41 responses to The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos)
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    Comment on Been there..., and didn't know it (May 8th, 2014 at 04:47)

    Been there..., and didn't know it

    Thank Tom. I’ve likely been through this place some 20 yrs ago (back before I had grown any interest in the Amish, I’m afraid). My dad pastored in Pryor, just north of there, for a few years, and my family no doubt past through Chouteau to go visit him.

    Can’t speak for the cashew crunch — or cashew brittle (similar to peanut brittle) as I’ve also heard it called — there, but what I’ve picked up at other Amish communities is really good stuff.

    So, if they need something in town or somewhere else that is too far to walk, they’ll take their tractor? Interesting.

    Thanks again.

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      Comment on Tractor Old Order (May 8th, 2014 at 11:12)

      Tractor Old Order

      There are a few communities where this kind of tractor use is prominent. Stephen Scott called these “tractor Old Order”, though as he noted that term doesn’t describe an affiliation (just describes a common feature). Haven, Kansas would be another Steve included in this group.

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        Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 11:30)

        Oh, okay. What I’m seeing in the pictures look fairly modern to me, so I guess I’m not seeing it right.

        Would they happen to look like this:

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozarkinspirations/13160175005/in/set-72157642366506615 (forgive the blurriness) ?

        If not, could you point me towards a picture of one? I’m just curious.

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          Comment on Modern-looking Amish tractors (May 8th, 2014 at 12:11)

          Modern-looking Amish tractors

          Some of the Amish-owned tractors can be quite modern. There are photos on these two pages from a similar community in KY:

          http://amishamerica.com/name-that-amish-community/

          http://amishamerica.com/amish-kentucky/

          The one you posted, I don’t know where it’s from but a lot of Amish have tractors that they use in a more limited means than in these communities, for instance to power machinery near the barn or to haul material short distances (though most don’t use them in the fields or for road travel).

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            Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 12:37)

            Okay…, I just misunderstood your ref. to them as “tractor Old Order” — thought it meant some kind of older-type tractor. My bad.

            The tractor I linked to was from Kalona, IA. With the metal wheels as all I’m assuming it falls into the “more limited means” you referred to.

            BTW, the tractors (and even leased Bobcats) that I saw in Holmes Co. are more like the modern ones that you pointed out.

            • Gotcha 🙂 Sometimes they will run those metal wheeled ones on the road, I don’t think for too long distances though. I remember seeing/hearing that when I was in Kalona (nearly 10 years ago now! Wow, doesn’t time pile up).

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            Elva Bontrager
            Comment on Ford Ferguson Tractors (May 12th, 2014 at 01:05)

            Ford Ferguson Tractors

            Back before the Amish church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia split up (the more conservative contingent moved to Kentucky, my aunt and uncle among them)there were some Amish members who drove their small but speedy tractors to town, often with a flat bed trailer attachedl where the lady of the house was ensconced. These tractors could travel up to 35 mph, a far cry from the pace a horse could set, so one could scarcely blame them. For that matter, it should have been OK for it certainly wasn’t ‘worldly’; some people laughed at it anyway. Gently, of course. 🙂

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        Michelle
        Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (December 23rd, 2016 at 05:05)

        I live in Vinita which is about 30 minutes away and the reason why tractors are so big around Chouteau is because the land us very rocky..the horses have to work twice as hard to get to the good soil so they got together as a church group and they all decided to use the tractors to dig up the land..I read this in another article about thus area

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    Andrea green
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 05:50)

    Great pic of the leaning candy shop 🙂

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 06:43)

    Love the pictures and finding out where there are more Amish people living. Very interesting article.

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    Linda
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 06:57)

    Yes, I’ve been there. Chouteau is pronounced SHOW-toe. I thought it was an Indian word, but Wikipedia says it was named for a French fur trader.

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      OldKat
      Comment on Agreed (May 8th, 2014 at 08:32)

      Agreed

      Pronunciation is correct & that “eau” (or “eaux”)would be French in origin.

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      Comment on Chouteau pronunciation (May 8th, 2014 at 11:08)

      Chouteau pronunciation

      Thank you Linda, so one of my guesses was half right 🙂

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      Linda
      Comment on Chouteau pronunciation (May 8th, 2014 at 11:52)

      Chouteau pronunciation

      Maybe I should make it clear that both syllables of Chouteau have a long “O” sound.
      And I am glad to learn about Creekside Sales!

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    Comment on Cody's Creek (May 8th, 2014 at 08:53)

    Cody's Creek

    This area was originally named Cody’s Creek.
    Thanks for posting Tom’s photos.
    My new series for Harvest House will be set in this area, and we are visiting there in early June. I’m really looking forward to it!

