GROFF.-On the 13th of October 1905, in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., suddenly, of heart failure, Sister Hettie Groff, widow of Bro. Benj. Groff; aged 75 years. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. A daughter and two sisters survive her. Funeral services on the 16th at Mellinger's M. H.
GOCHENAUER.-On the 15th of October 1905, in New Providence, Pa., Elizabeth Gochenauer, aged 82 years. She is survived by two sons and two daughters. Funeral services were held on the 18th at the New Providence M. H.
ROTH.-Joseph Roth was born in Alsace, Europe, July 25, 1831; died near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, Oct. 3, 1905; aged 74 Y., 2 M., 8 D. He accepted Jesus as his Savior and united with the Amish Mennonite church at the age of fifteen years. On June 21, 1858, he was married to Marie Gerig; to them were born eight children, three of whom preceded him to the spirit world. In 1868 he emigrated to Wayne county, where he died. On Oct. 18, 1884, the beloved mother of this family was called away to her eternal reward. He again married in 1885, to Widow Alice Gillman. To this union were born two children, but only one of these remains to mourn the departure of a dear father. Funeral sermon by C. Z. Yoder and Peter Conrad.
WAMPLER.-John P. Wampler of near Dayton, Rockingham Co., Va., aged 27 Y., 18 D., met with an accident that cost his life on the 29th of Sept. 1905. He went to the woods to hunt squirrels about 10 o'clock a. m. He did not appear for dinner, but as this was nothing unusual it caused no alarm. When night came on and he did not return it caused some uneasiness, but it was thought he had probably gone to Dayton to attend a literary society of which he was a member. A brief search was made late in the night, but no trace of him was found. A search was made for him early next morning and his body, cold in death, was found between six and seven o'clock, scarcely more than 200 yards from his home. His neck was broken, the face badly lacerated and the body very badly bruised. From the indications if is supposed that he climbed a tree after a squirrel and fell a distance of nearly seventy feet and that death was instantaneous and occurred soon after he left home. He was a son of the late John Wampler who died in July last. Another son died in May last, at the age of about 35 years, making three deaths within five months. Much sympathy is felt for the sorely bereaved family. Funeral services were held on the 2d of October at the Bridgewater M. H., conducted by Walter Yount, assisted by Joseph M. Keagy of the German Baptist church, of which the deceased had been a consistent member from early youth. Interment near by.
BARNHART.-Charles C. Barnhart died of consumption at the home of his father, Philip Barnhart, near Hinton, Rockingham Co., Va., Oct. 5, 1905; aged 21 Y., 10 M., 25 D. He was buried at the Mt. Horeb M. H. on the 6th. Funeral services were conducted by T. C. Harper of the U. B. church, assisted by P. S. Thomas, of the German Baptist church. He had been in failing health for some time, but like many others he neglected " the important part" until a short time before his death when he united with the U. B. church.
SHOWALTER.-Michael Showalter died at his home near Harrison burg, Va., Oct. 18, 1905; aged 74 Y., 8 M., 3 D. His health had not been good for several yeas, but he was able to go about until on the 17th inst., when he was found unconscious in his bed, he having been paralyzed. In this condition he remained till he died. Bro. Showalter had been a member of the Mennonite church for many years. He adorned his profession by his life and walked humbly before his God. He was very much interested in the welfare of the church and labored for the furtherance of the cause of Christ. He manifested a great interest in the spiritual welfare of his children and lived to see all of them in the church of his choice. We believe he was at peace with all men, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. He was the father of six sons and five daughters. All have grown to manhood and womanhood, he being the first one of the family to be called away. He leaves to mourn their loss, besides eleven children, an aged widow and a number of grandchildren. He was buried near the Weaver M. H. on the 20th, where funeral services were conducted by D.S. Brunk of Elida, Ohio, E.J. Berky of Auburn, Va., and L. J. Heatwole, from Rev. 14:13.
HILTY.-Joseph Hilty was born in France, Nov. 20, 1839; died Oct. 19, 1905; aged 65 Y., 10 M., 29 D. He was united in matrimony to Barbara Kropf in 1868. To this union were born six children. His beloved companion and three children preceded him to the world beyond. Three children and four grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of a loving father and grandfather. Funeral services were conducted by David Hostetler in German and J. S. Gerig in English.
STEINER.-Esther Catharine Steiner was born in Guilford Twp., Medina Co., Ohio, March 28, 1834; died Aug. 20, 1905; aged 71 Y., 4 M., 22 D. She was united in marriage to Peter Steiner, March 20, 1858. To this union were born five sons and one daughter. There are also 17 grandchildren, all living, to mourn the loss of a loving mother and grandmother. Services conducted by Norman Lind and J. S. Gerig.
MILLER.-Sister Barbara Miller, widow of John Miller, died at her home near Pettisville, Fulton Co., Ohio, Oct. 21, 1905; aged 67 Y., 7 M., 12 D. She was born March 9, 1838, and leaves one son, two daughters, one sister, two grandchildren and many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted y Daniel Rupp and Henry Rychener at the A. M. meeting house on the 22d of October. Peace to her ashes.
MILLER.-On the 21st of Oct. 1905, at Archbold, Fulton Co., Ohio, Floyd, son of Bro. Abraham and Sister Katie Miller; aged 1 M., 22 D. He was born Aug. 28, 1905, and though his stay was but a very short one, yet we can say as Job has said, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Funeral services at the A. M. meeting house, conducted by D. J. Wyse and H. Rychener. Text, Mark 10:14-16.
