HARNISH.-Bro. Jonas Harnish was born February 3rd, 1813; died near New Danville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of kidney trouble, on the 17th of April, 1898, aged 85 years, 2 months and 14 days. Fu-neral services were held by Bros. John Harnish and Abram B. Herr at the River Corner meeting house. Inter-ment in the adjoining cemetery.
MARTIN.-On the 17th of June, 1898, near Terre Hill, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Aaron M. Martin, aged 29 years, 2 months and 14 days. That dreadful disease, consumption, laid hold on him about two years ago, and apparently weakened him down. He was, how-ever, able to be about until within a week of his death. He was conscious to the end and bore his afflictions patiently, putting his trust in the Lord. He leaves a sorrowing young widow, two small children, and many friends to mourn their loss, which has been his eternal gain. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing friends on the 21st inst., in the Weaverland bury-ing ground. Funeral services were con-ducted by Bros. John Zimmerman, in English, and Benj. Horning, in German.
SHIRK.-On the 6th of June, 1898, in the Weaverland congregation, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. John Y. Shirk, aged 83 years, 3 months and 27 days. His re-mains were laid to rest on the 9th in the Weaverland burying ground. He was a faithful brother, and for a number of years served as sexton of the Weaverland church, during which time he made many graves for others, a duty which others now had to do for him. Services were conducted in the meeting house by Bros. John Zimmerman, John Landis and Benj. Horning, from the text Psa. 27:4, selected by himself dur-ing his sickness. His text shows that he had a desire to remain in the Lord and behold His glories. Oh, that many more might see this great salvation and accept it while it is acceptable and a day of grace.
SHELLY.-On the 27th day of June, 1898, at Goodville, Juniata Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Bro. Michael Shelly. He was in his usual health and engaged in taking berries to market. After crossing the Thompsontown Bridge he alighted and was going to lead his horse to the station, but before he got there he sank to the ground and died instant-ly. His age was 65 years, 8 months and 26 days. He was a faithful brother in the Mennonite Church. He leaves a widow, three sons and four daughters to mourn his death. Buried at Lost Creek cemetery. Services by William Auker and William Graybill. Text, Matt. 24:44.
STUTZMAN.-On the 18th of June, 1898, near Chappell, Deuel Co., Neb., Abraham Stutzman, aged 73 years, 4 months and 5 days. He was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, and married Mattie Troyer December 16th, 1850. He was sick for ten months, and leaves a wife and ten children and sixty grandchil-dren, six preceded him to the spirit land. He was a member of the Amish Men-nonite Church.
Oh, father, thy gentle voice is hushed,
Thy warm, true heart is stilled,
And on thy pale and peaceful face
Is resting death's cold chill.
Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast,
We have kissed thy marble brow,
And in our aching hearts we know
We have no grandfather now.
CARPER.-On the 5th of July, near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart disease, Emma, daughter of Jacob K. and Mariah H. Carper, aged 10 years, 8 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held on the 8th of July in the Hess meeting house, where many friends and neighbors assembled. Services were conducted by John K. Hess, in German, and John K. Brubaker, in English. Text, Psa. 103:15 and John 14:2. She was sick about three months, and, young as she was, felt the need of prayer. She asked her parents and others to sing and pray in her presence, and also herself called to her heavenly Father for peace and mercy. She was a pupil in the Sunday school and also en-joyed the instruction of Christian parents; she was a good, obedient child. A few days before she died she said, "I am afraid to go into the cold grave." Her father explained to her that only the natural body would be laid in the grave. The soul would go to be with Jesus, who said, "Suffer the little chil-dren, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." She was glad to die. When once she was apparently dead she re-covered and bade them all good-bye, and said, "Trust, trust, trust in the Lord." She selected three hymns to be sung at her funeral. They were, "I am going home to die no more;" "Asleep in Jesus," and "Weep not for me."
LANDIS.-On the 5th of July, 1898, near Eby's meeting house, Lancaster Co., Pa., Barbara B. Landis, the eldest daughter of Brother and Sister Harry Landis, aged 15 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral on the 8th. Buried at Eby's meeting house. Funeral services by Jonas Hess and Jacob N. Brubacher, from Matt. 24:44. A large congrega-tion assembled. May the good Lord comfort the good parents and bereaved family.
