Herald of Truth Obituaries September, 1898

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Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXV, No. 17, September 1, 1898, page 269


BLOUGH.-On the 8th of Aug., 1898, in Somerset Co., Pa., Frank Hobert, son of Ulysses and Blough, aged 1 year. Buried on the 9th at the Stahl Mennonite M. H. Services by S. G. Shetler and S. Gindlesperger. Text, "Mine age is nothing before thee."

RUMMEL.-On the 20th of August, in Somerset Co., Pa., Annie Elizabeth, only child of Herman and Sister Lucy Rummel, aged 6 months and 16 days. Buried on the 21st at the Maple Spring Dunkard M. H. Services by L. A. Blough and S. Zimmerman. Text, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." May God bless the sorrowing parents.

The child is not lost,
But gone before,
To meet her friends
On Canaan's shore.

SPRANKLE.-Sister Elizabeth Sprankle, of near Menges Mills, York Co., Pa., died August 12, (buried the 15th), aged 89 years, 9 months and 12 days. Services were conducted by Pre. Martin Whisler, H. H. Loose and J. Hershey. Peace to her ashes.

LATSHAW.-On May 10th, 1898, in Spring City, Chester Co., Pa., Jacob Latshaw, aged 61 years, 11 months and 15 days. Buried on May 14th at Vincent Mennonite cemetery. All the services were held at the meeting house.

ERB.-On the 25th of June, 1898, near Shickley, Fillmore Co., Neb., Laura Jane Erb, maiden name Miller, aged 28 years, 8 months and 13 days. She leaves a husband and two children, father and mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn her early death. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church.

SHANTZ.-In Wilmot, Waterloo Co., Ont., of paralysis, beloved wife of Joseph Y. Shantz. She lived to be over 79 years of age. She lived in matrimony over 60 years, and leaves a loving husband, nine children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sister Shantz was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years. In her last sickness she bore her affliction with Christian fortitude. May her life long be remembered. Funeral services were held by Bro. E. S. Hallman, in English, from Rev. 14: 13, and Bro. Amos Cressman, in German, from Phil.
1: 21, at Geiger's M. H., where her remains were laid to rest.

LANDIS.-On the 8th of July, in Mechanicsville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Amanda S., oldest daughter of Jeremiah and Fannie Landis, aged 21 years, 1 month and 8 days. She was buried Monday, July 11th, at the Petersburg Mennonite M. H., where services were conducted by Pre's J. K. Brubaker and H. Sonon. Text, Isaiah 64:6. "We all do fade as a leaf." The funeral was very largely attended over a thousand friends and companions having gathered to pay the last tribute of love.

STUDER.-Elmer Lee, son of Christian and Emma Studer, died at their home in Roanoke Twp., Ill., July 25th, 1898 at the tender age of 6 months and 28 days. He had been sick only two days with inflammation of the bowels, when the summons came and he passed peacefully away to be with the Savior, who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me." Funeral was held from the Roanoke M. H., July 27, by John Smith and Andrew Schrock.

BOWMAN.-Jacob Bowman was born the 13th of December, 1814, in Lancaster Co., Pa. He removed to Ohio in 1832, and in 1839 was married to Susanna Weaver. He removed to Elkhart County, Indiana, in 1850, where he remained until 1895, when he and his wife went to live with their daughter, Lydia Greenawalt, in LaGrange Co. Their union was blessed with 13 children, 8 of whom are living, namely, Samuel, Lydia, Katy, Levi, Amos, Susan, Jacob and David. All these, (excepting Katy, who resides in Lynn Co., Kan.,) with their mother were present at the funeral. The deceased was the grandfather of thirtyone grandchildren and great grandfather of 16 great grandchildren. He was a devoted member of the Mennonite Church since 1836. He died July 18th, 1898, aged 81 years, 7 months and 5 days. Funeral was held from the Clinton Brick M. H. Services by Amos Cripe, from 2 Tim. 4 68, and John Garber, from Rev.
14: 13.

TROYER.-Mellie M., daughter of Michael and Christina Troyer, was born near Holden, Johnson Co., Mo., Jan. 16, 1878, and died May 9, 1878, near Garden City, Cass Co., Mo., aged 20 years, 4 months and 22 days. She was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite Church and through her long illness she bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude and patience. Mellie was a devoted daughter and sister and was loved by all who knew her, and has a host of friends to mourn her death. She was born for a higher destiny than that of earth and we hope to meet her in heaven, "For blessed are they that die in the Lord." Funeral services were conducted by Pre's Levi Miller and David Morrel. Her remains were laid to rest in the Clear Fork cemetery where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled.

Beautiful spirit, free from all stain,
Ours the heartache, the sorrow and pain,
Thine is the glory and infinite gain,
Thy slumber is sweet.