GERBER.-On the 20th of October 1905, at his home in
Cass Co., Mo., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. Joseph Gerber,
aged 89 Y., 6 M., 4 D. He was born in Stark Co., Ohio, in 1816,
was married to Sarah Wingard in 1840, and moved to Indiana in
1846, to Johnson Co., Mo., in 1870, and to Cass Co., in 1903,
living near their son-in-law. Of his seven children five, together
with his aged companion, survive, and three of them were present
at his funeral. He also leaves 36 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He had been a faithful member of the A. M. church. Funeral services
a the Sycamore M. H. by Daniel Reber, Peter Zimmerman and Levi
KREIDER.-On the evening of Oct. 21, 1905, near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pa., of heart disease, suddenly, Jacob D. Kreider, aged 55 years. He had been apparently in good health during the day, but at the supper table he fell over and d died in a short time. His wife, three brothers and one sister survive him. Buried on the 24th at the Longenecker Men. M. H.
STONER.-On the 23rd of October, in Ephrata, Pa., of heart failure, suddenly, Nancy, wife of Abraham Stoner; aged 61 Y., 9 M., 28 D. Her husband found her dead in her chair, probably shortly after she had expired, about four o'clock in the morning. She had been suffering with asthma for about four months. She was a member of the Mennonite church. She was a daughter of Jacob Nolt, the mother of nine children, of whom six, with her husband, survive. Services were held on the 26th at Metzler's meeting house, conducted by Bish. W. B. Weaver and John Hess.
DENLINGER.-On the 21st of Oct. 1905, in Rohrerstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., of angina pectoris, Martha S., wife of Tobias K. Denlinger and daughter of John K. and Elizabeth Brubaker; aged 58 years. She enjoyed her usual health until suddenly she complained of feeling ill and retired. Soon she became in part unconscious and remained so until she died. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church. She is survived by her husband and a son, daughter and two brothers. Buried on the 25th at the Mennonite M. H. in Rohrerstown.
YODER.-On the 14th of October 1905, near Middlebury, Ind., Betsy, wife of Enos Yoder and daughter of David and Polly Miller; aged 20 Y., 10 M., 6 D. She lived in matrimony only about a year and a half and leaves her sorrowing husband, parents, four brothers, one sister and many other relatives and friends to mourn her early death. Funeral services on the 16th by Emanuel Miller and Daniel Hostetler. May God comfort the bereaved ones and draw them all closer to him.
WEAVER.-On the 13th of Oct. 1905, in Walnut Creek Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio, Monroe, oldest son of Joseph B. Weaver; aged 19 Y., 2 M., 21 D. Three weeks before his death he fell from the table of a thrashing machine in the barn of his grandfather, Benj. Weaver, his head striking the barn floor. He was conscious and seemed to be recovering, when about a week before his death he suffered a relapse, became unconscious and remained so most of the time until the end. Funeral services on the 15th by S. H. Miller and Moses E. Mast of Shanesville, Ohio, and S. J. Swartzentruber of Michigan. This sad death has cast a gloom over the whole community, as the deceased was beloved by all who knew him.
YODER.-On the 16th of October 1905, in Somerset Co., Pa., Mary (Beachy), beloved wife of Jonas M. Yoder; aged 27 Y., 6 M., 8 D. She leaves her husband, three little children, her mother, four brothers, one sister and one half-sister to mourn her early death. Burial on the 17th at the Lower M. H. Funeral services by D. D. Yoder and D. S. Beachy. Text, 1 Cor. 15:35-38.
SHENK.-In Allen Co., Ohio, on the 21st of Oct. 1905, of the infirmities of old age, Henry Shenk, aged 96 Y., 11 M., 26 D. He was born in Rockingham Co., Va., Oct. 25, 1808, and came to Columbiana Co., Ohio, in 1834, but after a short stay he returned to his native state. In 1835, however, he again came to Ohio and finally settled in the county where he died. Both of his trips from Virginia to Ohio were made on foot. He was married to Elizabeth Bear of Rockingham Co., Va., in 1837. To this union were born eight children, 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was one of the early pioneers of Putnam county and endured many hardships during the earlier years of his life there. He united with the Mennonite church in Rockingham Co., Va., in his nineteenth year and remained a consistent member to the time of his death. He was the first of our American Mennonite people to settle in this vicinity, and is said to have been, at the time of his death, the oldest member in the state. Funeral services at the home by M. S. Steiner and at the Zion M. H. by Isaac Burkhart, M. S. Steiner and Moses Brenneman. The aged brother had requested, about two years ago, when Bro. Burkhart visited him, that he should officiate at his funeral and use the text 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
MELLINGER.-On the 24th of Oct. 1905, near Sterling, Whiteside Co., Ill., of diphtheria, Stella A., daughter of Bro. Benjamin and Sister Anna Mellinger; aged 2 Y., 9 M., 1 D. Stella was a bright child, much beloved by parents and grandparents and it was very hard to part with her. They have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. Funeral services a t the Mennonite M. H. on Oct. 22d, by E. M. Shellenberger, of Freeport, Ill. Text, Luke 8:52, latter clause, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth."
WEAVER.-On the 12th of October 1905, of cholera infantum, Samuel J., infant son of Jerry and Alice Weaver; aged 6 M., 19 D. Funeral services were conducted by D. B. Kauffman, at the Baden meeting house. May this death leave a deep impression on the remaining family and bring them in closer touch with their God.
