March 29, 2017: I believe spring has come! The sun is shining which sure helps. Colds and flu are still making their rounds among children and grown-ups both.
Traveling to Jasper, New York recently to attend the benefit auction of Dan C. Byler, formally of this area, were John and Mary Slabaugh, John and Barb Mast. Mrs. Joe (Katherine) Byler (Post writer), Marty and Sara Jane Mast, John Jr. and Esther Slabaugh, Eli and Catherine Yoder, and Mae and Marvin Shrock. Dan is their cousin and has many health problems. He is staying with a sister and family.
Paul Gingerich, 41, fell and badly broke his ankle. He needed surgery and had a 2-3 day hospital stay. He will have is 42nd birthday on April 13th. So, send a line of cheer to him … and also to his wife Amanda who will have to put up with him! (Smile)
Sugaring is over with and it’s a good thing. Paul was walking home from the sugarhouse when his accident happened. The Gingerich family ended up with close to 4,000 gallons of syrup this season.
Marvin Detweiler’s church was held at Wayne and Linda Gingrich Sunday. Visiting was Minister Robert Kurtz and also many young folks. Council church is at David Fishers next.
John Slabaugh Srs, and Jrs., Marty Masts, and Jake and I enjoyed an evening with Uria Jr. (Sonny), Edna, and Steven Miller of Orwell recently. They used to live in this neighborhood and we were sorry to see them go. They say its been 20 years that they moved, which is hard to believe. Edna recently had surgery on a broken arm and, now, on her back. I hope we cheered her up! Steven has bought the farm and Sonny’s are putting up a small house next door. It will be nice when they all get settled in, but twill be a lot of hard work until then. Wish you better days ahead, Edna!
Happy Easter and God’s special blessings are wished to everyone in Post Land!
Feb. 21, 2017: Hello Friends …
The weather is having its ups and downs and we are all along for the ride. This makes for good sugaring. The men here made 90 gallons yesterday. They had company at the sugarhouse from Hershey Montessori Farm School where Jake works.
We received the sad news tonight of Melvin Raber’s death. He had cancer and only knew it a short time. He is survived by his wife Emma and 4 children, along with their families. He was 68.
Born to Mervin and Barbara Miller, a son, their third. He is named Adam James. He has one sister. Grandparents are Ida (Mrs. Mose) Miller and Edna (Mrs. Chester) Byler.
Florida bound last week were Elwin Troyers, Lester Miller, Marvin Detweilers, and Urie Jr. Bylers. We hope they are soaking up some sunshine to bring along home.
Bethany, 3, daughter of Reuben and Cindy Miller was taken to Rainbows in serious condition with a burst appendix. She had her at school that day for the Valentine’s party.
Harvey Weaver, 84, had surgery to repair an aneurysm, which was causing him breathing problems. No reports the last few days, but he may have had a stroke which has caused more problems. Our thoughts have been with the family often, as it’s been 3 weeks now since his surgery.
The spelldown for this area was held at Maple Valley School here on Georgia Road. Winners in German: Kathy Hershberger (John) 1st, Laura Byler (Elmer) 2nd, and Nancy Shrock (Jonas) 3rd. In English: Crist Miller Jr. 1st, Kathy Hershberger (John) 2nd, and Johnny Byler (Marvin) 3rd. Clearest spellers were Marty Weaver Jr. and Karen Miller (Wayne).
Visiting with Dan and Katie Troyer Thursday night were Noah and Sovilla Detweiler, John and Mary Slabaugh, and Jake and I. Dan had rotary cuff surgery 5 weeks ago, and now, hernia surgery. He is doing well and impatiently waiting to go back to work.
A group of ladies visited with 3 widows on Newcomb Road. Mrs. Gid (Elmina) Kurtz, 87, who has a small house at her daughters Esther and Sam Miller, Mrs. Dan (Sarah) Byler, 85, and Mrs. Dan (Nancy) Wengerd 91, who lives with her youngest daughter Nancy and John Gingerich. They were all in good spirits and glad for company. We had a nice visit with each one. There was Nancy Miller, Mary Slabaugh, Ida Bontrager, Jenny Byler and the writer. Lunch in town was also enjoyed. It was cold and snowy, and each widow had a cozy, warm house. I was inspired.
