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Howdy from West Farmington – By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler


Aug. 27, 2019: There is no season like now to enjoy our bountiful harvest. You can taste summer in every delicious bite of a sweet freshly picked tomato … yummy on a mayonnaise sandwich.

Digging into cookbooks is a challenge to find new recipes for green beans, zucchini, peppers, corn, etc.

A big 40th birthday gathering for Widower Aden Yoder was held at Marty and Lori Detweilers last Friday night. There was a fish fry and campfire and time to enjoy the good old summertime for his crews, friends, relatives and … I won’t try to name everyone there. It was a big crowd.

Mrs. Ray Sue Burkholder, Mrs. Milo Mary Detweiler, Mrs. Homer Martha Yoder, I and daughters Leah, Miriam and Kathy treated Miss Elma J. Kauffman and Mrs. Rachel Hershberger at The Mocha House for their birthdays.

Rudy called a small Anderson bus and we and Marty and Lori and seven children, Homer and Maryann, and Paul Yoders and their daughter Ellen and three girlfriends had an enjoyable 3-day trip to Lancaster, Pa.  Lucy Ann (Jake) Miller also came.

I had many nice birthday surprises for my 77th and feel thankful and unworthy of it all. God Bless!

July 5, 2019: Our community was shocked and deeply saddened when a bad accident took the life of 12-year-old Joshua, son of Joey and Karen Miller. A 97-year-old man from Girdle Road crashed into the tractor on Old State Road and threw Joshua and his dad, Joey. Both turned over in the ditch. Joey was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital with a concussion and a back broken in three places. He was able to come home for the funeral of his son. Let’s keep them in our prayers. Joey’s wife, Karen, is the daughter of Peter and Lena Barkman. Joshua leaves his sorrowing parents, two brothers and one sister. Joey has been the boss at Signum Factory in Solon for our two daughters, Miriam and Kathy, for 15 and 18 years respectively. The workers were all deeply saddened and shocked when word came of the accident. 

We never know from day to day, what God will send along our way. Weep occasionally over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses … then wash your face … trust God … love the life He planned for you. Though we do not understand, we know His ways are best.

I bought some of our grandchildren firefly nets. How they love to catch those blinking fireflies! We probably all remember when we were children, how awesome we thought fireflies were. While relaxing by a firepit, I still love to watch them come out of the ground and fly around when it’s dark.

The Mespo Ox Roast and Flea Market was going on again over this Fourth of July weekend. We live 2 1/2 miles north of Mespo on 534 and always have a lot of heavy traffic at that time. We felt sorry for the vendors yesterday when several pouring showers made them go under cover. That same forecast is also for the next 3 days. Our girls helped serve sandwiches for the Mespo firemen Saturday. This old granny stayed home and watched the traffic fly by.

July 30, 2019: The long hours of planting, watering and weeding have paid off. We are enjoying green beans, cabbage, beets, and tomatoes straight from our organic garden. So fresh! So good! Thank you, Lord, for the rain and sun!

Last Saturday, our daughters Leah, Miriam, Kathy, and I went up to Seidmen Cancer Hospital at University Hospital in Cleveland along with Mrs. Homer Martha Yoder, Kaitlyn Mast, Marcia Yoder, widow David Marie (Sister Lee’s), and Elma Kauffman to visit our dear friend Kathryn (Lesters) Hostetler, age 59, who has been battling cancer for a year. Reports are not good as she can’t eat, is on oxygen and an IV.

What Cancer Cannot Do:

It cannot cripple … Love.

It cannot shatter … Hope.

It cannot destroy … Faith.

It cannot kill … Friendship.

It cannot ruin … Memories.

It cannot invade the … Soul.

It cannot steal … Eternal Life.

I sent my letter to Jacquie early, before we went on a trip, and don’t have much more news. We forget God’s awesome creation of mountains, etc. until we take a trip and see them. We drove along the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains for several days through Virginia, South and North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky with Rusty and Carol, our drivers, taking along (Sam Johns) Joe and Tillie Miller, Rudy and myself and three daughters. We covered 1,900 miles traveling 1 week. As always, home looked so good!

June 14, 2019: What fun! West Farmington Community Yard Sales again … the 20th annual sale with 73 sellers this year plus more not listed in the flyer. There are maps and individual listings and house numbers for each family. It gets better every year. We’re usually sold out by Saturday night. Yesterday there were many people here and am enjoying sitting out here with a crowd browsing through our “stuff” this beautiful morning.

Husband Rudy is having his fun up at the Lake all week long, and I’m having my fun sitting here (Smile!) Son Marty, Lori and seven children (who live beside us) are camping and fishing for 2 weeks at Kelly’s Island Lake Erie and he joined them this week. Folks ask, “Why don’t you go with him?” I say, “Pymatuning, yes. Lake Erie, no!“ The waves on Lake Erie are too big for me. When the children were growing up and even when some were married, we’d camp and fish 2 weeks at Pymatuning Lake, but no more. (Frown!) It’s not good enough no more!

We visited the happy little fellow, 2 1/2 years old, Marvin Mullet, our great-grandson in Atlantic, PA. He can finally eat … after having been on a feeding tube since birth. When asked what he wants to eat, he said chips, pop, cheese, bread, and ice cream. He is sure enjoying it! Bless his mother. David Mullet Emma who can now go work and watch him play with other little children. For 2 1/2 years he cried when she got out of his sight (usually). His esophagus was not attached to his stomach when he was born. No food could go to his stomach. He looked like a starving child. The doctor said he wouldn’t have lived much longer. Thank You, Lord! Thank you, doctors!

Mrs. Emanuel Mary Ann Stoltzfus was a sick lady a week after her knee surgery when the doctor found out she had a low sodium level. Now she is feeling better and her knee surgery was a good success. We hope to visit soon. We miss them, being neighbors approximately 40 years or more. But changes come when we get older and they moved over to their daughter, Noah and Roseanna Miller on Farmington Road.

May 26, 2019: I hope this finds everyone enjoying these nice warm days. Yesterday the high was 92 degrees. Yeah! Florida weather! The school children are happy as can be enjoying summer vacation! Tomorrow is Memorial Day, here’s hoping the weather is nice for picnics and such!

Eli and Alta Byler on Nauvoo Road had their share of sorrow this past week when Eli’s sister, Mrs. Robert Viola Burkholder passed away and Alta’s sister Sue’s husband Vernon Hershberger also passed away.  They then got word that Eli’s mother, widow Mahlon Sarah Miller was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. All this in one week.

We enjoyed a singing group here Tuesday night, a group of 19 who sang so beautifully and brought a variety of delicious treats. Thanks to Widow (Sawmill Joe) Sarah Miller for planning it. Always so enjoyable!!

Last Saturday, Rudy and I attended the funeral of my last aunt on Dad’s side, Mrs. Rube Clara Byler, age 92, at Marion Center Pa. She leaves her husband who is 93. He seems quite spry. They were married 72 years. On our load was Smiley and Betz Byler, Bim and Alta Byler, Harley and Martha Hostetler, Mrs. John Nancy Byler, Eli and Lester Mullet and brother Dewey Detweiler.

Walleye fishing is great; our freezer up at work is filling up. Rudy went with son Marty and others twice this week. 

Tonight, some of us want to go visit Kathryn Hostetler (who has cancer) and Homer and Martha Yoder.

April 25, 2019: Nature shares so much beauty in May along the roadsides and in the fields … so many flowering trees and shrubs. They enrich our lives. I can’t wait until our grandchildren next door come over and hand me a bouquet of dandelions. “Some flowers for you, Grandma”, their little faces so bright! Ah, the sweet life of a child.

We are glad to report that Mrs. Henry Rhoda Miller, Mumford Road, is recovering nicely from her serious back surgery five and a half weeks ago. I went along over for a coffee break Monday afternoon with Enos Mary, Wally Susie, Allen Mary, Adam Leah, Dan Martha, Allen Mullet Mary, John Schrock Arlene, Willis Laura, and Joe Slabaugh Mary. Mail would be a pastime … 16793 Mumford Road, Burton. OH 44021.

I have no idea who my secret friends are, but whoever they are, a big thank you for the lovely basket of spring flowers delivered to our door, plus all the other kind deeds. I do not feel worth all of this. 

Today, Emily’s Flowers came and brought us a huge Calla Lily plant from niece Andrew Hershbergers in remembrance of dear sister Martha on her birthday.

All the children of Joe W. Byler on Donley Road took him out to dinner today in remembrance of his wife Martha. The Knox, Pennsylvania. families will stay overnight and then have family night on Friday night.

Bill Byler on Nauvoo Road didn’t get good news from his doctor. They found two tumors alongside his brain. They’ll do a full body scan and biopsy and then a team of doctors will get together and decide what to do. His wife is Etta (Jerry) Weaver. They need our prayers during this difficult time.

Last week, we seven sisters and in-laws traveled to Kentucky for sister Rab Gingerich Sue’s 60th and sister Albert Kauffman Alma’s 50th birthday bash.

Visiting a lonely widow, Alice Rutan, Tuesday afternoon was Rabs Nelson and Barbara Miller, Urie Jr. and Susan Miller, Andy Jr. and Laurie Hostetler, David Jr. and Missy Miller, Jake and Betz Gingerich, and us. We took dinner for her. Nelson is recovering from shoulder surgery with much pain.

The benefit dinner held at Milo Mullet Jrs in Orwell was well attended to help with widow Milo Mandy Mullet’s expenses.

Chemo treatments seem to be helping Miss Kathryn Hostetler. She was able to go to work 3 days last week but gets very tired. Expenses are not easy for a single girl. Her address is 4525 Clark Road, West Farmington, Ohio 44491. A group of us visited her Monday p.m.

Donnie, son of John and Barbara Byler on Parkman Mespo Road was in the hospital over the weekend with seizures. Hopefully, the medication will help him.

