. She was buried Aug. 14th at the Old Mennonite Sonnenberg M. H. in Wayne Co., Ohio. Funeral services were held by Jacob Nussbaum in German and David Hostetler of Weilersville in English.
SAUSER.-Rebecca Sauser (nee Steiner) was born in Switzerland, June 3, 1824, and died at her home near Marshallsville, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1905; aged 81 Y., 1 M., 29 D. She came to America in the early fifties and has been a resident of Wayne county for more than fifty years. She leaves to mourn her death one brother, Jacob Steiner of Berne, Ind. The funeral services were conducted Aug. 4th at the Brown Hill church near the Old People's Home, by J. S. Gerig, assisted by C. N. Amstutz and Jacob Nussbaum.
FREED.-On the 21st of August, 1905, at her residence near Pleasant Lake in Steuben Co., Ind., Sister Elizabeth Benner, widow of the late Anthony Freed, aged 72 Y., 4 M., 24 D. In early life she moved to Stark Co., Ohio, where on April 17, 1858, she united in marriage with her now deceased husband, who died April 25, 1882. They moved to Steuben Co., Ind., in 1851 and settled on the farm where she resided to the time of her death. When her husband died she was left a widow with ten children, one son having died previously. She is now survived by four sons and one daughter, one son and four daughters having died since the death of her husband. She also leaves twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was a faithful sister in the church for over twenty-five years. Funeral services were held on the 23d of August at the Mt. Zion church, conducted by Eli Stofer, assisted by Pre. Overton of the U. B. church. Text, 1 Thess. 4:18. Sister Freed was born in eastern Pennsylvania on march 25, 1833, and left a bright example of Christian devotion to all who knew her.
FUNK.-Bro. Abraham Funk was born Oct. 13, 1913; died in Doylestown, Bucks Co.,Pa., Aug. 14, 1905; aged 91 Y., 10 M., 1 D. He leaves ten children, six sons and four daughters, also 80 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren to mourn his death. Services were conducted at the house by H.G. Anglemoyer in English from Isa. 38:1, and at the M. H. (Doylestown) by Bish. H.B. Rosenberger and David Gehman, from 2 Tim. 4:7,8. Buried in the Doylestown Mennonite cemetery. H.G.A.
KRUPP.-Mary Krupp was born Jan. 18, 1821, and died in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1905; aged 84 Y., 6 M., 20 D. She was buried on Sunday, Aug. 12th, near the Plain Men. M. H. Services were conducted at the house by H.G. Anlemoyer in the English language and Jonas Winninger at the M. H. from Phil. 1:21. H.G.A.
BARKEY.-Ralph H. Barkey was born in St. Joseph Co., Ind., June 2, 1901, and departed this life Aug. 23, 1905; aged 4 Y., 2 M., 21 D., leaving a father, mother and three brothers to mourn his sad and early death. He was a comely child, but was afflicted about eighteen months ago with a diseased eye, which, as it appeared, nothing but death could relieve. Just a year ago the physician removed the eye; in a short time it healed and it was hoped that all was well. Some time later a growth made its appearance and the afflicted child again began to suffer more or less, and five months ago became totally blind, and though he never complained and bore all with the greatest patience and submission, not even caring to talk about it when asked, there is no doubt that he suffered more than any one ever knew. During the time that he had entirely lost his eyesight he was cheerful and happy and interested himself in many little things that seemed remarkable for one so young. When his mother planted a bed of flowers near the house in the spring he helped in the work, and also wanted to plant some corn in the garden and did plant a few kernels. As they grew he kept up his interest in them and often went to see, or rather feel, how his corn was growing, and thought his corn was doing better and growing larger than father's in the field. When in his childish innocence and beauty he lay sleeping in the white coffin that enclosed "the fair young form," a little wreath, beautifully twined together from the flowers that grew on the plants he himself had helped to plant (which were just in bloom), was lying on the cover, a fitting emblem of one whose life, mingled with sorrow and joy, leaves an incense of love never to be forgotten by the kind hearts that through all these dark days ministered to his wants and soothed his grief. The ever-trusting hearts never doubt that he has now a home, where beauty never fades, no more night, no more sorrow, no more sickness, and no more death. In humble submission to the divine will they gladly say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." "Go to thy rest, fair child, Go to thy dreamless bed, While yet so gentle, undefiled, With blessings on they head." Funeral services were conducted at the Olive Men. M. H. by John F. Funk from John 14:2,3. A large circle of friends and relatives were present.
