16 responses to Amish Communities in Nebraska
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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 06:12)

    I have been to Pawnee City for there Amish School auction. We are planning to go again this year if possible.

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    Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 06:27)

    New York State also has a small Nebraska Amish settlement in the Steuben County town of Pulteney.


    Have a wonderful weekend. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 07:08)

    There’s an Andrew Zook in Ethridge Tennessee who does beautiful woodwork; wonder if he’s related to these Zooks?

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    Comment on Amish in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 08:43)

    Amish in Nebraska

    I believe there are also some Mennonites in the Auburn, Ne. area. I think they came to the area within the last few years.

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    Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 09:13)

    Thanks Tom and Erik for the shots and story. I would love to see in person the place you pictured with the buggy beside the picket fence and white frame house.

    Tom (or anyone else with some experience in this), I would be interested in knowing more about the dash cam. I’m not ready to give up the Nikon for shots that I can use it on, but there are tons and tons of shots that I never can get because I’m driving. What kind do you have/recommend, and what are the features and limitations?

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 10:43)

      Hi Don,

      First of all, the pictures you take with a camera will always look better, not just because of the camera but the operator!

      The dash cam takes videos that I later pull select photos from.

      The dash cam I have is: http://dashcamtalk.com/dr32/

      I also have a little hand held cam that could be mounted like a dash cam that I think takes good video. Here is the instructions for it: http://www.mytempfiles.info/mobius/MobiusManual.pdf

      I am not a technical person so I can’t make a reliable recommendation. If you have an interest, send me a email I can show you one of the videos I’ve taken with the cam.

      Tom G….. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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        Comment on Thanks. (April 19th, 2014 at 00:54)


        Tom, got caught up in another branch of this thread earlier, and totally forgot to say thanks for the info. Sorry. And thanks!

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    Comment on Beautiful pictures as always (April 18th, 2014 at 09:55)

    Beautiful pictures as always

    I’d like to ask about the dry goods store.
    I wonder if this place is strictly for the consumption of the Amish, I suppose they obviously do allow considerate English visitors.

    When I read that I recalled the less than welcoming reception I received years ago at what was a store attached, without advertisement, to someone’s house, seemingly by their intent for Amish/Mennonite use in Ontario.

    I sort of hope those people, the Ontario Old Order folk I met, went out of business, even if your intended clientele is your neighbours and fellow church members, the better business model would be to embrace everyone.

    I’m not bitter, it just stands out and I’ve learned a fair bit about costumer service since then.

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 11:14)

      Hi S-H-O-D,

      All of the Amish stores I have run into in several states have allowed English to buy from them as well. Of course, if a Amish community had such a store that they only let Amish buy from then we probably would not hear about them to begin with.

      I did run into a small bulk food store that was run out of a Amish Bishops basement in Kansas. He mainly had some staple items that the local Amish would regularily buy. The “store” very informal, not looking like a store at all.

      I think some Amish just don’t think about posting business signs until they need to. Some seem to feel like everyone already knows where they are at when it’s really just the local Amish that know.

      Other reasons they don’t post a sign? One is the cost. In some areas there are regulations as to who can post a sign, the dimensions of it, the material that needs to be used and so forth. So it’s not as simple as just going out and posting a sign to a post, sometimes a master sign erector has to come into play, due to laws.

      Finally, I have found that marketing is not a strong suit for some Amish and English alike. I have business cards from a couple of Amish business’s that have either no address listed or phone number. The smarter ones (IMHO) will posts a little map on the back of their business card as well as pertinent info on the front.

      Tom G…. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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        Comment on Side question... (April 18th, 2014 at 12:10)

        Side question...

        This discussion has brings up a tangent question(s) that I have wondered about the various cottage industries. (I’m really having trouble wording my thoughts here.) Obviously such a business would provide a revenue stream for a family; but how much of it is driven by a desire (or even need) for the revenue stream into the Amish community as a whole? Obviously some of the Amish businesses (e.g., horse shoeing, buggy making) are primarily if not totally a service for the Amish community, and is functionally passing Amish money to other Amish. But the Amish have outflows into the English business (feed stores, vets, medical, groceries); so do the cottage business form a part of the cycle that helps to bring English money back into the community? So…

        1. To what degree are the Amish (as a community) dependent upon revenue streams from outside?

        2. Is there a *growing* dependence upon outside revenue (esp. as more Amish are no longer staying on the farms), and how does that dovetail with their strong belief to avoid being connected with the world? (Cf. their refusal to be on the electric grid.)

        3. When I’m driving down the road and see the sign for an Amish cottage business, how can I tell if it’s intended just for the Amish community or for all?

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          Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 16:31)

          Hi Don,
          I would like to address your three points based on my experience visiting conservative Amish settlements in New York State.

          1. To what degree are the Amish (as a community) dependent upon revenue streams from outside? Most of the Amish that I know will freely tell you that most of them would starve if it wasn’t for “English customers.” Amish are business people with large families and will gladly take your money if earned by “honest work.”

