Herald of Truth Obituaries - February, 1908

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Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 6 - February 6, 1908, pg. 49

. - Stephen Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, July 12, 1839; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Jan. 10, 1908, of paralysis; aged 68 Y., 5 M., 28 D. He came with his parents from Ohio at the age of twelve. In early manhood he united with the Amish Mennonite church, of which he was a faithful member at the time of his death. On May 5, 1863, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Troyer, who survives him with two daughters, five grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters. While his death was sudden and unexpected to many, we believe it was not unexpected to him; for when he was apparently well he remarked to his friends that he would not be on earth very long any more. Now while his place is vacant and his voice is silent, may his virtues be remembered and may there be peace to his ashes. Burial services were held at the Clinton Amish M. H. Jan. 13 by Jonathan Kurtz in German from Phil. 1:23 and Silas Yoder in English from I Kings 20:1.

Zehr. - Christian Zehr was born Lotringen, France, on March 6, 1835; died Dec. 14, 1907; aged 72 Y., 9 M., 8 D. He was united in marriage with Catherina Roth, Jan. 31, 1861. To this union were born thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters. He leaves his wife, four sons, two daughters, thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; also five brothers and three sisters. Two sons and five daughters preceded him to the spirit world.

Yoder. - Dorotha Ray Yoder was born Nov. 5, 1905, and died at the home of her parents near Kalona, Iowa, Jan. 8, 1908; aged 2 Y., 2 M., 3 D. She leaves father, mother and one brother to mourn her death. She was a granddaughter of Bro. and Sister Yost Yoder of near Nappanee, Ind.

Mowrer. - On Jan. 26, 1908, in Lancaster, Pa., Mary Ellen, wife of Alfred Mowrer, in her fiftieth year, from tuberculosis. She was a member of the Mennonite church and is survived by her husband, one son and six daughters. Funeral on the 29th. Interment at Laurel Hill cemetery.

Martin. - On Jan. 28, 1908, near Reidenbach's Store, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Moses Martin, aged 70 years. He was a member of the Mennonite church. Survived by his wife and five children. He was buried at Isaac Martin's private burying-ground.

Hug. - Charles, son of George and Lena Hug, was born in the city of Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 12, 1882. He lived in Elkhart with his parents until about 2 years ago, since which time he has had his home in South Bend, Ind. Not feeling well for a week or more, he returned home on Sunday evening, Jan. 26. Feeling quite ill, he rapidly grew worse, suffering greatly with nausea and general weakness until Tuesday afternoon when he was suddenly stricken with apoplexy and passed away at 3:55 o'clock, Jan. 28; aged 25 Y., 4 M., 16 D. He died just four months after the decease of his father. There seemed a series of afflictions to have come upon the family. The father died Sept. 16, 1907; a little later Sister Hug's brother's wife in Germany died suddenly in her home without any warning; a little later Sister Hug's house caught fire and was partly consumed with considerable of the contents; several weeks later her brother Henry died in Texas, and now four months to the day the youngest son Charles was taken away so very unexpectedly in early manhood. Surely, in the midst of life we are in death. He leaves a deeply sorrowing mother, three brothers and two sisters to mourn his early death. Funeral services were held at the home on the 30th by George Lambert and John F. Funk. Interment at Grace Lawn cemetery. Funeral was largely attended.

Yoder. - Levi J. Yoder died of consumption, Jan. 27, 1908; aged 56 Y., 3 M., 3 D. He leaves a sorrowing widow, four sons and four daughters to mourn his departure. Funeral was held on the 30th at Shore M. H. Services conducted by Josiah J. Miller, from Matt. 25:31, 21, and by Y. C. Miller, from John 16:33, last clause. A large assembly of friends and relatives were present.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 7 - February 13, 1908, pg. 58

. - Joseph S. Funk, aged about 75 years, died on Jan. 27, 1908, at his home in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., after an illness of a year resulting from grip. He was born in Springfield Twp., and was a descendant of Joseph Funk and a direct descendant of Bish. Henry Funk, who emigrated from Europe in 1719. He was married over fifty years ago to Anna Fretz, a daughter of Isaac Fretz. he is survived by his wife and one son, Elmer E. Funk of Doylestown. One daughter, Adalaide, wife of Gideon S. Rosenberger, died some years ago. Three sisters also survive him. He was a cousin to John F. and A. K. Funk, of the Mennonite Publishing Co.