Our neighbor Bonnie Ward took us out to eat for belated birthdays, recently, Mary Slabaugh and I. It was quite an experience as we went to Quintealia’s Tea Parlor in Burton. For something out of the ordinary and delicious, I would recommend it. Thanks again, Bonnie!
My brothers Ken/Ada, Freeman/Barb all Bylers were at Marty and Sara Jane Masts recently for an enjoyable evening of visiting, along with lots of yummy food. Freemans 4 children and their families came too. Rick and Robin Gruber, Chrisy and son Braedon O’Neil, Jenny and Dr. Jamie Byler-Keschl and three daughters, and Mike, Michelle Byler and daughter Lexie. Our children and most of the grands attended also. A lot of reminiscing was done of the writer’s parents Freeman and Ida Byler. Precious family time…
Jan. 13, 2017: Hello Friends. A Happy blessed New Year to each and every one. It’s hard to believe we are in 2017. It seems time has a way of going quickly by … and we are not aware of it.
The weather sure has been up and down the last few weeks. A lot of rain fell this week, which I’m apt to grumble about, but guess we could be buried with snow. Ice has been a major factor lately. Now that we’re older, that is a real hazard.
People were still having Christmas get togethers with family. Many were on the 6th, which we call Old Christmas. My siblings haven’t gotten together yet, but we’re trying to pick out a date when it will work for everyone.
An enjoyable eve was had at John and Mary Slabaughs recently, for Mary’s birthday. Bringing cake and ice cream for the occasion was none other than Post writer Katherine Byler and husband Joe. Also there were Ray, John and Barb Mast, Jr. Gingerich, Ida and Mark and Sally Kuhns and boys. Johns little house was just a-humming with activity that night. John Mast told quite the stories about his school days. Tsk! Tsk!
Last night we visited with Elwin and Linda Troyer, along with Don and Nancy Miler, Roy and Esther, Lee and Ida all Bontragers. Elwin’s daughter Judy also joined us. Elwin had a knee replacement on Dec. 6. He is doing well and was able to attend church Sunday already.
Jake’s brother Eli also had a knee replacement recently (Dec. 1). He has to be extra careful, as this was number four or five … they lost track!
Marty Masts, our son Bobs, and we had supper there Sunday evening. Eli made a big pot of chili, which we all enjoyed and Bobs brought homemade ice cream … yummy to both. Their daughter Kaylene and granddaughter Kari were there, too.
Roy and Esther Bontrager hosted their daughter Roseann and Lee Hostetler and family from Guernsey County over the weekend. They were here for Roy’s Christmas gathering at Bill Gingerichs’ Friday and the Hostetler side Sunday at Robert Hostetlers’. They left for home Sunday eve.
Our church was Jan. 1 at Jake and Ellen Detweilers’. We were served oyster stew, warm ham and, of course, Christmas cookies. Our Bishop Marvin Detweiler had his 60th birthday Dec. 31, so he was given a wreath with 60 dollar bills fastened to it from all the church families. His granddaughter presented it to him. Of course, “Happy Birthday” was sung also to Dan Kurtz, Mary Slabaugh and Ella Miller. They all had recent birthdays. Visitors were Ellen’s folks, Robert and Linda Gingerich, and Bill and Cindy Kuhns. After dishes were done, we had an hour of singing which was enjoyed by all. A few families had get-togethers and left before lunch.
Nov. 25, 2016: Hello, Friends! We sure got our winter in a hurry after some beautiful days last week. We knew it was just around the corner, didn’t we? Now Thanksgiving is only a memory … that means Christmas is only a month away. The year is almost over … or, looking on the brighter side, a new year is about to begin. My plan is … hopefully, I can do better! (Smile!) We had the traditional turkey and dressing meal with all the trimmings at daughter Sara Jane’s.
The other children had their own plans. Christmas for our family is on the 31st, an exciting time for the children with programs, practicing, and making snacks. Jake had another 70th birthday surprise when the Gingerich family, Marvins, Erwin IIIs, Jr. Ida and Pauls invited out family to Paul and Mandy’s for an enjoyable evening of ice cream cake and other goodies to celebrate! We missed their Dad, our dear friend, Jr., so much, but those precious memories keep us close in heart.