          2. Is there a *growing* dependence upon outside revenue (esp. as more Amish are no longer staying on the farms), and how does that dovetail with their strong belief to avoid being connected with the world?
          In my part of New York State farmland is fairly inexpensive and many Amish are moving in to take over abandoned farms. Many Amish that I know don’t want to be farmers and choose to make and/or service items to earn a living. A cabinet maker is building a small tear drop trailer for me; when I asked him if he would be interested in the work, he said, “yes, if it would put food on the table.” Dealing with outsiders is not the same as being connected to the world.

          3. When I’m driving down the road and see the sign for an Amish cottage business, how can I tell if it’s intended just for the Amish community or for all?
          If you have money in your pockets and an interest in the product produced, pull in, say isn’t it a beautiful day and start a conversation. Many shops do not have signs out front, but I have learned of their location and I enter, say hi and buy the product they have for sale.

          After 20 years of visiting the Amish I have learned that if I am respectful and friendly and say “I will take one of those and two of these” then pull out some cash and say I’ll see you next time. It works.

          Tom, The Backroads Traveller

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            Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 18th, 2014 at 21:30)

            Thanks so much, Tom. I, too, try to support the cottage businesses as I travel in the communities — seems only fair to give some benefit to those giving to me (even if just a smile, a visit, and an occasional appropriate picture).

            As far as the dealing with outsiders not being the same as being connected to the world — I see that in the microscopic, but not seeing much difference in the macro. But hey, I’m just the one with the questions, and not with any good answers. (ha)

            As to starving without the “English customers”, I can accept that but wouldn’t have guessed the interdependency had grown to that point.

            Anyway, thanks for the insights.

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    Comment on Thanks for the Knox County news (April 18th, 2014 at 23:17)

    Thanks for the Knox County news

    It’s always good to hear what’s happening in Verdigre, Center (the county seat), and other places in Knox County! Thanks.

    I had no idea that Amish people now lived there. I hope that they are enjoying the countryside as much as our family did when we lived there 1956-1963. I attended high school in Center 1962-63, then after the school closed went to school in Verdigre for the first half of the 63-64 school year. (There had been only about 7-8 students per grade in the Center high school.) I have a blog article with a few photos about the last time I visited the area, in 1995, at the start of the first of many bicycle tours I’ve done since then.

    In following some of the links in the article I figured out where the “pioneer” couple, the Petersheims, lived. It’s not a part of the county I was familiar with, but from the satellite view on Google maps it looks like a familiar type of terrain. I wish I could figure out where the Amish near Center are living. We lived almost straight south of Center at Bazile Mills.

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on Amish Communities in Nebraska (April 19th, 2014 at 14:00)

    I can think of a few Amish businesses in our community (Holmes Co., Ohio) that are not open to the public, like the lady who makes men’s Sun. suits to measure, but those are “word of mouth” businesses who do not advertise. If it’s got a sign out, it’s open to anyone. There’s quite a variety of Amish owned stores & businesses in this area.

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on And while you are in the area.... (July 7th, 2014 at 01:02)

    And while you are in the area....

    Sorry if this is a repeat of sorts…. but to make your trip to this area more worth while I would take an extra hour to drive North to Tripp South Dakota to meet the Amish there.


    Now, I understand that MANY Amish go to Canistota, SD for treatments. These treatments can last several days. (Ortman Chiropractic Clinic) A number of Amish I have met tell me if I want to meet Amish in SD that is the place to go. Not real sure how that would go, but I might try it sometime.

    Tom…. Lincoln

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      Jim Gawne
      Comment on Amish communities, Commerce (December 25th, 2016 at 09:50)

      Amish communities, Commerce

      My wife and I drive for the Amish in our community. Presently she is in Nebraska with a group from our community in mid-central Wisconsin. Our neighbors are Amish and there are several communities in our area. We frequently shop for dry goods in local Amish stores. When we had a disastrous hail storm years ago, it was the Amish that came to our rescue, re-roofing our house in a day as a school project. There is one family that runs a dent and bent store that is always busy, and there are always cars in their parking spot. The tradesmen are always ready to employ their skills gainfully. I have been invited to observe and then participated in the grain harvest. To see the old machines in use, and then be invited to dinner because I was part of the work crew was an honor I cherish. We have attended weddings, and buried their dead. Andwhen of their English friends passes on, you can bet they turn out for the viewing. When my wife went to the hospital to deliver our son 24 years ago, I dropped the boys off at the Detweiler’s and headed out to the hospital. My wife was in the hospital an extra day. When I came home I found 2 buggies in the driveway, and inside there were Amish women cleaning house, washing windows and generally making sure my wife didn’t have to worry about anything but the baby. That’s the kind of neighbors the Amish can be.

      Last summer we traveled with a couple by train to Grand Junction Colorado, and then spent 10 days sight seeing. We drove, stayed in motels, and toured the Grand Canyon, Mt. Zion National Park and more. Sam makes canvas tops for boats and pontoons. For an Amish gentleman he sure has a lot of boats in his pasture.

      I have found the Amish in our community to be great neighbors. Trips to Canistota to the Ortman Clinic are pretty routine, and You would meet Amish, Hutterites, Mennonites among others. Oh, and yes the treatments are worth it.

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