Widow John Matt Miller, Widow Urie Sara Miller, Mrs. James Marie Byler, Mrs. Matthew, Rebecca Byler, Mrs. Robbie Cindy Burkholder, and I visited John Barbara Tuesday. There was also a load from Guernsey County including their daughter, Mrs. Lester Yoder Marcia, Mrs. Jonathan Rosie Byler, our daughter John Ruth and Stephen Swartz Miriam.

We missed Bull Stutzman (who died in January) when the gang came here Tuesday afternoon. There were Marvin and Sara Jane Detweiler, Urie Jr. and Susan Byler, Andy and Laurie Hostetler, Nelson and Barbara Miller, and David and Missy Miller Jr. Bill used to come along, too.

Today Rudy and I went to Pittsburg to see Doctor Mears for a check up on my knee replacement. Guess I’ll need to have patience yet a while. The ugly scab on top of my knee might take 1 more month to heal and can take 3 months until the numbness and swelling goes away. I do get out of the house but need to keep my leg propped up a lot.

Widow Andy Yoder Ada enjoys company and her two daughters from Cub Run, Kentucky Daniel Weaver Sue and Robert Mullet Linda, were there Tuesday to Friday. While they were here, they got the sad news that their friend Sam Gingerich Emma passed away in Kentucky.

A thought:  Live like a fried egg … Sunnyside Up!

Feb. 25, 2019: It’s exciting to see the sugarhouses steaming. That tells us that spring is in the air and I’m dreaming of blueberry pancakes dripping with that good fresh maple syrup. When the children were small, we used to boil maple syrup to a soft ball and bring in fresh snow and drop, by tablespoon, the syrup on the snow. Yum!

My dad used to sell enough maple syrup to pay off the big farm on the top of Donnelly Hill where Bishop Joe W. Byler lives … a widower since his dear wife Martha died Jan. 8. I don’t miss all that hard work as a farmer’s girl; but it would be good if more children nowadays would experience that hard work. We were usually too tired to get bored.

Our visiting group was at Marvin and Mary Ellen Troyer, a young couple, 25/26-years-old, who have been going through a hard time since Marvin fell three stories with many serious injuries. He is still in a wheelchair, hoping to be able to walk sometime in March. Marvin is the son of Marty and Ida Troyer. Mary Ellen is the daughter of (Seel) Allen and Malinda Miller who were also there along with Yogi and Maryann Miller, Lester and Sara Hostetler, Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus, Mrs. Mel Kathryn Byler, Ray and Sue Burkholder and Rudy. 

I couldn’t go as my knee surgery (Feb. 8) didn’t go well. I got an infection, a spot right on top of my knee burst open and there was so much pain. I go to the doctor again Thursday. Don’t know how he will clean it out. Hope not to have to stay at the hospital. 

John (Crist) Detweiler called tonight and he is coming along good from his knee surgery which we are glad to hear.

Now for some good news! Rudy found out he is cancer free again. Thanks to the good Lord and hope it will stay like that.

Bishop Andy L. Yoder is gradually getting weaker and is pushed around in a chair to the table, etc. Their two daughters, Daniel Weaver Sue and son Robert Mullet Linda returned to their home in Cub Run, Ky after helping out for a week. They visited me one day with John Yoder Emma.

We have eight grocery boxes and hope I can throw this walker away soon so I can go out there and plant early garden in them … good for the soul!

Jan. 28, 2019: Good morning, folks … every morning I have a choice …  I can count my blessings, or I can count my burdens. It is my choice how I use my time every day God gives me. The more I give, the more I get … the more I laugh, the less I fret … the more of everything I share, the more I always have to spare. The more I love, the more I find that life is good and friends are kind. For only what I give away, enriches my life from day to day.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathryn (Lester) Hostetler who plans to have surgery this week for ovarian cancer. She has a problem with blood clots. The doctor needs to put some kind of screen in her to prevent them. Let’s remember her, 4525 Clark Rd., West Farmington. Ohio, 44491.

Let’s also remember Nelson Miller on Old State Road who goes in for back surgery Jan. 30.

Bishop Joe W. Byler appreciates all the help, visits and mail he receives since the sudden death of his dear wife, Martha. She was my precious sister and how we miss her. We read in the Bible “In my Father’s House are many mansions …” I hope we can all be together again someday.

Thanks for all the sympathy cards and to all who came for my husband’s 71st birthday … children, grandchildren, etc.

I have knee surgery scheduled Feb. 8 at Shady Side Hospital in Pittsburg with Dr. Dana Mears. Trying to find our way through the center of Pittsburgh is (almost) like finding a needle in a haystack or doing a jigsaw puzzle! 

Oct. 22, 2018: Harvey and Katie Byler, Milo and Mary Detweilers and possibly more traveled to Home, PA Saturday, Oct. 20, to their niece’s home to see the Siamese twins named Sara and Esther (3 or 4 weeks old and healthy). They are joined at the top of their head and share one brain … very unusual. They have had over 500 visitors stop in to see them.

I wish we would have stopped in Wednesday when my sisters and brother Deweys traveled to Home, PA for our stepmom’s 90th birthday. They only lived 2 miles away and are in the same church district as stepmom, widow Noah Detweiler Fannie.

The Whispering Pines School here in our neighborhood had a big Benefit Auction over at Buster Millers. Our grandchildren (Martys) go there. Holmes County men grilled good Holmes County chicken plus much other good food. Mrs. Allen Martha Kemph and her daughters and Marty Lori Detweiler and our girls made delicious pretzels which is always a good seller. Daughter Leah donated a turtle cheesecake and it brought $70! Other things also brought high prices as usual.  

I think everyone is enjoying the new Aldi’s Store in Middlefield; we sure do!!

On Saturday, we froze two freezers of homemade ice cream and reminded son John R. Detweiler about his 48th birthday with this and a roast beef supper, etc. Their marrieds and young folks and steadies were also there as were son Marty’s and Joey and Becky Kurtz.

Oct. 1, 2018: Summer is slipping away. It’s sad to see out little hummingbird friends leave, but we’ll wait for their coming again in spring. The harvest is tucked away for when winter is cold and deep with shining jars filled with garden goodies on the shelf.

To me, it’s amazing how the birds and geese know when to start their flight south. We wish them a safe-coming back! Daylight savings time is over at the end of the month, but man cannot control time. Nature is at its best as the seasons come and go. It is still a good earth we live on if man does not destroy it.

We were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Minister Paul Troyer, age 50, from Guernsey County. He had taken part in communion and the ordaining of  a minister. The next morning, he and his wife planned to go to church when he was found in bed, life gone. The new minister is Willis Jr. son of Willis and Laura Weaver on Wilcox Road. He is married and 24 years old. A load of us plan to leave for Guernsey County at 3 p.m. today.

Enjoying Tuesday p.m. at widowed (plumber) Dan Yoder on Nauvoo Road. Was Marty and Lori Detweiler, Atlee and Erma Byler, Mrs. Sarah Hershberger, and Dan. Jr. and Rachel Yoders. Marty deep fried fish and fried for them. Dan still loves his harmonicas.

Many families are hauling their winter supply of wood. Rudy, the girls and I felt honored to be with the Bishop Joe W. and Martha Bylers (top of Donley Rd. hill) families when they all got together for birthdays and men and boys hauled many loads of wool with a team of horses and a big wagon. They had a long row of food (burgers, hot dogs, etc.) afterwards.

We were honored with 10 visiting ministers in our communion church at Mel and Susan Millers. There was Bishop Crist R. Hershberger, Bishop (Rabs) Albert Miller, Bishop Slef Andys Willy, Bishop David Kauffman. Minister Crist C. Hershberger Jr., Minister Mel Kurtz, Minister Wally Byler, Minister David Byler. Minister Bill Mullet, and Deacon Chester Miller. A very interesting day.

We missed Lester and Sara Hostetler. Lester is nursing a sore foot and Sara has a bad cough. Mrs. Allen Martha Kempf was also missing and sick. Harley and Martha Hostetler, Joey and Mary Esther Detweiler, me and Rudy and the girls visited with Lester and Sara Hostetler after church and were glad their daughter Kathryn Hostetler was also there. We got to visit with her too. She is under doctors care with ovarian cancer and cannot work. She would appreciate mail. She is 56, and single. Costs are high. Mail will reach her at 4525 Clark Rd., West Farmington, OH 44491.

Aug. 28, 2018: Whew! Another 90-degree, warm, humid day, and the fan is going full blast. The little guy on the barometer is pointing towards rain. Hopefully, it’ll cool off.

Last Wednesday evening was the auction at Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus place, with Pete Hauies as auctioneer. They are downsizing, getting ready to move over on Farmington Road at their daughter, Noah and Roseanna Millers. A load of Emanuel’s relatives from Pennsylvania attended.

Joe Troyer on Parkman Mespo Road is still having trouble with his right side since his stroke in May. He gets around on his motorized scooter, His wife Linda had her birthday (71!). Dropping in on her was Mrs. Crist Ida Byker (sister), and her marrieds Jacob Sue, Ben Ida Mae, Marty Miriam, David Maryanne, also widow Mose Martha Muller, myself and daughters Leah, Miriam, and Kathy. Though Linda is 71, she is not too old for her spooking costumes. There was a lot of screaming as she came out from the dark dressed up like a dead 100-year-old ugly lady.

Bishop Dan Fisher district church got together Friday evening for their annual church gathering at Will and Malinda Bylers in Mespo.

A group of us picked up niece Clara Byler at Eagle Point nursing home in Orwell where she stays and took her out to eat and shop. We stopped at nephew Matthew Kauffman’s store. He is a natural health care practitioner. Going were her Mom, Mrs. Joe Byler Martha, Mrs. Mike Slaubaugh Emma. Judy and Neomi, Mrs. Crist Cindy Hershberger, myself and daughter Kathy.

Reminding Mrs. Paul Amanda Gingerich for her birthday (46) over on Georgia Road was Marty and Lori Detweiler family, Rudy and me and the girls. We missed Linda who was at a wedding.

