47 responses to Nebraska Amish
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    Beth
    Nebraska Amish (June 15th, 2011 at 07:30)

    I grew up in Lincoln so this article was very interesting to me. I’ll have to keep an eye out as we travel back there next month for a family reunion!

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      darlene
      Nebraska Amish (June 17th, 2012 at 16:36)

      wanted to visit an amish community did not want to drive all the way to ohio is the amish community in nebraska very large and where can i go

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        Lindsay
        Nebraska Amish (June 22nd, 2012 at 12:41)

        Darlene – the Amish community picture here is in an area a bit east of Pawnee City up north to Table Rock. The community is pretty easy to find…if you go into town and go into the grocery store the folks there will give you directions on which road to take off of Highway 8 (I apologize I don’t remember the name of the road anymore).

        As an FYI, this community is very small compared to the larger communities in Elkhart/LaGrange, Lancaster or Holmes County. Essentially, there really isn’t a tourist industry geared towards experiencing the Amish. There are no Amish restaurants, stores selling crafts or other businesses geared towards tourists. There was a small Amish sundry store (the “Pawnee Kuntry” store) and a few other locals selling eggs and produce from their farms. However, there is a farmer’s market in Pawnee City on Wednesdays during the summer from 4:30-6:30 and according to some of the locals the Amish will come into town and sell eggs, produce etc at the market.

        Hope this helps! It’s definitely worth going down on a short day trip, but if you get a chance someday save your pennies to visit Shipshewana Indiana or Kalona Iowa which has a bit more to offer for tourists.

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          Tom Geist
          Pawnee City Amish Update (September 24th, 2012 at 20:46)

          Pawnee City Amish Update

          On my way back to Lincoln, Ne from a weekend in Jamesport, MO I decided to try and see if I could find some Amish folks in Pawnee City. Turns out they now have 3 stores there. And the bigger news is that starting next week they will have enough families to have 2 church districts. (one Amish girl told me she thought there were 31 families there now.)
          Two Amish stores use the word “Kuntry” in their name. I arrived at the Kuntry store that sells salvage food items. One young Amish guy told me this is referred to this as the “Bent & Dent store.” It is located on the East side of North Hwy 50, across from a big business, CJ Foods.
          The Kuntry Variety Store (the one with the picture at the top of this page) can be found by going East out of Pawnee City on Hwy 50. Turn North on the 626 Road. You have to go some 4-5 miles up and it will be on your left. The store is out on the farm and the inside of it is only maybe 15′ X 15′ foot. Not many items, but I still bought a few things.
          It was way late when I got to town so didn’t try to find the third Amish business, which, if I understood right, is just North of the “Dent & Bent” store. It’s suppose to have Amish furniture.
          …Mr Groszfeelich….Tom Geist

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            Nebraska Amish (September 25th, 2012 at 20:08)

            Tom (Mr G), thanks for this update :) Not a big community but I bet it will come in handy for anyone in the area looking for one of these businesses.

            Speaking of which I need to figure out how to do a Nebraska-Kansas-Oklahoma Amish trip one of these summers.

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    Lindsay
    Nebraska Amish (June 18th, 2011 at 07:33)

    Hey Beth – I didn’t have too much of a problem finding the Pawnee County bunch. It was well worth the trip down there…not a ton of businesses yet but there seems to be indication from the locals that the community down there continues to grow. Apparently every Wednesday in Pawnee City there is a farmer’s market where the Amish come in to sell veggies and other items.

    I’m from Lincoln area myself…always nice running into Huskers on the net and in real life!

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      Bianca
      YAY other Lincoln folk (December 5th, 2012 at 22:51)

      YAY other Lincoln folk

      Great to see another Lincoln resident that is interested in the Amish. I hope to ride my bike down there next summer and meet some of the nice Amish folk.

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    Nebraska Amish (June 20th, 2011 at 06:32)

    Lindsay I appreciate your help on this article, and of course for the rare Amish-in-Nebraska photos! Thanks again.

