47 responses to Iowa Amish
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    Comment on Iowa Amish (October 14th, 2010 at 18:34)

    Is the “famous photo” of the school incident online somewhere?

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (October 14th, 2010 at 18:41)

    Hi Janice, I haven’t been able to find it online (but admittedly did not search too hard), but it is featured in John Hostetler’s book Amish Society.

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (October 25th, 2010 at 12:18)

    Thank you for writing about the Iowa Amish. Also, for distinguishing differences between Amish and Amanna Collanby. Sincerely, Martnha

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    Savannah Shultz
    Comment on School Project (September 29th, 2011 at 12:28)

    School Project

    Hi, my name is Savannah. I am doing a school project on the Amish in Iowa. i was wondering if you could give me information on the settlements. It would be great if you could send me some good websites to look at! Thank you!!! Just Email me at 17sshlutz@manson-nw.ia.k12.us! Thank you!

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (December 13th, 2011 at 18:35)

    I know I’m fairly new to this site, Erik, so my request may have already happened. But, I would like for you to do an article on the Kansas Amish. I lived in Hutchinson, KS, many years, and would love to know more about the groups of Amish around there — Yoder, Partridge, etc. Thanks!!

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      Comment on Kansas Amish article (December 14th, 2011 at 08:47)

      Kansas Amish article

      Hi Margaret, thanks for asking. I’ve actually done one already, which you can find here:


      In fact you’ll find similar articles for each state where Amish live under the “Amish State Guide” link at the top menu. Welcome to the site!

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    Comment on Hi I Admire you!! (February 24th, 2012 at 21:11)

    Hi I Admire you!!

    Hi I love the amish I admire you soooo much! I have to do a school prodject on Iowa Histery one of our choices were, The Amish in Iowa. So I was wondering if you could right something about how you guys live. Please send me something I have to get a very good grade to pass the 5th grade thanks!


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    Comment on record inquiry (February 29th, 2012 at 02:41)

    record inquiry

    I was wondering if the Amish from Kalona / Joe Town Iowa area have records available about it’s members – say about a hundred years ago.
    I am doing genealogy research and my great great grand mother ( Ella Mae Warey Dawson) left the Amish when she married Cicero Colfax Dawson – both Born in Joe Town / Kalona.
    I know Ella’s Father was John Warey and grandfather was Bishop Christian Warey – who also died in Johnson County.
    I was wondering if there are records of the Warey Family and why they eventually left the Amish faith.
    Thanks you very much.

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      Marcus Yoder
      Comment on Iowa Amish (February 29th, 2012 at 09:07)

      I don’t have any info on them leaving the Amish, but do have info on ancestor’s beyond Christian. The spelling changes a little. I share some ancestors, such as Jacob Yoder born 1760.
      Marcus Yoder

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        Comment on Iowa Amish (May 25th, 2012 at 14:44)

        Pamela, one place that might have records is Iowa Mennonite Historical Society, Lois Gugel, director, PO Box 576, Kalona, IA 52247, Telephone: (319) 656-3271. They are open from May to October, but may only answer the phone one day a week, usually Fridays.

        The Iowa Mennonite Historical Society probably has more genealogical information than the Kalona Historical Village, 319-656-3232, which has the Iowa Mennonite Museum & Archives. I haven’t visited the Historical Village, so I hope this information is correct.

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      Comment on Christian Warey (May 5th, 2013 at 22:25)

      Christian Warey

      Pamela, you may be interested to know that Christian Warey is in the book, OUR GOODLY HERITAGE, written by L. Glen Guengerich, 1984, published by East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa, when they celebrated their church centennial of the years 1884 to 1984.

      Christian Warey is mentioned on at least 11 pages in the book. He was the first minister and bishop of the East Union Mennonite Church, and is buried in the East Union Cemetery.

      “The Warey Church at first consisted of seceded members from the Amish.” (according to page 41)

      Quoting some from page 36 and 37:
      “Noah Troyer, the ‘Sleeping Preacher,’ was among the first to leave the Old Order Amish and join in a division of dissatisfied members. This dissatisfied group of Amish members were without a real leader–they were sheep without a shepherd.”

      “Noah Troyer’s sister, Mary, was the wife of Christian Warey.” Christian and Mary Warey moved to Iowa in 1884.

