IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE
of Elizabeth H., daughter of
Samuel and Elizabeth Shenk;
died December 6th, 1897,
aged 31 yrs., 3 mos. and 14 days.
Lizzie has crossed the deep, dark river
With her loving Savior hand in hand;
Her earthly sorrows are now all over
Lizzie's at rest in the heavenly land.
Lizzie is gone, her suffering is over,
No more racking pain for her to bear;
Why mourn we then who so dearly love her?
Lizzie's gone home,--there is no sorrow there.
She has gone to her Savior to be there at rest,
Yes, gone to receive her reward:
But yet we may meet in the land of the blest,
And there ever be with the Lord.
We miss her kind voice and her willing hand,
Her tender and fond, earnest care,
Our home is so dark since she's gone from our band,
We miss her so much everywhere.
Human hands tried hard to save her,
Tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore her
From this weary world of pain.
But God still needed one more jewel,
To adorn our Savior's brow,
Hence His action was not cruel,
For dear Lizzie's happy now.
Far from a world of cares and pains,
The happy soul has safely fled;
The breathless clay alone remains
Among the silent, slumbering dead.
From over the river she beckons to us,
Safely she has crossed to the farther side,
The gleam of her snowy robes we see,
But her voice is lost in the dashing tide.
In that land where reigns eternal pleasure
In that land of joy and light and love;
There we all would wish to meet her,
In that glorious morning land above.
Why should we then be burdened down with sorrow,
In brooding o'er the fact that she has gone?
Let faith bring visions of that glorious morrow
When we shall meet her at the Father's throne.
Oh how we all do long to meet her
In heaven, where no more farewell tears are shed,
Where never more parting hand is given,
And where good byes will ne'er again be said.
Pre. Moses S. Bowman.
Near Mannheim, Waterloo Co., Ontario, on January 4th, 1898, Pre. Moses S. Bowman, aged 78 years, 1 month and 26 days. He was married to Anna Cressman in 1844, and the union was blest with six sons and six daughters of whom all but one son survive him. He has left also, 53 surviving grandchildren. On May 1st, 1853, he was chosen as deacon, and on January 2d, 1859, he was ordained a minister of the Mennonite church. For upwards of thirty-five years he worked earnestly and faithfully for the Master who had blessed him with a clear intellect, a keen insight into human nature, fluent language, and great spiritual power, so that his sermons were always attentively listened to. His preaching was of the conversational order, and his words thus seemed to be directed to every individual rather than to the congregation as a body, and as he spoke directly to the heart, reason and conscience of his hearer, his words never failed to make a deep impression. He was greatly interested in the cause of temperance, and his efforts in this direction, especially in Sunday school work, have been productive of much good. In the capacity of husband, father, neighbor and friend, his conduct was such as to gain for him the respect and esteem of all who knew him. During the last four years of his life he did not take an active part in the ministry, owing to impaired mental and bodily power, but he looked forward serenely for the coming of his Lord, and when his physician, during his last visit, told him that he had not many hours to live, he expressed his pleasure that he was so soon to be summoned to be in the presence of the King, where we believe he now is, and is to remain forever more.
On Jan. 7, he was followed to his last resting place in the Latschar cemetery by a large concourse of people, on which occasion Bishop Amos Cressman spoke in German from John 11:25, 26, and Noah Stauffer in English from Luke 2:29-32, and Heb. 11:14, 16.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
On the lovely Savior's breast,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest."
SCHREINER.-On the 9th of January, 1898, in Harrison Township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of heart disease, William Schreiner, aged 69 years, 2 months, and 5 days. He leaves one son and one daughter, two brothers and a sister. He was buried on the 12th at the Anderson grave yard, where appropriate services were held by John F. Funk and Christian Shaum, from John 5:28, 29. "Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in the which all that are in their graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good to the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation." May God comfort the sorrowing hearts.
MYERS.-On the 6th of Jan. 1898, in Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., Ind., Tobias Myers, aged 68 years, 10 months and 13 days. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years. He leaves a sorrowing widow, 9 children (3 having preceded him), and 6 grandchildren to mourn his departure. Buried on the eighth at Yellow Creek, where a large congregation of neighbors and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect to a dear brother. Services were conducted by Amos Mumaw and John Hygema. Text, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
RUDY.-On the 2nd of Dec., 1897, in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Sister Mary Rudy, wife of Abr. Rudy. She was born June 29th, 1833 and was aged 64 years, 5 months and 3 days. She has been a member of the Mennonite church for a number of years. Her remains were laid to rest in the C. Eby's burying ground, Berlin, where services were held by Daniel Wismer from Heb. 13:14 and Noah Stauffer from Rev. 7:13.
KING.-Near Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Dec. 13th, 1897, Israel J., son of Levi L., and Salome King, aged 1 year, 3 months and 13 days.
STAYROOK.-Near McVeytown, Pa., December 31st, 1897, Jacob Stayrook, aged 64 years, 2 months and 27 days.
KANAGY.-Near Belleville, Pa., Dec. 26, 1897, Rudolph, son of Levi and Elizabeth Kanagy, aged 5 years, 2 months and 3 days.
CONRAD.-On the 31st of December, 1897, in Wayne Twp., Henry Co., Iowa, of a lingering disease of one year, developing into quick consumption, Sister Mary Conrad, daughter of Anna Conrad, aged 14 years, 2 months and 25 days. In October she desired to make a covenant with her God and be united with the Mennonite church which was done soon after through baptism. She leaves a sorrowing mother, one brother and two sisters to mourn their loss. Buried January 2nd, 1898, in the Sugar Creek graveyard. Services by S. R. and S. Gerig in German and by D. Graber and George Slenker in English.