BRENNEMAN.-On the 16th of Feb-ruary, 1898, near Lancaster City, Pa., Bro. Adam Brenneman, aged 63 years, 4 months and 13 days. His funeral was held on the 19th. Text, I Thes. 5 :12,13. Services and interment at Landis Valley meeting house. A large congrega-tion assembled in token of respect for the dear brother, and to sympathize with the bereaved widow and her family, who deeply mourn his departure. Bro. Brenneman was a faithful laborer in the Lord's vineyard, conscientiously discharging his solemn duties. May the good Lord comfort the bereaved family.
EASH.-On the 29th of June, 1898, near Salix, Cambria Co., Pa., of dropsy of the heart, Sister Polly, wife of Moses D. Eash, aged 66 years and 6 months. She leaves a sorrowing husband, eight children, twenty-three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. She had been in failing health for four years, but bore her sickness with Christian patience. Sister Eash died with the bright hope and full assurance of life beyond, having put her trust in the Lord and longed to be at rest. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church, a devoted wife, a kind mother, and was beloved by all who knew her. She was buried on July 1st in the Wingard graveyard. Services in the Miller meeting house by Moses B. Miller, Jonathan Hershberger, Jonas Blouch and Samuel G. Shetler.
Mother, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.
How many were the silent prayers,
My mother offered up for me,
How many were the bitter cares
She felt, when none but God could see.
Oh, let me think of what she said,
And of the kind advice she gave;
Oh, let me do it, as she is dead
And sleeping in her lowly grave.
Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Where thy toil and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more.
Dear father, you are lonely now,
Since she has gone and left you here,
But life for Christ and you shall be
With her in eternity.
Transcriber's note: the word "life" in the second from the last line is transcribed as it appeared in the original.
NAFFZIGER.-At Chicago, June 26th, 1898, after undergoing
a surgical operation, Katharine, wife of Valentine Naffziger,
at the age of 58 years and 1 month. She was married Feb. 7, 1861,
and this union was blessed with three sons and five daughters.
She leaves her husband, one son, three daughters, one grandchild,
one sister and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
She was a faithful companion, a loving mother and grandmother
and a consistent member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services
were held by Pre's John Schmitt, Metamora, Ill.; Joseph H. Kinsinger,
Meadows, Ill.; Valentine Strubhar, Washington, Ill., and by the
ROPP.-On July 7th, 1898, near Tremont, Tazewell Co.,
Ill., of throat trouble, Katie M., daughter of Joseph P.,
and Jacobina Ropp, at the age of 14 years, 2 months and
24 days. She leaves her parents, two brothers and one sister to
mourn her early death. She was buried on the 8th of July. Funeral
services were held by the Meth-odist preacher of Tremont
in English, and by Joseph Stucky, of Danvers, Ill., in German.
We learn from this inci-dent that young people also may die; therefore
we should be prepared at all times to meet Jesus.
CULP.-On July 18th, 1898, in Columbiana, O., of cancer, Mary Jane, wife of William Culp, in the 42nd year of her age. Funeral at the Zion Hill (Dunkard) church, of which deceased was a consistent member. Services by ____ Troyer and A. W. Harrold.
WEAVER-On the 25th of June, 1898, Sister Anna, wife of D. W. Weaver, aged 65 years, 7 months and 29 days. Her maiden name was Ruth. She was born October 26th, 1832, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and moved with her parents to Ohio in her childhood days. She was married to Bro. Weaver in Wayne Co., Ohio, in December, 1858, and moved to Missouri in 1870. She was the mother of nine children, two of whom preceded her to the spirit world in infancy. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1883.
"And when the storms of sorrow come
To teach bereaved hearts,
Let faith glance upward to the throne,
Where we shall never part.
Where one awaits with loving eyes
To see her children come
As one by one we cross the silent tide
And reach our heavenly home."
WANNER.-On the 27th of May, 1898, near Lapps, Lancaster Co., Pa., Bro. Jacob Wanner, aged 81 years, 9 months and 3 days, after a short illness of four days, of cramp and old age. He was a faithful member of the old Mennonite Church for a number of years. He will be greatly missed as he was active in charitable work; also a good counselor in the church. He leaves two daughters, one son, one brother, twenty-one grandchildren and two great-grand children. A wife, two daughters, and one grandson preceded him to the spirit world. He was buried on the 31st of May, at the Old Road Mennonite meeting house, where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled. Services were conducted by Bro. Isaac Eby and Christian Brackbill.