Mininger. - On Jan. 31, 1908, in Montgomery Co., Pa., of obstructions in the bowels, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob B. Nyce, _____, wife of Joseph Mininger; aged 89 Y., 2 M., 21 D. Three daughters and one son survive her. Buried at the Plain M. H. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Bontrager. - Luella Fern, daughter of Eli and Katie Bontrager, died Feb. 3, 1908, after only a few days' sickness with pneumonia; aged 7 M., 20 D. She is survived by her sorrowing parents, seven brothers and one sister. Little Luella went to join her little sister and two brothers, who have gone before. The family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement. Although we miss her smiling face, we know she is rejoicing with the angels in heaven. Funeral services on the 4th at the Fairview M. H. by Menno Eash from Psa. 16:6. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery. Another little lamb has gone to dwell with Him who gave the darling babe, though sheltered in the grave.

Cressman. - Edwin G. Cressman was born July 26, 1856; died Jan 15, 1908, at his home near Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., of typhoid pneumonia; aged 51 Y., 5 M., 19 D. He leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held on Jan. 18, 1908, at the Hiltown Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member, by P. A. Buehler, from Deut. 33:27. Funeral was largely attended.

Walter. - George Walter was born in New Britain township, May 12, 1842, and was married to Maria Samkey on April 4, 1868. He lived in the bonds of matrimony for nearly forty years. They were blessed with four children, one son and three daughters; all of whom survive. He died Jan. 21, 1908, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, which he had the evening before, and from which he never regained consciousness; aged 65 Y., 8 M., 9 D. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 24, 1908, at the house by Bish. Jonas Mininger and at the M. H. by Bish. H. B. Rosenberger and Samuel Detwiler. Text, Matt. 25:21. He was ordained and served as deacon in the Mennonite church at Line Lexington, Pa., for about twenty-nine years. On account of a raging snow-storm and drifted roads, many people were unable to attend the funeral.

Ruth. - On Jan. 19, 1908, near Line Lexington, Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Amanda, wife of Isaiah G. Ruth; aged 39 Y., 2 M., 19 D. She had been sick two weeks. She had been a consistent and faithful worker in the church and Sunday school, where she will be greatly missed, as well as at home where she leaves a husband and four sons and her aged mother to mourn their loss. Funeral on the 23rd at Line Lexington, M. H. Services at the house by Christian Allebach, at the M. H. by A. O. Heistand and John Rosenberger. Text, Heb. 1:9. The meeting-house was filled with sorrowing friends and neighbors.

Stoltzfus. - On Jan. 12, 1908, near Mascot, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Jonathan Stoltzfus passed peacefully away at the ripe age of almost eighty years, leaving a wife, five sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of a loving husband and a kind father. He was a member of the A. M. church from his boyhood days and led a quiet and peaceful life. His remains were laid to rest on the 15th. Services conducted by Pre. Christian Yoder of Mifflin county and Jacob Lapp of Ronks. He was buried in the Meyers cemetery at Bareville.

Stoltzfus. - On the same day as the above, Jan. 12, 1908, near Ronks, after an illness of five days of pneumonia, Rebecca, daughter of Isaac N. and Malinda Stoltzfus, a granddaughter of the above deceased. She left this world at the early age of 15 Y., 6 M., 19 D. This is another proof of the uncertainty of life and was a heavy blow upon this little family. Her parents, one sister and one brother are left to weep over their loss, She was a bright and cheerful young girl. Her suffering here was great for a short time and we hope she is now sweetly resting free from all pain and sorrow. She was laid to rest in Beiler's cemetery at Ronks. Services were conducted by Jacob Lapp and Daniel Eash on the 16th. The funeral was largely attended. Many relatives and friends were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the well-known and much-beloved departed one. May the Lord bless and comfort this family in their great affliction.

