29 responses to The Sugarcreek Budget
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    Sean LaFianza
    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (June 26th, 2007 at 10:38)

    I’ve read ‘the budget’ before along with an ‘old order’ newspaper at my friend’s house… i never thought about ordering it for myself… i’m going to do that now. thanks for the link!

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    Lecy Thomas Ybarra
    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (October 10th, 2007 at 07:05)

    My mother was born and raised in Sedalia, Missouri and her parents names are Obadiah and Leona Marquess and they lived without electricity; and had 15 children; when my mother met my father they moved to Texas and I was wondering if there are any records to see if any of my kinfolks were Amish. I recall growing up as a child we had no electricity and we lived off of the land. How do I go about finding out if somewhere in generation some one in my family grandparents or great grandparents were Amish.

    Lecy Thomas Ybarra

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    Comment on Amish genealogy tracing (October 12th, 2007 at 15:08)

    Amish genealogy tracing

    Hi Lecy,

    I do not know if a genealogy tracing service would be of help–frankly I do not know how they work. I do know that the Amish publish genealogies of their people, often going back to some of the earliest Amish settlers in the 1700’s. They are quite extensive and you may want to check into one of those.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of the Marquess surname in connection with the Amish. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not the case. But in truth it’s probably not highly likely, but you may want to take a look if you have reasons to feel as you do. I wish you luck and thanks for reading my blog. Hope you come again!

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    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (January 19th, 2011 at 20:49)

    Hi Erik,
    I have a question for my sister who lives in Illinois….she just moved there and she said she does see either Amish or Mennoites there, she doesn’t know the difference…neither do I !!!! Her question is how do the Amish grow potatoes ? Her son lives there and last yr. they planted potatoes and had no luck….said he thought the moles ate them…..is there a way to prevent this from happening??? And what kind of flowers do they plant near their garden to keep bugs, animals, birds,etc away???? She said they had noticed flowers growing in their gardens, but never knew what kind and the reason??? I told her I could ask you and if you didn’t know, you would find the answers from your amish friends….. Thanks Erik

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (January 19th, 2011 at 23:52)

    Hi Mona, I am in Illinois too and I can tell you first hand, gardens here last year did not do well at all.

    The flowers that are usually planted around gardens are marigolds. Use a variety of different heights. I surround my garden with marigolds and the rabbits and a lot of the other critters do not like them so will not pass them to go into the garden. Another trick is spreading moth balls around when the plants are all young yet.

    The Amish here wear solid colors, usually browns, burgundy, black, blue or dark green. No buttons or snaps, they use straight pins to close the clothes. The Mennonites will often vary into other colors even prints. Some use buttons and snaps.

    Tell them if they try potatoes again to make sure they are not planted where tomatoes have been planted the year prior. Something the tomatoes leave in the soil hurt the potatoes. Cant’ remember exactly what it is but I do remember not to plant them in the same spot or too close to each other.

    Hope this helps.
    Blessings, Alice

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (January 20th, 2011 at 00:13)

    Oh and Mona, if you want to email me with any other questions I will try to help. ceramics_lady@mchsi.com

    Blessings, Alice

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    Crystal Anthony
    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (February 20th, 2011 at 23:29)

    I’m a 21 year old female with a 14 month old and have always been interested in the Amish way of life and would like to know more. I live in Newfoundland, Canada so there isn’t really any other way of getting in contact with them other then to find ways online. If there is any way that you would be able to get me in contact with a member of the Amish community it would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Crystal Anthony

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    Diane Morris
    Comment on Where can you buy the Budget? (April 22nd, 2011 at 19:35)

    Where can you buy the Budget?

    We are planning a vacation to Holmes County, Ohio. Where can you buy issues of the Budget?

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    Comment on Budget office in Sugarcreek (April 23rd, 2011 at 00:28)

    Budget office in Sugarcreek

    Diane, I’m not sure if they sell them there but if you want to go straight to the source, the Budget’s offices are in Sugarcreek, on the east end of the Amish settlement:

    134 N Factory St
    Sugarcreek, OH 44681

    Sugarcreek is a picturesque town and if you’re coming from I-77 you would probably pass through it anyway. I subscribed so never had to locate an individual copy but I’d think you could do so in the town.

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      Comment on BUDGET (March 22nd, 2013 at 11:34)


      Hello Erik, got a question does the Budget have recipes in it? Can we just get a copy to see if we like it or not? I live in VA and no Amish near me (that I know of) and that makes me sad for I so admire the Amish and their way of life. Take care and God bless

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        Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (March 27th, 2013 at 06:14)

        Patti, if you’re still looking for a sample copy of THE BUDGET, yes, it is available for $4 prepaid. More details are at:

        http://amishamerica.com/amish-publications-addresses-order-subscription-info/ (posted Sept. 2010), or

        as of April 2012

        And yes, the “Cookin’ with Maudie” column in THE BUDGET has about 4 recipes in each issue.