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    Lindsay
    Nebraska Amish (June 20th, 2011 at 11:51)

    Te nada…I enjoyed it and it gave me an excuse for a road trip!

    If they stick around will we have to give this group a new moniker as Nebraska Amish is already taken? I liked Erik’s Cornhusker Amish suggestion…or perhaps Big Red Amish (we can hope they change their buggy color to scarlet red lol).

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      No NO NO!
      Nebraska Amish (November 25th, 2011 at 22:14)

      Coining them as “cornhusker amish” would to outsider eyes appear to be a slight against them. Not everyone in the US and abroad know that the cornhuskers are the local college team that Nebraskans go insane over.

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        Nebraska Amish (November 26th, 2011 at 08:54)

        No no no,

        Nebraska is known as the Cornhusker State, and…we’re just having a little fun here. They’ll be okay.

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    Donelle Underwood
    Nebraska Amish (June 30th, 2011 at 08:11)

    I drove through Pawnee City for the first time yesterday on my way to Kansas City from Omaha. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the buggy signs – I had no idea there was an Amish community in Larry the Cable Guy’s hometown! Lol! We saw a few men in town but did not see an actual buggy. I can’t wait to drive back through and maybe see more signs of this community. My kids and i are fascinated!

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    Clint
    Amish In Pawnee City (August 18th, 2011 at 20:39)

    Amish In Pawnee City

    Drove to Pawnee City looking for the Amish Community. I was able to find a large farm 4.5 miles east of the center of town off HWY 50. Turn left and they should be approximately 1 mile down the road.
    The amish are great people, spent some time getting to know a couple (Barbie & Angus) in Lancaster, PA last year.

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    No NO NO!
    No Cornhusker Amish (November 25th, 2011 at 22:12)

    No Cornhusker Amish

    In NE there are way too many things with the moniker “cornhusker”. When I first moved to NE I thought that they were advertising gum. Big Red is a chewing gum and when I mentioned it… Many of my new native Nebraskan friends were unaware.

    Now, to the Amish. Coining them as “cornhusker amish” would to outsider eyes appear to be a slight against them. Not everyone in the US and abroad know that the cornhuskers are the local college team that Nebraskans go insane over.

    Everywhere else cornhusker is a moniker of someone who husks corn. I say we continue calling them Nebraskan Amish and leave the craziness of the football team in the stadium. (They keep losing anyhow.)

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      Yes yes yes (November 26th, 2011 at 09:04)

      Yes yes yes

      Dear No no no,

      I’m from NC, aka the Tar Heel State. The Tar Heels, of course, are the mascot for one of our better-known universities. When you’re writing, using “Tar Heel” as a sub for “North Carolina” is nice for the sake of variety. Maybe I am not aware of local Nebraska uses and connotations, but I don’t see an issue with doing the same thing with other states’ nicknames.

      Also, capitalization (Cornhusker v. cornhusker) should remove most cause for confusion in meaning between the state nickname and the occupation of husking corn :) All said I think the Amish will survive our minor burst of creativity here ;)

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    Lindsay
    Nebraska Amish (November 26th, 2011 at 17:28)

    LOL, no no no don’t get so worked up! I think the main reason calling them “Cornhusker Amish” is to differentiate them from an Amish sect actually called “Nebraska Amish” that live in Pennsylvania.

    It’s true though, lots of local business are “Big Red” this or “Cornhusker” that.

    I’ve found in the UK, when I tell people I’m from Nebraska I usually get the reply “Like the Bruce Springsteen album!”

    The football team finished 9-3 in regular season, that isn’t a losing record ;-)

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    Lee
    Brethren in Pawnee City area (December 20th, 2011 at 11:31)

    Brethren in Pawnee City area

    Some of the earliest settlers in the Pawnee City and surrounding area were German Baptist Brethren, an anabaptist group with ties similar to the Amish.
    Over the years, these people were scattered to other communities in states such as KS, CA, SD, and CO.

