HOOLY. - On the 23d of Jan., in Cass county, Mo., of pneumonia, Bro. Jacob P. Hooly, son of David Hooly, of Mifflin Co., Pa., aged 55 years, 1 month and 7 days. In his youthful days Bro. Hooly emigrated to Ohio, where he married Polly Yoder, daughter of Peter Yoder, of Wayne county, with whom he had 9 children, two of which preceded him in death. From Ohio he moved to La Grange county, Ind. Six years ago he moved to Cass county, Mo. His first wife died some years ago. He again married on the 25th of Sept., 1887, Caroline Gnagy, of Elkhart county, Ind., with whom he lived 2 days less than four months. Bro. Hooly was beloved by all who knew him and was buried on the 26th, in the Clear Fork grave-yard in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives. He leaves a widow and 7 children to mourn his departure. Services by Daniel F. Criner and Jacob Knagy from I Peter 1:24, 25.
LAPP. - On the 6th of March, in the village of Williamsville,
Erie Co., N. Y., of bronchial pneumonia, of which she suffered
only a few days, Sister Barbara, widow of the late Bishop
John Lapp, aged about 87 years. "The Amherst Bee," of
Williamsville, gives the following Obituary notice: -
"In the death of Mrs. Lapp the community loses one of the most worthy and beloved members - a whole hearted christian woman, a loving wife, a devoted mother, a true friend. She went through the valley of the shadow of death, singing with the Psalmist, 'The Lord is my shepherd. I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.'
"Mrs. Lapp, whose maiden name was Barbara Kurtz, was born in Ephratah [sic], Lancaster county, Pa., in March, 1801. In 1818 she was married to Mr. John Lapp, and with him and their two children came to Clarence, Erie county, N.Y., in 1828. The journey was made with a six-horse team in nineteen days, which was a quick trip sixty years ago. They resided on what was known as the Lapp farm in Clarence, forty years. While in Clarence Mr. Lapp became a minister of the Mennonite Church, of which he was ordained one of the bishops in 1839. In 1868 they removed to Williamsville, where Bishop Lapp died Aug. 5th, 1878, and where Mrs. Lapp continued to reside with her son Jacob to the time of her death. She leaves five sons, one daughter, and many grandchildren to mourn their loss.
"Mrs. Lapp was a woman of great simplicity of character. Her piety was sincere and unaffected, Her [sic] home-life was a constant service for others, and many outside the home circle shared in her generous sympathy and kindly offices of good-will and friendship. 'She stretched out her hand to the poor, yea, she reached forth her hands to the needy.' She was a true helper of her husband in his long ministry, and gave him good reason to know the meaning of the proverb: 'Whoso findeth a wife, findeth good, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.' Of her it could truly be said: 'The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.' She was devoted to her children, and watched over them in their childhood and youth with unremitting love. She was their friend and counselor in their riper years, after they had gone from their home-training, and rejoiced in their success and sorrowed in their losses as if they had been her own. It is no wonder 'her children rise up and call her blessed,' and venerate the mother so dear to them.
"Her funeral services, which took place Friday last, were conducted by Pre. Bear of Canada, who preached an excellent and appropriate sermon from 2 Tim. 4:7, 8. Jacob Hahn also made a very interesting address in German. Her body rests in the cemetery beside that of her husband, and her spirit now sings with his the new song in the heavenly Jerusalem 'unto Him who loved us and gave himself for us, and washed us from ours sins in His own blood; and hath made us kings and priests unto God His Father.' 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' " [Transcriber's note: Three asterisks are set in a cloverleaf pattern at the end of this obituary.]
KAUFFMAN. - On the 13th of February, near Amish, Johnson Co., Iowa, of paralysis, Abner, son of Jeremiah J. Kauffman, aged 14 years, 7 months and 9 days. He was in usual health and spirits, and helped to put grain into sacks in the morning, and as he was washing preparatory to going to school a sharp pain suddenly seized him in the left shoulder, and soon also in his neck and head. In a short time his tongue was swollen so that he could hardly speak, and soon afterwards he became helpless and partly unconscious. Medical aid was summoned, but in vain, and in three hours he was a corpse. The sudden change from life to death brought intense grief upon the family. The sorrowful message was a surprise to the whole neighborhood, for he was thought to be one of the healthiest children in the family. This is indeed a loud call from God for all to be ready for death. He was buried on the 15th, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Services were held by C. J. Miller and J. P. Schwartzendruber from Mark 13:32-37.