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          Comment on ???? (March 27th, 2013 at 14:21)


          Thank you for the Budget info. And yes still interested.
          I will have to wait till payday now to order a copy. Fixed incomes are no fun at all. God bless, Patti in VA

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    Comment on The Amish way of life (June 16th, 2011 at 13:16)

    The Amish way of life

    I am a 62 year old Iranian male interested in knowing more about different cultures . Getting to know the Amish goes back to 2 months ago when I read something about them .
    In order that I can get familiar more about the Amish , their culture , and their way of life I like to find a reliable source .

    Therefore , I’d like to ask you help me find what I am looking for , an Amish pen pal


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    Mindy George
    Comment on Amish penpals (August 7th, 2011 at 10:52)

    Amish penpals

    My great-grandmother was born and raised Amish in Lancaster, PA. She for whatever reason left the community and eventually left the community to marry my great-grandfather. I would love to know more about the ways of the Amish life and possibly meet some of her family.

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    Comment on FRIENDS IN THE AMISH POPULATION (November 3rd, 2011 at 08:57)


    Hi, I live in the UK and am seeking to write to a amish lady to learn about how they live. Over here we do not have amish people living in this country so when we see the documentaries on tv and through the media we are most interested to learn about different cultures. I am writer here in the UK but I do enjoy writing to people of different cultures and different lifestyles. my grandmother used to live in the country and she had no electric and farmed the land, had orchards, grew her own food and was able to sustain herself from living off the land, plus she also dressed moderately and kept herself to herself the same as the Amish populations.

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    Kathleen Percival
    Comment on Trachsels in Sugarcreek, Ohio area (May 3rd, 2012 at 11:08)

    Trachsels in Sugarcreek, Ohio area

    I had relatives living in this area and am not sure if they were Amish or Mennonite. Their last names were Trachsel and Beachy. If you are aware of these names, could you please advise? They were born in late 1800s and early 1900’s. Many left that area to live in Akron, Ohio.

    Thank you for any assistance.

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      Comment on To Kathleen about Akron,OH (March 20th, 2013 at 02:45)

      To Kathleen about Akron,OH

      Dear Kathleen, My family is from Akron, OH. I was born and raised there until age 7 when I moved to NC.I still have family in the area, including an aendi that lives in Massillon, OH.I also have a 90 year young great grossdawdi,but he’s not expected to live much longer due to various health issues, in the same town. I’ve lived in numerous states including WV,NC,TN,OH,KY. Feel free to e-mail me at shaneamason@yahoo.com.I look forward to hearing from you! P.S.Maybe we can help each other to research each others family histories!

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    Dr.jim Schumacher
    Comment on Amish Dialect & High German (July 22nd, 2012 at 16:31)

    Amish Dialect & High German

    Through all of my life, I’ve been a student of the German language. Probably that’s because I grew up during the Second World War in a German-American family. The result? I was forbidden to use the language. My years at The College of Wooster were spent as German major. That gave me the chance to make up for lost time! I was blessed to have as my advisor Dr. William I. Schreiber, a specialist in Amish studies & author of “Our Amish Neighbors.”. After fifty-two years spent as a Presbyterian Pastor, I find myself, in retirement, re-reading Dr. Schreiber’s book.

    Here’s my question: How helpful do today’s Amish church members find the Luter Bible? I realize that, for Old-Order Mennonites, Luther’s is — most probably –the ultimately authoritative translation. On the other hand, on the very few occasions I’ve had the chance to try High German with the Amish, I’ve rarely felt that I was understood. Perhaps I should add that folks from Germany have no similar conversational difficulties. What puzzles me is that Luther’s Bible created modern High German. Following Dr. Schreiber’s lead, I’ve begun introducing myself to the Ausbund. There, I discover a fascinating combination og High German & Dialekt. All of that intensifes my question about the relationship between those two versions of the German language.

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      Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (July 23rd, 2012 at 06:11)

      Dr. Schumacher, let me direct you to another thread we have on this topic, which might be able to provide insight and an answer to your question:


      Feel free to post this there as there are some quite knowledgeable commenters in this department.

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        Dr Jim Schumacher
        Comment on Amish Worship & High German (July 23rd, 2012 at 13:30)

        Amish Worship & High German

        July 23, 2012

        To my friends from “The Budget:”

        One thing that makes it worth asking questions is trying to work out possible answers. In my earlier posting, I puzzled about what seemed to me an unexpected difficulty many Amish folks experience when confronted by High German. What really fueled my question is the fact that, like them, I frequently use the 1912 version of Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible. Since Amish services regularly make reference to the German Bible, and given the other fact that Luther’s Bible created modern High German, it would seem that language should be readily understood. During the past week, I’ve also secured a copy of the Ausbund. While the hymns included there are not in perfect High German, they’re really close enough! I was relieved to see that I could readily read their contents.

        Now… Back to my original question about familiarity with standard German… I believe I’ve worked out an understanding that works for me. The only question is whether or not it works for anybody else. Here goes!

