10 responses to A 3-Part Look At A New York Amish Settlement
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    Comment on Thanks, Eric (July 15th, 2016 at 09:51)

    Thanks, Eric

    This was a very interesting article, Erik. Thanks for printing it.

    I am wondering if either Rebecca or Mark would do an article on what the role of the Amish grandmother is within the family. I would also like to know how the grandmothers spend their days, and what the life of older single women within the community is like.

    Thanks and have a great weekend.

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on A 3-Part Look At A New York Amish Settlement (July 15th, 2016 at 13:55)

      Rebecca is the writer. 🙂 I think she should consider it! I’m not a grandmother or a single woman, but maybe I could follow my mother-in-law around for a day or two and report what she does. 🙂 No… seriously, it would make a good post and I think Rebecca should tackle it.

      • I thought it was nice too, Harriet. One of the better-done general newspaper articles on an Amish community. They didn’t have a ton of input from the Amish, but the other sources added quite a bit to the picture. Sounds like it has been a positive experience in the three years since they settled in the area.

        And that’s a nice post idea. Mark or Rebecca are of course both welcome to share, Rebecca of course has written quite a few very interesting pieces (and Mark if you ever do get an inkling to write a stand-alone post, on this or another topic, my email is ewesner(at)gmail.com… I’d be happy to be in touch about it, not to get you all grossfeelich but people here obviously enjoy your writing too 😀 )

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    Terry from Wisc
    Comment on When the Amish came to town. (July 15th, 2016 at 10:44)

    When the Amish came to town.

    What caught my eye was my hometown of Whitehall, Wisc was named for Whitehall, NY!
    Moving right along…

    The first Amish came to the area in the early 60’s. One day two station wagons (no vans as of yet) full of Amish and a couple relators pulled into town. Off to the countryside they went looking for farms for sale. At noon they were in the City Cafe for lunch, and some locals who were also in the cafe were wondering who these strange looking people were! Gypsy’s? No. They’re Amish. Who are Amish? Then the tongues started wagging! The town has a population of 1500 and word travels fast!

    After a stop at the bank and feed mills, they left town. Soon after that visit word came that they had bought some properties and would be moving to the area. Now the whole community was going to be having an education about Amish people and how they live!

    It’s what the Amish did to their farms that had everyone in a state of wonderment. The power lines along with indoor plumbing went. Why in the world would you take a bathroom out and put an outhouse up? (My own mother asked that because she had grown up with an outhouse and thought indoor plumbing was wonderful!) People who had been in the homes visiting the previous owners were agast as to what was going on!

    Those back roads were busy with the gawkers driving by checking everything out! As I said, the town was getting an education..and they were! I should say towns, because other communities had to come and check out what was going on as well. How disgusted the Amish must have been! But all of this would have happened no matter where they moved. Ignorance is a terrible thing.

    Well, they stayed and are still there all these years later. When I’m in the area for a visit I make it a point to stop and visit with my Amish friends. And also with my ex-Amish friends, but that’s another story.

    • Nice post Terry 🙂 Yes and at that time the Amish were far fewer in number (just 30-some thousand then vs. about 10 times more today) and certainly less well-known, so I am not surprised it caused a stir.

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    Comment on Thanks! (July 16th, 2016 at 07:21)

    Thanks!

    What a great article series. My son lives just miles from Whitehall over the Vermont border. I’m in Illinois and we drive thru Whitehall to get to him. As a descendant of Jacob hostettler/ Barbara Stutzman I ve only recently discovered my Amish roots with many distant relatives in Holmes county. Fascinated with all these informative articles and can’t get enough. So drawn to a simpler but still busy life far from Chicago suburbs!

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      Comment on Whoops! (July 16th, 2016 at 07:23)

      Whoops!

      I meant Christian Stutzman Barbara hochstettler.

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      Comment on Amish Stutzmans (July 17th, 2016 at 08:58)

      Amish Stutzmans

      Mary if you are in the Chicago burbs, there are also some Stutzmans in the biggish Illinois community at Arthur, about 3 hours south of Chicago. Perhaps some of your roots could be found there as well.

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    VTanabaptist
    Comment on Neighbors (July 19th, 2016 at 19:27)

    Neighbors

    This in the settlement Ive been wanting to do a post about Erik!, so busy here on the farm I never seem to get time. Very friendly group, Its one big district about 180 on a Sunday, few that could not find farms have moved on to St Lawrence county, does not seem like they want to have 2 districts. Byler group, farming is stressed, all milking 15-20cows(hand) plus some side stuff saw mills, produce(very conserve, cut ice, shock corn and oats, no phone shanty, out house only, running cold water, tobacco use.. Many seem to be related, brothers, sisters etc. Mostly Bylers and Masts’. Seem to have followed a Mast Bishop but not a split. Very friendly and outgoing, I know one family well. This is a very hard working group. They have saved the farmland over there. Many are going organic because of higher milk prices.
    Adam

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