Herald of Truth Obituaries - January, 1908

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Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 1 - January 2, 1908 ­ page 8

Landis.- On Dec. 21, 1907, In Lancaster Co., Pa., Benjamin L. Landis, aged 68 years. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by his wife and four children, also two brothers. Buried on the 25th at Mellinger's M. H.

Eash. ­ Sister Fannie, wife of Bro. Em Eash, died at her home near Holsopple, Pa., Dec. 10, 1907; aged 76 Y., 8 M., 11D. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. She had a paralytic stroke about five weeks before she died; she suffered a great deal through her sickness, but we believe she is now resting free from all sorrow and pain. Funeral on the 12th at the Blough M. H. Services were conducted by S. D. Yoder, Simon Layman and Samuel Gindlesperger. Her descendants were 11 children, five living; 38 grandchildren, 33 living; 23 great-grandchildren, 20 of whom are living. She is also survived by her husband and many relatives and friends. Peace to her ashes.

Leatherman. ­ John Leatherman was born Oct. 8, 1828, in Bucks Co., Pa. Being left fatherless at an early age, he moved with his mother to Medina Co., Ohio, where he spent his boyhood. When a young man, he started west to find a home and located in Elkhart Co., Ind., which was then a thickly wooded country. He settled on a farm on the banks of Yellow Creek, at what is now known as Harrison Center in Harrison township. Here he erected a saw-mill, harnessing the waters of the creek to supply the power, and there are still many landmarks in the vicinity that are mute evidences of his rigorous pioneer efforts, prominent among which is the Old Yellow Creek Mennonite meeting-house, of which denomination he has been for many years a faithful and devoted member. In 1866 he, with his family, moved to Gaines Twp., Kent Co., Mich., where he has since resided. His faithful companion in life, Sister Mary Moyer, precede him in death a few years ago. Ten children were born to them, of whom five sons and two daughters survive. The deceased leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He died of paralysis, of which he suffered about two weeks, on Dec. 16, 1907, at the ripe age of 79 Y., 2 M., 8 D., and was buried at the Gaines U. B. meeting-house on the 19th of December. Peace to his Ashes.

Transcribed by Theresa Riley, Texas

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 2 - January 9, 1908 - page 16

Blosser. -
On Dec. 18, 1907, near Dale Enterprise, Rockingham Co., Va., on infirmities of age, Sarah Blosser, consort of Abraham Blosser, departed this life at the advanced age of 80 Y., 9 M., 12 D. From early life she remained a consistent member of the Mennonite church. Funeral on the 20th at Weaver's M.H., with L. J. Heatwole and A. B. Burkholder officiating.

Shenk. -
On Dec. 27, 1907, near Safe Harbor, Pa., of heart failure, Daniel L. Shenk, in the 73d year of his age. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He is survived by his wife, five sons and five daughters. Funeral on Dec. 30 at the Masonville M. H.

Bassier. -
On Dec. 31, 1907 at his home near Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Christian Bassier, aged about 75 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters. Funeral on Friday, Jan. 3, at the East Petersburg M. H., where he was a faithful and consistent member.

Witmer. -
On Sunday, Dec. 27, 1907, near Akron, Lancaster Co., Pa., Levi Witmer, aged 73Y., 9M., 10 D. He was a lifelog member of the Mennonite Church, and is survived by five sons and three daughters. Buried on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1908, at Metzler's M. H.

Newcomer. -
John Newcomer was born in Wadsworth Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, March 3, 1836; died near Bloomville, Seneca Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 1907; aged 71 Y., 8 M., 27 D. He was of a family of nine children, of whom one sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Oct. 25, 1860, he was married to Susan Muckley of Bloom Twp., Seneca Co., Ohio, who preceded him in death four years. To this union were five children, one son and four daughters, all of whom survive their parents and were present at the funeral. Bro. Newcomer was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Some years ago his home church in Seneca county died out, leaving Bro. and Sister Newcomer without the church of their choice. While a few of the remaining members joined some of the more popular churches, Bro. and Sister Newcomer remained true to the Mennonite faith. They made their church home with the church in Medina Co., Ohio, where they were always present at communion services whenever health would permit. Funeral services were held at his home, conducted by Pre. A. M. Beck of the Reformed church.

