Troyer.--On May 5, near Constantine, Mich., of paralysis, Seth Troyer, aged 74 y. 6 m. 1 d. On Mar. 27, 1856 he was married to Elizabeth Kenagy. To this union were born six children, one died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death a little over two years. He leaves to mourn his departure 3 sons, two daughters, 2 brothers, one sister, and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services by D. J. Johns and D. D. Troyer.
Musser.--John D. Musser was born Mar. 28, 1848; died May 14, 1910; aged 62 y. 1 m. 16 d. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, nine children, fours sons, five daughters and eight grandchildren; one son has preceded him to the great beyond; besides there are four brothers, three sisters and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
Leaman.--May Elizabeth, daughter of Elmer and Nettie Leaman was born in Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co, Pa., May 14, 1904; died in the village of Ronks, May 20, 1910; aged 6 y. 6 d. She had been sick about five weeks. She did not murmur nor complain, but we believe had a desire to depart and be with Christ. She leaves father, mother, one brother, and two sisters. We need not mourn as those who have no hope because we believe she is now sweetly resting in the haven of rest. (Luke 18:16; Matt. 18:3). Funeral on the 22nd. Services were conducted at the home by Bro. Brackbill speaking from II Sam. 12:22,23, at Paradise Church by Bro. Senger from Psalms 39:5, where a large concourse of people met to pay the last tribute of respect. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Weaver.--Margaret Weaver was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Mar. 27, 1828; died in Augusta Co., Va., May 9, 1910; aged 82 y. 1 m. 12 d. Her illness was due to old age. She had been in failing heath for several years, but was able to be up, until about two months before her death, when she was confined to her bed, and needed constant waiting on. She was very patient, but longed for the time to come when she could leave this earthly tabernacle and go to the home prepared for all those who love the appearing Jesus. Her maiden name was Eaby. She was twice married, and was the mother of four children, and grandmother of nineteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. There are also a number of step-children and grandchildren with a large circle of other relatives. She was the oldest member of the Springdale congregation, and always filled her place when able. A large crowd gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one that had been with us a long time. Funeral services at Springdale conducted by the brethren E. C. Shank and A. P. Heatwole. Text, Psalms 116:15.
Frey.--Sister Elizabeth Frey, widow of Christian Frey who died 40 years ago, was born in Wayne Co., Ohio Jan. 22, 1836; died in Fulton Co., Ohio, Mar. 2, 1910, at the age of 74 y. 1 m. 10 d. She was an only child. Her father fell dead from a load of hay when she was but several months old. Cause of her death apoplexy, of which she suffered two weeks.
Latshaw.--Pre. John, was born in East Pikeland township, Chester Co., Pa., on Nov. 2 1827; died May 3, 1910; aged 82 y. 6 m. 1 d. He was married to Sarah Stauffer on Nov. 21, 1850. Unto them were born ten children. Eight are still living, besides a number of grandchildren, relatives and friends are left to mourn his departure. His sickness is unknown, as he was found dead in bed in the morning, by his daughter. He and his wife were united with the Mennonite Church in their younger years. Sister Latshaw preceded her husband on July 3, 1897. On Dec. 26, 1864, Bro. Latshaw was called to the office of Deacon in which office he served for a number of years until June 9, 1887 he was called to the office of preacher. During his long life he taught us many good things by word and example. In his later years he often spoke of his departure, telling us to be ready to meet those gone before, as we believe he was. The last night he retired and just fell asleep apparently without a struggle. His funeral was held May 7 in the Vincent Mennonite Meeting House. The sermon was preached by Bishop Jacob N. Brubacher to a full house from the text, Job. 5:26, which was selected by the family.
