Herald of Truth, February, 1868 page 26
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Herald of Truth - Volume V, Number 2 - February, 1868 page 26

For the Herald of Truth
Frightful Accident.

On the 25th of January last, Daniel Erb, his wife, and three children, residing in the western part of German Township, Holmes County, Ohio, went on a visit to Jonathan Mast's, residing two miles east of Farmersville in said township, whose family consisted of himself, his wife and two children. A child of John Helmuth's was also present. In the evening about 9 o'clock, a lamp in which was burning Aurora oil, becoming low, was extinguished for the purpose of filling it again with oil. While Mast was filling the lamp from a gallon can, his son, a child of ten years old, was holding a lighted candle, from which, by some mishap, the oil took fire, and exploded, blowing the can to pieces and immediately enveloping the room in flames, the ten persons all being in the room at the time. All were immediately rendered helpless except Erb, who exerted himself to the utmost to save the others from death. He succeeded in getting some of them out of the house, and ran to John Stuber's, about a quarter of a mile distant, for help. His way could be plainly traced afterwards by the b1ood and pieces of flesh which fell from his body---Timely assistance saved the building and, it is hoped, part of the inmates. Mast lived about an hour after the accident, and his son lived till the following morning. Both were buried on the 27th in the family grave-yard of Barbara Gingerich. Funeral sermons were preached by Moses Bitchy, text Matt. 19: 13-30, and Levi Miller, from 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. The father's age was 31 years and 4 months, and the son's 10 years and 20 days. One of Erb's children and John Helmuth's died on the 28th, and were buried on the 29th, at the above mentioned place, and funeral preached by same as above. Emanuel Erb was aged 3 years, 11 months, and 27 days, and Susan Helmuth 1 year and 3 months. The remaining six are all still living, but are hardly expected to recover from their injuries. The parents were all members of the Amish Mennonite Church.
Berlin, Holmes County, 0hio. BENJAMIN HELMUTH

A Sad Accident.

On Friday, Jan. 24th, a young man, by the name of CHRISTIAN L. HERSHEY, a son of Peter E. and Anna Hershey, near the village of Intercourse, Lancaster County, Pa., was thrown off a horse, rupturing a blood vessel in his head, from the effects of which, after lingering till the next day about noon, he died. He was buried on the 28th. Funeral sermons preached by Samuel Wenger and Amos Herr, from Ps. 103: 15-18. Oh, may this be a warning to all young people who live so unconcerned about their soul's salvation. Though in the bloom of youthful vigor and strength, yet all are old enough to die. The prospects of the deceased seemed to promise long enjoyment of the good things of this life, but, alas how quickly they have passed away. This again verifies the saving of the pious----"What is man's life? It is as a shadow that fleeth away, or as a flower that fadeth." The deceased was a much loved and highly esteemed by all that knew him.

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On the 21st of July, 1867, in Wilmot, Waterloo Co., Ont., Jacob Grody, aged 82 years and 27 days. He was buried at Shantz's Meeting-house, upon which occasion the brethren Moses Bowman, Enoch Detweiler, and G. R. Smith preached appropriate discourses from Job 16: 22 and 17:1, which were selected by the deceased himself. He was a member of the Mennonite Church.

Sept. 20th, in Branch County, Mich., Mary D., consort of Abraham Eicher, aged 25 years, 5 months, and 22 days. She leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. Her desire, however, was "to depart and be with Christ." She expressed a firm hope of having acceptance with God. A very short time previous to her death, she desired her friends to sing the beautiful hymn, "Oh sing to me of heaven," etc. Funeral addresses were delivered by the brethren C. D. Beery, A. Friesner, and D. Brenneman.
[The above notice should have been published before this, but was unintentionally neglected.]

On the 13th of October, 1867, in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pa., Bro. Daniel Harshberger, aged 47 years, 5 months, and 14 days. He was buried on the 14th, on which occasion affecting discourses were delivered by the aged brethren Jacob and Samuel Blauch.

On the 6th of Nov., 1867, in Richland Township, Cambria County, Pa., of consumption, Bro. Jonas Bistle, aged 69 years, 1 month, and 20 days. He was buried on the 7th at Weber's Meeting-house, where funeral discourses were delivered by Samuel Blough from Jn. 11:25, 26, and Christian Lyman.

