The Gospel Witness - Volume 1, Number 31 - November 1, 1905 - pg 247
ZOOK.-Near Allensville, Pa., Oct. 5, 1905, Eli G. Zook, aged 56 years and 8 days. The deceased was a son of Samuel Zook, who was a son of Bishop "Long" Christian Zook. His widow, seven of his ten children and his brother, Jonathan, of Colorado, and two sisters survive him.
SHOWALTER:-On Oct. 18th, 1905, at his home, three miles west of Harrisonburg, Rockinham Co., Va., of paralysis, Michael Showalter, aged 74 years, 8 months and 3 days. From early life he has remained a worthy and consistent member of the Mennonite church, and in the congregations where he continued so long a regular attendant at the time of worship, his place will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife and 11 children - six sons and five daughters. In this large family there had hitherto been no death. Funeral services were held before a large concourse of people assembled at Weavers, M.H., on Friday, the 20th, conducted by the ministers, E.J. Berkey, D.S. Brunk and L.J. Heatwole. Text, Rev. 14:13.
HILTY.-On Oct. 19, 1905, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Joseph Hilty, aged 65 years, 10 months, 29 days. He was born in France and was united in marriage to Barbara Groff in 1868. To this union six children were born. His beloved wife and three children preceded him to the spirit world. Three children and four grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of a kind, loving father.
Funeral services were conducted by David Hostetler in German and Jacob S. Gerig in English.
STEINER.-Esther Catherine Steiner was born in Guilford Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, March 28, 1834. Died August 20, 1905, aged 71 years, 4 months, 22 days. She was united in marriage with Peter Steiner March 20, 19051. To this union were born five sons and one daughter, all living. Beside these there are seventeen grandchildren living, to mourn the loss of a loving mother and grandmother. Funeral services were conducted by Norman Lind and J.S. Gerig. 1text reads March 20, 1905.
ROTH.-Joseph Roth was born in Alsace, Germany, uly*
25, 1831; died at his home near Smithville, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1905,
aged 74 years, 2 months, 8 days. He made his vow with God when
he was fifteen years of age. June 21, 1858, he was married to
Maria Gerig, and to them were born eight children, three of whom
preceded him to the spirit world. In 1868 he emigrated to this
country. In 1884 the beloved mother of this family died. In 1885
he was married to widow Alice Gillman, who survives him. Two children
were born to this second union, one yet surviving the father.
Funeral services by C.Z. Yoder and Peter Conrad. 1text reads uly
25, 1831. * [Note: "July" - H.O.T. 11/2/1905 - tlm]
ESH.-On Oct. 13, 1905, at her home in Oscoda Co., Mich., Mary B. Esh, aged 60 years, 9 months, 10 days. She was a member of the old Amish church and is survived by three sons and two daughters to mourn her departure. Funeral services on the 15th at the home of Yost Yoder. Services conducted by Jacob Gasho, Yost Yoder in German, and Eli A. Bontrager in English. Her body was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery. Text, 1 Cor. 15.
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HORST - On Oct. 20, 1905, at her home near North Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio, from heart trouble, Sister Anna Elizabeth Horst, wife of John Horst, aged 54 y., 9 m., 2d. She had been in her usual health until the evening of the 19th, when she received a shock from a stroke of lightning not far away. It was thought that she had fully recovered the next morning and leaving her work she went into an adjoining room and lay down, where she was found a short time afterwards, by her daughter, Amanda, falling asleep in Jesus. So sudden was her death that it was not possible for her husband and sons who were near by to reach her dying couch until she had passed away. "There is but a step between me and death". 1 Sam. 2:3. Funeral services were conducted on the 22nd, at the Pleasant View M.H., Oct. 22nd, in the presence of an overflowing house of sympathizing relative and friends. The bereft husband, four sons and two daughters have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in the deep loss which they have sustained. Services were conducted by I.J. Buchwalter, assisted by Aaron Eberly, Wm. Myers and Sam Longnecker.