"Out father has gone to his rest,
From regions of sorrow and pain;
To the glorious land of the blest,
Where he never shall suffer again.
While in the tomb our father lies,
His spirit is resting above;
In that happy and sweet paradise,
Where nothing can enter but love.
Sleep on, then, dear father! thy soul
Has gone to that better abode;
And while ceaseless ages shall roll,
Thou art resting in peace with thy God."
SIEBER.-On the 14th of August, 1897, near East Salem, Juniata Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Nancy, wife of Wm. Sieber, deceased, aged 81 years, 5 months and 3 days. For about two years and eight months she had not been able to walk without assistance with the exception of a few times. Her helplessness was caused by paralysis. Her mind and speech were also affected at times. She bore her afflictions with remarkable patience. She often expressed a desire to depart. She was for many years a member of the Mennonite Church. Her seat at the house of worship was seldom vacant when health permitted. When almost helpless she would express a desire to be at church; she seemed to enjoy being there. She leaves one son and eight grandchildren. Her remains were interred in the Lost Creek burying ground.
ESHBACH.-On the 16th of May, 1898, near Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, John B. Eshbach, aged 82 years, 7 months and 26 days. He leaves two sons and four daughters to mourn the loss of a kind father, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope. He was buried on the 19th at the Millersville meeting house. B. H. Hertzler, J. K. Brubaker and A. D. Wenger preached from Job 5 :25.
"Two more hands are gently folded
On a faithful father's breast;
Two more feet have ceased to wander
Through life's stormy wilderness.
Dearest father, how we miss thee,
Since thy face we see no more,
Yet we hope ere long to greet thee,
On the fair, celestial shore.
Yes we miss thee, oh, so sadly,
When we see thy vacant chair,
And our home is sad and lonely,
For there is no father there."
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.
WEAVER-On the 24th of July, 1898, Harvey, son
of Reuben and Salome Weaver, aged 1 year, 7 months and
8 days. Funeral services by J. Martin and D. Burkholder. The bereaved
parents and friends have the deepest sympathy of the friends and
neighbors. Buried on the 26th at Yellow Creek. May this dispensation
of God's providence prompt the parents to prepare to meet their
child in the world above.
THOMAS.-On the 10th of July, 1898, in Somerset Co., Pa., Mazie Ellen, daughter of Bro. Henry and Sister Mary Thomas, aged 1 year, 3 months and 29 days. She was buried on the 11th at the Thomas M. H. Funeral services by S. G. Shetler and L. A. Blough. May God bless the sorrowing parents.
CLYMER.-On the 13th of July, 1898, at Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., after an illness of several weeks, due to infirmities of old age, Abraham Clymer, aged 87 years. He was the oldest of a family of eleven children, of whom eight survive him. Funeral services and burial at Line Lexington on the 17th.
MAURER.-On the 20th of July, 1898, near Cowell, McLean Co., Ill., Christian Maurer, aged 70 years, 3 months and 5 days. He was never married. He leaves four brothers and two sisters. Burial on the 22d at Danvers. Funeral services in the Presbyterian church by Joseph Stucky and John Guengerich in German and by Pre. Haise in English.
ZIEBACH.-Maria Ziebach was born March 12th, 1822, died of infirmities of age, July 19th, 1898, aged 76 years, 4 months and 7 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation near Grantsville, Md. May she rest in peace. Funeral services were held the 20th inst. at Maple Dale M. H. near Grantsville, by J. S. Miller, J. J. Miller and J. B. Miller, from John 5: 24-29.
FRY.-On the 26th of July, 1898, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., Emma Fry, aged 13 years, 20 days. Buried in the Berkey graveyard on the 28th. Funeral services in Scalp Level by J. F. Dietz.
Dear Emma, how we miss thee now,
When to Sunday school we come,
For now thy seat is empty there
Since thou art in thy heavenly home.