GINGERICH.-Esther Gingerich, daughter of Christian and Anna Gingerich, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Feb. 15, 1855; died Aug. 27, 1905; aged 50 Y., 6 M., 12 D. She leaves four brothers and two sisters to mourn her death. Her ailments dated back to more than a year ago. He aged mother, who died nearly two years ago, was a sufferer for a number of years, and Esther, with true devotion, was her constant attendant. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and bore her afflictions with fortitude and resignation to the will of God, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek M. H. on the 29th, conducted by John F. Funk, assisted by Jacob Christophel. May God comfort the mourning hearts of the surviving brothers and sisters, with the assurance that they need not mourn as those who have no hope.
STAUFFER.-On the 27th of August, 1905, near Bluffton,
Allen Co., Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Catharine,
widow of David Stauffer, aged 89 Y., 7 M., 23 D. She was
born in Virginia, Jan. 4, 1826, and from that state emigrated
to Putnam county with her parents when quite young. She was married
to David Stauffer when she was only nineteen years of age. She
was the mother of nine children. There are also 51 grandchildren
and 59 great-grandchildren who mourn her death. The husband died
in 1880. Funeral services were conducted on the 29th by ---- Baer
and John Moser. Services wee held in the Ebenezer M. H. The interment
took place in the adjoining cemetery.
YODER.-On the 14th of August, in Washington Co., Iowa, Joseph, son of Peter Yoder, aged 22 years. He had been suffering with consumption for almost two years. He leaves a father, mother, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at West Union M. H. on the 16th by Daniel Kauffman and J.K. Yoder.
MANN.-On the 29th of August, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy and heart failure, Jacob Mann, aged 54 Y., 8 M., 10 D. He was born in Richland Co., Ohio, May 19, 1851, and later removed with his parents to Elkhart Co., Ind. When two years of age he fell into a tub or kettle of hot soap, and in consequence became totally blind. He was married and a wife and two sons and twos daughters, with one sister and two brothers, survive him. His later years were spent in different towns and cities as an "organ-grinder," but his residence was in Elkhart, Ind. On account of his not being able to see and other causes his life was real sad and his lot a hard one, but he had many friends, who sympathized with him and also helped him. Through the cold and storms of winter and through the heat and rains of summer he stood on the street corners trying to interest the people in the music and thus help him maintain himself. His remains were buried near the Olive M. H. on Friday, Sept. 1st. Services were conducted by John F. Funk from Matt. 25:46. Peace to his ashes, and may the Lord bless and comfort the surviving family and friends.
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GOOD.-Pre. Samuel E. Good (son of Pre. Chr. Good of Harrisonburg, Va.) Was born Jan. 27, 1878; died at his home near Sterling Ill., Aug. 30, 1905; aged 27 Y., 7 M., 3 D. He united with the Mennonite church Oct. 29, 1895. Was united in marriage with Mamie Reizner, Dec. 12, 1901. To this union was born one child. He leaves besides his wife and child, his father, step-mother, one sister and seven brothers to mourn his early departure, but their loss is his eternal gain. He was ordained to the ministry July 10, 1904. During his short ministerial career he endeared himself to his congregation by his noble example, faithful preaching and deep concern for the spiritual welfare of the church. In his death the community has lost a worthy citizen, the church an able and faithful worker, the wife and child a kind and affectionate husband and father. His body was laid to rest in the Mennonite cemetery near Sterling. Services were conducted by J. S. Shoemaker and John Nice. Text, Rev. 14:13.
WEAVER.-On Sunday, Sept. 3, 1905, in Farmersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Pre. Jacob Weaver; aged nearly 71 years. He was a native of West Earl township, and resided in that section all his life. He was a minister in the Old Mennonite church for many years and a faithful and devoted laborer in the cause of Christ. He was a basket-maker by trade, and for many years carried on an extensive business. He leaves eight sons and one daughter to mourn his death. Funeral was held on the 6th at the Pike meeting house.
MOWRER.-On the 31st of August, 1905, in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis, from which she suffered a number of weeks, Susan, wife of John Mowrer, aged about 58 years. She is survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter, and several brothers and sisters. Services were held on the 3d of September, at the New Providence Mennonite church, near where the burial also took place.
YODER.-On the 14th of August, 1905, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, Joseph, son of Peter and Sarah Yoder, aged 22 Y., 9 M., 2 D., of consumption. He was afflicted about twenty months. He united with the W. Union Amish congregation in the sprint of 1903, and remained a faithful and consistent member to the time of his death. His Bible was well studied and he often spoke of the pride and other things that unless repented of and put away would eventually ruin the church.