EASH.-On the 13th of October 1905, at her home near Comins, Mich., of stomach trouble, Mary B. Eash, aged 60 Y., 10 M., 9 D. She was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Dec. 4, 1844, but spent the greater part of her life in Kishacoquillis Valley. Her husband, John Eash, died several years ago. She is survived by five children and two brothers.
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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 Gehman and Bish. Benj. Weaver.
YODER.-On the 3d of October, 1905, in Lagrange Co., Ind., after suffering for about 18 years of rheumatism, Sister Fannie Zook, beloved wife of John H. Yoder; aged 71 Y., 7 M., 14 D. Her marriage took place in Wayne Co., Ohio, March 12, 1857. In 1859 they moved to Noble Co. Ind.,and in 1872 to Lagrange county, where she spent the remainder of her life. She leaves her husband, three sons, three daughters, four grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She united with the A. M. church in her youth, and lived a consistent life, beloved and respected by all who knew her.
HERTZLER.-On the 30th of October, 1905, near Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of apoplexy, Bro. Jacob H. Hertzler, in the eighty-first year of his life. His wife died a little over a year and a half ago. Five children, a brother and sister survive him. He was a respected and worthy member of the Old Mennonite church. Funeral was held on Nov. 2d in the Mennonite M. H. at Salunga. Interment at Landisville. He enjoyed a large circle of acquaintances and friends.
MOSER.-On the 30th of October, 1905, in the Sonnenberg congregation in Wayne Co.,Ohio, after a lingering illness, Verena, wife of Daniel Moser; aged about fifty years. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and a large family of children. She was buried at the old Sonnenberg M. H.
KINDIG.-On the 10th of Sept., at his home near Medina, Ohio, Bro. William Kindig, aged 78 Y., 7 D. He came to Ohio from Bucks Co., Pa., in 1849, and in 1850 was united in marriage with Sarah Overholt. This union was blessed with eight children. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 52 yeas. Funeral services were held at the Guilford M. H. by I. J. Buchwalter and N. A. Lind.
KING.-Nancy Newcomer King was born in Columbiana
Co., Ohio, July 18, 1826; died at the home of her oldest son in
Smithfield Twp., Dekalb Co., Ind., Oct. 15, 1905; aged 79 Y.,
2 M., 27 D. In 1848 she, with her parents, moved to Dekalb Co.,
Ind. She was the oldest of a family of eleven children. The husband
and three children have preceded her to the eternal world. She
united with the Mennonite church and continued a faithful and
consistent member to the end, and died in the triumphs of a living
faith. She leaves, to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother,
grandmother and sister, four children, eleven grandchildren, two
sisters, three brothers and a large circle of friends. The funeral
took pace* on Oct. 17th. A brief service was conducted at the
home by Bro. Eli Stofer, and at the U. B. church in Hamilton by
Pre. David Street, of the Presbyterian church. Interment at the
*Typed as printed.
GOOD.-Died of old age, at the home of his son-in-law, in Jasper Co., Mo., on the 26th of October, 1905, Noah Good, aged 85 Y., 2 M., 15 D. He was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, Aug. 11, 1820; married to Frances Culp on the 16th of December, 1841. His companion and four children preceded him to the world beyond. One son, five daughters, forty grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren survive him. Funeral services on the 28th at the White Hall M. H. by the brethren Joseph Weaver and James Hamilton. Text, Job 14:14. Buried in Weaver's graveyard, in the presence of many neighbors and friends, to pay the last tribute of love to a father and friend. B.W.B.
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 62 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 and received into church fellowship, which caused joy in many hearts. 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 and meet him in heaven. May God bless him and give him grace to fulfil his promise, and may the conversion and death of Bro. Laman reach out as a loud call to many unsaved souls, to prepare and meet their God in peace. His funeral, at the Salem M. H. on the 21st of October, was largely attended. Services were conducted by Moses and C. B. Brenneman and J. M. Shenk from Num. 23:10, "Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like his."
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. BY HIS NEPHEW.
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Bishop Rutt's Sudden Death.
Martin Rutt, bishop of the Mennonite church, was found dead Tuesday evening at his home, about two miles north of Maytown, Lancaster Co., Pa. His death was very sudden and the community for miles around were startled at the announcement. Bish. Rutt was apparently enjoying the best of health Tuesday and was about as usual. Early in the evening he united in marriage a young couple who had called at his house. After the ceremony he secured his team and stepped into the buggy, expecting to go away. Before he started, and while engaged in conversation with his daughter, Mrs. Harry Erb, who resides in an adjoining house, he was seized with a violent coughing spell. He complained of feeling ill and was assisted into the house by Mrs. Erb. He was made comfortable, after which Mrs. Erb returned to her home. About 7 o'clock Mr. Erb stepped into the bishop's house to inquire after his health and was startled to find him dead. It is supposed that he was stricken with apoplexy shortly after his daughter left him. The deceased was sixty-five hears of age and was a retired farmer. He was chosen a minister of the Mennonite church many years ago, and later was elected bishop. He was well-known throughout the entire community and very prominent in the Mennonite church. His wife died several years ago, and the following children survive him: Maritn, Mrs. John L. Garber and Mrs. Harry Erb, all of whom resided near by, and Mrs. Tillman Kraybill, of Conoy township. - [New Era.]