KINDIG.-On Sept 10, 1905, at his home near Medina, Ohio, Brother William Kindig, aged 78y., 7d. He came to Ohio in 1849, was married to Sarah Overholt in 1850. To them were born eight children. He has been a faithful member of the Mennonite church for over fifty years. Funeral services were conducted on the twelfth at the Guilford meeting house by I.J. Buchwalter, assisted by N.A. Lind.
HOSTETLER.-On the 23rd of Oct., 1905, at her home in Nappanee, Ind., of the infirmities of old age, Elizabeth Hamsher Hostetler, aged 81y., 4m., 19d. She was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church for man years. Funeral services on the 24th by Henry Weldy and D.J. Johns.
ZOOK.-On Oct. 6, 1905, near Topeka, Ind., of neuralgia of the bowels, Joseph E. Zook, aged 55y., 9m., 5d. Bro. Zook was apparently well on Monday night when he and his wife went to a neighbor's to help take care of the sick. On Tuesday he began to ail and on Friday he lay a corpse. So Lord, teach us to number our days that we may know how frail we are. The brother leaves a wife, one son and one daughter to mourn his departure, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral services at the Maple Grove church, where so large a concourse of people had gathered that they could not nearly all get into the church house. Services by D.J. Johns from 2 Peter 3:14, assisted by A.J. Yontz.
GERBER.-On Oct. 20, 1905, at the home of his son-in-law, C.D. Yoder, in Cass Co., Mo., Bro. Joseph Gerber, aged 89y., 6m., 4d. He was born in Stark Co., O., April 16, 1816, In 1840 he was married to Sarah Wingard, who survives him. They moved to Indiana in 1856, to Johnson Co., Mo., in 1870, and to Cass Co., Mo., in 1903. To them were born seven children, five of whom survive, and three of whom were present at the funeral. He also leaves 36 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Krove church by Daniel Raber and Levi Miller in English, and Peter Zimmerman in German.
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The Gospel Witness - - Volume
1, Number 33 - November 15, 1905
STONER.-Nancy, wife of Abram Stoner of Ephrata, Pa. died on Oct. 20th, 1905, in her 62d year, of asthmatic and heart trouble. She had been sleeping on a chair and passed away while the rest of the family were asleep. She was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services on Oct. 26th at Metzlers meeting house were conducted by Bish. Benj. Weaver and Pre. John Lefever.
GOOD.-On the 29th of October, 1905, at the home of Daniel Hoshour, near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Bro. Isaac Good, aged 86 years. He was a member of the old Mennonite church, and unmarried. Funeral was held on Nov. 1st. Burial at Bowmansville Old Mennonite burying ground. Services by Abraham German and Bish. Benj. Weaver.
GOOD.-On the 23d of Oct. 1905, at his home near Bowmansville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Bro. Peter B. Good, aged 81 Y., 8 M., 23 D. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. In his later years he retired from active life. Funeral services on the 26th at the house by Henry Good and at the meeting house by Noah B. Bowman in English and by Bish. Jacob N. Brubacher in German from the words, "It is finished." Interment in the Pine Grove cemetery near Bowmansville. Peace to his ashes.
