42 responses to Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion
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    Comment on GIVEAWAY: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 06:14)

    GIVEAWAY: 1971 Young Companion

    The themes are very interesting,
    so I would be interested in reading these articles or contributions from that time.

    Anyhow, how many pages are they, and wouldn’t it be possible to scan them in and make publicly available for reading or download?

    Best regards from Oliver
    in Berlin / GERMANY

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      Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 06:21)

      In answer to your questions, the current issue length is 28 pages, not sure about these older ones, but I’d guess in the 20-some page range.

      We won’t be able to scan and post full issues as we need to respect the copyright.

      The publication is pretty affordable though. I imagine you might be able to have them mailed to Germany, though I don’t know the cost to do that.

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    Comment on Exciting! (July 29th, 2015 at 06:20)


    How exciting to find something like this – and be willing to share with us! I have been studying the Amish culture for a few years now and hope to educate students on the benefits of Amish family values, work ethics, and sense of community. I have read almost everything available for purchase or borrow. I would love to have the chance to read these retro issues.

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      Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 10:43)

      Glad to share this Barbara, I have to pass on thanks to our astute and generous reader. And if you don’t win, there are probably other ways to get these older materials (you might even check with Osiah down below!) 🙂

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    Carol Peek
    Comment on Wonderful! (July 29th, 2015 at 06:26)


    Great article and thank you for the subscriptions information! And what an interesting old find! I shop the reading material in our local thrift stores. “Old” books, magazines and other reading material never really get “old”. In fact, just as we should seek the wisdom of eldery people….there is MUCH to learn from them.

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 06:57)

    We receive this publication and it is very nice. Would enjoy comparing the older issues to the current.

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    Comment on Retro giveaway (July 29th, 2015 at 07:03)

    Retro giveaway

    What a find 😉 I currently subscribe to Family Life and love it! Thx for sharing.

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Pathway Papers (July 29th, 2015 at 07:04)

    Pathway Papers

    My parents were subscribers to the Pathway Papers from day one and my father and sisters were frequent contributors of articles or poems. When we divided up my parent’s possessions after their death, there were boxes and boxes of Family Life, Blackboard Bulletins and Young Companion/Ambassador of Peace which were sold to the highest bidder in the family. We were married in 1970 so we immediately bought our own subscriptions so we had everything from June 1970 on. Our oldest son got married in 1998 and had a house fire in 2006 where they lost their past issues so we gave them ours from those years. We moved into smaller quarters and I am just not sure what I want with the rest of them. Maybe I will have to offer them on ebay!

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    Comment on Terrific Find! (July 29th, 2015 at 07:21)

    Terrific Find!

    Loved reading about these ‘retro’ papers. Thanks for sharing these with us! 🙂

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    Ken Tibbetts
    Comment on Of Interest to Young Amish (July 29th, 2015 at 07:31)

    Of Interest to Young Amish

    The children of my Amish friends are voracious readers and they devour the many books I bring to them. They’re so curious that I’m sure they’d love to see something about the Amish from the 70s.

    Up here in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin there’s a publication for the Amish with local news and not much more. It’s interesting but it could be more so if there were more articles that pertain to the Amish youth.

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      Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 10:37)

      Thanks for checking in Ken, a comparison of themes and topics from these publications from the 1970s with those of today would make an interesting study.

      Is that a church newsletter you are describing? Here’s an example of what I mean, from Ohio: http://amishamerica.com/gemeinde-register/

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    Patsy H.
    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 08:01)

    These are great! Would love to win one!

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    Garry C
    Comment on Interesting (July 29th, 2015 at 08:34)


    My wife and I have sold SS cookware for over 30 years and for the last 10-15 we have had lots of Amish as customers. Several families have become good friends. Most of them are Swiss Amish of eastern Ky. Last fall I was looking for another source of income and mentioned it to some of my friends. Occasionally we had taken friends to Indiana or maybe to a Dr appt. but never charged for the trips. Short story is I now have a 15 passenger van and am a full time driver. I grew up on a very rural Eastern Ky farm, so i fit in with the rural lifestyle and enjoy making lots of new friends. A lot of the Amish teenagers I am around know more about how to use my smart phone and other gadgets than I do. I look forward to the daily posts as they are a way for me to see and understand a lot of the reasons things are done in the Amish communities.

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      Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 10:33)

      That’s great Garry, you’re providing a needed service and making some friends along the way. I am sure your passengers appreciate you. And, getting smart phone tips sounds like a nice bonus perk 🙂

      I imagine the parents don’t love that their kids are using them, but I guess it is what it is and hopefully they are exercising judgment. It’s probably the most potentially threatening of all everyday technologies from an Amish perspective.

      On that topic, any sense of how prevalent smart phones are in that community? Do adults also have them, for instance business people?

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        Garry C
        Comment on Reply (July 30th, 2015 at 09:32)


        I don’t know of any families having smart phones, but quite a few have cell phones (kept with the work drivers) as a business need. Until recently there were no fence line phone booths in the Bath and Nicolas Co areas. However in the last year or so more are appearing. In the Fleming Co area phone booths have been there longer than we have been doing business there, abt 10-12 years. The usage of my smart phone varies a lot from family to family. On some trips it has to stay on the charger a lot, on others not even phone calls are made. In the Bath and Nicolas Co areas, most but not all, are from Adams Co. so lots of trips to Berne.

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    Comment on Amazing (July 29th, 2015 at 09:48)


    I would love to see these “classic” issues–how interesting!

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 11:11)

    Thanks for an opportunity at these, I have been a subscriber for a while now but don’t have any near this old.