        Mainline churches, including my own Presbyterian tradition, resolve all questions about the scriptures by reference to their original languages. Consequently, those of us who have spent time in mainline seminaries have been trained in Greek and Hebrew. Now, that doesn’t mean we sit around, chatting with one another in those languages. Instead, we were taught to read them and use them for exegesis. In retirement, I’ve enjoyed working with biblical languages on the internet. In that way, I find I have reference to more manuscripts than I ever did as a theological student. May it not be the case that, for today’s Amish, High German plays a role very similar to Greek and Hebrew? In matters of interpretation, Luther — in all probability — plays a role very similar to that of the original languages. Truth-be-told, however, that would probably come as a surprise to Luther! He was fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. That’s what enabled him to create his magnificent translation. Still, Dialekt is what people spoke and still speak at home and work. High German remains what we learned in school. Small wonder, then that the average church attender feels uncomfortable with a language he or she seldom uses.

        Any possibility I’ve answered my original question?

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          Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (July 24th, 2012 at 07:45)

          Dr. Schumacher, my understanding is that the Luther Bible is the only High German Bible the Amish have used for close to 200 years. Before that, the Froschauer Bible was used. Even though High German is used in church services for singing, reading, and somewhat in preaching, it is hardly used in daily life for conversational talking. Sometimes the German will bring out something in a Bible verse that is not as plain in the English.

          If you don’t mind, I will copy some of this to the “What language do the Amish speak” post that Erik referred to.

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            Dr. Jim Schumacher
            Comment on Servus! (July 24th, 2012 at 08:29)


            Herr Yoder!

            I’m very grateful for your comment! Until I read your remarks, I had never heard of the Froschauer Bible. That provides the basis for further and joyful research! I’ll be delighted to have any part of my remarks added to the comment stream.

            Jim Schumacher

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    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (December 20th, 2012 at 23:36)

    I used to subscribe to The Budget. I loved to read it and see the recipes and classifieds in it, too. I don’t subscribe now because it got too expensive for me with all the financial difficulties due to my husband’s numerous surgeries. I used to be able to find a copy here and there in one of the communites that was for sale. It makes very good reading – so interesting.

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    Comment on Small piece of Budget history (July 30th, 2013 at 19:48)

    Small piece of Budget history

    I was recently given a cancelled check of my great grandfather’s (Amish) out of Fredericksburg, Ohio from Jan. 1948 made out to Royal Printing Company. The check is endorsed on the back with a stamp reading “Pay to the order of Citizens Bank Sugarcreek, Ohio Royal Printing Co. The Budget GEO. R. SMITH

    Interesting thing is, the check is written in pencil.

    Assuming this is for a subscription…1948 cost: $3.00

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      Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (July 31st, 2013 at 00:07)

      Eli, that is wonderful! What a nice thing to be given — and to think of a check written not only in pencil, but for $3.00 (most likely) for an entire subscription. I love hearing about that sort of thing.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on The Budget 125th Anniversary (July 5th, 2015 at 20:59)

    The Budget 125th Anniversary

    The Budget newspaper will celebrate its 125th Anniversary August 7 and 8 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. In the July 1 edition of The Budget
    was the following information:

    “Friday, August 7, an Open House will be held at The Budget office from 1 to 5 p.m. You will have a chance to tour the office and meet the staff. This event is open to everyone, and is a great time for community people to come and chat with scribes, fellow readers, and view our operation. We will have free refreshments (hot dogs, homemade ice cream, popcorn, drink, etc.). All are welcome to stop in at the office at 134 North Factory Street in Sugarcreek.”

    “Friday evening at 7 p.m. John Schmid will be sharing in song at the Sugarcreek Community Pavilion… This free event is open to the public.”

    On Saturday, Aug. 8, The Budget will have its scribe (writers) gathering which is by invitation only.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Budget Update (February 23rd, 2016 at 10:51)

    Budget Update

    In the 2/17/16 edition of The Budget, it was reported that The Budget now has circulation of over 17,000. There are over 950 scribes (local writers). There was a recent reunion of Budget scribes in Pinecraft, Florida, with scribes present from many states and Canada. The publisher of The Budget, Keith Rathbun, recently passed away unexpectedly. New publisher of The Budget is David Spector. Fannie Erb-Miller continues as editor of the national edition of The Budget. During a tour of The Budget office in August of 2015, I understood staff people to say that there currently is no waiting list for new scribes (local writers) to send in news. However, in order for news to be printed, a local Amish/Mennonite/other Anabaptist community has to have at least five households.

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    Comment on The Sugarcreek Budget (February 1st, 2017 at 21:21)

    The Sugarcreek Budget

    You got a very superb website, Gladiola I detected it
    through yahoo.

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    Kelly Weaver
    Comment on Postcard from 1911 confirming subscription for one year for the Budget. (September 7th, 2018 at 19:25)

    Postcard from 1911 confirming subscription for one year for the Budget.

    My Dad has a postcard from the Budget confirming his subscription for . 20 cents. For one year! Dad has the postcard, if you would like a pic! So interesting!
    Thank you,

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