On the 9th of Dec., 1867, in West Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pa., of dropsy, Nancy, widow of Jacob Shenk, aged 69 years and 3 months. She was buried on the 12th in the family grave-yard. She lingered about three months. She was sensible of her situation and bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude until nine days before her death, when her mind became confused and her sufferings seemed great. She was a friend to the needy. Funeral discourses were delivered by Daniel Ebersole and Jacob R. Brubacher from Ps. 31:

On the 10th of the same month, in the same place Elizabeth, widow of John Gross, aged 81 years, 4 months, and 27 days. She was buried on the 13th in the family grave-yard. She bore her sickness with Christian resignation. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her. Funeral sermons by Jacob M. Engle and Jacob R. Brubacher from Jn. 8:51.

On the 12th of Dec., 1867, in Coney Township, Lancaster County, Pa., Jacob Ebersole,(father of Pre. Daniel Ebersole), aged 72 years, 5 months, and 12 days. About three weeks before his death, he walked out leisurly(sic) and, coming to the woods, noticed a limb suspended, which he undertook to pull down. It accidentally fell on him and dislocated his ankle-joint, and also fractured a bone. In this condition he had to remain for several hours, until some person chanced to pass that way and found him. He received every possible care, and seemed to be doing well, until the morning of his death, when he suddenly began to fail, and expired in short time. He was buried on the 15th.

On the same day, in Waterloo County; Ont., of palsy, Abm. Toman, aged 62 years, 11 months, and 5 days. He was buried at the Blenheim meeting-house Burying-ground, where appropriate funeral discourses were delivered.

On the 22nd of Dec., 1867, in Somerset County, Pa., Jacob Ringler, aged 86 years, 5 months, and 6 days. A funeral sermon was delivered by J. Weinkoph.

On the 27th of Dec., 1867, in Penn Township, Lancaster County, Pa., David Brubacher, aged 72 years, 1 month, and 6 days. Funeral sermon by _______Hackman, Jacob Reinholt, and John Brubacher from Isaiah 38:1.

On the 28th of Dec., 1867, in Clarence Township, Erie County, N. Y., Betsy Behry, wife of Abm. Behry, and daughter of John Road, aged 22 years, 3 months, and 8 days. She was buried on the 31st, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to her last resting place. Funeral sermons were delivered by ______Hunt and John Lapp, from Rom. 6: 22. She appeared to have a firm hope of heaven and earnestly desired that her husband, brothers and sisters should lay hold of eternal life, that they might meet again in a better world. She leaves a husband and an infant child.

On the same day in Markham Township, York County, Ont., Canada, Magdalena, wife of Jacob Roemer, aged 53 years, 8 months, and 4 days. She was buried at Wideman's burying-ground. Funeral sermons were delivered by J. Wideman and H. Bercky, from Rev. 14:13. She was a member of the Mennonite Church. She was kind to all, and endeavored to do good to every one. We hope she has obtained the promise given Matt. 5:7, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

On the same day, in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pa., Sister Nancy Grove, wife of David Grove, aged 48 years, 9 months, and 11 days. She had been in usual health, but took sick suddenly and in 35 hours was a corpse. This is another earnest warning, for us all to watch, and pray, and prepare to make our calling and election sure. Funeral sermons were delivered by Samuel Wenger and Amos Herr, from Matt. 24: 44.

On the 30th of Dec, 1867, in Somerset County. Pa., George Rehman, aged 58 years and 24 days. Funeral sermon by George Schrack from John 5: 24-29.

On the 2nd of Jan., 1868, in the same county, Polly, wife of Jacob Guth, aged 80 years, 1 month, and 14 days. Funeral sermons were delivered by Conrad Lint and C. Bergly, from 2 Tim. 4:7-8.

On the same day, in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pa., _______, widow of John Hostetter, aged 56 years, 1 month, and 16 lays. She was buried in Hostetter's burying-ground. Funeral sermons by Jacob N. Brubacher, John Landis, and Martin Moyer, from John 14: 19-21.

