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August  2000

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Number 5



Here is some items of interest of I have accumulated over the month. The information comes from various newspapers (English and Amish), magazines, the internet, etc. I have used their wording as much as possible.

RIDDLE - What goes up but never comes down? (answer at bottom)

  • Shipshewana,  IN - Consignment Quilt Auction --- Aug. 29 - 9:30 am
  • New Holland, PA - Special Sales --- Sept. 11 - Fall Heifer Sale 10 a.m. ---
    Sept. 17 - Special Horse Sale 7 p.m. ---  Sept. 24 - Special Feeder Sale 7 p.m.
  • OH - 12th Annual Kidney Fund Auction - Sept. 16.
  • Rowletts, KY - All Breed Horse Sale - Sept. 22 - 9 am - Hart County Fairgrounds
  • Liberty, KY - Galilean Children's Home Benefit Quilt Auction - Oct. 7 - 10 a.m.


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  • Apple Dip - (great, I tried this)
    Mix:  8 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 cup powder sugar.  Spread on plate.   Pour caramel sauce over top.  Cover and refrigerate.  Remove 1 hour before serving.  Slice green apples to use for dipping.
  • Sugar & Spice Snaps - Cream together:  3/4 cup melted butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg.  Add 1/4 cup of honey.   Add:  2-1/4 cup flour, 2 teasp. soda, 1/2 teasp. nutmeg.   Roll into balls, roll in sugar and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 deg.
  • Flavored Coffee - Vanilla Coffee - Combine all the ingredients together - 2 tablsp. vanilla powder, 1-1/2 cups nondiary coffee creamer, 1/2 cup instant coffee crystals, 1/2 teasp. nutmeg, 1 teasp. cinnamon, 1-1/2 cups sugar.  Store in an airtight container.  Use 2 to 4 tablsp. per cup of boiling water.
  • Recipes - Click hereBroccoli Salad, Velvet Cake, Batter  Hot Dogs, & Camp Fire Potatoes.
  • Crust - Tired of graham cracker crusts - try using ginger snaps or vanilla wafers for a change - same recipe - surprising new flavor.
  • Canning cantaloupe & rhubarb - Add 1 cup sugar to each qt. jar.  Add 1 cup water and small cut rhubarb pieces to jar.  Fill jar with firm cantaloupe.  Seal & process 20 minutes in water bath.
  • Bubbles for play time - DO NOT EAT
    Add 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent to 1/2 cup of water.
    Carefully stir in 1 tablsp. sugar.  Try to avoid making suds.
    Cut drinking straw into 4 pieces. Then dip into solution and blow bubbles.
    Make a loop out of a foot of rope.  Dip into solution & run to make giant bubbles.
  • Uses of Vinegar (continued from last month)
    Tenderize meat by soaking in vinegar overnight.
    Dandruff - after shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
    Brighten fabric colors by adding a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
    Keep colors from running by immersing clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
    Clean stainless steel by wiping with a vinegar dampened cloth.
    Add a tablsp. of vinegar to hot soapy water to cut grease and odor on dishes.

  • OH - Locusts have been heard since July 4th.
  • WI - An Amish man going to town noticed his hen was in the buggy.  He covered her so she wouldn't fly off.  He uncovered her when returning home and found she had laid an egg.
  • OH - A runaway team of horses banged up a customer's car causing an estimated $2,000 damage.
  • OH - Motorists should briefly honk the horn when approaching or passing a horse-drawn buggy.  This was voted by a show of hands at the recent public forum sponsored by the Ohio Dept. of Transportation.
  • OH - a woman bought a horse and while riding him home she was bucked off.  She has a compression and fracture of her 8th vertebra.  She was fitted with a back brace.  The man gave her money back on the horse.
  • IL - community of around 60 people known as Old Order Catholics.  The group is very plain, use horse and buggies and farm with horses BUT they do own cars and use them in trips that are more than 10 miles. They are affiliated with the Catholic dioceses. 
  • Benefits of fiberglass buggy wheels:  (1) easier cleaning  (2) durable surface  (3)very low maintenance costs  (4) wheels stay tight  (5)heavy duty design - takes a major impact to break or twist the wheels
  • 1999 Lancaster & Chester County Statistics

3,650 families

900 births

134 districts 500 boys & 400 girls
180 marriages 79 deaths

  • Most popular surnames by state.  Click here.

  • MO - house and 10 acres went for $136,000.  Bare land went for $8,000 per acre.
  • PA - 78 acres sold for $1,065,000 or $12,600 per acre.


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  • IA - oats are being cut and shocked.
  • KY - thrashing is done.  The oats were 5 ft. tall in some places.
  • IA - organic egg producers are receiving $1.60 per dozen.
  • TN - has lost 9% of their Grade A diary farms in 1999. 
    160,581,744 gallons of milk were produced from 97,000 milk cows.
  • OH - the produce auction was flooded with tomatoes.  One KY grower brought 10,000 lbs. and an OH grower brought 7,500 lbs.
  • Corn Earworms - are mostly in southern and central states.  Attack both tomatoes and corn.  The caterpillar comes in many colors (green, yellow, brown) with adults being dull beige.  Can grow to 2 inches.  Fall tilling helps expose the pupae to predators, wind, and weather.  A spray can be made from garlic and onion tea to help protect corn.
  • Okra - the plant will continue to produce till frost if harvested regularly.

June prices - selling and purchasing for the farmer (PA prices unless noted)
Alfalfa Hay  $100 - $160 Beef Cows   $.35 - $.47
Ear Corn   $107 Vealers   $.30 - $.62
Straw      $115 Barn Pigeons   $2
Steers $.67 - $.74 Propane gas (bulk)   $.48
Large Eggs   $.69
Medium Eggs   $.54
Hogs    $.44 - $.54
             IN $.49
             MO $.50
Milk prices by area
  • PA - $11.95, $9.37, & $8.37 c.w.t.
  • MO - $9.08 c.w.t.

LINKS   - URL's I found interesting.  URL's may or may not contain just Amish info.


  • The Plain Dutch include:
    Mennonites, Amish, Brethren, Moravian, Dunkard, and other Annabaptist plain dress sects.
  • The Gay Dutch include:
    Catholics, the Reformed, Lutheran, and other German churches not practicing plain people principles.
  • Illinois farmers produce more than 17% of the nation's corn crop, or enough to fill the Sears Tower in Chicago almost 25 times.
  • The first credit card (which was paper) appeared in 1950.  It was offered to 200 people of high society.  By 1951, 42,000 Americans carried the card with over 330 businesses accepting it.  Your card balance had to be paid in full at the end of each month.  Plastic cards started in 1959.  Today over 157 million Americans have a card.
  • All Ford’s cars were black until 1925 when green and maroon where introduced.
  • The first paid radio advertisement latest 10 minutes on a New York radio in 1922.

  • Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
  • Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
  • The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
  • Be sure the compass you use is the kind that gives you direction and not the kind that goes around in circles.
  • Inflation:  Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
Riddle Answer - Your age

Take Care - Have A Safe Sept. Holiday - See You Next Month
Watch for school children.  Some schools start in August.

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