REAM-On the 1st of August, 1898, in Johnstown, Pa., Harvey Ream, aged 11 years, 29 days. Harvey, with two of his playmates, went to Stony Creek River to take a bath. At 3 o'clock the other boys said they would go home, but he preferred to stay. At 3:30 they returned and found his clothes on the bank, but he was nowhere to be seen. Search was made for him, and at 7:30 P. M. his body was found in the river. Deceased was the son of Andrew and Amelia Ream. His father died about 10 years ago. Harvey leaves his wid-owed mother to mourn the loss of her dear boy so suddenly taken from her. Funeral services and burial on the 3d, at which Pre. Miller officiated. May this call be a warning to all to prepare for death. LEVI BLAUGH.
YODER.-On the 17th of July, 1898, at the family home near Bourbon, Marshall Co., Ind., Alice, youngest daughter of Solomon B. and Mary Yoder, aged 15 years, 1 month and 5 days. She was fearfully burned May 25th while ridding the chicken house of lice, and for eight weeks she was an intense but patient sufferer. At the age of 11 years she united with the German Baptist or Brethren Church and from that time lived a devoted Christian life. The funeral was held at Mt. Pleasant M. H., July 19th, conducted by J. H. Sellers, of Bourbon, Daniel Wysong, of Nappanee, delivering the discourse from Luke 8: 52. "She is not dead, but sleepeth." The large concourse of friends who had assembled to perform the last sad rites to the departed was evidence of the high esteem in which she was held. Of enemies she had none and all who knew her were devotedly attached to her. As a daughter she was most dutiful and loving, endeared to home by the strongest filial affection. The remains were borne to their last resting place by her classmates. She had made her peace, calling and election sure, and He who wept over the world's woes and could not die, but suffered death, received her at the heavenly portals, and thus we have the assurance that she is not dead, but sleepeth. She leaves a father, mother, one brother and one sister to mourn their loss.
McELROY.--David Andrew Jackson McElroy was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Dec. 18th, 1832; came with his parents to Hardin Co., Ohio, when four years old, his father locating on the farm now owned by him. He was married to Hester Ann Garlinger Feb. 17th, 1857. To this union were born eleven children, four boys and seven girls. Brother McElroy was an energetic and prosperous farmer, looked after his home and its comforts, but in the evening of his time saw that life here should not be employed only in looking after temporal blessings, but that we have a higher calling. He gave his heart to the Lord and his hand to the Mennonite Church with his wife, in which relation they lived zealous Christian lives until the summons came to Bro. McElroy June 14th, 1898, after he had suffered with consumption for some time, and called him to his reward. Funeral services were conducted by N. O. and John Blosser. Text, Luke 2 : 29, 30. Services at the house of the deceased; interment in the McElroy cemetery. His wife rejoiced to think that she will soon receive a similar message, she being afflicted with cancer. July 28th, 1898, her desires were granted. She passed quietly to the other shore to enjoy with her husband what heaven has in store for them. Funeral services at the home Friday, July 29th, 1898, by John and N. O. Blosser, from Mark 3 :34. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband. Three sons and six daughters, twenty grandchildren, brothers and sisters are left to mourn their loss. The earthly home is broken-material things will pass away; home is nothing but a name without home friends. In one form or other this is the great object of life. Heaven is the home that awaits the faithful beyond the grave. There the friendships formed on earth, and which death has severed, are never more to be broken; parted friends shall meet again never to be separated. At the best estate we are but pilgrims and strangers. Heaven is the eternal home for those who allowed themselves to be fitted for it; it is a prepared place for a prepared people. Death will not knock at the door of that mansion, and in all that land there will not be a single grave. Here we rejoice to have birthday, Christmas day or Thanksgiving day anniversaries and have all the family represented, but oh how our heavenly Father will rejoice in that long thanksgiving day of heaven when He has all His children with Him in glory! How glad brothers and sisters will be to meet after so long a separation. Once they looked through a glass darkly, now face to face.
Two more precious lives are ended,
And the voices loved are stilled
In our midst their place is vacant
Which can never more be filled.
Human hands have tried to save them,
Tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore them
From this weary world of pain.
Tearfully we lowly laid them,
'Neath the grass that grew so green,
And the forms of our dear parents
In our midst no more are seen.
ARR. BY J. B.
DAUGHERTY.-On July 10th, 1898, at her home near Cashtown, Adams Co., Pa., Laura, wife of Wm. Daugherty, and youngest daughter of Joseph Musselman, dec., in her 39th year. Deceased was in poor health for about four years with heart and throat trouble, and confined to her bed but one week before death. She died with a bright hope and a full assurance of a happy eternity. She leaves a husband, one daughter seven years old and many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the house by Pre. Kaser. Buried in the Fairfield cemetery.