Nunemaker. - Emma N. Rutt, wife of Edgar N. Nunemaker, was born near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 24, 1875. At the age of seven years she with her parents moved to Sterling, Ill., her home until death. On Oct. 17, 1895, she was united in marriage to Edgar N. Nunemaker. Emma departed this life on Jan. 29, 1908, aged 32 Y., 6 M., 5 D. She leaves to mourn her early departure a sorrowing husband and five little girls, the youngest only four years old. We mourn not as those who have no hope, as Sister Nunemaker lived a devoted Christian life, She always found comfort and consolation in prayer. Her place was seldom vacant at church. The church has lost a devoted sister, the husband a tender bosom companion, the children a loving and kind mother. The funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite M. H. on Feb. 2, where a large concourse of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one they loved so dearly. Services conducted by A. C. Good from Phil. 1:21. "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain."

Weber. - Fred Alvin Weber was born Feb. 11, 1907; died Feb. 1, 1908; aged 11 M., 21 D. We could not wish little Freddie back again, though he was a bright little jewel to all who learned to know him. We believe he has better associates now. Funeral services were held at the Science Ridge Mennonite M. H. near Sterling, Ill., conducted by J. M. Nunemaker and A. C. Good. Text, Luke, 18:16.

Conrad. - John Conrad was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 30, 1824; died Jan. 20, 1908; aged 83 Y., 7 M., 20 D. In 1854 he moved to Iowa, and in 1855 to the farm where he lived until death. In his young years he accepted Christ as his Savior and identified himself with the A. M. church and remained a faithful member till God called him home. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons and two daughters to mourn his departure. he also leaves 31 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors who feel the loss of one whom they learned to love. But we need not mourn as those who have no hope, and expect to meet him in the better land. Services held at the Sugar Creek M. H. He was buried in the cemetery near by. Funeral services by the brethren S. Gerig and Jacob Roth. The relatives wish to extend their thanks to the friends and neighbors who assisted them during the illness of their husband and father.

Smeltzer. - Maynard Mailand, son of Bro. Aaron and Sister Lizzie Smeltzer, was born July 16, 1905; died Jan. 16, 1908; aged 2 Y., 6 M.; of spasmodic croup. he was a very bright and pleasant child, and the deeply bereaved family has the sympathies of all the friends and neighbors, as well as the blessed consolation that they mourn not as others who have no hope. While on his deathbed, Jesus revealed himself unto him in a mysterious way and he called to his mama, saying, "Jesus knocks. Don't you hear him? I see him - here he is." This proves to be one of the many instances in which it pleases God to hide these things from the wise and prudent and reveal them unto babes. Funeral services were held in the Nappanee M. H. on Sunday, Jan. 19, by Bro. J. H. McGowen from Mark 10:14, and by David Burkholder from Luke 8:52 and Rev. 21:4. The funeral was largely attended. Burial took place at the Olive cemetery.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 8 - February 20, 1908, page 65, 66

Kehr. - Samuel M. Kehr was born in Hanover, York Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1825; died Feb. 5, 1908, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., at the advanced age of 82 Y., 1 M., 18 D. The family removed from York Co., Pa., to Elkhart Co., Ind., in an early day when the country was still to a large extent covered with heavy timber. The father died when the children were still young, and Bro. Kehr with his brothers and sisters spent his earlier days in self-denials and hardships incident to the developing of a settlement in a new country. On Sept. 25, 1859, he united in marriage with Caroline Landis. To this union were born seven children, only two of whom are now living. These are Sister Jontz, and Sister Israel Martin. Besides his family he leaves one brother, one sister and nine grandchildren. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Mennonite church for about thirty years. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 9, and were largely attended. Services were conducted by Jonas Loucks, Jacob Christophel and John F. Funk, from the text in Rom. 8:16. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing family.