GARBER. - On the 10th of March, at Waupecong, Miami
Co., Ind., Freddie E., son of Silas and Lucinda Garber,
aged 5 months and 22 days. He was buried on the 11th, in the Harshberger
grave-yard. Services by D. C. Miller from Mark 10:13-16 and N.
Sproll and E. A. Mast from Psalm 103:14.
"Do not weep for me my parents,
But look forward and be glad;
For our meeting will be sweeter
Than our parting here was sad.
WITMER. - On the 4th of March, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of infirmities of old age, Anna Reist, wife of Jacob Witmer, aged 80 years, 10 months and 9 days. Funeral services by Jacob Woolner, at the house of mourning in German, and Bishop Daniel Wismer at Wanner's meeting-house, in both languages from Isa. 38:1. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., in 1807, and was married to Jacob Witmer in 1828, two years after coming to this country with her parents.
METZLER. - On the 6th of March, in Elkhart Co., Ind., Lenden Earl, son of Solomon and ___ Metzler, aged 2 years, 8 months and 20 days. Buried at Shaum's Meeting-house. Services by Henry and Christian Shaum from Matt. 18:1-3. May God bless this affliction to the sorrowing parents. Their little one has only gone to a brighter and better home.
LOUX. - On the 13 of March, in Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa., Levi, only child of Enos B. and Anna Loux, aged 1 year, 2 months and 13 days.
LEHMAN. - On the 21st of Feb, in Paint Twp., Somerset Co., Pa., Anna Lehman, aged 82 years, 2 months and 11 days. She lived in widowhood 16 years, shortly before she died she said, "It is time to go home." She was asked, "Where is your home" she pointed with both hands to heaven and smiled. She was buried on the 23d at Faust's burying-ground.
MAST. - On the 1st of March, on Pretty Prairie, LaGrange Co., Ind., of lung fever, Franky, son of Isaac H, and Mary Mast, aged 16 months. Funeral services by D. Nafsinger and Peter Long.
SHIRK. - On the 25th of Feb, in Carroll Co., Maryland, at the residence of his son, John, of gangrene, Bro. Jacob Shirk, aged 82 years, [1*] month and 25 days. He was brought to Chambersburg on the 28th, accompanied by his son John and wife, where they were met by many of their friends, and proceeded to the Chambersburg church. Services by Peter Wadle and P. H. Parret from Rev. 21:7. Buried at the old Shirk graveyard beside his companion, who preceded him to the grave nearly three years. He left four sons and many friends to mourn their loss, he left a large circle of friends in the State as well as in Canada. He lived a moral life for many years, but he saw that by such a life he could not die happy, about 2 years before his death he sought and found his Savior and became a consistent member of the Mennonite church. He died in hope of inheriting that crown of glory which fadeth not away.
[* Transcriber's note: The numeral is not visible due to a printing defect, but is expected to be 1]
NEWSCHWANGER. - On the 5th of March, in Osborne Co., Kansas, of consumption and infirmities of old age, Frances, wife of Henry Newschwanger, aged 61 years, 5 months and 8 days. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 47 years. She was sick about 8 months, but held out firm in the faith to the end. She said she was going home, and did not desire to stay here longer. Her husband and 11 children survive her.
YODER. - On the 16th of March, in Baugo Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Rosa Ellen, daughter of Samuel and _____Yoder, aged 4 years, 11 months and 15 days. Buried at Shaum's Meeting-house. Services by H. Shaum and Noah Metzler, from Matt. 19:14. The sorrowing parents may comfort their hearts with the thought that their dear little Rosa is safe with Jesus. [Transcriber's note: The obituary was printed with a blank for the mother's given name.]
ESCHBACH. - On the 2d of March, near Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of infirmities to old age, Sister Mary Eschbach, widow of the late Christian Eschbach, aged 91 years, 3 months and 27 days. She leaves 3 children, 10 grand-children and 18 great-grand-children. Funeral on the 5th at Millersville Mennonite church. Services by Benj. Hertzler, Jno. Brubaker and Amos Shenk, from John 16:33. It had long been her desire to depart and be with Christ, and we feel assured that our loss is her eternal gain.
Our grand-mother's chair is now vacant,
Her languishing days are now o'er;
But in heaven we'll soon hope to meet her,
On that happy and beautiful shore.
Sleep on in thy cool silent chamber,
Sleep on the sweet sleep of the blest;
No more earthly cares will disturb thee
From thy peaceful and undisturbed rest.