Why should we weep for those who die,
Those blessed ones who weep no more;
Jesus has called them to the sky,
And gladly have they gone before.
Far in the distant heaven they shine,
But still with borrowed luster glow;
Savior, the beams are only Thine,
Of saints above or saints below.
For them no bitter tear we shed-
Their night of pain and grief is o'er-
But weep our lonely path to tread
And see the forms we loved no more.
F. E. M.
BEERY.-Mary Moyer, wife of Samuel Beery, was born January 14, 1807, died July 30th, 1898, aged 91 years, 6 months end 16 days. To this union were born two sons and ten daughters, fifty-four grandchildren and seventy great-grandchildren. Her husband and two children preceded her to the better world, leaving two sons and eight daughters, one brother and two sisters, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She bore her suffering with the greatest of patience, and when death came she was ready. Funeral services at the Turkey Run M. H. by John Blosser. Text, Jer. 12 5.
Dearest mother, thy chair is vacant,
And thy place can ne'er be filled;
And thy room is O, so lonely
Since thy voice for aye is stilled.
Thy fond smile no more will greet us,
But we know that all is well,
And in heaven we wish to meet thee,
And with thee forever dwell.
Fare thee well, our dearest mother,
If with thee we now must part;
But in heaven thou art resting
With a glad and joyous heart.
BURKHOLDER.-On the 15th of July, 1898, at the residence of his parents in the city of Lancaster, Pa., Bro. Daniel D., son of Daniel B. and Annie Burkholder, aged 27 years, 4 months and 23 days. He leaves a father and mother and two brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure. The deceased was born near Lititz, Pa. He learned the printing trade in the office of the Lititz Express, and for the last six years worked in the Philadelphia Express printing office. He quit work last Octo-ber on account of gradual decline from consumption, and went to the home of his parents at Lancaster, Pa., but his frail body became weaker from time to time. He took to his bed about two weeks before his departure. He was visited by the Mennonite members of that district during his illness and also admonished of the duties necessary to prepare for heaven, which duties the deceased fulfilled a few days before his departure, he being baptized by Bish. Isaac Eby. Oh, may this be a loud call for the near friends and for all those who are outside of the ark of safety. On the 18th the corpse was taken ten miles north to its last resting place beside several of his brothers in the cemetery of the Hess Mennonite M. H., where John LeFever and Benj. Hertz-ler officiated. Text, Eccl. 12 :1, "Re-member now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."
HESS.-On the 16th of July, 1898, near Oregon, Lancaster Co., Pa., of liver complaint, Fannie L. Hess, widow of Bro. Samuel H. Hess, who died in 1871. Her age was 64 years, 10 months and 20 days. Deceased leaves one son and three daughters to mourn her departure. Funeral services on the 19th from her late residence. Buried by the side of her late husband at the Hess M. H. Funeral services by Preachers Funk and Wilson. Text, John 14 :2.
FREY.-On the 26th of June, 1898, near Archbold, Ohio, of dropsy, Bro. Christian Frey, aged 51 years, 7 months and 23 days. He was married to Magdalena Frey, with whom he lived a happy life for 23 years, 2 months and 18 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion, five children, a brother and a sister to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral services at the M. H. on the 28th, where a large con-course of relatives and friends met to pay their last tribute of respect. Serv-ices by D. J. Wyse and Chr. Freyen-berger. Text; 2 Cor. 5:1-5.
KAINE-July 17, 1898, at her home in Scottdale, Pa., of typhoid fever, after an illness of three weeks, Sister Missouri Kaine. She bore her suffering patiently and calmly fell asleep in Jesus. She leaves a husband, and three small children to mourn for a mother's love. May they find homes, where they early will be taught of Jesus and his love, and be prepared to meet their mother in the skies. May it be a loud call to the husband to prepare to meet his loved companion who has only gone on before to the heavenly land. Buried on the 19th in the Scottdale cemetery. Funeral services conducted by J. N. Durr and Pre. Moorehead. Peace to her ashes.