EBERSOLE.-On the 24th of October, 1905, in Marion, Franklin Co., Pa., at the residence of her brother, Abraham Horst, where she had her home, of dropsy, Nancy E. Ebersole, widow of John F. Ebersole; aged 87 Y., 11 M., 25 D. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for 70 years. She was the mother of seven children, five sons and two daughters. Two sons preceded her to the world beyond. Three sons, two daughters and a host of friends survive her. Henry, of Clarence, N. Y., and Christian, of Riverton, Warren Co., Va., were present at the funeral. She had a great desire to depart and be with Christ. Her end was peaceful. Buried at the Mennonite meeting house in Marion, Oct. 26th. Services were conducted by the brethren Geo. Earnst and Chr. Strite. Text, Zech. 14:7, "But it shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light." Peace to her ashes.
HESS.-On the 1st of November, 1905, at the residence of her son-in-law, M. M. Sensenig, in Lancaster City, of heart disease, Catharine Hess, widow of the late John Hess; aged 83 years. She was born in Providence township. Her maiden name was Catharine Shank. Her husband died seven years ago; she had resided in Lancaster some thirteen years. She was a member of the Old Mennonite church and is survived by two daughters.
NISSLEY.-On the 1st of November, 1905, near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., at the parental home, after an illness of more than four weeks, Samuel M., son of Pre. Ephraim N. Nissley, in the twenty-second year of his age. He is survived by his parents, one brother and three sisters. Funeral was held on Saturday, the 4th inst., at the Graybill meeting house in E. Donegal, of which congregation the deceased was a member.
MILLER.-On the 27th of October, 1905, in Moultrie Co., Ill., of consumption, Benjamin S., son of Abner Miller; aged 20 Y., 7 M., 13 D. Funeral services were held on the 29th of October at the family residence by Jacob Petersheim of Kansas and J. D. Plank.
GEINETT.-On Oct. 21, 1905, Sister Maryann, wife
of Dea. Samuel Geinett, died at her home at Rockton, Clearfield
Co., Pa., aged 68 years. She was born Oct. 21, 1837, and was a
faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. She is
survived by her husband, two sons (Austin, at home, and Harry,
of Springs, Pa.), three daughters (Mertie, Nora and Clara); also
31 grandchildren. Seven of her children preceded her to the glory
world. Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite church
on Sunday. The sister had been an invalid for many years, doing
her housework on crutches. May our loss be her eternal gain. Peace
be to her ashes.
LANDIS.-At Hesperia, California, Oct. 19, 1905, of consumption, Sophia, the beloved companion of Pre. Geo. B. Landis, leaving Bro. Landis with a family of eight children. She was a devoted wife, a faithful mother and an exemplary Christian. Funeral at the home on the 21st, by J. F. Brunk of Kansas City, Kan., and David Garber. Bro. Landis and the family have the sympathy of the entire community. Peace to her ashes.
GEHMAN.-Jacob Gehman was born in Springfield Twp., Bucks Co., Pa., May 5, 1827; died Nov. 2, 1905, at the age of 78 Y., 5 M., 27 D., at the home of his daughter, Rachel Smith, near Hope, Kan. He was married to Barbara Angeny, Oct. 2, 1849. To them were born twelve children, ten of whom are living. Five of his children were with him during his last days on earth, and they, with the bereft wife, two sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law, were present when the last sad rites were performed. Funeral services a the Brethren church in Olathe, Kan., were conducted by Bro. I. H. Christ. Text, "Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return" (Gen. 3:19). Interment was made at the Olathe cemetery. The first of this family to be laid to rest for forty-four years. He brought up his family in the fear of the Lord, and they all to-day, from a full heart, feel grateful for his teachings. He was a member of the Mennonite church since the age of sixteen, ever faithful to his convictions of the truth, and wherever he went he testified for the Lord. He was a subscriber and an earnest reader of the Herald of Truth since the date of its first publication. All his life he enjoyed good health, but began to fail perceptibly in the last six months. He was bedfast for three and one-half weeks before his death. He suffered a good deal at times, but was so quiet and patient through it all, that no one could tell how much he bore. A physician was called in and all that loving hands could do, was done for him. He was grateful for the ministrations, yet his greatest desire was to depart and be at rest. He had visions of the other shore, which, though his watchers could not behold, they knew were beckoning him over. Our hearts are wrung with grief, still it is blessed to know that his life, so full of disappointments here below, is at last made perfect in the home where sorrows never come.
DERSTINE.-On the 30th of October, 1905, in Reliance, Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy and gangrene, Enos Derstine, at an advanced age. He was twice married and is survived by his wife Mary (nee Stotler) and two sons from the first marriage. Funeral was held on Sunday at the Rockhill Mennonite meeting house.
GROFF.-On the 3d of November, in E. Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Daniel Groff, at the age of 87 years. His sorrowing companion and seven children survive. He was a member of the Old Mennonite church. Buried on Monday, the 6th inst., at Mellinger's meeting house.
DIETER.-On the 3d of November in New Providence, Lancaster Co., Pa., of typhoid fever, Daniel Dieter, aged 34 years. He was a member of the Old Mennonite church. He is survived by his wife and two children, his father, two brothers and a sister. Funeral was held on the 6th at the Providence meeting house.
NISSLEY.-On the 4th of Nov., 1905, in Florin, Lancaster Co.,Pa., suddenly of apoplexy, Henry B. Nissley, aged sixty years. He arose in the morning in usual health, and while dressing became unconscious and remained in this condition till he died. He leaves a sorrowing companion and six children. Funeral was held at the Kraybill meeting house on the 8th.