LAMAN.-Joseph Laman was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 28, 1832; died in Allen Co., O., Oct. 29, 1905; aged 73 Y., 7 M., 29 D. He, with his parents, came to Fairfield Co., O., when he was four years old, and at eighteen to Allen Co., O., where he spent the remainder of his life. He married Mary Magdalena Steman, Oct. 10, 1853. To this union were born nine children. Five sons and two daughters survive him. There were also born 46 grandchildren, of whom 39 survive, and 10 great-grandchildren, all living. A bereaved wife, with whom he lived 52 years, three brothers and four sisters also survive him. Also many relatives, friends and neighbors mourn the death of one whom they all highly esteemed. He had made no profession, (but in his life he was upright, honest and strictly moral) until five days before he died, when he became deeply concerned about his salvation and began to call upon God for mercy, and though he had a wonderful struggle until peace came to his soul, we now have reason to believe that he was truly converted and in accordance with his request and confession of a living faith in Christ he was baptized an received into the church. Then he began to admonish his children that they, too, should become Christians, which made such an impression on his oldest son that he gave the promise to his father that he would spend the remainder of his days in the service of God. May the conversion and death of Bro. Laman reach out as a loud call to many unsaved souls, to prepare to meet their God in peace. His funeral, at the Salem M.H., on the 31st of October, was largely attended. Services were conducted by Moses and C.B. Brenneman and J.M. Shenk from Num. 23:10.
GEHMAN.-Jacob Gehman was born in Springfield township, Bucks Co., Pa., May 5, 1827; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rachel Smith, near Hope, Kans. Nov. 2, 1905, aged 78y., 5m., 27d. The rest of his earthly record may be briefly stated as follows: He united with the Mennonite church in 1841, was married in 1849 to Barbara Angeny, who survives him; was father to twelve children, ten living; moved with his family to Fayette Co., Iowa, since which time he has lived in Iowa, Missiouri1, Nebraska, and Kansas, having lived in or near Olatha, Kans., most of the time during the last ten or twelve years. Bro. Gehman has always been steadfast in defense of the Mennonite faith. Although he lived away from the church of his choice most of his life, he always took a great interest in her welfare, tried to build up the church wherever he went, and never missed an opportunity to speak in defense of the doctrine. During the greater part of his life he had been in robust health; but the last few years gave evidence that age was beginning to tell on him. His last ailment was something akin to cancer, which to some extent affected his entire system. He bore all his sufferings patiently, kept going until within a few weeks before his death, and his last days of consciousness were devoted to scripture admonitions, prayer and meditation. He died with full hope of eternal rest, with a number of his children by his bedside. Funeral services at Olatha, Kans., were conducted by I.B. Christ of the Brethren church. Text Gen. 3:19. May God comfort the bereaved. 1text reads Missiouri
CONRAD.-Mary, wife of John Conrad, of Akron, Pa. died on Oct. 27, aged 61y., 5m., 9d. She had been received into fellowship of the Mennonite church by baptism a few weeks ago. Funeral services on Oct. the 30th at Metzlers where interment was made. Services conducted by bishop Benjamin Weaver assisted by Pre. Joseph E. Wenger. Text Rom. 14:7.
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The Gospel Witness - Volume
1, Number 34 - November 22, 1905 - pp 283,288
BENNER.-On Nov. 2, 1905, near Emma, Ind., Jacob Renner, aged 61y., 9m., 11d. He was a member of the A.M. church. Funeral services at the Emma church by J. Kurtz and D.D. Miller.
Transcriber's note: "BENNER", but name in text - Jacob Renner
DENLINGER.-Sister Martha S. Denlinger, wife of Tobias K. Denlinger, of Rohrerstown, died suddenly at her home on Saturday evening, Oct. 21st, 1905, at about 7:30 o'clock, death being caused by neuralgia of the heart. Until Friday evening she had been in her usual health, but at that time complained of feeling ill and retired. She was about the house on Saturday morning when she was suddenly overtaken by a severe attack at her heart, and lapsed into unconsciousness. The family thought she would expire then, but she rallied again, and the attacks became more frequent till she passed away in the evening. After the severe spells her mind seemed perfectly clear and she could converse with her family and friends, during which time she gave unmistakable evidence that she was ready and willing to depart. She will be sadly missed by her family and the many friends to whom she endeared herself by her kind and amiable disposition; by the church where her seat was seldom vacant, yet we rejoice in the sweet assurance that she is now resting in the sunshine of God's eternal favor, and that our loss is but her eternal gain. She was a daughter of the late Deacon John K. and Elizabeth Brubaker; was born in East Hempfield Twp., near Rohrerstown, and was in the 58th year of her age. Her husband and two children, Phares B. and Annie B., both at home, survive, as do also two brothers, Benjamin and Henry. The funeral was held on Oct. 25 at the Mennonite church at Rohrerstown, where she was a member, and was very largely attended. Services were conducted by Bish. Abram Herr, Daniel Lehman and A.D. Wenger, from Psalms 55:6. May the Lord comfort the bereaved ones, and help them all so to live, that they may some day meet in the Father's home on high.