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.” (Smile!) We sure did not get a break from mowing lawn every week this summer with all the rain we got!

Ya all stay cool! Autumn is on its way!

Remember “Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I’m glad thorns have roses!”

July 15, 2018: We hope everyone is staying cool in this 90-degree weather today. Yes, it’s warm, but so pleasant as we have a Milwaukee fan a-blowin. In the long, cold winter, this is what we were waiting for, so try to enjoy every moment.

Marty (Harley’s) Hostetlers from Orwell are in the process of buying Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus place here in the neighborhood and we surely will miss them once they move, probably not until this fall. They are building at their daughter’s place, Noah and Roseanna Millers, over on Farmington Road.

Today, Sunday, was a relaxing day at home, being our in-between church Sunday. We had brunch here for grandson Marty Jr. Detweiler’s birthday (number 12). Coming was son John and Laura Detweiler, Seth and Mary Kay; Billy and Malinda Miller, Leah, Ellen and Aaron; Son Marty and Lori and family; and neighbors John and Lois Cashiotta. It all ended up with a water fight in the afternoon, with water balloons!

Our church ladies had an enjoyable birthday gathering out under the shade tree for Mrs. Milo Mary Detweiler Wednesday. She turned 71. There were only three ladies missing. Going were Mrs. Crist Esther, Mrs. Joe Ada, Mrs. Joe Lena, Mrs. Mel Susan, all Millers; Mrs. Allen Martha, Mrs. Ray Anna Mary Kempfs; Mrs. Harley Martha. Mrs. Allen JoAnn Hochstetlers; Mrs. Lester Sara, Mrs. Amos Kathy Hostetlers; Mrs. Emanuel Mary Ann Stoltzfus; Mrs. Dan Betty, Mrs. Joey Mary Esther, Mrs. Marty Lori, me, Leah and Kathy Detweilers.

Mrs. Dan Yoder Edna, age 83, passed away early Wednesday morning on Nauvoo Road. They lived at their son Dan Jr Yoders who have the Nauvoo Family Market in Bishop Danny Ray Miller district. Rudy and son Marty went to the viewing. Let’s remember her lonely husband and family. The address is 15943 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44962.

Yesterday, a group of us enjoyed the day at Hartville Flea Market. They have remodeled since we were there last. It is so big, I think it would take two days to shop all the vendors. It covers 12 acres, has two covered pavilions that hold 200 vendors. Out on the blacktop area is room for 800 vendors. It is open year around Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There are 120 permanent dealers inside the big building in summertime which is air conditioned in summertime and heated in the winter. It’s a nice get-away for a day. And there’s the famous Hartville Kitchen in front.

Going along were Eli and Alta Byler and Kathryn; Owen and Marcia Byler (Sam’s John’s), Joe and Tillie Miller, Marty Jr. Detweiler; Rudy and me and Leah, Miriam and Kathy.

June 16, 2018: We hope all Fathers had a Happy Father’s Day! While sitting out here by the shop taking care of our garage sale, I’ll try and get this letter done.

This little town of West Farmington has yard sales (community) every year in June.  This year we totaled 82 yard sales altogether with van loads of people coming from different communities as well as many other customers who made it very successful. We are almost sold out and everything gets marked down today We were opened June 14, 15 and 16.

The young widow 1 1/2 mile down the street here on 534, Mrs. Dan Erma Troyer, had another sad tragedy only 3 weeks after her young husband died in bed with a massive heart attack. Her barn burned down, full of hundreds of haybales and two horses. All burned. One horse was in the pasture and went wild, running right into the burning barn! Why do they do this? Children were playing with a lighter up in the barn. Another warning to our young children. Any donations would help her out. Her address is 6739 State Route 534, West Farmington, Ohio, 44491.

Our enjoyable visitors Tuesday afternoon were Ray and Mary Slabaugh and family (north of Mespo) and son Martys, Mary and her sister Marty Lori and children. They also visited their ailing grandma, widow Joes Dan Ida, on Tuesday. She is not well and needs care 24-7. 

Last Sunday was the wedding of widow Monroe Anna Miller and widower Bill Byler. They were married by Bishop Pete Hostetler. Anna will move to Bill’s home. Congratulations.

A cute new baby miniature pony is running around Martys place here, with its mother who is named Honey. It was a big surprise to them when they came home from a fishing trip. (They had bought the mare at an auction.)

A group of our relatives from Cub Run, Ky. came here for dinner and an enjoyable evening. They were sister Rob and Sue Gingerich, their married daughters, Minister David and Ella Mae Miller and 7 children. Mrs.  Jacob Alma Miller, and Mrs. David Martha Mae Byler. Locals coming were son John and Laura R. Detweiler and Seth, Mrs. Billy Malinda Miller and three children, Albert and Alma Kauffman, brother Dewey and Emma Detweiler, Bishop Joe and Martha Byler and Clara.

May 20, 2018: There’s so much to enjoy on this Sabbath Day, a peaceful day of rest … to look on nature. Life’s sweetest things are often quiet things … beauty and wonder. How often in winter we dreamed of this hour, longing for the warmth of summer. It’s here! It’s here! Let’s enjoy every minute.

Our company just left and I see it is time to get this letter done and in the mail … although I’d rather take a nap at 3 o’clock, ho hum! We had our good neighbor friends over for brunch for John Cashiotta’s 77th birthday. Marty and Lori and six children joined us (our son). We had the works … biscuits, gravy, hashbrowns, sausage, bacon, toast, eggs, waffles with strawberries, and birthday cake.

We surely enjoyed widow Milo Mullet Mandie, daughter Martha, and all her married children Friday night. If you ever need a plumber, Les Mullet has a plumbing business and it is called “One Leak Les”. (Smile!) Those here were this very same Les and Ruth Mullet and five children, Deacon Allen and Mary Mullet. Andy and Katie Muller from Guys Mills, Pa., Noah and Lizzie Mullet, Minister Willis and Laura Weaver, Joe and Mary Slabaugh and three boys, Milo and Esther Mullet, Bishop Andy and Dorothy Yoder from Atlantic, Pa., Daniel and Ada Yoder from Atlantic, and son David and Verna Mullet also form Atlantic, Pa., son Marty and Lori and six children.

Toby and Esther Stoltzfus had their auction Wednesday p.m. and sold their place on Shedd Road to Marty and Linda Millers. Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus and Rudy and I visited Toby at Burton Health Care. He had his leg amputated above the knee from infection. They’ll put a wheel chair ramp onto the house. He was able to come home for the auction. They plan to move to Carroll County in a few months, to their daughter’s.

Rudy and I and the girls attended two big weddings this week. Tuesday was at Willy and Susie Stutzman on Girdle Road for their Leanne to John Jr., son of John and Emma Yoder. On Thursday, we were at Danny and Mary Troyers on Wilcox Road for their Hannah to Wayne, son of Ivan Jr, Millers.

We came back from Kentucky where Rudy and I spent the weekend going to church with newly ordained David and (granddaughter) Ada Marie (Mullet) Miller. We spent time with son Robert Mullets, coming home with them on Monday when they traveled up here for the above wedding. Now we are planning to attend the wedding at son John R. and Laura Detweilers’ on May 31 here on Route 534 for their Ellen and Steff Miller.

April 19, 2018: Yes! It’s April 19 and it snowed again. I guess I have to take a lesson from the robins and keep singing when it snows. At least we have a warm house even when robins don’t. (Bright side to everything!)

Rudy got a good report from his cancer doctor. His PSA count was 5.4, quite the difference from when he was diagnosed in December and it was 600. (Later, it went down to 300, then 64, and now 5.4!) He faithfully takes a whole lemon with a cup of hot water added in the blender and a glass of cranberry juice besides the chemo. Now we hear that apricot seeds are a big help also.

Enjoyable visitors lately were Bobby and Nancy Fishers, from Garrettsville, Danny and Lydia Troyers from Farmington Road, Bishop Crist R. and Clara Hershbergers and sister, Deacon Crist E. and Ida Bylers (on Wednesday PM); Mel and Mary Ann Kurtz and Ervin and Betty Ann Slaubaugh (niece) from Chipmunk Lane (on Monday PM), and Noah and Lizzie Mullet from Route 87 (on the ninth). Thank you all! It makes for short evenings!

A big crowd of people showed up for Robert and Emma Stutzman’s 50th wedding anniversary on the 14th. It was held at their daughter Chester and Ruth Miller’s shop on Pioneer Road. The children prepared a wedding dinner for approximately 100 people at noon. After that they set up for a large group arriving 4 to 8 with a long row of foods. They had many enjoyable surprises. Rudy and I and three daughters, Leah, Miriam, and Kathy, also attended.

Our 70th birthday bash is over for sister, Mrs. Joe W. Martha Byler where all eight of us sisters and Dewey Emma had an all-nighter the 17th and 18th. Joe’s daughter catered a delicious steak supper to us (from a cow Dan and Betty Detweiler raised), and a delicious breakfast! Andrew Ruth, Dan Betty, Al Barb and Bill Mandy entertained us. Mattha received 70 rolls of toilet paper with 70 one dollar bills. Coming from Kentucky was Poor Dave Junior Barb, Les Byler Maryann, and Rob Gingerich Sue. Locals were Crist Ida, Albert Alma, Dan Linda, Dewey Em and myself. Also, niece Mrs. Ray Martha Miller and our 3 daughters were there. Much could be written!!

March 23, 2018: Our thoughts are with Bishop Erfs Dan Miller since his wife Linda passed away at age 72 on Wednesday morning, March 14, at 2 from a long battle with cancer. She was anointed and went into a coma. She leaves her husband Dan, eight sons and four daughters. Her’s was a very large funeral. Preaching was Minister Eli Yoder from Holmes County, Bishop Bill Farmwalt from Kentucky, and home Minister Allen Ray Miller. Dan’s address is 10040 Penniman Road, Orwell, Ohio, 44076.