KAUFFMAN. - On the 12th of March, near Manheim Lancaster county, Pa., Deacon Isaac Kauffman, aged 86 years, 6 months and 27 days. Funeral on the 17th. Text, Rev. 14:12, 13. Buried at Kauffman's Meeting-house. A large congregation assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. Bro. Kauffman suffered many years from the effects of a fall. He desired to depart from this life.
REMPEL. - On the th of Jan., near Jansen, Jefferson county, Neb., Gerhard Rempel, aged 72 years. [Transcriber's note: The obituary was printed with a blank for the date of the month.]
FAST. - On the 10th of October, 1887, in Jansen, Neb., Peter, son of Peter Fast, aged 24 years.
THIESCHE. - On the 9th of Feb., in Jefferson county,
Nebraska, Sister ___, wife of P. F. Thiesche. She leave[page
torn]hree small children. Her maiden name w[page torn]uller.
[Transcriber's note: A likely reading of the above obituary is: "On the 9th of Feb., in Jefferson county, Nebraska, Sister ___, wife of P. F. Thiesche. She leave[s t]hree small children. Her maiden name w[as ??]uller..." Unknown letters are denoted by a ? One or two letters are missing from the maiden surname. The blank for the given name was transcribed as printed. ]
WARKENTIN. - [Page torn] 10th of March, near Jansen,
Nebra[page torn]r ___, wife of Peter M. Warkenti[page torn]ghter
of Bro. Peter [Transcriber's note: begin page 109] Thiessen,
aged 20 years. She was buried on the 13th, just one year after
her betrothal. She leaves a sorrowing husband and an infant child.
[Transcriber's note: A likely reading of the above torn section is: "[On the]10th of March, near Jansen, Nebra[ska, Siste]r ___, wife of Peter M. Warkenti[n. She was a dau]ghter of Bro. Peter..." The blank for the given name was transcribed as printed.]
BORNTREGER.- On the 10th of March, near Middlebury, Elkhart county, Ind., of diphtheria, Elam A., Son [sic] of John and Susan Borntreger, aged 4 years 8 months and 6 days. He was buried on the 12th. Services by Eli Miller and Jonathan Troyer.
BORNTREGER. - On the 17th of March, in the same family
and of the same disease, Elizabeth, aged 2 years, 3 months
and 28 days. She was buried the 19th in Reber's graveyard. Services
by Jonathan Troyer and Joseph Yoder from Job. 17:1. The mother
of these children was also stricken down with the same disease,
and but few of the family were able to attend the funeral.
"Dearest children, you have left us,
Here your loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
MUSSER. - March 10th, near Bowmansville, Lancaster county, Pa., Magdalena Good, wife of Jacob Musser, aged 63 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was confined to her bed for 7 months. She was buried on the 13th in the Bowmansville graveyard. Services by Bish. Jonas Martin and Henry Good from Rev. 14:12, 13.
GINGRICH. - On the 16th of March, near Kalona, Johnson county, Iowa, after long suffering of consumption, Sister Jane, wife of Bro. John Gingrich, aged 41 years, 7 months and 18 days. A few hours before her departure she said, "Lord, take me to thee," and soon after she sank peacefully to rest. She was buried on the 17th in Gingrich's graveyard, leaving behind her a husband and 8 children, who however mourn not as those that have no hope. Services by C. I. Miller and Peter Brenneman from 1 Thess. 4:14-18.
TROYER. - On the 4th of March, near Middlebury, Ind., of diphtheria and croup, Ada, daughter of widow Catharine S. Troyer, aged 3 years, 5 months and 25 days. Buried on the 16th at Forest Grove. Services by John L. Miller and David Hochstetler. Little Ada was the beloved one of the family, but she said she has gone to her papa and her cousin Ida.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
Through all pain at times she'd smile,
A smile of heavenly birth,
And when the angels called her home
She smiled farewell to earth."
LEATHERMAN. - On the 18th of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., of lung fever, William, youngest son of Levi and Mary Leatherman, aged 1 month and 20 days. Buried at Yellow Creek on the 20th. Services by Noah Metzler and John F. Funk. The dear brother and sister felt deeply their bereavement, but by the grace of God they can say, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord. "
YODER. - On the 10th of Feb., in Logan county, Ohio, of heart disease, Bro. Eli Yoder, aged 49 years, 10 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held on the 28th at the South Union Church, where a large number had assembled and words suitable to the occasion were spoken by Joseph Kauffman and David Plank from Mark 13:35-37. The deceased was in town the day before, and in the morning at 4 o'clock when his wife arose he was still living. But when one of the family went to wake him for breakfast he was dead. Surely in the midst of life we are in death. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn their loss, but we hope their loss is his eternal gain. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.