      “Christian intended to join the Old Order Amish Church and attended their services on the first Sunday in the community, but he was not asked to preach because he had a folding top buggy and a raincoat, two conveniences not tolerated by the group. When the subject was brought up, Christian replied that he was not willing to give up anything that protected his health. The seceding Amish members and others, hearing of this, invited him to preach for them. This he did and from that time on, he served as their minister. That was the immediate start of how East Union came to be.”

      Page 9: “At first they called themselves ‘Amish Mennonites’ but some thirty years later dropped ‘Amish’ from their name.”

      From page 49: “Christian Warey preached in German. His last name is spelled variously by reliable writers and his own relatives. Should it be Wereye, Werie, Werey, Warye, Wary or Warey?”

      also mentions Christian Warey and East Union Mennonite Church in Kalona, Iowa.

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      Comment on Hucow (May 29th, 2018 at 15:42)


      I am looking for someone who is interested in the Hucow dairy farm business

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    Comment on Visit to Amish school (April 10th, 2012 at 22:11)

    Visit to Amish school

    Hi, I will be visiting Iowa from overseas with my husband & 2 children. I was wondering if we could visit an Amish community & the kids could sit in on an Amish school class. I am a qualified teacher & would love to observe too if possible??

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    Lisa Wasson
    Comment on Flower Auctions (April 18th, 2012 at 18:34)

    Flower Auctions

    Can anyone tell me in Hazelton Iowa when there plant and flower auctions are.Also is Fridays there only bakeing days?

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      Christyne Ogdin
      Comment on Buchanan Co. Amish (May 3rd, 2012 at 20:33)

      Buchanan Co. Amish

      Lisa, I thought Saturday was…I lived in Oelwein for 20+ years and my mom still lives there.

      As far as the greenhouse, I remember going on Saturdays…but things might have changed. If you’re in the area, I would stop by Miller’s market and ask.

      Hope this helps,

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      Nina Railsback
      Comment on flower auctions (May 24th, 2012 at 22:24)

      flower auctions

      I was at Hazelton last weekend and the amish said the flower and vegetables are sold at auction on tuesdays and fridays through the summer. Also the bakery is near the auction and they are open fridays and saturday. Nothing is open of thursday.
      When you get around that area there are maps of all the businesses.


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    Comment on Amish history (May 31st, 2012 at 23:15)

    Amish history

    I was trying to find my family history of the brenneman family
    I have came to a halt. You might know where I can go from here?
    My grandfather past away before my birth and all I know Is that his family had disowned him because he went to war. Any help would be great. They lived in wellman area.
    Thank you so much in advance.

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on Iowa Amish (June 1st, 2012 at 05:01)

    I might be able to help if i had a name, date of birth, and where the person was born.
    Marcus Yoder

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    Murray Pottinger
    Comment on Newton Fehr history in Iowa (June 7th, 2012 at 09:54)

    Newton Fehr history in Iowa

    “Newton Fehr was born on Nov.11,1870.He left Council Bluffs
    Iowa between 1885 and 1900 moving to Gladstone,Manitoba to
    to homestead.He left at least one brother there by the name
    of Al.Some say another brother left for California-time not
    known or even if he got there.Newton passed away in Jan.1971”

    Do you have any history on my grandfather’s family in Iowa and the circumstances of what happened that prompted his move to Canada?

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    Katie Minasola
    Comment on Iowa Amish Restaurants (June 10th, 2012 at 11:12)

    Iowa Amish Restaurants


    I am from Michigan and recently moved to Ames, IA. I used to go to this awesome Amish restaurant in Middlebury, IN called the Essenhaus. I was wondering if there are any restaurants near Ames or within an hour or 2?



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    Brandi Nicole
    Comment on German Heritage (September 1st, 2012 at 16:14)

    German Heritage

    Hello to all. First of all this article is wonderful. My family, the Kopfs, came to Kalona from Germany in the early 1900’S. The hide away on a big boat. I have joural entries about the voyage and family line.Pretty cool stuff. I am very lucky to be here. I truly love all of this information thank you!

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      Joesette E
      Comment on curious about story (January 28th, 2014 at 15:34)

      curious about story

      I am curious to know why you had to leave Germany and hid on a boat.

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    carrie dougherty
    Comment on Barn Boards for sale (September 5th, 2012 at 01:29)

    Barn Boards for sale

    To the most interesting culture of people:

    We are a low to mid class couple trying to make ends meet by selling barn boards to various people. We hear that you are excellent people to make contact with and network with. We have various different sizes and of great quality…as well as some antique items as well. Would love to make contact with you and see what we could do to help one another.