GEINETT.-On the 6th of Nov., 1905, Dea. Samuel Geinett died at his home near Rockton, Pa., of dropsy and heart trouble; aged 77 Y., 2 M., 10 D. He was born in Juniata Co., Pa., Aug. 26, 1828. From this place he went to Clearfield county. He was united in marriage to Maryann Ashenfelter. To this union were born twelve children, of whom seven preceded him to the glory world. He was for many years a member of the Mennonite church and has fully demonstrated his Christian fortitude and faithfulness. In his last hours he showed his concern for the salvation of souls by giving words of warning and comfort to all. He was fully resigned to the will of God and willing to wait until the "Lord's appointed time." Funeral services were conducted at the Mennonite meeting house at Rockton, Nov. 8th, from Joshua 24:15. A large concourse of relatives and friends paid their last tribute of respect. Peace to his ashes. COR.
RABER.-In Johnson Co., Mo., Oct. 24, 1905, Bro. ---- Raber, aged 80 Y., 5 M., 24 D. He was born in Baden, Germany, in 1825. At the age of twelve years he came with his parents to America, to Butler Co., Ohio. Later he went to Lee Co., Iowa, where he was married to Susanna Nafzinger. In 1858, with his family, he moved to Hickory Co., Mo., and in 1890, to Johnson Co., Mo. He was the father of twelve children, of whom eight survive, with his aged companion, and seven of them were present at the funeral. He also leaves 44 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, who mourn the loss of a kind husband, father and grandfather. He suffered about two years with a sore foot, but bore it patiently and was always cheerful and willing to depart this life and be forever with the Lord in whom he trusted and whom he served. He was a member of the A. M. church and as long as he was able he attended and took an active part in church and Sunday school. He was buried in the Pleasant View cemetery, Oct. 26th. Funeral services at the church were conducted by Benjamin Hartzler and Levi Miller. We believe he was at peace with all men and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection. Peace to his ashes.
Note - information not in the published obituary:
I was working with a research request today and noticed the
Nov. 16, 1905 HT
obit for Bro. Raber whose first name is not given. This man's first
name was Daniel (cf. his widow Susanna's obituary April 5, 1917 GH). The
information is confirmed in several other genealogical sources.
Joe A. Springer, Curator
Mennonite Historical Library
Goshen College 1700 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526
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Death and Burial of Bish. Martin Rutt.
Bish. Martin Rutt was born Feb. 8, 1841, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and died from the effects of a paralytic stroke, at his home in West Donegal township, in the same county, on the 8th of Nov., 1905; aged 64 Y., 8 M., 29 D. His life was an active one and he filled up the measure to the brim, and, as is sometimes said, "he died in the harness." He was just about to respond to a call to do his work for the Mater. Just as he had taken his seat in the carriage to drive away to baptize a young man upon his sick-bed, his daughter came and asked him when he intended to return. He replied, "I do not know. I am not feeling well." She endeavored to persuade him, on account of his not being well, not to go, and finally prevailed on him, and he consented, upon which he was led to the house, where he was taken with a severe coughing spell and in a short time expired. Bish. Martin Rutt was a dear brother and father in Israel, a conscientious and devout Christian, an able preacher in both the English and German languages. He was esteemed as an excellent counselor. His counsel and advice will be missed in the family, in the church and in the community where he resided. He was superintendent of the Bossler Sunday school for more than twenty years, ever since its organization, and both the school and the church under his care prospered. The church was growing and every year new members were added to her number. It is hard to understand why one so useful and so much beloved should be removed from our midst, but we will trust that our loss is his eternal gain. "It is the Lord's doing and marvelous in our eyes." Three daughters and one son survive. The funeral services were held at Bossler's meeting house on the 10th of November and conducted at the home by Bish. Benj. Zimmerman, and at the meeting house by Bishops Abram Herr, Isaac Eby and Jacob N. Brubacher, from the text in Heb. 13:7,8. The funeral is said to have been one of the largest ever held in this part of the country. Five hundred teams and 2,000 people are estimated to have been present. May the Lord comfort the sorrowing family and give the church another shepherd as devoted and faithful as he who was so suddenly called away from his work.
RENNER.-Jacob Renner was born Jan. 21, 1844, and died in Lagrange Co., Ind., Nov. 2, 1905; aged 51 Y., 9 M., 11 D. He leaves a widow and four daughters to mourn his death. Funeral services were held in the Emma meeting house in Lagrange county by Pre. J. Kurtz and D. D. Miller. Interment at Forest Grove cemetery.
GERBER.-On the 9th of Nov., 1905, at the home of her son-in-law, John Weaver, after suffering ten days from a fall, Anna, widow of the late Joseph Gerber, aged 79 Y., 8 M., 7 D. She was a member of the A.M. church. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Andrew Schrock from Psa. 39, and at the Union Mennonite M. H. near Washington, Ill., by Peter Summer and John Smith. She leaves seven children, forty-three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to mourn her death, though they need not mourn as those who have no hope. P.G.
YODER.-Widow Veronica, daughter of Yost and Rachel Yoder, was born at her late residence near Smithville, Ohio, July 15, 1825; died Oct. 25, 1905; aged 80 Y., 3 M., 10 D. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her youth and was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church. On June 5, 1845, she was married to Israel Yoder, to whom were born eleven children, six of whom survive her and attended her funeral. There were also twelve grandchildren, one having preceded her to the spirit world; also five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by C. Z. Yoder and Benj. Gerig at the Oak Grove meeting house.
