13 responses to The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement
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    Debbie S
    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 13th, 2010 at 12:12)

    As a Davis County since ’67, we have seen the Amish establish more businesses that we all can share, they are more socialble with the rest of us than when we first came to Bloomfield. We really enjoy knowing the Amish. We respect their ways and they respect ours. We often hire them to work for us and we patron their green houses, chain saw shops, grocery stores, lumber yards, etc. It is really great to have them in our community.

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    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 13th, 2010 at 12:42)

    I have had the same experience that Debbie S has had; I don’t live in Bloomfield, or even in Iowa … regardless, I have enjoyed my dealings with the Amish. I think their work ethic and moral groundings would make them an asset in most any community, though I do understand that they are not always welcomed with open arms when they move into a new area.

    The fact that they have three buggy shops makes me think that they are doing at least some work for outsiders, which is how I most frequently come in contact with the Amish.

    Eric, the term “team” usually describes two horses, one is a “single” and more than two is a “hitch” and I understand that in some areas they may be called a “span”, though I personally have only ever heard that term associated with oxen.

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    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 13th, 2010 at 12:45)

    Sorry about the double post. Not EXACTLY sure how that happened. I thought that I had not finished posting the first when I decided to modify.

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    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 13th, 2010 at 13:33)

    No worries Oldkat. And Debbie, thanks for sharing your experience. Oldkat, thanks for correcting me too. I can see I’ve exposed my non-ag roots yet again!

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    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 13th, 2010 at 13:36)

    Also, I think you could be right on the buggy shops–3 struck me as maybe one more than you’d expect for this size of a community.

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    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (February 14th, 2010 at 11:24)

    My son went to school in Kirksville, MO and we’d see Amish everywhere when we’d visit – I wonder if any were from Bloomfield, as that’s about 45 min. away? Who knows, but I sure did enjoy it! I know why you were successful among the Amish – I can tell you’re a listener. The fact that you learned so much in your travels speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. I didn’t know Ira Wagler’s dad wrote a book about Titus – I’ve been a fan of Ira’s site for a while and enjoy reading his stories and have seen pictures but never knew what happened. Have a good weekend ~

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    Steven Ross
    Comment on The Bloomfield, Iowa Amish settlement (March 5th, 2010 at 17:59)

    I am desparately seeking an Amish Draft Horse trainer to train my yearling Belgians to pull and drive in harness in single or team setting.

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      Dee Stinn
      Comment on looking for amish horse trainer for draft horse (August 13th, 2011 at 22:12)

      looking for amish horse trainer for draft horse

      If you are lking for a good horse trainer try Will Yoder he lives just east of Bloomfield going towards Centerville Iowa, every one knows him, I grew up them, they are great people, very honest, hard working people. will broke a mare of mine to drive, he did a great job

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    Comment on Dates or season (June 5th, 2011 at 13:52)

    Dates or season

    I was wondering is there a spacific time of yr that the amish have Rum Springa? I have seen quite a few the amish since I have lived here in Iowa but , I never knew this was something that happened. I watch a documenty ( 1989) on the amish and the amount that leave the traditional way of life. I believe they said in the docu that 5 % of them leave the amish life style behind. I find them sometimes very intereting individuals.

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      Comment on @Dates or Season (December 8th, 2011 at 12:10)

      @Dates or Season

      The amish in Bloomfield do not have rumspringa. I know this because i have grown up with the amish girls next door and ive asked them numerous questions and know a lot about the amish community.

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    Dee Stinn
    Comment on grew up there (August 13th, 2011 at 22:24)

    grew up there

    I grew up in Drakesville-Bloomfield Iowa, lived very simular to the amish in the early years, I have alot of respect for these hard working people, I woukld like to think that some of those good traits that I have, I owe to the amish life, that I was exposed to. In all those years I never met a mean or hateful amish person, obviously they are doing some thing right, I never felt any fear all those years. that any of amish community would ever harm me.I can’t say that now living in a big city such as Council bluffs-Omaha Nebr.
    How I wish I could be back there. Maybe some day when the good lord calls me home.


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    Comment on Any tour options? (April 28th, 2013 at 19:42)

    Any tour options?

    Hi, I am a Chinese student in University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am interested in the Amish culture. I am wondering if there is any tour or if we are free to go to this village for sightseeing?

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