Gospel Herald Obituaries - August, 1919

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Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 19 - August 7, 1919 - page 359

Clauser. - Jeanette Marian Clauser of Rockton, Pa., was born June 18, 1862; died July 17, 1919; aged 57 y. 29 d. She suffered much during her last sickness but bore it all with Christian fortitude. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church and left bright hopes that all is well with her in eternity. She leaves 7 children, 18 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services conducted by Bro. J. A. Brilhart. Texts, Rom. 1:12; I Cor. 15 :22.

Saltzman. - Henry Saltzman was born Feb. 3, 1851; at Lafrainbal, France; died at Shickley, Neb., July 10, 1919, after a five-day illness of paralysis; aged 68 y. 5 m. 8 d. He leaves his sorrowing companion, 6 sons, 2 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. One son and one daughter preceeded him in death. He united with the A. M. Church in his early youth and remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services July 13, at the A. M. Church conducted by Bro. Jos. Zimmerman of Wood River, Neb, and Bro. William Schlegel of Milford, Neb. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
D. J. T.

Transcriber's note: "preceeded" is spelled as in the original.

Baker. - Adam, son of Peter and Margarette Baker, was born in Holmes Co., O., Oct. 22, 1863; died at his home near Shipshewana, Ind., July 12, 1919. Aged 55 y. 8 m. 20 d. On Nov. 6, 1885 he was united in marriage with Susana Hostetler. To this union were born 6 children (Ida, Mrs. Emma Yoder, Frank, Mehl, Samuel, and Ralph who preceded him to the spirit world six months ago). In 1895, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained in this faith until death. He leaves a bereaved wife, 2 daughters, 3 sons, 4 brothers, 8 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Shore Church by D. J. Johns assisted by J. P. Miller, Y. C. Miller, and Josiah Miller. Interment in the Miller graveyard.

Showalter. - Bro. Samuel J. Showalter died of paralysis at his home near Waynesboro, Va., July 7, 1919; aged 65 y. 11 m. 18 d. He had been in failing health for several years, but was able to go about most of the time, but could do very little work. On Friday he went to town (as he often had done) came home at noon acting strangely, could not talk, soon became unconscious, and remained that way until early Monday morning when the end came. He will be missed much everywhere -- was very sociable, and did much visiting, always at church services when able, was much concerned for his church and family. A sorrowing widow, 2 sons, 5 daughters, 1 sister, 4 brothers, and many relatives and friends mourn their loss, which is his gain. One son preceeded him about 12 years ago. Funeral services at the Springdale Church on the 8th where a very large crowd of people gathered. Services conducted by the brethren, A. P. Heatwole and E. C. Shank. Text, John 11:25. Interment in adjoining burying ground.

Transcriber's note: "preceeded" is spelled as in the original.

Breahm. - Philip Breahm was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1883; died at his home in Medway, Ohio, July 18, 1919. He was stricken with apoplexy on the 18th, and calmly fell asleep the following day. He came to Ohio when twenty years old. In 1857 he was married to Anna A. Harnish. To this union were born five sons and one daughter, all living and all present at his funeral. He and his bereaved wife lived a happy life together over 62 years. Soon after marriage he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church. He remained steadfast in the faith until death. He was the oldest member in the Medway congregation. His seat in church was seldom vacant as long as he was able to attend. He often gave testimony at the close of a sermon, and with tears admonished the members to be faithful. He leaves wife, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services in the Methodist Church at Medway, July 22, conducted by Moses Brenneman. Text, Job 16:22. Buried in the New Mennonite cemetery near Medway.

Transcribed Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 20 - August 14, 1919 - page 383

Hersh. - Sister Anna Hersh fell asleep in Jesus Sunday morning, July 27, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services were held at Strasburg, Pa., and conducted by Bros. John and David Moseman. She was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

Schmitt. - Sister Elizabeth Rohr, beloved wife of Bro. Joseph H. Schmitt, was born Sept. 28, 1868; died in the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital on July 24, 1919; aged 50 y. 9 m. 26 d. Typhoid fever came into the home, one son having died 6 weeks ago and another son and daughter and two grandchildren also being sick, but are recovering. She leaves her sorrowing husband, one son, three daughters, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services on July 27 by Bro. S. S. Bowman at the home and Bro. U. K. Weber at the First Mennonite Church Kitchener, Ont. Text. Rev. 3:1.

Transcriber's note: Given age is not consistent with birth and death dates.