Yoder.--Aaron J. Yoder was born May 9, 1833 and died May 12, 1910; aged 77 y. 3 d. He was born in Berlin Township, Holmes Co., Ohio and resided all his life on the same farm where he was born. Aaron was the oldest of four children born to Jacob M. and Magdalena Yoder. His two sisters, Barbara and Catherine and one Brother, Henry, preceded him to the spirit world. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite church of which he was a faithful member until death. On Jan. 17, 1866 he was united in marriage to Catherine Heider, nee Rohrer. To this union were born three sons and four daughters, namely, Salome, Amanda, Jacob and Frederick, who reside in Berlin Township; Jemima Domer of Sterling, Wayne Co., O.; Savilla Domer of Baltic, Ohio; John A. Yoder of New Paris, Ind.; one step-daughter, Lydia Wames, (nee Heider) of Mt. Hope, Ohio. He was afflicted for more than three years with cerebral softening, but he bore it all patiently, trusting in Jesus as his personal Savior. Three days before he died he fell asleep, only to awaken in the other world. He leaves wife, seven children, one stepdaughter, twenty-two grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Yet we mourn not as those having no hope, for he was waiting and longing for the time to cross over on the other side. Funeral services were conducted at the Bunker Hill Church by S. H. Miller and A. W. Hershberger in English and M. A. Mast in German from Eccl.12, after which he was buried in the family cemetery.
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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 10 - June 9, 1910 - page 159, 160
Houser.--Sister Nancy, widow of Bro. Henry Houser, died at her home at Stony Brook, Pa., on Monday, May 23, in the 77th year of her age. She had been to a preparatory service on Saturday, May 14, from which meeting she went home sick, and was confined to her bed until death relieved her to go to her long home. She died of pneumonia. She had been a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for about 22 years. She leaves one brother, one sister and four children to mourn her departure. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about 20 years. Funeral services at the house on Thursday, May 26, conducted by the brethren, Isaac Eby, Abram Herr, J. C. Habecker and Theodore B. Forrey. Interment in the Stony Brook Cemetery. May God comfort the bereaved, and may all prepare to meet her in the better world.
Harshbarger.--Sister Eliza, wife of Bro. Tobias Harshbarger
of Holsopple, Pa., died of typhoid fever, May 22, 1910; aged 46
y. 10 m. 19 d. She was buried May 24, at the Blough Church. Funeral
services by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. The hand of affliction
was resting heavily on this family. Bro. Harshbarger has been
afflicted with dropsy for quite a while. He is hardly able to
get around. About six weeks ago his daughter took typhoid fever
and after she was able to be out of bed his wife took the fever
and then his son, whom they took to the hospital, so the whole
family, with the exception of one little boy was sick. The boy
at the hospital did not know anything of the death of his mother.
Bro. Harshbarger and family are in a sad condition. They have
the sympathies and prayers of the community in their sad bereavement.
L. A. Blough
Erb.--John Erb was born in Wayne Co., O., August 24, 1845; died May 6, 1910 aged 64 y. 8 m. 13 d. He was married to Mary Hanky, Jan. 11, 1877. To this union were born 6 daughters and 7 sons. One son and four daughters preceded him to the spirit world. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 2 daughters, 6 sons, 2 grandchildren, one sister and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband and a faithful brother in the Mennonite Church. His remains were laid to rest in the Paradise Union Cemetery May 8, in the presence of a large congregation. Services were conducted by David Hostetler, assisted by C. Z. Yoder and J. A. Ressler, at the Paradise Union Church. Peace to his ashes.
Miller.--Noah E. Miller was born in Holmes Co., O., July 29, 1860; died in Comanche Co., Kans., May 21, 1910; aged 49 y. 9 m. 23 d. He remained at home with his parents until the year 1882 when he was married to Sophronia E. Hummel of Millersburg, O. To this union were born 10 sons and 4 daughters, all living, and all present at the death and burial of their father. They have lived in Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, taking up their abode in Comanche Co., Kans., a little over two years ago. Besides the wife, children, and several grandchildren, there remain to mourn their loss, an aged father, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. One sister resides in this community, the other sister, two brothers and father reside in Holmes Co., O., but were present at the funeral, the father having arrived a few days before the death of his son. Bro. Miller was converted and united with the Mennonite Church about 24 years ago, and has since that time lived a consistent Christian life. He was always interested in the work of the Lord and took an active part in church work wherever he lived, being at the time of his death, the Sunday school superintendent at this place. The funeral was held May 24, in the Protection Mennonite Church, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered, the Church being filled to over-flowing. Services conducted by T. M. Erb, Newton, Kans., assisted by N. E. Ebersole. A few weeks before he died. Bro. Miller had selected Rev. 21:7 as the text to be used at his funeral.
