18 responses to A Thanksgiving Visit to The Amish of Clark, Missouri (22 Photos)
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    Sara McVay
    Comment on Photos (December 1st, 2015 at 08:45)


    Such beautiful photos!

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    Comment on Thanks, Erik... (December 1st, 2015 at 09:03)

    Thanks, Erik...

    As always, I appreciate you’re willingness to share my pictures with everyone, Erik.

    In case anyone is interested, here are a couple of links to the rest of the pictures I worked up from that Thanksgiving Day in Clark:



    I hope you and everyone else had a great Thanksgiving!

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Give thanks (December 1st, 2015 at 09:48)

    Give thanks

    Looks so peaceful and perfect for giving thanks.

    Thanks to you Don for sharing your pictures.

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    Terry from Wisc
    Comment on Great photos! (December 1st, 2015 at 15:34)

    Great photos!

    Thank you Don for passing on the photo’s and story. I’m from W Wisc and many of the pic’s remind me of my home town area countryside. The Amish moved into the area in the early 1960’s. As new homes were being built, that style seen in your pic’s of those big white houses, were dotting the country side. With that happening we knew which places were Amish.

    People would drive the country side checking things out and poo poo some some of the changes that were being made to those local farms. In those early years folks were then, and still are today, curious.

    I have to laugh at times at their expression’s when you tell people that you have Amish friends and were inside their houses. You were? What was it like? Did you eat with them? Yes, and they eat food just like we do! lol Home cooking just like we used to eat all the time! If you ever need a conversation piece you can always use your Amish knowledge!

    Erik, before I start writing a book like I often do, I’ll quit! Oh, and when is that Wisc trip of yours going to happen?

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    Walter Ulrich
    Comment on Thanksgiving Photos (December 1st, 2015 at 20:45)

    Thanksgiving Photos

    peaceful, as Thanksgiving supposed to be
    season greetings from Thailand

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Peaceful Acres... (December 2nd, 2015 at 12:09)

    Peaceful Acres...

    …is what I’d call most of these photos. I am especially fond of the one with sheep. So restful, quiet-looking. Reminds me of the land my library was built on about 20 years ago. Just a few years prior to that, I recall driving by this land when it was still farmland, and there were sheep grazing on it…and just up the road, a small dairy farm with about a dozen cows. The farmhouse & barn are still there, but the cows & sheep are long gone. Sure liked it better when they were still the main residents! (Fancy, expensive homes & their owners have replaced the bovine population.) Too bad…so sad!

    Alice Mary

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on A Thanksgiving Visit to The Amish of Clark, Missouri (22 Photos) (December 2nd, 2015 at 13:43)

    Thank you for sharing all this awesome pictures with us. I do enjoy seeing them.

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    Comment on nice picture (December 3rd, 2015 at 18:29)

    nice picture

    I did a term paper in college on the amish and midnights which are very different, they are some very nice pictures, my husband took an nice picture of an man out in the field I will see if I can find it.. I have always been very interested in there social life and community.

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    Comment on A Thanksgiving visit (December 4th, 2015 at 08:32)

    A Thanksgiving visit

    Beautiful Photos… Some of them are pretty enough to frame…
    (Reminds me of the American artist Norman Rockwell)

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Awesome (December 5th, 2015 at 09:45)


    Don, these are awesome. I noticed on one buggy that there is just one small reflector light. I’m hoping that buggy would not be out at night, what do you think?

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      Comment on Driving at night in Clark... (January 26th, 2016 at 00:38)

      Driving at night in Clark...

      Loretta looking around it seems very evident that Clark is a very conservative Amish community, and that include the very limited number of reflectors on their buggies. (Teen’s buggies seems a clear exception to that rule.) However, they do have the lanterns (with a kerosene lamp inside it, I think) that I have seen around. (You may have noticed some in this set of pictures.) I’ve not been through the community at night, but I’m sure they do use these to help others see them.

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    Comment on A Thanksgiving Visit to The Amish of Clark, Missouri (22 Photos) (December 6th, 2015 at 02:12)

    A Thanksgiving Visit to The Amish of Clark, Missouri (22 Photos)

    So find out who Google likes and make friends with them.
    They know the techniques of how a particular keyword should receive top ratings.
    This is a no no, and does nothing for your website.

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    Comment on Mish-Mash posting (December 6th, 2015 at 12:36)

    Mish-Mash posting

    Loved all of your photos, Don. Thank you Erik for posting them and for posting his links.

    Am a songwriter for my hobby and I’ve been working on a song about the Amish way of life. Need to learn everything, even the small things like, do they leave one candle/lantern on in every room, or do they carry the candle/lantern with them each time they go into a different room? There are more questions……uggg. Is there a forum?

    Had some Amish books from the library but needed to return them. With Christmas, gotta buy gifts. Anyone want to donate Amish books for my song?

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    Comment on Oops.....! (January 26th, 2016 at 00:35)


    Oh my…. I feel so bad. I don’t know what has happened, but the page has not informed me of any replies. There has been so much clambering for my attention the past couple of months, I just forgot to check back. My deepest apologies for not getting back on here and thanking you for your kind remarks. It’s always a joy to share with the folks here.

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    Comment on A Thanksgiving Visit to The Amish of Clark, Missouri (22 Photos) (November 26th, 2017 at 17:07)

    Could you do an article on Amish and taxes, because there is a misconception that Amish are welfare abusers, tax cheats, etc. I saw this on one Youtube video. This is so far from the truth though. Amish pay more in takes and take less than almost any group of Americans. Very few use social welfare. They pay taxes on everything except Social Security, but they don’t use Social Security. They also pay school taxes even though they don’t attend public schools.

    • Hi AJ, we actually have a few pieces on the Amish and taxes, here is one of them:


      Interestingly, in some communities Amish children do attend public schools, though they may have a distinctly Amish flavor to them. Holmes County, Ohio is probably the best example:


      From the Wooster Daily Record (see: http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/article/4823850)

      What makes the East Holmes District unique is its two-thirds Amish population at each grade level, Treasurer Marsha Clark said.

      Because the Amish constituency prefers to keep its children closer to home, “we have more buildings, and we have smaller elementary schools,” Clark said.

      East Holmes incurs extra expenses in operating each of the buildings, as well as in maintaining a student/teacher ratio of 15:1, she said, “which is really, really low.”

      However, the low ratio is extremely helpful because, historically, “a lot of students come in with English as a second language,” Clark said, although, she clarified, “more and more are coming to school more fluent (in English).”

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