Yoder.-On the 6th of Dec. 1895, in Cambria Co., Pa.,
of scarlet fever, Ralph Curtis son of Bro. Daniel S. and
sister Polly Yoder, aged 4 years, 6 months and 18 days. He was
buried on the 8th at the Weaver Mennonite M. H. Funeral services
by Jonas Blauch, L. A. Blough and Alex. Weaver. Ralph was an
bright little boy, but God called him up higher to the beautiful
home above. May God bless the sorrowing parents in their affliction
as the remaining 2 children were at the same time sick of the
L. A. Blough.
Graybill.-On December 3d 1895, of diphtheria and inflammatory
croup, Esther Graybill, aged 4 years, 7 months, and 22
days. Buried at Lauver's M. H., on December 6th. Funeral services
by Pre. Gehman and Wm. Graybill, from Luke 8:52. "Weep not,
she is not dead, but sleepeth." She was an only daughter,
and very bright, yet in the last hours of her sickness she said,
"I see an angel," and showed how large it was. The last
24 hours of her suffering she wanted to have music all the time
and while listening to the strains she fell asleep in Jesus.
How happy are these little ones,
Which Jesus Christ has blest;
Come, let us praise Him with our songs
For taking them to rest.
M. S. Graybill
Kauffman, Elizabeth L. Myers was born near Allensville, Mifflin Co., Pa., Nov. 8th 1833. She came to Lagrange Col, Ind., in 1856 where she resided until her death Nov. 3d 1895, aged 61 years, 11 months and 25 days. She was married to Christian Kauffman, Dec. 28th 1856, to this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters, who with her husband survive her. Sister Kauffman was an invalid for nearly ten years, and part of this time a great sufferer, but she bore all her afflictions with Christian fortitude. She professed Christ in her young years, and died with a living hope. Funeral services by D. H. Bender and J. Kurtz.
Stuck.-On the 11th of November 1896 at Joseph Arbogast's near Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa. Of the infirmities of old age, Daniel Stuck, aged 97 years and 3 months. Buried on the 13th in the Richfield Lutheran grave-yard.
Becknell.-In Marion, Ind., of malarial fever, Fred Becknell, aged 20 years, 6 months, and 20 days. He was brought to Nappanee, Ind., and buried at South Union cemetery, Kosclusko Co., Ind. He was sick only four days. This is another warning to the unconverted. Funeral services by Jas. H. McGowen from Eccl. 11:9.
Rohrbaugh.-On December 19th, 1895, a little after 6
o'clock A.M. in Hanover, Pa., Sister Lucinda, wife of John
F. Rohrbaugh, and daughter of the late Jacob Miller, departed
this life after an illness of five weeks, aged 36 years, 5 months,
and 22 days. She was the youngest of a family of 13 children and
the first one to break the family circle by death. Funeral on
the 23d. Services in the Hanover M.H. Interment in Bare's burying
ground. The remains were followed to their last resting place
by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Services
by Martin Whistler and Samuel Myers, Bro. H. H. Loose of Menges
Mills, also paid a very beautiful tribute of respect to the memory
of the deceased. The departed sister was an exemplary Christian
lady and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She will
be missed in the home, in the congregation, the Sunday school,
and in the community, but we have the hope that our loss will
be her gain.
Over the river they beckon to me,
Loved ones who've crossed to the farther side,
The gleam of their snowy robes I see,
But their voices are lost in the dashing tide.
John F. Hershey
Pletcher.-At Gilead, Neb., on Nov. 6th 1895, of membranous
croup, Martha, daughter of Thomas and Susannah Pletcher,
aged 6 y., and 3 m. Little Martha had a very bad cold and was
very hoarse, but did not seem sick until the evening of the 5th
she began with the croup. The next evening she passed away without
a struggle. Martha knew that she had to die, about noon she requested
her father to go over to the school house and have the teacher
and pupils come over, and as soon as they came in she bid them
all good bye. At first she said she did not like to, but when
she was told that Jesus would be in heaven, then she said she
wanted to die, and looked at her mother and said, "I want
you to come too, mother." "Yes, dear," was the
reply, then she said no more but seemed perfectly satisfied. Funeral
services by Pre. H. Crouch. Buried on the 8th in the Gilead cemetery.