Koogler.--Priscilla, daughter of Irvin and Rebecca Koogler, of near Lilly, Va., died Apr. 27, 1910; aged 17 y. 5 m. She was in Harrisonburg, on the 25, doing some shopping when she was suddenly seized with a violent headache and was partially paralyzed. She was taken to the home of Oliver A. Burkholder near town where she died two days later, after which she was conveyed to her home, but on account of her peculiar appearance it was thought by some probably she was not dead. She was not buried till May 1, when funeral services were conducted at the Pleasant View Church by Emanuel Heatwole. Text. "The Master is come and calleth for thee." Interred in cemetery near by.
Yoder.--Christian C. Yoder was born in Pennsylvania
Feb. 24, 1823; died in Howard Co., Ind., May 21, 1910; aged 87
y, 2 m. 27 d. When a boy he with his parents moved to Logan Co.,
O., where he was reared to manhood, and was married to Barbara
Troyer, and lived there until in the fall of 1866, when he with
his family moved to Howard Co., Ind., where he lived the remaining
days of his life. His first wife died Sept. 16, 1878. Some time
afterwards he was married to Mrs. Rosa Sipe and they lived together
until in December 1908. After that he lived with his children
until he departed this life. He united with the Amish Mennonite
Church in his younger years, in which faith he remained faithful
until death. He was the father of ten children, six of whom preceded
him to the spirit world. He leaves 2 sons, 2 daughters, 33 grandchildren
and 29 great-grandchildren to mourn his departure. He bore all
his suffering with Christian fervency. The funeral was held on
May 24, at the Mennonite Church where a large concourse of people
had gathered together to pay their last tribute of respect. Services
were conducted by N. M. Slabaugh from Dut. 23:10 and E. A. Mast
from II Cor. 5:1, 2. Buried in the home cemetery.
G. W. North.
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Yoder.--Mattie S., oldest daughter of J. Z. and Nancy A. Yoder, was born near Reedsville, Pa., Dec. 28, 1890; died at her parental home near Surrey, N. Dak., May 31, 1910; aged 19 y. 5 m. 3 d. Mattie was a member of the Mennonite Church, where she is missed -- in the S. S. and Y. P. Meetings as well -- where she never refused to take her assigned work. Although in the prime of youth, God in His infinite wisdom has called her hence, after a lingering illness of several months duration. (Tuberculosis.) She leaves to mourn her early departure, father, mother, one brother, two sisters, grandparents and many friends. The deceased was not afraid of death and was ready to go. Services by I. S. Mast and D. M. Shorb (Text., I Cor. 15:53-55), at the Fairview meeting house, where a large number of people had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to one who showed herself friendly.
"Dearest Mattie, thou hast left us,
Here the loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
"A precious one from us is gone;
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
Which can never be filled.
"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."
Ebersole.--Kathryn Elizabeth, infant daughter of J.
Frank and Blanche Ebersole, was born April 25 and died April 26,
1910. Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Smithville, Ohio. May
he who is above all comfort our brother and sister in their disappointment.
Irvin R. Detweiler.
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Culp.--Anna, widow of the late Isaac M. Culp, died at the home of her son-in-law, James Hunsberger, near Campden, Ont., May 18, 1910. Sister Culp was born Oct. 12, 1825. Her death was due to intestinal troubles and the infirmities of old age. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about five years. She was patient and cheerful during her late afflictions, bearing them with Christian fortitude and manifesting a hopeful prospect of peace and rest in the world to come. Funeral services were held May 21, conducted by Preacher Graff. Services and interment at the Mennonite Church near Campden.