Deer gun season opens Monday with many excited hunters out there. God luck to all … and, please be safe. Our thoughts have been with Will Kuhns, 19, the last few days. He got his hand in the edger while working. He is the son of Henry and Linda. Mail will reach him at 16465 Farley Road, Middlefield.
Oct. 25, 2016: Hello Friends! We are sure having cooler weather this week. The rain brought down many of those beautiful leaves. A fire in the stove feels toasty warm at night and early morning, so thankful for a cozy house to live in. I know I took my health for granted. One minute I was fine, the next I had difficulty breathing and chest and neck pain. This was Tuesday eve. By Wednesday eve, I was in the ER and by Thursday noon I had a catheterization and 2 stents put into veins that were 80 percent and 90 percent blocked. It happened so fast; I didn’t have time to be scared or worried. I also put my trust in the doctors. We know they are there to help us to better health.
And, especially, to God, whose presence beside me through it all was oh, so comforting. And, of course, Jake, our family and friends, all wishing me well, are helping greatly in my recovery. Visitors, calls, flowers, cards, baked goods, suppers … everything has been appreciated. Bonnie Ward (neighbor) sent several different kinds of soup … what is more comforting! Thanks to one and all. I am doing well and feel blessed. We welcome two new babies to our church … both from first time parents. Marty and Barbie Yoder have a daughter, Ellie Rose, born on the 10th.
First time grands are Erwin and Betty Ann Slabaugh and Ervin and Laura Yoder. Greats are Ervin Srs., John Slabaughs, Dan Hershbergers (both first time greats) and Bert Yoders. Eli and Marcia Mast welcomed a son, Jessie, on the 13th. First time grands are John and Mary Ann Mast and David and Linda Hostetler. Greats are Lester Gingerichs, Eli Mast Martha, and Andy Hostetler Katie. My sister Sara and John Hostetler were in the area for their brother-in-law’s funeral, Dan J. Miller. They stopped here on their way home to McConnellsville. Noah Detweiler had surgery Friday and had plans to stay one night. Today, five days later, he was still there, with some complications. Better days ahead, Noah! We, along with Roys, and Lee Bontragers, and Elwin Troyers, visited with Donnie (Plain Country writer) and Nancy Miller last night. It was good to see Nancy doing better. We all enjoyed the visit.
Sept. 30, 2016: Hello Friends! We are enjoying the cooler weather, but not so much all the rain. It’s turning out to be a nice breezy day with clouds and sun. The wash on the lines will probably dry. We were saddened by the passing of our friend Joe J. Miller. He was a part of our Post family. Our sympathy to Sarah and the children and grandchildren. Such a shock to lose him so suddenly. Also, Alma (Mrs. Jonathan) Miller, 83, here on Georgia Road died, her funeral being a week ago on Thursday.
She leaves three daughters Ruth (John) Miller, Marie (Lester) Byler of Kentucky, and Marcia (William) Byler. She will be missed in the church and neighborhood, a dear friend to so many. A widow for almost 7 years, she died after having numerous strokes. We’ve been to many weddings since my last letter, always an enjoyable occasion with family and friends. At the one, I got to sit beside Post writer, Katherine Byler. That was special! Thursday night, we were at John and Mary Troyers (Jake’s sister). Their son, grandsons, son-in-law and neighbors helped tear off the old roof on the house and start a new one.
A few of our grands were there, too. They got a lot done but, of course, it got dark too soon, so they had to quit. They were served pizza and ice cream with apple crisp or ground cherry crisp. Both were delicious! It was just like watching an ant colony there, with workers everywhere … a lot of them on the roof. Yikes! It was high and steep. Their grandson Paul Troyer is a roofer, so he was kind of the boss. (Smile!) Oh, yes, Paul and his wife Rose have son number three,named Isaiah. Grands are Andy and Dorothy Miller and Rob and Laura Troyer. Greats are John Troyers, Bill J. Millers and Martin H. Millers.