METTING.-On Dec. 8th, 1897, near Wadsworth, Medina Co. O., of dropsy, Bernhard Henry Metting, aged 78 yrs., 5 months and 28 days. Bro. Metting was born in the town of Recke, Tecklenburg district, Germany, emigrated to this country in his younger years. He was married to Mary Weaver in 1853, and to them were born 4 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive. During his illness he expressed his desire to leave this world, trusting that the promise would be his reward. His trials and temptations are over and we hope that his life beyond will be a happy one. Services by David Hostetler.
BYLER.-Sister Anna Byler of near Smithville, Wayne Co., Ohio, wife of Samuel Byler, died December 26th, 1897, aged 77 years, 2 months and 3 days. She was a kind mother and a devoted sister of the Amish Mennonite church. She leaves an aged husband and two daughters to mourn her loss, but trusting their loss has been her eternal gain. She was buried on the 29th in the Oak Grove cemetery. Services by Benjamin Gerig, David Hostetler and David Garber. Peace to her ashes.
"Dearest mother thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
SOMMERLOT.-William Sommerlot was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., Nov. 17th, 1815, died January 12th, 1898, aged 82 years, 1 month and 25 days. Buried January 14th, 1898. He was married to Anna Miller Aug. 8th, 1837, to this union were born 6 daughters and 4 sons. The wife and one daughter preceded him 10 years ago, leaving children to mourn the loss of father. His mild disposition won for him many friends as was shown at the funeral. His sickness was dropsy. The writer was with him frequently. Never did any one hear a moan or a complaint escape the sufferer's lips, and finally it pleased God to take him home. He united with the Mennonite church nearly 60 years ago. He moved from Ohio to Owen County, Ind., 52 years ago as one of the old pioneers of this part of the state. We in the church and in the neighborhood mourn for him as absent from us. His seat at church services was always filled if health allowed. We all feel comforted to think that he is in the blessed rest.
BAMBERGER.-On the 1st of January 1898, at his old home now occupied by his youngest son, Henry, near Lititz in Lancaster Co., Pa., after a week's illness from pneumonia, Christian Bamberger, aged 79 years, 9 months and 26 days. On the 5th the remains were laid to rest beside his wife in the graveyard on the old Bamberger homestead. Funeral services were held at Hess' M. H. by Bishop J. N. Brubacher from John 3:16, and Pre. J. K. Brubaker from Psalms 94:19. An immense concourse of relatives and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect. Bro. Bamberger descended from an old respected Mennonite family of a sterling German race. The first C. Bamberger came from Eshelbrun, Baden to America and took up 448 3/4 acres of land situated two miles west of Lititz, in Lancaster Co., on a part of which this C. Bamberger was born, March 5th, 1818, and on which he spent nearly all his life. He was one of the oldest and best known retired farmers in the vicinity. During the greater part of his life he was a prominent member of the old Mennonite congregation. He was always kind and liberal to the poor and needy. In 1839 he married Catherine Huber Hess. She died July 26th, 1875, aged 55 years, 7 months and 18 days. Their union was blessed with ten children. The first born daughter died July 14th 1862, aged 21 years, 10 months and 14 days, leaving one son. Five sons and four daughters survive the dear aged brother. Also 30 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; an offspring of 53 souls. May God bless them all. A BRO.
RUPP.-Deacon Henry S. Rupp died at his home near Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co., Pa., Friday Jan. 14th, 1898, aged 71 years. The funeral services were held at Slate Hill church on the 17th, conducted by Bishop Isaac Eby, Bishop Benj F. Zimmerman and Pre. Samuel Hess assisting. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7,8. Ordained a deacon in 1878, he had ever since been faithful in the duties pertaining to his office. He was also prominent in Sunday school work. That he was loved and esteemed in the church and community is evidenced by the large number of people who gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to his mortal remains.
HERSHEY.-On Jan. 4th, 1898, near Masonville, Lancaster Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Sister Catharine Hershey, aged 79 years, 5 months and 22 days. For the last four years of her life she was deprived of a sound mind. She had been a faithful member of the Mennonite church. Funeral services at the Masonville M. H., conducted by Abram Witmer and John K. Brubaker. Text, Numbers 23:10.
LINDEMAN.-On Jan. 14th, 1898, near Creswell, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases, Jacob Lindeman, aged 67 years, 7 months and 8 days. Bro. Lindeman was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. He leaves a widow, two son and one daughter to mourn his departure. Funeral services at the Masonville M. H., conducted by Benjamin Lehman, Abram Witmer and Benjamin Hertzler. Text, Matt. 25:23.
CLIPP.-December 26th, 1897, near Elkhart, Ind., of lung fever, Wilber A., infant son of Andrew and Mattie Clipp, aged 2 months and 2 days. Buried at the Olive graveyard. Funeral services by David Longenecker and Jacob Shank from Matt. 18:3.
METZLER.-January 3rd, 1898, in Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., after many years of affliction, Sister Susan Metzler, widow of Martin Metzler, dec'd, aged 71 years, 6 months and 9 days. Funeral services held in the Brethren's meeting house in Petersburg. Text Isa. 55:8. Buried at Erisman's M. House. Sister Metzler was very patient during her affliction. A family mourn her departure. A son has always been an imbecile.
"Farewell children, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I'm gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder
When the Christian course is run.
Farewell, my dear loving children,
I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters,
And where all is joy and love.
Over ten years, dear mother suffered,
But she meekly bore it all;
Never in complaints she murmured,
But awaited God's last call.