Benner.--Bertha Idella, daughter of Bro. Henry K. and Sister Emma M. Benner of near Hatfield, Pa., died on Saturday evening, June 11, 1910, of.Bright's disease; aged 8 y. 1 m. 24 d. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, June 16. All services were held at the Towamencin Mennonite M. H. The little body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Pre. Christian Allenbach was the officiating minister.
Hendricks.--Bro. Jacob Hendricks died at the residence of his son-in-law, Benjamin Krupp, near Souderton, Pa., after a short illness of Bright's disease; aged 83 y. 4 m. 7 d. Deceased is survived by 2 daughters and 1 son. His wife, 4 daughters and 1 son preceded him to the spirit world. The funeral was held on Whit Monday, May 16, 1910. Services and interment were held at the Towamencin M. H. Bros. Christian Allebach and Jacob C. Clemens officiated.
Keeler.--Bro. William H. Keeler of Kulpsville, Pa., died very suddenly from a stroke of apoplexy, while on his way to market on June 3, 1910; aged 53 y. He died on his birthday. He is survived by his second wife, 6 brothers and 4 sisters. The funeral was held on Wednesday, June 8. Services and interment were held at the Towamencin M. H., near Kulpsville, Pa. Bros. Jos Ruth and Jacob C. Clemens officiated.
Ruth.--Bro. Wm. G., son of Israel and Eliza Ruth, of Morwood, Pa., died June 9, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis; aged 20 y. 10 m. 6 d. The precious young soul accepted His Lord before he was called away. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters. The funeral was held on Tuesday, June 14. Services and interment at the Franconia M. H., of which congregation the deceased was a member. Bros. Michael Moyer and Jonas Miniger officiated.
Moyer.-- Bro. Wm. K. Moyer of near Mainland, Pa., died May 15, 1910; aged 49 yrs. He died unexpectedly, although he was ailing for several months. He is survived by his widow, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Funeral was held May 19. Services and interment at the Towamencin M. H. Bros. Christian Allebach, Michael Moyer and Jonas Mininger officiated.
Croy.--Annie Jenkins was born in Moniteau Co., Mo., Nov. 24, 1877; died June 2, 1910; aged 33 y. 6 m. 8 d. She moved with her parents to South Morgan, where on Mar. 4, 1909, she united in marriage with Lewis Croy, with whom she lived as a loving companion until death separated them. Annie was known by a large circle of friends as a kind and hospitable young woman. She never united with the Church, but at different times expressed a concern for her soul's welfare, and before death gave evidence of a willingness to submit to the Heavenly Father's will. While we no longer hear her gentle voice nor see her cheerful countenance, we trust we may all learn the lesson taught by her early death. Funeral at Willson's Bend S. H. conducted by J. R. Shank from Psa. 90:12.
Holly.--Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Wm. Holly, died at her home in South Cayuga, Ont., May 6, 1910, in her 41st year. She suffered about six months from inward cancers, at times almost beyond endurance but she trusted the One who could help her through all her suffering. She was fully resigned to His will, and was ready and anxious for the moment to come when she could depart this life and be with Christ. She chose for her funeral text, Phil. 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain." The funeral was conducted by S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont. She leaves a husband and four young children, one sister and one brother to mourn her loss.
Hiestand.--Elizabeth Hiestand, widow of Christian J.
Hiestand, who died about 13 years ago, died June 7, 1910 at the
home of her son, Amos M., in Florin, Lancaster Co., Pa.; aged
87 y. 10 m. 16 d. There remain to mourn their loss, 2 sons and
1 daughter, 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She had
not been sick, but was weakening and falling away in flesh for
the last six months. She had been confined to her bed for the
last eight months, and previous to that time had been sitting
on a wheelchair for about a year, and for about three years could
not walk without being led. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church, was visited often, and communion was served to her in
her home when she was unable to go away. Her funeral was held
in the Mt. Joy M. H., after which she was buried by the side of
her husband in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. Funeral conducted by the
brethren Jacob M. Brubacher, Peter Nissley and Simon E. Garber.