Rudy and I and two daughters, Miriam and Kathy, got on the Pioneer Trails Bus and left for Florida (the warm, sunny South) for a visit from the 19th to the 30th. It felt as though it was in the 90s when we got off the bus in Pinecraft.

We were surprised how many people we met that we knew. One evening we got together at widow Mel Shetler Maurine, and Allen and Clara Mae Mullet’s cottage where Olin Jr. and Esther Yoder came and Elwin and Linda Troyer also joined us. 

The next day, Elwin Linda Troyer invited us over for a coffee break with Mrs. Woody Sadie Gingerich and Ruthie Mel Maurine, Clara Mae, and Olin Jr. Esther. That evening, widow Mrs. Andy Maude Raber invited Rudy and me over to her cottage for a fish supper. Pat’s Joe and Anna Miller from Geauga County were also there as was Ivan Stutzmans from Holmes County. Maude is from Holmes County, too. 

Minister Crist J. S. and Barbara Ann Miller stay right across the street from us, as do Joe J. S. and Tillie Miller. Stopping by for a short visit was Bishop Joe Fisher, Albert (Ida Faye) Miller, and widower Jonas (Menno Levi) Miller who was married to Ruth Kauffman. These folks live here the year round. Mrs. John Reida (Bender) Farmwalt’s funeral was across the street where we stayed and three van loads of her relatives and friends came from Geauga County for her funeral.

We hope to catch the bus and go to the ocean today, and maybe later tonight too, to watch the sun set.

I hope this letter arrives in time for the Plain Country section. I missed last time, sorry. Rudy is doing OK so far since we are here. We are sorry to miss the funeral of my first cousin (Mels) Owen Miller. The family has our sympathy and thoughts.

We also met (Erfs) Allen Miller (a cripple on a wheelchair) while at Florida. He goes to his home in Middlefield during the summer.

Jan. 29, 2018:  I’m writing this here at St. Joseph Hospital. Rudy is still in Intensive Care Unit (the eighth day); I think he will be moved to another floor today. He is finally making progress. He always waits too long to go to hospital … until he can hardly walk or breathe. They told him that people like him usually come in on a stretcher and said, “You came in just in time.” We are thankful he is lots better.

He was diagnosed with multiple blood clots on his lungs which broke loose from a big clot in his leg. He has very high
dioxide level, 77 when it should be 44. This also affects his breathing. He was in the ICU in 2014 with the same problem. For years he needed a Sleep Apnea Machine. His breathing could be lots better.

Our thoughts are always with Ray and Rebecca Millers, so many weeks there at the Cleveland Hospital. Now Rebecca’s father Donnie Schmucker has been admitted with some kind of heart problem. Same hospital, different area. Is it the stress?

And tomorrow, Mrs. Owen Cindy Miller will go to hospital for surgery for colon cancer. Let’s keep her in our thoughts and prayers. This is not easy.

Aaron Shetler and his mother, widow Mel Shetler Maurine, and Mike and Emma Slabaugh visited Bishop Erfs Dan and Linda Miller in Orwell. Linda was up and around, but also fighting cancer for several years. We had plans to go along but plans were changed when we ended up here.

Marvin and Marge Yoder welcome another baby boy named Lonnie, making seven boys (no girls). Grands are Joe and Ada Miller and widow Andy Nancy Yoder.

Karen, the 2-year-old daughter of Sam and Rosanne Burkholder who has the Chechen breast disease was ill with an ear infection. She has two sisters in heaven with the same illness.

We feel bad we had to cancel all the company, etc, and hope plans can work out later. Words can’t express how much everything is appreciated …the mail, visits, phone calls, food gifts, Rudy did get good news from his cancer doctor. His PSA count was 600 and is now 64. He is on a chemo pill and chemo shot. He drinks tomato juice, cranberry juice and eats blueberries. We feel this helps, too.

Would like to mention all our visitors while at the hospital, but space does not allow this.

Nov. 24, 2017: It’s already time to write another letter. How time flies. Today is Black Friday and I am sure many happy shoppers are out there. Our daughters and I decided to wait until tomorrow. Maybe then part of the rush will be over.

We are getting older, but I almost feel like a child again as I sit in the basement and wrap all the grandchildren’s and adults’ Christmas gifts. It’s a thrill to again hear the Christmas carols, the greetings. And to see the cards coming from our loved ones.

Also, there is a feeling of sadness when thinking of all the lonely and sick-of-heart people, and of our loved ones who God has called away from this earth in the year of 2017. When a new year starts, it is an unknown year but when the old year is closed, it is full of grief and joys and only memories remain.

We felt honored to have a Visiting Group here Tuesday night, and thanks to (Jam) Andy Miller on Burton Windsor Road for choosing us. A lot of reminiscing was done of when they lived across the street on the Bill Clark farm years ago when his wife Esther was still living. (She died Dec. 2, 2010 from cancer.) Coming along was (Derby Dan) Mary Miller (87). Widow Vernon Linda, Paul and Laura Miller, Joe and Ada Miller, Jonas and Linda Miller, and Miriam (11) daughter of Timothy and Marie Miller.

Ouch! (Homers) Wally Yoder is under doctor’s care when he was replacing glass on their stove door. A piece broke and flew into his eye. He has a severe injury and doesn’t know if he will be able to see with it again.

Son John R. and Laura Detweiler family treated us and son Marty and Lori and family to a delicious turkey dinner yesterday. Going along and enjoying the day was widower Aden Yoder, while Homer Martha Yoder attended the wedding at (Ada Joes) Mose Millers and one of Nevin Lizzie Troyers sons.

September Days

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler


What a magic time … September.

When the summer and the fall,

Combine to make a season,

Enjoyable for all!

The goldenrod is yellow,

The corn is turning brown.

The trees in the apple orchard,

With fruits are bending down.

The day is getting shorter,

Followed by a chilly night.

Geese are flying in a V,

Preparing for their flight.

Aug. 31, 2017: Good morning everyone. Before I start my busy day, it’s time to get this letter done, deadline being tomorrow. Who can believe it will be mid – September (Lord willing.) When we see all the mums, apples, etc. at the roadside stands, we know it is here,.Us ladies are busy with the Autumn Harvest … canning corn, tomatoes, peaches, apples … the list goes on and on. We are thankful to our Great Creator for the bountiful harvest He sent us once again.

Family reunions are here to get together before winter arrives. On Labor Day, Rudy’s side of the family plans to go to Orwell Park for his brother John’s 50th birthday. Their daughters and his wife Sara planned the event. We need to pack our own lunches, but we will plan and call Domino Pizza in Orwell for our lunch.

Our annual camping cookout gathering is held at Danny and Mary Troyer’s on Wilcox Road (Kurtz residence) where Marvin and Emma Kauffman, son Marty’s, Joe Kurtz Malinda and son Dan Kurtz and we get together on Sunday night. They also have church at their place on Sunday. Our church is planned at Amos and Kathy Hostetler’s where six young girls plan to be baptized.

Mothers are busy getting their children ready to go back to school after Labor Day. We watch 5-year-old Mary Ann (Marty’s) go on the big bus to Bristol School Kindergarten with a few tears falling.

Rudy and I enjoyed the day Monday traveling with Plain Country scribe Katherine Byler and her hubby Joe, Andy and Ida D. A. Millers, Crist J. S. and Barbara Ann Miller, Joe J. S. and Tillie Miller, and Poley and Ruth Byler to the home of Daniel Jr. and Sara Ann Byler. Glad to see they are both better, although not able to work.

My husband Rudy is ready to go to the doctor this morning (3 times in 1 week). We went to Trumbull Memorial Hospital ER last week … CAT scans, MRI tests, etc. were done with gallbladder, colon, and prostate showing some problems. We had to cancel a trip to Virginia, creating some sad faces for our girls.

Our visiting night was enjoyed at the home of 90 year old Bishop Mel and Fannie (88 years) Yoder’s in Parkman. Yogi Maryann was missing with heart problems and seeing a foot doctor also. There were Lester and Sara Hostetler, Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus, Ray and Sue Burkholder, Yogi Miller, Mel Kathryn Byler and us.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn!

Where Did Summer Go?

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler


I wonder where the summer went.

It had so short a stay.

Why, seems a few short weeks ago,

‘Twas Memorial Day.

We sang of “Good Old Summertime”.

And on the last refrain,

Resorts were closed … tis Labor Day,

And summer’s gone again.
We’ve traveled through the countryside.

We’ve picnicked in the park,

Devoured so many hot dogs,

It’s a wonder we don’t bark.

Next week the children return to school,

All dressed for the occasion.

They’ll study 9 long months before,

Next year’s summer vacation.

July 16, 2017: Since we have a busy week ahead cooking and catering, I will write my letter today … or I’d probably not get it done at all. I see the due date is July 21.

We were saddened to hear (Bishop) Erfs daughter Linda who lives on Penniman Road is having tests since her cancer came back, and Bishop Eli Troyer on Donley Road did not get good news from the doctor. It was that dreaded word “cancer” at several places.

Joey and Mary Esther Detweiler (Rudy’s brother) and the children of “late” John and Ada Gingerich had a family silent auction to raise money for a needy family. They used to do this every year when their Mother was still living, to pay her bills, so they keep this tradition and give the money to somebody needy. After all, John and Ada had 17 children.

Mrs. David Emma Detweiler in our church got the shocking news her dad, widower Mr. Neil Fisher from Reeves Road, was in a car and buggy accident. She hurried to the hospital and was glad he wasn’t hurt as badly as they thought. The buggy was in pieces, hit by an elderly taxi driver somewhere on Bundysburg Road.

We were glad to see daughters Miriam and Kathy come home 7:00 Monday when they got off the Amtrack train in Cleveland, having been gone Wednesday to Monday to a single girls gathering at Laplata Missouri. This is a yearly event. There were 356 girls from 14 states attending. A group (local) traveled together on the train.

