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19. Mullet’s Footwear/Country Cedar 4853 Kinsman Rd Middlefield 20. Mullet’s Harness 16138 Newcomb Rd Middlefield 21. Pine Craft Storage, LLC 13650 Madison Rd Middlefield 22. Pine Valley Bolts 5195 Kinsman Rd Middlefield 23. Ray’s Repair 14590 Georgia Rd Middlefield 24. River Valley Coleman 9900 SR 534 Middlefield 25. S & E Country Store 17574 Newcomb Rd Middlefield 26. Troyer Millworks 16201 Pioneer Rd Middlefield 27. Weaver Bedding 13341 Princeton Rd Huntsburg






27. Weaver’s Furniture 13341 Princeton Rd Huntsburg Out Of Map Area 322 Claridon Barns 13065 Mayfield Rd Chardon Buckeye Fence 5915 S Kansas Apple Creek D & L Flooring 10040 Penniman Rd Orwell Orwell Window & Door 8221 Parker Rd Orwell Triple S Construction 14409 Grove Rd Garrettsville Windsor Flooring 5619 SR 86 Windsor Windsor Stairs/Millwork 7418 N Wiswell Rd Windsor


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10. D & S Door Sales 15060 Shedd Rd Burton 11. Dangler & Williams 16885 Kinsman Rd Middlefield 12. J & J Cabinet Shop 4738 Donley Rd Middlefield 13. Joe’s Vinyl Windows 15020 Shedd Rd Burton 14. Maple Lane Furniture 5319 S.Windsor Middlefield 15. Maplebrook Tack & Harness 15789 Georgia Rd Middlefield 16. Middlefield Cheese 15815 Nauvoo Rd Middlefield 17. Middlefield Historical Society 14979 S State Ave Middlefield 18. Miller’s Holz Haus 14540 Old State Middlefield

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1. A.J. Enterprises 13455 Princeton Rd Huntsburg 2. Amish Home Craft & Bakery 16860 Kinsman Rd Middlefield 3. B & K Salvage 5515 Kinsman Rd Middlefield 4. Byler Construction 4945 Donley Rd 5. C.A. Miller Cust. Woodworking 17090 Jug St Burton 6. Coffee Creek Repair 9120 N. Girdle Rd Middlefield 7. Country Side Furnishings 16403 Nauvoo Rd Middlefield 8. Countryside Gazebos/Furniture 17071 Tavern Rd Middlefield 9. Cross Cut Country Store 16161 Nash Rd Middlefield

Vol. 2 No.11

November 10, 2010


By Bob Miller

Yah-mee Grisht

Bits and Pieces of Yesterday from Our Readers

Memories of Johnson Rubber From material submitted by Crist J.S. Miller

(continued on page 5 )

In 1941, Reader’s Digest Magazine reprinted a story about an exceptional entrepreneur, Smith Johnson and the company he founded, Johnson Rubber. At a time when Middlefield had 932 inhabitants, Johnson’s factory employed 525, all of whom called him by his first name. Smith told his employees that they could have two days off any time they wanted to look for another job and two weeks or more to try it out. If, after then, they wanted to come back they were welcome to do so. From 1939 to 1941, there were 30 employees who took advantage of Smith’s policy and came back, attracted by the congenial atmosphere of Johnson Rubber.

On Sept. 17, 2010, Joyce and I went to Holmes County to look for Jeremiah J. Miller’s place of burial. Then, on Sept. 18, we stopped at the Millersburg Library and went to their Genealogy Room. Here we found a book on the Amish cemeteries of Holmes County. We, then, were only a few miles from the cemetery which was on the John B. Yoder farm in Charm. This is on Route 557 by Charm Engine. Jeremiah, born Aug. 15, 1817 and died Jan. 15, 1890, is buried on top of a big hill behind this farm. A beautiful view from up there of all the farms! Jeremiah’s wife is also buried there, as are other family members. There are only 14 graves. They said there must be a water vein under this little cemetery as it has been told that the caskets were in water before they were completely buried. Jeremiah’s father, Jonathon C. Miller along with his wife, Elizabeth and family are buried in six unmarked graves on his son’s (Christian’s) old land that is now the Andrew Yoder farm in Farmerstown. To find information about the burial places of relatives, look for “Cemetery Directory of the Amish Community in Eastern Holmes and adjoining Counties in Ohio” by Leroy Beachy, Berlin. This book is in the Middlefield Library. Another great place to find about relatives from the past is in Nashville, Ohio.

Miller Family’s Yesterdays

John A. Miller came from Wayne County, where he was a farmer, to Middlefield in 1930. He went into business and had a harness shop where the mini park is now. The family has a receipt from Martin E. Slaubaugh dated Aug. 20, 1946 for horseshoes for Cora (cost $2.85) and Billy (cost $4), two of his horses. Nearly a year later John was killed by a train in Middlefield on June 24, 1947. John A. Miller’s son, Bob J. Miller was a blacksmith for most of his life. The blacksmith shop was about where the First Merit Bank is now. He was widely known and considered to be the best blacksmith around. A receipt from Robert J. (Bob J.) Miller’s shop dated Sept. 9, 1953 shows four horseshoes for $12.

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November 10, 2010

Mose M. Miller, 49, of Middlefield passed Saturday morning, Oct. 16, 2010 at UHHS Geauga Medical Center in Claridon after a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 5, 1961 in Claridon, he was the son of Mose J. and Mary Ann Miller. Mose was married to Katie Fisher for 25 years. He was a sawmill operator and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Katie; children, Raymond of Windsor; Marvin, Maria (Noah A. ) Miller, Andrew, Mose Jr., Robert, Linda, Jonathan, and Chester, all of Middlefield; as well as by other friends and family. His parents and a son, Martin, preceded him in death. Bishop Joe W. Byler officiated at funeral services Oct. 18, 2010. Mose’s final resting place is in Wilcox Rd. Cemetery, Mesopotamia. Arrangements were entrusted to Russell Funeral Service, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, 440-632-0241.

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Wayne M. Detweiler (43) Steven A. Yoder (12) Rachel Miller (15) Paul Miller (18) Mrs. Daniel (Susie) Troyer (77) Marvin O. Miller (34) Mrs. Henry (Sadie) Miller (72) Emma Sue Weaver (23) Katheryn Miller (42) Mrs. John (Betty) Mullet (30) Amanda B. Byler (5) Mrs. Sam (Nancy) Kempf (74) Mrs. Alan (Linda) Mullet (31) Mrs. Will (Linda) Miller (56) Susie D, Detweiler (53) Mrs. Norm (Sue) Yoder (46) Ivan E. Byler (7) Neal Fisher Sr, (65) Mrs. Ellen Schlabach (22) Mrs. Henry (Marie) Miller (38) Marcia A. Weaver (13) Mrs. Leroy (Betty) Miller (29) Mrs. Harvey (Sarah) Weaver Jr. (34) Mrs. Menno (Martha) Miller (64)

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In This Issue ...

Benefit Fish Fry ..........................................................02 Birthdays........................................................................02 Bits and Pieces of Yesteday.....................................01 Bookmobile News......................................................07 Books in Review ........................................................07 Children’s Immunization Clinics............................02 Classified Form............................................................08 Greetings from Garrettsville...................................06 Greetings from the Plain Community.................03 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.......................06 Hello from Huntsburg...............................................07 Hunter’s Diary ............................................................07 Katherine’s Korner......................................................04 Lines by Linda..............................................................06 Mom’s Diary ................................................................05 Obituary .......................................................................02 Parkman Pathways.....................................................03 Plain Fun........................................................................08 Recipes...........................................................................03 Seasonal Influenza Immunizations ....................02 Spotlight on Miller’s Holz Haus.............................04 Understanding Horses ............................................06 Wanted .........................................................................02

Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations

The Geauga County Health District will continue to offer seasonal influenza vaccinations on Friday mornings from 8:30 until 11 a.m. at 470 Center St., Building 8, Chardon. These clinics are walk -in clinics; no appointment is necessary. These clinics are open to anyone 19 years and older. Pregnant women must have a signed order from their obstetrician. The charge for a flu shot is $25. If you have traditional Medicare Part B there is no charge, Any child six months to 18 years of age can receive a flu shot at the children’s immunization clinics. There is no charge for children at these clinics. If you have any questions, please call the health department at 440- 279-1950.

Children’s Immunization Clinics

Geauga County General Health District hosts local children’s immunization clinics. Immunizations for children and adolescents are free of charge for all Geauga County residents regardless of income. For non-Geauga residents, there is a $5 fee per child, per visit. MIDDLEFIELD CLINIC Second Wednesday, Nov. 10 , 9 – 11:30 a.m. ; also on Nov. 10, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Rd. (Route 87 east), Middlefield. Third Wednesday, Nov. 17. 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State St. South of Route 87. Third Thursday, Nov. 18, 3 – 6 p.m. Clinic will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Rd. (Route 87 east), Middlefield. NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC Wednesday, Nov. 24, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Rd., Newbury. TROY TOWNSHIP CLINIC No clinic until Dec. 15.

BENEFIT FISH FRY AND CHINESE AUCTION Friday, November 19. Mast Metal Shop Bundysburg Road Dinner served from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Carryouts available from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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Submitted by Rachel Miller

1 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (if desired) 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted 2 teaspoons baking powder (sifted with flour) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup milk 5 to 6 medium sized apples, peeled & sliced 2 tablespoons cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter or oleo Boil to a syrup 1 cup of the sugar, the water and food coloring. Place apple slices in baking dish and pour hot syrup over them. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Mix in shortening. When mixture looks like meal, mix in milk. Drop dough by spoonfuls over apples. Make a dent in each drop. Melt butter and add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the cinnamon. Put a little in each dent. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done. (We like this with milk. It is also good with ice cream.)

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heart transplant patient, receiving his transplant two years before I did. Dick has breathing problems and is in and out of the hospital. With winter coming on I am looking for reading material. Am looking for a book called “Hiking Through” by Paul Stutzman. Paul hiked the Appalachian Trail and wrote a book about his hike. For some reason I’m fascinated about hiking that trail. I’ve read “Walking Across America” book 1 and 2 by Peter Jenkins two or three times. Also like the books by James Herriot. We had planned to travel to Pennsylvania on Oct. 23 to visit Nancy’s Uncle Crist M. Troyers along with Nancy’s Mother and brother and sisters, but we both have hard colds and Nancy has a bad cough. I guess we both chilled and were not getting enough rest as of late. With the sun shining this morning, it would have been a perfect day to travel to Pennsylvania to view the colors.

Parkman Pathways

Sunday, Oct. 3: We attended preparatory services today at Andy Byler’s. Tuesday, Oct. 5: Yesterday and today were filled by my jobs. I put on extra warm clothes and still felt chilly. My house, especially the floor and bed, is so cold when I come home, that the only way to stop shivering is to wrap a wooly blanket around me in bed. Wednesday, Oct. 6: This morning sister and I were to Concord and other places, one of which was to get a CAT scan of nephew Daniel’s back. He’s been in pain for six weeks. This evening the Yutzy family had a yummy fish fry for sister’s birthday. Friday, Oct. 8: I spent most of yesterday working for a friend. When I got to work today at Brooks House, there was a bus there with seniors who were touring four homes. They had a progressive lunch and, here, it was dessert. Saturday, Oct. 9: My work today was laundry, cleaning house, straightening basement things and helping others. This evening a friend and I met for a bite to eat. Such a beautiful day to get things done, like repotting plants. Wednesday, Oct. 13: Nothing much going on except my jobs. Monday, our group sang at Molly and Eli Troyers’. Today, after work, I started on some varnishing in my house. Our singles group shared supper tonight. Friday, Oct. 15: Two days devoted to my jobs. Saturday, Oct. 16: Today we were to allday communion at neighbor John Troyer’s. Sunday, Oct. 17: A day of rest to enjoy this beautiful fall weather. Tuesday, Oct. 19: Yesterday and today were workdays. This evening I joined another singing group. Wednesday, Oct. 20: This morning I went on errands and to town, then joined our friends from Pennsylvania and others for lunch. Later this evening we celebrated a few birthdays – mine included.  Thursday, Oct. 21: Today is the day I need to really concentrate on washing curtains and windows, and cleaning the pantry, and, in general, cleaning for the upcoming church services to be held here next. I’m off to vacation for a few days in Pennsylvania so will see you next time.

By Ellen Hershberger Wednesday, Sept. 22: At 3 a.m. a load of us started out for Kentucky, and as we got closer to our destination the temperature got warmer and warmer. We arrived at the home of Lester and Marie Byler in time to eat lunch with the women who were there to prepare the wedding dinner for the next day. Their beautiful home is on top of a hill, so there was a breeze going most of the time. We helped some, visited some and then went to a motel for the night. Thursday, Sept. 23: Today was very warm, but the wedding, food and renewing of old friendships was rewarding. We did look forward to cooling off in our air-conditioned motel tonight. Friday, Sept. 24: We headed for home at 5:30 a.m. and, as always, home looked good. But, oh, it is still very warm. I enjoyed my invitation to a friend’s house for ribs tonight. Saturday, Sept. 25: Today I put things in order, washed dresses and made three grape pies. Monday, Sept. 27: Yesterday was a cooler and relaxing day with a family brunch. This morning, as I was preparing to go to work, we got a call from Pennsylvania that Aunt Mattie Yoder has passed away. I went to my job at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28: I came home from work in time to join my family as we traveled to Pennsylvania. We spent the afternoon and evening with my aunt’s family. When we got home, my work driver was there already. Thursday, Sept. 30: Several van loads of our relatives traveled to Fredonia, Pa. for the funeral of Aunt Mattie. Everyone ate lunch there. Then a caravan of six vans followed the hearse the 30 miles to Guys Mills where Mattie was buried beside her husband Jake. She is the last of my Dad’s immediate family to go. On our way home, three of us got off at cousin Bert’s and ate wedding supper there. Then, home sweet home! Friday, Oct.1: I acted lazy in the morning, just doing odd jobs until the 2 – 7 p.m. cooking stint. A car hit a power pole in the center of Parkman causing a power outage. Saturday, Oct. 2: Oh, what a blessed rain we’re having! I finally canned my beets in between going to town and going for a back treatment.

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Katherine’s Korner By Katherine M. Byler

It is now 11 p.m., and peering at me from the countertop, in all its gooiness, is a big, fat jelly-filled doughnut. He’s really asking for it! Am going to knock him flat and slather him with cream cheese! There! See how he likes that! Now he’s ready for an early breakfast. Mine! Tomorrow! Then it’s on the road again, heading out to the Kentucky hills with some more of the Byler clan, our first stop being at hubby’s brother’s Eli and Silvia’s house. The first stop, that is, after numerous pit stops no doubt. We hope to visit quite a few friends there. It’s been five years since we made this trip. We visited at the Dan P. Hostetler home along with Milo and Mary Schlabach. Mary is recuperating from a partial hip replacement. She broke her hip in a fall at her house. She’s doing well, for age 88. Eli and Martha Miller were also there to visit. Lucky me got to go shopping in Holmes County one day recently and made a good start on Christmas shopping. No wonder the pounds don’t go away; I keep eating every time we go somewhere! Our 40th grandchild arrived on Tuesday, Oct. 19, exactly four years after my Dad passed away. Eight-pound, thirteen-ounce Donnie was born to daughter Elizabeth and Wayne Byler of Carol County. He was born at Geauga Hospital and is welcomed by two sisters and two brothers at home. Hunting season is upon us; many are getting excited, to say the least. Things get pretty heated up during the hunters’ day at Salt Fork in southern Ohio. At least one hunter started shedding when the day turned out to be quite warm. No one in the group got a deer, so all felt the same on the way home. Birthday celebrations are so much fun, especially when they’re not your own. Brother Joseph J. Miller just had his 70th, on Halloween, to be exact. I just found my book! It was in a fairly obvious spot where I hadn’t looked for it. Don’t ask me how it got there.



Miller’s Holz Haus By Jacquie Foote

porch was expanded from cookies to casseroles, Just north of the gracious white building on and the relaxed talk was likewise expanded. Old State Road is an attractive sign that declares Freeman remembers an educational tour group it to be “Miller’s Holz Haus”. “Holz” means wood; from Miami, Fla. for whom he brought in an “Haus” means house. Since 2003 Holz Haus has Amish farmer and a teacher from an Amish offered wooden items made by Amish craftsmen school to speak and to take the group around. in Geauga, Holmes, Wayne and Tuscarawas The tour group that brings the biggest counties. It has been one of the best places to smile to Freeman’s Face came not only in a bus, go for such things as quality wall hangers, toys, but also in a limo! It was 2007, and the Millers religious items, pie safes, chests, and home were contacted by Sharon Grover, who had been furnishings in cherry and oak as well as Amish contacted by the Council of World Affairs to made quilts. arrange a tour through Geauga’s Amish Country But Holz Haus has been more than a store. Tours. Of course, Freeman and Betty agreed. Later Its story started when Freeman Miller, looking to on, Sharon called again to tell them the tourists retire from Johnson Rubber, decided he wanted were to be vice-ministers from China, their staff something to retire to. He got his new business members, and various Secret Service agents. Of up and running in 2003 and left his position as course, for safety reasons, this tour had to an operation manager at Johnson Rubber in be kept quiet. So, a part of Route 608 2004. The location of his new business was closed to traffic; the Holz Haus was so close to the Middlefield driveway was closed down and a Cheese House, it was obvious Holz limo and a tour bus followed by Haus would attract tourist trade. police cars delivered a group So Freeman wanted a store Freeman and Betty Miller, of Chinese visitors Freeman that had good things that owners would remember for their customers, tourists especially, Handmade Amish Quilts politeness. A treasured could just take with them. and fine wooden items.Wall memory is of a vice-minister Hence he carefully selected hangers, toys, religious items, pie commenting respectfully, smaller items. His position with Johnson Rubber gave safes, chests, and home furnishings in “You have strong families.” cherry and oak Another memory of that him a lot of chances to 14540 Old State Road day that causes a chuckle interact with many visitors, is that, when the Chinese including some from as far Middlefield, 44062 visitors were gone, neighbors away as Japan. This experience, 440-632-1604 Let Ring wondered (considering the limo as well as his natural goodDaily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and police cars) whether, perhaps, humored friendliness and interest Closed Sunday President Bush had come. in others, were recognized by the Things are going to be different at Geauga Tourism Council and Sharon Holz Haus quite soon. In 1996, Freeman had Grover’s Amish Tours and, before too long, his left hip replaced. Last year it was the right Freeman and his wife, Betty, found themselves one’s turn. Looking at the necessity of replacing acting as ambassadors … and teachers … of the the left artificial hip, last year Freeman decided Amish way of life. that 2010 was to be Holz Haus’s final year. So, Bus tours in summer began to include you have only a little time to come buy a piece of sitting on the Miller’s porch, drinking coffee, Middlefield’s retailing history, to visit Holz Haus eating Betty’s delicious cookies and listening to buy a beautiful handcrafted wooden item or to Freeman genially answering questions and Amish made quilt. Most of the furniture is gone, talking of Amish life and beliefs. (Thinking about but there are still quite a few decorations and books on Amish life, Freeman shakes his head smaller items left. The things you buy can still be over their inaccuracies.) sent to you … Freeman has sent items all over As time went on, Miller’s Holz Haus hosted the United States. people not only from places in America, but also Starting late November or early December, from many countries around the world. Freeman Holz Haus will begin its new life as a place for family remembers the 13 young people from Iraq (in get-togethers. Freeman and Betty are planning a age, between 17 and 18) who spoke English so wedding dinner for Amish community widows and well they didn’t need an interpreter and who widowers for a start. As for the Millers themselves, expressed surprise at how friendly Americans they will continue to work with the tourism are. There were 11 people who came from 11 industry when requested. So Betty’s excellent different countries in South America who were cookies and Freeman’s genial explanations of in law enforcement, and a group of government Amish life will still be available to those who want workers and officials from Pakistan. to enjoy and understand Geauga’s Amish. Sometimes refreshment on the Miller’s


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Mom’s Diary

(Bits and Pieces from Our Readers Memories of Johnson Rubber continued from cover)

By Barbara Ann Detweiler

Smith did all the hiring; he knew every employee. His daily routine was to get up at 6:30 a.m., go to the plant to be with his night shift workers from 7 until 8, run home for breakfast and be back with the day shift until 4 p.m. and with the evening shift until time for dinner. He walked through he factory, talking with his workers, helping them understand the product they were making, letting them know what was going on with the company and picking up ideas for new products and improvements to old ones. His door was always open to his workers, whether it was to hear their ideas for bidding for a sale or to arrange to lend money for an employee to buy a small farm or to handle an unexpected expense. Knowing that recreation is important, Smith encouraged a social club at the factory, and when Johnson Rubber turned a farm into a country club, Smith opened membership to all his employees at yearly dues of $12.50. He said that, “Our policy is simply to treat you with the same regard that we would like if our positions were reversed.” And what did this get Smith Johnson? His company’s sales went from $100,000 in 1933 to over $1,000,000 by 1941. He was able to provide steady jobs for his employees for many, many years. And he and his company are the source of happy memories treasured even today.

Saturday, Sept. 25: I canned 74 quarts of grape juice today. I felt like a grape and probably looked like one, too! This afternoon and evening we went to my brother John’s for his 40th birthday. We gave him 40 gifts. Sunday, Sept. 26: Went to church and then rested this afternoon. Betty lost a front tooth, and everyone thinks she looks funny. Monday, Sept. 27: A rainy day. I canned more grapes. Hopefully, that will be enough juice till next year. Tuesday, Sept. 28: It is very chilly in the mornings, but Wayne says no fire in the stove until October. Laura, Norma and I drove down to Mom’s for the day. Sis Elizabeth was also there from Carroll County. Another wet day. Our poor laundry. Wednesday, Sept. 29: Dreary again, but at least it stopped raining today, and the laundry actually dried. The girls are really into cleaning, getting ready to have church services here in October. Thursday, Sept. 30: My bedroom got its cleaning today. Norma doesn’t play much during the day. She just follows me around and does whatever I do. Friday, Oct. 1: Yay! It’s October now, so we can have heat!! No more excuses! It hasn’t been that cold yet, really, so no need for it today. Saturday, Oct. 2: It was cold this morning, so we did get the stove going. It felt good. Rainy again and all the kids were cooped up in here. Very stressful! Sunday, Oct.3: It just keeps on being dreary. I’m starting to feel dreary, too! We have a children’s book showing the inside of your body including organs, etc. Norma decided she wanted to look at it and asked for the liver book. She thinks it’s gross but likes to look at it anyway. Monday, Oct. 4: Yes, I have to say it’s raining again. At least it’s a school day, so the scholars aren’t here, and it is cozy in here with the heat from the stove. Rose Edna is cleaning up a storm again today.

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Tuesday, Oct. 5: I went to get groceries today. Came home, made supper, then went to a parentteacher meeting tonight. Wednesday, Oct. 6: I canned applesauce today while the girls did living room walls, windows and furniture. We all drove down to Dad’s and Mom’s for the evening. Thursday, Oct. 7: Finally! A beautiful day! We’ve been waiting for this for a while now. Friday, Oct. 8: Another beautiful day. We dried lots of laundry. And the house is very clean, thanks to the girls. Wayne and John are into hunting. Wayne’s brother Charles’ little girl, Marlene, is in Rainbow hospital. She was bleeding and has blood on her brain. John was telling Norma that Marlene is in the hospital, and Norma piped up with, “Oh no, she’s in Rainbow ‘pital.” Saturday, Oct. 9: These nice days make up for all those dreary ones we have had. I spent most of the day in the kitchen, baking for a bake sale and for ourselves. I was tired and achy by tonight and maybe a bit grouchy.  Sunday, Oct. 10: Tonight we went to Phillip and Lori’s. We hadn’t been there yet since Baby Nathan was born. He’s a little cutie. Monday, Oct. 11: Wayne and I went up to the hospital to be with Chester and Lydia and Marlene for the evening. The doctors are keeping Marlene sedated until they do surgery sometime this week to fix the hole in her vein. She’s only 1 year old and has Down’s syndrome. Tuesday, Oct. 12: Chilly but nice. The children are having fun raking leaves and playing in them. There are probably millions of them on the ground and a couple million more waiting to fall! Wednesday, Oct. 13: Laura and Norma went to the library while Wayne and I ran some errands. Norma and a little non-Amish girl made friends with each other and, evidently, Norma was using Amish words, because the little girl told her not to speak “Spanish”.  Thursday, Oct. 14: It rained again most of the day. I hung the laundry in the basement. We babysat Jamie and Emily today. Friday, Oct. 15: Both big girls were gone to jobs today, so the chores were up to Norma and me. I feel lost – am I spoiled!?

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Visitors with Grandpa John J. Miller, Shedd Oct. 26, 2010 … We are having quite a storm. Road, on Monday evening, Oct. 25 were Mrs. It is very windy and rainy. They predict 70-milesMiriam Miller, her daughter Linda and an-hour winds. We’ll see. One good thing; it David Hostetler, Mose and Ada Miller, blew a lot of our leaves into the pasture. Melvin and Esther Hostetler, Ervin People are busy getting things and Naomi Fisher, and John A. ready for winter. We still need to get A police recruit L. and Mary Detweiler. They some things out of the garden, do some mulching and plant a few was asked during an brought coffee, tea and snacks. A very enjoyable evening. spring bulbs. exam, This one guy told of how Our sympathy to the Andy “What would you do if one night he had a dream that Wengerd family at the passing of their 3-day-old baby. It was born you had to arrest your he was with a bunch of people when, all of a sudden, another with several health problems. own mother?” guy jumped up at him. Well, at Andy Wengerd Sr. has also He answered, the same time, his wife had a not been so well the last while. He dream her daughter was chasing “I’d ask for a had a stroke several years ago and her yelling “Snake”! That scared is in a wheelchair. The family enjoys back-up.” her so much she screamed, scaring mail and visitors. her husband so he went up meaning to Philip O. Miller of Windsor had surgery hit the guy from his dream! But he hit his on his nose on Monday, Oct. 25. He was hit by a wife, SMACK, on her shoulder. … Now, to keep branch several years ago and has been having the peace, I may NOT tell his name. But, they live some problems with breathing, so hopefully, on Hayes Road. HA! (P.S., this couple is still on this will take care of it. Some of our family plan speaking terms!) to go visit him this evening. Saturday, Nov. 6 is Bloodmobile time at our Our singing group plans to go sing for Jonas shop. We hoped for a nice crowd again. and Fannie Troyer on Nauvoo Road tonight. Happy Thanksgiving. Our family expects to Jonas has not been feeling the best due to his get together at son Joe Jr.’s. cancer. Until next time, take care.

Oct. 25, 2010 … Hello from Georgia Road! We are enjoying these nice fall days and warmer temperatures. The leaves make a nice carpet on the grass as they quietly float to the earth. Al Millers on Chipmunk Lane have pumpkins to sell. When we got up this morning there were several on our deck. I guess it pays to harass him now and then.  New renters here are Roy and Karyn Burkholder and children Davey and Elizabeth. We hope they like it here and can make themselves at home in the neighborhood. Our first clambake turned out well, so we had another one last Saturday night. We had our children and grandchildren, Jake’s siblings, and friends Bill and Joyce Fisher. Everyone brought a dish to pass, salad or dessert, so we had lots of food and more fond memories. Sally and Marty Troyer, Jake’s nieces, also joined us along with their folks, John and Mary. We are already planning another one in a few weeks, so check your mailbox … you might get invited! Marty and Sara Jane Mast made supper for Marty’s folks and us last night (Sunday). John and Barb stopped in after church. We all wanted to see their baby filly, born a few weeks ago.

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Oct. 20, 2010 ... Wednesday evening at 8:30 and we have 52 degrees. We had a little frost this morning. The roofs were white the second time this week. Our garden is cleaned out except for a few hot peppers. My two dahlias are still blooming, and so are some of my marigolds. I still have some green tomatoes to make jelly. Today we had our Sisters’ Day at Albert Detweilers. Her three daughters were there. Sister Anna Mary (Mrs. Del) Detweiler and niece Miriam (Mrs. Joe) Miller of Atlantic, Pa. came. Also, there were sis Clara (Mrs. Mose) Miller and brother Ervin’s wife Linda Byler and me. We had an enjoyable day. We are into fall cleaning. Barbara is working on upstairs, and I did the bathroom. My bedroom is about done. Barbara did laundry today when she came home from work at 2 p.m. It was windy so all was nice and dry when I came home at 3:30. So I got it all folded away. Yesterday I had done a big laundry, and I also took a braided rug and a quilt to the Laundromat to wash. Brought them home to dry. We have lots of laundry when we do fall cleaning. The trees have been beautiful although some are about bare now. We didn’t get many fallen leaves until today when the wind blew this way. We have a shredder that we run them through and put the shreds on the garden. We used to make big piles of leaves and jump in them or cover each other up. Our children used to do that on Nauvoo Road when we were living there and had lots of trees in our front yard. When we moved here, Barbara and I thought we wouldn’t have leaves, as there were no trees in our yard. We were in for a surprise as we have a tree line beside us, and we get lots of leaves. But we love sitting out there in the shade in summer! Monday, Oct. 18 was the funeral of Mose M. Miller who had cancer for about three months. He was 49 years old, and they have nine children. One is married. Next week, we have a wedding in Atlantic, Pa. on Tuesday and another one on Thursday, Oct. 21 here. Tuesday’s wedding is Ivan’s nephew’s and Thursday’s is a great niece’s.

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Thank you for helping the Bookmobile get into the “Pink”... Our walls are adorned with pink hearts on which Bookmobile patrons have written the many reasons they love coming to the bookmobile. It is fun to see patrons looking for their “Pink Heart” and also reading what others have said. Some of the reasons they give include:  “They have princess things,” “They come to our driveway”, “Because they give us prizes when we read an amount of books,” “It is very, very fun”, “Interesting books and you don’t have to pay for them, “ “If it were not for the bookmobile and the library we would have to spend a lot of money on books,” “We have more to read than grandma and grandpa’s books,” and “We love the people working on the bookmobile.” Some patrons have already begun to ask for Christmas-themed books so we started a small display. A new fictional book titled Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray is already a popular read. It is A Christmas “Sisters of the Heart Novel.” We also have some new holiday cookbooks and craft books on board, so check them out next time you visit!   Also available on our Bookmobile is a free newspaper-type publication called Book Page. It comes out monthly and offers reviews of new and upcoming books of all sorts. This month’s issue also has a special feature on holiday books for gift giving. Ask for a free copy next time you’re on board. Happy Reading Everyone!

The Runaway Sled and The Shoe That Tattled are books of short stories, thinking exercises and games for preschool and primary grade children. These books were published by the Pathway Publishers, LaGrange, Ind. and copyrighted in 1992 and 1995 respectively. They are in their second printing. Like Aesop’s Fables, the 28 stories in “The Runaway Sled” and the 31 stories in “The Shoe that Tattled” tell of events that reinforce the values that parents teach their youngsters. Unlike the stories told by Aesop, these tales feature very realistic people. In each book, the stories are written by various authors but share a simple, forthright style and a lively understanding of the mind of a child who is struggling to learn the importance of making right choices. The tales can be read to the children, although a third grader would likely be able to read them on his own. They cover such topics as why obedience is important, not playing with fire, the happiness to be found in doing something unexpected and nice for others, taking responsibility for one’s personal actions, and others, including a few that parallel the famous “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” fable. Youngsters learn the consequences faced by the children in the stories and why these consequences naturally followed the decisions that those in the story made. These books are not only excellent teaching tools for Moms and Dads, but also just plain fun to read. They can be found at S & E Country Store on Newcomb Road.

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Well, isn’t it wonderful that we are almost completely through the month of October and it is so beautiful! I guess there won’t be a lot of excuses for not getting that outside work done before the snow flies!   The only downside to all of this is that if you do get lucky and get a deer, you’d better be ready to process it quickly! The leaves have all but left the trees.  I really enjoyed all of the colors this year.  Hopefully the temperature will start to go down. I know, I know – but if you hunt, you know too! Deer aren’t really going to start to go into their rut until we get a cold snap.  My husband is also convinced that they don’t really start to get “wound-up” until the week after the full moon in November.  My theory is, you have to be in the right place at the right time. Chris was lucky enough to get a nice doe during his vacation.   That’s good; it takes the pressure off.   He has passed up a smaller buck and is trying to hold out for the big one. (Aren’t we all?) He will have another week of vacation coming up soon. I told him not to rush; there is time.   He says, “He who waits, waits ‘til next year!” On a brighter note, raccoon season will be opening up soon.  The dogs are about as ready as they are gonna be.  Little Joe is the king right now. As I told you before, we sold my dog Ivy.  The puppy, Rueger, is actually doing very well, and Chris and I are excited to get a season of hunting under his belt! Within the next few weeks, we will be adding onto our family.  No, not me! Buttercup, one of our dogs that we sold, has had puppies. Part of the deal was that we would get a pup from Buttercup when she had them. She had a litter of nine puppies on Oct. 1, which is also my daughter’s birthday!  The puppy will be Grace’s. That means that she will get to name it. … I hope she stays along the lines of what she has said. So far it looks like the puppy will be named Twister. However, 7-year-olds can change their minds quickly! Well, I hope that you get a chance to go hunting or even fishing. I hope to get out and get a chance myself.  If you are really lucky, you get to share your experience with a child. They are the future, let’s start them off right!   Hope you like the recipe! Kelly and her husband, Chris, are longtime residents of Huntsburg.  Like many others in the area, they hunt as a means of putting meat on their table. Kelly also raises coon dogs and is active in the Lighthouse Methodist Church. Kelly, mother of two and Middlefield Post advertising representative, is famous for her venison chili and venison Italian sausage.


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Age 8-10, Contest Two – Drawing and Coloring Age 5-7, Contest One – Drawing Three Way Tie! Rebecca Miller (Pioneer Road) Danny Byler (Laird Road) Nancy Schmucker (Patch Road) Auddia Pringle (E. Claridon) Allen Roy Yoder (Reeves Road) Age 5-7, Contest Two – Drawing and Ages 11-13, Contest One – Drawing Coloring Robert A. Miller (Hayes Road) Joey Miller (Gates Road) Isaac Yoder (Peters Road) Laura Weaver (Tavern Road) Ages 11-13, Contest TWO – Drawing and Coloring Age 8-10, Contest One – Drawing Rachel Miller (N. Girdle Road) Steven Byler (SR 534) Steven A. Yoder (Reeves Road) Adam Yoder (Bundysburg Road) The winners have already received notification by mail.

The categories for each contest are: ages 5 -7, ages 8 – 10, and ages 11 and over. For Contest One, there will be two First Prizes of a large set of coloring pencils. For Contest Two, there will be two First Prizes of a large set of coloring pencils and a set of drawing pencils. Winners will be notified by mail on or about Wednesday, Nov. 24. Winners’ names will be published in the Dec. 1 edition of the Plain Country.

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