Text, Rev. 14:13.
Farewell, parents, God has called me,
Weep not for me when I am gone,
But prepare to meet me yonder
When the Christian course is run.
Farewell my dear little brothers and sisters,
I have gone with Christ to dwell,
Where no pain or sickness enters
And where all is joy and love.
Pletcher-On the 10th of November, 1895, at Reynolds,
Neb., Henry Oliver, son of John and Lydia Pletcher, aged
4 years, 7 months, and 25 days. Funeral services by Pre. H. Crouch.
Buried in the Reynolds cemetery. Little Oliver and Martha were
cousins. Oliver with his pappa and mamma and little sister Hattie
were at his Uncle Thomas' while Martha was lying a corpse. On
the evening of the 7th he began with the croup and on the 10th
he also fell asleep in Jesus, it was very hard to part with such
dear little lambs, but God's ways are not our ways.
Another little bud has gone
To dwell with Him who gave,
Another little darling boy
Is sheltered in the grave.
Little Oliver was too fair
In this cold world to stay,
So God in mercy called him home
To dwell in endless day.
Go, darling little Oliver, go,
A parent's heart can tell,
And none but they can fully know
How hard to say, "farewell".
Bowman.-Bro. Henry Bowman, of Churchtown, Cumberland Co., Pa., was accidentally killed Dec. 7th 1895. Buried the 11th when a large concourse of people assembled to sympathize with the bereaved family. Bro. Bowman and a hired man went to the mountain to cut some wood. They had cut a tree which lodged on another. He told his man to leave that one and cut another and while doing so the lodged tree fell and in the descent a limb struck him crushing his shoulder and otherwise injuring him. He never regained consciousness but lived about half an hour after arriving at his home, which was about three miles from the place of the accident. The age of Bro. Bowman was 78 years, 8 months and 1 day.
Wisler.-Sister Esther Wisler died at the residence of her son, Pre. Martin Wisler, near Hanover, Pa., on Dec. 9th 1895 in the 83d year of her age. Buried on the 12th at the Bare meeting-house. Sister Wisler was the widow of Peter Wisler who died about 35 years ago, and until about 7 years ago she resided in Cumberland Co., Pa. She leaves two sons and two daughters. Sister Wisler was a member of the Mennonite church and lived an exemplary life, so we have hope in her death and believe she now enjoys the reward of the righteous.
Frederic.-On the 8th of Dec., 1895, in Souderton, Montgomery Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Elias Frederic, aged 83 years. On the 13th his burial took place at the Gehman M. H. Services were conducted by Jos. Clemmer, M. Moyer, and Abel Horning.
Detweiler.-On the 11th of Dec., suddenly of apoplexy, in Elroy, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., Henry Detweiler. He was buried on the 17th at Deidy's church. Services were conducted at the house by Jos. Clemmer and at the church by Pastor Reeder.
Reese.-On the 14th of December 1895, at Goodville, Juniata Co., Pa., Annie Elizabeth Reese, aged 17 years, 5 months, and 15 days. A father, mother, one brother and one sister mourn her death. Many friends assembled to sympathize with the bereft family and as a token of respect. Buried at the Delaware church. Services by William Graybill, from Job 14.
Hershey.-On December 9th, 1895, at Menges Mills, York Co., Pa., Harry T., infant son of Bro. Jacob and Minnie Hershey, aged a little over 2 months. Buried on the 12th in the burying ground. Services by Samuel Myers.
Nice.-On the 13th of Dec., 1895, of general infirmities, John M. Nice, of Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., aged 78 years. His widow, 6 sons and 2 daughters survive him. Buried on the 18th at the Franconia Mennonite M. H.
Stahly.-Near Nappanee, Ind., of consumption, Melvin, son of Christian H. and Mary Stahly, aged 23 years, 6 months and 20 days. He lived three weeks in the Christian life. Funeral services by C. Murray and Jas. H. McGowen, from 1 Pet. 1:3, 4.