There were many visitors in our church at Minister Marlin and Fannie Kauffmans, namely Bishop Sam and Nancy Kemph, Minister Adam Bontrager, Minister Cory Joes Mahlons Ray, Minister Mel and Alma Kauffman, Minister Noah (Busters) Schrock, Deacon Stef Yoders Joe, Aden and Miriam Miller, Danny Schrock and 6 children, and John and Ruth Miller (Guernsey County).

Nelson and Barbara Millers had a Miller reunion on his side on Saturday since it was a year ago that his mother, Mrs. Rob Emma Miller, passed away. She is missed by all who knew her.

Our annual Detweiler-Shetler family reunion on my side was held yeaterday at sister Joe and Martha Bylers (Donely Road), our old homested, with a good turnout.  There was a busload from Kentucky, the Poor Dave Juniors, Robert Gingeriches, brother Freeman Detweiler families and others. Locals were the Crist Bylers, Joe Bylers, Dan Hershbergers, Dewey Detweilers, Albert Kauffmans and us and brother John’s family from Quaker City, Ohio.

Widow Uri Crist Lizzie Ann woke up one night and couldn’t walk. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance with staff infection, gout, and arthritis in her knee from after knee surgery. She was in hospital for 8 days and is being taken care of at home by her family for 6 weeks.

We were glad to see son Marty and Lori and 7 children come home from their fishing and camping trip for 2 weeks at Lake Erie, They rented a cottage at Kelly’s Island. They had over 200 fish altogether. It was lonely around here and quiet without them.

Danny and Mary Troyers, widow Joe Kurtz Malinda, Dan Kurtzs, and Billy and Malinda Millers took supper and reminded Mrs. John (son) Laura Detweiler of her birthday Sunday evening.

A load of us ladies were to Hartville Flea Market on Friday. It was open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 5 p.m. It covered 12 acres and hosted up to 200 vendors. Going were Mrs. Les Fan, Mrs. Andy Barb, Mrs. Milo Mary, our daughters Leah and Kathy, Mrs. Eli Alta Byler, widow Harvey Fisher Mattie and me. A fun day!

June 18, 2017: We couldn’t wait for summer and now it’s here, full blast with temperatures in the 90’s all week long! Florida had nothing over our weather now and I doubt many would want to go there (unless, maybe, to cool off at the ocean, huh?). The days of sunshine are such a beauty, but we do need rain desperately, for the garden! Maybe today? It’s in the forecast!!)

How many of you travelers who traveled along to Yosemite National Park in California 2 years ago with Stutzman Bus Tour read in the paper about the big rock slide they had? Four thousand tons of rock fell from a cliff off the mountain, hit a ledge, breaking into pieces blocking a 1,000 foot wide entrance that 800,000 visitors use to get into Yosemite Valley. I wonder if that was the entrance we took. (Called Portal Road, continues off Highway 140.)

Bishop Crist D. Miller church district was held at Milo’s Dan and Betty Detweiler. Visitors were their son Danny Ray and Kathy Detweiler’s and many young folks. Church is planned to be at Roy and Miriam Millers next. (I just have to write this and hope he won’t read it.) My husband Rudy put on quite the show in church during services when his chair broke down.

Now, I have to tattle on myself … I fell and flew across the living room floor, suffering an aching head and sore bones. Today was a good day to soak up the sunshine for Vitamin D and to lie on the earth for aching bones. Thankful to go for x-rays Tuesday … getting old is not for wimps.

Last night there were huge fireworks in Middlefield when they had Community Days. They could be seen and heard for many miles away.

Dr. Albert Evans, 87, passed away on June 6 in Middlefield. He was a dedicated physician who delivered over 3000 babies. (He delivered several of ours.) He donated land for the Birthing Center and was very active in the Community.

This is now Monday morning and want to get this in the mail so Jacquie doesn’t have to drive down and pick it up. This week will be a busy one for us getting ready for the Farmington Community (80+) Yard Sales. Am also planning to go to son David Mullets in Atlantic Pa. on Saturday where they have the huge Pennsylvania Benefit Auction on their farm.

Yesterday was enjoyable when a load of us traveled to Guys Mills, Pa. to the home of Daniel (Junior) and Sara Ann Byler for Junior’s 74th birthday. They both can’t do much anymore. Going were Bishop Marvin and Sara Detweiler, (Crawford Urie) Junior and Susan Byler, Nelson and Barbara Miller, Minister Crist J.S…. and Barbara Ann Miller, and Bill Stutzman, and Rudy and me. A lot of reminiscing was done.

And we drove in and out of storms and hard rain, so we feel blessed and refreshed, as the ground is soaked!

Thinking of My Father

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Deep in our hearts are memories,

More precious than silver and gold.

Everything he taught us,

Will never grow old.

I always thought my dad was so strict when I was growing up, but he taught us to keep our faith and have Christ first in all we do. He was a hard working farmer who always told us “work is my hobby” and he handed this hobby down to all us children. He was my teacher, my leader, my guide. I liked being with him, right there at his side. Happy Fathers Day in Heaven, Dad.

“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” 

   ~ Menachem Begin

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”   ~ George Herbert

“Mothers play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children.”

    ~ Ezra Taft Benson

“A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. “ ~ Anon

April 26, 2017: Paper says 80 degrees today and the sun is already coming up so beautiful at 7 a.m.

It’s time to think about planting our big garden. Rudy got a big load of mushroom compost and last night when son Marty was spreading it on the garden, it stank so bad we couldn’t stand it outdoors. Even the little children held their nostrils shut and said, “Phew!”

Our thoughts are with my brother-in-law Dan J. Hershberger when he goes for surgery for the cancer in his mouth (gums and jawbone). The doctor plans to take a small bone out of his foot and put it in the jaw. May 3 is the date for surgery. They live on 17121 Tavern Road, Middlefield, 44062 if someone wants to send a line of cheer. He is married to sister Linda.

We felt honored to do the dinner here for my first cousin, widower Mels Freeman Miller (his big 70th) on Larson West Road. His daughter Amanda (Feffy) David Miller family booked the dinner for him and it was enjoyable.

This Saturday is the Benefit Dinner in West Farmington Senior Center for Linda Vanhorn who used to have Farmington Hardware (where Robert Detweiler has his now). Some of us were asked to bake, etc. I want to make several cream cheese pecan pies.

In our paper, “Warren Tribune” was a letter that said in 2016 an estimated 90,000 or more Christians worldwide died for their faith. Most of these deaths occurred in the Muslim nations in the Middle East.

For Mothers Day … A Young Mother’s Psalm

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

My children get me to clean; I shall not want.

They make me to lie down on crumb-y couches; they lead me across muddy floors.

They give unto me more cleaning when they lead me through paths of doggie poop (and we step in some) to see the new baby puppies … for their sake.

Yea, though I wash piles of icky sticky dishes and walk daily in the valley of my basement, washing piles of smelly laundry, I will fear no nakedness, for we are blessed with so much.

They prepare the table before me and spill water beside each one’s plate. In the presence of my husband and me, they eat spaghetti until their chins and noses are stained with sauce.

After being cleaned up, they run to the sandbox and their heads are anointed with sand. My cup of impatience runs over.

Sure children (and if the Lord tarries, grandchildren, too) along with brooms, rags and mops shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall be cleaning forever…

It was the ending of time and the beginning of time.

It was darkness and it was night.

It was tears and it was hope,

It was the crucifixion of Christ and a Resurrection Day.

Happy Easter to everyone!

March 27, 2017: A joyous time of year to see everything turn green!

Widow Nancy (John Henry) Mast is enjoying her many cards and visitors as she suffers cancer. Bishop Crist D. Miller’s church made up a money basket bouquet. Nancy receives loving care where she lives from her daughter (Harleys) Bill and Barbara Hochstetlers, 7283 Girdle Rd. West Farmington, Ohio, 44491. All her family take turns to stay with her. On Monday night, visitors there were Mrs. Lester Sara Hostetler, Mrs. Emanuel Maryann Stoltzfus, Mrs. Harley Martha Hochstetler, Miss Linda (Bill) Mullet, Miss Jennifer (Lee) Bontrager, myself and daughters Leah, Miriam and Kathy.

Visitors at Marty and Lori Detweilers for a pizza supper were Homer and Martha Yoder of Clark Road and their marrieds Willy and Erma; Robbie and Laura Masts; Widower Aden Yoder; Les and Rosa and family; Homer Jr. and Kathryn and family, and us.

We visited some with Deacon Mike Slabaugh at their Salvage Store and so glad he has fairly well recovered from his illness. But he has to be careful about lifting. One day, he was hauling wood … well, to make a long story short, he got some doctor orders … and some family orders … to be more careful.

Two van loads traveled to Guernsey County to church last Sunday at daughter John and Ruth Millers. Going were Delbert and Rosanna Kurtzs, Minister (Corey Joes Mahlons) Ray, and Deacon Leroy and Mary Ellen Hershbergers. On our load were Eli and Alta Byler and daughter Kathryn, Wilmer and Liz Millers, Rudy, me and Leah, Miriam and Kathy.

We missed church at Amos and Kathy Hostetlers where they had visitors: Minister Owen and Martha Mullet, Deacon Marvin and Mary Ellen Hostetlers, Bishop John Schrocks, Minister Norman and Viola Byler, Deacon Rudy and Marie Bylers and Amos and marrieds. Church is planned to be at Bishop Crist and Esther’s place next.

Was an enjoyable day Wednesday when a van load of us traveled to Knox, Pennsylvania along with sister Joe Martha Byler and her daughters, Andrew Ruth Hershberger, Al Barb Miller, Dan Betty Detweiler, myself and daughters. An extra special guest was daughter John Ruth from Guernsey County who came and went along.