    A good number of the early Brethren in that area came from MO, particularly Gentry County. Some of their descendants still live in that area but have been absorbed by mainline denominations.

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    Tom Geist
    The Name Game (April 5th, 2012 at 03:15)

    The Name Game

    Do some Amish have a sense of humor about their name? (per the discussion above)
    If you look at the photo listed above for the variety store one would have to assume one of two things. Either these Amish running the store are not educated enough to know the correct way to spell “country” or they are just having a little fun. (kuntry)

    Anywho, I just returned from a vacation trying to meet some Amish in Kalona Iowa, Bloomfield Iowa, Clark Missouri and Jamesport Missouri. Wish I would have read about the Pawnee City group before I got back. :-(

    Really tough to get to know these people in so short of time. I did find more smiling friendly people than what I assumed I would. I was expecting stern somber people.

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    Lee
    Northern NE Amish (April 18th, 2012 at 15:41)

    Northern NE Amish

    It appears most of the Amish who moved into the Verdigree , NE area have given up and moved to greener pastures. Wonder how often Amish communities are started that fail? One family at Tripp, SD has also sold out and moved away, selling the farm to an “Englisher” who has installed electric lights.

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      Kathy
      They're still here (May 16th, 2012 at 01:07)

      They're still here

      The Amish still live in Verdigre. They haven’t left from here.

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        Nebraska Amish (May 21st, 2012 at 07:29)

        Kathy, do you know how many families? And are they Old Order (horse and buggy, plain clothes, etc) Amish?

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          Casey
          Three families (October 1st, 2012 at 23:21)

          Three families

          Hi i used to drive truck thru Orchard and Ewing Nebraska and at some point in my driving there were at least two or three horse-drawn buggys on hyway 20 I always gave them courtesy and the rite away and ive only stopped once to help them with a wooden tire Very respectible people and i greatly admire their ways so i think that there a small possibility that there may be a small colony in western nebraska im just not sure how many there is. Hope this was somewhat helpful.

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            Nebraska Amish (October 2nd, 2012 at 00:26)

            Hey Casey,

            This past weekend, when I visited some Amish in Pawnee City,NE, they said they thought there were 3 Amish families in Verdigre, Ne and 11 families in Orchard. (Verdigre, Orchard and Ewing are pretty close together.)

            I get a kick out of seeing the horse and buggies and talking with the Amish. Thanks for posting Casey!

            Tom Geist….Mr Groszfeelich

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    Catherine Rieker
    My mom Anna was from Old School Nebraska Amish (January 7th, 2013 at 00:13)

    My mom Anna was from Old School Nebraska Amish

    Hi I am tryng to locate family from my mothers side of family. I was told she is from Old School Nebraska Amish. I know they are a group that was under Yoder, and moved from ( I think Miflin) PA to Long Island NY for farm land that was cheap back in the days. My great grandmother Elizabeth Kirshner Staab and her husband Louis Staab, with their children, my grandmother Katharine Staab, then my grandmother too built her home by her moms eventually the group disbanded sadly. My mom was raised as such, Anna Barthel and married my dad Frank when she was 18 and had me Catherine at her age of 19 and my dad 21. Does anyone know of this family and stories and burial plots to be known – since no pictures were taken I have nothing to go on with. Any good info would help me locate exactly (my great grandmother was from Aulese Lorraine) Thank you sincerely Catherine Rieker

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      Tom Geist
      Nebraska Amish (January 7th, 2013 at 00:49)

      Hi Catherine R,

      I may have this all wrong, but you posted in the state of Nebraska section for Amish communities. Since you say your moms side of the family was in PA and then NY I think you would have more luck by going to those two state listings and posting.

      http://amishamerica.com/amish-state-guide/

      Good luck….Tom in Lincoln

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      Rachel
      Nebraska Amish (January 26th, 2013 at 08:36)

      Check out sharproots.com for a database of Amish from Mifflin Co. PA

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    Rachel
    Nebraska Amish (January 26th, 2013 at 08:33)

    My grandfather and his parents were part of this Nebraska Community. I hope to visit the cemetery in a month when we travel through while moving my daughter to NM.