Apple. -
Sister Martha Apple was born near Richfield, Juanita Co., Pa., April 13, 1830; died Dec. 22, 1907; aged 77 Y., 8 M., 19 D. She was a daughter of Pre. Christian and Barbara Graybill, was baptized and received into the Mennonite church by Bish. Abram Haldeman fifty years ago. She was married to Benjamin Apple, Jan. 15, 1856. This union was blessed with three daughters and one son. She is survived by her four children and three grandchildren, her husband and five grandchildren having preceded her to the better land. She was a widow thirty-eight years. Sister Apple surely was a mother in Israel. No one ever went from her door hungry. Her home was surely one of hospitality. Not only was she ready and willing to share the natural bread for the sustenance of the natural body, but ready also to tell them in her meek and humble way of the food needed for the soul, and there are many in the East and West who, when they see this death notice, will remember the advice she gave them. The writer can remember can recall many pleasant spiritual spent in her home and in the sanctuary as well. She was laid away in the silent city of the dead on Christmas Day. Funeral services by Banks Winey and the writer. God sustain the bereaved ones with his grace, looking forward to the time when they, too, shall be relieved of the earth's troubles and a happy reunion in the mansions above. WM. G. S.

Transcribed by Theresa Riley, Texas

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 3 - January 16, 1908 - page 24

Beiler. -
On Sunday night, Jan. 5, 1908, near Ronks, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Pre. David Beiler of the Amish branch of the Mennonite church; aged 86 years. He had been in the ministry for about forty years. He lived all his life on the farm where he died, having inherited from his father. He is survived by his wife, five sons and two daughters. Buried on the 7th at the Beiler burying-ground.

Herr. -
On the 6th of January, 1908, at her home near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Mary, wife of Samual Herr; aged 48 Y., 8 M., 28 D. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Her maiden name was Longennecker. Her husband, seven sons and four daughters survive her. Buried on the 7th in Hammer Creek cemetery.

Burkholder. -
On Dec. 27, 1907, of consumption, near Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., Bro, Martin Burkholder departed this life, aged 56 Y., 4 M., 23 D.

Ream. -
Sister Rebecca, wife of Bro. Eli Ream, died at the home of Bro. Ephraim Ream, near Ada, Ohio, on Jan. 5 1908; aged 65 Y., 5 M., 6 D. Funeral services at the Chappel M. H. by Pre. John Blosser.

Stemen. -
Lydia Stemen, daughter of John and Nancy Brenneman, was born on Dec. 29, 1829, and departed this life Jan. 2, 1908; aged 78 Y., 4 D. She was married to Nicholas Stemen on Feb. 24, 1853. To this union were born three sons and two daughters, all of whom reside in and near Pickerington. She, with her husband, united with the Mennonite church soon after their marriage and she remained a faithful member until God said, "Come up higher." On account of affliction she was not permitted to attend public services for the last two years, but served her master loyally in her home and through all the bitter months of suffering, she developed that Christian character and bore her suffering with great patience and without murmur. Her life was an open book to all. She was a devoted mother. A loving friend has left us and other hands are beckoning us to that haven of rest. She realized that she could not recover and longed to hear her Master's voice calling her home. Finally the gates of everlasting bliss were opened were opened wide and she was received into that land where there is no sorrow or pain, where we, too, may some time understand why God's ways are best. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons and two daughters, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, five brothers and one sister. On Feb. 17, 1896, her husband preceded her to that better land; also two brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren were waiting to receive her on the other shore. The family and the entire community have lost a devoted mother and a true friend; there is a vacancy in the home that can never be filled and we can truly say, a good mother has gone home. Funeral services at the Stemen M. H. in Fairfield Co., Ohio by John Blosser. Text Job 16:22.