Having a 70th birthday celebration for sister Crist Ida Byler were all 8 of us sisters and Dewey Emma. Coming from Kentucky was Junior Barb, Les Maryann, and Rob Sue. Locals were Albert Kauffman Alma, Dan Linda, Joe Martha and myself. We were happily catered to by Crist’s girls, Jacob Sue, David Maryann, Marty Miriam, Marvin Esther, and Ben Ida Mae. Every time one of us sisters turns 70, we have an all-nighter (two days) together. Ida is the third one to turn 70. Much could be written … not much sleep involved … we’ll leave it at that. Many memories!

Feb. 14, 2017. It’s perfect sugaring weather, when we see the sugarhouses steaming.  I feel Spring is in the air, our woodpile is getting low so enjoy days like today 53 degrees…when it doesn’t take so much wood.

Today we got our Middlefield Post and Plain Country Issue, my last letter in that issue was written Dec. 31.  I guess I got the dates mixed up as this week is the deadline for the March 1 issue already.

Today is Valentine’s Day and had a nice surprise when I came home with some beautiful flower arrangements on the table from hubby and our daughter. Also, a group of us ladies had a fun day at Mrs. Eli Alta Bylers for a Valentine Chinese gift exchange.  From Guernsey County was Willis Anna Mary Miller, Mrs. Les Marcia Yoder, from here was Mrs. John (Smily) Barbara Byler, Mrs. Harvey Mattie Fisher, Mrs. Lester Clara Fisher, Mrs. Milo Mary Detweiler, Mrs. Robbie Cindy Burkholder, Mrs. Freeman Edna Mullet, Mrs. Quake Clara Byler, Mrs. William Liz Miller, Mrs. Norman Miriam Miller, myself, Miriam and Kathy.

Rudy and Bishop Joe W. Byler and John Weaver and Skip Weaver visited Bill Weaver who is suffering with cancer.  He doesn’t have a lot of pain and can sleep well he said.  He has cancer in the liver and pancreas, 4th stage.  He is not taking any chemo.

Roadside Trash

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Since the snow has melted and we drive along the roads, we wonder why anybody would want to throw so much trash along the ditches and countryside?

I don’t like to see our roadsides

All littered with trash

Why don’t people pick it up

And turn it into cash?

Recycling centers take pop cans

Glass jars, aluminum and such

Being clean, neat. Tidy

Should be among us “Dutch”.

Beer cans, pop cans, paper trash

What does this all mean?

Let’s all stick together and try hard

To keep our Countryside clean…

We  wouldn’t do it at home, why do it when going somewhere else?

From My Garden Dreaming Scrapbook

“Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see, believes in God.”

It is not too early to start potato plants … put a sweet potato in a jar with water so half of the potato is in water. When it gets shoots, break these off and stick them in the ground like tomato plants (when the frost is over). When they get runners, put them in a row and cover lightly with dirt. They like poor soil and no fertilizer.

When planting onion seed, we like to plant radish seed with the onion. It will be easier to see the tiny onion shoots. We plant radish seed with carrots also. (Vidalia onions are the sweetest.)

It is the time of year to take care of grape vines. We put 2 cups common table salt around each vine about 6 inches away from the main stalk. Also put 1 tablespoon sulfur around each stalk and hoe this into the ground, then mulch. It’s best to do this in February or March. They like wood ash, calcium lime also. Instead of table salt, you can use Epson Salts.

For early eating potatoes, plant in March and April. For winter keepers, plant on or about July 4th.

Rhubarb is already coming up. They like wood ashes and manure. Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Dec. 31, 2016: First of all, I want to thank Barbara Fontanelle for the Vinny’s Gift Card for Christmas. I can’t wait to use it. Italian is my favorite food!!

Also, thank you to Jacquie Foote for the Dairy Queen Gift Card. It will be enjoyed. Many thanks to both of you!

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and we wish every one a Happy New Year! Rudy, the girls and I are ready to go over to Sam Marty and Lori and family. They made a freezer of homemade ice cream and I made one, too, with the fresh fallen snow again … all hand cranked. They expect more company, Sam and Edna Yoders and Homer and Maryann Yoders. I don’t know yet if we’ll watch New Year come in at midnight. Guess it depends on how tired we get.

We were glad to hear the good news that my nephew Samuel and Caitlyn Kauffman’s baby Samuel came home from the hospital, being there since birth. It is their first baby. First time grandparents are Albert and Alma Kauffman and Nubs Bill and Marlene Detweiler.

Enjoying a Christmas evening at (Crawford Urie) Junny and Susan Bylers on December 30 were Nelson and Barbara Millers, Andy and Laurie Hostetlers Jr., Bishop Jake and Betz Gingerich, David and Missy Milers Jr., Eli and Angie Millers, Rudy, I and the girls, Leah, Miriam and Kathy. We played games and had Chinese gift exchange… twas fun!

Bill Stutzman was missing, as he wasn’t feeling the best as was in the hospital three days over Christmas. We missed all the others that used to be with us.

Let’s remember the sick and the lonely in our prayers.

Nov. 25, 2016: We hope everybody is keeping warm and happy. Brrr, this is our coldest morning … 22 degrees … but not too bad as I sit here at my desk with hot coffee and a thick housecoat. When I decide I had enough coffee, I have a thermos mug of just plain old boiling hot water I sip to keep warm and cozy!

There is no snow which is good for those going to work, etc. We had a bad experience coming home from Pittsburg Babies and Children Hospital on Nov. 20. Rudy and I and our three daughters picked up son Davids in Atlantic, Pa. to go see the baby born to grandson David Jr. and Emma Mullet. He is in the hospital since he was born and has to stay until around Christmas. The tube that the food uses to go to the stomach was not connected.

The only thing that keeps him alive is the hospital’s feeding tube. The doctors will do a scope to see if his tube has grown long enough to connect it to his stomach. Anyways, coming home on Route 79, I never saw such hazardous snow and icy roads with so many accidents on the hills and curves. It did not look nice in the dark with the long rows of traffic, ambulances and police flashing lights all over. Some cars were upside down, others in ditches. One vehicle went down a steep cliff.

We had an excellent driver, Lisa from Montville, but most important of course, a Higher Hand was guiding us. Home looked so good that night! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and we wish everyone a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving enjoying turkey and all the trimmings. We’ll enjoy ours over at son Marty’s along with some of Lori’s family.

Oct. 24, 2016: It was a beautiful drive with all the fall colors yesterday when a load of us traveled the three-hour drive to Guernsey County to church. Rudy’s nephew, Minister “Andy’s” Marty Detweiler, called Monday and asked if we would get a load. Our Bishop Crist D. Miller, Minister Milo and Mary Detweiler and Sarah and Ada, Deacon Allen and Martha Kemph all from our church went along and also Rudy’s nephew Andys Mel and Susie Detweiler on Route 534 went.

We had a good day. This was in Bishop Owen Fisher district. Those of us who took supper for son John R. Detweiler’s 46th birthday were Albert and Alma Miller, Marvin and Emma Kauffman, Billy and Malinda Millers, Widow Joe Kurtz Malinda, Dan Kurtz, Marty and Lori Detweilers and us. Our feathered friends need to be remembered as the weather turns cooler. A good way to fill the feeders is to remove the spray cap from a garden watering can. The spout fits into feeders with small openings and seeds pour out easily. Crist D. Miller church was held at Allen (Harleys) and Jo Ann Hochstetlers, with welcome visitors Deacon John (Jake Mary Ellen) and Marie Miller, Joe and Ida Eicher, Joe Jr. and Pollyanna Eicher, Menno and Laura Eicher, Daniel and Barbara Bylers, William and Elizabeth Benders, and Kathryn and Ida Mae Eichers. Several of the Eichers are deaf, so the others help with sign language so they understand what the ministers are saying. (Makes me feel quite guilty I don’t appreciate hearing like I should.)

Church is planned to be at Amos (Lester) Hostetlers next, hoping that Lester can attend. Mrs. Sara Hostetler attended again after missing a long time, since Lester’s heart surgery. Also, we were glad to have daughter-in-law Marty Lori back in church with the new baby. Reminding widow Mel Shetler Maurine about her 78th birthday Monday evening was Minister Andy and Ida Miller, Deacon Mike and Emma Slabaugh, Rudy and I, also, Allen and Clara Mae Mullet and Aaron Shetler joined for a while. Allen Mullet Family and Mel Maurine Shetler traveled with the Green Country Tours and enjoyed the peak of beauty fall scenery in the famous Smokey Mountains.

Oct. 5, 2016: The harvest is gathered in; we have so much! God has blessed our land again. Pumpkins and mums are the colorful scenes at this time of year! Big news is another baby girl, named Marcia, here at son Marty and Lori Detweiler. Now, we have five little girls to enjoy and spoil, and two boys also. Other grandparents are Atlee and Erma Bylers. Our old house over there where we lived 40-plus years is being torn apart and remodeled by Martys. I had to drop a few tears.

Last night, our visiting group took supper, cake and ice cream to Lester and Sarah Hostetlers for Sarah’s 79th birthday and Lester’s 83rd birthday. Lester is slowly gaining after his massive heart attack and open-heart surgery. Laugh of the evening was when this lady walked to Farmington Hardware (so she thought). She put the mailbox sign up and away she went, glad her letters were mailed. On her way home, the lady stopped to see if the mailman took her letters. No mail. Sign still up. She thought this was the first time we never got some kind of mail and put the sign down.

When she got in the house, there the letters she thought she put into the mailbox. Do you know of any Burkholders on Girdle Road, West Farmington? Who could this be … smile! Did you ever hear of the old lady who took her letters to the mailbox? When she got there, she couldn’t remember if she had put letters in the mailbox or had taken them out. So she opened them and found that she had opened her own letters … the ones she had taken out to mail! Mrs. Milo Mary Detweiler and I walked 3 miles today down 534 to brother John and Sara Detweilers where they had Open House for her Mom, Mrs. (widow) Mahlon Fisher Ada’s 75th birthday. There were lots of people; the house was full.

Ada has been very sick for a year. She still gets those headaches, etc. even though she’s on high doses of predosone. She has her home at daughter Jake and Dorothy Bylers on Girdle Road. In the afternoon, we walked down Larson West Road to (Moni) Mel and Laura Bylers where she cares for her Mom (Widow) Jonas Troyer Fan who fell at church and has her arm in a sling. She can’t use her right arm.

Aug. 28, 2016: Hello, everyone, on a humid Monday morning. Signs of autumn are sneaking in on us … school’s re-opening … days are shorter. Hubby and girls all left for work, and I have a patch of sweet corn to keep me busy today. We are glad to report that Lester Hostetler, age 82, is finally getting better after a massive heart attack. It’s almost 2 weeks he has been at St. Elizabeth Hospital where he had open heart surgery. We have been friends and neighbors close to 50 years.

Once a year, we Detweiler ladies enjoy a fun day at the Hartville Flea Market. Going Friday was Elmer Yoder Mary, Andy Barb, John Sarah, Milo Mary, Nub Fan, myself and daughters Leah and Kathy. Joey Detweiler Mary Esther found out her Mom, John Gingerich Ada, in Burton went into a coma and couldn’t go along with us. Joe Ada and Sam Maryann also missed out. Later, Mary Esther’s Mom passed away, age 83. She was lovingly cared for and lived at her daughter’s, Deacon Allen and Susan Slabaugh. She leaves behind 17 children, all living, nine sons and eight daughters.

They say big families are more fun. She always looked young, even when she was bedfast. We had an enjoyable evening last night when Bishop Marvin and Sara Jane Detweiler, Nelson and Barbara Millers, and Andy and Laura Hostetlers came and were our supper guests. It was planned for Nelson’s late 60th birthday. I want to thank everyone for what was done for my 74th birthday … the surprises, cards, flowers, etc.

Our newspaper carrier for the Warren Tribune was arrested Thursday morning, 4:20 a.m. by police after she and her male driver were taking mail out of the mailboxes on Gates Road and surrounding areas. A deputy put some mail inside a mailbox on Girdle Road at 3:30 a.m. When the Carrier arrived at 4:20 a.m., the mail was missing and they were caught in front of Joey Gingerichs on Gates Road. Several deputies were hiding in the neighborhood waiting for them. They were also our newspaper carries. This had also happened to us earlier.


Back to School

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Fall comes again; a little lad and lass Go trotting off to school, To learn to write, to read and count, And keep the Golden Rule. He swings his shiny new lunch pail, Just packed full to the brim, With goodies that Mom baked, you know, To please and nourish him. The schoolhouse floor is swept and scrubbed. And they polished up the stove. The woodshed is filled with wood, Hauled from a wooded grove. The water pail and dipper too, Were purchased new this year. The dictionaries help to understand, That they never have to fear. The pencils say, ”Don’t chew on me! “I’m often dirty and fall on the floor, “I’m probably covered with germs, you know, “And who knows what more??”

July 17, 2016: I can hardly believe it’s time to send another letter to Plain Country. This is Sunday evening, 4:30 p.m. and our day turned out different than was planned when we received word that a long time precious friend passed away. It was widow Robert Emma Miller who passed 5 minutes before midnight, at age 90. She finally got her wish to meet her Savior and we hope she is resting in peace after a long battle with cancer.

She was lovingly cared for at her home with son Nelson and Barbara Millers. They have nothing to regret and will greatly miss her. We have many happy memories of good old times when our group got together. The funeral is tomorrow at Nelson’s. Mail will reach them at 15838 Old State Road, Middlefield, 44062. She was in Bishop Jake Gingerich District. She leaves to mourn her death five sons (Ray, Chester and Ella, Robert, Marty and Mary, Nelson and Barbara), 36 grandchildren, 111 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Yesterday we enjoyed the rolling hills of Holmes County when some of us visited Widow Maude Raber whose husband Andy passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Going was Bishop Erf’s Dan and Linda Miller, Deacon Mike and Emma Slaubaugh, Widow Mel Maurine Shetler, Mrs. Joe L. Elva Miler, Rudy and me. I thought it interesting when Erfs Dan was telling us about his Martins. He had Purple Martin houses (102 holes).

He lowered them to count the eggs and they had 360 altogether … later, flocks of Martins! We enjoyed the wedding on Newcomb Road at John H. and Sue Troyers for their Nancy and Sam son of Mel and Mary Fisher. Aufung by Minister Noah (Mahlon Gert) Byler, married by Bishop Bill Bender. Our grandson Sam Yoder Jr. and Linda Troyer were nava hocka. Sorry, I don’t have the other couple’s names.

John H. Troyer is feeling better and is cancer free but still gets very tired. We hope he can stay well. In the evening, we went way up on Huntley Road, Huntsburg to attend the wedding at Sam and Esther Millers for their daughter Edna Mae to Homer and Martha Yoder’s son Wayne, one of a set of twins. (Willy got married last week to Erma daughter of Minister David O. and Ruth Burkholder on Girdle Road. Both twins were married by Bishop John Kauffman from Hasting, Mich. Aufung by Minister David O. Burkholder. Today, we went to visit Sams John Joe and Tillie Miller to see how Joe is doing since his knee surgery. The visit was very enjoyable. Joe was having a lot of pain, but is getting around ok. Summer days are glorious, with some complete relaxing while doing nothing!



The West Farmington Community Yard Sales are almost over with. While sitting out here waiting for customers, I’ll try and get this letter done. Probably won’t get very far as we have been swamped with people. This is the Community’s ninth year and we had 68 yard sales. We grow every year. One older lady came here and said, “I am tired! This is my 57th yard sale.” The dates were June 16, 17 and 18. The Sale is usually right close to those dates every year. The Benefit Auction here on Route 534 for Susie (Dan) Detweiler was a good success. It was held at David Lee and Sara Miller’s big shop. Davids have a nice variety store there and a produce stand. They raise lots of produce. (Hard workers!) The Joe Bricker church planned this event and served a delicious Haystack Dinner. They also had a Silent Auction. I won a new roaster full of all kinds of goodies from Erbs Variety Store, Made me smile! We hope to go visit widow Rob Emma at Nelson and Barb Millers Sunday, as Hospice doesn’t give her much time yet. It has been her wish to leave this world. She is 90 years old.


A Pontoon Ride By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

After a long day of fishing at Pymatuning Lake, it was time to head home. Rudy geared up the motor and away we went. Some of us decided to sit on the back end of the boat so we could stick our feet into the water. All of a sudden the boat nose-dived (too much weight on the back). Rudy went up into the air, but held onto the steering wheel. We hung onto the boat and Rudy yelled for us to get up front. It was rough but we finally made it and the boat straightened up again We did some fast cleaning before docking the pontoon. Our daughter, Sam and Ruths were alongside us in their pontoon. They said it looked awful and figured we were all going to drown! Twas a nightmare we’ll never forget. This happened in the late 1980s or early 1990s. WARNING … Stay away from the back end of the pontoon boat! Don’t overload either end of a boat.



Time, Like Ice, Melts Away By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

These are memories from my old Budget Letters when our children were all at home yet. They might not be of much interest to the younger generation, but to us Oldies, they are golden. “Saturday was the funeral for old John Kurtz, age 87, a deacon in Bishop Jack Detweiler district. He had his home at Mose N. Wengerds on Clark Road and was not well for a long time. Preaching in the home was Bishop Jack Detweiler (my uncle) and Minister Ervin W. Byler, both of his home church, and Bishop Crist R. Hershberger (Mumford Road).” (Crist, do you remember this? You were in your younger years back then. I’m sorry … Preacher Poor Dave (Old Dave) also preached.) (Many of us West Farmington residents remember old Bernard Rush. He lived about 2 miles from us, south on Route 534. He was a taxi driver. … In my old Budget Letter … “Last winter, a group of us Amish neighborhood men made wood for old Bernard Rush, so he filled his freezer with lots of ice cream and treated them at the Eli G. Detweiler farm here on 534, “ (Eli and Liz moved to Carroll County and both passed away. Levi’s Dan and Linda Miller bought the farm.) (I wish I had all the dates for this, but I don’t. The 1980s?)

May 24, 2016: Hoping this finds everyone happy and doing well on this lovely summer morning. May has been a wet month. It is a warm welcome to see the sun coming up to dry out the dew … a rhyme about the weather is true … Evening red and morning gray, Set the traveler on his way. But evening gray and morning red, Brings the rain upon his head.

Yesterday Crist D. Miller, church ladies spent the day with Mrs. Joe Ada Miller to cheer her up with gifts and a potluck dinner after she suffered a stroke. We are happy she is doing better. Their daughters help out most every day. Mrs. Marvin Mary Yoder was there yesterday. Since school is out, the bigger children also came along and mowed their lawn. The ladies there were Crist Esther Miller, Emanuel Stoltzfus Maryann. Harley Hochstetler Martha, Allen Kemph Martha, Joey Detweiler Mary Esther, Dan Detweiler Betty, Joe Miller Leona, Mel Miller Susan, Marlin Kauffman Fannie and myself and Marty Detweiler Lori. I keep thinking of our neighbors Joe and Leona Miller who have over 4000 strawberry plants just starting to ripen.

Leona’s fear is snakes as they had seen them last year. They have no children to help, buy her family, Dan and Betty Detweiler help out. No pickers are allowed in. I’m happy with our 100 plants. We did our share while growing up, as dad always liked his big strawberry patch. A lot of changes are being made at the Homer Jr. and Martha Yoder residence. (It’s almost like upsetting a fruit basket!) Homer bought the big Ralph Silvernail farm on Clark Road with much acreage. Their son Lester and Rose Yoder and family will move on the farm and do the farming. (Even though Lester has a wooden leg, he never gives up and is a go getter.) Then the Robbie and Laura Mast family will move into the tenant house at Homer’s until Homer and Martha have built their Dawdy House. Paul and Regina Yoders will move in where Robbie’s were (this is where Aden and Nancy lived before Nancy passed away.) Let’s remember widow Robert Emma Miller, age 90, and her caregivers Nelson and Barbara Miller … her son and wife who give her TLC.

Sometimes, as we go in and out of our busy everyday lives, we don’t stop to think of the less fortunate ones who are housebound, etc. Also, caregivers surely need a break once in a while, so why not send a card or make a visit. Nelson and Barbara’s address is 15838 Old State Road, Middlefield. Emma has the same address. A card or note would be much appreciated, I’m sure. Rudy and son Marty got up at 3 a.m. and left for Lake Erie fishing. I hope it gets warm enough so Rudy can go out. He gets sick easily and can’t stand the cold. The last time they went, he never went out because of the cold wind. And the freezer at work is getting pretty empty of fish. I’ll baby-sit Marty and Lori’s children this afternoon while she goes and gets her plants for the garden.

May 4, 2016: The lilacs here are blooming and the fragrance fills the air! May is filled with beauty and song! The warble and melodies of all the different birds add glory to our day. Every day of our lives, we are so blessed! The benefit auction held at Middlefield Auction Barn for Mahlon and Elizabeth Miller was a huge success, lots of good food, full of people from far and near, and lots of donated items to sell. Such a caring community! Our sympathy goes out to Mrs. Levi Esther Yoder and family since Levi passed away from a battle with cancer. Mail will reach her at 17718 Newcomb Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. He was 74 years old. Also, let’s remember Mrs. Andrew Viola Farmwald and two sons since Andrew died unexpectedly in his sleep while taking an afternoon nap. Mail can reach the family at 15900 Georgia Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. He was 51 years old. Most boys are happier when school lets out for the summer, but girls seem to enjoy school more. (That’s probably why there are more female teachers.) Whispering Pines School, here in our neighborhood, came to sing for Mrs. Joe Ida Miller who had a stroke. Am sure it brightened her day. Let’s remember Sadie Miller, a single girl, age 42, who was rushed to the hospital with severe pain. She could hardly walk or talk. She had a busted cyst and was in surgery several hours. (Single girls do not have it as nice as some people think.) She is the daughter of Freeman and Katie Ann Yoder. Mail can reach her at 17747 Peters Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. Daughter Miriam says thanks for so many Birthday Cards and surprises for her 40th birthday.

Son John R. and Laura and family, and son Marty R. and Lori and family surprised her last night. This really happened …a 1-year old boy was playing with marbles one day and that evening and during the night, he was very restless and awake for 3 hours. His Mom gave him some Motrin, thinking he was getting sick. The next day, when changing his diaper, she found six marbles. And he kept passing marbles for the next 48 hours until he had passed a total of 40 marbles altogether. After that, he was a happy boy again. The editor of the newspaper that first carried this story thought it was most unusual story he had heard, so he checked it and found out it was 100 percent true!Feb.10, 2016: We hope everyone is keeping warm and healthy as another cold spell hits us again. Just when we have a touch of Spring Fever, here comes the snow again. The five-day forecast for this week is in the single digits and a low of 2 degrees below 0! We are thankful for a roof to keep out the snow and four walls to keep out the wind – God bless it! So, we’ll put more wood on the fire, brew more coffee, pop more popcorn and keep dreaming. Wonder where our robin is we heard singing outside the other day.

What a nice surprise when I received a $40 gift card for Vinny’s Restaurant from the Fontanelle Group  and a thank you card the other day in the mail. I did not expect anything and it is very much appreciated. I have never been to Vinny’s and Italian food is my favorite! I repeat a great big Thank You to all of you!

Our grandchildren live all over and it is always interesting to go visit them in their homes. Yesterday, we traveled way down Moore Road in Orwell, close to Fenton Road where Robbie and Cindy Burkholder live. Cindy grew up in Guernsey County (Homers Sams). There for a late Christmas Chinese gift exchange and a good dinner were her Mom, Ruth Miller and Stephen Swartz Miriam of Guernsey County, Danny Schrock Ruth, Milo Detweiler Mary, Eli Byler Alta (and daughter Viola), Wilmer Liz, Norman Miriam (Millers), Eli Burkholder Katie (Robbie’s Mom), Homer Yoder Martha, myself and daughters Leah and Kathy. What a Precious Time!

This is a good time of year to reach out to others who are homebound and lonely when the nights are long and the days are dreary. Some of us church ladies plan to visit shut-ins and Saturday a load of us want to go to Guys Mills, Pa. to visit recently widowed Joe Mullet Betz for her 80th birthday. Joe was a brother to my first husband, Les Mullet. Les drowned in 1967. Our good friends Junior and Sara Ann Byler of Guys Mills, Pa. plan to meet us there at Joe Betz and spend the day there also. We are really looking forward to seeing them again.

On Monday night, Albert Dans Andys, Alvin Erb, Carey Joes Mels, Sams Johns Joe Tillie, Ray Burkholders and we plan to take supper to Widower Em Erb Mel in West Farmington on Ensign Road.

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 12, son Marty and Lori, Danny and Ruth Schrock, and Joey and Mary Esther Detweiler plan to attend the benefit auction at Sue Johns Busters for Church District 52 for hospital bills.

Jan. 19, 2016: February is still a winter month, but, in the midst of the cold weather, it is warm with the promise of Spring before too long. The weatherman was right when he predicted snow … the earth will soon be a white, beautiful wonderland! It’s coming down fast.

We just got home from visiting Mr. and Mrs. Marvin and Emma Kauffman here on 534. She had back surgery three weeks ago which turned out to take longer. The doctor had some complications when he had to make a cut three inches long and use a chisel to loosen the disc between the vertebrae as it had hardened that much. (Normally, it should be like jelly.) She has a long recovery and is not allowed to sit. (She can stand or lie down.) Rose, her niece, daughter of Bishop Simon and Annie Miller, is helping out. Her husband Marvin is on a wheelchair but can pretty well take care of himself. Our son John R. and Laura Detweiler help a lot also.

We are sorry to hear Plain Country Scribe Bill Bender was in an accident on the way to work and was in Intensive Care. We hope everything will go well with you, Bill.

Our thoughts and sympathy also go over on Tavern Road to Owen and Elva Yoders since their son Andrew, age 19, passed away, funeral tomorrow. He was suffering from cancer (leukemia).  He leaves five brothers and four sisters. Grandparents are Bishop Jonas Yoders and Bishop Mel and Fannie Yoder.

Our church ladies had a fun evening together at Joey Mary Esther Detweilers with a Chinese gift exchange, snacks and games.

A load of us attended the Neutriburst  weight-loss meeting at Sawmill Joes held by Crist and Rosanne Miller from Holmes County.

Since the last “Post” letter was written, a very sad accident happened when Nathan, age 22, was hit by a car on State Route 45 and died. He was the son of John and Barbara Byler on Parkman Mespo Road. A group of us ladies visited them Tuesday. They are going through much grief. It is not easy when someone passes away so suddenly. The shock is severe and painful.

Elmer Yoders and Les, Sam, Milo, Rudy, John Joey Detweiler families and Joe and Ada Miller all had Christmas at Andy and Barb Detweilers yesterday.

Widower Josiah Miller and Eli, Alta, Owen, Viola, Kathryn Bylers had Christmas here Friday evening and son Martys also came over.

A baby girl named Lori Ann was born to Crist and Cindy Hershberger’s at Middlefield Care Center. Grandparents are Deacon Mike and Emma Slabaugh and Widow Joe Mary Hershberger.


Jan. 6, 2016: Today was an Amish Holiday that we call “Old Christmas”. It is when a lot of families who couldn’t get together on Christmas Day celebrate together. We had a very precious day when my side of the family was here. My two brothers, John and Sarah and Maryann Detweiler (who is in a wheelchair), Dan (Dewey) and Emma Detweilers, Dan and Linda, Naomi and Marvin Hershbergers, Deacon Crist and Ida Byler, Bishop Joe W. and Martha Bylers and daughter Clara, and Albert and Alma Kauffman were all here.

The John and Barbara Byler family on Parkman Mespo Road had a very sad holiday when their son Nate, 22, got killed on Route 45 when hit by a vehicle. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital where he died 1/2 hour later. The whole community was saddened and much sympathy was shown to the family. Their address is 8018 Parkman Mespo Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062.

Homer and Maryann Yoder (Eli’s) on Donley Road invited a group of us last night for a pizza supper. Attending were Robbie and Laura Masts, Lester and Rose Yoders, Homer and Martha and Matthew Yoder, Marty and Lori Detweilers, Marsha Yoder and us.

Today, Jan. 6 marks 20 years since our dear daughter Martha passed away. The year was 1995 and she was 29 years old.

Christmas has come and gone, leaving many memories. Now, we say goodbye to the old year and greet the new year as it starts. We stand upon the verge of the unknown. We need to take just one day at a time and pray for God’s guidance.


By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

We send our best wishes to each and everyone for the most blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today, a group of ladies got together at the home of Mrs. Atlee Erma Byler in Mespo on 534 to make Christmas cards. The group included Emanuel Stoltzfus Maryann, Paly Byler Ruth, Noah Miller Rosanna, Ammon Miller Sara, Enos Barkman Susan and they are all very talented at making  the most beautiful cards! They go out to eat at Mary Yoder’s breakfast buffet before starting their project.

Today is the first day of deer season (gun), so as the men go hunting, many women go Christmas shopping.

Rudy and I, along with Leah, Miriam and Kathy enjoyed another bus tour (Anderson) trip to Lancaster to shop the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. Bill Stutzman is our tour guide and has approximately 56 people every year go for this special event. We meet new people but also see many familiar ones who like to go every year.

On the way down on the interstate, we passed an emergency crew. We thought there was an accident, but found out they were really loading up a bear that got hit.

Did you all enjoy turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day? We had a 40 pound 6 ounce turkey. It came all dressed and ready for the oven. We had to cut it in half and it filled two big roasters! Son Johns and Martys and Billys helped eat it. The turkey was raised by Dans Marvin on Nauvoo Road and was it ever good.



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