"Dangers stand thick through all the ground,
To push us to the tomb;
And fierce diseases wait around,
To hurry mortals home.
"Oh let us fly, to Jesus fly,
Whose powerful arm can save;
Then shall our hopes ascend on high,
And triumph o'er the grave."
KOPPES. - On the 14th of March, near Newton, Kan., after three weeks intense suffering of brain fever (supposed to have been brought on by a fall on the back of the head while playing), Elno, son of D. G. and Kate Koppes, aged 9 years, 8 months and 13 days. Funeral services by Jacob Holdeman and David Weaver from Matt. 5:8.
The monster death came rushing on,
And here, his power to show,
With icy hand he touched our boy,
And laid dear Elno low.
But cares and ills of mortal birth,
Are sent in pitying love,
To lift our ling'ring hearts from earth
And speed their flight above.
Thus every pang that wrings the breast,
And ev'ry joy that dies,
Tells us to seek a purer rest,
And trust to holier ties. R. J. H.
[Transcriber's note: The unusual given name Elno is transcribed as published.]
FARNEY. - On the 15th of March, near Rushmore, Putman county, Ohio, of dropsy and heart trouble, Isaac Farney, aged 65 years, 3 months and 6 days. Funeral services on the 17th at the M. E. Church near his home, by H. H. Good and a U. B. minister from John 11:24, after which the remains were conveyed to the Salem burying ground in Allen county, where he and his two daughters, who preceded him to the grave, are now sleeping their long sleep. He had never united with any church, but shortly before his death he acknowledged Jesus as his redeemer and his all. Oh that men would not wait until the 11th hour.
HOCHSTETLER. - On the 12th of December, in La Grange county, Ind., Lydia, wife of Eli Hochstetler, aged 42 years, 4 months and 16 days. She leaves her husband and six children to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Amish Church. She seemed anxious to depart and be with Christ. She gave her children advice how to live that they might be happy. Funeral services at the Town Line Church by Henry Miller and Jonathan Troyer.
BECK . - On the 1st of March, in Fulton county, Ohio, infant son of Christian and Maria Beck; aged 8 days. Funeral services by Chr. Freyenberger and Elias Frey from Ps. 16:6 and Mark 10:15.
SCHAD. - On the 10th of March, near Archbold, Fulton county, Ohio, Barbara, wife of John Schad, aged 36 years, 6 months and 24 days. She leaves her husband and six children, (4 having preceded her), parents and many friends to mourn her early death. She was buried on the 12th on the Lockport graveyard. She was a faithful member of the Amish Church. Services by Chr. Freyenberger and Chr. S. Stuckey, from Isa. 3:10, 11 and Rev. 14:13.
KOHR. - On the 9th of March, in Somerset county, Pa., of diphtheria, Mollie, daughter of Scott and Mary Kohr, aged 2 years, 6 months and 2 days. Funeral services by Jonas Blough from Matt. 19:13.
"Dear parents, don't think of me as in the tomb,
For I shall not fear its dark shadows and gloom;
And I shall not fear, though the river be wide,
For Jesus will carry me over the tide."
SWARTS. - On the 11th of March, in Franklin county, Pa., of measles and pneumonia, Alvy Rush, son of Martin and Mary Swarts, aged 2 years, 2 months and 19 days. Funeral services on the 12th at Reiff's Church, by Adam Bear, from Luke 14:17.
"Rushy dear, we all do miss thee,
Thou hast gone from earth away
To rejoice with thy dear Savior
In the realms of endless day.
"He's sleeping, calmly sleeping
in a new-made grave to-day;
We are weeping, sadly weeping
For our loved one gone away."
GRAYBILL. - On the 9th of March, in Juniata county, Pa., Samuel Y., son of Calvin and Lydia Graybill, aged 7 months and 7 days. Buried in Kauffman's graveyard. Funeral services by Wm. Graybill from Job 14.
JONES. - On the 5th of March, in Cambria county, Pa., Sally Jones, aged 51 years, 9 months and 9 days. Buried on the 8th. Services in the Shaper schoolhouse by R. A. Fink.
REAM. - On the 15th of March, in Morrellville, Cambria county, Pa., Jacob Ream, aged 88 years and 13 days. Buried on the 18th.
KRAFT. - On the 19th of March, in Wayne county, Ohio, Sr. Barbara Kraft, at the advanced age of 80 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was a faithful sister in the church. She was buried on the 21st at the Oak Grove Meeting-house, on which occasion services were held by J. K. Yoder and D. Hostetler.
MILLER. - On the 22d of March, in Plevna, Howard county, Ind., Edward C., son of John M. and Mary Miller, aged 6 years, 1 month and 7 days. Buried on the 23d. Services by E. A. Mast, from 2 Sam. 12:23, and Andrew J. Troyer. May God bless the bereaved brother and sister for they have a precious jewel in heaven.
Sweet child unto earth,
A little while was given;
He plumed his wings for flight,
And soared away to heaven.
CLEMENS. - On the 20th of March, at the residence of his son-in-law, Christian Eby, Berlin, Ontario, of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Abram B. Clemens, aged 74 years, 1 month and 9 days. He was buried on the 2d in Eby's burying-ground at Berlin. The deceased brother was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., and came with his parents to this country when it was yet a howling wilderness. He was a member of the church from his youth. He leaves three children, and many friends and relatives here and in Michigan. Funeral services by J. Bowman and M. Erb, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8 and 2 Cor. 5:1. Peace to his ashes.
HALLMAN . - On the 13th of March, in Wilmot township, Waterloo Co., Ont., Bro. John Hallman, aged 75 years, 7 months and 12 days. Came from Pennsylvania with his parents in the year 1824; was married to Sarah Bergy in 1838; lived in matrimony 48 years; was the father of 18 children of whom 12 survive him. He was buried on the 15th at Latshaw's meeting-house where a large concourse of relatives and friends had assembled. Appropriate remarks were made by Moses Bowman and Noah Stauffer, from 2 Cor. 5:1 and Prov. 4:32.
[Transcriber's note: These transcriptions retain any non-standard punctuation and sentence structure as published.]
Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania
IN MEMORY OF H. A. MORRELL, HOLDEN, MO.
Who died Nov. 13, '87.
Brother, thou art gone to rest,
We will not weep for thee;
For thou art now where oft on earth
Thy spirit longed to be.
CHO. - Farewell, farewell, we hope to meet again;
Farewell, Farewell, with Jesus Christ to reign.
Brother, thou art gone to rest,
Thine is an early tomb;
But God hath summoned thee away
Thy Father called thee home.
CHO. - Farewell, etc. J. F. King.
Fanny Hershberger, daughter of Abraham Hershberger, died on the 30th of March, aged 17 years, 8 months and 15 days. On the 20th of March she helped her aunt, Anna Miller, to move. The same day her aunt took sick with lung fever. Fanny then staid [sic] to help her aunt. On the 24th she too was taken sick with diphtheria. On the evening of the 25th she sent for her step-mother to wait on her. On the night of the 26th she became very restless, sometimes sitting on a rocking-chair and then going back to her bed again. During the night she often said to her step-mother, "O let us go home to morrow. Her step-mother not thinking it good for her, would try to persuade her to wait a while; but when the morning came her mother was nearly worn out from the toil of the night. Her uncle, Daniel Miller, then got a covered carriage and took them to their home in Michigan, a distance of ten miles. It seems the thought of going to her father's home braced her up. Dr. Garber was soon summoned, but when he came he pronounced her case hopeless. The disease being in her windpipe. Fanny said it made no difference to her, for then she could go home to her mother. She asked her father to read and pray for her, and her sisters to sing. Once, when her step-mother came from another room whither she had retired to rest; she said, "Did you hear how beautifully the girls sang?" In the afternoon of the 28th, she began to breathe with difficulty and she said she was going home. She then bade them all farewell; afterwards she told her step-mother to hand her the hymn-book; then she requested of her to read a hymn. When she had read for her, Fanny turned down the corner of the leaf and said: "This shall be read at my funeral," (hymn No. 273 in the German books) "and also, in the English appendix No. 11 and 13 shall be sung and Daniel Johns shall preach the funeral sermon." On the morning, before she died, she said: "Mother, we will kneel down and pray." She rose up from the lounge and knelt down and prayed the Lord's prayer. A few minutes before her death she said: "Get me something to eat, quickly, for I am so sleepy." She ate a few tea spoonfuls, and her father then helped her to lie down and in a few minutes she passed quietly away without a single struggle. On the 31st the body was interred in the Town Line graveyard. Services by C. Miller and Daniel Johns from Phil., 1:21-23.
SHIRES. - March the 28th, in Florin, Lancaster county Pa., Bro. Jacob Shires, aged 58 years, 1 month and 17 days. Buried on the 30th at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Text, John 5:24. Bro. Shires was a peaceable man.
BONTREGER. - On the 27th of March, near Middlebury, Elkhart county, Ind., of diphtheria and lung-trouble, Susanna, wife of John W. Bontreger and daughter of Christian K. and Rebecca Mast, aged 41 years, 2 months and 15 days. Buried on the 29th, where many friends and neighbors were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to one that was near and dear to all. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church, and leaves a bereaved husband and 6 children to mourn her early departure. Two children preceded her within three weeks. Three of this family were taken away by this dreadful disease, diphtheria. Truly hard for this family, but the Lord's will be done. Therefore it is very necessary to take the warning of the prophet;: "Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel!" Words of consolation were spoken by Jonathan Troyer and Joseph Yoder, from Rev. 7:13-17.
"I died, and yet I live,
But Christ now lives in me,
Who by the law of sin
By death hath made me Free."
HOFFINKS. - March 28th, near J. H. Moore's Mill, Lancaster
county, Pa., of consumption, Sister Barbara Hoffines, wife
of Wm. Hoffines, aged 25 years, 10 months and 22 days. Buried
on the 31st, at Kraybill's Meeting-house. Text, Rev. 14:13. Sister
Hoffines entered into a covenant with the Lord during her last
[Transcriber's note: The surname is spelled differently in the heading than in the body of the obituary.]
Erb. - On the 2d of February, near Milford, Seward county, Nebraska, Jacob, son of Christian and Annie Erb, aged 1 months and 14 days. Buried in the Amish graveyard. Services by Joseph Rediger and Joseph Gascho.
FAHRNEY. - On the 28th of March, near Milford, Seward county, Neb., of the infirmities of old age, Magdalena Farhney, aged 82 years, 6 months and 28 days. She was buried in the Amish graveyard. She was a staunch member of the Amish Mennonite church for many years. Services by Joseph Rediger and Joseph Shlegel from John 5:22-29.
WEAVER. - On the 31st of March, in Augusta county, Va., of short but severe suffering of cholera infantum and inflammation of the bowels, Fannie May, daughter of Bro. David E. and Sister Amanda Weaver, formerly of Lancaster county, Pa., aged 4 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held at the house by Joseph N. Driver and Anthony Heatwole, from Isa. 49:15. Buried in the Springdale graveyard. These parents thought it hard to part with their dear child. May God bless the bereaved parents.
We had a little daughter once,
She was our darling pride,
We loved her, ah! perhaps too well,
For soon she slept and died.
This lovely bud so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just came to show how fair a flower
In paradise could bloom.
Lovely Fannie, thou wast too fair
In this cold world to stay;
So God in mercy called thee home,
To dwell in endless day.
Go, little loved one, go-
A parent's heart can tell,
And none but they can fully know,
How hard to say farewell.
She is sleeping, calmly sleeping
In a new-made grave to-day.
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our loved one gone away.
GERBER. - March 30th, near Maytown, Lancaster county, Pa., of paralysis, Bro. John S. Gerber, aged 61 years, 5 months and 20 days. Buried on the 3d of April at Bassler's Meeting-house. Text, Psalm 103:13-18. A large congregation assembled to show their respect for the deceased and to sympathize with the bereft family. Bro. Gerber was a faithful member of the old Mennonite church.
TROYER. - On the 26th of March, in Kent county, Michigan, of pneumonia, William George Troyer, aged 35 years, 6 months and 4 days. This young man had lived a moral life and had long expected some time to become a Christian, but put off the work till upon his dying bed the matter was forced upon him. While he professed to have found peace with God, and was willing and apparently glad to die, yet he admonished others not to do as he had done - put it off till their last days. This is indeed a loud call to the great number of young people in his neighborhood who are standing as he had done. The funeral service was held by John P. Speicher, Chr. Wenger and J. S. Coffman.
LEHMAN. - Near Canal Winchester, in Franklin co., Ohio, of capillary bronchitis, resulting from measles, Lemuel S., son of Abraham and Mary Lehman, aged 14 years, 9 months and 5 days. From the Winchester Times we make the following extracts relating his death:
"Lemmie, as he was familiarly called was a pleasant and
intelligent youth. He was highly esteemed by old and young who
knew him, and with whom he associated. He always held a favored
place. He gave great promise for the future. During days that
his condition was very doubtful, the deepest solicitude was expressed
in regard to him, and the announcement of his death was received
with sadness by all. * * * * * His last hours were glorious and
triumphant, and words cannot fully describe the solemn scene.
