The Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 49 - March 6, 1924 - pages 988,989
Taylor. - Henry, son of Albert J. and Bessie Taylor, died Feb. 10, 1924; aged seven days. Short services were conducted at the home by J. A. Ressler. Interment in the Scottdale, Pa., cemetery.
Mishler. - Esther Louise, daughter of Bro. Clyde and Sister Stella Mishler, was born Feb. 6, 1924; died after the short life of two weeks. The parents feel deeply the loss of their only child. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler, after which the little form was laid away in the Stahl Mennonite Cemetery near Johnstown, Pa.
Zimmerman. - Geneva Marie, infant daughter of Joe and Clara Zimmerman, was born Feb. 9, 1924; died Feb. 17, 1924, near Harper, Kan. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. R. M. Weaver from Matt. 18:14. It is hard sometimes to say, "Thy will be done," but we know when the children are taken in their infancy they are in the arms of the One who said, "Suffer the children to come unto me."
Mishler. - Virginia, daughter of Bro. Earl Mishler and wife, was born near Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 2, 1924, and lived only eight days. She is survived by her parents, one brother, one sister, grandparents and many other relatives. Funeral services were conducted in the home by S. G. Shetler. Interment was made in the Stahl Mennonite Cemetery near Johnstown, Pa.
Roth. - Maynard, son of Joseph and Rosa Roth, was born Nov. 3, 1922; died at their home near Milford, Nebr., Dec. 28, 1923; aged 1 y. 1 m. 25 d. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, 1 sister, grandparents and many other relatives. He died of pneumonia and was sick only two and one-half days. Services were conducted by Bro. C. Z. Yoder, Wooster, Ohio.
Our little darling has left us
To dwell with the Father above,
But we hope some day to meet him
In that land of peace and love.
Dettwiler. - Susanna Johnston was born March 26, 1848; died Feb. 18, 1924; aged 76 years. She was married to C. W. Dettwiler in 1866. They both united with the Mennonite Church when young. This union was blessed with eight girls and two boys, six of whom are still living. In early life they moved to Morgan Co., Mo., and afterwards moved to Kent Co., Mich. About forty years ago they moved to Emmet Co., Mich. Some time later Bro. Dettwiler was ordained to the ministry at Maple River Church, Bro. Henry Shaum officiating. Funeral at the Maple River Church, conducted by Clyde X. Kauffman. Text, Job. 19:25. Burial in cemetery nearby.
Brenneman. - Benedict P. Brenneman was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 17, 1855; died at his home near Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 21, 1924; aged 69 y. 1 m. 4 d. At an early age he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and was faithful in his profession till the Lord removed him in death. On Dec. 17, 1885, he was united in marriage to Nancy Hostetler to which union were born six sons, all of whom are living and were present at the funeral. Services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church near Kalona, Iowa, where a large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to their friend and neighbor. Services were conducted by D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder.
Zook. - Sallie B. Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., Oct. 5, 1871; died Jan. 26, 1924; aged 52 y. 3 m. 21 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church near Belleville, Pa., in her youth and remained a faithful Christian to the end. She suffered with heart trouble for a number of years which finally caused her death. She is survived by two sons (Walter and Ellis) and two daughters (Bertha and Ruth). Her children were all at home when the end came. She was conscious to the end and said she was ready to go. Sallie had a host of friends who mourn her departure, but are comforted with the assurance that our loss is her eternal gain. Funeral services were held in the Belleville A. M. Church conducted by Bro. J. H. Byler.
Taylor. - Albert J. Taylor was born in the vicinity of Kecksburg, Pa., June 6, 1889; died at the Mount Pleasant Memorial hospital, Westmoreland county, Pa., Feb. 16, 1924, aged 34 y. 8 m. 10 d. He leaves a widow with four small children. Peculiar sadness is added to his departure by the fact that his infant son had been taken away just a week before the death of the father. The deceased had united with the M. E. Church early in life. The immediate cause of his death was blood poisoning from an abscess in the head. Funeral Services were held on Monday, Feb. 18, at the house in East Scottdale, conducted by J. A. Ressler. Interment in the Scottdale, Pa., cemetery. The prayers of God's people are requested on behalf of the sorrowing family.
Bergey. - Annie (Wismer) Bergey was born in Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., April 28, 1859; died at her home near Doylestown, Pa., Feb. 6, 1924; aged 64 y. 9 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to James Bergey in 1878. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. Two sons preceded her in death. She leaves her loving husband, 2 daughters (Mrs. Harry Morris and Mrs. Walter Gross), and 2 grandsons, an aged father (Abram Wismer). 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Tyson, Mrs. A. 0. Histand), 2 brothers (Henry Wismer and Pre. Enos Wismer), and many relatives and friends. She was a member of the Mennonite Church until death. Funeral services were held Feb. 9, at her late residence at Pine Run by Bro. David Gehman, and at the Doylestown Mennonite Church by Bros. Joseph Ruth and Mahlon Gross. Text, John 16:16. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"Thou great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright didst send,
And took our loving mother home,
To joys that never end."
Eberly. - Kate Eberly, nee Leese, was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 17, 1850; died near Wakarusa, Ind., Feb. 19, 1924; aged 73 y. 4 m. 2 d. She was the daughter of Peter and Eliza Leese being one of a family of sixteen. Eight brothers and two sisters remain. At the age of 12 years she removed, with her parents, to Lisbon, Iowa, and later to Nebraska and Missouri. In December, 1920, she came to Elkhart Co., Ind., from Garden City, Mo., making her home with her son, Henry, until death. June 13, 1878, she was married to Isaac Eberly, who preceded her to the spirit world, Oct. 26, 1915. To this union were born 7 children, 3 of whom are living, namely, Henry, of Goshen, Ind., Edgar, of Kansas City, Mo., and Hattie Alma, of Walton, Kans. There also remain 1 daughter-in-law, 1 son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren, besides other relatives and friends. In early life she accepted Christ as her Savior, being a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Church, Feb. 21, 1924. Conducted by Irvin Miller (Church of the Brethren) and J. W. Christophel. Texts, Heb. 13:14 and Psa. 116:15. Burial was made in cemetery near the church.