Douglas. -
Everett Douglas was born in White Hall, Washington Co., N. Y., Nov. 3, 1823; was married to Charity Vansycles, May 5, 1847; came to Newaygo Co., Mich., in 1855; settled on a farm near White Cloud, where he died Jan. 4, 1908; aged 84 Y., 2 M., 1 D. Funeral was held on Jan. 6 at the Union M. H. by Jacob P. Miller, from 1 Cor. 15:22. Judge Douglas was highly respected by all who had the privilege of his aquaintance. This was manifested by the large attendance at his funeral, the house not being large enough to hold near all the people. He served as probate judge for eight years and was a very influential man, a deep thinker, a firm believer in Christ, and yet, sad to say, never identified with any church. He leaves two sons and a number of grandchildren to mourn their loss.

Transcribed by Theresa Riley, Texas

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 4 - January 23, 1908, page 32


Zimmerman.-On Jan. 13, 1907, near Blue Ball, Lancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis of the bowels, Elizabeth, widow of the late Peter Zimmerman aged 84 Y., 3 M., 8 D. She was a daughter of Benj. Landis of Upper Leacock township. She was married to Samuel Weaver in 1865. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. Her first husband died forty-two years ago, and eight years later, in the fall of 1871, she was married to Peter Zimmerman, who died in 1890. The deceased was widely known as a devout and consistent member of the Mennonite church. She was buried at the Weaverland M. H. on Jan. 17. Services were conducted by Bro. Benj. Weaver and others.

Herr.-On Jan. 12, 1907, at the Mennonite Home at Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Abram S. Herr, aged 66 years. He was formerly a resident of Strasburg township. He had been an inmate of the Home since last September. He is survived by five children. Funeral on the 14th. Services conducted by Bro. Frank M. Herr and Bro. Levi Weaver. Burial at Longenecker's M. H.

Eash.-Pre. William Eash, son of Sister Susan Eash, died of consumption near Holsopple, Pa., Jan. 3, 1908; aged 17 Y., 11 M., 17 D. Pro. Eash had been ailing for about two years. About one year ago he saw the need of a Savior, confessed Christ, and united with the Mennonite church, since which time he was a faithful member, at-tending services when health permitted. A few days before he died he sent for Bish. Saylor and desired communion. He died with a living faith and hope to enter the glory world. He is survived by his widowed mother, one brother and many friends. His father died about seventeen years ago. It is sad for the mother to give up her son while so young, but she can console herself that he is now resting, sweetly resting, from sorrow and care. Funeral on the 5th at the Blough M. H. Services were conducted by Bish. Jas. Saylor, assisted by Samuel Gindlesperger, W. C. Harsh-berger, S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough.

Wile.-Susan, widow of the late John F. Wile, died in Lower Salford Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of obstructions of the bowels, on Dec. 28, 1907: aged 77 Y., 8 M., 21 D. She died on the same day that her sister was buried. Her hus-band died over three years ago. She leaves two daughters. Funeral on Jan. 1, 1908, at the Salford Mennonite M. H.

Cassel.-On Dec. 23, 1907, at the home of her only daughter, Mary A. Freyer, at Norristown, Pa., of paralysis, Mary A., widow of the late Abraham K. Cassel, formerly of Lower Salford, Montgomery Co., Pa.; aged 80 years. Funeral on Saturday, Dec. 28, 1907, at the Lower Salford Mennonite M. H. She is survived by two sons and one daughter.

Kauffman.-Esther Kauffman (maiden name, Yoder) was born in Juniata. Co., Pa., April 13, 1840; died at the home of her daughter, near East Lynne, Mo., Jan. 9, 1908; aged 67 Y., 8 M., 26 D. On June 4, 1868, she was married to Solo-mon Kauffman, who, with two daughters, survives her, suffering the loss of a faithful companion and a loving mother. Yet they mourn not as those who have no hope. At the age of eighteen she united with the Amish Mennonite church and remained a faithful member until death. While her last sickness was long and suffering at times severe, yet she bore it patiently and was willing to submit to whatever the Lord saw fit to place upon her. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Grove M. H, by J. J. and C. A. Hartzler from 2 Tim. 4--7, 8, which text was her own selection. C. A. H.
Cullar.-Bro. Noah Cullar was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Dec. 9, 1878, and was taken out of this world almost in the twinkling of an eye, Jan. 13, 1908; aged 29 Y., 1 M., 4 D. On Monday morning he left home with prospects of a long life, never to return alive. He went to the home of Bro. Henry Ziegler, his father-in-law, a distance of three miles, to saw cordwood with a gasoline engine. They had not yet sawed any wood when the belt run off the belt-wheel at the saw, and in some manner his leg was caught, drawing him up to the engine. He was whirled around several times until his leg was torn off below the knee, striking his head against the engine and causing instant death. The funeral was held Jan. 15 at Bro. Ziegler's, and serv-ices at the North Lima M. H. near by. Sermon was preached by Bro. E. M. Detweiler. He leaves a sorrowing mother, one brother, wife and two chil-dren. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. This again reminds us of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. "There is but a step between me and death." This indeed is a loud call to the unsaved and it should be the means of causing those of us who have accepted Christ to live near him, for we may be called out of this world at a time when we think not.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