HERR.-On the 13th of June, 1898, at her home in Millersville, Pa., of cancer, Annie, wife of Aldus Herr, aged 38 years. Funeral June 15th at the Mennonite M. H. at Millersville. Services conducted by Pre. Marquart and Bro. J. K. Brubaker. Text, "Oh that I had wings like a dove for then would I fly away and be at rest." Sister Herr be-came a child of God three years ago, before the disease had fully developed. She was an earnest Christian. It was her lot to be a great sufferer, having intense pain at times, but she bore her sufferings very patiently, teaching forcible lessons to all around her. During the last months of her sickness her suf-ferings increased and she constantly prayed to be taken home to rest, but she said if she might be the means of leading her brothers and sisters to Christ she was willing to suffer longer. She died rejoicing in the Christian's hope. A. H. K.
KINDIG.-July 21, 1898, at Millersville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Christian Kindig, aged 82 years, 6 months and 22 days. Funeral services on the 23d by Bish. Jacob N. Brubaker, Benj. Hertzler and Amos D. Wenger from Psa. 37:37, "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace." Father Kindig was a member of the church for more than fifty years and within a few months of his death attended services regularly and also the Sunday school whereof he was a warm friend. Truly we miss him everywhere, especially in the home. We see only the vacant chair. That sweet smile no longer greets us. 'Tis when our parents are gone from us that we truly remember their many kind acts and their kind solicitude toward us. He seemed conscious that his end was drawing near, and would say, "As the Lord wills so let it be." He would sometimes request those around him to sing whereupon he would join in singing, even while lying in his bed, those hymns he loved so well. But he is gone we hope to that better world, there to sing with the redeemed, and we only look forward to the time when we may join him again upon the eternal shore to be reunited and join in singing the songs of eternal deliverance. Seven children and a number of grandchildren survive him.
FISHER.-On the 19th of July, 1898 of pneumonia, John Fisher, aged 73 years, 9 months and 8 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, one son, and three daughters, a number of grandchildren and also one brother and two sisters to mourn the loss of a dear one. He was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite Church for many years. Buried on the 22d in the Amish graveyard near Ronks Station, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and relatives to pay the last tribute of respect to a kind and loving friend. Funeral services were conducted by Benjamin Fisher of Ronks and Jonathan Kauffman of Intercourse.
Farewell wife, farewell children,
Now I have gone to my home above;
Farewell sisters, farewell brother,
Till we all shall meet above.
O children dear why do you weep,
Since I a resting place have found;
So calm and peaceful I shall sleep,
Beneath the green and mossy mound.
Kind friends, to one and all I say,
With Jesus come and walk this way;
That we may all in heaven be,
And meet in blest eternity.
M. A. B.
BENDER.-Huldah, wife of John W. Bender of near Grantsville, Md., was born Oct. 26, 1853, died July 6, 1898, aged 44 years, 8 months and 10 days. The deceased sister was ill about one week prior to her death. Several days before her death she was taken to a hospital in Cumberland to be operated upon for appendicitis, which the at-tending physicians pronounced her ailment. She was carried upon a stretcher about eleven miles of the distance to Cumberland, as the jolting from riding in a carriage drawn by a team of steady horses caused her excruciating and un-endurable pain, so she was carried nearly the entire way to Frostburg and from there taken by train to Cumber-land. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite congregation of this community. Owing to family circumstances life's cup held for her many a bitter draught. Truly the inebriating cup brings sorrow, sadness and suffering into many a home where happiness, peace and enjoyment might otherwise abound. How truly could the writer of Proverbs say that "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." It would seem, judging from some of her utterances, that she had forebodings of the nearness of the end of her life's journey. We trust her state is now one of peaceful rest. Husband, five sons and four daughters remain to mourn their loss, yet we believe not as those who have no hope. The children range from three to twenty years in age, all of whom, we are glad to say, are provided with suitable homes. Six children preceded their mother over the river. Funeral services and interment were held at Maple Dale M. H. and cemetery near Grantsville, Md., on the 8th inst. The funeral services were conducted by Jacob S. Miller, Joel J. Miller and Jonas B. Miller, from I Peter 1 :24, 25, and Matt. 24 :44.