ZOOK.-On the 29th of August, near West Liberty, McPherson Co., Kan., of heart disease, Sister Salina A. King Zook, wife of John M. Zook, aged 45 Y., 5 M., 26 D. She was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., March 3, 1860. She had been very sick and a few days before her death she bade the members of the family farewell, assuring them that she would pass over into eternity. She was the daughter of Jacob Y. and Catharine King, and was married to her surviving husband Dec. 25, 1881. The moved to Kansas in 1899, and had ten children, seven of whom survive her. Her last moments were accompanied with severe pain, and her last words were, "O Jesus, come and take me." She was a devoted companion, an affectionate mother, and an exemplary member of the church. Funeral services wee conducted by George R. Brunk and C.D. Yoder, from 2 Tim. 4:7,8, which words it is supposed were selected by herself for this purpose. They were found written on a slip in her Bible.
DURST.-Samuel Durst was born July 8, 1822; died of rheumatic and dropsical affections, followed by paralysis, at his home near Grantsville, Md., Sept. 1, 1905; aged 83 Y., 1 M., 23 D. He was married, Nov. 10, 1843, to Louisiana Wiland. To this union were born eleven children, seven sons and four daughters; four sons and three daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his life companion, four children, twenty-one grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a host of friends Although only five years a member of the Mennonite church, he proved himself a faithful follower of the Master. He was of a quiet, humble, unassuming disposition. His children bear testimony to his untiring efforts and living example to teach them the way of righteousness. Funeral services were held on Sept. 2d, conducted at the house by D.H. Bender and also at the Folk M. H., Springs, Pa., where he was assisted by H.M. Gelnett and Ed Miller. Text, Rev. 14:13. Interment in cemetery near by.
KAUFFMAN.-On the 30th of August, 1905, near Spring Valley, Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases incident to old age, Anna [Heidlauf*], widow of the late Joseph Kauffman; aged 83 years. She was confined to her bed about four months. She is survived by six children. Burial at the Masonville Mennonite church on Sept. 2d.
*[Heidlauf] added from other sources (Karolyn Roberts, Petersburg, IN)
KOSER.-On the 28th of August, 1905, in Manheim, Lanacaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Rebecca, widow of the late Frederick Koser; aged 86 years. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church and was widely known. She is survived by twelve children and fifty grandchildren. Buried at Hernley's M. H., on Sept. 1st.
BUCH.-On the 30th of August, 1905, in Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Elizabeth O., wife of Aaron K. Buch, in her seventy-eighth year. She was the daughter of the late Chr. And Esther Hostetter. Her husband and one brother survive. Buried at Longenecker's meeting house, near Lititz.
BECKER.-On the 1st of September, 1905, near Mountain Lake, Cottonwood Co., Minn., Aganetha Nickel, widow of the late Pre. John Becker; aged 59 years. She suffered for several months and during the last nine weeks her illness was very severe. She was the mother of six sons and seven daughters, all of whom were present at the funeral. Her twenty-five grandchildren sang a hymn before the preaching services began and after preaching the thirteen chidden with the grandchildren sang another hymn. The corpse was borne to the grave by the six sons. Services were conducted by Gerhard Fast at the home and at the meeting house by H. C. Fast, Henry J. Dick, Franz Ediger and Henry Fast, Sr. The funeral was largely attended. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her.
EICHELBERGER.-Fanny Egli was born Jan. 27, 1865;
died Sept. 4, 1905; aged 40 Y., 7 M., 7 D. She was married to
George Eichelberger, April 14, 1887. To this union were
born nine children, seven sons and two daughters; one daughter
died in infancy. Sister Eichelberger united with the A. M. church
and lived a Christian life to her end, so we believe we need not
mourn as those who have no hope. The remains were buried near
Hopedale in the A. M. graveyard, Sept. 6th. Sermons by Daniel
Nafziger, Peter Oswald and the writer.
CULP.-On Sept. 1, 1905, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Norman, son of Bro. Samuel D. and Sister Matilda Culp; aged 1 Y., 2 M., 1 D. Funeral was held on Sunday, Sept. 3d, at the Midway M. H. The spacious house was filled to its full capacity with friends and relatives who had gathered to show their love and sympathy for the bereaved family. Services were conducted by E. M. Detweiler and Paul E. Whitmer, from 2 Sam. 12:23. Parents, two brothers and many friends survive to mourn his death, but it is a sweet consolation to know that he is "safe in the arms of Jesus," and has escaped the snares of sin, with the trials and temptations of this sinful world.
WENGER.-Near Wakarusa, Ind., of cholera infantum, Walter, son of David S. and Eve Wenger. He was born June 5, 1905; died Aug. 25, 1905; aged 2 M., 20 D. Funeral services were held at the Olive M. H. on Aug. 27th, by Jacob Christophel and Jas. H. McGowen. Text, Jer. 31:16.