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    Diane Castleberry
    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 11:29)

    I would love to have these!

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    John Lueders
    Comment on Retro Giveaway (July 29th, 2015 at 13:13)

    Retro Giveaway

    These are the most interesting posts to me in that it’s great to compare and contrast the Amish at a closer, more relative distance. Thanks.

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    Leilah DiMar
    Comment on Thanks! (July 29th, 2015 at 13:24)


    Hey, you never know! Thanks!

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 13:32)

    I would love to win the magazines.

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 17:48)

    Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion

    I find this really fascinating and would love to read this. I was born in the 60s and grew up in the 70s, so this would really be a good read.

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    Lee Ann Charlton
    Comment on retro giveaway (July 29th, 2015 at 18:53)

    retro giveaway

    I would love to receive this. Am fascinated by the Amish and read everything I can. Thanks to the donor for this generous offer.

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 29th, 2015 at 19:25)

    i don’t want a copy of this retro publication, thanks, but, from what we’ve seen of other publications by Pathway they have a nice consistency of their fonts and images… simplicity at work.

    they know who their catering to 🙂

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    Jeff C
    Comment on Young Companion 1971 (July 30th, 2015 at 08:41)

    Young Companion 1971

    These look very interesting. We enjoy anything from Pathway Publishers. We take all three monthly periodicals and also order
    books from their catalog. I agree that the articles would probably fit today’s reading as well as it did in 1971. I was born in August of 1971 so would love to win! Many thanks for offering these!


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    Comment on Wagler publication? (July 30th, 2015 at 09:59)

    Wagler publication?

    I had read “Growing Up Amish” by Ira Wagler. Is this the publication that Ira Wagler’s father produced?

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    Judy in MN
    Comment on Retro giveaway (July 30th, 2015 at 20:09)

    Retro giveaway

    I am so interested in Amish culture — these books would be a great addition to my growing library of Amish literature.

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 31st, 2015 at 08:19)

    I’m going to have to start looking for older issues in thrift stores when I’m in Lancaster.

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      Leilah DiMar
      Comment on Thrift stores (July 31st, 2015 at 11:07)

      Thrift stores

      Does anyone know ones that sell Amish stuff in Lancaster? We are visiting next week.

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        Comment on Thrift Store Lancaster County (July 31st, 2015 at 12:45)

        Thrift Store Lancaster County


        The Amish patronize:
        Country Gift & Thrift Shoppe
        5602 Old Philadelphia Pike
        Gap, PA 17527
        Phone: 717-768-3784
        Benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

        Three other second hand stores benefit MCC:
        -ReUzit Shop of New Holland
        -Ephrata Re-Uzit Shop
        -Mount Joy Gift & Thrift

        Consignment and Thrift Shops:

        Thrift Store and Consignment Shop listings:

        Charitable Thrift Shops:

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          Leilah DiMar
          Comment on Thanks! (July 31st, 2015 at 13:29)


          This is great. Thanks Linda!

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    Amish Girl-Rebecca
    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (July 31st, 2015 at 09:48)

    I can probably find old copies at our local thrift store if anyone wants them. If you want to pay postage and and give me your mailing address I’l try to look for some.

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      Beckie McVay
      Comment on Amish Girl Rebecca re 1871 Young Companion (August 8th, 2015 at 14:41)

      Amish Girl Rebecca re 1871 Young Companion

      Hello Rebecca,
      I would be very interested in obtaining a copy of this publication. I have always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle, even writing a paper on the Amish when I was in college. This was many years ago, but I think that I can remember this publication being mentioned in my paper.
      Also, Rebecca, my name is Beckie. I have wondered if Amish girls named Rebecca ever go by the shortened version. Oddly enough though, my name is Beckie, not Rebecca. That was what my Mom did when she named me! Please let me know if I could have a copy mailed to me.
      Thank you very much.
      Beckie McVay

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        Amish Girl-Rebecca
        Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 8th, 2015 at 15:56)

        Beckie, Yes, actually it seems almost more common to go by Becky. My Mom and then later myself advocated pretty strongly to keep me a “Rebecca”. I’ve been called “Becky” more as a pet name when I was younger and had a few friends in my teen years who used “Becky”, but as I became older I was “Rebecca”. Give me your mailing address and I’ll see what i can do about getting young Companions to you. There might be some shipping charges.

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    Comment on 1971 Young Companion Giveaway Winner (August 3rd, 2015 at 11:30)

    1971 Young Companion Giveaway Winner

    Just selected a winner using random.org. Comment # 18, Jerome, you’re the one!

    Thanks to everyone who joined in. Jerome, drop me an email (ewesner[at]gmail[dot]com) letting know where you’d like your YC issues sent.

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    Christine McMahon-Chase
    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 3rd, 2015 at 11:53)

    Congrats Jerome!

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 6th, 2015 at 20:45)

    Thanks Chritine and Erik!

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 6th, 2015 at 20:52)

    Thanks for the offer Rebecca,I would be interested in any Young Companion or Family Life prior to 2009

    Jerome Bollman
    5308 Black Valley Rd
    Everett Pa 15537

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 15th, 2015 at 09:56)

      Jerome, they’re in the mail. I added a note. Enjoy ! There are more available so let me know if you’d like more. With shipping they come to about 55 cents each.

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    Amish Girl-Rebecca
    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 7th, 2015 at 10:44)

    I’ll see what I can do.

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    Comment on Retro Giveaway: 1971 Young Companion (August 18th, 2015 at 20:54)

    Thanks Rebecca! Money is on its way also, I also added a note along but just wanted to let you know I would be interested in the others also.Thanks again.

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