Smoker. - Lloyd Joseph, youngest son of Bro. M. K. and Sister Louisa Smoker, Scottdale, Pa., died suddenly on Saturday morning, Aug. 2; aged 4 y. 4 m. 9 d. He had been ailing for several days, but no one thought him to be seriously ill. Bronchial pneumonia was declared to be the cause of his death. He leaves father, mother, a brother, and 2 sisters to mourn his early departure. His pleasant disposition had endeared him to many, and his departure left a deep impression on many hearts and lives. Funeral services at the home, conducted by J. A. Brilhart, Aaron Loucks, and Daniel Kauffman. Buried in Alverton Cemetery. "Peace to his ashes."

Mishler. - Adam J. Mishler was born in Elkhart, Co., Ind., March 9, 1877, died near Hubbard, Oreg., July 2, 1919; aged 42 y. 3 m. 22 d. He came with his parents to Oregon Oct. 29, 1888. He was married to Gussie C. Miller April 2, 1902. He leaves wife, a son (Marvin), a daughter (Josie Gertrude), an aged father, and two brothers. Mother, 6 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him to the spirit world. He united with the Mennonite Church at 18, but drifted away from the Church and became indifferent until about two years ago, when he renewed his covenant with God, since which time he lived a faithful life. He chose his own text - Isa. 55:6-9. He made the remark shortly before he died that the happiest day he ever spent was at the last communion which he attended. Funeral services were conducted by D. F. Shenk and Fred Gingerich. Text, Isa. 55:6-9. Interment in Hopewell Cemetery.

Zehr. - John Zehr was born near Goodfield, Ill., April 21, 1862; died at his home near Foosland, Ill., June 30, 1919; aged 57 y. 2 m. 9 d. In 1890 he was married to Lydia Springer. To this union 5 children were born. Jacob, Silas, and Rosina, together with his wife survive him. One son and one daughter died in infancy. Besides his wife and children he leaves 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in his younger years and remained a faithful member, always trying to do his part in the home, church, and community where he will be greatly missed. Funeral services at the house were conducted by J. A. Heiser (Text, II Cor. 5:7-9) and at the church by Daniel Grieser in German and Samuel Gerber in English. Text II Tim. 4:6-3, chosen by Bro. Zehr before his death. Burial in East Bend Cemetery.

Short. - Christian C. Short was born Feb 21, 1850, died July 25, 1919; aged 69 y. 5 m. 4 d. He was united in marriage to Magdalena Lantz Jan. 29, 1878; lived in matrimony 39 y. 9 m. 11 d. She preceded him in death Nov 10, 1917. To this union were born 7 children two having preceded him in death. He leaves 2 sons, 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren, 2 brothers, one sister, and a large circle of relatives and friends. In his youth he was converted and united with Amish Mennonite church and remained faithful unto the end. On Nov. 29, 1915 he had his first stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered. On the evening of July 23 he went to bed as usual and the next morning at about 3 o'clock he was found unconscious and remained in that condition until relieved by death. Funeral was held at the Lockport, Ohio, Church July 27, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Texts, II Cor. 4:17,18; John 8:51. Interment in Lockport Cemetery.

Transcriber's note: Stated length of marriage is not consistent with dates given.

Buckwalter. - Isaac Buckwalter was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., died July 19, 1919; aged 64 y. 10 m. 18d. More than five years ago he was the victim of a stroke from which he again rallied. About six weeks ago and since he was attacked by several successive paralytic strokes. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and before his affliction his seat in the church was seldom vacant. In health he was of genial disposition and when the hand of affliction was laid upon him he bore it without a murmur. He was twice married. His first wife was Mary K. Stauffer and to this union were born a son and daughter, of which the son survives. His second wife was Annie G. Kreider who survives, as do also five children two sons and three daughters. Funeral services were conducted July 22, privately at his home and at Mellinger,s Church by Sanford Landis and David Moseman. Text, II Tim. 4:7,8. Remains laid to rest in the Mellinger Cemetery.
We miss him, but
"Some sweet day when life is o'er,
We shall meet above;
We shall meet those gone before,
In that home of love."

Weaver. - Edna Mae, daughter of William and Mary Blough, was born at Greenwich, Ohio, May 18, 1889; died July 11, 1919, at the Good Samaritan Hospital at Gallion, Ohio, where an operation had been performed a few days previous. About a year ago she underwent an operation, after which for some time it seemed as though her health was restored; but after a few months the old trouble again asserted itself and another operation was decided upon. On July 5 the second operation was performed, from which she seemed to be recovering, but she gradually grew weaker until the spirit took its flight. In 1908 she graduated from Greenwich High School, after which she taught school for seven years. It was during this time that she became acquainted with N. H. Weaver to whom she was married July 6, 1917. During the early years of her teaching she was led to accept Jesus as her Savior and became a humble follower of Him. She had a very genial personality and made many friends wherever she went. Her pupils, both of Sunday school and day school, loved her, and the influence of her life was always for good. She leaves husband, father, mother, a brother, 2 sisters, and a large number of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the Church of Christ, July 14, conducted by ____ Chatley of Ashtabula, Ohio.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 21 - August 21, 1919 - page 398