O, dear mother, when we meet you
In the joyous realms above,
Gladly will we haste to greet you,
All our hearts aflame with love.
Mother dear, you were our comfort,
Loved by all the hearts at home;
But the angels coming quickly,
Gently whispered, Mother come.
We'll not murmur though we miss thee
Rest thou now from all thy care,
Soon we hope with wings celestial
To be born thy joys to share."
SEL. BY HER DAUGHTER
HERR.-Dec. 27th, 1897, in Cumberland Co., Pa., of infirmities of old age, Sister Mary, widow of Pre. Christian Herr, aged 85 years, 1 month and 16 days. She was born in Lancaster Co., where she united with the Mennonite church in her early years. Removed with her husband to Cumberland Co., in 1833. She had been a great sufferer of many ills, but is now released of them all and has gone to enjoy the reward of the faithful. Funeral on the 30th when she was laid beside the remains of her husband who preceded her 33 years. Funeral services by J. N. Brubacher and Benjamin Zimmerman.
YODER.-Joseph Yoder near Benton, Holmes Co., Ohio died December 27th, 1897, aged 70 years, 7 months and 5 days. His death was supposed to be caused by apoplexy. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and leaves to mourn his departure 2 sons and 5 daughters, his wife and 1 daughter having preceded him to the spirit world. Buried on the 30th of December in the Mast family graveyard, followed by a large circle of friends and neighbors to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was loved by many. Services were conducted by Fred Mast in German and David Hostetler of Wayne Co., in English from Amos 4:12. "Prepare to meet thy God" and from the latter part of 1st Cor. 15 which had been selected by Bro. Yoder before his decease.
KRUGE.-On the 19th of December, 1897, in Hanover, York Co., Pa., sister Agnes Kruge, aged nearly 48 years. Buried on the 21st. Funeral services by Martin Whisler and J. Brubaker. Text, 1 Cor. 15:35.
FORRY.-On the 20th of December, 1897, near Lineborough, York Co., Pa., Erma Sarah, daughter of Bro. Edward and sister ___ Forry, aged 1 year, 7 months and 15 days. buried on the 22nd at Bare's M. H. Services by Martin Whisler, Daniel Stump and Samuel Myers Text, selected by the mother, Luke 18:16.
WYSE.-On the 4th of December, 1897, near Elmira, Fulton Co., Ohio, of dropsy, Bro. Christian Wyse, aged 72 years. He was born on the 4th of December, 1825 in Wayne Co., Ohio. Buried Dec. 6th, 1897 at the Amish Mennonite cemetery where appropriate services were held by S. S. Stuckey and C. Freyenberger. A very large number of friends and relatives were assembled at the M. H. He leaves a sorrowing companion, 7 children, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren to mourn his death; 5 children and 5 grandchildren preceded him to the spirit world. God bless the bereaved family.
ASHBAUGH.-On the 19th of December, 1897, near Rushmore, Putnam Co., Ohio, sister Mary (Mericle) Ashbaugh, aged 66 years, 7 months and 4 days. She was the first of a family of ten children to pass over. She was the mother of nine children, forty-one grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She leaves a husband, eight children and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She united with the church in 1805 and was a sincere and faithful sister to the time of her death. Services on the 21st at the Salem M. H. by J. M. Shenk and D. S. Brunk. Text, "This mortal must put on immortality and this corruptible must put on incorruption."
BERRY.-On the 20th of October, 1897, near Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., of a complication of diseases, Brother David A. Berry, aged 17 years, 8 months and 4 days. He was buried at the Pike M. H. on the 21st. Services by J. F. and G. D. Heatwole.
My parents do not greive (sic) for me,
Do not lament nor mourn;
For I shall with my Savior be
When you are left alone.
Dear sisters, oft you looked for me,
And oft you saw me come;
But now I'm gone from hence away, To my celestial home.
My brothers, do not mourn for me,
In heaven we'll meet again,
Where parting tears no more we'll see
And where there is no pain.
Although I never can return,
Let this not greive (sic) your hearts;
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part.
SCHLABACH.-On the 1st of January 1898, near Farmerstown, Ohio, Christian Schlabach, aged 72 years, 10 months and 10 days. His death was caused by blood poison and paralysis. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church until death called him home. Funeral services were conducted by Moses Mast, Christian Troyer and Noah and Moses Beachy.
YODER.-On the 28th of December, 1897, near Mt. Hope, Ohio, while attending a wedding at the residence of her brother-in-law, Abraham D. Troyer, near Farmerstown, Ohio, Lydia Yoder, aged 66 years, 3 months and 13 days. She enjoyed the day very much, but almost in the twinkling of an eye she was called away. She was a member of the Amish church.
YODER.-On the 1st of January, 1898, near Berlin, Ohio, of lung trouble and old age, John Yoder, aged 80 years and 10 months. Buried in the David Miller cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by D. S. Miller, Moses Mast, Noah Beachy and David Troyer. He was a faithful member of the Amish Mennonite church.
BOOZ.-On the 26th of December, 1897, of heart failure, Eva, infant daughter of Harris and Anna Booz, aged 7 months and 13 days. Buried on the 30th in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard. Services by Pre. Fetter at the house and Bro. M. B. Moyer at the M. H. Text, Revelations 3:20.
SHOWALTER.-Mary (Bookwalter) Showalter was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., died on the 30th of December, 1897, at her home in Grundy Co., Ill., aged 77 years and 10 months. Soon after her marriage they moved to the West, and settled in Braceville Twp., Grundy Co., Illinois. Of her twelve children, eight survive her. There are also 41 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Of her eight brothers and sisters four survive. She was constant in her Christian profession for some fifty years, and a member of the Mennonite church.