Mullet. - Jonas Mullet was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 26, 1851, and died at Nappanee, Ind., Feb. 4, 1908; aged 56 Y., 3 M., 8 D. He united with the Amish church at the age of twenty-one years and moved to Nappanee, Ind., in 1875. He united in matrimony with Sarah Slabaugh, Dec. 24, 1876. To this union were born seven children. Mary and David preceded him to the spirit world. The living are: John, Ezra, Levi, Martin and Ella. He also leaves one grandchild, three sisters, six brothers and a sorrowing companion to mourn their loss, besides a host of friends. In his latter years he united with the Mennonite church, and he remained a faithful member to the end. He greatly delighted in Sunday school work and was a liberal giver to the cause of Christ. Funeral services were held in the Mennonite meeting-house in Nappanee on the 7th, conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart in the German language from Phil. 1:21, and by Henry McGowen of Nappanee in English. Interment in the South Union cemetery. God bless the sorrowing family and friends.

Yoder. - Levi J. Yoder was born Oct. 25, 1851. Was married to Rachel Eash, Feb. 8, 1877. To this union were born four sons and five daughters; one son and one daughter died in infancy. His wife died Jan. 23, 1894. He was again married to Effie Miller, Feb. 11, 1900. To this union were born two sons, one of whom died in infancy. Levi lived in Indiana until May 24, 1900, when he moved to White Cloud, Mich., where he resided with his family until Nov. 18, 1907, when he moved back to Indiana for the benefit of his health, but continued to fail and died on Jan. 28, 1908, after having suffered some seven years with consumption; aged 56 Y., 3 M., 3 D. During the last eighteen months he was unable to do any work. Funeral services were conducted at the Shore M. H. by Jost Y. and Josiah Miller. He leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons, four daughters, eight grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and many friends to mourn his death, but we mourn not as those who have no hope, yet we feel deeply the loss of a dear husband and father. Lonely the house and sad the hours since the dear one has gone, but, oh, a brighter home than ours, in heaven, is now his own. The Lord bless and comfort the bereaved and sorrowing hearts.

Reininger. - Charles Reininger of Boswell, Somerset Co., Pa., died of typhoid fever on Feb. 2, 1908; aged 27 Y., 4 M., 12 D. Funeral services were conducted on the 5th at the Blough M. H. by S. D. Yoder. Interment in the graveyard near by.

Lape. - Jacob Lape of near Davidsville, Pa., died Feb. 3, 1908; aged 63 Y., 9 D. He was in feeble health for a number of years. He had several paralytic strokes, which rendered him helpless. He was buried on the 5th. Funeral services at the Blough M. H. by Simon Layman, S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough. He was buried on the 5th. Funeral services at the Bough M. H. by Simon Layman, S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for about thirty-six years. He was married to Rachel Gindelsperger about thirty-seven years ago. To this union were born seven children, five living and two dead; also ten grandchildren living and three dead. He is survived by many friends who need not mourn without a hope.

Benner. - Bro. Tobias Benner of Souderton, Pa., died of apoplexy on Friday, Jan. 30, 1908. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, two sons and a daughter. Funeral on Feb. 6. Buried in the Souderton Mennonite Cemetery. His age was 76 Y., 5 M., 20 D.

Eberly. - Susanna, wife of Henry Eberly of Schoeneck, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on Feb. 5, 1908, of pneumonia, after an illness of eight days; aged 75 Y., 5 M., 15 D. Her maiden name was Lutz, and she was the last of her family to die. She is survived by her husband and one daughter. Buried on the 9th at Mellinger's M. H. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church. Her aged husband, at the time of her decease and burial, also lay critically ill with the same disease.