"It was so sudden," our white lips said,
How we shall miss her, the beautiful dead,
Who takes the place of the precious one fled?
But God knoweth best.

I think of her who in her youthful beauty died
The fair, meek one, that grew up and faded by my side,
In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the flowers opened the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief;
Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours
So gentle and so beautiful, should perish like the flowers."

Transcriber's note: Miss Troyer's death date of May 9, 1878, is transcribed as it appears, but the year is undoubtedly 1898.

SMUCKER.-On the 6th of Aug., 1898, Lizzie, wife of Christian Smucker, aged 37 years, 6 months, and 19 days. Her maiden name was Yoder. She was born at West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 18, 1861; was married to Bro. Christian Smucker, Nov. 29, 1881, at Walnut Creek church. This union was blessed with six children, three boys and three girls, two of the latter being twins aged one week. Sister Smucker died with the bright hope and full assurance of life beyond, having put her trust in the Lord. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, a devoted wife, a kind mother, and was beloved by all who knew her. Remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing friends who sympathize with the bereaved brother and family. She was buried at Fir Grove Cemetery (near Hubbard). Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Kaufman, in German, and Amos Troyer, in English. Text, Rev. 22: 19.
Hubbard, Ore.

RESSLER.-On Aug. 3, 1898, at the home of Bro. Abram Metzler near Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Sister Lizzie B., wife of Bro. J. A. Ressler. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Bro. Metzler Thursday evening, Aug. 4th, by Aaron Loucks, assisted by Abram Metzler, Jr. and at the Strasburg M. H. in Lancaster Co., (the place of interment) on Friday at 3:30 P. M., by Abram Mitzler, Jr., assisted by Aaron Loucks. Texts, Phil. 1: 21 and Rev. 14 :13. Bro. and Sister Ressler left their home at Scottdale, July 16th, for a visit of about three weeks. They stopped first at Johnstown where they visited the Blough congregation; on Monday the 18th they went to visit the church in Blair Co., where Sister Ressler expected to remain while Bro. Ressler visited some churches in Cumberland and Lancaster Cos., and attended the Mission meeting held the 28th. In the afternoon of the 28th, while at the Mission meeting, he received a message, stating that his wife was ill with typhoid fever, he started at once for his companion's bedside, arriving there Friday morning (29th), but after six days of ministering, all that loving hands and medical skill could do, she calmly fell asleep in Jesus, Wednesday evening, Aug. 3, at 6:30. She gave abundant assurance that all was well with her, and was resigned to the will of her heavenly Father. In answer to some questions asked by her husband concerning the future, she said, "I am prepared to go," "Jesus is mine." She seemed to realize from the beginning of her illness that she would not recover, yet she was not disturbed by this, but patiently endured her suffering without a murmur or a question why. Through our heavenly Father's providence the writer was permitted to visit her and be at her bedside when she passed away. She recognized and named him and spoke a few words to him, though it was only two hours before her departure; she was conscious to almost the last moments of life. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, a humble follower of her Saviour. For her to live was Christ and to die was gain. A sorrowing husband and little daughter aged 3 years mourn her early departure. She has just gone before to meet her three little ones whose lives only blossomed here to bloom in eternity, that heavenly land where "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain." "And they shall see his face.

May the Comforter, the holy Ghost, comfort their hearts, and though the storms of affliction seem severe, and the waves of trouble almost overwhelm them, yet, trusting Jesus, He will safely land them on the other shore. The church at Scottdale deeply sympathize with Bro. Ressler who has labored faithfully with them as assistant pastor for three years. Sister Ressler's age was 27 years, 6 months and 20 days.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.


Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXV, No. 18, September 15, 1898, page 285



On the 22d of August, 1898, in Rohr-erstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., Pre. John K. Brubaker, aged 54 years, 5 months and 14 days, of congestion of the brain, superinduced by nervous prostration, of five weeks duration which assumed a very serious nature from the first, al-though with some of the most skillful physicians the disease was baffled at times, and slight hopes of recovery were entertained by the doctors and family. The brother was so weak at times that he wondered that a man could get so weak and live. Then he would rally at times, and hoped his many friends would be permitted to see him, as he said he had love and a great desire to see them all, but the doctors and nurse forbade it.

He was so weak that very little would excite him, but he was always resigned to the will of the Lord, who had need of him in the higher courts above.

The brother was conscious that his end was coming, and said he was going to heaven and be at rest. He passed away so calmly that his family and one neighbor around his dying bed scarcely noticed it until the last breath was gone.

Thus came the end of one we loved so well. Yet we cannot understand why he should have been called away, so to speak, in the prime of life, so full of vigor, and so strong in the service of the Lord. But we believe his work was finished, and the Lord thought it best to call him to his rest at this time that be might join the saints in glory. Our loss on earth is his eternal gain.