Text, Matt. 24:13, and Psa. 71:9-18.
Wolfkill.--Jerome R. Wolfkill died at his home June
10, 1910; aged 74 y. 5 m. He leaves a wife, 7 children, 7 grandchildren,
1 brother and 2 sisters. Bro. Wolfkill was converted on his death-bed
just ten days before he died, was baptized and received into the
Mennonite Church. His companion, Mary Wolfkill, was baptized a
few days later, of which we are truly made to rejoice. The funeral
was held June 13, in the Pleasant View Church. His remains were
laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard, this being the first
funeral at this place. Bro. Geo. Ernst opened the services. The
sermon was preached by Bro. W. H. Hege, from the text, Heb. 11:6.
We were richly admonished and this text is surely a loud call
to those who are waiting for a more convenient season to come
to the Savior.
N. N. W.
Nussbaum.--Christian Nussbaum was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland; died of dropsy, June 6, near Apple Creek, Wayne Co., Ohio, at the age of 71 y. 8 m. 9 d. Buried June 9 at the Sonnenberg Church, of which he has been a faithful member. He leaves to mourn a widow, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren and 1 brother. Services by C. N. Amstutz.
Shank.--David Shank was born near Broadway, Va., Dec. 22, 1853; departed this life Apr. 27, 1910; aged 56 y. 4 m. 5 d. He grew to manhood in his native state, confessed Christ as his Savior, uniting with the Mennonite Church in what is called the Lower District in the valley of Virginia. Later on he went west, being a considerable time in a number of western states, met and married Emma Driver of Versailles, Mo., July 24, 1890. They made their home with the Morgan Co. congregation. He had planned for several years to make about a year's visit to his old home in Virginia and as it was necessary to regain his usual health left Missouri Oct., 1909, not in very good health for that purpose, thinking a rest all that was necessary to regain his usual health. He seemed to get stronger and better, enjoying himself very much with brothers and sister and friends. The beginning of the New Year he had a nervous break down, slept but very little except under the influence of medicine and grew worse so gradually that the community was shocked by his sudden and unexpected death. He leaves a wife and daughter to mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father, also three brothers and one sister. A little son preceded him to the spirit world. Buried Apr. 30, in the Zion grave yard near his father's old home, his body resting where his boyhood days were spent. His spirit has gone to the great God who gave it. Funeral services conducted by Christian Good and Joseph Geil. Text Prov. 27:1.
Eby.--Peter Eby was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died in the village of Intercourse, June 7, 1910; aged 88 y. 9 m. Death resulted from infirmities of old age. He was a highly respected citizen of Salisbury Twp. in which he lived almost his entire life. He also was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for over fifty years. He laid his companion to rest 27 years ago. He leaves 2 daughters and a number of grand children. Funeral was held June 10 at Hershey's Church. Conducted by the brethren, Isaac Eby and C. M. Brackbill. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Buckwalter.--Sister Annie M., wife of Bro. Phares Buckwalter of Gordonville, Pa., was born April 22, 1867; died May 30, 1910; aged 43 y. 1 m. 8 d. Lila L., daughter of Phares and Annie Buckwalter, was born May 20, 1898; died May 30, 1910; aged 12 y. 10 d. Sister Buckwalter and her little daughter were taken out of this world very suddenly, being struck by a P. R. R. train at Steele's crossing near Ronks, Pa. They were instantly killed and Sister Buckwalter's mother, Sister Elizabeth Leaman, who was with them was seriously injured and is yet hovering between life and death in St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster. Bro. Buckwalter, one daughter and two sons survive. May God comfort them and help them to trust Him in the dark hours through which they are passing. Sister Buckwalter was a faithful, active worker in the Church and Sabbath school. In many ways these dear ones will be greatly missed, but God has taken them to a more beautiful home. Their bodies were laid to rest side by side, June 2, in the presence of over two thousand people. May we all learn the lesson God desires to teach through this awful happening. Services were conducted by the brethren Isaac Eby and C. M . Brackbill. Our brother and his family have the sympathy and prayers of the entire community in their sad bereavement. "We toil at our tasks in the burden and heat Of life's passionate noon. They are folded in peace. It is well. We rejoice that their heaven is sweet, And one day for us all the bitter will cease."