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    Tom Geist
    Pawnee City Amish Auction (April 18th, 2013 at 23:23)

    Pawnee City Amish Auction

    The Amish in Pawnee City Nebraska are running their 3rd annual consignment auction May 18th. The money they raise goes for the 2 Amish schools that they have. They could really use the support if you or your friends are in the area. It will be at the Kuntry Discounts Store (the “Bent & Dent” store) May 18th. 2013. Feel free to email me if you want a flyer for it.
    Tom G… Lincoln,NE LincNebr@hotmail.com

    My apologies if this should not go here. Feel free to delete.

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      Carol M
      Auction May 18 (May 15th, 2013 at 08:47)

      Auction May 18

      My famiy is participating in this auction and I have been trying to get a hold of a flyer for this – could you email it to me? Would be greatly appreciated!

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        Tom Geist
        Nebraska Amish (May 15th, 2013 at 17:20)

        Hi Carol,

        I don’t have access to anyone’s email address, unless they post it, like I did mine above and below. Feel free to email me.

        Tom LincNebr@hotmail.com

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      Vanessa
      Wanting to visit (June 21st, 2013 at 19:58)

      Wanting to visit

      So sorry I missed this! We are in Hastings, NE and I am very interested in driving over to see the Amish community near Pawnee City. Any advice? What kinds of things were you able to see while down there?

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        Tom Geist
        Pawnee City (July 2nd, 2013 at 06:05)

        Pawnee City

        Hi Vanessa,

        The first place I would stop in Pawnee City would be the Kuntry Discounts store….71070 Hwy 50. Then you might want to try Troyers Greenhouse and store, 71524 622 Blvd.
        Someday I should make a decent list of the other Amish places there too. The Bishop has a small store and it’s worth at least one stop to see. There is another greenhouse owned by the daughter and son-in-law of the people that own the Kuntry Discount store. There is a guy that builds cabinets and such too but his shop didn’t have anything to buy when I stopped there.
        Feel free to tell them that Tom from Lincoln told you about them. =)

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        Lindsay
        Pawenee City (July 2nd, 2013 at 14:26)

        Pawenee City

        Hi Vanessa, I was just there in May (missed the sale by a week!) Honestly, there isn’t really enough there to warrant a trip by itself…it is still pretty small. However, it does seem to be growing and even more firmly established than when I was last there 2 years ago. There were a couple homes under construction and a few new homes that have been built since.

        Anyways, if you go down to that area you aren’t far from Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, Indian Cave State Park etc so it would probably be a nice stop on a weekend trip to or from those places.

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    Kelly Baviello
    How cool. (July 11th, 2013 at 18:10)

    How cool.

    I have a friend that is mennonite, and never knew much about it, but after watching the TV show on TLC and then reading some books it make me want to find communities here in town. I would love to learn more about the amish!

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    Tom Geist
    Sad News... (July 22nd, 2013 at 17:53)

    Sad News...

    Today is a sad day.

    A Amish brother and sister in a buggy were hit from behind yesterday, on their way to church in Pawnee City, Nebraska. (7-21-13) The boy was killed and his sister is in the hospital fighting for her life. The boy, Ruben, and his younger brother Ben were the first Amish people I met in Pawnee City. Their family owned the Kuntry Discount salvage “Bent & Dent” store. I just saw the family at a school fund raising meal Friday the 19th.. The newspaper account below does not tell you that the English person that hit them was also at the fund raiser.

    I have visited those that have come to be by the side of Fannie a couple of times today and they seem to be holding up.