MILLER.-Melvin, oldest son of David and Sarah A. Miller, was born Feb. 15, 1887, in Cass Co., Mo., came with his parents to this vicinity (Wayne Co., Ohio,) in 1903, where he died Nov. 11, 1905; aged 18 Y., 8 M., 26 D., and was buried at the Oak Grove cemetery. He was converted when only thirteen years of age, and remained a faithful Christian to the end. It makes us feel sad to think he died so young, but we mourn not as those without hope, and believe that he is now at rest, and so we comfort our hearts with the thought that God does all things for the best. Funeral services were conducted by C. K. Yoder and C. Z. Yoder.
BEECHY.-Judith Beechy (nee Yoder), wife of Bish. David Beechy, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 12, 1824; died at the home of her son-in-law, David Miller, in Wayne Co., Ohio, Nov. 10, 1905; aged 81 Y., 3 M., 28 D. She lived in matrimony 61 years. To this union were born 14 children (nine sons and five daughters), 54 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Husband, two sons and three daughters have preceded her to the spirit world. She united with the A. M. church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted at the Walnut Creek A. M. meeting house in Holmes Co., Ohio, by the home ministers, assisted by Bro. Paul Hershberger of Nebraska.
WELDY.-On the 12th of Nov., 1905, in Madison Twp., St. Joseph Co., Ind., of defective circulation, Kenneth Glen, only child of Homer and Chloe Weldy, aged 5 M., 12 D. He leaves father, mother, grandparents on both sides and a host of relatives to mourn his early death. Funeral on the 14th, at the North Union meeting house near Wakarusa, where services were conducted by John F. Funk of Elkhart and H. M. Schwalm. Text, Luke 18:15-17. The funeral was largely attended. May the dear parents realize that their little Glen has only gone before to the better land to await their coming when the trials and conflicts of life are past.
HARSHBERGER.-On June 11, 1905*, at Mattawana, Pa., of
consumption, Wallace, little son of Abram and Pearl Harshberger;
aged 4 M., 11 D. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Yoder
on the 29th of Oct., 1905*. Text, Mark 10:14. The Lord comfort
the bereaved ones.
*Typed as printed. A SISTER.
MELLINGER.-On the 10th of Nov., 1905, at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Bloom, in Salem, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Ruth Bixler, wife of Jacob Mellinger; aged 61 Y., 4 M., 13 D. The family resided in Beaver township many years, and brought up five daughter and five sons, all of whom survive their mother, she being the fist in the family to be called away. She leaves also her husband, twenty grandchildren and many friends, but they need not mourn as those having no hope. Six grandchildren died before her. Sister Mellinger's health had been failing for some time, when in September she found herself no longer able to do her work, she, with her husband, took up their home with a daughter residing in Salem. Her condition becoming more serious, a doctor was called who pronounced her disease cancer of the liver. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for many years. During her sickness she was very much concerned for her children, and wished that they might all be saved; may they not forget these deep anxieties and prayers of a dying mother, and may they so live as to meet their mother again in heaven. Funeral services on Sunday at the Midway by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Allen Rickert and D. S. Lehman, from Phil. 1:21. The house was filled to overflowing. Interment at the adjoining graveyard. P.M.
BASINGER.-On the 7th of Nov., 1905, at her home near E. Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, Elizabeth Metzler, beloved wife of Rudolph Basinger; aged 56 Y., 7 M., 9 D. As many of the Herald readers knew, Sister Basinger was stricken with paralysis on the 15th of June, 1905, and was since confined to her bed and gradually grew worse until the morning of the above date, when the spirit took its flight to the eternal beyond. She was born March 29, 1849, and was married to Rud. Basinger, Nov. 1, 1876. To this union were born one son and one daughter. The son died eight years ago. Her husband, the daughter, one grandchild, one step-son, three sisters, two brothers and many friends survive. She united with the Mennonite church in her youth and remained faithful uno the end. She will be missed in the home, the church and in the community. Funeral services at the Midway on the 9th, by E. M. Detweiler, assisted by Allen Rickert, from Rev. 21:4. Many people were present. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her, and they need not mourn as those who have no hope, and the family has the sympathy of all in this their sad hour of bereavement. May the Lord abundantly bless and reward those who so faithfully ministered to one whom they loved during her long sickness. P.M.
KNOPP.-Susie Elizabeth Knopp, daughter of Abram and Catharine Kilmer Knopp, was born in Stonewall, Col., Nov. 11, 1889. When eight years old her mother died and she spent the next four years in Ohio. In the early spring of 1901 she went to Pitkin, Col., to make her home with her brother and sister-in-law, Rufus Knopp and wife. To them she had been not only a sister, but also as a loving child. She was taken sick on Thursday and after five days of suffering she passed away at 10:55 p. m. on Monday, Oct. 30th. Her father was sent for, but he did not arrive until after she was dead. The mother, one sister and three brothers preceded her in death. The father and two brothers survive. During her sickness her thoughts were constantly on others, instead of herself, fearing she might cause others trouble or work. Several times she asked those nursing her to lie down and rest, saying, "I know, you are so tired." Within a few hours of her death she insisted she was better and would soon be well. She will be greatly missed in the church, the Sunday school and he home circle. The cause of death was endocarditis complicating articular rheumatism. Funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, where services were conducted by J. F. Pearson. Interment at Pitkin cemetery.
