13 responses to Abner the Bookbinder
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    Robert Gschwind
    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 19th, 2010 at 07:28)

    Abner is an example for us all. What a rare priveledge to have known such a person.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 19th, 2010 at 08:19)

    What a wonderful man and how I would love to have had the honour of talking with him. I too have so many questions about the Amish and their way of life.

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    Amy Jo
    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 19th, 2010 at 13:05)

    How blessed you and Brad (et al) to have known this man. What a ‘wonderful gut’ thing it is to share ourselves in this way. Thanks for sharing and for the reminder of how we can touch one another’s lives in simple ways. I cherish friendships like these. This reminds me to stop, slow down, remember what is really important, and take time to act on it – and just ‘be’ with someone else.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 19th, 2010 at 20:49)

    What a wonderful story. I would like to have known Abner.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 19th, 2010 at 21:30)

    Abner sounded like a real special person and friend. I, too, wish I had known him.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 20th, 2010 at 03:25)

    Sure enjoyed your article about Abner. There are special people we meet sometimes on our journey through this life that we learn so much from, connect in special ways, and will never forget. Mine have mostly left this world . . . But with your story I have renewed hope that there will be more before I pass on.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 20th, 2010 at 04:02)

    Being a bookbinder, and one who respects the Amish way of life, I found this article deeply interesting.

    Thank you for sharing this.


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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 20th, 2010 at 09:36)

    Glad everyone has enjoyed this piece and many thanks to Brad for sharing it.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 22nd, 2010 at 19:28)

    Thanks to those who commented about my remembrance of Abner. Erik said he had a request for my corn meal pancake recipe, which I now have… Sift together 3/4 cup flour, 1&1/8 tsp. baking powder, 1 tbsp. sugar, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add 1/2 cup cormeal and mix well with 1 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. soda. Combine one egg well-beaten with 3/4 cup milk. Add to dry ingredients, mixing well. Add 2 tbsp. melted butter or shortening. Bake on hot greased griddle. Makes about 10 pancakes.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 23rd, 2010 at 13:58)

    Brad many thanks for sharing this recipe with us too. I hope someone will make them and let us know how they turn out. Sounds tasty!

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    Rich Stevick
    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (October 26th, 2010 at 06:04)

    Having been overseas for five weeks, I have been working back through your recent Amish America postings and came upon Brad Igou’s wonderful tribute to Abner B. Abner was indeed special to everyone he met. He was the man who arranged home stays with Amish families the first time we taught the Amish cross-cultural course at Messiah College. He befriended one of our graduates, Mark Wassler, who became, according to Abner, one of his dearest friends. Of course, he encouraged Brad in his Family Life project. While I was working on my book, he talked with me about his adolescence in Lancaster County in the 1940s and his experience with the Chow-chow gang: “We were really a mixture,” he explained. We were all saddened by his death, reputedly from the West Nile virus. Hundreds gathered to mourn his passing. I feel privileged to have known Abner also–a wonderful, grace-filled Christian brother. Richard Stevick rstevick@messiah.edu P.S. Brad’s tribute was also spot-on and lovely. BTW, Brad is the only English person I know who has ever attended an Amish ordination service. Ask him about it if you see him at Amish Experience in Lancaster County.

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    Barbara Libengood
    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (January 20th, 2012 at 19:17)

    I met Abner when we first moved from Pittsburgh to Lancaster County. We worked together at Zimmerman’s Grocery Store in Intercourse and he was the person who introduced me to one of the Amish school directors. We became good friends and spent many evenings watching the night blooming primrose, drinking home made root beer and eating grapes off the arbor. His wife was a wonderful woman who shared the same “twinkle” in her eyes that Abner had. So many of the experiences that Brad shared were similar to ones that we had.

    Abner loved playing practical jokes. We used to take the Mormon Elders to visit him. On the way to one visit, we told the elders about this beautiful Cindy that lived in the apartment next to Abner. They wanted to meet her and Abner told them all about her long brown hair, beautiful long eyelashes and long shapely legs. By this time one the young men was straightening his collar and trying to make himself more presentable to Cindy. So Abner invited him into Cindy’s apartment to meet her. And there we were in the forebay of the barn with beautiful Cindy hanging her long brown hair over the stall door waiting for Abner to give her a treat. Of course, Cindy was his horse! The first time we played this trick, Abner thought it was great fun and with other visitors he talked with more detail about Cindy. I can still see the twinkle in his eye as he opened the door to visit Cindy! We of course, we have a good laugh and then some root beer or meadow tea and eat pretzels!

    I had to smile when I read of Abner’s Amish TV dinners. And the funny stories and jokes he used to tell. He was a man who loved to be around people, to teach them and to learn from them. He reminded me at times of a child, so eager to learn new things. And he taugh me so much about life and living.

    My life was richly blessed because Abner and Katie were in my life.

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    Comment on Abner the Bookbinder (July 11th, 2013 at 13:36)

    This was a great article. Thank you, Erik.

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