He called the family around his bed, exclaiming, 'Pa! oh, Pa!
Ma, Ma, Will, Jake.' As they surrounded him he said: "Kneel
down, all of you; now kiss me.' After kissing each one, he seemed
to have visions of heavenly glory. A boat was waiting for him,
and he said: 'There is room enough for all.' He asked his father
for some money, and taking the supposed money, handed it to the
doctor saying: 'Here Mr. Shook, give this to Mr. Lahr for missions.'
In his last words he exclaimed, 'Oh the babe , the big light;
brighter, brighter - faster, faster, faster - now slow - slow
- slow; there; yes, yes.'
"There are those who can bear witness of his departure from earth to the world of light. Precious indeed can his death be to those to whom he was endeared, and an inspiration to his youthful acquaintances to become like wise Christlike."
He was buried on Friday following. A large concourse of people attended the funeral. May God bless and comfort the sorrowing household in their deep bereavements.
STOVER. - On the 18th of February, in Bucks county, Pa., Samuel Stover, aged 8 years and 2 months Buried at Deep Run on the 22d.
LANDIS. - On the 22d of March, in Bucks county, Pa., Elizabeth Landis, aged 70 years and 8 days. Buried at Deep Run, on the 27th.
KROUT. - On the 22d of March, in Lancaster county, Pa., John Henry, son of Henry S. Krout, of Bucks county, aged 42 years, 9 months and 4 days. He was brought home and buried at Deep Run on the 28th. Services by S. Godshalk and M. H. Moyer.
LESHER. - On the 21st of March, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of croup, Ada A., daughter of Christian and Sarah Lesher, aged 3 years, [Transcriber's note: begin page 127] 6 months and 22 days. Services were held at Oberholzer;s church by Jacob Stauffer and _____ Brubacher. [Transcriber's note: A blank was published for one given name.]
STOVER. - On the 16th of March, in Guilford, Medina county, Ohio, suddenly, Sister Rebecca, wife of Joseph Stover, deceased aged 58 years, 3 months and 18 days. Buried on the 18th at the Mennonite church in Guilford. Services by Martin Leatherman and Ephraim Hunsperger from Matt. 24:44.
REIFF. - On the 18th of March, in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., George S. Reiff, aged about 70 years. He was buried on the 22d, in the Franconia Mennonite graveyard. The deceased formerly resided near Lederachville and was a brother to Jacob. S. Reiff of that place.
HERR. - On the 23d of March, in Florin, Lancaster county, Pa., Bro. Rudolph Herr, aged 86 years, 10 months and 13 days. Buried on the 27th. Text, Rev. 22:12. Bro. Herr was confined to bed for about 8 months with cancer and old age. He bore his great sufferings with christian fortitude. Peace to his ashes.
WENGER. - On the 18th of March, in Rainham township, Haldimand county, Ont., Jacob Wenger age 71 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was buried on the 20th at Bethel. Services by Isaac Rittenhouse and Leonard Hoover. A short time before his death he sent for Bro. Hoover and to him he confessed his faith in Christ and desired to be baptized and received into the church, which was granted.
HESS. - On the 5th of March, in Lancaster county, Pa.,
Joseph H., youngest son of Henry L. and Sarah Hess, aged
1 year, 8 months and 6 days.
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep."
GOOD. - On the 25th of March, near Canal Winchester, Franklin county, Ohio, Anna Pauline, daughter of A. S. and Lydia Good, aged 2 years and 5 days. May these sorrowing parents realize that their dear one has only gone before to the brighter home above.
LOUX. - On the 13th of March, in Hilltown, Bucks county, Pa., suddenly, Levi, only child of Enos B. and Anna Loux, aged 1 year, 2 months and 23 days. Buried on the 18th at Blooming Glen. Services by Abram Moyer and Henry B. Rosenberger from Luke 18:16.
"A bud the gardener gave us,
A pure and loving child;
He gave it to our keeping
To cherish undefiled:
But just as it was opening
To the glory of the day
Down came the heavenly gardener
And took our bud away.