Ruppert. - Kathryne Ruppert was born May 4, 1844 in Cumberland Co., Pa.; died at the home of her daughter in Omaha, Nebraska, July 19, 1919. Age 75 y. 2 m. 15 d. She was married to John Ruppert Jan. 23, 1869. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters. 3 sons, 1 daughter and her husband have preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her departure 5 daughters, 2 sisters, 22 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of friends who have learned to know and love her while here on this earth. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite Church near Beaver Crossing, Nebr.
Rev. Herman gave a short talk at the house at Omaha, then the body was taken to Blair, Nebr. Bro. Wm. R. Eicher of Beaver Crossing, Nebr., having charge of the services. Text Rom. 6:23. Interment in the Blair cemetery.

Nissley. - Mary A., wife of David H. Nissley of Maugansville, Md., was born near Middletown, Pa., April 1, 1866; died in Maugansville, Md., July 29, 1919; aged 53 y. 3 m. 29 d. She was a faithful member of Reiff Mennonite Church. She leaves husband, a sister (Emma Coble), and two brothers (Isaac and Frederick Coble). Funeral services were held at Maugansville, conducted by Brethren Geo. S. Keener and David Lesher, after which the remains were taken to Shope's Church near High Spire, Pa., where further services were held, conducted by the brethren, Henry Longenecker of Middletown, C. R. Strite of Maugansville, and Samuel E. Brehm of Hummelstown. Burial in Shope's Cemetery.

Kuhns. - Irvin Christian, son of Samuel H. and Martha (Horst) Kuhns was born Feb. 8, 1911 near Chambersburg, Pa.; died July 12, 1919, at the home of his parents near Denbigh, Va. On Mar. 24, 1919, he was taken ill with "sleeping disease" followed by other complications and after nearly four months of suffering he passed away. Age 8 y. 5 m. 4 d. leaving father, mother, 1 sister and 4 brothers. Funeral services conducted at the house by Daniel Shenk and at the Warwick River Mennonite Church by Geo. R. Brunk. Text II Kings 4 :26.
We say "Farewell to Irvin" who has left us sad and lone
But whispered in our sorrow "Dear Lord, thy will be done,"
Some time we'll know the reason if it is best to know
Why he has called our Irvin tho we would need him so.
-By his parents.

Grabill. - Noah Grabill was born in Rockingham Co., Va., May 25, 1850; died at his home near Goshen, Ind., Aug. 4, 1919; aged 69 y. 2 m. 10 d. Death was due to heart complications from which he suffered for several years. He moved with his parents to the state of Illinois in 1856. He united with the Mennonite church in his early years, of which he was a member and active worker until death.
In 1883 he was united in marriage to Emeline Shaum Hernley. To this union was born one son, Francis N. After her death he was united in marriage to Sarah Weaver in 1885. To this union were born 4 sons and 6 daughters, (Joseph, Anna, John, Charles, Amelia, Cordelia, Clara, and Jacob, two infant daughters having preceded him to the spirit world). His wife, 9 children, 13 grandchildren, 6 sisters, and 2 brothers are left to mourn his departure.
Funeral services at the home by Bro. John Garber and at Clinton Brick Church by Amos Nussbaum and I. R. Detweiler. Text, Heb. 4:9.

Crater. - Sarah Kolb Crater, daughter of the late John and Sarah Kolb, and widow of the late Jacob Crater was born near Spring City, Pa., Oct. 9, 1834; died Aug. 1, 1919, in Spring City, Pa., of infirmity of old age; aged 84 y. 9 m. 22 d. She confessed Christ in early life and joined in with Vincent Mennonite church. She was joined in marriage, Apr. 8, 1885, with Jacob Crater of Elkhart Co., Ind. Jacob Crater died Nov. 18, 1893. She lived in Indiana until 5 years ago, when her physical condition required some attention. She was again brought east to Spring City by her nephew, James Kimes, and his 3 sisters who cared for her until the end. Nearly all of 5 years she spent in bed. She being the last of her family and having no children, she is mourned only by nieces and nephews at Spring City, Pa., and the following children of Jacob Crater unto whom she became a stepmother: Ephraim, David, John, Levi, Jacob, Mrs. Mary Ann Motts, Mrs. Lovina Holdeman, Mrs. Emmaline Reed, Mrs. Elizabeth Swoveland. She lived a consistent Christian life, bore her affliction patiently, looking forward to a better time to come.
Funeral services Aug. 6 in the Vincent Mennonite church conducted by Bro. Amos Kolb and Henry Bechtel. Text, Psa. 116:15. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Francis Bechtel

