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CAPTION:  Not the best photo in the world, but that is my recent copy of The Budget, choc full of Amish information! 

When Rachel and I were in Pinecraft, Florida a few weeks ago I was able to purchase a copy of "The Budget", which, as many of you know, is an "Amish newspaper."  I really encourage those of you who want to learn about Amish culture to get your hands on a copy of The Budget.  Each week the newspaper is filled with hundreds of dispatches from Amish, Mennonite and other plain settlements across the USA, Canada and even Africa. What better way to learn about a people than by reading entries straight from the source?  I love reading The Budget.  It's a great way to discover trends, changes, and glean other "real time" information about the changing culture of the Amish and I inevitably learn something new each time I read it.  For instance, I was unaware that there is an Amish settlement near Gallipolis, Ohio, which is in the far, far south of the state.  The letters from Amish "scribes", as they are known, are laid out on the pages in no particular order.  The letters appear with the name of the community the writer is from, the date, the news of the week and then the writer's name.  Sometimes it's not always evident whether the writer is Old Order Amish, New Order, Beachy, or Mennonite, but you can ususually find clues pretty quickly to find out.  For instance, scribes that talk about holding church in a home are usually Old Order Amish.  I don't think any German Baptist letters appear in the The Budget. They have their own newspaper called The Vindicator.  Often the community names that the writers reference are so tiny I can't find them in my Rand McNally road atlas.  For instance, I was intrigued by a letter from an Old Order Amish writer who wrote in from the community of Orchard, Nebraska.  I was unaware of any Old Order settlements still in the Cornhusker State, but I can't find Orchard on a map.  Do any of our Nebraskan site visitors know where Orchard is?  Another scribe writes from Letart, West Virginia, another location that I can't find on a map.  While Pinecraft is Florida's only Amish settlement I was intrigued by an entry from Blountsville, Florida.  A plain Mennonite church is apparently located in this rural Panhandle town.  You can check out The Budget's website by clicking here.

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Just a note, the German Baptists don't have any scribes, but the Old Brethren in California has or at least had one the last time I checked.  It's listed under Salida/Modesto CA.  Eastern district had a scribe for a while, but sadly he left the group and I don't think anyone took over from him.  At one time I thought I saw a column from the Old Brethren German Baptists in Flora IN too. (Horse and buggy group)

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Since 2 years now, I receive each week the Budget at my home....It's very interesting to read it..I..A few weeks ago, they talked about Lovina who was sick....

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Kevin, you need to get a better camera, put it on your list to Santa!!  Crockett, KY where Rod & Staff "is"; is a post office and that's it!  It is on some maps though, weird, huh!    

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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Oh Letart is in Mason County WV.

One of my friend is from Matoaka WV and her town was not on any map for years, I'm not sure if they ever did at it. In order to describe it she would always have to tell people it was near Princeton.

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Hi Kevin,

I was checking out the Obituaries from the link you gave us.  There is one for a Mose Troyer that caught my eye.  It says he was Old Order Amish, but if you scroll down it says he had a half brother.  How is that possible?  Do they divorce, or remarry after someone dies?

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Interesting.  Amish widows/widowers are permitted to remarry, so it could be - and probably is - something as simple as that.  Otherwise, your observation is correct...divorce isn't permissable amongst the Amish so anything other that a remarriage after a spouse's death would be highly unusual....

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I also noticed in the same obituary that one of Mose Troyer's half sister's is listed as living in a nursing home. I was just wondering what that was about. Then again it's possible that sister never joined the church when she was a young woman and lived a different lifestyle.

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Yes, it is possible, Moonstruck, that the sister never joined or, perhaps, left the church.  However, some Old Order Amish do end up in nursing homes. They try to avoid that, often building little homes on one of the children's properties known as  a "dawdy haus"..there an elderly or infirmed parent can maintain a semblence of independence under the watchful eye of family....still, that isn't always possible in all cases, so some Amish do go to nursing homes...that is one of the fascinations of obits, there are just always so many unanswered questions....

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Thanks Kevin,

 I didn't realize that some Amish people went to nursing homes. I have heard of the "dawdy haus" before and just assumed that was always the case.  Are these nursing homes run by other Amish people or paid for by a fund?  I'm curious because nursing homes can be extremely expensive.   As a nursing student my eyes zero right in on anything like this. 

We had a teacher for "multi cultural diversity in nursing" who covered the Amish quite extensively and she didn't screw it all up and tell us nonsense because she's had Amish patients before when she lived in Indiana. She is similar to you and is a staunch defender of their privacy and "busting" myths about them.

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When I worked at the Mennonite Friendship Manor near my home here in Kansas, I cared for the mother of some Old Order Amish women that my mother had bought milk, eggs & such from while I was a child.  She also was Old Order Amish & actually was not the only one that I cared for - there were several actually.  And I attended the funeral of 1 of the women after she passed.

Now I don't know if it was more acceptable because it was a Mennonite run nursing home or not, but I know it happened and I know for a fact that the 1 woman was Old Order since I also knew the family personally & had been in their homes a # of times over the years.  But I have no idea what the payment arrangements were concerning any of these residents.

Cindy/KS

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Cindy

Thanks for responding. It's all very interesting to me to hear about Amish people that are in nursing homes. Like I said I didn't know that and I'm on that "learning curve" thing lately. It's pretty nice that you were able to take care of someone that your own mother once bought items from. It's little things like that, that are often missing in my area.

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Kevin, Orchard is about 354 people, according to my road atlas.....Nebraska has a lot of very small towns.....glad to have been of some help to you !!

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Kevin, I know what Amish settlement you are refering to near Orchard, Nebraska. It is in the North East part of Nebraska in Antelope County.  I have a friend that lives a couple of miles from them. There is also some Amish living in Knox County, near Verdigre Nebr.  Orchard is about 25 miles So. East of O'Neil Nebraska.  Hope I was of some help. jkrings

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Joyce, thank you...interesting...I see Antelope County on my map - and it is a pretty good map  - but no Orchard, must be a tiny, tiny place....