Freed. - Bro. John H. Freed of near Morwood, Montgomery Co., Pa., fell from a mow in the barn on Sunday, Feb. 2, 1908, and fractured his skull. He was able to walk to the house, but became unconscious when he reached the porch. During the interval between his fall and death he was able to walk about the house, but had lost his mind. On Tuesday afternoon an operation was performed by the physicians; and he died the same evening (Feb. 4); aged 42 Y., 6 M., 19 D. He is survived by a sorrowing widow and four children. His father and three brothers also survive. Funeral on the 10th at Franconia, M. H., where the interment also took place.

Fry. - On Feb. 11, 1908, Anna, widow of Daniel O. Fry of Norristown, Pa., was buried at Towamencin Mennonite M. H. Bro. C. B. Allebach conducted the services. She was a member of the Schwenkfelder church.

Weber. - On Feb. 3, 1908, in Vogansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the effects of a stroke of apoplexy, early in the morning of the same day, Mary S. Weber, in the sixty-first year of her age. About a year ago she sustained a stroke, but recovered. She was a member of the Mennonite church and unmarried. She is survived by her step-mother, step-brother and also one brother. Funeral on the 7th at Pike Mennonite burying-ground.

Rohrer. - Jacob H. Rohrer, a well-known resident of East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., died Feb. 5, 1908, at his home, about two miles north of Strasburg. He was ill about a week, and his death was due to general debility. Bro. Rohrer was eighty-one years of age. He was unmarried, and is survived by a sister (Annie, wife of Isaac Kreider) and two brothers (Benjamin H. and Isaac H. Rohrer), all residents of East Lampeter township. The deceased was a member of the Old Mennonite church. The funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mellinger's meeting-house, where interment also took place.

Wealand. - Amanda, wife of Samuel Wealand of Mt. Airy, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on Feb. 4, 1908, of grip at the age of 73 years. She is survived by her husband, four children and two brothers. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church. Funeral services and interment at Mellinger's M. H. on the 8th.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 9 - February 27, 1908, page 71, 73, 74

Separate article - not in obituaries

Died in India

Amos G. Horst, son of John E. Horst and grandson of the late Bish. Michael Horst of Washington Co., Md., died at Sripat, Bengal, Jan. 17, 1908, of smallpox, at the age of 30 Y., 2 M., 2 D. He was born and grew to manhood in Washington Co., Md., hut when a young man he went to Kansas and made his home with some relatives near Newton, Harvey county.

On Sept. 19, 1901, he was married to Susie, youngest daughter of Jacob B. Erb, near Newton, Kan. (She is also a sister to the writer.) After coming to Kansas he became very much interested in the work of the Lord and a short time after their marriage they felt as though the Lord wanted them in the mission work somewhere. They labored a short time at the Orphans’ Home at Hillsboro, Kan., and later went to Tabor, labored preparatory to entering into the work in the foreign field. The Hephzlbah Faith Missionary Association of Tabor, Ia., sent them to India, leaving Newton, Kan., Aug. 2, 1905. and sailed from Seattle, Wash., Aug. 10, reaching India via Calcutta about Oct. 1 following, having stopped a short time in Japan.

Their mission station is a few hundred miles northeast of Dhamtari toward Calcutta.

Since they were in India they worked hard to acquire the language, of which they just received sufficient that they could labor successfully with the natives, but God laid his hand upon the band of workers there and took away four missionaries in about three weeks by that dreadful disease smallpox. The first one to fall a victim was Bro. Josiah Martin of the River Brethren church, who went from Elizabethtown, Pa., some years ago; he died Dec. 30, 1907. On the morning of Jan. 17 his wife Rhoda died, and before she was buried the same afternoon Bro. Horst went to his reward. These two were buried the same evening at the same time. Four days later the fourth one, Bro. Vaughn, also passed away.

Our sister writes that such a scene is rarely witnessed and they had to cry out as they looked upon the four mounds, "What does all this mean?" They all died with "glory" on their lips. Bro. Horst’s last words were, “It is well with my soul, but my glory will not be full till I get over yonder.” After this his tongue became stiff and he could talk no more, though conscious to the last, and quietly and gently fell asleep at 2:30 p. m. on the day above mentioned.