Reichard. - Eld. Norman H. Reichard was born March 5, 1875, near (Berlin) Kitchener, Ont. When quite young he moved with his parents to Michigan. In the year 1903 he was united in marriage to Minnie Yoder of Canton, Kans. To this union were born six children of which four preceded him to heaven. He with his wife came to India in the fall of 1903 where he engaged in orphanage work and later in evangelistic work. During this term the two oldest children died. After a furlough which was spent in fruitful pastoral work, he with his family returned to India and toiled faithfully for over six years. The home going came rather suddenly. He was called to Mussoorie - a hill station - on account of the illness of his wife, was attacked with bronchial pneumonia, and passed away one week after arriving on April 18, 1919, near midnight of Good Friday. His was a victorious Christian's death, and he was with his resurrected Lord and Savior Easter morning.
The remains were laid to rest in the Landour Cemetery near the two children who were also buried there. He leaves a wife and two children (Florence and Wilbur). Special prayer is requested for these heartbroken ones.
G. J. Franklin, A fellow-missionary.

Ebersole. - Anna, daughter of David and Fannie Rutt Martin, was born near Elizabethtown, Pa., Aug. 27, 1828; died Aug. 1, 1919; aged 90 y. 11 m. 4 d. Her parents died when she was about seven years of age. After the death of the parents, the family was separated, and Anna was placed in the home of Joseph Ebersole, where she lived for many years. On Nov. 2, 1854, she was united in marriage to David D. Ebersole. To this union were born six daughters and two sons: viz., Adelina, Fanny, Melinda, Ephraim, Anna, David, Martha and Amanda.
In 1869, she in company with her husband and family moved to the West, locating about six miles north of Sterling, Ill. They lived on the farm until in March, 1902, they moved to Sterling, where she lived in her own home until she passed away.
Anna Ebersole and her husband several years after marriage, united with the body of Christian believers of the Mennonite faith. They reared their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and both lived to see all of their children accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. She lived a true, consistent Christian life. She was the last surviving member of the Martin family.
Those of her immediate family who are left to mourn the loss of a beloved mother are: Mrs. A. W. Book and Anna of Oregon, Ill., Melinda and Amanda who reside at home, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Aug. 3 at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church near Sterling, Ill. Services were in charge of A. C. Good. A large number of relatives and friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had known and loved so long.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana


Gospel Herald - Volume XII, Number 22 - August 28, 1919 - page 415

Fisher. - Christian E. Fisher was born Sept. 15, 1857; died after an illness of one month of pneumonia in Lancaster General Hospital on Jan. 12, 1919. His wife, Rebecca H. Fisher and adopted daughter Mrs. James L. Todd survive. Interment in Millwood Cemetery Jan. 15, 1919.
Why should our tears in sorrow flow
Since Heaven recalls its own
And bids it leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown.

Neuhauser. - Melvin Emil Neuhauser was born near Hesston Kansas, Feb., 5, 1898; died at the home of his parents, Christian W. and Isabella Neuhauser in Harper, Kansas, July 31, 1919, at the age of 21 y. 5 m. 26 d. In early years he was received into the Mennonite Church but drifted away but in his sickness he saw the need of a Savior and was happily converted, had great comfort in song and prayer and reading of God's Word. He was married to Erma Berkey Apr. 20, 1919. His sickness was caused by influenza resulting in quick consumption. After a few months of great suffering he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. He leaves father, mother, wife, four brothers, five sisters, an aged grandfather and many relatives. Funeral services Aug. 3, conducted at house by J. S. Hamilton, and at the Church by Chris Rieff of Newton, Kans. Text II Sam. 12:23.
-By his Mother.

Eash. - Mary Mathilda Weaver Eash was born near Goshen, Ind., April 5, 1859. After an illness of about one hour she died Aug, 3, 1919, of heart failure; aged 60 y. 3 m. 28 d. She leaves husband (J. J. Eash) 4 daughters. and a son, (Mrs. Hattie Phillips, Mrs. Lettie Shull, Mrs. Kathryn Kinzer, Mrs. Gertrude Wilbur and Glenn J.). Seven children were born to this union, two having died in infancy. She also leaves her mother, 6 sisters, 4 brothers, 4 grandchildren. After thirty-nine years of devoted companionship our heavenly Father saw fit to call her from our home. She was a kind and cheerful mother, and lived the true Christian life. Because of her good influence she led her entire family into the Christian life, her time ever being given to her family who now so deeply mourn their loss. Her children were all present at her funeral. Services at the home by Bro. Peter Unzicker; also at Shore Church near Shipshewana by Y. Miller and J. Garber. Interment near Shipshewana in the family lot.

Transcribed by Carl M. Metzler, Goshen, Indiana

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