Hostetler. - Elmer P. Hostetler, son of the late Paul and Esther Hostetler, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., April 27, 1878; died Feb. 20, 1924; aged 45 y. 9 m. 23 d. He was united in marriage to Cora Lucinda Mehl March 17, 1901. To this union were born four children; Mrs. Walter Monroe, Topeka, Ind., Treva Pauline, Elmer Woodrow, and Robert LeRoy, at home. There remain to mourn his departure a loving wife, four children, one grandson, an aged mother and four brothers, Moses, Almon, and Early of Topeka, and Andrew of Goshen. Elmer seemed in his usual health when he retired in the evening. About an hour later his wife awoke and found him breathing his last, peacefully passing from natural sleep to the sleep of death. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church of Topeka, Ind., since his youth. He was of a quiet, unassuming nature, which won him the love and respect of all who knew him.
Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
The funeral service was conducted at Emma Church, Sunday, Feb. 24, Oscar Hostetler and Allen Yoder of Goshen officiating,. Burial at Forest Grove Cemetery.
Wanner. - Daniel Wanner was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., April 13, 1836; died Feb. 10, 1924; aged 87 y. 9 m. 27 d. He was a member of the Wisler Mennonite Church, accepting Christ as his Savior in his youth, always attending church services when health permitted. In 1861 he was married to Sarah Sensenig, also of Lancaster, Pa. To this union were born 15 children of whom 10 survive. His wife died Sept. 19, 1891, after which he came to Elkhart Co., Ind., and on March 10, 1899, he was married to Leah Blosser of Elkhart Co., where he lived till Jan. 14, 1924. He was taken to Lancaster Co. by his son Harry, at whose home he died. On account of declining health his desire was to be with his children. The surviving are his widow, 4 sons (Daniel, Amos, Harry, and Sam), 6 daughters (Maria Zimmerman, Maggie Weaver, Annie Bowman, Sue Taylor, Lizzie Sloat, and Ida Troup), 47 grandchildren, also 45 great-grandchildren, 6 step-children (Lizzie E., Henry L., and Vernon Blosser, Arvilla Buzzard, Celestia Hess and Eva Blosser) and many relatives and friends. Services Feb. 14 at Weaverland Church and the body laid to rest nearby. Services conducted by Menno Zimmerman and Moses Horning. Text, II Tim. 4:6. His widow not being able to attend the funeral on account of ill health, memorial services were held at Yellow Creek Church, Elkhart Co., Ind.,. conducted by John Martin. Text, Matt. 24:44.
Eppley. - John L., son of William and Ellen Eppley, of near Thomas Church, Johnstown, Pa., was born Feb. 20, 1898; died Jan. 20, 1924; aged 25 y. 11 m. He is survived by his beloved wife (nee Jessie B. Miller), one daughter (Cora Ellen), father, mother, three sisters, one brother, and many relatives and friends. Bro. Eppley and his younger brother (Michael) were mining coal at the Hyasota mine near Jerome. Both brothers were working together in the same room, when on Nov. 27, 1923, a rock fell from the roof of the mine and fell on both of them. Michael was standing close by their car which no doubt saved his life, while the other end of the rock fell on John. Although Michael was badly hurt he could get out and give the alarm and by the help of others John was gotten out. On Dec. 2 he was taken to the Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa., where he suffered very much, but with much patience. It was there that they found that his spine would have to be tapped, which was done. He used to say, "O, the pain in my head!" On Dec. 27, 1923 both he and his wife gave their hearts to the Lord, and upon confession were baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. A few days later Bro. Eppley desired to commemorate the suffering and death of Christ. Twice he made a plea to the Church for special prayers. He seemed to enjoy singing and prayer very much. Shortly before he died the hymns, "My heavenly home is bright and fair," "Jesus lover of my soul," and "My Jesus I love Thee," were sung for him, when he looked up and said, "That is sweet." Here is a loud call. Not every one may have 24 days of time to get ready to meet the Lord. The warning is, "Be ye ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Bro. Eppley was buried at the Thomas Mennonite Church, Jan. 22. Services at the home by brethren S. G. Shetler and Lloy Kniss and at the church by S. G. Shetler and James Saylor. Peace to his ashes.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
The Gospel Herald - Volume XVI, Number 50 - March 13, 1924 - pages 1020,1021
Caley. - Benjamin Caley was born April 18, 1836; died Feb. 21, 1924; aged 87 y. 10 m. 6 d. He is survived by his aged companion, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at his residence and Shenk's Church by Bishop Noah W. Risser. Text, Rom. 6:23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Ebersole. - Fannie Lehman, wife of Bro. John Ebersole of Elizabethtown, Pa., was born Jan. 10, 1858; died Feb. 6, 1924; aged 66 y. 27 d. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, one son, and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 9, at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Noah W. Risser and Simon B. Landis. Text, Heb. 9:27.
Shearer. - Harvey B. Shearer was born May 2, 1873; died Feb. 24, 1924; aged 50 y. 9 m. 22 d. He is survived by his companion, 2 daughters and 2 sons, all at home. He was a faithful member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church. As long as health permitted him to come to church his place was filled. Funeral services were held at his residence Feb. 28, by Bro. David Sellers, at the Campbelltown United Christian Church by Jno. Ebersole, Noah Risser, and David Sellers. Text, Rom. 8:18. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Birky. - Valentine B. Birky was born at Pekin. Ill., April 14, 1854; died at his home near Foosland, Ill., Feb. 16, 1924; aged 69 y. 10 m. 2 d. On Mar. 4, 1877, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Springer. To this union 9 children were born. He confessed Christ in youth, but for the past 20 years did not identify himself with any church. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and a host of friends. One son and two daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Feb. 19 by Bro. J. A. Heiser. Text, Job 14:10.