He leaves a widow and a five-year-old son (Eber) in India, and parents and a host of relatives and friends in this country.

They were compelled after the last one died to burn their thatched-roof house with a good share of their bed clothing, to prevent the disease from spreading any further.

The last information we have is that none of the others had taken the disease, but as it takes a mouth to get communication from there we do not know what the next message may be.

May God abundantly comfort the bereaved and may some one be raised up to fill the vacancies there, so the work of the Lord will not suffer.

Newton, Kan., Feb. 20, 1908.


Rutt. - Jacob B. Rutt of near Bareville, Lancaster Co., Pa., died of diabetes on Feb. 12, 1908, at the age of 49 years. He leaves a wife and four children. Funeral was held on the 17th at the Weaverland M. H. Services were conducted by John Kurtz and Menno Zimmerman. Peace to his ashes.

Kurtz. - Abraham Kurtz of near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., died Feb. 8, 1908; aged 89 years. Death resulted from a complication of diseases due to old age. His wife died twelve years ago. He leaves seven children. Buried on the 13th. He was a member of the A. Mennonite church.

Swartzendruber. - Sister Elizabeth, wife of C. C. Swartzendruber, died on Feb. 4, 1908, at her home near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, of heart trouble. She was ailing more or less for a year or more, but was up and about most of the time until the last few days of her life. She reached the age of 67 Y., 9 M., 11 D. She leaves a sorrowing husband, six sons and five daughters to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. She was the first member of the family to depart. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church, with which she united in her girlhood days. Funeral services took place Feb. 7 at Lower Deer Creek M. H. attended by a very large concourse of relatives and friends. Funeral sermons by J. F. Swartzendruber and Peter Kinsinger. Text, 1 Cor. 15:42-46.

Kauffman. - Jennie Mae Kauffman was born Jan. 18, 1891; died at the home of her father at McAllisterville, Juniata Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 1908; aged 17 Y., 27 D. She was a young sister, beloved by all who knew her, possessed a kind disposition making friends wherever she went. She worked in a factory on her home town, where a number of girls worked with her, all of whom speak of Jennie in the highest terms. Her employer said to the writer, "Jennie was a very good girl - we will miss her. He further said on the day of the funeral, "We will close the factory and attend the funeral. Six of the factory girls carried her to her last resting place in the silent city of the dead. There were no flowers but many tears for the one they loved so much. Jennie united with the Mennonite church at the age of fourteen and was a consistent member. Her seat in the M. H. was seldom vacant and she was not ashamed to let the light of the gospel shine out in her life. On the way to the place of interment a man remarked, "When my daughters were in company with Jennie, I felt safe, knowing she would not lead them to do anything that was not right. She leaves a sorrowing father, step-mother, two step-sisters and three step-brothers. Her mother and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. Interment at Lauver M. H., where the services were conducted by Samuel Leiter and Wm. O. Sieber from John 11:28, last clause. May our heavenly Father comfort the bereaved ones and help us all to live closer to the Master.

Johns. - John Johns was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1824; died of the infirmities of old age at the home of his son-in-law, Peter C. Schrock near Wauseon, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1908; aged 84 Y., 20 D. He united with the A. M. church at the age of nineteen and on Nov. 17, 1844, he was united in marriage with Catharine Yoder, who survives him. They lived together in this holy bond 63 Y., 2 M., 23 D. This union was blessed with seven children, 51 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. One son and four daughters survive him. In October, 1865, he moved with his family to LaGrange Co., Ind., and in March, 1902, he realized that the cares of looking after a farm were too many for him and therefore he sold his farm and moved onto a lot near Goshen, Ind. In July, 1907, they made their home with their daughter Lena, where on the above date he fell peacefully asleep in the blessed hope of being with Christ, which is far better. Funeral on the 12th at the Central M. H. Services by D. J. Wyse from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8, and by Christian Freyenberg from John 5:24, 25.