    Makes a person reflect on life.

    http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/teen-dies-after-horse-drawn-buggy-hit-by-cadillac/article_83a12cb5-7255-570b-9da4-e47dde5c9e47.html

    Tom…. LincNebr@hotmail.com

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      Vanessa
      Nebraska Amish (July 22nd, 2013 at 22:42)

      This is terribly sad news. My prayers will be with Fannie and the family. If there is anyway that you can relay that people are praying for them across the state, I hope it would be of comfort to them. I wonder if there is a way to raise money for this family as their expenses will be great.

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        Tom Geist
        Nebraska Amish (July 24th, 2013 at 00:07)

        I was at one of the wakes for Reuben tonight (Tuesday) and tons of Amish were coming in from a number of states. The father, Edwin Yoder Sr seemed pretty busy and I didn’t get much of a chance to talk with him. I wish I had thought to bring some food with me for all of the people that had come to visit. (ugh, no social skills)
        I am just assuming that the lady that hit the buggy will have had insurance that will end up paying the bills. Amish people self-insure and so they get money from the local church district and probably from others as well when times like these hit.
        Though I assume they would never ask English people to help them, the store address would probably be a place a card could be sent.

        Kuntry Discounts 71070 Hwy 50 Pawnee City, Ne 68420

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    Nebraska Amish (August 18th, 2013 at 17:28)

    Nebraska Amish

    I’m from the Finger Lakes Area in Puleney, NY. We have had about 5 or 6 families of Nebraska Amish move in near me. I thought they were different from the nearby Amish in Wheeler, NY, after reading comments this explains everything. I have been sharpening Sawmill Bandsaw Blades for him, his Last name is Yoder. They are very nice people and we help them out when ever we can. From what I understand the cost of property and leasing property in Miflin Cty PA. for farming has sky rocketed and they could no longer afford to live, practically forcing them to leave the area. The Amish Communities have had several accidents and near misses with horse/buggies and vehicles. Although they don’t like to put reflector and lights on there buggies its a must especially in the dark. The Mennonites from Penn Yan area all put light on there buggies but, the Amish are little more hard headed about putting lights on there buggies.

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      Tom Geist
      Nebraska Amish (August 18th, 2013 at 22:39)

      Nebraska Amish

      Nebraska Amish doesn’t necessarily mean they come from Nebraska. They may have at one time. See this site below for more details.

      http://amishamerica.com/amish-nebraska/#pa nebraska

      As far as Amish last names go, “Yoder” must be at the top of the list for common last names. In Pawnee City Nebraska they have 4 Yoder families, and none of them are related!

      Tom LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    Juanita Cook
    Nebraska Amish (January 31st, 2014 at 20:45)

    Last summer we heard the Amish in Pawnee were having a big auction there. We went , it was in a huge field and thy had everything you could imagine there. It was a fun day. Had lots of good food there for breakfast and lunch and got to visit with an Amish lady from around Wichita, KS that was there visiting family. She had four or five of the best behaved kids I have ever seen. I’d love to go there again this summer if they have it again and can find out when it will be.

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      Tom Geist
      Nebraska Amish (January 31st, 2014 at 22:32)

      I agree with you Juanita, it was a good time. =)

      Last year it was on Saturday May 18th. I would guess it will be on Saturday May 17th this year, but have not seen it listed yet. I will try and post a message about it when I see it.

      BTW…the family that has the land where the auction was at last year is the family that lost their 17 year old son to the car/buggy accident in July 2013. Their daughter was hurt real bad too but has made a darn good recovery, considering how bad the wreck was.

      Tom in Lincoln LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    Cindy
    What is 'Bent and Dent'? (February 9th, 2014 at 14:37)

    What is 'Bent and Dent'?

    Good Afternoon!

    I had a friend mention she had been at a Mennonite ‘scratch & dent’ store in another state and wondered if this family’s store was similar? We are from Omaha and will be making a few road trips in the spring and wonder when the auction will be, too.