Yoder. - Annie Kemp was born Dec. 8, 1856, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at her home near Wellman, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1924; aged 67 y. 2 m. 14 d. In early life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, being a member of West Union congregation at the time of her death. On Feb. 3, 1878, she was married to Gabriel Yoder with whom she lived in matrimony 41 years, he having preceded her in death about four years. Immediately after marriage they came to Iowa and lived on the farm where they died. To this union were born 8 children of whom 7 survive; also 23 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Baker) and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at West Union Church, Feb. 24, conducted by the home ministers. Texts, Job 14 and I Cor, 15:19. Buried in. cemetery nearby.
Swartz. - Paul Swartz died at the home of his parents, Jacob and Lydia Swartz, Feb. 24, 1924; aged 1 y. 8 m. 5 d. Little Paul was taken sick with pneumonia following measles, from which he never fully recovered. The immediate cause of his demise was a diseased condition of the kidneys. On account of his aunt, Rebecca Stoll, being unable to leave the house, funeral services were held at the home of his grandparents, Bro. and Sister Jacob Stoll, Feb. 26. Services were conducted by the brethren, Amos Weldy (I Cor. 15) and James Bucher from the text, Job. 14 :1,2.
"By Thy hands the boon was given;
Thou hast taken but Thine own;
Lord of earth, and God of heaven,
Evermore, 'Thy will be done., "
Metzler. - Lois Berneta, daughter of Bro. Ralph and Sister Viola Metzler, was born near Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 3, 1923; died Feb. 25, 1924 ; aged 2 m. 21 d. About 10 days before her death she became ill with whooping cough, which developed into pneumonia, causing her death. She leaves father, mother, 2 sisters (Miriam and Berdean), 4 grandparents and 2 great-grandparents, besides uncles and aunts and other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Feb. 27, 1924, conducted by J. W. Christophel. Text, Psa. 23:3. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
"Some time, some bright and glorious day,
We hope to go with her to stay;
Though on earth we see her no more,
We'll meet somewhere on the eternal shore."
Hess. - Geraldine, daughter of Elmer D. and Mary M. Hess of Masontown, Pa., was born March 14, 1011; died Feb. 25, 1924; aged 12 y. 11 m. 11 d. She united with the Mennonite Church four years ago and was a faithful member of the church of her choice until death. She was ill from heart disease for some time, and confined to her bed for about 11 weeks. She suffered no pain and never complained. She remained conscious to the very last moment. She is survived by her parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and by many other relatives and friends. The family appreciates the kindness and help of neighbors and friends during this time of need and sorrow and takes this opportunity of thanking them for all their kindness. Funeral services were held at the Masontown Mennonite Church on Feb. 28, conducted by Bro. J. A. Ressler. Interment in the Masontown Mennonite cemetery.
Shank. - Just one year ago on the twelfth of March Bro. and Sister Samuel Shank of Columbia, Pa., saw their loving daughter Catherine Helena close her eyes to the scenes of this world and fall asleep in the Lord "a sleep from which none ever wakes to weep," at the age of 15 y. 2 m. 1 d. Hemorrhage of the lungs was the cause of her death. Her remains were laid to rest in the Camp Hill Cemetery near Florin, Pa. The departure so early in life of one so well beloved caused a deep sorrow to fall upon the immediate family and caused much sympathy in the hearts of friends. Loving parents, four sisters, and one brother survive. "Her sun went down while it was yet day," was the Scripture text used at her funeral services.
"The kind words and deeds of Helena dear,
Will keep memory green for many a year,;
And may she in happy eternity be
A hope and a guiding star for you and me."
Noah H. Mack
Grieser. - Bro. Daniel Grieser was born Dec. 12, 1840, in Baden, Germany; died Feb. 19, 1924, at his home near Fisher, Ill.; aged 83 y. 2 m. 7 d. In 1865 he was married to Magdalena Gingerich. To this union 10 children were born. His wife and five children preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by 3 daughters (Mrs. John Birky, Mrs. Will Teuscher, and Mrs. Dave Ingold), 2 sons (George and Christian), 38 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He was ordained to the ministry over fifty years ago and was a faithful servant of the Lord to the end. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church Feb. 22 by Bro. Samuel Gerber of Tremont, Ill. Text, II Tim. 4:7.
"Heaven now has one more treasure,
Earth can but the casket keep;
But his joy is beyond measure,
With a blessed, peaceful sleep."
By a Granddaughter.
Horning. - John Horning of Lancaster City entered into rest Jan. 25, 1924, after two years of illness; aged 74 y. 2 mi. 22 d. He bore his affliction patiently, ofttimes saying that the time would not be long, looking forward to the time to depart and be with Christ. He was the son of preacher Benjamin and Lucetta Horning of near Bowmansville, Pa. Four brothers and four sisters survive him; also his wife (who was the daughter of the late Isaac and Esther Hurst Good.) Two years after their marriage they became members of the Hershey Mennonite Church, were baptized by Bishop Benjamin Herr of the Strasburg District. Twenty-one years ago they moved to Lancaster where they have been consistent members of the E. Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Short funeral services at house by Jacob Brubaker and at the church by Jacob and David Mosemann. Burial in Hershey Mennonite Cemetery. Peace to his ashes.
Hartzler. - Emma B., daughter of Isaac and Rebecca King, was born in Logan Co., Ohio, Aug. 13, 1854; passed away near Hubbard, Oreg., Jan. 24, 1924; aged 69 y. 5 m. 11 d. She was married to John C. Hartzler March 7, 1878. To this union were born 4 sons and 5 daughters. She leaves her husband, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 25 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of relatives and friends. One daughter preceded her to the spirit world nearly three years ago. Sister Hartzler united with the Mennonite Church in early life and remained true and faithful until death. She suffered much of heart trouble the last three years. Funeral services were conducted at her home Jan. 27, by Bro. D. B. Kauffman (Text, John 14:2,3) and at the church by Bro. A. P. Troyer and Bro. Allen Good. Texts, John 17:4; II Tim. 4 :7,8.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Mother is at rest."
