18 responses to Amish in Oklahoma
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    Comment on www.Amishstorys.com (May 25th, 2011 at 07:46)


    Good morning Erik. Have you ever been to the Mennonite settlements of Mexico, i have never been myself but i find it very interesting that any are even in that country. Their dress is very different from the old order Mennonites from the states, and I’m sure some even speak Spanish. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon county.

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    Holly Graves
    Comment on Amish settlement in Chouteau, OK (May 25th, 2011 at 09:11)

    Amish settlement in Chouteau, OK

    Thanks, Erik, for this informative article. My husband and I have passed through Chouteau many times on our trips between MO and TX, and I’ve seen the Amish Cheese Store. I just thought it was someone trying to cash in on the Amish name, and never stopped in. Next time I will stop and check it out! It’s fun to discover the Amish living in places you wouldn’t normally expect!

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      Comment on amish in oklahoma (December 16th, 2011 at 15:08)

      amish in oklahoma


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        Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (February 29th, 2012 at 20:57)

        When I was younger I lived in Chouteau and I had Amish babysitters. At the time I didn’t think much about it except for the fact that I thought they were “lucky” to have so many “cool” things at their home. But as I reflect as an adult I realize that their extreme lifestyles keep them family based and faithful to God. There are many times that I stop and think “where did I learn how to do such and such” and then I think “oh, my Amish babysitters”. Example: If I were lost in the woods and dying and I saw a rabbit I would say, “I can skin that. I saw my [Amish friend] do that. Not that I want trade their lifestyle for mine completely (as I type this I have 3 tabs open, 1 blog , Facebook, and this page.) But I think it is important to observe and mimick many aspects of their culture because at the end of the day they can honestly say that they earned what they have and taught their children to do the same. To me there is real honor in that.

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    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (May 25th, 2011 at 09:29)

    Hi Richard, one of my workmates is from Durango and she’s been to the colony down there. She did say they spoke Spanish as well as PA Dutch and English. I’ll ask her for more details next time I run into her, but it seems like they don’t interact as much with the locals down there as say, the Amish do up here.

    Also, there are some groups of Mennonites in Belize as well. One of my Mennonite friends from high school would venture down with her family down there and deliver medical equipment to them.

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (May 25th, 2011 at 10:51)

    I love this piture for I have never seen auctioneers stand on step ladders to do their hollering.

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    Helen Farrar
    Comment on More about Oklahoma Amish (May 25th, 2011 at 13:34)

    More about Oklahoma Amish

    Hi! I am a resident of Oklahoma and would love more information about Oklahoma Amish, I am also a nurse and need information on Amish demographics across the nation, any ideas?

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    Comment on www.Amishstorys.com (May 25th, 2011 at 15:26)


    Thanks for the information Lindsay i did a short post on my blog about those old colony Mennonites down in Mexico. I think ill be staying put in the states though, but i would like to hear from folks who have been down there and maybe share their stories about it.Oklahoma is going through a very tough time right now, and im sure the state is in a lot of our thoughts. Richard from The Amish settlement of Lebanon county.

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    Comment on Those crazy Mexican Mennonite party-boys (May 25th, 2011 at 20:55)

    Those crazy Mexican Mennonite party-boys

    They get around, those Mexican Mennonites. I’ve read various reports about them going from South America to the farm lands of Southern Ontario. One episode of “Globe Trekker” stumbled across a community in Belize I believe it was, quite sparse, no drinking, partying or being a “jammy git” generally as one of the other, non-American, hosts might put it.
    I recall Ira whatever he was writing about Spanish-language Mennonites on his blog at one point. I haven’t visited his site in a long time.

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    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (May 26th, 2011 at 00:00)

    The Old Colony Mennonites living in Mexico as well as other Central and South American countries (and Canada)do not speak Pa. Dutch as the Amish do. Their dialect is called Platt Deitch. The Hutterites, the Amish, and Old Colony Mennonites have one thing in common and that is the High German language they use in their church services and for Bible reading. All three have a different dialect they speak in their everyday lifes at home. None can understand the other. I know, for I have been with all three many times. I speak Pa. Dutch but can not communiate with The Hutterites or the Old Colony Mennonites. We have to communiate in English.

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    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (May 26th, 2011 at 08:57)

    Thanks Mary, my friend had said it sounded kind of German-ish and I then assumed it was PA Dutch. I should have just stuck with “German-ish” :-p

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    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (May 26th, 2011 at 15:59)

    Helen Farrar; you might try sending Erik an email with your question about Amish demographics. Click on the About box in the header at the top of the blog, his e-address is towards the bottom of the page. He probably did not see your post, but I know he is always quoting this report or that report about Amish growth rates, retention in their church etc, so I know that information is out there.

    BTW: I’m interested in the Oklahoma Amish communities; too as we hope to be moving up north of Choteau in northern Mayes or southern Craig County if we can ever get our house sold.

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    Comment on Oklahoma; Montana on the way (May 26th, 2011 at 16:19)

    Oklahoma; Montana on the way

    Glad the Oklahoma Amish (and Mexican OC Mennonites!) are getting their due here! Enjoying these responses–Oldkat Helen and I actually already were in touch over email but I do appreciate you pointing folks in the right direction. And quite cool you are considering an Amish Country Oklahoma move.

    I am hard at work on the “Montana Amish” entry as I write this (well, I’m on my break time actually, so I thought I’d check in on the comments 🙂 ) Hope to have it ready by tomorrow. Found some really great Montana pics, which the author has kindly allowed me to share.

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    Helen Farrar
    Comment on OldKat & Erik (May 27th, 2011 at 14:17)

    OldKat & Erik

    Thanks to both of you for the input, I appreciate it! OldKat, the area is beautiful, if you are able to move it is a great rural area to live. If you need more information about the area or plan a visit, please let me know I will help any way I can. Helen

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    Mab turpin
    Comment on Visit amish (June 2nd, 2011 at 15:36)

    Visit amish

    Is it possible to visit the Amish community

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    Comment on Pronunciation, Chouteau (January 1st, 2015 at 21:09)

    Pronunciation, Chouteau


    Chouteau is pronounced in two
    syllables, both rhyming with
    the black bird “crow”.

    The first syllable is more heavily
    accented, as in SHOW-toe.

    We enjoyed your article on the
    Amish settlements in Oklahoma!

    Fred Howell
    Chickasha, OK

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      Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (January 2nd, 2015 at 08:21)

      Thank you Fred for the inside info on pronunciation here 🙂 We had another discussion on the mystery of how to pronounce this name on a post on the community last year. http://amishamerica.com/amish-chouteau-oklahoma/

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    Minta Roper
    Comment on Amish in Oklahoma (January 7th, 2015 at 14:18)

    Amish in Oklahoma

    Also there is an Amish community between Tupelo and Wapanuka–I believe it is in Ponotoc County, but I do know it is only about 25 miles or so east of Ada Oklahoma. I hasve never been there but I do know they sell the regular baking stuff, fresh eggs and quilts. One day I was on the east side of Ada at a convenience store and a driver came in with maybe 5 men ( for gas). I have been to PA and my friend drove the Amish there so I got to meet quite a few of them including a schoolteacher, whose family operated a meat market on Sat. I was also privileged enough to visit a farm and hang out there for most of the day. Awesome. Anyway please search out this community and they don’t need to be forgotten. Thank you.

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