11 responses to Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News
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    Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 22nd, 2014 at 11:12)

    Great photos.. As to the pronunciation of Geauga.. Maybe the Amish pronounce it the way you shared, but the English including news castors in this area pronounce it “Gee Aug uh”. We live 30 miles from Middlefield and Geauga County is one of my favorite places to visit..
    I also belong to a CSA (Community supported agriculture) group from Geauga & Trumbull counties that are predominately Amish.. Not sure if I’ve shared my photos of one of their homes/gardens in the past but here is a link to a blog I wrote about it last year.. Beautiful place.. great folks!

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      Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 22nd, 2014 at 13:14)

      Thanks Kim, I guess I was trying to be funny there with my alternate pronunciation. I think I’ve heard the 3rd syllable of which you speak 🙂 For me when I’ve heard it it sounds more like the first 2 are sort of combined (“Geeau”) and more like 1.5 syllables. Anyway I love anything to do with pronunciation and local speech.

      When I first got acquainted with northern Lancaster County, I pronounced the large town there as Eff-FRATT-a 🙂 Incorrect!

      Beautiful photos in that CSA post, thanks for sharing it. Makes me miss fresh veggies and green scenes.

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        Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 22nd, 2014 at 16:46)

        Oh you’re funny alrighty, Eric. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the photos. I miss the fresh veggies too.. soon.. its coming soon! 😉

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    Comment on Question (January 22nd, 2014 at 11:22)


    Hi Eric:

    Love the articles!
    Can you give me some direction to finding Michigan Amish and info or links on Amish penpals?

    Thank You.


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      Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 22nd, 2014 at 13:16)

      Hi Michelle, thanks a bunch. I’d suggest these links:

      Michigan Amish
      http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/57700/JAPAS_Donnermeyer_Luthy_vol1-issue2_pp107-129.pdf?sequence=1 (nationwide listing of Amish settlements)


      Pen Pals

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 22nd, 2014 at 21:19)

    I enjoy these postings with several topics and links to news articles about the various topics. Am looking forward to your more extensive post about Holmes County. Your comments on the pronunciation of Geauga brought back memories. I learned how to pronounce it a few years ago when I visited the Hart County, Ky.,
    Amish settlement. I had heard that one of the Amish stores sold some good maple syrup from Geau ga County, so one day I stopped at the store to buy some. I asked the Amish clerk if they had some “Gee-ow-gah” maple syrup. She said, “No, but we have some good ‘Jow-gay’ syrup.” We both had a good laugh about that. She
    also said that some people pronounce it “Jaw-ga” like you mentioned above.

    Your comments about benefit breakfasts also brought back memories.
    When I was in the Elkhart-LaGrange, Ind., settlement a couple of years ago in Nov., I saw an ad for the “2nd Annual Haystack Breakfast Benefit” at the Spring Valley (Amish) School south of Middlebury. It was a very enjoyable experience. I went early (at 7 a.m.) and was the only non-Amish person there, but was warmly welcomed. It was served cafeteria style, with the men and older boys serving the different foods that made up the haystacks, and the women and older girls serving the sweet rolls, mixed fruit, beverages, etc. I’d been to several Amish benefit meals in the evening where regular haystacks (rice, hamburger, cheese sauce, etc.) were served, but this was my first benefit breakfast where
    breakfast haystacks were served. There was no set charge for this breakfast, but they had a big box at the beginning of the line where everyone put a “freewill donation”.

    Thanks also for sharing about the Nickel Mines/Newtown families gathering. Very interesting.

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      Comment on Nice to hear you visited Middlebury (January 23rd, 2014 at 13:19)

      Nice to hear you visited Middlebury

      Hi, my name is garrett and I was happy to see someone mention Middlebury, that is where I’m moving to soon.

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      Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 23rd, 2014 at 13:28)

      Glad you enjoyed it Al. The Holmes post should be up tomorrow. And I’ll take a haystack any day of the week.

      On the Newtown/Nickel Mines, it’s disturbing that school shootings are a regular enough occurrence that you can even miss them. I don’t know if I ever even caught news of that Denver shooting when it happened. I don’t follow the news like I once did, but still.

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      Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 31st, 2014 at 00:06)

      Very nice letter. I love the benefit meals also. The first one I ever when to was so memorable. I had to walk to my car because I had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t believe that only 13 miles from my house peoole lived such a pure life. I’m now friends with 63 families and bought each family a fire extinguisher after a terrible fire that killed two children. A little Amish boy came up to me and said ” ich liebe dich” They are in my will. Each week I buy 3 lotto tickets which if a winner the funds would all go to three different communities.

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    Eli S.
    Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 23rd, 2014 at 21:00)

    An acquaintance I knew a few years ago, native to Germany said it is common to all German speakers to pronounce the “J” sound as “ch”. Well, guess what! Geauga was always pronounced as “Choggy” in the Holmes area. My uncle lived close to “Choggy Mose.”
    Iowa is also known as “I-away”. I might have said “Aunt Matilda got married and moved to I-away.” That too helps to make Holmes the unique place it is.

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      Comment on Holmes County Preview & Amish in the News (January 24th, 2014 at 01:33)

      lol thats awesome & a new one on me.. Choggy.. Im gonna start calling geauga Choggy.. haha.. cracks me up. My grandmother called Iowa I-way and Missouri Mazurrah.. Her ancestors were the ones descended from PA Dutch.. maybe she got it from them. 🙂

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