Netrouer. - On Feb. 9, 1908, in Newton, Kan., of stomach and heart trouble, Samuel Netrouer; aged 57 Y., 7 M., 13 D. Funeral services were held in the city by T. M. Erb from 2 Cor. 5:9, 10. The congregation was exhorted to know that we are the Lord,s, whether in his service or not, and each one is to give an account of the things done in the body whether good or bad, at the great judgment seat of Christ. Hence we should all exert ourselves in all faithfulness to the end and obtain the eternal crown or reward and have a resting place with Jesus where all tears are wiped away and where sorrows never come. The burial took place at the Pennsylvania M. H., where Bro. D. Zook spoke from 1 Cor. 15: 54, 55. Bro. Netrour suffered much during his thirty days of suffering, but he said Jesus suffered greatly for him and therefore rejoiced while he said, "Glory to His name!

Bear. - Bro. Christian Bear was born March 25, 1857; and died near Woodburn, Oregon, Feb. 9, 1908; aged 50 Y., 10 M., 11 D. Buried Feb. 11, at Sunnydale Cong. cemetery. Funeral services by A. P. Troyer in English and _____ Geiger in the German language from Isa. 38:1, last clause. Bro. Bear was a member of the Swiss Mennonite church for many years. Peace to his ashes.

Koch. - John Koch was born in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., and died at his late residence near Markham on Feb. 10, 1908, at the ripe age of 85 Y., 1 M., 14 D. Bro. Koch was for the greater part of his life a member of the Mennonite church, where he always manifested a deep interest in the cause of his Master. In faith and practice he was a pillar in the church. He was first married to Hannah Lehman and after her decease was joined in wedlock to Mary Wideman. His second wife preceded him a little over two years. He kept his bed for a year before his death and peacefully passed away from the effects of old age. Funeral was held on the 12th inst. at the Wideman M. H., where a large number of friends and neighbors assembled to show the esteem which they had for the departed brother. The services were conducted according to Bro. Koch,s request by S. R. Hoover and L. J. Burkholder. Text, Job 5:26.

Nice. - Near Columbus, Kan., on Feb. 16, 1908, Sister Sarah Elizabeth Nice died at the age of 80 Y., 28 D. Sister Nice was born at Northampton, Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 19, 1828. She moved with her parents to Summit Co., Ohio, in 1844, and was married to Valentine Nice in 1846. In 1860 they moved to Clay Co., Ind., where they resided until 1881, when they moved to their present home near Columbus, Kan. She was a member of the Mennonite church for fifty-four years. She leaves an aged companion and seven children. Three sons live in Ohio, one son in Colorado, one daughter in Indiana, and two sons at Columbus, Kan. Services were conducted by N. H. Shenk at Bethany church from John 8:51. Many friends were present to pay respect to one they had learned to love. E. S.

Weaver. - Peter Weaver was born near Berlin, Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1842, and died in Clackamas county, Jan. 26, 1908. He was married to Catharine Yoder in 1868. To this union were born two sons and three daughters. He leaves a wife, two sons (one in Oregon and one in Indiana), also three sisters (living in Oregon); also seven grandchildren survive to mourn his death. Two brothers, five sisters and one grandchild have preceded him to the spirit world. His age was 65 Y., 4 M., 27 D. His remains were laid to rest in the Hopewell cemetery. Bro. Weaver was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by L. J. Yoder and J. D. Mishler. A large concourse of friends and neighbors attended the funeral.

Ziegler. - Bro. Abraham Ziegler, residing about a mile west of Lederachsville, Pa., died on Monday evening Feb. 3, 1908, of broncho-pneumonia, after an illness of several weeks; aged 74 Y., 7 M., 27 D., He is survived by a widow, four sons and four daughters, besides several brothers and sisters. Funeral was held on the 9th at the Salford M. H., where deceased was a member.

Transcribed by: Mary Teeter, Michigan

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