LEATHERMAN.-On the 2nd of Jan., 1898, in Fulton Co., Ohio, John Leatherman, aged 74 years, 9 months and 22 days. He leaves a sorrowing widow and two sons. Three children preceded him to the spirit land. He was buried on the 5th. Funeral services were conducted by Benj. Rupp, Chr. Gerig and Amos Seidner.
SCHAD.-On the 2nd of January, 1898, in German Twp., Fulton Co., O., Mary Schad (maiden name Weiz), aged 78 years, 4 months and 24 days. She was born in France, in 1819, came to America in 1844, and in 1847 was married to Daniel Schad and was the mother of ten children of whom six are living. She has 69 grandchildren of whom 58 are living, and six great-grandchildren of whom five are living. She had also 4 step-children, 35 step-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren. She was a widow 11 years, 5 months and 10 days. She was buried at Lockport. Funeral services were held by Benj. Rupp in German and Chr. Stuckey in English.
LANDIS.-On the 5th of Jan., 1898, near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., Pa., David N. Landis, aged 73 years, 3 months and 14 days. He was a member of the Mennonite congregation worshiping at Mellinger's, where he was buried on the 8th inst. The mother of this family died October 16, four years ago. He leaves five children to mourn his death. He was a consistent and faithful brother. May his good example be long remembered by the sorrowing children.
SEILER.-On the 30th of November, 1897, in Fulton Co., Ohio, of pneumonia, Mark Seiler, aged about 64 years. He was a member of the Amish church in his earlier years; afterwards united with the branch of the church known as the "Church of God in Christ" or as popularly spoken of, the John Holdeman church. Later he again changed his church relations and took up the doctrines of Swedenborg. It is said that before he died, he again dropped the doctrines of Swedenborg and rather fell back again on the doctrines of the old church.
FROEHR.-On Jan. 8, 1898, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., Sister Anna Froehr, aged 19 years, 6 months and 16 days. Sister Anna was a kind, cheerful and industrious young lady, and a faithful pupil in Sunday school. Three weeks before her last illness she became strongly convicted of her need of a Savior and she gave herself unreservedly to God, and her life bore testimony to the change that had come over her. On the 28th of December, she had an attack of the grippe, later, typhoid fever set in. On the 3d of January she requested to be baptized. She said she had had a vision of heaven and the beautiful angels, but said she could not yet remain there. Before her baptism she requested the hymn No. 112, Hymns and Tunes, sung, and after her baptism, in answer to an inquiry she requested No. 169, Gospel Hymns, "Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole," sung and took part in the singing herself, as she was blessed with a sweet voice. She said it was the happiest day of her life. The last day of her life she began singing hymn No. 126, Hymns and Tunes, but when she had sung two stanzas her voice failed, and she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Her death is an earnest call to the young to prepare for death. Buried on the 13th in the Souderton Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services at the house by M. R. Moyer and at the M. H. by Josiah Clemmer. Text, 1 Pet. 1:24, 25. Many tears of sympathy were shed yet we weep not as those who have no hope. She is at rest. H. C. K.
BYLER.-Sister Harriet, wife of Levi Z. Byler,
of near Smithville, Ohio, died Dec. 8th 1897, aged 39 years, 9
months and 8 days. Sister Byler was a great sufferer for over
three years, and more so the last year of her life in which she
was examined by a number of physicians who pronounced her case
a very critical one and advised her to have an operation performed
to which she consented after a prayerful consideration. After
being fully resigned to the will of God, the operation was successfully
performed on the 2d of Dec. at her home, but it seems God had
numbered her days and had in view to call her to her home above
where she so much longed to go to and be at rest, and dwell with
her blessed Savior, who was her help and strength through all
her pain and sufferings.
On the morning of the 6th a severe stomach trouble set in and her physicians could do nothing to relieve her. She was a great sufferer until 10 A. M., the 8th, when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. Our beloved sister was very patient in all her sufferings and was fully resigned to the will of God. While suffering very severely she exclaimed, "O I am so glad that I have such a living faith in Christ, for what a lamentable time I should now have, were I not prepared to die." She leaves a husband, an adopted son and daughter, an aged mother, two brothers and four sisters who were all present at the time of her death, except one brother. She called them with a few of her neighbors to her bedside and bade them all good bye and admonished them all to be faithful to the end and meet her in heaven. She also bade her physicians good bye and asked them, "Are you Christians?" One said, "I think that I am not." Then she, being very weak, but with a loud clear voice and a firm hold to his hand, admonished him to be a Christian and then offered a very touching prayer in his behalf, and told him that she was so glad to die, that she was not afraid, but that she had a beautiful home prepared in heaven for her.
Sister Byler selected for her text, Rom. 9:16 18, also a number of hymns to be sung at her funeral which was held at Oakgrove M. H. on the 10th of Dec. 1897. Services conducted by J. K. Yoder and Jacob Gerig whom she had also chosen; also by Samuel Yoder of Elkhart, Ind.