Zook.-On the 7th of Dec., 1895, near Belleville, Miflin Co., Pa., Joshua Zook, aged 58 years, 8 months, 7 days. He was an invalid for several years from heart disease, a faithful member of the church, and a man of strong convictions. He was one of our best citizens and universally respected in the community where he lived. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss, but not as those without hope, for he died anticipating eternal life. Funeral services on the 9th by Jos. H. Byler in German and Wm. J. Swigart in English.
Loux.-On the 6th of Dec., 1895, in Bucks Co., Pa., Enos Loux, aged 76 years 5 months and 16 days. Buried on the 10th at the Deep Run Brick M. H. His widow was also seriously ill at the time of his burial.
Ross.-On the 17th of Nov. 1895, near Elida, Ohio, Lottie
Ellen, daughter of George and Mary Ross, aged 7 days. Services
on the 8th of Dec., by J. M. Shenk and D. S. Brunk. Text 2 Thess.
"Lottie thou art sweetly resting,
Cold may be this earthly tomb;
But the angels sweetly whispered,
Come and live with us at home."
Alderfer.-On the 13th of Dec. 1895, at Groffs Mill, Montgomery Co., Pa., of dysentery, Benjamin S. Alderfer, aged 86 years, 2 months and 16 days. His wife died about 12 years ago. He leaves 3 sons and 2 daughters. Buried on the 19th at Lower Salford M. H. Funeral services by Jacob Moyer, Jacob Booz and Michael Moyer. Text, 2 Tim. 4:7.
Hunsicker.-On the 10th of November 1895, in Somerset Co., Pa., very suddenly, Nora Blanche, infant daughter of Allen and Hulda Thomas, aged 3 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 12th at the Thomas Mennonite church. Funeral services by Rev. Salem of the Lutheran church, L. A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger.
Livingston.-On the 18th of November, 1895, in Somerset
Col, Pa., of measles and diphtheria, Harry, son of Bro.
Jacob and Sister Nancy Livingston, aged 2 years, 8 months and
4 days. He was buried on the 20th. Funeral services at the Stahl
church by Samuel Yoder of Elkhart, Jonas Blauch, Samuel Gindlesperger,
and L. A. Blough.
Farewell, farewell, O Harry dear;
Now in your brave you sleep,
Your loving form is resting there,
And o'er your grave we weep.
Louther,--On the 6th of Nov., 1895, near Scalp Level, Somerset Co., Pa., of scarlet fever, Carl Cloyd, only child of Robert and Sister Ellie Louther, aged 1 year, 3 months and 3 days. He was buried on the 8th in the Weaver Mennonite graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by Jonas Blauch, Alexander Weaver, and L. A. Blough. It was a hard blow to the young parents to give up their only child, but they can have the blessed assurance that their little lamb is in the fold of the great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who cares fo the little ones.
"Farewell mamma, farewell papa,
Here on earth no more we'll meet;
Be prepared and always ready,
Me in heaven once more to greet."
Thomas,--On the 10th of November, 1985, in Somerset Co., Pa., very suddenly, Nora Blanche, infant daughter of Allen and Hulda Thomas, aged 3 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 12th at the Thomas Mennonite church. Funeral services by Rev. Salem of the Lutheran church, L. A. Blough and Samuel Gindlesperger.
Hunsicker.-On the 13th of December, 1895 at Skippack Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., of dropsy and heart trouble, Isaac C. Hunsicker, aged about 77 years. His wife preceded him several years ago. He leaves 2 children. Buried on the 22nd in the Lower Skippack graveyard.
Transcribed by Ann Miller White - Nebraska
Bro. Daniel Brundage was born Feb. 16th, 1812, near Toronto, York Co., Ontario. He grew to manhood's years in the land of his nativity and in 1836 he was united in marriage to Mary Gayman. In 1858 they moved to Indiana, and for many years lived in Elkhart County. In 1868 they moved to Morgan Co., Missouri. Here they lived about four years. About a year after they moved to Missouri, a tornado passed through that part of the country, blowing their house to pieces and carrying all of his books away. The family records were kept in the family Bible; this being also carried away and destroyed by the storm, all his family records were lost. In 1872 they moved to McPherson Co., Kan., and about two years after settling there Sister Brundage died. On the 2nd of January, 1876, he was married to Mary Beutler, sister to Bish. Jacob A. Beutler, of Elkhart Co., Ind. They made their home in Kansas until about six years ago when they moved back to Elkhart county again, to spend the evening of life in their former home.