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HERTZLER.-Near Port Royal, Juniata Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1905, John Hertzler, Sr.,, author of the "Hertzler Genealogy"; aged 82 Y., 9 M., 28 D. Interment in the Lost Creek Valley Mennonite graveyard. The deceased was widely known in connection with the books he compiled and published, and he was highly esteemed for his many good qualities. Many will miss him as a kind friend. His conversation, drawn from a long and rich experience, was interesting and edifying and his personality and friendship were so attractive that one could not help being drawn to him by strong cords of love. Those who were privileged to tarry with him in his home, soon found him to be a Bible reader, a man of prayer and one who feared God and loved his follow-men*. A very large concourse of friends assembled at the funeral, overflowing the Hertzler home into the lawn and under the shade trees where seats were provided. Pastor Moser of the Lutheran church at Port Royal preached the funeral sermon, assisted by Pre. Spangler.
SCHUMACHER.-On the 8th of Sept. 1905, near Bluffton, Allen Co., Ohio, of consumption, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Schumacher; aged 21 Y., 8 M., 18 D. She was a member of the Swiss Mennonite church, and is survived by her father, two brothers and six sisters. The mother died some years ago. She was buried at the Ebenezer church, where services were conducted by the brethren John Moser, ---- Bear and ---- Hege.
FRETZ.-On the 5th of Sept. 1905, at Jordan Harbor, Lincoln Co., Ont., Manassah Fretz, aged 76 Y., 11 M. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and was buried at the Cedar Grove burying-ground in York county. Services were conducted by S.F. Coffman at the Vineland M. H., and at Cedar Grove by S.R. Hoover and L.J. Burkholder, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
THOMAS.-Jesse Sylvester, son of Bro. Silas Thomas of Connor, Pa., died of consumption, Sept. 5, 1905; aged 17 Y., 10 M. Jesse was a kind-hearted boy in the family and among his associates. He was baptized and received into the church about four months before his death. He died with a bright hope of entering the glory world. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas church on the 7th by S.D. Yoder, Jas. Saylor, S. Gindlesperger and L. A. Blough. He leaves many friends, but they need not sorrow without hope.
McCLINTOCK.-On Sept. 4, 1905, at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Folk, near Grantsville, Md., of paralysis and dropsical affection, Fanny (Tressler) McClintock, aged 63 Y., 1 M., 5 D. Her life was in many ways an unfortunate one, but during her last illness she was made to feel the need of a Savior; she confessed her sins, accepted Christ, was baptized and received into the Mennonite church. Funeral services on the 5th, conducted by D. H. Bender, at Springs, Pa. Text, Rom. 14:12. Interment in cemetery near by.
LOUX.-On the 5th of Sept. 1905, in Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., Nancy Loux, aged 80 Y., 14 D. She was born Aug. 21, 1825. She was buried near the Deep Run Brick M. H. Services were conducted at the house by H. B. Rosenberger and at the meeting house by Allen Fretz. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24,25.
HARTMAN.-On the 13th of Sept. 1905, at the home of Pre. Amos S. Cripe, near Emma, Lagrange Co., Ind., of a lingering illness, Eliza Hartman, daughter of Pre. John Hartman; aged 63 Y., 10 M., 5 D. She was born Nov. 8, 1841, in Richland Co., Ohio, where she had her home until last spring, when she went to live with Bro. Cripe's, Sister Cripe being her niece, where she remained to the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted at the Emma M. H. by John F. Funk and John Garber. Text, Prov. 27:1. Peace to her ashes. She is survived by two brothers, both residing in Ohio.
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A Sad Death.
PARRET.-John H. Parret, son of Pre. Philip Parret, deceased, of Chambersburg, Pa., a brakeman on the Cumberland Valley Railway, lost his life on Saturday evening, Sept. 9th, by falling from a freight car to the track and three freight cars passing over him; he sustained fatal injuries and died on Sunday at 10:30, about twelve hours after the accident. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one daughter, mother and sister, to mourn his sad, untimely death. He was born Jan. 12, 1875, and died as above given, aged 30 Y., 7 M., 27 D. In his younger days he learned the printing trade and for some time was an employee in the office of the Mennonite Publishing Co. He filled a number of different positions in various places and about four weeks ago returned to the employ of the C.V.R.R. and remained there until death cut short his career. He was buried at the Mennonite graveyard adjoining the Chambersburg M. H., where services were held by ---- Strite of Maugansville and Samuel Hess of Shiremanstown. A very large congregation attended the services, manifesting their high esteem for the departed and their deep sympathy and regard for the bereaved and sorrowing family.