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Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 13 - June 30, 1910 - page 207, 208
Widmer.--Perry Irvin, infant son of Bro. and Sister Dan Widmer, was born June 12, 1910; died 7 days later. He leaves his sorrowing parents and many other relatives and friends to mourn his early departure. Little Perry just budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He is now sweetly resting with his little sister Erma who preceded him to the spirit world nearly a year. Funeral was conducted at the house June 19, by J. P. Bontrager.
Snyder.--Bro. Isaac C. Snyder died at Didsbury, Alta.,
on Sunday, May 29, 1910, at the home of his daughter, Maggie;
aged 60 y. 2 m. 17 d. Funeral services were held at the West Zion
Mennonite Church, also interment. Services at the home were conducted
by Bro. John Lehman, at the church by Bro. Israel Shantz. Text,
II Tim. 4:6-8. The family, 4 sons and 2 daughters, lose a kind
father, and the Church a consistent member. Bro. Snyder was always
in his seat at church when health permitted. He was deeply concerned
about the welfare of the Church. What is our loss is but his gain.
May his good example ever live on in the lives of others.
Israel R. Shantz.
Martin.--Menno W. Martin, near Hinkletown, Pa., died
June 19; aged 41 y. 1 m. 27 d. On Saturday, April 30, Bro. Martin,
while hitching a horse was kicked in the face across the eyes
and was picked up unconscious and carried into the house. Physicians
were summoned and found the nose broken loose from the forehead
and badly crushed. He was removed to the hospital at Lancaster
where he gained consciousness and his condition was reported favorable
for awhile and he seemed in good spirits, expecting to recover.
He was, however, fully resigned to the Lord's will and bore his
afflictions with Christian fortitude, hardly realizing his seriousness,
but God saw best to call him home and end his sufferings. He leaves
a sorrowing widow, no children but many friends to mourn their
loss, which we have every reason to believe was his eternal gain.
He was a faithful member of the Martin branch of Mennonites at
Weaverland. His funeral was held June 22. Services in the Mennonite
Church at Martindale by Jonas Martin and Moses Horning.
"A loving one from us is gone;
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in his home
Which never can be filled."
D. S. Wenger
Culp.--Anna Culp was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio, Jan. 26, 1840. In 1852 she removed with her parents to Elkhart Co., Ind., where she resided with her parents until after their death. Her father, John Culp, Jr., being blind for a number of years, she kindly attended to his wants until he was called to his eternal reward at the advanced age of 95 years. In 1903 she removed with Bro. and Sister Jacob Stump to Maryland where she lived the remainder of her life. She was converted in early life and united with the Mennonite Church, where she lived a consistent Christian life until death removed her on May 10, 1910, at the age of 70 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was buried May 13, in the Yellow Creek cemetery in Elkhart Co., Ind. Funeral services by J. S. Hartzler and J. W. Christophel from Rev. 14:13. Peace to her ashes.
Sensening.--Elizabeth, wife of Henry S. Sensenig of
Weaverland, Pa., died June 18; aged 70 y. 5 m. 5 d. She was the
second wife of Bro. Sensenig and had no children. She was a faithful
and consistent member of the Church where her seat will be vacant
and has been for some time, as illness prevented her from attending
church. She bore her afflictions patiently and held out faithful
unto the end, and the reward of eternal rest is hers. Funeral
in the Weaverland Church on Tuesday morning. Bro. John Sauder
spoke in German. Text, Rev. 7:16, 17, followed by Bro. Benj. Weaver
in English from the same text.
D. S. Wenger.
Risser.-- Bishop Christian S. Risser was born in Elizabeth
Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., May 27, 1825; died at his home in Lititz,
Pa., May 2, 1910; aged 84 y. 11 m. 23 d. He had been ailing from
bneeral* debility since January, and death was due to apoplexy.