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    carebear57
    Comment on Chouteau Pronunciation (May 8th, 2014 at 11:27)

    Chouteau Pronunciation

    I would think the pronunciation would be “sho-toe” — kinda like “chateau.” I have a college friend who is from Poteau, OK — pronounced “po-toe.”

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 11:51)

    Hmmm…thinking of my high school French class (and teacher, Sister Nicetta, who spent WWII in France as a novice)), my guess would be “shoe-toe”…but so many foreign words are “Americanized”, I guess only those who’ve lived there or visited would know.

    Once again, I’d love to visit the shops—especially that “Amish Walmart”—not as huge as the “English” store I shop in!

    I enjoyed the photos, and the info about a “tractor Old Order” community. Thanks Tom, and Erik.

    I’ve had Cashew Crunch! Mmmm-mmm! With popcorn, too? Catch me as I swoon!

    Alice Mary

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    Melissa H
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 12:28)

    So glad you highlighted the Oklahoma Amish. Since moving to Oklahoma 3 years ago, I’ve really missed many of the Amish made treats I use to get when living near Lancaster and Southern Maryland. I now know what I want for Mother’s Day…a trip to Chouteau, OK!

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      Michelle
      Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (December 23rd, 2016 at 05:09)

      Another great place to check out would be the Dutch Pantry which I believe is right there by the Cheese Place..great people and great homemade Amish food. Plus it’s all you can eat! They make the best fried chicken and chicken and noodles and you can’t forget the warm homemade breads and cookies!

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    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 15:05)

    Well according to this translation… this is how its said.. Shoe-too http://www.forvo.com/word/chouteau/

    however we’re talkin about Okies here… so I betcha money they say Sho-toe~~

    lol.. from a native Texan. 😉

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      Brian
      Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 11th, 2014 at 17:00)

      You are probably right KimH. As a trucker, I’ve been all over the midwest and south. I’ve certainly driven though Chouteau plenty of times though I did not know that there were Amish people living there. I’ve delivered loads to Miami, OK quite a few times. The locals pronounce the name of their town Miama.
      I live in neighboring Missouri and I pronounce the name of my state like it is commonly pronounced, but some people say Mizura. Oh, and many of the towns with names that the locals pronounce differently than the outsiders. If you learned basic word history then you have heard about the treaty of Versailles, which is pronounced Versie. I live close to that town and everyone here including myself pronounces it just like it looks like it should be pronounced. Versales or Versails.

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        Elva Bontrager
        Comment on Names are Tricky (May 12th, 2014 at 01:14)

        Names are Tricky

        Like Pier, South Dakota, instead of Pierre. And Stanton, Virginia, instead of StaUnton. And Valdeez, Alaska, instead of Valdez. Loads of others.

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          Comment on Local pronunciations (May 12th, 2014 at 08:33)

          Local pronunciations

          Nice ones Elva. How about Ver-SALES, Indiana instead of Versailles? Or ChEYE-LIE, Ohio instead of Chili? 🙂

          Any more out there?

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            Linda
            Comment on Ligonier, Indiana (May 13th, 2014 at 09:44)

            Ligonier, Indiana

            Ligonier, Indiana, throws the non-locals for a loop. It could be pronounced as Lig-on-air, or Leg-gone-near, or Lig-uh-neer.

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    Comment on Amish "Okies" (May 8th, 2014 at 15:38)

    Amish "Okies"

    Great photos – thanks for sharing.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (May 8th, 2014 at 18:51)

    Are the Knepps originally from Daviess County,Indiana? There are
    lots of Amish Knepps in Daviess County. Come to think about it,
    the scenery of the Choteau area reminds me some of the scenery
    in Daviess County.

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      Comment on Knepp Amish surname (May 9th, 2014 at 11:45)

      Knepp Amish surname

      Daviess County seems to be ground zero for Knepps. The name is occasionally seen elsewhere as we see here in OK.

      I don’t have the name origin info at hand or would otherwise be able to tell you more. Since Daviess Co. was partially settled by people from Allen County, IN, it’s possible the origin may be there, though IIRC there are few if any Knepps in Allen County today, and the bishop who originally came from Allen Co was a Graber.

      http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Montgomery_Old_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Montgomery,_Indiana,_USA)

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    Linda
    Comment on Black Buggy Day (May 13th, 2014 at 21:13)

    Black Buggy Day

    The next annual Black Buggy Day in Chouteau will be on Sept. 20, 2014.
    http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.18369

    Tom, did you try the Dutch Pantry Restaurant?
    http://www.dutchpantryok.com/

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    fellow pilgrim
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (August 7th, 2014 at 15:46)

    My Brother who left the Amish there in Chouteau and , now lives in Fairland , Oklahoma was the first teacher in the Chouteau Amish Community.