BRENNEMAN.-Levi Brenneman was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, July 29, 1851; died in Allen Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1905; aged 54 Y., 3 M., 13 D. When four yeas old he, with his parents, went to Allen county, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was converted and received into church membership at the age of eighteen and lived a life consistent with his profession, remaining steadfast to the end. On the 15th of Feb., 1880, he was united in marriage with Emeline Coyle of Dekalb Co., Ind., with whom he lived a peaceful and happy life for nearly 26 years. From his youth he was blessed with good health until about ten years ago when disease laid hold of his body, and gradually grew worse until it became evident that it was serious, and though he gave himself into the care of skilful surgeons and submitted to several critical operations, and at the same time looked to the Great Physician above, hoping for permanent relief, yet fully resigned to the will of his heavenly Father, he often prayed that his will should be done. When he saw that his end was drawing nigh he made every effort to have everything in order, both in his financial and spiritual affairs, and was not only concerned about his own welfare, but also that of others, especially the unsaved. He was much attached to his brothers and sisters and their children, and he was troubled then he saw some of them not living right, and though he had no children of his own, he seemed to be as much concerned about his nephews and nieces as though they were his own children. About two months before his death, while conversing with one of his brothers, when his sufferings were almost beyond endurance, he prayed that if it was God's will that he should thus suffer he was willing, if he could only be the means of saving one soul. He wished he could have the privilege of speaking to the young people and said, he feared that many of the church members were too proud. "Oh, tell them," he said, "to humble themselves; these things cannot stand before God." He also told his companion and others, not too grieve from him after he was gone, but meet him in heaven. He also mentioned some families who make no profession and both parents and children are unsaved. He made the remark, "What a pity that such nice families are not saved!" May his last words and admonitions reach far and wide as a warning to the unsaved. In the death of our brother there are left to mourn a deeply sorrowing widow, two brothers and five sisters, besides a large circle of relatives and friends, but we mourn not without hope, as he has left us the bright evidence that all is well and that he died in the triumphs of a living hope in Christ. The funeral services were held at the Salem meeting house on the 16th inst., and were largely attended, and were conducted by N. O. Blosser of Hancock county and Amos Mumaw of Wayne county, from Rom. 8:18. These brethren had been selected by the deceased for the occasion.
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Correction.-In the obituary notice of Bro. Levi Brenneman in last week's issue it was stated that the brethren N. O. Blosser and Amos Mumaw had been selected by the deceased to officiate at his funeral. This was an error. He had said nothing as to who should preach his funeral, but had selected Rom. 8:18 as a text to be used for the occasion. This will also correct the personal mention that Bro. Mumaw was called to Allen county, to assist in the funeral services of Bro. Brenneman. He came as a relative to attend the funeral of his cousin and was asked to assist after his arrival there.
GEHMAN.-Barbara Gehman died on the 16th of Nov., 1905, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. J. Ernst, near Olathe, Kan., of paralysis. She was 74 Y., 2 M., 17 D. of age. Her maiden name was Angeny. She was married to Jacob Gehman, Oct. 2, 1849. To them were born twelve children; two have gone before to meet her in the better land and ten are left to mourn their loss. Funeral services at the Brethren church were conducted by Bro. J. H. Christ. Text, 1 Cor. 15:26, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." Her last illness was very short. About six yeas ago she had a slight stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered, and the shock caused by her husband's death a few days ago resulted in another stroke that caused her death. Little did the children think when father was laid to rest that in just two short weeks mother would also be called away, but she was ready to go, having often spoken of her desire to go to the beautiful land above. Her life was a continued devotion to the Master. She was converted to Christ when young and became a member of the Mennonite church. She brought up her children in the fear of the Lord. The memory of her beautiful Christian character will ever be an inspiration to them. She was a loving wife and mother, friend and neighbor. None knew her but to love her. That she was held in high esteem was shown by the large concourse of friends who were present at the last sad rites.
HORST.-On Friday, Oct. 29, 1905, near North Lawrence, Ohio, of heart trouble, Sister Anna Elizabeth, wife of John B. Horst; aged 54 Y., 9 M., 2 D. The funeral took place on Sunday, Oct. 22d, at the Pleasant View church, where a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay the last tribute of love to our dear departed mother. Services were conducted by Bro. I. J. Buchwalter, from Phil. 1:23, 24, and Mark 14:8, first clause, assisted by Bro. Aaron Everly, Bro. W.J. Myers and Bro. Longnecker. She was mother of twelve children, five sons and seven daughters. Six children and one grandchild preceded her to the spirit world. Four sons, two daughters, three grandchildren and a loving father survive to mourn the loss of a dear mother, a constant companion, an affectionate and Christian friend to all who knew her. Peace to her ashes.
STOLTZFUS.-On the 6th of Nov., 1905, near White Horse, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Jonathan Stoltzfus. He was buried on the 9th at Beiler's burying-ground near Ronks. He leaves a sorrowing companion, three children, three sisters and two brothers to mourn his death.
KAUFFMAN.-I. I. Kauffman was born May 8, 1850, in W. Buffalo Twp., Union Co., Pa.; died near Baden, North Dakota, Nov. 9, 1905; aged 55 Y., 6 M., 1 D. He was married to Martha Zook, Dec. 10, 1872, in Champaign Co., O., where they resided until the fall of 1886, when they moved to Cass Co., Mo., and again in 1899 they moved to North Dakota, where they resided to the time of his death. He leaves a sorrowing companion, five sons and two daughters to mourn his death. He united with the Mennonite church while young and remained faithful, often expressing his desire to depart and be at rest. He was suffering over three years. In the winter of 1901-2 he was severely hurt by a coal mine caving in and in the autumn of 1902 he was badly burned and bruised in an accident with a threshing engine. The two accidents brought on a complication of diseases which caused his death. He attended church services, whenever the weather permitted, until within four weeks of his death. He was unable to walk during the last year of his life. On Sunday preceding his death he partook of the Lord's supper and expressed a desire to be anointed , which was done by Bro. S. G. Lapp, according to Jas. 5:14,15. Interment at the Mennonite burying-ground near Baden, on Nov. 11th. Funeral services were conducted by J. M. Hartzler, from Eccl. 11:3.