He was married twice. His first wife was Catharine Landis, and
this union was blessed with five children, of whom four sons survive.
His second wife, who was Elizabeth Erb, survives him. He was ordained
to the ministry April 6, 1874, and on Jan. 16, 1896, he was ordained
a bishop. Through not an eloquent man, he was a faithful steward
and servant of God and the Church. Funeral Services were conducted
on Monday, May 23, at the Lititz Mennonite Church in the forenoon
and in the afternoon at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, where
his body was laid to rest. Services conducted by Bishops Noah
Landis, David Westenberger, Benjamin Weaver and Jacob N. Brubacher
and Pre. Jonas Hess. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family,
and may the influence of our brother's life live in the hearts
and lives of many people.
*Transcriber's note: That is what it says.
Eby.--Bishop Isaac Eby of Kinzer, Pa., was born Jan.
26, 1834; died June 17, 1910; aged 76 y. 4 m. 22 d. He was twice
married. His first wife was Mary Mellinger. To this union eleven
children were born; two are deceased. His second wife was Elizabeth
Leaman (maiden name Kreider) and to this union were born two daughters.
There are 27 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Bishop Eby
was born in Salisbury township, raised on the homestead farm,
and received his early education in the public schools of said
township. His characteristics were such that helped to make him
the man that he was through life. He had good health, a very active
mind, strong will power, and a determination to do the right as
he understood the right. In 1860 he and his wife united with the
Mennonite Church with the Hershey congregation. >From that
time he was a very zelaous* member of the Church, using his influence
to have English preaching and Sunday school. He was ordained to
the ministry by lot Nov. 9, 1876. From that time he turned his
energies to the preaching of the Word of God, and was ordained
June 6, 1878, to be bishop of the Hershey, Strasburg and Mellinger
districts. Then the most active period of his life began. Believing
as he did that God decides the destiny of all things of a God
fearing man, his time was all given as God directed and all secular
things in life became relative to the work for the Master. Promptness
in duty and adhering closely to the cardinal principles of the
Gospel soon gained for him many friends. His counsel was often
asked for. His preaching was simple and plain, easy to be understood.
In the spring of 1887 the Sunday school was started in the Hershey
and Paradise districts. The Sunday schools prospered; and from
that time on there were no setbacks in the Sunday school work.
Soon the Mission spirit began to be active, a number of other
Sunday schools were started, and a Sunday school mission was started
with the bishop's approval which has grown to be a help along
nearly all missionary movements. The Church has prospered and
more than doubled itself in numbers. The loss is great in the
Church, and he will be much missed in the village he lived and
more than all in his home. Funeral services were held Monday,
June 20, at Kinzer Church at 12 o'clock, and at 2:30 P.M. at Hershey's
Church. Prayer by Bishop Benjamin Zimmerman at the home. Bishop
Abram Herr, Bishop Benjamin Weaver and Pre. John Senger preached
at Kinzer Church; and at Hershey Church, Bishop Noah Landis, Pre.
C. M. Brackbill and Bishop Jacob N. Bruacher. Interment was made
in the cemetery adjoining the church. The funeral was very largely
attended. Much sorrow was expressed and sympathy for the family
and especially for the mother and two daughters remaining at home.
C. M. Brackbill.
*That is what it says.
Hendricks.--Jacob M. Hendricks, who resided with his son-in-law, Benj. N. Krupp, west of Souderton, Pa., died Wednesday, June 15, after a week's illness of Bright's disease and other ailments. Aged 83 y. 4 m. 11 d. He is survived by one son and two daughters. His wife died about 11 years ago. Five children also preceded him. Funeral services were held on Monday by Jonas Mininger and M. R. Moyer at the house and Christ Allebach and Jacob Clemens at the Meeting House.