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    Roger Larremore
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (February 27th, 2015 at 12:32)

    I grew up in Chouteau and went away for nearly 40 years. After living and working over the US I moved back to the Chouteau area and once again enjoy living amongst my Amish friends. Chouteau started as the second oldest town in OK by a French fur trader named Jeane Piere Choteau. The Amish Cheese House. Nettke Anns Bakery and Dutch Pantry are located near the intersection of hiway 69 and main street. Troops bakery is now closed. Creekside sales is located about 5 miles South of Chouteau on hiway 69. Knepps Candy is SW of townnear the County line. A variety of goods is sold at these places and are very good eating. There are multiple private Amish eateries in our area for groups. Email me for info and if you would like a personal area tour contact me and I will show you the area free of charge

    • Thanks Roger for the update and info on local businesses. I hope any visitors find it useful, and appreciate your offer!

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        Roger Larremore
        Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (April 18th, 2015 at 13:40)

        Also Erik the photo showing as an Amish school is incorrect. It is a Sunday School classroo for older Amish boys. Hope this helps.

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          Interestingly I only find one Amish school listed in the OK directory here (a bit dated, year 2000), which seems a bit low for a community with 4 church districts (although the churches listed here are on the small side). Do you know more on the schooling situation Roger? As in, do local children attend public school in significant numbers or is there just one Amish school in the Chouteau community?

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            Roger Larremore
            Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (April 22nd, 2015 at 09:51)

            Yes Erik. The Amish.Community.school is located about three quarters of a mile North of the Sunday School. Many Amish children attend there. It is staffed by Amish teachers only and goes to 8th grade. A few Amish children attend Chouteau Public Schools. A larger group attend Mazie School. Mazie is asml community about 6 miles South of Chouteau on hiway 69. Very few Amisb cbildren attend school beyond 8th grade. They are recipients of good education aftefwards by their family. They are truly wonderful people and take care of their own. You must attend an Amish benefit one day. Our Amish are always ready to help the non Amish neighbors too. I drive them all ovef the US or anywhere their tractors or Buggies cannot be taken. I’m in Tulsa right now picming up Amish neighbors at the bus station.

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              Roger Larremore
              Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (April 22nd, 2015 at 09:57)

              Erik German is the primary language spoken by the Amish. English is their secondary language. FYI

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                Yes, thanks Roger, here is an article we did on PA German aka PA Dutch dialect. The dialect spoken by “Swiss Amish” is different. I bet if you drive the Amish around you have been picking up some of the dialect 🙂 It probably makes the rides more interesting if everyone is speaking their native tongue. http://amishamerica.com/what-language-do-the-amish-speak/

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              Harry Troyer
              Comment on I posted before I read much of the comments. (March 31st, 2017 at 15:32)

              I posted before I read much of the comments.

              I see some discussion about the schools in the Chouteau area. In the 50’s there were 3 schools besides Mazie that were in use. Yhe one I was most acquainted with was Longview located south of town. There were 2 more west of town and I can’t recall the names but I believe the current school is in the location of one of them the other was north of there and I think the name was Highway. The Longview building was moved to another location and is now the building where they have Sunday School. I remember reading the Martin Luther translation German New Testament and participating in spelling contests there. There is a rather large Elm tree on the south side of the building and can recall when that tree was only about 6 feet tall. The reason I remember is I had a spooky horse and my buggy ran over that tree.

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    Lorna
    Comment on The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos) (March 12th, 2015 at 17:57)

    I’m visiting my children and grandchildren in DallasTX and we plan on visiting A Cousteau on Sat Mar 14th. Is there an original B&B we could stat at + Also could we have dinner at an Amish home+ Thanks for whatever info you can give me…. Grandmother Lorna

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    Harry Troyer
    Comment on The name (March 31st, 2017 at 15:05)

    The name

    I learned in Mazie public school where I attended from partial 5th grade through 8th grade that Chouteau is a French name of an early explorer named Pierre Chouteau. I have never checked the validity of this but toke for granted the teacher was correct in teaching this. I was 11 years old when my family moved from Argonia KS. area in Sumner county to the Mazie area south of Chouteau. Creekside sales is only a mile north of Mazie. I worked as a young boy with my father when he added the west part of the feed mill
    (elevator) in Chouteau. I left the area when I was 18 but returned from time to time. I have fond memories of growing up there.

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    Comment on Food! (August 30th, 2017 at 19:35)

    Food!

    Ah, the Dutch Pantry! I can’t get over there near often enough! I was raised Mennonite Brethren in Enid, OK, and am now retired in Oklahoma City, 3 blocks outside of Moore, and need to plan some excursions to enjoy the fantastic foods offered in The Dutch Pantry!

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