Brenneman. - Benedict P. Brenneman was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Jan. 17, 1855; died at his home near Kalona, Iowa, Feb. 21,1924; aged 69 y. 1 m. 4 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his youth, and in his chosen faith was true to the end. On Dec. 17, 1885, he was united in marriage to Nancy Hochstetler. To this union were born six sons and all have grown to manhood: Irvin, Henry, Ray, Elmer, Harvey and Milton. He was of a quiet, unassuming nature, and was a kind husband and father, ever ready to lend a helping hand. About three years ago he was stricken with paralysis and had high blood pressure. While he was able to be up and around some of the time, he had not been able to attend church services since August, 1922. He has been confined to his bed for over six months, and during this time had been deprived of his speech. He endured all this patiently and without complaining. He leaves his sorrowing widow, six sons, nine grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the East Union Church. Services were conducted by D. J. Fisher and S. C. Yoder, after which the remains were interred in the cemetery nearby.
Shank. - Margaret Mellinger Lefever Shank was the oldest daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Mellinger and was born in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 22, 1856; aged 67 y. 3 m. 23 d. In the fall of 1877 she was united in marriage to Isaac E. Lefever. To this union were born one son and four daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband and three daughters. Her husband was killed in a runaway. In 1903 she was again married to Lewis Shank of Marion Co., Mo., who with 3 sons and 5 daughters to his former wife still survive. Early in life she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful and active member, reflecting the life of the Master wherever she went. She was of a quiet disposition, a firm believer in the truth by precept and example and was an active worker in helping to make the needy comfortable at home and abroad. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In her last hours her soul burst forth in singing "The song of Moses and the Lamb. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" Our loss is her gain. We can meet her, she has gone before to await our coming.
Transcriber's note: No death date is given in the original.
Research note: Date of death is given in her husband, Lewis Shank's obituary as February 14, 1924 - see June 16, 1932.
Moyer. - Magdalena, daughter of Anthony and Susanna (Bixler) Culp, was born in Mahoning Co., O., April 25, 1846; died of erysipelas and other complications, Feb. 26, 1924; aged 77 y. 10 m. 1 d. She suffered much during her sickness but bore it patiently and expressed a desire to go home to where pain and trials are no more. When she was 9 years of age she moved with her parents to Indiana, near Wakarusa, on the homestead now owned by Simeon P. Culp. When she was 20 years old she united with the Mennonite Church and continued in the faith until death. On May 20, 1876, she was united in marriage to William N. Moyer of Mahoning Co., O. To this union were born 2 sons and 3 daughters (Anthony C., William C., Barbara C., Mrs. Susanna Irick, and Mrs. Mary Drange). Surviving her are her husband, five children, nine grandchildren, four brothers (David, Joel, Simon, and Anthony) and two sisters (Mrs. Levi Pletcher and Mrs. D. A. Lehman) besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services at the home in Elkhart, Ind., by J. S. Hartzler and Daniel Kauffman, and at the Yellow Creek Church by D. A. Yoder and C. F. Derstine.
Eash. - William C. Eash was born Jan. 22, 1849, in Cambria Co., Pa. Being sick of pneumonia two weeks he died Dec. 3, 1923, aged 74 y. 10 m. 11 d. He is survived by his wife, one sister (Mary Bantley of Scalplevel, Pa.), one half-sister (Lizzie Lohr of Hooversville, Pa.), one half-brother (Joseph Ream of Solomon, Kans.) Three brothers and one sister preceded him to the glory world. He was united in marriage with Susanna Miller Hostetler on March 8, 1874, living together nearly fifty years. In July, 1884, he with his wife moved to near Inman, Kans., living there 27 years and in 1911 moved back to Middlebury, Ind., to the place of his death. Some time before his death he expressed a desire to leave this world, and chose D. J. Johns and J. P. Miller to conduct the funeral services, using I Peter 1:24. In June, 1884, he united with the Mennonite Church near Shipshewana, Ind., remaining a faithful member until death. Funeral was held Dec. 5, 1923.
Oh! Husband dear, we had to part;
It almost broke my aching heart,
To part with one I loved so well,
The grief so great no tongue can tell.
His wife, Susanna Eash, and niece, Lizzie M. Christner.
Kisamore. - Bro. Oley Kisamore was born Oct. 13, 1895;
died Dec. 31, 1923; aged 29 y. 2 m. 18 d. He is survived by his
sorrowing widow, two children, father, mother, two brothers and
one sister. He was a faithful member of the Spruce Mountain
for several years. The news of his sudden death came as a shock
to all who knew him. He was employed by the Parsons Pulp and Lumber
Company of Horton, W. Va., as teamster, and while on his way up
a steep mountainside after a trail of logs, several cutting crews
were at work farther up the mountain. One of them had just cut
down a large tree containing about a thousand feet of lumber,
which fell with such force that practically all its limbs broke
off as it struck the ground. In an instant the trunk of the tree
began sliding down the mountain and was soon going at a terrific
rate of speed. The danger signal was given by the cutting crew
to men working below and Bro. Kisamore seeing the log approaching,
stepped aside taking refuge behind a near-by tree. When the running
log was but a short distance above him it struck some obstacle
which turned it out of its course, and hitting the tree behind
which he stood, almost reduced it to splinters and crushed Bro.