PRE. PETER ZEHR
The township of South Easthope lost one of its very oldest and most highly respected residents on Sunday morning, January 2, 1898, by the death of Brother Peter Zehr at his home, lot 11, con. 2, aged 89 years and 8 months. He was widely known throughout this entire section, and while the sorrow of his death is general yet it is mitigated by the knowledge that after a long, useful and happy life, a good man has gone home. Deceased was born in the then French province of Lorraine in 1808, and was therefore about seven years old at the time of the battle of Waterloo. He chose medicine as a profession, and underwent a thorough study in his youth. In 1831 he was married to Barbara Roth. He emigrated with his family, landing in Lewis Co., New York, 62 years ago. After remaining there for three years he came to South Easthope, Perth Co., Ontario, in 1836, settling on the farm upon which he died. The township was then a wilderness and he had to make his way through the woods to Goderich to get the title to his land. Being a prudent, hard-working man he accumulated a competency besides placing each of his four sons upon farms and providing for his daughters. His family consisted of four sons and three daughters of whom one son and two daughters preceded him to the grave; four children, 41 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren survive. A year ago the old minister's' rugged health gave way before the encroachments of old age and since that time he has gradually failed until the end came. He was a strong Christian character and for about 67 years he was a preacher in the Amish Mennonite church. His funeral drew out an immense gathering at the East Zorra Amish Mennonite M. H. from far and near who came to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed friend whose kindness and skill and generosity had brightened the lives of so many in this section. Funeral services by Chr. Litwiller from Mark 12:26, 27 and by Jacob M. Bender from John 17:3.
A SAD AND UNEXPECTED DEATH.
On the evening of Jan. 24th, as Bro. Joel Snyder, residing one and one-half miles southwest of the Yellow Creek Mennonite meeting house in Harrison township, Elkhart, County, Indiana, came home from the woods, where he had been cutting wood all day, he met his son Simon (13 years of age) at the barn and asked if the chores were done. He replied "All except tying the horses in the stable." which Simon started to do. His father said, "Well I will tie them;" upon which Simon started back to the wood-shed, to finish a little hand bob-sled, upon which he had been working through the day. He made a standard and laid two boards on; when it was finished, he took the sled and ran with it to the barn to see why his father did not come. He called him, but no answer came. He looked around for him and found him lying in the barnyard, face downward. He turned him over and found that he was bleeding from the nose and ears, and was dead. He ran to the house for Fanny Martin, the hired girl, (the mother not being at home) to watch the body of his father while he called the neighbors. He rang the bell and soon the neighbors came and the lifeless body was loaded on Simon's hand-sled and brought to the house. Dr. Kreider, the Coroner, was called and it was found that death was caused by a kick from one of the horses, the blow striking on the right side of the head, crushing his skull. The blow could not but cause instant death, and the verdict was rendered death by accident. The wife had been away assisting in administering to the wants of the children of a neighboring family from which the mother was taken away recently by death.
Bro. Joel Snyder was born in Waterloo Co., Ontario, Aug. 31, 1847, came with his parents to Indiana, when 11 years old. He died as above stated Jan. 24th 1898, aged 50 years, 4 months and 23 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, one son, Simon, and one daughter, Emma, wife of John Martin, a granddaughter, and an aged mother, two brothers and five sisters to mourn the loss of one whom they all loved; we hope, however, our loss is his eternal gain. He was a member of the Mennonite church over 22 years and for nearly 12 years a deacon, which office he filled faithfully to his end. He was buried at Yellow Creek on the 27th. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by Chr. Shaum, Martin Ramer, and H. Schrock, from Isa. 38:1. "Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Peace to his ashes.
Emelia, wife of Peter Wingard, departed this life on Wednesday Jan. 19, at her home, in Richland township, Cambria county, Pa., aged 65 years, 6 months and 28 days. Buried in the family graveyard on the adjoining farm, on the 21st. She was the daughter of Daniel Yoder of Yoder Hill (now Westmont). She was married to her surviving husband at the home of William Ream, in Upper Yoder township, 47 years ago, the ceremony being performed by Jacob Hoffman. They had 16 children, only six of whom grew to manhood. Twenty years ago three of the family, Simon, David and Joseph were taken away by diphtheria, the former two died in one week, the latter a few weeks later. The surviving children are, Daniel still living with his father on the old homestead, Jacob married to Elizabeth Yoder, living in Lagrange Co., Ind., Catharine, wife of J. T. Yoder, of Somerset Co., Pa., Levi, married to Lydia Hostettler, residing on a part of the old homestead, Mary, wife of Hugh Luther, residing at Scalp Level, Peter, married to Elizabeth Weaver, who died in 1892. He was married the second time to Elizabeth Baumgardner. The deceased and her husband were grandparents to 29 grandchildren of whom 22 are living. Sister Wingard was a faithful member of the Amish church for nearly 55 years, and was beloved and respected by all who knew her for her Christian virtues and great kindness of heart. Funeral services were conducted by Moses B. Miller, Jonathan Hershberger, and Jonas Blauch. Funeral was largely attended.
POYSER.-On the 24th of Jan., 1898, of consumption, Frances Jane, wife of L. M. Poyser, aged 34 years, 7 months and 5 days. Buried on the 26th. Services at the Union Chapel by D. J. Johns from Eccl. 9:8.
MILLER.-At the County house of Elkhart County, on Dec. 21, 1897, David Miller, aged 80 years and 2 days. Funeral services were held by Bro. Noah Metzler. His wife died some months earlier at the same place.
STICHTER.-Near Townline Church, LaGrange Co., Ind.,
Frankie, infant son of Henry and Lucy Stichter, aged 1
m. and 4 da. Funeral Jan. 18, 1898, at the above named church.
Services by A. S. Cripe in both English and German. Text, Luke
Little Frankie was lended but not given;
He budded on earth, but bloometh in heaven.
BRUBAKER.-On the 30th of January 1898, in Rockton, Pa., Thomas Galen, son of William and Mary Brubaker, of lung fever, aged 1 year, 3 months and 26 days. Services by J. A. Brilhart from Matt. 18:10.
O how sad it is to tell
Of one we loved so well;
It starts a throb in every heart
When from them we must part.
