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10 Common Amish Surnames

Comment #640519 by Robert McCartney on 14.07.19, 21:08

The Anabaptist surname in my family is Garver/Garber/Gerber, which offers no problem for an Amish connection. The question is the spousal surnames:

Moser, Geissbuhler, Danner, Gyssler, Wagler, Knopf, Kline

I would think that they married in the faith, but did not see these names. They moved from Leacock Twp, Lancaster, PA, to Fulton County PA, to Huntington County, PA, to Adams County IN

Thanks

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Amish Recipes

Comment #640510 by DAVID Comes on 14.07.19, 17:14

What is the dressing with milk flour n sugar??? Do you have a recipe?

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My Friend Daniel Weaver Has Opened A New Market (Morris, NY)

Comment #640455 by Taryn Stilson on 13.07.19, 14:35

I have been once to this wonderful store and plan on going back again soon. I liked the variety of items and enjoyed what I did buy. Next visit will be some of the same and to try their peanut butter fudge. I have to say Daniel was very friendly and kind. Asked me if this was my first time and was there for any questions I had. Thank you for bringing your Amish goods to our area.

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Who are the Swartzentruber Amish?

Comment #640453 by Lily Loewen on 13.07.19, 13:24

Hello Eric,
My son is attending Syracuse University working on a PhD in Religion. He and our family are of the Mennonite faith.
My son has a Muslim friend from school who would like to meet or just observe the Amish way of life even if it is just driving through an Amish community. He returns to Tunisia in August, so only has a few weeks.
He is living in Syracuse, New York, so would need a community in western or upstate New York.
Any help you could provide would be great.
Thank you.
Lily

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640442 by Randy A on 13.07.19, 08:49

Most of the “rules” seem like common sense to me. Imagine if our entire culture operated this way.

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Karen Johnson-Weiner on The Minnesota Swartzentruber Amish Gray Water Case

Comment #640409 by Jim Cates on 12.07.19, 21:48

What I find most bothersome about this case is the willingness of government (state or local) to insist that the Amish comply with regulations when their power is limited. I recall several years ago that northeast Indiana counties struggled with horse droppings as pollution, and planned an ordinance to insist these droppings be collected, rather than left on the road. The Elkhart-LaGrange settlement was deeply distressed by this plan, and the ordinance was quietly dropped, and revisited much later in a much different form. Why? Because the Amish in the area are a major tourist industry, and as such, had much greater political power than Amish in other areas. There are limits, obviously, but if the Swartzentrubers brought in megabucks from tourists, I wonder how big an issue gray water would be?

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A Visit to King's Kountry Store in Halifax County, VA (68 Photos)

Comment #640404 by Paula Harbin on 12.07.19, 20:31

Thanks Erik! I am sure we will have a good time wandering around.

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Karen Johnson-Weiner on The Minnesota Swartzentruber Amish Gray Water Case

Comment #640399 by Maureen on 12.07.19, 18:04

James, as you know the farmers in upstate New York are constantly up agains all aspects of dairy regulations. It makes is very difficult to survive. Now with “The Greens” going forward, the bleak future for New York State farming that is going conglomerate where the rules “do not apply” and the dairy farmers, [particularly the Amish dairy farmers], are part of a long in place schism, that some are already moving to higher ground – across the boarder to south Canada. It’s sad to see so many rules making it impossible to live life simply.

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Is West Virginia Amish Settlement Picking Up?

Comment #640396 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:26

Great to hear that! I hope the community grows and thrives. And thanks for the link, really a lovely part of the country.

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A Visit to King's Kountry Store in Halifax County, VA (68 Photos)

Comment #640395 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:20

Paula, that’s great. Another nice stop is Hill Top Foods, just down the road from King’s Kountry Store on Hunting Creek Road. It is like a bulk food type shop, really nice folks run it. The info is:

Hill Top Foods
3090 Hunting Creek Road
Nathalie, VA 24577
434-454-6213

Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm

There are some other shops in the community including at least one other food store. I don’t have the info offhand on that one, but if you get down there, Mary Ann and Bennie Ray or the folks at Hill Top Foods should be able to tell you how to find it.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640394 by Maureen on 12.07.19, 17:17

When I observe the Amish, the girls seem to do little else other than work from the age of nine on. The younger girls have simple chores, but suddenly the daughter at around age nine graduates and seemingly takes on more responsibilities. They are milking, mucking out the barn, tending the chickens, working the personal family garden, canning, collecting, sorting, washing, packing vegetables for market . There is constant laundry and mending, keeping house, cooking, shopping, and watching caring of younger siblings. They are never working alone, however, always their Mother nearby and other siblings doing like work. So it’s perceived different to me – team work. Young boys are stacking feed in barns and engrossed in the fixing of buggies and farm equipment, repair of home and barn, tending the fields, all aspects of dairy, and care of horses and livestock. Again, always a long side their father, uncles, and brothers – team work. At least four times a week, they break for lunch — they all seem to have a similar set up – several picnic tables are set up, usually plastic table clothes, pitchers of ice tea and lemonade, and meals prepared by women. There are always a few outdoor toys nearby for the younger children.