DENLINGER.-On the 18th of Sept. 1905, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., of paralysis, Barbara Denlinger of Witmer; aged about 88 years. She had been an inmate of the hospital about two weeks. She was buried on the 20th near the Mellinger meeting house.
HERR.-Daniel S. Herr, residing near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 15th of Sept. 1905, at the home of his son, Rudolph Herr, in the 77th year of his age. The funeral was held on the 19th at the Mennonite meeting house at E. Petersburg. Services were conducted by Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher and Pre. John and Christian Lefever. Peace to his ashes.
WAGNER.-On Sept. 5, 1905 at her home near East Greenville, Ohio, of cholera infantum, Viola, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Wagner; aged 11 M., 29 D. Funeral services at the Pleasant View M. H. by I.J. Buchwalter.
FREY.-On the 16th of Sept. 1905, near Pettisville, Fulton Co., Ohio, of typhoid fever, Phoebe, daughter of Bro. Eli and Anna Frey; aged 13 Y., less three days. She was born Sept. 19, 1892. She leaves a sorrowing father, mother, three sisters, seven brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her sad and early death. She was a child that loved to learn of God's ways and was a worker in the Sunday school, and we need not mourn as those who have no hope. Before she died she sang the hymn, "Ever will I pray, Blessed is the Lord that taketh; blessed is the Lord that gave." Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 18th in the A. M. M. H. by D.I. Wyse in German and H. Rychner in English. Text, Psa. 16:5,6. May God comfort the bereaved family.
KREIDER.-On the 16th of Sept. 1905, at the home of her parents, Adam and Margaret Kreider, near Gap, Lancaster Co., Pa., Annie Kreider, aged 15 years. She was laid to rest at the Hess' Mennonite burying-ground on the 19th inst., when appropriate services were conducted by the ministers present.
STUCKEY.-On the 29th of Aug. 1905, in Lyon Co., Kan., after a ten days' illness with diabetes, J. P. Stuckey, aged 61 Y., 3 M., 22 D. Bro. Stuckey was at one time chosen to the ministry, but did not serve his congregation in that capacity.
FOLK.-Susannah Folk, nee Shultz, was born Aug. 7, 1839; died Sept. 18, 1905; aged 66 Y., 1 M., 11 D. She suffered from a tumorous affection of the stomach for about a year, in which time she was reduced to a mere skeleton in form. She endured her sufferings patiently and died in hope of eternal life. She was for many years a member of the Mennonite church. She is survived by a husband, 11 children, 35 grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral from her late residence near Grantsville, Md., on Sept. 20th. Services at the house by Ed Miller and at the Casselman M. H. by D. H. Bender. Text, Phil. 1:23. Interment in the Casselman cemetery.
GLICK.-Samuel Glick was born near Mascot, Lancaster Co., Pa., May 18, 1835, and died at his home in Belleville, Pa., Sept. 13, 1905: aged 70 Y., 3 M., 25 D. When he was two years old his parents moved to near Vicksburg, Union Co., Pa., where he grew to manhood and lived until the spring of 1895, when he moved with his family to Kishacoquillas Valley, living near Allensville several years and thereafter in Belleville. Sept. 27, 1859, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Yoder of Juniata county, who died April 13, 1864. To this union were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. March 2, 1868, he was married to Catharine Sharp of Belleville. To this union were born eight children, one of whom, a daughter, died a the age of nearly four years. Deceased was raised on a farm and was a farmer all his life until 1895, after which time he lived a retired life, yet he was of such an industrious disposition that he never seemed to be idle. In his early youth he united with the Amish church, of which he remained a member until his death. Aug. 31, 1903, he had a stroke of paralysis, which rendered him helpless on the left side, making it necessary for him to remain in an invalid chair almost the whole time, which he did without a murmur. He kept growing weaker until about five weeks ago, when he was confined to his bed and was altogether dependent on the help of others. He suffered very little from pain, except during several days about a week before his death. During the five weeks that he was confined to his bed he did not eat as much as a cupful of food, although he drank a little milk at first. With a desire that he might go to his eternal home, he gradually grew weaker unto an easy end. He is survived by his wife and nine children, all of whom except one were present at the funeral; also three brothers and nineteen grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers preceded him to the spirit world. Funeral services were held in the Locust Grove M. H., Sept. 15, at 10 o'clock, conducted by S.T .Yoder and J. L. Mast, from the text, 2 Cor. 4:17,18 - 5:1. The large crowd of sympathizing friends who showed their last tribute of respect by attending the services testified to the esteem in which he was held in the community.
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