But when we look beyond the tide,
It may be best that Tommy died;
His star is bright in heaven above
Where we hope to meet our love.
HELMIC.-On Dec. 8, near Masontown, Pa., infant son of Adam and Sarah Helmic. Buried on the 9th in the Masontown burying ground. Funeral services by D. Garber at the house.
JOHNSON.-On the 6th of Dec., 1897, at Woodside, Pa., Sister Ida, wife of Bro. Geo. N. Johnson, after a lingering illness of typhoid fever and lung trouble, aged 32 years, 7 months and 14 days. A deeply bereaved husband, mother, one brother and five small children mourn their loss which we trust is her gain. Two infant children preceded her to the eternal world. Her remains were interred in the Masontown Mennonite burying ground on the 8th. A large concourse of relatives and friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed. Funeral services by David Garber of Ohio and J. N. Durr, from Psalms 6:1-7.
WARNER.-On the 26th of January 1898, in Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Albert Warner, aged 25 years and 20 days. Albert leaves a wife and one child to mourn his early death. He was buried at the South West cemetery. This was one of the largest funerals ever held in South West. May God comfort the sorrowing hearts. Peace to his ashes. Services were conducted by Peter Kauffman and Noah Metzler.
ESHLEMAN.-On December 22, 1897. Sister Nancy Eshleman departed this life, aged 46 years, 11 months and 12 days. The cause of her death was pneumonia. She lived a single life and at the time of her death was living in her residence adjoining the home of her brother, Michael Eshleman, near Reid, Washington Co., Maryland. She lived a quiet and peaceful life, and was respected by all, and now she has gone to receive that which was due unto her. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7. Funeral services were held at the Miller meeting house on Christmas day, by Bros. J. C. Miller, and Henry Bear. She was buried in the graveyard adjoining. Peace to her ashes.
ESHLEMAN.-On December 31, 1897. Emery, infant son of Bro. Michael and Amanda Eshleman, aged 4 months. He was buried in the Paradise graveyard on New Year's day. Services by Bros. Adam and Henry Bear. This being the first person buried in that graveyard. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21.
HUNSBERGER.-On the 10th of July, 1897, at her home, near Cearfoss, Wash-ington Co., Maryland, of heart disease, Sophia, wife of David Hunsberger, aged 87 years, 11 months and 12 days. She was sick about 10 weeks, bore her afflictions with patience and died peacefully. She was a member of the Dunkard church. She leaves a husband, five daughters and three sons to mourn her loss. She was buried at Broad Fording. Services were conducted by George Keener, Nicholas Martin and Samuel Fultz. She was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 28, 1819.
Mother, thou hast left us lonely,
Sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow,
Tears will all be wiped away.
Mother thou are sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home.
Mother thou art sweetly resting,
On the lovely Savior's breast,
Where the wicked cease from troubling,
And the weary are at rest.
Mother thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more.
RESSLER.-On November 24, 1897, at her home, near Soudersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., from the effects of an apoplectic stroke, Magdalena, widow of Martin B. Ressler, aged 75 years, 2 months and 5 days. Sister Ressler was a faithful member of the Mennonite church, for many years and lived an exemplary Christian life. She anxiously awaited the time when she could "lay her armour by and dwell in peace at home." Nine children survive to mourn the loss of a kind mother. A son and daughter living in Indiana, and one daughter in Tennessee were unable to attend the funeral. She was buried on the 27th in the Strasburg burying ground, where services were held by Abram Brubaker and Elias Groff.
HEADINGS.-On the 11th of January, 1898, in Logan Co., Ohio, of pneumonia, Sister Mary (Stutzman) Headings, aged 68 years, 1 month and 19 days. She was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Nov. 23d 1829. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth to which she has always been faithful. Her health failing her of later years, she often expressed her desire to pass to her celestial home. She was married to John Yoder in Holmes Co., Ohio, September 8, 1853, in the twenty-fourth year of her age. Three weeks later they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind. To this union three sons and one daughter were born. Two sons, one daughter and six grand-children survive her; one son being called to his home beyond when five years old. Her husband was called to the spirit world, December 7th 1861. Four years later she with her family moved to Lagrange Co., Ind., where she live in widowhood 21 years, when she was united in marriage to Preacher Samuel Headings, March 23d 1882. A few days later she moved to Logan Co., Ohio, where she lived to the time of her demise. She was buried on the 13th, services were conducted at the Walnut Grove church (by David Plank and Noah Metzler from the 90th Psalm, 12th verse) where a large concourse of relatives and friends paid the last tribute of respect. Interment at Oak Grove cemetry (sic).
Death has robbed us of a mother,
Whom we loved and cherished dear;
It was mother, yes, dear mother
Can we help but shed a tear.
Mother's work on earth is ended,
Faithfully the cross she bore;
Now her loving soul's ascended
Over to fair Canaan's shore.
J. J. W.
MOYER.-Annie, wife of Milton Moyer, of Franconia
township, died Thursday morning, January 27th 1898, of consumption,
aged 20 years, 2 months and 13 days. Deceased had been ailing
for about one year. She was a daughter of the late William Nice,
who resided in Lower Salford township, but died about fourteen
years ago. Her mother died one year later. After the death of
her parents she lived with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Clemmer,
of Lower Salford. Deceased was married only about one year. She
leaves a husband and an infant about 10 weeks old. The following
sisters survive: Minnie residing with the family of Joseph Clemmer,
and Katie, with the family of Henry Nice, Reliance. Funeral was
held on Monday. Interment was made at the Franconia Mennonite
meeting house. Josiah Clemmer and Michael Moyer officiated.