Another birth, a girl named Emma Kate to Danny Ray and Tina Byler. She joins three sisters and one brother. Grands are Lester and Marie Miller and Urie Jr. and Susan Byler. Greats are Mrs. Ervin (Ada) Byler, Urie Byler Srs. and Jake Yoders. I’ve had numerous birthday surprises already. On Monday eve, our former renters were here, Roy and Karin Burkholder and children, John Slabaughs, Mark Kuhnses and boys, Marty and Barbie Yoder and Marty Masts and family. We had lots of goodies. My sister Sara Hershberger, and daughter Ida and granddaughter Kara came and spent the day and took Sara Jane and me out to eat at Mary Yoders. It was extra special as they are from the Mt. Perry area and we don’t see each other very often. This was on Tuesday the 20th.
Wednesday, Sally Kuhns invited our neighbor Bonnie Ward and me for lunch for our birthdays. There, to help us celebrate were Mary and Esther Slabaugh and children, Karin Burkholder and children, Barbie Yoder and Sara Jane Mast. Haystack was on the menu plus soups, cake and ice cream. John Slabaugh hurt his knee Monday, so he was home. Jake has off Wednesdays, so they and Bonnie’s husband Alan joined us for lunch, too. I’ll sign off wishing you all a blessed fall. The trees are starting to turn, so, with some sun, we’ll have some beautiful scenery.
July 22, 2016: Hello Friends! Another month has gone by and it’s been quite warm and dry for this area. Our lawn is totally brown and crisp. Sounds like maybe a thunderstorm is brewing as I write. It sure would be appreciated. (Yes! We ended up with 4/10 inch of rain!) Later … Yesterday we attended the luncheon at Barb Fontanelle for the Post writers. So enjoyable and delicious! Thanks to everyone for this special event.
Donnie Miller and Jacquie Foote were missed. It was quite warm, but there were fans and umbrellas to keep it cooler. Dieter and Nancy Huth gave us a ride. We wish them well on their trip to Germany where they will stay for two months, visiting with friends and family. We received the death message of Mrs. Bill (Amanda) Miller, 67, this morning. She had leukemia for many years and was in remission at times. Our sympathy to her husband and family. Two more deaths over last weekend, of well-known ladies, Mrs. Robert (Emma) Miller, 90, and Mrs. Joe (Elizabeth) Miller, 95.
They will be dearly missed. Their funerals being Monday and Wednesday, respectively. My cousins, daughters of Uria and Ada Gingerich, are in the area for a 50th reunion of Zion Christian Fellowship School. Grace Hensley is of Oklahoma and Diane Hochstetler and Mary Esther Kauffman are both from Florida. We managed to spend an evening together Thursday. They picked up cousin Maurine Shetler of Mespo and we enjoyed salads at Dutch Country Restaurant. Then we went to Uncle Noah Gingerich who will be having his 89th birthday in August. He is staying at his daughter Ida and Melvin Millers at this time. We sure enjoyed the visit! It was amazing, but he did recognize Uria’s girls although he couldn’t keep their names straight. (Smile!) We, then, came to my house for dessert.
Maurine brought her good tea and some special popcorn. Thanks again! Daughter Sara Jane and son Marty Ray also joined us. The evening was way too short! The girls spent the day yesterday visiting graveyards. They found both sets of grandparents, and put in a new gravestone for their only brother, Andrew who died at 1 day old in 1949. This was in the Miller Cemetery on Burton Windsor Road. Our Gingerich grandparents are buried at Hayes Corner Cemetery and it is not in good condition anymore. Last night and today is the school reunion. I believe they are enjoying their stay very much. They are staying with friends in Hartville and are commuting back and forth daily. Last Friday night was our family camp-out at son Aaron and Rosas on Ireland Road. A perfect eve … cool enough that a campfire felt good.
We celebrated the July birthdays with cake, ice cream and, of course, S’mores. A visitor this morning was Mabel Miller of Holmes County. She used to board at Amanda Gingerich’s about 45 years ago. She was also here for the reunion at Zion. She had been a teacher there. Mary Slabaugh came with her and, of course, I couldn’t remember her name! (Sigh!) I’ve enjoyed the out-of-towners tremendously. I best sign off … wishing everyone blessings from above. ‘Till next time!