    Thank you
    Carrieann Dougherty

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      Comment on Barn Boards for Sale (September 5th, 2012 at 17:10)

      Barn Boards for Sale

      Contact me at mhartsock66@yahoo.com. I would like to discuss the antiques that you have


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    Diana Neeley
    Comment on Seeking visiting info (March 26th, 2013 at 18:47)

    Seeking visiting info

    My husband & I will be celebrating our 10th Anniv & a landmark bday for me & a friend told me about Amish settlements in Iowa. I’ve greatly admired the Amish for a long time & would love to learn more & be able to buy handmade products, go to antique shops & farmers markets. Where would be the ideal spot to go? Any & all help is greatly appreciated.

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    Comment on Information about Kalona and Bloomfield (April 18th, 2013 at 21:07)

    Information about Kalona and Bloomfield

    My husband and I are looking into visiting the Kalona and/or Bloomfield areas in late May and/or early June. Does anyone on here have any insight into places to go, things to do, etc. Particularly, are you aware of any lodging in Amish homes?

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    Martin Doolittle
    Comment on History Question (April 23rd, 2013 at 10:58)

    History Question

    I am looking for Amish and Mennonite church history time lines. I would like ones that include the Anabaptist.

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      Comment on Iowa Amish (April 29th, 2013 at 07:58)

      Martin, you can Google Anabaptist timeline, or buy a chart from Masthof Bookstore (610) 286-0258, www.masthof.com/ or visit Cory Anderson’s

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    Comment on Quaker coops (May 2nd, 2013 at 20:42)

    Quaker coops

    Do you know if anyone is building Quaker chicken coops. They are so well built. I am looking for a closer place to Omaha, NE vs ordering from PA Amish. Please email me if anyone is interested. We are looking for sizes 5 X 6 or 5 X 8 or 6 X 8. Thank you so much. Irene

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      Comment on Quaker coops (June 9th, 2015 at 03:10)

      Quaker coops

      Perry Gingrich phone 402-852-2349 This number will go to an answering machine. Perry constructs custom cabinets, but he might know of someone who would build you a chicken coop. He lives in the Amish community around Pawnee City, NE.

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    Comment on Amish School House Auction Info Needed (May 16th, 2013 at 11:21)

    Amish School House Auction Info Needed

    Wondering what time the Amish school house auction starts on Sat. May 18th near Hazleton, Iowa? Also, we have some items to sell (furniture) and wondered who the auctioneer company is to consign with? Thanks!

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    Junelle Benter
    Comment on Auction (September 8th, 2013 at 09:58)


    We have enjoyed the school house auctions at Hazelton, Iowa, in the past. Are they still scheduled for the fall and spring? If so, when is the next one? Thank you. Junelle Benter

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (March 18th, 2014 at 22:16)

    My in-laws are from the Decatur county area. Their church recently split open and they started a new church. Two of their children stayed in the old church, one of which was married last Thursday 🙂 It was my 1st Amish wedding experience, but hopefully not my last 🙂

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (March 19th, 2014 at 08:13)

    Also, the bride and groom meet at 7am with the bishop. (This group of Amish doesn’t turn the clocks forward in spring so 7am their time is 8am our time.) Church starts at 8 their time. Women and visitors sit in the kitchen, men in the living room. Many teenagers would just get up and walk out during service. The upstairs is open for women with babies who need to change diapers or nurse. Women are free to go up and come back as needed. The bride an groom sit on benches across from each other. They face each other. On either side of them sits a groomsman and bridesmaid. They also face each other. The 3 girls wore matching dark blue dresses. After the church part was over and the wedding began, the bride and groom held hands with the bishop. They exchanged vows. Every time that the name “Jesus Christ” was mentioned they would kind of slightly bend their knees quickly then stand straight again. After the wedding was over we went to my in-laws which was the next house down,for the meal. A variety of things are served (not a meat with 2 veggies and bread, but many different foods!). The tables were already set by the servers when we got there, but the benches had to be brought over in the wagon. After the meal, there is singing, and the bride and groom go upstairs to a bedroom to meet with visitors and receive gifts. They also pass out gifts to those who helped serve (the women received dish towels and metal spoons, the men who helped received cigars, and everyone else received candy). There is a supper served which is a completely different meal. After that is more singing and visiting. The youth (16 1/2 and older, unmarried of course) are paired up and sing songs at a bit faster pace. There is a 3rd meal served around midnight. The bride and groom stay at the bride’s parents’ house for the night. The bride and groom stay in their own room, and the 2 groomsmen and 2 bridesmaids stay in a room together (seperate beds of course). All of the dishes from the 3rd meal are left for the bride and groom to do to day after the wedding. So guess how they start off their honeymoon 🙂