Cable.--George Cable, of near Boswell, was born Feb. 11, 1843; died June 6, 1910; aged 67 y. 3 m. 25 d. The deceased was afflicted with cancer for many years, and the few last months his pain was intense. He united with the Mennonite Church ten weeks before his death. Although Bro. Cable was not able to read, it was his desire after his conversion to have singing with him and reading of God's Work, and the prayers of God's people. He was buried at the Thomas Church. Funeral services were conducted by S. G. Shetler, Jas. Saylor and L. A. Blough.
Rose.--Tena Hershberger was born in Miami Co., Ind., July 3, 1869; died June 15, 1910; aged 40 y. 11 m. 12 d. April 24, 1891, she was married to Henry Rose, who died Aug. 24, 1897. She leaves to mourn her departure one son, one daughter, one sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral was held June 17, at the A. M. Church, of which church she was a member. Services were conducted by N. M. Slabaugh from Psa. 39:4 and E. A. Mast from Matt. 24:44. G. W. N.
Zook.--John R. Zook was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March
19, 1842; died of Bright's disease at his home near Neshannock
Falls, Pa., June 14, 1910; aged 68 y. 2 m. 23 d. He was ordained
to the ministry May 4, 1878, and was bishop of the church in Lawrence
Co., for 13 years in which capacity he labored very faithfully.
He leaves a wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters and a host of friends to
mourn his departure. One son was not present at the funeral, he
living near Lelands, N. M. A few days before his death he expressed
his desire to depart from this life, saying, "I have peace
with my God." Funeral services were conducted June 16, at
the Amish Mennonite Church near Wilmington Jct., by J. H. Lantz
in German from II Cor. 5:1 and by Jonas C. Yoder in English from
Rev. 14:13, assisted by J. R. Byler and M. G. Moose. Thus we see
again that we have no abiding place here. He was laid to rest
in the Amish cemetery near New Wilmington.
God has called away our leader,
Our grief no tongue can tell;
But we weep not as though there were no hope,
For God doeth all things well.
"I think my time is short." Oft was the testimony
given, "My heart's desire is that you live That all may meet
Mast.--Daniel J. Mast was born in Holmes Co., O., Jan. 1, 1858; died near LaJunta, Colo., June 11, 1910; aged 52 y. 5 m. 10 d. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church while yet a young man and remained a faithful member to the last. He was married to Lydia Blough Feb. 8, 1885 Bro. Mast took sick with typhoid fever just two weeks before he died. Toward the last complications set in which claimed a victim. By his death we lose a loving companion, a kind father, and a neighbor and friend who was always ready to help; but our loss is his eternal gain. His favorite encouragement was found in the words, "All things work together for good to them that love God." He is survived by a wife, a son, a daughter, a brother and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. A short service was held at his home Saturday night, June 11, after which his remains were brought to Middlebury, Ind. Services June 14, at the Pleasant Valley Church near Middlebury by J. Fyke and D. D. Miller from Dan. 12:13.
Martin.--Mary Martin, of Elmir, Ont., Woolwich Twp., died June 14, 1910; aged 24 y. 8 m. 7 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services at the Upper Woolwich Church, June 16, conducted by Joseph Gingrich and A. B. Gingrich. May God comfort the bereaved.
Good.--Leah, wife of the late John Good of Bowmansville, Pa., died June 21, 1910; aged 79 y 1 m. 24 d. She was a sister of the late Pre. Peter Musser, and was the last of the family to be called home. She died of cancer, and was called away before some of her friends had expected it. Patiently she held out to the last. She was buried at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held by the brethren, Benjamin Weaver and H. G. Good, Text, Rev. 3:9. Peace to her ashes.
Stoner.--Levi Stoner was born in Westmorland Co., Pa., April 20, 1829 and died at the home of his granddaughter, in Nappanee, Ind., June 21-, 1910, aged 81 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was married to Hannah Myers, in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 24, 1852. To this union were born 9 children of whom seven survive. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His remains were laid to rest at the Olive Cemetery besides his wife who died Ang. 27, 1877. Services were conducted in the Olive Mennonite M. H., by John F. Funk of Elkhart.
Transcribed by Cheri Salz, Illinois