Bro. Brundage united with the Mennonite church in Canada in early life, having been a member about 68 years. He was ordained to the ministry before he left Canada. It is probable that he was ordained to this service by Bish. Benj. Eby. He was an earnest speaker, and preached an experimental religion, and exemplified his faith and doctrine by his walk and conversation. He was a carpenter by trade, and endured many hardships, and met with many trials and misfortunes in life, but endured them all patiently, and was not wearied in well doing, and proclaiming to the best of his ability, salvation, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was ordained to the office of elder or bishop, in Morgan Co., Mo. While in Kansas he had a large field of labor. When he found the vigor of his life abating, and his strength beginning to fail, he took to counsel of Paul to Timothy to heart, and appointed and ordained ministers and "elders in every place," so that all the district were provided with teachers and bishops, before he should leave his work. During the last few years he was not able, except occasionally, to attend public services. Through all his afflictions he put his trust in God, looking for salvation alone through Christ. He died on the 14th of December 1895, aged aged 83 years, 9 months and 28 days. Funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, assisted by D.H. Bender, from Rev. 14:13. He leaves several children and a deeply sorrowing companion, in feeble health, to mourn his death. Peace to his ashes.
This morning we are thinking, dear father, of grief that has come to our home;
How you left us in silence one morning, you left us in sorrow and gloom.
And you're safe on the evergreen shore,
Where the grief you so often have suffered, will never be felt any more.
We will bow in submission, dear father, and say "Let God's will be done."
And meet you in that bright morning, when our race on earth is run.
We will wander to your grave, dear father, and plant some sweet flowers there;
And try to be ready to meet you in that land that is bright and fair.
SHERK - On December 20, 1895, in Bertie Twp., Welland Co., Ont., Sister Sophia Sherk, widow, born Nov. 18, 1813, aged 82 years, 1 month and 22 days. She was in her usual health, retired to her bedroom and fell over and expired. A loud call to the friends and neighbors to be ready when the Master comes. Funeral on the 22nd, services by Nicholas Michael.
FORDENWALD - Elizabeth Fordenwald was born near Strasburg, France, January 3, 1813, died December 4, 1895, aged 82 years, 11 months and 1 day. Buried on the 6th, at the Oakgrove M.H. She united with the Amish Church in her youth and remained a faithful member to her death. Funeral services by J.K. Yoder and Benjamin Gerig.
GRABER - Catharine Graber was born in France, on the 5th of November, 1823, died on the 21st of December, 1895, aged 72 years, 1 month, 16 days. She was a widow since the 7th of February, 1870, and emigrated from France to America with her family in 1872. Of her 10 children 3 preceded her. She leaves 7 children, 23 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Her remains were laid to rest on the 23d of Dec, in the Pleasant Hill graveyard. Funeral services by Bishop J.K. Yoder and Pre. Weimer.
LOUX - On the 22d of December, 1895, at Dublin, Bucks Co., Pa., of consumption, superinduced by La Grippe and other complaints, sister Loux, wife of Bro. Enos B. Loux, buried on the 28th at Blooming Glen, where a large circle of relatives and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. Sister Loux was fully resigned to God's will and was ready to go. May God comfort the bereaved husband and friends.
Family researcher says, "The unnamed wife of Enos B. Loux
NEUHAUSER - On the 29th of December 1895, in Livingston Co., Ill., only daughter of Emil and Anna Neuhauser, aged 10 days. Funeral services by Andrew Werckler, Joseph Kinsinger and John P. Smith. Buried on the 30th. J.P.S.
HOREN - At Stoney Brook, York Co., Dec. 12, 1985, Mary E. Horen, aged 52 years, 11 months and 16 days. Services by Martin Whisler and Elias Hursh.