WITMER.-Sarah Witmer, nee Swartz, was
born in Franklin county, Pa., Oct. 18, 1822, and departed this
life at her home in Lanark, Ill., Jan. 9, 1898 at the age of 75
years, 2 months and 22 days.
On April 7, 1846, she was united in marriage to Andrew Witmer, by Pre. John Rebaugh. To this union were born four sons and three daughters. Two of the daughters died in infancy. Her husband departed this life Sept. 15, 1863, at the age of 44 years, and was buried near Hagerstown, Washington county, Md., whence they had moved from Franklin Co., Pa., soon after their marriage. About the time of her marriage she united with the Mennonite church and since has been a faithful sister and true to what she believed to be right, her Christian experience covering a period of more than fifty years.
She leaves of her immediate family, two sons living in Kansas, one in Missouri and one in Mt. Carroll, Ill., also Mrs. David Sullinger in Lanark with whom she has had her home for a number of years. In 1881 she moved from the East to Mt. Carroll, with David Zullinger and family. they lived there until they removed to Lanark, three years ago. There being no organization of her church here, she attended religious services at the Brethren church, often going when scarcely able to be from home. The last time she was at church her daughter assisted her to walk back home, because of her failing strength. Her last sickness was but a few days. Death was the result of heart failure and came unexpectedly on Sunday morning. She passed quickly into eternity with but little pain. May we all meet her at home in the morning on the banks of the bright crystal sea.
The funeral services were held at the home of David Zullinger, in Lanark. The sermon was delivered by Elder I. Bennett Trout, from Job 38:17, assisted by Elder Jos. Stitzel. Interment took place at Mt. Carroll cemetery.
KREIDER.-On the 2nd of January, 1898, in Lampeter, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Eliza, widow of John B. Kreider, aged 69 years and 3 days. Funeral services at the house by Pre. John Landis. Interment at Mellinger's meeting house, where appropriate remarks were made by Pre. John Landis and Abraham Brubaker, from the text 1 Peter 1:3, 4. A large congregation met to pay the last tribute of respect for the departed. Sister Kreider leaves an only daughter and two sons, besides one brother and two sisters and many kind friends. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church; the church has lost a kind sister, the family one that was much attached to them as a dear mother and a kind grandmother.
"Well, she is gone, and now in heaven,
She sings His praise, who died for her,
And in her hand a lamp is given,
And she's a heavenly worshiper.
Oft let me think of what she said.
And of the kind advice she gave;
Oh, let me do it as she's dead,
And sleeping in her lowly grave.
A. M. M.
BURKHARD.-On the 18th of January 1898, in Harvey Co., Kansas, of typhoid pneumonia, Clayton B., oldest child of Eli and Fannie Burkhard, aged 2 years, 8 months and 1 day. Clayton was a bright little boy and loved by all. Funeral services by D. D. Zook and M. E. Horst. Mark 10:14.
Fair as a lily, yea, fairer,
For angels have clothed him in white
And have carried him upward to heaven
Where all is joy and light.
Sweet is his song, far sweeter
Than any on earth can be given,
For he is now holding a golden harp
And is joined by the angels in heaven.
Pleasant it is, yes pleasant,
To know that from care he is free,
And if we so live as to meet him
In heaven his bright face we shall see.
JOHNSON.-Sister Catharine, widow of Deacon Nicholas Johnson, deceased, departed this life July 4, 1897, aged 65 years, 9 months and 26 days. One son and three daughters mourn the loss of a devoted mother and one daughter preceded her to the spirit world one year before. Her remains were laid to rest in the Mennonite burying ground. Funeral services by J. N. Durr.
Dearest mother thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yonder in the graveyard gently
Rests the form we loved so well;
But we look to Heaven and glory
Where there will be no farewell.
Mother thou hast left us,
Lonely in this world to roam;
We may truly ask the question,
What is home since thou art gone?
Farewell mother, till we meet thee,
In thy heavenly home above;
There to sing God's praises with thee
In the land of joy and love.
Selected by her DAUGHTERS.
HOFFMAN.-On January 13th, 1898, near Bainbridge, Lancaster Co., Pa., Mary N. Hoffman, daughter of the late Henry S. and Lizzie Hoffman, breathed her last. She had been ailing for about two years. The death was due to severe attacks of lagrippe, catarrh, fever and pneumonia, which superinduced pulmonary trouble. These sicknesses she had last spring. She was in the 21st year of her age. The large concourse of people, old and young, that attended her funeral was a token of the high esteem she enjoyed. The funeral was a pathetic one. She was her mother's consolation. Pre. Peter Hershey prayed with her on Thursday evening, and when he uttered Amen she expired with the word Jesus on her lips. She was converted when but fourteen years of age and was a bright and shining light to the world. She had a wonderful vision prior to her death, which was that she was robed and crowned with a two-starred crown. She was loath to tell this vision, but finally told her mother. By her most emphatic request the funeral was held in the house. She did not want her remains to be placed in a church. Before her death she divided her bibles, books, etc., amongst her brothers and sisters. The funeral was held on Monday. Interment in Reich's cemetery. The brethren Jacob Martin and Martin Rutt officiated. Text, Luke 10:12. She leaves a widowed mother, two brothers and two sisters as the remnant of the family.
Amiable, she won all;
Intelligent, she charmed all;
Fervent, she loved all;
And dead, she saddened all.
CONNRAD.-On December 31st, 1897, near Noble, Washington Co., Ia., Sister Maria Connrad, daughter of Martin and Anna Connrad, aged 14 years, 2 months and 25 days. Buried on the 2nd of January, 1898, at the Sugar Creek burying ground. She leaves a sorrowing mother, two sisters and a brother to mourn their loss, though they need not mourn as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by S. Gerig in German and Pre. Shlenker in English, from 2 Cor. 5:1-10.