Herald of Truth - Volume XLV, Number 5 - January 30, 1908, page 40


Frick.-Sister Mary Frick, wife of Albert S. Frick (deceased), was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 25, 1850: died at Aurora, Ill., Jan. 10, 1908, from the effects of an operation and an obstruction of the bowels; aged 57 Y., 8 M., 15 D. She was united in marriage to Albert S. Frick in the year 1875. Moved to the state of Illinois ten years later, where the family have since resided. Three children are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother: Benjamin G., Grandville M., and Mrs. Mary Norr, all of Aurora, Ill. Sister Frick was a faithful member of the Mennonite church and in accordance with her request her body was brought to Sterling for burial in the Mennonite cemetery. Funeral services were held at the church at 2 o'clock p. m. on Monday, Jan. 13, conducted by J. S. Shoemaker from Rev. 22:1214.

Longenecker.- Ellen S., wife of Ephraim H. Longenecker, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1908, at her home near Elizabethtown, Pa., in the 35th year of her age. Her husband and five children survive. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite church, and her place at its services was seldom vacant. Funeral services were held here in the church on Saturday morning, conducted by the brethren John Ebersole, Samuel Oberholtzer and I. B. Good. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.

Roth.-Esther, daughter of John S. and Elizabeth Roth, was born Feb. 12, 1906, and died Jan. 16, 1908; aged 1 Y., 11 M., 4 D. Leaves father, mother, one brother and two sisters to mourn her early death, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. The Lord comfort the sorrowing parents with the blessed promises of his word.

Steider.-Elizabeth Steider was born in Markirch, Alsace, France, on June 15, 1836, and died Dec. 26, 1907; aged 71 Y., 6 M., 11 D. Her maiden name was Wagler. She was married to John Steider. To this union were born nine children, four sons, five daughters, 38 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Her husband and one son preceded her to the eternal world. The Lord comfort the mourning friends with the rich promises of his word.

Dick.-John Dick, Sr., died at his home in Burrton, Kan., Dec. 10, 1907. He had been in poor health for some time, but had been confined to his bed but three and a half days. The principal cause of his death was infirmities due to old age. The deceased was born in South Russia, Sept. 8, 1825, and was therefore more than eightytwo years of age. He was married March 23, 1855, to Helen Wall, his now bereaved widow. From this union eleven children were born, five of whom are still living. At an early age Bro. Dick united with the Mennonite church in his native land and always lived a consistent Christian life. He took great consolation from reading his Bible and frequently quoted front the 86th Psalm. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition, never caring to push himself forward, but nevertheless he made many strong ties of friendship among the Burrton people, who will greatly miss his kindly greeting and pleasant salutation. He came to America in 1877, and located at Burrton in 1878, making that city his home ever since. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church Sunday afternoon. In the death of Bro. Dick, Burrton has lost one of its oldest and best citizens. A long and respected life is ended and he has gone to his eternal reward.

Lantz.-Martha, daughter of Aaron Lantz, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan., 19, 1902; died of scarlet fever Dec. 8, 1907; aged 5 Y., 10 M., 18 D. While the earthly tie was broken may the heav-enly tie be stronger that when He comes to gather the righteous home we may be among that throng. On account of sickness the funeral service was not held until Jan. 12, at the Clinton Brick M. H. by D. D. Troyer from Eccl. 9:5, and Silas Yoder from 2 Sam. 12:23.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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