So I think of this “work” as different. It’s not like a parent ordering a kid to do chores all day, alone, or even as punishment. Rather, the family uses this work time to teach and socialize, and where everyone is learning from each other and great progress takes place.

“Insane” as appearing absurd? No. The definition of true “ family” at work is what I see.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640393 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:13

Right, wouldn’t hurt if more parents were insane enough to implement at least some of these ideas with their children.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640392 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:11

Never thought about that use of a faceless doll, Anne, thanks for pointing it out. Great comment.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640391 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:10

Agreed. I harped on that word “insane” in this post because it’s basically a way to catch people’s attention, and also an example of how language is misused. Things like this, and also hyperbole, seem to be the norm for communication in the media (social and legacy) nowadays.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640390 by Erik/Amish America on 12.07.19, 17:07

Well said, Rozy.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640389 by Don Burke on 12.07.19, 16:44

The only insanity, IMO, is the author’s assumption that it’s crazy. I can only image how high on the insane-o-meter she would have thought my 1960’s pre-seatbelt or my dad’s WWII-on-the-farm upbringings would have registered.

Great points in a great article.

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Amish Vocational Schooling

Comment #640387 by Love Henderson on 12.07.19, 16:03

What vocational classes are taught? Do you have to be a member of the Amish to teach?

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The Amish of Garnett, Kansas

Comment #640380 by Mark Jones on 12.07.19, 13:23

The Amish restaurant in Garnett is absolutely amazing !

The food was some of the best I’ve had, and our server was one of the most polite and humble.

Look forward to eating their again .

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640377 by Alice Mary on 12.07.19, 12:27

I totally agree with Erik’s last paragraph, and think more people should take it to heart. If more kids and families were “insane” enough to adopt some of these Amish rules, what a kinder, happier world this would be!

Alice Mary

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640375 by Bonnie on 12.07.19, 11:42

I envy there way of life.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640374 by Anne Dennee on 12.07.19, 11:33

I love this list and think very little of it is insane. In fact, it’s a lot like what we try to do with our four children. What’s insane is looking at the health and behavior of modern children, in general, and not wanting to so something different in response.

As for faceless dolls, ask any parents who pursue a Waldorf inspired education – they won’t think it strange. For us it’s about leaving a doll an open-ended toy. A child can play with the dolly and pretend whatever emotion they like for it. I have no idea if the Amish are thinking of that, but perhaps it’s a semi hidden wisdom of the faceless doll.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640373 by C J on 12.07.19, 11:28

Use of the word “insane” by whoever wrote this article needs to sit down and
really understand various word definitions.

Amish handling things differently to what writer is evidently used to does not by any stretch of imagination mean they are insane.

In many Amish homes children are raised with love, taught work ethics, better manners than 85% of today’s other youths. Fact they teach not only about God, they are taught excellent skills in cooking, baking, caring for others, building, making furniture, quilting & other crafts. That is their way of life: Stop trying to change them.

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Karen Johnson-Weiner on The Minnesota Swartzentruber Amish Gray Water Case

Comment #640372 by J on 12.07.19, 11:24

The Amish are proposing using a ‘mulch basin’ for the grey water.

Mulch basins are used as fertilizer for gardens and trees. These irrigation systems keep the grey water out of the sewer and septic systems which means it is less likely to pollute local water bodies. Plus it saves money on your water bill.

Well, there is nothing wrong with that. It’s simple and not wasteful.

Mulch basins are used in other parts of the country just fine.

It sounds like the law is wrong. Forcing people to live a certain way when there is clearly other ways to handle ‘grey water.’

Plus, to see the gov’t threaten the Amish is pathetic. As quoted in this story….”there had been criminal prosecutions, administrative penalty orders, contempt of court hearings, and court actions seeking the removal of Amish individuals from their farms.”

The gov’t should never act in such a way over an issue such as grey water.

Law is not God. Law is fallible. I remember when the law said people with a certain skin color could not use certain bathrooms or water fountains. LOL. Yeah, I’m with the Amish on this one.

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15 "Insane" Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?

Comment #640371 by Rozy on 12.07.19, 11:22

None of those “rules” seem insane to me, that’s basically the way I was raised in a Christian home with a strong work ethic. It’s also about the same way we raised our five children.

The way to judge a group or person could be, “If everyone were like this, what would the world be like?” With all the insanity that passes for culture today I’d sure rather be with the Amish than most other groups. Whoever writes this “click-bait” comes across as uneducated and unappreciative of good culture.

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This is what a $9,861 Amish buggy looks like

Comment #640367 by Vicki Hall on 12.07.19, 09:42

Amen!

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