ROGGY.-On the 11th of January, 1898, near Walnut, Bureau Co., Ill., of the infirmities of old age and internal diseases, Sister Magdelena Schertz, widow of Joseph Roggy, aged 75 years and 15 days. Her husband died Nov. 18, 1889. She was buried in the Roggy grave yard. She leaves two brothers, a sister, five sons and one daughter and many friends who mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted by Jos. Buercky, from Phil. 1;21.
ZIERLEIN.-On January 12, 1898, near Manson, Calhoun Co., Ia., of consumption and intermittant (sic) fever, sister Ida Belle Zierllein, aged 20 years, 3 months and 4 days. She was brought here, and buried on the 14th beside her parents, her brother and two sisters in the Willow Springs graveyard in Indiantown, Bureau Co., Ill., upon which occasion appropriate services were held by Jos. Zehr of Flanegan (sic), from John 16:33, and Jos. Buercky from Isa. 3:13. She leaves two sisters, and many relatives and acquaintances to mourn her departure.
KEHR.-On the 21st of January, 1898, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of kidney disease, Uriah M. Kehr, aged 54 years, 6 months and 22 days. He was born in Richland Co., Ohio, June 29, 1843, moved with his mother and her family of seven children to Elkhart Co., Ind., in 1849. He was married to Christina Henreich, Oct. 12, 1865. This union was broken by her death, Feb. 3, 1892. He married his second wife, Ella Brown, Sept. 4, 1892, who survives him. He was buried at the Yellow Creek M. H. on Sunday, the 23rd, where funeral services were held by J. F. Funk and J. Christophel from Matt. 24:44.
EICHER.-On the 19th of January, near Wayland, Henry Co., Iowa, Bro. Daniel Eicher, aged 72 hears, 8 months and 22 days. Bro. Eicher was born April 22, 1825, in Alsace, France. He emigrated with other members of the family to Ohio; after living there some time, he moved to Waterloo Co., Ont. and lived there six years. He then moved to Henry Co., Iowa, where he lived to the time of his death. He leaves a sorrowing widow and seven children to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held by Pre. Shlenker in English, and S. Gerig in German. Text, Ps. 8:5 and Rom. 14:7-9. Buried on the 21st in the Emanuel burying ground.
STUTZMAN.-On the 30th of Dec., 1897, in Brown Co., Ind., Rosa, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Stutzman, aged 2 years, 5 months and 1 day. She was buried on the 31st, and was the first one that was buried in our new burying ground.
YODER.-Near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., Annie Adaline, daughter of Jonathan and Annie Yoder. Little Annie was born Aug. 18, 1896, died Dec. 14, 1897, aged 1 year, 3 months and 26 days. Though very young, she suffered nearly one half of her time on earth, from that much dreaded disease, consumption. She was dearly loved by parents, brothers and sisters who mourn, not as those who have no hope, but rejoice in the hope of meeting their loved ones on the evergreen shores of immortality. Funeral services Dec. 16, at the Shore meeting house; services by A. S. Cripe and Y. C. Miller.
Fold me closer still, dear mother,
Closer still the loved one said;
None to pet but little brothers,
Since your little darling's dead.
Do not weep for me, dear mother,
Listen to that heavenly song;
Lovely angels, happy spirits,
Now I've joined that blissful throng.
Oh the aches I've had, dear mother,
How I've suffered none can tell;
But the struggle now is over,
Farewell mother, oh! farewell.
CONRAD.-Near Smithville, Ohio, on the 28th of November 1897, after a four days sickness of inflammation, Carolina Conrad (nee Gerig), aged 33 years and 10 months. She leaves, besides her husband and a two year old daughter, her parents, five brothers and four sisters to mourn her early departure. From her youth she was an earnest and devoted sister and a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. Funeral services by J. K. Yoder in German and David Garber in English. Interment in the Oak Grove cemetery.
Dear daughter thou hast gone before,
But through God's grace we hope to
meet thee on Canaan's happy shore,
Where farewell tears are shed no more.
CONRAD.-Mary Ellen Conrad (nee Sommer) of Stark Co., Ohio, was born March 1, 1876; died Dec. 7, 1897, aged 21 years, 9 months and 6 days. Besides her husband and babe, she leaves her parents, four sisters and twin brothers to mourn her early departure. She united with the Amish Mennonite church in her youth and was a faithful and loving sister in the church and S. S. until called by her Savior. Buried in the new graveyard, Dec. 10, 1897. Funeral services were held by Benj. Gerig in German, and Peter Stucky in English.
HOSTETLER.-On the 16th of Jan., 1898, near Emma, LaGrange Co., Ind., of consumption, Nancy Matilda, wife of Jacob Hostetler, aged 29 years, 11 months and 29 days. During her sufferings Sister Hostetler was patient but had a longing desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, which she realized was far better. On the 18th a very large concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors assembled at the Shore meeting house to show their sympathy to the bereaved family and pay the last tribute of respect to the departed one. Services were conducted by Yost Miller and D. J. Johns.
My husband, do not grieve for me,
Do not lament nor mourn;
For I shall with my Savior be,
When you are left alone.
Dear sisters, oft you looked for me,
And oft you saw me come
But now I'm gone from hence away,;
To my celestial home.
My brothers, do not mourn for me,
In heaven we'll meet again;
Where parting tears no more we'll see,
And where there is no pain.
Although I never can return,
Let this not grieve the heart,
For you will shortly come to me,
Then we shall never part.
Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon