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Mar  2001

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Number 12



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 - How is your hand like a hardware store? Answer at bottom.

  • OH - the health dept. is outlawing lunch stands at benefit auctions.
  • Columbus OH - the top horse, Belgian gelding, sold for $12, 500.00.
  • TN - the top mule at the auction sold for $1,900.00.
  • Orange City IA - Horse & Mule School - 712-737-4950 - March 9-12
  • Topeka IN - Draft Horse Auction - March 14-17
  • Maryville MO - Horse, Mule & Tack Sale - March 24
  • Rowletts KY - Horse sale - also carriages, buggies, tack - horses 8 am March 30
    March 29 -
    5 pm - tack.  Hart County Fairgrounds near Rowletts.
  • Middlefield OH - Maple Leaf Quarter Horse/All Breed Horse & Tack Auction - Geauga Livestock Sale Pavilion - March 31
  • Middlefield OH-Tool & Machinery Consignment Auction-Middlefield Market-April 7
  • Thorp WI - Driving Horse Auction - Horst's Stables - April 11
  • Topeka IN - Spring Carriage Auction - April 20-22
  • Milroy IN - Quilt Auction - April 28


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  • A sow butchered brought 38 gallons of lard and 32 gallons of meat.
  • Peach Jam - 7 cups peaches, 1 cup pineapple, 8 cups sugar.  Boil 20 minutes.   Add 1 small box orange jello.  Jar and seal.
Click here for this months recipes. Bread pudding, french toast, & pie
  • TIP - Use a meat baster to squeeze your pancake batter onto the hot griddle.
  • Frozen Heaven Dessert - Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish with 9 ice cream sandwiches.  Spread 1/4 inch Cool Whip on top of sandwiches.  Crumble 3 Heath bars and 5 Reese's peanut butter cups.  Sprinkle over cool whip.  Cut into square to serve.  Keep in freezer. Good - I tried this.
  • Beet Salad recipe - click here.
  • Toasted peanut butter - 1/3 part peanut butter, 1/3 part marshmallow cream, 1/3 part pancake syrup.  Mix all together.  Also called "church spread".
  • TIP - Put whole cloves or sage around windows or wherever ants are entering the house.
  • Chocolate Cake - Cream 1/2 cup lard & 1/2 sugar.  Mix 1 cup cold water & 1/2 cup cocoa alternately with 1-1/2 cup of flour.  Add 3 eggs and 1 teasp vanilla.  Beat well.  Add 1-1/3 teasp soda to 2 tablsp hot water.  Mix very well. Bake in moderate oven.

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  • Button Strings - you will need odd buttons you don't use and thread.  Knot a piece of strong thread at the bottom.  String buttons on string using a large dull needle.  You can make a necklace, key chain, etc.  Children love to do this.
  • TIP - Sliced cornmeal mush can be either fried or placed on a greased cookie sheet at 400 to 450 deg. Turn once.
  • Home made laundry soap - 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha grated, 1/2 cup washing soda, 1/2 cup borax powder.  Put Naptha in large pan with 3 pints of water.  Heat and stir to dissolve.  Then add washing soda and borax.  This will thicken - remove from heat.  In a two gallon bucket put 1 quart of hot water.  Next add your honey looking soap.  Stir.  Then fill bucket with cool water.  Stir till blended.   Let set till it gels.  Use 1/2 cup for each load.  NOTE - label and keep away from children.

  • People are staying busy hauling manure, cutting wood, grinding feed, butchering and sewing. 
  • KY - a proposal has been put together for their parochial schools.  They are awaiting an answer from the Health Dept.
  • IA - maple syrup was cooked the end of February.
    NY - maple syrup is being harvested.
    PA - trees are being tapped for maple syrup.
  • MN - a 6 pound Northern was caught while ice fishing.
  • PA - an 18 inch bass was caught ice fishing.  It weighed 4 pounds.  It almost got away which caused some cold hands.
TN - daffodils are peeping through.
  • Update - Source:  AP - OHIO - In January, the first 14 year old has been sentenced for shooting horses, cattle and sheep at various Amish farms.   The judge sentenced him to 3 1/2 years in the custody of the Ohio Dept. of Youth Services but suspended that sentence ordering the youth instead to complete the Vision of Youth juvenile offenders program, to make restitution for the lost animals, and to write letters of apology to his parents and the Amish families.  The youth has agreed to testify against the other four youths.  In February, 2 other teenagers were sentenced to a privately run boot camp, write letters of apology and make restitution.  The 15 year old girl was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile detention center.  One 14 year old still faces charges of vandalism and curfew violation.
  • WI - ice houses where filled with ice was 14 & 19 inch thick.  One day 20 tons of ice was taken off the pond.
  • Cookeville TN - just about everyone has moved out of this community.
  • PA - nonamish teenagers have been throwing bottles, rocks, and snowballs at Amish carriages and homes.  They broke 3 windows in carriage that was traveling home.   They followed the buggy and then broke the windows in the house.  Paintballs have been shot at school children.  The police have taken some teenagers into custody.
  • MI - 4 families left the faith and joined a Non-Denominational group with controversial views of the Bible.
  • PA - they are experimenting with small horses 26" tall being trained to guide the blind.  Horses live longer and are smarter.
  • PA - while sitting with a sick child, the mother tried to buy some writing paper in the gift shop but it was closed.  The nurse kindly offered her some plain white paper and a pen.  She used two sheets and returned the rest of the paper and pen.   When see received the hospital bill a few weeks later she noticed she was charged $30 for the 2 sheets of paper and use of the pen.
  • IL - a lady celebrating her 100th birthday commented she can walk better than she did 100 years ago.
  • Wayne County IN has:
    1   person that is      112 years old
    2   people that are    107 years old
    1   person that is      106 years old
    1   person that is      105 years old
    2   people that are    101 years old
    3   people that are    100 years old
  • OH - a young man was going to spend an evening skating with friends.  He carefully blanketed his horse and made sure the lines were in the right place.  But he forgot to tie his horse.  The horse traveled 6 miles home, arriving safely, stopping at its usual place with the blanket still on its back.
  • For years harnesses have been manufactured with leather. But today there are new products such as polypropylene, nylon, and biothane to also choose from.
  • Ad for Carriage finishing - proxy coats
    waterproof protection
    glossy, glowing finish
    stays hard - free from scuffs and scratches
    water resistance, abrasion resistance
    non-toxic and durable

    Free phamplet - Beco Equipment, 252 N. Shirk Road, New Holland, PA  17557


  • Dubbmeisser - one who hears everything
  • Schlangangel - one who walks clumsily
  • Faahne - weathervane
  • Weschglamm - clothespin
  • Husschar - hustler


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  • IN - shredding was done in February but there is still a lot of shocks in the fields yet.
  • MI - dairy animals 1 year old and up are being tested by the state to try and combat a TB outbreak in the upper part of the state.
  • MO - potatoes are being planted.
  • PA - out of 40 eggs in the incubator only 1 hatched.
  • NY - greenhouses have started their plants.
  • MO - when checking the hives it was found that 70% of the swarm was dead.  The cause is not known.  Other states have had the same problem.
  • IN - some horses have distemper, some other strangles.  So far no horses have been lost but there are high priced vet bills.
  • PA - Dairy farmers made $8 to $10,000 less than in 1999 with the same amount of milk.
  • OH - U.S.D.A. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) plans to start inspecting sugar houses this month.  The houses must be air tight, have running water, etc.
Update - PA - over 100 farmers have signed up to grow the nicotine free tobacco at $1.50 a pound.  It is called VT tobacco by the Victor Tobacco Company in North Carolina.  They need 4,000 acres grown and it must be so far from the regular tobacco.
  • Britain - there has been an outbreak of foot-and-month disease.  The first in 20 years.  All British meat and milk has been banned for export.  The disease was discovered in 27 pigs at a slaughterhouse.  Source:  London Times
  • Tip - to discourage rodents that like to eat spring bulbs - place crushed egg shells or clam/oyster shells in the holes with your bulbs.  This discourages digging by the rodent.  Plant daffodils bulbs with other spring bulbs.  Rodents don't like daffodils.
Tip - start crops that you want to cover.  Around the 26th start peppers.
New seed varieties - (if you want to try something different)
Gourds - Apple - large gourds 4-5" diameter - unique
Summer Squash - Independence II - green zucchini - open bush plant
Summer Squash - Liberator III - yellow summer squash - open bush