"The little cab is empty now,
The little clothes laid by;
A mother's hope, a father's joy
In death's cold arms doth lie:
Go, little pilgrim to thy home
On yonder blissful shore,
We miss thee here, but soon we'll come
Where thou hast gone before.
GUENGRICH. - On the 4th of February, in Johnson county, Iowa, Jacob P. Guengrich, aged 76 years, 4 months and 2 days. Services by Pre. J. Plank and P. Kinsinger. The deceased was born in Huemminghausen, principality of Waldeck, Germany, on the 2d of October, 1811.
ERB. - March 25th, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Mary, wife of Bro. Daniel Erb, aged 73 years, 2 months and 16 days. Buried on the 29th at Erb's meeting-house. Text, John 8:51. A sorrowing family and a large circle of friends followed her remains to the grave. Sister Erb was a faithful member of the old Mennonite church.
PENNYPACKER. - On the 16th of March, at the residence of Jessie Geist, Fagleysville, Montgomery county, Pa., Elizabeth, widow of John Pennypacker, aged 84 years. She was buried on the 18th in Bertolet's Mennonite graveyard, Frederick.
MOYER. - On the 19th of March, near Kulpsville, Towamencin Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of consumption, Jonas K. Moyer, aged about 70 years. He was buried on the 25th at the Towamencin Mennonite Church.
PIKE. - On the 2d of April in Box Grove, Markham township, York county, Ont., Martha, wife of A. R. Pike and youngest daughter of John G. Reesor, in her 27th year. Buried on the 4th at the Tenth Line Methodist Church, leaving a sorrowing husband and one child to mourn their loss. An immense congregation assembled to show their respect for the departed friend and to sympathize with the bereft family. Services were held by J. W. Totten from Rev. 5:9.
I've no Martha now, I'm weeping,
She has left me here alone;
She beneath the sod is sleeping,
Now there is no joy at home.
Tears of sorrow long have started,
Her bright smile no more I see,
All the loved ones too have parted-
Where, O where is joy for me?
I've no Martha, now I'm weeping,
Tears my furrowed cheeks now lave [sic]
Soon with her will I be sleeping
In the dark and silent grave;
Soon I hope will be our meeting,
Then the pleasure who can tell,
Who for me will then be weeping
When I bid this world farewell?
MORRELL. - Nov. 13th, at the home of his parents, 3 miles south of Holden, Henry A., son of David and Lydia Morrell, of typhoid malaria, after an illness of nearly four weeks, aged 23 years, 3 months and 11 days. A few days before he died he requested to be baptized. He also said that he thanked his God that he was in his right mind, and prepared for the change and told his mother that he wanted to washed in the blood of the Lamb, and wished us to meet him in heaven. Funeral services by J. C. Kenagy in English and German.
"Oh dear brother! how we miss thee,
Since thy voice we hear no more!
Yet, we hope we soon shall meet thee
Over on the other shore.
Yes, dear brother, we do miss thee,
When we say our evening prayer;
When we look around to see thee,
We but find a vacant chair.
Oh dear brother! how we miss thee,
For the voice we loved is still!
And a place at home is vacant,
Which thou never more will fill.
Yes, dear brother, we do miss thee,
But we feel our loss thy gain;
And thy rest, it must be peaceful
After bearing such great pain.
Thou wert all resigned and patient;
Willing all thy pain to bear;
For thy trust was placed in Jesus,
'Who will all our sorrows share. ' "
QUIER. - On the 25th of March, in Elkhart, Indiana, of whooping cough, Samuel E., son of Henry and ___ Quier, aged 2 years and 6 months. He was buried on the 27th. Services by J. F. Funk from Jn. 14:1. May God sanctify this affliction to the sorrowing parents. [Transcriber's note: A blank was published for the mother's given name.]
LEHMAN. - On the 9th of February, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Henry O. Rife, in Franklin county, Pa., of bronchitis, Bro. Solomon Lehman, aged 60 years, 10 months and 19 days. Buried at the Chambersburg Meeting-house. Services by Peter Wadel and P. H. Parret from Ps. 116:15. He bore his affliction very patiently and never murmured, but had a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Morehouse. - On the 25th of March at the Elkhart County Poorhouse, Wesley Morehouse, aged 30 years.
Brooks. - On the 26th of March, at the Elkhart County Poorhouse, Mrs. Mary Brooks, aged 61 years.
The two preceding persons were buried at the same time, on Tuesday the 27th . Services by J. F. Funk from I Peter 1:24, 25.
Transcribed by Debbie Kapp, Pennsylvania