Kisamore to death. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 by the
writer. His body was laid to rest in the cemetery on the old Kisamore
R. W. Benner.
Souder. - Bro. William M., son of Henry N. and Catharine
(Moyer) Souder, was born Sept. 17, 1859, in Bucks Co., Pa.; died
Jan. 21, 1924; aged 65 y. 4 m. 4 d. He lived in the neighborhood
of his birthplace until his death. In October, 1881, he married
Lizzie Frick, who survives him. At an early age he accepted his
Savior, at which time he was baptized and joined the Rockhill
Mennonite congregation, remaining faithful to his end. He took
sick Sept. 3, 1923, was bedfast 15 weeks, suffering much but bearing
it patiently, as he had given up all and was resigned to the will
of God. He admonished his children in many things, which shall
never be forgotten. He often thanked his Lord for keeping him
in this life until he could see all his children and two of his
grandchildren in the Church. His end came peacefully as one falling
into a deep sleep. His last words were, "I have seen a beautiful
place." He leaves a widow, 2 daughters, 1 son, 8 grandchildren,
1 great- grandchild, 4 sisters and 1 brother. His funeral was
held Jan. 26, at the Rockhill Mennonite Church. Interment in the
adjoining cemetery. Services were conducted by Bros. Jacob M.
Moyer, Alfred A. Detweiler and Joseph G. Ruth. Text, II Cor. 5:1.
By a Daughter.
Groff. - Bro. Elias Groff entered into rest Feb. 16,
1924; aged 86 y. 1 m. 15 d. He was ordained minister of the Mennonite
Church in 1870 and was active in the service for over fifty years.
When his health failed and he was no longer able to fulfill his
calling, and though weak in body and mind, due to a stroke of
apoplexy sustained a few years ago, he did not forget in seasons
of thanksgiving to thank the Lord for his tender mercies. The
immediate cause of his death was bronchial pneumonia. He was very
patient during his affliction, never complaining. He was of a
loving disposition and always interested in his descendants, both
spiritually and temporally. He was a son of the late Emmanuel
and Mary Landis Groff. Besides his widow (who before marriage
was Mary Ann Herr), these children survive: Mrs. Lizzie Hess,
Enos H., Emmanuel H., Mrs. Emma G. Ranck, Elias Jr., Harry H.,
Mrs. Ada Herr, and John E.; also one brother (John L. Groff) and
one sister (Mrs. Emma Leaman). Funeral services were held Feb
20, conducted by Bro. Frank Herr at the home and by Bros. C. M.
Brubaker and C. M. Brackbill at the Strasburg Mennonite Church.
Text, II Tim. 4:5-8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
By a Granddaughter.
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Hochstetler. - John H. Hochstetler was born near Farmerstown, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1855; died at Kenmore, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1924; aged 68 y. 3 m. 3 d. He was married to Sarah Yoder Nov. 25, 1877, who preceded him a little over two years. One daughter preceded him about 5 weeks. He leaves 3 sons, 2 daughters, grandchildren, 5 brothers, 2 sisters. His sickness was of short duration. He united with the Walnut Creek A. M. congregation in his younger years. Later be united with the Church of God. Service at the Walnut Creek A. M. Church. Buried in cemetery nearby. Services were conducted by Lester Hochstetler and S. H. Miller. Text, I Pet. 1:14.
Swartzendruber. - Lela Fern, infant daughter of Bishop Alva and Mattie Swartzendruber, died March 4, 1924; aged 1 m. 11 d. Her death was due to spinal bifidia for which she was operated on when 16 days old. She lingered nearly four weeks, then passed peacefully away, safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services held at the Pleasant View Church, conducted by John Slagell. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Interment in cemetery nearby.
Kulp.- Solomon W., son of Samuel and Mary Wanner Kulp,
was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1848; died Jan. 21, 1924;
aged 75 y. 3 m. 1 d. He was never married. He was a consistent
member of the E. Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster,
Pa. Funeral services were held at the house by Bro. David Mosemann
and also at the church by Bros. Noah Mack and John Mosemann. Text,
II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Millersville cemetery.
Hershberger. - Leland Arthur, infant son of Elmer and Golda (Kauffman) Hershberger, was born near Garden City, Mo., Mar. 1, 1924, and quietly passed away March 5. He leaves a loving father and mother, grandparents, and a host of relatives and friends. We know he now rests safely in the arms of Jesus. Services at the home March 6, at 2 o'clock. Scripture lesson from I Cor. 15. Text, Luke 18:15-17. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. "A little child shall lead them."
Weber. - Ezra, son of Isaac and Magdalene Weber, was born at Conestoga, Waterloo Co., Ont., April 1, 1852; died March 3, 1924; aged 71 y. 11 m. 3 d. He was married to Catharine Ropp Nov. 4, 1873. They farmed for many years, but the last few years they lived retired in the village of St. Jacobs where he was a regular attendant at all services, always willing to help in Sunday school and young people's meeting, and was a true defender of the faith. He leaves his widow, 9 children, 19 grandchildren, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and many friends. Funeral services conducted by Jesse Martin and Moses M. Brubacher. Interment in East End Cemetery, Kitchener, Ont.
Heffner. - Jonas Heffner was born in April, 1860; died March 1, 1924, at Pond Bank, Pa.; aged 63 y. 11 m. He had several light strokes prior to this one, which caused his death, and they left him in a crippled condition. He lived just one day after this stroke of paralysis. He is survived by his wife and a brother and sister. He confessed Christ as his Savior several years ago and united with the Mennonite Church. He was a lifelong resident of this community and many of his neighbors and friends attended the funeral services which were held in the church in Pond Bank by Harvey E. Shank, assisted by D. J. Peters. Text, Matt. 24:44. He was buried in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Miller. - Homer J. Miller was born between Shanesville and Walnut, Ohio, Aug. 17, 1888; died near Trail, Okla., March 7, 1924; aged 35 y. 6 m. 20 d. He was married to Wilma Miller, May 28, 1923. His mother preceded him Dec. 25, 1921, and father preceded him Aug. 19, 1922. He leaves his widow, 1 brother and 4 sisters. He united with the Walnut Creek A. M. church in his youth. Services at Walnut Creek. Buried in cemetery nearby. The meeting house was about full of sympathizing friends. This is a loud call for those who are not in full standing with the Church. Service opened by S. H. Miller and Lester Hochstetler. Texts, Psa. 23:1 and Zech. 14:7. His sickness was influenza and acute bronchial pneumonia.