HERSHEY.-On the 10th of Nov., 1905, in Germantown, Pa.,
of kidney trouble, after a long illness, Anna L., wife
of Peter Z. Hershey, formerly of Penn Twp., near Manheim,
Lancaster Co., Pa. She is survived by her husband and several
children. Funeral on the 13th. Interment in Greenwood cemetery.
LEFEVER.-On the 14th of Nov., 1905, in West Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Mary Lefever (unmarried), aged about 81 years. She had her home with her brother and sister. She was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. Three brothers and a sister survive her. Funeral services were held in the Mellinger meeting-house on the 9th.
SHOUP.-On Nov. 14, 1905, at his home near Mt. Eaton, Ohio, of heart failure, Bro. Martin M. Shoup, aged 67 Y., 7 M., 8 D. While seated at the dinner table the summons came and in a few moments he had departed this life. "Surely, I come quickly." He was married to Susan Bucher, April 10, 1862. The fruit of this union was seven children. Bro. Shoup was a faithful member and a pillar in the church. He leaves a wife, five children, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services were conducted on the 17th by I. J. Buchwalter and Josiah Kaser, at the Longenecker M. H., from the text, "It shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light" (Zech. 14:7).
BALLY.-Daniel Bally was born in Tazewell Co.,
Ill., March 13, 1850, from which place the family removed to the
adjoining county of Woodford, where he resided during his early
youth, until about 1880, when he for a number of years made his
home in Livingston Co., Ill. In 1899 he went to Alpha, Minn.,
where he lived to the time of his death, which occurred Nov. 8,
1905, at St. Peter, Minn., to which place he had been taken for
treatment for acute delirium, the cause of which is not definitely
known, but believed to have been from a nervous shock received
in an accident which contributed to this lamentable condition.
His sufferings became more intense until the ninth day of his
stay at the hospital when the nervous system collapsed and death
came to his relief. Five brothers and three sisters survive him.
Three brothers and one sister live in Illinois, two brothers are
in Kansas and one sister in Nebraska. One sister, Mrs. J. R. Snyder,
resides near Alpha, Minn., with whom he had his home many years.
Daniel was a member of the Mennonite church in his younger years,
but because of church troubles grew cold and indifferent. However,
about two weeks before his death he said he had a premonition
that his time here was short and that he wanted to leave this
world with everything straightened up and become a Christian.
He asked forgiveness of all whom he met, if he had in any way
wronged them. Then delirium set in and during the last two weeks
of his life he had not a single rational moment. But in his delirium
the burden of his cry was that his sins be forgiven him and that
his soul might be saved. Let us hope that his disposition to make
peace with his fellow-men was evidence that he repented and turned
to God in his last rational days, and from his sad death may we
all learn that it is a fearfully dangerous thing to trifle with
the mercies and the Spirit of God.
P B. SNYDER
WARD.-On the 18th of Nov., 1905, in Leetonia, Columbiana Co., Ohio, at the home of his daughter, after a lingering illness, John Ward, aged about 76 years. Funeral on the 20th at Leetonia M. M. H., where services were conducted by Allen Rickert, from Num. 23:10, latter clause. Interment in the adjoining graveyard. P.M.
COY.-On the 18th of Nov., 1905, in East Lewistown, Mahoning Co., Ohio, of cancer in the bowels, of which she suffered for some time, Sister ---- Coy, wife of Solomon Coy; aged 52 Y., 27 D. She was born Oct. 9, 1853. Her maiden name was Bixler. She was married to her surviving husband, Solomon Coy, May 4, 1885. To this union were born two daughters, who, with her husband and three sisters, survive, to mourn her death. She was a devoted member of the Mennonite church for many years and was faithful to the end. From her disease she gradually grew weaker in body until death came to her relief. Funeral on the 21st at the Midway M. H. Services were conducted by Allen Rickert, assisted by D. S. Lehman. Text, John 14:2. She was laid to rest in the new cemetery adjoining the M. H., beside her sister, wife of Jacob Mellinger, who was buried on the 12th inst. P.M.
DETWEILER.-On the 12th of Nov., 1905, near Harper, Kan., Paul, only child of Bro. Wm. and Sister Emma Detweiler, of lung fever; aged 7 M., 20 D. Little Paul was a promising child and it was hard to part with him, but He who knoweth all things best saw fit to take him out of this world of sorrows and care. Funeral services were conducted by T. M. Erb, at the Pleasant Valley M. H., on Nov. 15th, from Psa. 39:9, "I was dumb; I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it." The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
TREGILGUS.-On Nov. 14, 1905, near Baden, N. D., Roy Delbert, son of John and Lula Tregilgus; aged 1 Y., 7 D. Roy was a bright and happy child and was loved by all who knew him. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community. May they commit all to their heavenly Father's care. Funeral services were conducted on the 15th by D. B. Kauffman, at the Baden meeting-house, where the remains were laid to rest. COR.
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