They gave my mother a chance to practice her German when she talked to
Would buy eggs and fresh garden vegetables from them.
In that area you have both the Amish and the "Beardless Amish", AKA:
Sometimes the only way to tell the difference from a distance was that
the Mennonites drove automobiles.
That's one of the interesting things about the Amish. They're not
against technology, rather luxuries. They'll gladly use technology in
business (I posted the web site of the company I bought from) but will
not have the same in their house. The company I bought from was not
connected to the power grid but did have diesel generators to run the
business. ...and cash registers, calculators... OTOH, some had gas
lighting in their showrooms instead of generators. They, of course,
used trucks to deliver their product, though it wasn't theirs. I
don't know, but suspect the people hired to do their deliveries
weren't Amish. Maybe they were Mennonites. ;-)
We did see Amish in the Chapel Hill Mall in Akron, driven there in
large passenger vans. The do use automobiles, though I have no idea
what the ownership details were.
They are allowed to use internal combustion engines for stationary
power but not personal motive power or electrical systems in their
My dad used to sell them oil and grease for their engines back in the
late 40s and early 50s.
Back then, they used belt power for thrashing machines.
Quite common for the Amish to pay for a "Ride to town" to go shopping.
Several would share the cost by riding together.
If you ever got to Millersburg, the county seat for Holmes County, you
got to see something totally unique.
Parking meters in front of the hitching posts on the town square.
Don't think you will find that any place else in the country.
Saw an interesting ad on Yesterday's Tractors several years ago. An Amish
farm selling a relatively modern White diesel tractor. It had been equipped
with steel wheels instead of rubber tires. My understanding that allowed
level of technology is dependent upon the local church leadership.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
And there appears to be no way to tell except by being in the particular
group what is/isn't "in".
We've lots of communities thruout KS; the variability between them
within only 20-30 miles can be quite sizable. Particularly recently in
the SW there has been a large influx of German-speaking Mexican and
other SA nationals w/ a wholly different set of prohibitions and allowed
practices it appears. These are mostly Mennonite in the large picture
BTW, one "threshes" grain, not "thrash" for whichever/wherever I noticed
that (and whatever it's worth :) ). Oh, and there are other places in
US w/ hitching posts/and meters, too... :)
I saw an overall population map somewhere on the web--after the areas
one would think of PA/OH/etc. that are much more heavily populated, KS
was generally from 3rd-5th in various sects--they arrived very heavily
in the mid-/late-19th century.
Funny, our "kitchen" (breakfast, actually) chairs are padded and the
formal dining room chairs not. The dining room is nice stuff where we
want to show the wood (cherry) and the kitchen stiff is cheap stuff
we've had for years (will be replaced this spring with a Bistro-height
table and chairs). I haven't decided what wood I want yet.
Our dining chairs are "Royal Mission" style so have a pretty drastic
curve in the back. They fit the back very well and quite comfortable.
I recovered 6 dining room chairs long ago. I didn't have the
fabric stretcher, but still got pretty decent, uniform, tension
all around. To get it, I placed the fabric face down on the
bench, adding the already padded seat on top, then adding 2 60#
weights to the wood. The weights compressed the padding very
well, and all I had to do was gently pull the fabric over the wood
base and hit it with the stapler. My weights were fairly large,
so to get a little elbow room for the stapler, I stood them off
slightly with a piece of 6X6 I used as a wheel chock on the truck.
Yes. they do sell various sizes pemade but it was a snap making them. I just
cut some strips on the bandsaw and a few passes with a block plane to round
over the edges. Probably could use a router to round the edges but it was
really only a few passes with the plane. BTW, also used the MortisePal to
rout the dowel holes in th ends of several pieces. Made alignment a snap. As
you can tell, I REALLY like that jig - and I have no connection with the
company other than a satisfied customer.
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