    Thanks for all of the information and best wishes.

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      Tom Geist
      Nebraska Amish (February 9th, 2014 at 19:52)

      Hi Cindy,
      “Bent and Dent” means a salvage store. I would assume that “scratch and dent” is another cleaver name for the same thing.

      As I stated right above your post, I do not know yet the date for the Pawnee City auction, but last year it was around May 18th. You might want to consider going to one of the Amish auctions in Iowa or Missouri as well. Jamesport Missouri has one that will run July 3rd, 4th and 5th. 2014 (don’t quote me) Seymour Iowa has one too, can’t recall the dates.

      The thing is ‘some’ of the Amish use these auctions to pay for their schools but some Amish pay for the schools without auctions. (Diagonal Iowa, Clark Missouri)

      I live in Lincoln and only know about a couple of these. You might want to put a post in the Iowa and Missouri state listings here on Amish America. You might indicate how far you would be willing to drive from Omaha.

      Tom in Lincoln LincNebr@hotmail.com

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        Cindy
        Nebraska Amish (February 10th, 2014 at 03:28)

        Thank you!

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    Tom Geist
    Still there...still growing (slowly) (March 22nd, 2014 at 01:20)

    Still there...still growing (slowly)

    Hi All,

    March 12th & 13th 2014 I to see if I could find some of the Amish in Northern Nebraska. I also diverted to Tripp South Dakota to see the Amish there…. the only Amish group in either of the Dakotas.

    Orchard…
    I must admit that I did not take notes as well as I should have. I sat with the Amish woman (and her husband) that write for The Budget Amish newspaper. I can’t find my notes as to how many families belong to their one church district, but I remember that they do meet on the last Friday of each month for a fund raiser/benefit meal. It sounded like some 30-40 attend this. They happen to have a little store out of their place too.

    Verdigre…
    Eddie and Mattie Petersheim still live here. They have been there now about 11 years. There are only a total of 4 families that belong to this group. They have been trying to get more Amish families to come there but Eddie tells me lots of Amish do not want to move to a new location unless there is already a church group there. (Bishop, Deacon, Preachers) One other thing, at some point in time Eddie started to use a tractor, which some would make him New Order Amish, but when I said that to him he said they don’t consider themselves New Order.
    Eddie has a little store that they mainly sell to other Amish, but is open to the public as well. I really enjoyed my visit with him.

    There are also Swartzentruber Amish in Verdigre. Mary, the Amish woman that writes for the Die Botschaft Amish newspaper, told me there are some 12 family’s there. It sounds like the interact some with the Petersheim group and those out of Orchard. I had a fun time talking with her and others in her family the day I was there. They sell some eggs, hand soaps, rugs and some dry goods. Before leaving they gave me some fresh sausage to take with me. =) Stop there is you get a chance.

    Center Nebraska….
    I didn’t make it over to Center but there are suppose to be 3 Amish families there at this newest settlment. (I believe they are Old Order)

    So, this area is not dying by a long shot.

    Tom….Lincoln, NE LincNebr@hotmail.com

  • Pawnee City Amish Tack & Harness Shop

    A reader shared this, for anyone looking for tack in the Pawnee City Amish community area. Sounds like she had a good experience with them and says the products are high quality:

    A&R Harness & Tack
    Alvin Stutzman
    62470 711 Trail
    Pawnee City, NE 68420
    Ph# 402-852-6354

    They carry driving and riding tack and equipment.

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      Tom Geist
      Nebraska Amish (August 3rd, 2014 at 05:33)

      Neat! Pawnee City Amish business’s seem to be growing some. (or at least I was not aware of some of them before) There is also people that sell some herbs and healing tools and another business that makes up cedar furniture. I need to get back down and try and get a list of all of them to post.

      Thanks for the info Erik! (whomever gave Erik the details could you please email me? Thanks!

      Tom Geist
      LincNebr@hotmail.com

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