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (March 19th, 2014 at 08:15)

    One more small detail. Church started at 8am slow time and got out about 1pm slow time

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      Comment on Question (May 5th, 2014 at 13:03)


      Brittany, are you from this area you wrote about? I have a priest friend from India that would like to visit an Amish farm before he returns to India. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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    Comment on Iowa Amish (April 28th, 2014 at 12:29)

    please have some one that does demolishion of hog facilities please call me mike pohle 515 222 9772 or who would I contact that might know someone

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    Comment on Hazelton amish school auction (May 14th, 2014 at 08:25)

    Hazelton amish school auction

    Can anyone tell me what time the auction starts this Saturday?

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      Comment on Hazleton Auction start time? (May 14th, 2014 at 16:15)

      Hazleton Auction start time?

      Deb thanks for the info on the location, we don’t have the time confirmed but for what it’s worth Linda found last year’s info which had a start time of 9 am (with a pancake breakfast overlapping that, not sure if that is a yearly thing or not).


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    Comment on Changes in Kalona (August 16th, 2014 at 22:00)

    Changes in Kalona

    I visit family in Iowa annually and always take a trip to Kalona. I went 2 weeks ago and noticed a number of changes. Dairy did not have cheese curds, no Amish visibly working at dairy, in fact, many did not appear to be from the U.S. Stringtown now has a new and bigger building with fewer products and much of that did not appear to be of same same high quality. Any idea of what his happening there? I will try one more trip before I give up completely. Very disappointing.

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    Comment on Lucas and Clarke Counties (December 23rd, 2014 at 20:36)

    Lucas and Clarke Counties

    Two questions:

    Does anyone have information on the Amish group near Murray in Clarke County? It is a very small group. I am curious how long they have been there and where they may have come from originally.

    Also, the Amish south of Chariton in Lucas County seem to have been leaving in droves the last few years. Anyone know why? Where are they going?


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    lisa patterson
    Comment on tupperware (January 20th, 2015 at 15:35)


    I am trying to get into the amish communities do do some tupperware parties. Is there addresses that u could give me so that i could mail catlaogs and flyers to please.


    Lisa Patterson

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    Wally Holthaus
    Comment on Small Amish Settlements in Iowa (May 28th, 2015 at 07:16)

    Small Amish Settlements in Iowa

    The Edgewood. Iowa settlement is in Clayton County, not Delaware. However, a group from the Edgewood settlement have split off and moved to the Delhi, Iowa area which is in Delaware County

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    I'm a senior non traditional andAmish driver working on my senior paper

    It will be an Ethnograph of the Allamakee County Amish by me Val LIttlewolf Heike of Allamakee County Im a history major.

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    David Morey
    Comment on Sigourney Iowa Amish Community (July 17th, 2016 at 12:43)

    Sigourney Iowa Amish Community

    I am a former resident of Keokuk County and upon a recent visit home, I noticed numerous Amish buggies in town. I haven’t seen anything published on this anywhere. Is this a new Amish community? Does anyone have information on the extent of Amish families moving into this area. Are these families an expansion from Bloomfield or Kalona? I didn’t see these farmers using tractors w/steel wheels as many Amish farmers do in the Kalona area. Thank you in advance for any help!

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Iowa Amish (July 17th, 2016 at 21:15)

    Raber’s Almanac (which includes lists of the ministers of most Amish districts in the U. S.) lists the ministers for the Sigourney District, and their addresses are from Sigourney and Harper, Ia. Sorry I don’t have more information, but I would suggest contacting the Iowa Mennonite Historical Museum and Archives at Kalona to see if they know more. I have visited that museum twice and found the staff to be helpful in answering questions I had.

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      David Morey
      Comment on Iowa Amish (July 18th, 2016 at 12:27)

      Thank you so much for your help! Dave

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