We truly sympathize with the dear sister, his companion, and the only daughter in their great bereavement. He was a kind and helpful neighbor. He leaves a vacancy in the church, and his loss is especially felt in his home congregations at Rohrerstown, Mi1lersville and Lancaster. We feel the loss very deeply, as he was always ready and willing to counsel and advise to the best of his ability for the good of the church and the salvation of souls, and through his instrumentality during the nineteen years of his labors the church has prospered and greatly increased. He will be missed, greatly missed in the work of the church as well as in social circles far and near.

He was buried on the 25th, services were held in the Mennonite meeting-house in Rohrerstown, and he was laid to rest in the burying-ground near by. Services at the house were conducted by John Landis; prayer was offered by Bish. Martin Rutt. At the meeting house the services were opened by Benj. Hertzler. The sermon was preached by Amos Wenger from Romans 6:23. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." In his remarks Bro. Wenger brought out life in all its beauty and blessedness, and death in its three-fold form. First, the spiritual death in sin and trespasses; secondly, physical death, to which we are all subject, and lastly, being dead unto sin, and alive unto Christ, which was presented in such a way as to make a deep impres-sion on many hearts. Bro. Wenger was followed by Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher, of Mt. Joy, and in his remarks he said: "It is safe to assume that many can say that through the influence and instru-mentality of our brother they were brought to Christ." There are many people in the world who exercise an everlasting influence for good or evil, and through the ages of eternity the influence of our brother will never cease, and his righteousness will shine in the firmament.

At the same time there was preaching in a schoolhouse close by, by Bro. C. H. Brackbill, of Gap, Pennsylvania, from Acts 13: 36, "For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers and saw corruption." At the same place remarks were also made by Bish. Rutt. Across the road on the porch of Sister Barbara Souders' house a third congregation had gathered where Bros. Ephraim Nissly and Abram Herr spoke to a large concourse of peo-ple standing on the public thoroughfare. It is estimated that over three thousand persons were present to view for the last time the form and face they loved so well. Then the body was taken up by six ministering brethren and borne to its last resting place, followed by many sorrowing friends. Peace to his ashes, and may his virtues be long remembered.



LININGER.-On the 1st of September, l898, in the Rockton congregation, Clearfield Co., Pa., Henry Lininger, aged 87 years, 7 months and 19 days. He was born in Juniata Co. in 1811 and at the age of 27 moved to this county; two years later he married Polly La-bord, his faithful companion, and set-tled on the farm where they lived and died. This union was blessed with nine children, five of whom preceded them to the spirit world, four remain to mourn the loss of their affectionate par-ents. He united with the Mennonite Church early in life. His companion
passing over about fifteen years ago, left him lonely. As he neared the end he kept close to the cross, consecrated and reserved, desiring rather to depart from this body and be with Christ. He was conscious to the last. He died of old age, having no visible complaint. Services were held in the Mennonite M. H. to a large audience, from Job 21: 23, 25, by J. A. Brilhart, assisted by
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SOUDER.-On the 25th of August, 1898, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of paralysis and the infirmities of old age, Sister Hannah Souder, aged 83 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was buried on the 29th, in the Mennonite burying-ground in Souderton, on which occasion the brethren Abel Horning and Chr. Allabach spoke at the house, and M. R. Moyer and Josiah Clemmer at the M. H. Text, Isa. 57: 2. She rests in peace.

TYSON.-On the 21st of Aug. 1898, near Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of cholera infantum and spasms, Nora, daughter of Garet and Sue Tyson, aged 1 year, 6 months and 26 days. The burial took place on the 25th at the Souderton Mennonite meeting house. The brethren, Chr. Allabach and Joseph Detweiler spoke at the house, and Michael Moyer and Josiah Clemmer at the meeting house, from John 16: 22.

"I am going to live with the angels so fair;
I'll look for you parents and wait for you there,
Where tears do not flow, and where death cannot come,
Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home,"

HERROLD.-On the 10th of August, 1898, in Chapman Twp., Snyder Co., Pa., Clayton S., son of Elias and Mary Herrold, aged 2 years, 5 months and 13 days. Buried in the Susquehanna churchyard. Services by William Graybill. Text, John 14: 4.

DETWEILER.-On the 16th of Aug-ust, 1898, in Lawrence Co., Pa., of con-sumption, Jonathan L. Detweiler, aged 32 years and 1 month. Interment on the 19th in the graveyard near New Wilmington. Services at the Amish Mennonite M. H. were conducted by Allen Rickert of Columbiana, Ohio, from Num. 23: 10, latter clause, assisted by John H. Zook who spoke in German from Rev. 20: 12 to 21: 7. Deceased was a member of the Mennonite Church and left behind the cheering evidence that he was at perfect peace with God and departed into eternal glory.