Cantaloupe - Minerva - new melon - 80 days
Cantaloupe - Vienna - larger melon - 80 days
Pumpkins - Lil Pump KE - orange strips, dark green - bush type
Pumpkins - Mystic Plus - hybrid spookie type - 7-9 lbs. big handle
Indian Corn - Calico Sioux - 112 days - narrow kernal
Indian Corn - RBV-1009 - 114 days - larger ear - good yield
  • Did you know............?????     potatoes.jpg (1564 bytes)
    Potatoes are grown in all 50 states and about 125 countries.
    Potatoes are 80% water and 20% solid.
    Sweet potatoes belong to the Ipomoea batatas and are not a relative of the potato.
    Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on American televisions.
    Potatoes belong to the Solanaceae family of plants. Other members included tomato, eggplants, petunia, eggplant and tobacco plants.
Did you know - peppers (vegetable) is from the large nightshade family which includes 2,400 species such as:  potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and tobacco.  The pepper is native to Mexico and Central America.  One small green pepper (1/2 cup) has only 20 calories and 1.5 grams of fiber.


Jan prices - selling and purchasing for the farmer (PA prices unless noted)
Butter              $1.30 Guinea Pigs     $1.25
Alfalfa seeds   $1.00 bu   Kansas
Alfalfa Hay      $150.00    PA
Hogs   $34.00  Kansas
           $.37 to $.51    PA
Ear Corn           $72.00 Block Cheese   $1.10
Barn pigeons     $2.20 Vealers             $.45 to $.59
White pigeons   $2.00 Beef Cows      $.35 to $.46
Level Propane    $1.57 Fat Steers          $.68 to $.80
Soybeans  $4.55 bu  Kansas Feeder Calves   $.85 to $1.10     Iowa
Wheat      $3.40 bu Kansas Milo         $2.09 bu  Kansas
Milk prices by area
  • PA    $12.54
              $ 8.00  
  • PA     $9.99   Class 3
                $12.13   Class 4
  • KY      $14.70
  • WI   $8.00 c.w.t.
  • IA      $10.80   c.w.t.   &    $10.66
  • MO   $9.55  Class 3
  • MI    $9.75 c.w.t.  &  $8.10   &   $9.35
For Sale   - these items have been submitted by newsletter readers.  I put these in to help each other BUT use your head when buying from the internet. 
  • New Amish made quilt by New York community - king size - pattern Black lone star - click here to see picture.  Asking $350.  Email for further information or sizing.
  • New Pillow shams (2) made by New York Amish community - off white with heart embroidering Paid $40 each will sell for $25 each - Email
  • Old Tappan gas range - good condition, stands on four legs.  Pictures available upon request.  $2,000.  313-934-5284

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

Days Gone By
  • Horse drawn ambulances were designed to carry two stretchers with a folding attendant's seat.
  • Postage rates:
    1917 - 3 cents
    1919 - 2 cents
    1969 - 6 cents
    1999 - 33 cents
    2001 - 34 cents

  • Cubit is the oldest know measurement. It appeared in the Bible. It was measured from the elbow to the thumb knuckle.
  • A nectarine is a cross between a plum and peach.
  • The largest U.S. city built on rubble from an earthquake is San Francisco.
  • One pound of tea will yield 200 cups.
  • Coffee is the most popular non-alcoholic drink in the world.
  • The first national census began in 1790. It was conducted by 17 marshals and 200 assistants. It took 18 months to count 3,929,214 people.

  • More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.
  • Despite inflation, a penny for most people’s thoughts is still a fair price.
  • When we think we're humble--we're not.
  • If you want to be original, be yourself. God never made 2 people exactly alike.
  • We should not resent growing old as many are denied the privilege.
  • It seem that one of the hardest lessons to be learned in this life is where your business ends and somebody else's begins.

RIDDLE answer - they both have nails.  How is your hand like a hardware store?

May I always remember to:

Encourage youth
Find the time
Keep a promise
Forego a grudge
Forgive an enemy
Laugh a little
Think first of someone else
Gladden the heart of a child
Take pleasure in beauty and wonder of the earth
Speak your love
Speak it once again.


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