LANDIS - Near York, York Co., Pa., Nov. 28, 1895, Britta A. Landis, aged 20 years, 2 months and 14 days. Services by Martin Whisler. A loud call to the young people.
WHISLER - Near Hanover, Pa., Dec. 9, 1985, Esther Whisler, mother of Pre. Martin Whisler, aged 82 years, 1 month and 9 days. Services by Jacob Herr of Cumberland Co., Pa., and Samuel Myers of near Hanover. Peace to her ashes.
HORNING - On the 30th of December 1895, in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., Davis, son of Deacon Joseph G. and Lizzie Horning, aged 5 years, 5 months and 20 days. Services at the house by Benj. Horning. Buried at Bowmansville M.H., where services were conducted by Henry G. Good and Elias Nolt. Text, Matt. 19:14. Many friends assembled at the burial.
WILE - On the afternoon of the 2d of January, as Benjamin K. Wile, of near Morwood was on his way home from the mill with a double team, in going down the hill at Bergey's the horses became unmanageable and ran away, throwing the driver and fatally injuring him. He was taken home, where he expired the same night. His age was 30 years, 1 month and 12 days. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral took place in the Lower Salford graveyard on the 7th. Funeral services by H.S. Bower and Michael Moyer.
MYERS - Dec. 26, 1895, near Hanover, Pa., very suddenly, Bro. Martin Myers, aged 61 years, 6 months and 25 days. Services by Martin Whisler, Harry Loose and Theodore Forry. A very large concourse was assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.
BAIER - December 15, 1895, in Hanover, Pa., Samuel Baier, aged 75 years, 1 month and 19 days. Services by John K. Brubaker in German and Martin Whisler in English. Peace to his ashes.
MYERS - Bro. Martin Myers of New Baltimore, York Co., Pa., died suddenly of heart failure while at work in the city of York shortly before 1 o'clock P.M., Dec. 26, 1895, aged 61 years, 2 months and 25 days. Funeral on Sunday Dec. 29, buried at Bate's meeting house near Hanover. Services by H.H. Loose, Theodore Forry and Martin Whisler. Text, "There is but a step between me and death." 1 Lam. 20:3 latter part. Bro. Myers was a consistent member of the Mennonite church and was well liked by all who knew him.
SCHMITT - On the 14th of December, 1895, in Wilmot,
Waterloo Co., Ont., of pneumonia, David B. Schmitt, aged
48 years, 2 months, 1 day. Services by Tobias Bowman at the house.
Moses C. Bowman spoke on Rom. 8:18, which was selected by the
deceased, and Menno Cressman, on Psa. 90:12 at the meeting house
He leaves his wife, five sons, brothers and sisters to mourn,
but not as those who have no hope. Buried in Latschar's graveyard.
God saw fit to call our father from this world of toil and care;
To his home beyond the river, and we hope to meet him there.
Pain no more shall heave his bosom, all his trials now are o'er;
He has passed a while before us, joined the saints on heaven's shore.
At our loss we will not murmur, though it fills our hearts with pain;
Nature's ties are strong and tender, but our loss is father's gain.
Then farewell, our dearest father, till we meet on heaven's shore;
For when life's short day is ended, we will meet to part no more.
STALTER - On the 30th of Dec. 1895, in Livingston Co., Ill., Catharine Schertz. She was born in the Palatine, Germany, on the 12th of Dec. 1822 and was thrice married; her first husband was Peter Unsicker; married Jan. 13th, 1850. He died on the 20th of March 1866; the second marriage was with Christian Fuchs in 1870. He died in 1879. Her last husband was John Stalter, married in 1881. He, together with 4 sons and a daughter by her first marriage, also 22 grandchildren survive her. She was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church. Her age was 73 years, 18 days. Her remains were laid to rest on the 1st of January, 1896, followed by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by Andrew Werckler, Joseph Kinsinger, Christian Zimmerman and others. Texts Isa. 38:1-3, Gen. 24:56 and Heb. 4:9.