Yoder. - Delton Ray, son of Chris E. and Edith Yoder, died Feb. 29, 1924; aged 11 m. 10 d. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 grandfathers, 1 grandmother, 1 great-grandmother, besides a great number of uncles, aunts, and first cousins. Little Delton is sadly missed. Our home is dark and lonely and our hearts are torn with grief, but we are comforted to know that his suffering is over and he is safe in the arms of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted at the Fairview Mennonite Church, March 2, by Bro. M. S. Steiner. Text, II Sam. 12:23. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast;
All his suffering here is ended,
And our loved one is at rest."
By the Family.
Hostetler. - Jacob, son of Jacob and Rebecca Hostetler, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct, 4, 1845; died of pneumonia and other complications, Feb. 21, 1924; aged 78 y. 4 m. 17 d. He came with his parents to Indiana when quite young. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Sunthimer, and to them were born two children (Jemima and Edward). Mrs. Hostetler died in 1877. He was married again in 1888 to Catharine, widow of Samuel Troyer. To them was born one son, Rolland. He is survived by his sorrowing widow, two sons, a brother (David Hostetler), 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and three step-children, John W. Troyer, Mrs. Sylvanus Yoder, and Mrs. S. S. Yoder. Bro. Hostetler was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Funeral services were held at the Middlebury Mennonite Church, Silas Yoder and D. M. Miller officiating. Burial in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Short. - Emma daughter of Jacob and Louisa Kutzli, was born Sept. 23, 1892; died of cancer at her home Feb. 23, 1924; aged 31 y. 5 m. She was united in marriage to Simon J. Short June 4, 1910. This union was blessed with 2 sons (Arthur and Harold), and 3 daughters (Grace, Bessie, and Ada). She leaves a sorrowful husband, 5 children, father, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of relatives and friends. She was confirmed in St. John's Reformed Church of Archbold in her youth, and in 1910 she transferred her membership to the Amish Mennonite Church of which she was a faithful member until death. She endured her sickness with much patience and in a Christlike way which lasted for 14 months. Funeral services were held Feb. 27, at the Lockport Church, conducted by Bro. G. H. Brunk of Continental, Ohio, assisted by S. D. Grieser. Interment in Lockport Cemetery. "We miss thee from our home, dear mother, We miss thee from thy place; A shadow o'er our life is cast, We miss the sunshine of thy face."
Detweiler. - Abner Y., son of Christian and Rachel Detweiler, was born near Allensville, Pa., Nov. 11, 1861; died March 5, 1924; aged 62 y. 3 m. 9 d. He was a member of the A. M. Church near Belleville, accepting Christ as his Savior in his youth, always attending church services and Sunday school when health permitted. He was married twice. He was first married to Elizabeth Yoder, daughter of Bishop Samuel Yoder of Belleville. To this union were born three children (Lomie, now Mrs. Chauncy-Krup, Levi, and Lizzie May, now Mrs. George Fox). His wife died June 26, 1898. Jan. 16, 1906, he was married to Sadie C. Hartzler of Belleville. To this union were born three children, two of whom (Mary Catharine and Roy), preceded him to the spirit world. Enid is left with her mother and grandmother to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. Services were conducted at the house by J. H. Byler and at the Church by J. B. Zook in German and J. M. Hartzler in English. His body was laid to rest in the Locust Grove Cemetery to await the resurrection of the just.
Mull. - Daniel Mull was born near Pettisville, Ohio, May 17, 1872, and after a lingering illness of over a year he quietly fell asleep on Feb. 23, 1924; aged 51 y. 9 m. 6 d. On Jan. 16, 1902, he was united in marriage with Emma Nafziger. To this union were born 3 daughters (Mabel, Blanche, and Mary), and 1 son (Chauncey). He leaves a sorrowing wife, 4 children, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large host of relatives and friends. In his younger years he accepted Christ as his Savior, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and kept his faith until death. All through his sickness he never murmured but always took it patiently, being fully resigned to the will of God. Funeral services were held at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by the Brethren D. H. Bender, of Hesston, Kans., reading Scripture lesson and prayer; David Garber of Elizabethtown, Pa., preaching the sermon, and Daniel Kauffman of Scottdale, Pa., closing with a few remarks and prayer. Interment in Eckley Cemetery.
"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear father is at rest."
Lapp. - Lizzie, daughter of Benj. and Nancy King, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1888; died March 4, 1924; aged 35 y. 4 m. 14 d. She was married to Amos Lapp Nov. 30, 1909. To this union were born 9 daughters (Annie, Katie, Malinda, Sarah, Mary, Mattie, Lizzie, Susie, and an infant daughter which preceded her three days). She leaves a loving husband, father, mother, 5 sisters, 1 brother, and a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained faithful to the end. When she realized that her end was near she called the family together, bade them all goodbye, and wished them all Godspeed through life's journey. We know not why one so much needed should be taken so soon, but we hope that some sweet day we shall all understand. Funeral services were held from her late home, March 7, conducted by Bros. David Fisher and Jonas Stoltzfus. Text, Phil. 21:26.
"Oh sister, how we miss your smiles!
Your loving tender voice;
How we longed to keep you with us,
But God had made His choice."
By A Sister.
Herr.-Emma E., daughter of Elmer H. and Mary (Hess) Herr, died March 3, 1924; aged 1 week less than 5 years. She was a bright and helpful little girl. She was left in the bedroom with her younger brother while her mother went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast. On hearing screams she hurried to the room and found her little girl enveloped in flames. A physician was summoned, and all was done to relieve her suffering that human hands could do. About two hours later she died, leaving her parents, one sister, two brothers, besides many relatives and friends, to mourn her departure. Funeral services were held March 4, from the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Herr. The occasion was a very sad one, as their youngest daughter Mabel had died on the first day of March. Services for both were held at the same time at New Providence Mennonite Church. Bros. Myers and Abram Metzler conducted the services. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Go to thy rest, fair child,
Go to thy dreamless bed;
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head."