LANDIS.-At Hesperia, Calif., Oct. 19, 1905, of consumption, Sophia, the beloved wife of Pre. John B. Landis, leaving Bro. Landis with a family of eight children. She was a faithful wife and a mother of whom it may truly be said, "What is home without a mother?" She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services on the 21st at the home, conducted by J.F. Brunk, of the Kansas City Mission, and David Garber. Bro. Landis and the family have the sympathy of the entire community. Peace to her ashes.
NEFF.-Mary (Garber) Neff, died Oct. 24, 1905, aged 35y., 1m., 20d. She was married to Charles Neff, March 7, 1894, who, with six little children, survive her. She was a member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services were conducted by D.D. Miller at the Pine Creek church.
RUTT.-Bish. Martin N. Rutt was born Feb. 8, 1841, and died from the effects of a paralytic stroke, at his home in West Donegal Twp., Lanc. Co., Pa., on the 8th of Nov., 1905, aged 64y., 8m., 29d. He departed this life while in the act of fulfilling a call to do the Master's work. Just as he had taken his seat in the carriage to drive away to baptize a young man who was on his sick bed, his daughter came and asked him when he would return., "I do not know, I'm not feeling well." The daughter prevailed on him not to go, to which he finally consented and was led to the house, when he was overtaken with a severe coughing spell and soon expired. Bishop Rutt was a dear brother and father in Israel, a conscientious and devout Christian, an able preacher in both the German and English languages, and was considered an excellent counsellor. His kind disposition, gentle manner, ready, firm and pointed answers to questions made him beloved by all who were willing to receive counsel that was in accord with the Word of God. His counsel will be missed by the family, by the church and by the community at large. He was superintendent of Bossler's Sunday school for more than twenty years - ever since its organization and the school has been prospering and the church under his care was growing, yearly adding to its members. It is hard to understand why one useful and beloved should be removed from our midst. But we believe that our loss is his gain. "It is the Lord's doings, but marvelous in our eyes." The good that men do lives after them, so will the teachings of our dear brother. Three daughters and one son survive him. The funeral services were held at Bosslers meeting house on Nov. 20, and were conducted by Bish. Benjamin Zimmerman at house and by Bishops, Abram Herr, Isaac Eby, and Jacob N. Brubaker, at the meeting house.
SHANK.-Bro. Henry Shank was born Oct. 25, 1808, in Rockingham Co., Va. He united with the Mennonite church at the age of 19 years. In 1834 he made his fist trip to Mahoning Co., Ohio, and in 1836 he came as far west as Putnam Co., now Allen Co., Ohio. In 1827 he took up his homestead claim under Andrew Jackson. A year later the deed was signed by President Van Buren and transferred to Granfather Shank. He was married in 1837 to Elizabeth Bare, to which union were born seven children, one son and six daughters, 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. His companion and two daughters preceded him to the home beyond. In 1841 he moved to his new home in Allen Co., Ohio, where he spent the remaining days of his life. He was the first member in the Zion congregation. Grandfather Shank has been with us many years, helped to clear up the country and build up the church. He was highly respected and has kept the faith lo, these many years. He died Oct. 21, 1905, aged 96y., 11m., 26d. Buried in Zion Mennonite graveyard, near Bluffton, Ohio. Services by M.S. Steiner, Isaac Burkhart, C.P. Steiner and Moses Brenneman.
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