KREIDER - On November 12, 1895, of gangrene, Christian B. Kreider, aged 72 years, 9 months and 25 days. The deceased was for many years a faithful member of the Mennonite church. The funeral took place on Thursday following. The principal services were conducted by Pre. Elias Groff at the Strasburg Mennonite M.H. Text, Thess. 4:13, 14. After the services, the body was consigned to earth, in the church burying ground, there to await the second coming of Christ, in whom he so explicitly relied as his Saviour and Redeemer. During his last sickness he was in body almost totally helpless, but his mind was clear and serene. He was wonderfully patient during his affliction, and often expressed to those around him, that he committed himself wholly into the hands and will of the Lord, and said whatever He does is well done. He leaves an aged widow, one son, and grandchildren to mourn their loss, in confidence and with the best hope, that their loss is his eternal gain.
REIST - December 7, 1895, near Fontana, Lebanon Co., Pa., John Reist, aged 81 years, 2 months and 1 day. Funeral on the 11th. Text: John 3:16. Buried in the family grave-yard.
GREENLY - December 11, 1895, near Bassler's meeting house, Bro. David B.Greenly, aged 45 years, 7 months and 9 days. Funeral on the 14th. Text, Amos 4:12. Buried at Bassler's meeting house. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.
BLOCHER - December 22, 1895, near Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa., sister Elizabeth Blocher, aged 72 years, 3 months and 20 days. Funeral on the 25th. Text, Matt. 24:41. Buried at Erb's meeting house.
WEAVER - Near Oronogo, Mo., on Dec. 23d, 1895, sister
Mary Weaver, (maiden name Mishler) aged 28 years,
9 months and 22 days. Sister Weaver was one whose loving, winning
manner called forth the love and esteem of all who became acquainted
with her, and although her death was very unexpected both to herself
and others, yet she was able to say, "The will of the Lord
be done" and died in the hope of a blessed immortality, thus
while we feel to say,
"A precious one from us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled,"
yet we are glad that while we grieve because there is a vacant place in the home here, we can believe that she has gone to the regions of bliss there to await the arrival of those whom she loved so dearly while on earth. May the Lord enable the bereaved and sorrowing ones to realize in Him a loving friend and an abiding comforter. The funeral was held on the 24th. Services were conducted by the writer from Eccl. 9:10 and Rom. 6:23. ANDREW SHENK
BEERY - Amos Beery was born Dec. 24, 1825, in
Fairfield Co., Ohio, and died Dec. 24, 1895, at his home near
Canal Winchester, Ohio, aged 70 years. It was his desire to live
seventy years, but he was resigned to the will of the Lord, and
if He called him sooner he was prepared to go, yet the Lord willed
that he should have his wish. He was married to Sarah Mathias,
April 27, 1847. To this union were born six sons and six daughters
of whom seven preceded him to the spirit land. July 4, 1875 he
married Hannah Strohm. To this union were born one son and two
daughters, all of whom are living. He united with the United Brethren
church about the year 1860, of which he was a consistent member
when in 1877 he united with the Mennonite church and lived a godly
life until the Lord called him home. Bro. Beery was the last one
left out of a family of thirteen children and lived to be the
oldest. He leaves a sorrowing companion, four sons and four daughters
and nineteen grandchildren, with many relatives and friends to
lament his departure. A few days before his death he called his
family to his bedside and bade them goodbye, saying "I want
you all to live so as to meet me in heaven." A loving family
circle is broken again, a kind and loving husband and father and
friend is gone, but remember, we may meet again in a better home
than the best earthly home can ever be. During father Beery's
last illness which lasted over five weeks, he suffered greatly
with stomach trouble, which he bore with patience and resignation
to the will of his Lord and looked forward to the hour of his
departure, having a desire to depart and be with Christ. He was
buried in the Union Grove Cemetery Dec. 17, 1895. Funeral services
were conducted by Rev. G. Hempleman at the U.B. church in Canal
"Death has visited again our circle, robbed us of our father dear,
In the depths of our affliction, can we help but shed a tear?
Father, thou art sweetly resting, here thy toils and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can disturb thee more."
Transcribed by Cindy Wheeler, British Columbia