HOFFMAN.-On the 24th of August, 1898, near Bainbridge, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lung trouble, Tillie N. Hoffman, daughter of the late Henry S. and Sis-ter Lizzie R. Hoffman, aged 15 years and 1 month. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Martin Rutt and Jacob Martin.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.

ROSS.-On the 24th of Aug., 1898, near Elida, Allen Co., Ohio, of dysen-tery, Ethel May, daughter of William and -- Ross, aged 1 year, 3 months and 10 days. Buried on the 26th. Services by J. M. Shenk and others,

"Weep not for me, my parents dear,
Since I must go and leave you here;
With Jesus I shall happy be
Forever in eternity."

MUMMA.-On the 13th of Aug., 1898, at Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., after a day's illness of rheumatism of the heart, Bro. Isaac B. Mumma, aged 29 years, 2 months and 17 days. On the 13th inst. at five o'clock A. M. he said to his wife, "I must die if pains do not leave me." The doctor near by was summoned. After his arrival the brother said, "Doctor, I have to die." Then he said to those who were present, "Sing and pray for me, because I have to leave." Shortly afterward he fell into the sleep of death. The dear brother leaves a deeply bereaved widow (her
maiden name was Shirk), also a father, two brothers and one sister to mourn his early departure; but they do not mourn as those who have no hope. On the 16th inst. his remains were token ten miles east to their last resting place (beside those of his three small children who have gone before) in the cemetery near the Hess Mennonite M. H. Hiram Kauffman and J. W. Brubaker preached to a large congregation of friends and neighbors who met to pay their last tribute of respect. Text, John 9, latter part of fourth verse.

GEISINGER.- Daniel Geisinger, a highly respected citizen of Wakarusa and surrounding community, died at his residence on corner of Wabash Ave. and Elkhart St., Aug. 20, 1898. Daniel Geisinger was born in Medina Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1827. In about 1850 he was married to a Miss Blough, through which union there were born seven children, four of whom preceded him to the spirit world, leaving a daughter and two sons to mourn his departure. In the beginning of 1868 he became a citizen of Goshen, Ind. In December of the same year he was married to Mrs. Angeline Swartz, who survives him. In 1873 he moved to Wakarusa, Ind. where he remained until the Lord called him to his eternal home. He was a blacksmith by trade and a skillful workman. When quite young he united with the United Brethren in Christ. He was a faithful and zealous worker in the cause of Christ and a local minister for about twenty years. But on account of the contention and division of that denomination a few years ago, he severed his connection with them and joined the Mennonites, Feb. 1897. June 14, 1896 he became a victim of paralysis rendering him a helpless invalid for over two years, but he bore the affliction with the patience becoming a Christian character until be calmly passed away. The funeral took place at the German Baptist church in Wakarusa, the interment in Johnson cemetery four miles west of Goshen. J. F. Funk and A. J. Duryee officiating. MRS. D. GEISINGER.

SHAFFER.-On Aug. 25th, 1898, in Snyder Co., Pa., of dysentery, Andrew S. Shaffer, aged 72 years, 8 months and 17 days. Brother Shaffer was a mem-ber of the Mennonite Church. He was blind for the last five years; during all this time and in his last sickness he bore his sufferings with Christian submission and often desired to be with Jesus. The deceased was unmarried. He leaves two sisters to mourn his de-parture. He was buried at the Susquehanna burying ground where many friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect. Services were conducted by William Auker and William Graybill. Text, Rev. 14: 12, 13.

CLEMMER.-A sad accident occurred Aug. 19, near Lansdale, Montgomery Co., Pa. Our dear friend, Bro. Henry Clemmer, was on his way home from Philadelphia, and had arrived at the railroad crossing at about 9 P. M. where he had to wait a few moments for a north-bound freight train to pass. After the train had passed, while attempting to cross the railroad, he was struck by a south-bound express train and instantly killed. His body was badly mangled. Besides receiving bad wounds on his head and chest, both of his arms and one leg were broken. His age was 65 years, 3 months and 8 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow, five sons, one brother (Bish. Josiah Clemmer), one sister, and many friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. Buried on the 23d in the Franconia Mennonite cemetery. Funeral services were con-ducted by Bro. Henry Godshall at the house and by Bro. M. R. Moyer at the M. H. Text, Luke 12: 40. Peace to his ashes.

HUGHES.-On the 29th of August, 1898, on Tuscarawas street, Canton, Ohio, of cholera infantum, Ernest E. Hughes, aged 9 months and 18 days. Buried on the 30th. Services by Allen Rickert of Colombiana, assisted by H. P. Graybill.

Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington.

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