WENGER.-On July 14, 1898, at her home in Millersville, Pa., of chronic Bright's disease, Mary, wife of Pre. A. D. Wenger, peacefully entered into rest, aged 30 years, 3 months and 14 days. The funeral was held at 2:30 P. M. July 17, at the Mennonite M. H. in Millersville. The services were conducted by Abram Herr, John K. Brubaker and Jacob N. Brubaker. Text, Luke 10:42. A very large number of people assembled to show their respect for the departed one and to sympathize with the bereft husband. In the removal of our beloved sister the church and community lose one who had been a shin-ing light and a benefactress. Her death was unlooked for at so early an age, for on her face she carried the bloom of health, but all the while disease, the germs of which had been sown more than ten years ago and which showed but few symptoms, was slowly stealing away the sap of life. A little more than a year ago she was a happy bride, and she indeed was a true help-mate for our young ministering brother, encouraging him in his ministerial duties, and truly his trials and dark hours were shared by her. Why God should enter this happy home and darken its brightness we cannot understand, but we do know that "whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." Sister Mary was a patient sufferer. After the truth of her sickness was revealed to her and she knew she would have to leave her husband whom she dearly loved she did not murmur, but looked to God for help and soon became resigned to His will. As she grew weaker she expressed a desire to go home and be at rest and her last audible words were "not my way, but Thine, O Lord." It is very hard to part with her, but we humbly bow under the chasten-ing rod. A. H. K.
STRICKLER.-On the 27th of June, 1898, near Stony Brook, York Co., Pa., John Strickler, aged 70 years, 1 month and 21 days. He was away from home, and on his return when near home he was paralyzed and died without a struggle. He was buried at Stony Brook. Services by Theo. B. Forry and Eli Hursh. Text, Eccl. 9:10.
MARKS.-On the 5th of July, 1898, near Tilden, Pa., of dropsy, Bro. Jacob Marks, aged 81 years, 7 months and 7 days. On Ascension Day in the evening he was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He rejoiced in the hope of meeting Jesus. He was patient and zealous to the end. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Services by Theo. B. Forry and Eli Hursh.
SLOAT.-On the 18th of July, 1898, at Stony Brook, Pa., of spasms, Hattie Luceeda Sloat, aged 6 years, 6 months and 22 days. Services by Eli Hursh at the house, and by George Strickler and Theo. B. Forry at the meeting house. Texts, by the former, Acts 17:30, and by the latter, Isa. 11:6, latter clause, "And a little child shall lead them."
GAUTSCHE.-Near Archbold, Ohio, very suddenly from supposed heart failure, Jacob Gautsche, aged 22 years, 1 month and 11 days. He had an attack of sore throat for a few days, but was better. On the 8th he went out to the barn, where his brother-in-law was unloading wheat. The next morning he called his mother and said he had pain in his breast, and in a few minutes he had passed to eternity. His sudden and unexpected death cast a pall of sadness over his mother, his brother and five sisters who mourn his death. Oh dear young souls, get ready and prepare to meet your God in peace, for the hour of death may come before you are aware of it. O what a loud call to all that are standing out of Christ and en-joying all the pleasures of this world. Let the words of St. John be pressed to your souls, that the world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 1 John 2:17. Funeral at the M. H. on the 10th where services were conducted by D. J. Wyse, C. S. Stucky and C. Freyenberger. Text, 1 Peter 1:24, 25. The funeral was very largely attended.
HORST.-On the 24th of July, 1898 near Pinola, Franklin Co., Pa., of liver trouble, Bro. Peter Horst, aged 73 years 6 months and 3 days. He leaves a widow, four sons and two daughters to mourn his death. He died with a bright hope and full assurance for a happy eternity. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters, besides a large circle of warm friends to mourn the loss of one that was near and dear to us. Bro. Horst often remarked that he was ready to go to his heavenly home where Christ has prepared His mansion in glory for all those that are willing to come unto him and live. Bro. Horst was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church, and had been a deacon in the same for twenty-one years. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives, and were laid to rest in the home graveyard, after which the services were ably conducted at the church near by, by Bro. P. H. Parret of Chambersburg, and Bish. Michael Horst of Maugansville, Md., from 2 Tim. 4: 7, 8. May God ever strengthen and comfort the bereft family in their afflictions.
"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep!
From which none ever wake to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes."
J. H. P.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington and Ruth Schrock, Indiana. Any errors are the responsibility of Nancy Regan.