On the 4th of January, in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pa., Jacob Reist, aged 70 years, 1 month, and 27 days. Funeral sermon by John Hisser and Christian Bomberger, from Is.57:2.

On the 7th of January, 1868, in Berlin Township, Holmes Co. Ohio, Elizabeth, widow of Christian Stutzman, deceased, aged 64 years, 10 months, and 20 days. Her maiden name was Trayer. She was buried on the 9th. Funeral sermons were preached by D. A. Troyer and C. D. Yoder, from John 5: 21-29, and 1 Thess. 3: 13-18.

On the 9th of January, 1868, in Woodford County, Ill., Tolena Kauffman, aged 32 years, 3 months, and 9 days. She was a faithful member of the Omish Mennonite Church. She leaves a husband and 6 children to mourn their loss. She dearly loved her children, and sought to bring them up in the fear of the Lord. She was buried on the 11th. Funeral sermons were preached by Jacob Zehr and Jonathan Yoder, from 1 Cor. 15: 11-33 and 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

On the 10th of Jan., in Rockhill Township, Bucks County, Pa., Mary, widow of David Derstein, deceased, aged 66 years, 7 months, and 10 days.

On the 15th of January, 1868, in Bratton Township, Mifflin County, Pa., Daniel Yoder, aged 70 years, 9 months, and 12 days. He was buried on the 17th. Funeral sermons were delivered by Samuel Yoder and David J. Zug. He was a member of the Omish Mennonite Church.

On the 18th of January, in Rockingham County; Va., David, son of Pre. Sam'l Coffman, aged 6 years, 9 months, and 4 days. Funeral sermons were preached by C. Drunk, Daniel Heatwole, and Jacob Driver from Mark 1O: 13-16.

On the 20th of January, in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pa., widow Elizabeth Schup, aged 71 years, and 10 days. She was sick only about 18 hours. Funeral sermons were preached by Abm. Witmer and Christian Herr, from Rev. 7:16-17. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.

On the 21st of January, in Millersville, Lancaster County, Pa., Barbara, wife of John Lintner, deceased, in the 82nd year of her age. She was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and died in hopes of a glorious immortality. She was not sick very long, but appeared to know that her time in this world was soon over, and said repeatedly, Gods will be done, and that she was satisfied as God made it. She was buried on the 24th of January in the family grave-yard. Funeral sermons were preached by Christ, Herr, and Joseph Burkholder, in the German and Amos Herr, in the English Language, from Rev.
24: 13, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives.

On the 25th of January, in Hawpatch, Noble County, Ind., Ephraim David, son of Joseph and Rebecca Lantz, aged 1 year, 1 month, and 15 days. Funeral discourses were delivered by Isaac Schmucker, and Joseph Yoder.

On the 26th of Jan., 1868, in St. Joseph County, Ind., of croup, Hettie Alvaretta, daughter of Michael Shelly, aged 3 years, 1 month, and 1 day.

Jan. 26th, of lung fever, in St. Joseph County, Ind., Bro. Thomas Shirk, aged 33 years, 3 months, and 4 days. Our departed brother leaves a wife and six children to mourn his departure. God alone is able to heal the wound which his own hand, in love, sees proper to inflict; and, as a soothing balm, here may be applied the language of the psalmist, "A Father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widow is God in his holy habitation." The departed suffered much during his illness of about four weeks, which he bore with Christian resignation, patiently awaiting the hour of his release. Funeral sermon was preached by Bro. Daniel Brenneman from the 116th Psalm, 15th verse. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

On the 26th of January, in Locke Township, Elkhart County, Ind., Sincy, daughter of Ana and Ama Defrees, aged 9 months and 19 days.

On the 27th of the same, Catharine, daughter of Ulrich and Susanna Mueller aged 10 years, 4 months, and 8 days. These were both buried at the same time. Funeral sermons were preached by Daniel Stump and John Ringenberg in the German, and by J. R. Smith, in the Dutch language.

On the 1st of February, Elizabeth, daughter of John T. and Mary Bickel, aged 13 years 9 months, and 10 days. Funeral sermons were preached by Samuel Yoder, from John 11: 25-26, and by John Ringenberg, from I Pet. 1:24-25.

Transcribed by Ron Garber, Kansas

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