Yoder. - Sarah (Miller) Yoder, beloved wife of Wallace L. Yoder, was born in LaGrange Co., Ind., on June 30, 1858; died March 1, 1924, on the farm where she was born and raised, having arrived at the age of 65 y. 8 m. 1 d. She was married to Wallace L. Yoder Nov. 1, 1885. To this union were born eight children - Nettie May, Barbara Luella, Wrayburn, and Blanche having preceded her to the spirit world. There remain to mourn the loss, a sorrowing husband, four children (Freeman, Eldon, Nona, wife of Truman Mishler, and Mildred); also two sisters (Amanda, wife of J. J. Mishler, and Lydia), and a host of friends and relatives. She was afflicted with paralysis for a number of years but was able to be up and around and do some work until within two weeks of her death, when another attack rendered her helpless and speechless but with the right use of her mind until the Lord called her. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church, a kind mother, and took much interest in the spiritual welfare of her children.
"Thou great Jehovah, full of love,
An angel bright didst send,
And took our loving mother home,
To joys that never end."
Funeral at Shore Mennonite Church on March 3, Josiah Miller, Y. C. Miller and D. D. Miller officiating.
Yoder. - Annie (Kemp) Yoder was born Dec. 8, 1856, in Somerset Co., Pa.; died at her home near Wellman, Ia., Feb. 22, 1924; aged 67 y. 2 m. 14 d. In her early life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death. On Feb. 3, 1878, she was married to Gabriel Yoder, who preceded her in death about four years. Immediately after their marriage they came to Iowa, which was his home, and where they lived until death. To this union were born 8 children, of whom 7 survive to mourn her departure. The youngest daughter, Agnes, passed to her reward at the age of seventeen. The remaining children are: Mrs. Wm. Hauber, Mrs. Menno Gingerich, Mrs. John Doolin, Mrs. Cornelius Gingerich, Mrs. Albert Zook, Noah and Rufus Yoder. She also leaves 1 sister (Mrs. Lydia Baker), 23 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends. Sister Yoder had been in about her usual health until within the last year, when she began to fail. A medical examination revealed the fact that she was affected with cancer, which was the cause of her death. Of late she was fully conscious that the time of her departure was at hand. She frequently expressed herself as being at peace with her Maker and calmly awaited the final summons. Funeral services were held at the West Union Church Sunday, Feb. 24, conducted by the ministers of her home congregation. Texts, Job 14 and I Cor. 15:19. Interment in the nearby cemetery.
"Mother, now thy toils are over,
And thy place is vacant here;
But we know that thou art resting
In that land where God is near."
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana
Shirk. - Isaac Shirk was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, May 22, 1862; died Mar. 5, 1923; aged 61 y. 9 m. 13 d. He is survived by two brothers (Joseph and Jacob), two sisters (Frances and Mrs. Mary Wilson). His father, mother. and two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Olive Church near Elkhart, Ind.. by D. A. Yoder.
Transcriber's note: The birth date and stated age are consistent with a 1924 death.
Yoder. - Edna Pauline, daughter of Aaron and Sadie Yoder,
Belleville, Pa., died of pneumonia, Mar. 11, 1924; aged 9 m. 1
d. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Vesta), 1 brother (Samuel),
grandparents and many other relatives and friends. A bud from
mother's lap, always sweet and pleasant, has gone to the glory
world. Funeral at the Locust Grove Church, conducted by S. T.
Yoder in German and J. D. Yoder in English. Text, Mark 10:14-16.
Burial in cemetery nearby.
By a grandfather.
Springer. - John A., son of John and Lizzie Springer, was born near Hopedale, Ill., Dec. 24, 1877; died Feb. 16, 1924; aged 46 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was sick only five days with pneumonia. He was united in marriage to Annie Birkey, Jan. 28, 1903. To this union 5 children were born, 3 sons and 2 daughters. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his early life and in his chosen faith was true to the end. He leaves his sorrowing wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 6 sisters, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the A. M. Church south of Hopedale, Ill., on Feb. 21, conducted by Joe Heiser of Ill.
Rohrer. - Mary, daughter of George and Lovina Martin was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 23, 1844; died Mar. 10, 1924; aged 80 y. 17 d. She married John Rohrer in 1861. To this union 3 sons and 6 daughters were born. She is survived by her 6 sons and 2 daughters. In her early life she was converted and united with the Evangelical Association. Being deprived of privileges in the church of her choice, she desired that ministers of the sister churches in her community officiate at her funeral. Funeral was held at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Elkhart Co., Ind., conducted by C. I. Huffman and D. A. Yoder. Text, I Cor. 2:5.
Transcriber's note: Count of children born and children surviving is not consistent.
Stauffer. - Elizabeth Schrock was born in Ontario, March 3, 1840; died at Wichita, Kans., Feb. 21, 1924; aged 83 y. 11 m. 17 d. She was married to Daniel Stauffer, Sept. 25, 1865. To this union were born seven children, all of whom survive: Franklin O., Noah O., Samuel W., Minerva A., Barbara Harris, Tressa Wilson, and Aaron E. There are eight grandchildren. Funeral services at the Pennsylvania Church near Newton, Kans., Feb. 23, conducted by T. M. Erb. and J. M. R. Weaver. Text, Psa. 107:30. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Sister Stauffer was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and leaves a bright testimony of eternal assurance.
Miller. - Neva Lucille, daughter of Oliver and Nina Miller, died at the home of her parents near Newton. Kans., Feb. 22. 1924; aged 4 m. 21 d. The fatal illness was bronchitis. For two months every effort was made to keep the little soul in the frail body, but God called her, and loving parents and a brother, Milton, will meet her again only in heaven. Funeral services were conducted at the Pennsylvania Church on Feb. 23 by T. M. Erb and Paul Erb. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Text, Job 23:10. The service was unique in that it followed immediately the funeral of Sister Stauffer, as given in preceding notice. Thus youth and old age point the way to the heavenly land.
Fisher. - Henry H. Fisher was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., March 29, 1857; died at New Paris, Feb. 15, 1924; aged 66 y. 10 m. 17 d. In 1890 he went to New Mexico, where he remained for three years, after which he returned to New Paris where he has since resided. In 1886 he united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member to the time of his death. There survive one sister (Maggie Fisher) and six brothers (Benjamin, John, Andrew, Peter, Martin and Dan), all residing in or near New Paris. One sister and four brothers preceded him into the spirit world. Funeral services conducted by J. H. Bare, at the home and by Ray Yoder and D. A. Yoder at the Church. Text, Isa. 38:1.
Gingerich. - Jonathan Gingerich was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Jan. 12, 1848; died at his home in Iowa Co., Iowa, Jan. 19, 1924; aged 76 y. 7 d. When a child he came with his parents to Iowa, where he spent practically all of his life. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a consistent member till death. On Dec. 31, 1868, he was united in marriage with Cathrine Schumacher, with whom he lived in matrimony more than 54 years, when she passed to her reward. To this union were born seven daughters, two of two of whom died in childhood. The living are: Mrs. Dan Bontrager, Mrs. Henry Keupf, Mrs. Abner Kinsinger, Katie Gingerich, and Mrs. Menno Kinsinger. He also leaves 6 brothers, 1 sister, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Just seven day previous to his death he was stricken with a paralytic stroke and a few days later pneumonia developed. Funeral services were held at West Union Church, Jan. 21, conducted by Bros. J. Y. Swartzendruber and D. D. Miller. Text, Eccl. 8:8.
Kauffman. - Sister Elizabeth Blough Kauffman was born Mar. 30, 1844; died Mar. 6, 1924; aged 79 y. 11 m. 7 d. She was united in marriage to Emmanuel Kauffman Sept. 20, 1866. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters, all of whom live in the Johnstown, Pa., district and were present at the funeral. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one sister out of a family of ten. Her husband died Sept. 26, 1911, and 3 great-grandchildren also preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite Church in her early life and was a faithful member of the Stahl congregation until death. She was in her usual health and ate a hearty supper. When her son and his wife retired, with whom she had her home, they heard her moaning in her room but found her conscious. She soon became unconscious and passed away the next morning. Services at the home by S. G. Shetler and at the Stahl Church by S. G. Shetler L. A. Blough. Text, "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever." Interment in the church cemetery.
Yoder. - Lydia Ann Yoder, daughter of Joseph and Reuben (Hartzler) Lantz, was born in LaGrange, Co., Ind., June 4, 1862; peacefully passed away Mar. 5, 1924, at her late home in West Liberty, Ohio, after a brief illness of only 7 hours; aged 61 y. 9 m. 1 d. She was united in marriage to Uriel Yoder, Jan. 27, 1887, who together with two daughters (Mrs. M. R. Gerig of Wayne Co., Ohio, and Mrs. Fred S. Plank of Logan Co., Ohio), and one son (Ellis J. Yoder, of Champaign, Co., Ohio). and many other relatives and friends, survive to mourn the loss of a loving companion, a godly mother, and faithful fellow pilgrim. When yet a young woman, she united with the Mennonite Church and remained steadfast and faithful to her Savior and the Church until the end. Funeral services were conducted by N. E. Troyer and Chris. H. Byler at Bethel Church, where a large concourse of people was present to give respect to one who will be greatly missed. Text, I Cor. 15 :57.
Byers. - Bro. Irvin Sterling, son of Bro. Wm. H. and Sister Lydia Ann Byers, was born near Johnstown, Pa., July 27, 1905; died Mar. 6, 1924 aged 18 y. 7 m. 9 d. Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 grandparents, and many other relatives. He was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church in his early boyhood days and was a member of the Kaufman congregation. He was a healthy young man until about four weeks ago, when a complication of diseases set in, the principal ones being leakage of the heart and pleuro-pneumonia. He gradually became weaker but was conscious until a few minutes before his death. He made a request for anointing with oil, but before the brother for whom he had sent could reach his home, he was already saying "Goodby" to members of the family and was looking for the end. Funeral services were conducted in the home by Bro. S. G. Shetler, and at the Blough Church by S. G. Shetler, and E. J. Blough. Interment in the Blough Cemetery.
Brenneman. - Jacob D., son of John L. and Elizabeth Brenneman, was born near Elida, Ohio, May 5, 1852; died near Elida, Ohio, Mar. 12, 1924; aged 71 y. 10 m. 7 d. Feb. 3, 1876, he was united in marriage to Sarah, youngest daughter of Bish. Geo. Brenneman. To this union were born 2 sons and 6 daughters (Anna Cotner, Elisabeth Rusler, Effie Heatwole, Jacob A., twin daughters who died in infancy, Samuel A.). He leaves his companion, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. His health began to fail about a year ago, which later was known to be cancer. He endured his afflictions with Christian patience and resignation. Of a little granddaughter to whom he was very much attached who was taken out of the home just nine weeks before he remarked: "She has just gone before to prepare the way for me." Just before he passed away he looked up and stretched both arms up as if to receive someone into his embrace. He with his companion united with the Mennonite Church soon they were married, in which faith he continued to the end. He recently spoke of his imperfections and shortcomings with a feeling of regret, but found great consolation in the promise: "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." While he always cherished a fondness for the faith and doctrines of the Word as held by the church of his choice, it was in the last few years of his life that he applied himself to the reading and study of his Bible as never before and manifested a deep concern for the welfare of the Church and his family and friends. Funeral services at the Salem Church, Mar. 14, conducted by J. M. Shenk, Andrew Brenneman, J. B. Smith and Geo. Ross. Text, Rev. 20:6.
"All is over, hands are folded
On a quiet, peaceful breast;
All his sufferings here are ended,
And our loved one is at rest."
Transcribed by Carl Metzler, Indiana