June 23, 2016: Hello Friends! Summer is here with all its wonders … for one, the longest day which has come and gone already! Seems like the weeks fly by and I don’t get much accomplished. Congratulations to Al and Linda Frey on the birth of a daughter, after six boys. She has been named Katie Lynn and has one sister. Grands are Albert and Mary Ann Miller and Henry and the late Mary Ann Frey. The only Great is Dan Miller Martha. Another baby to report on is son number four to Mark and Sally Kuhns. He has been named Micah and Grands are John and Mary Slabaugh and Henry and Linda Kuhns. His Great is Ervin Kuhns Edna. Also … son number four, named Timothy, was born to Stephen and Susan Yoder on May 24. He is also welcomed by two sisters. Grands are Eli and Kathryn Yoder and Robert and Anna Slabaugh. Greats are John Masts, Sam Kempfs, Esther (Mrs. Levi) Yoder and Chris Coblentz (Kentucky). This announcement is late due to the vicissitudes of the US mail. We’re thankful these three welcome bundles arrived safely to their happy parents. Our whole church family was glad to welcome Mary Slabaugh back to the fold after missing about 6 weeks since her knee replacement. A kind neighbor, Bonnie Ward, offered her a ride to and fro. We hope she will keep on improving. Al and Nancy Miller family were at Sara Jane and Marty Masts recently for supper. Joining us for dessert were our sons Pauls, Aarons, and Bobs and families for an enjoyable evening. A mis-step landed Al’s son James, 2, right in the pond. It was right at the edge and Luke, 8, quickly pulled him out. Mom had brought him a change of clothes, luckily! Our thoughts have been with the Erwin Gingerich Jr. family as it was a year now that husband, father and grandfather passed away. Today would also have been his birthday. Our sympathy to them and to all those of you also in sorrow. Son Bob’s children had a frightening experience Monday, as did their mother Martha. Three children went to the Family Market with pony and cart on an errand and the oldest, Lori Anne, went to get ice a few houses up the street (Nauvoo Road) with the baby in the wagon. Mom heard brakes squealing and, of course, thought of everyone that was gone. Just then, the pony and cart drove in, and then a car came across the lawn and hit a tree. No one was hurt, thankfully, except the driver had bumps and stiffness from the airbag. She said she looked up and saw the baby in the wagon and took the ditch instead of hitting them. We are ever so thankful for God’s protecting hand on our dear grandchildren and on the driver. They were walking on the walking-buggy path, so they weren’t even on the road. But traffic is really bad on Mondays anyway. The lady was from Pennsylvania and not familiar with our roads. I doubt if the children will even want to go on that road again, and I’m also thinking their Mom won’t let them! Sunday’s visitors in church for Marty and Barbie Yoder were both their parents, Erwin and Betty Ann Slabaugh family, and Ervin and Laura Yoder and family, and a few youth. Church is planned to be at Bill and Dorothy Gingerich next. We are sorry to hear Freeman Gingerich Jr. has colon cancer. He started chemo treatments this week. He will need surgery then, too. Let’s remember him in our prayers. Guess it’s time to close … the dog, Teddy Bear, wants attention (smile)! In Christian Love to All.
June 1, 2016: Hello Friends! We’ve been having beautiful weather, haven’t we? Not as humid and plenty of sunshine. We enjoyed the sale at neighbor Ida (Mrs. Erwin) Gingerich’s Saturday, as did many others. It was warm and humid and with a brief shower, but it kept going till almost 4:00. They had delicious food at the lunch stand, proceeds going for someone’s hospital bills. An interesting day bringing many precious memories of our dear friend Jr. Thoughts are with the family, being as it will be a year this month that he passed away Tuesday, we were at daughter Sara Janes helping her get ready for church Sunday.
Aaron Rosa, Paul Lydiann and Bob Martha, all Weavers, plus the children made for an enjoyable day. My niece Beth Bylers of Holmes County stopped in for a short visit. She is currently helping her cousin, JoAnne Kauffman, being as she had a knee replacement recently. We visited with Mary and John Slabaugh last night. She is doing well from her recent knee replacement, but still has pain if sitting in a regular chair. Their daughter Sally and boys were there too, also Erwin III and Ruth Ann.
The bloodmobile is coming to the school tomorrow, also for the new one which has been named Sugar Valley School. Work is going quite well with the new school. Hopefully, it will be ready enough to start the new school year. A group of young folks visited with A. J. (Andrew Jr.) Farmwald on Monday evening, Memorial Day. His father recently passed away of a sudden heart attack. Many weddings are being held at this time. The ninth is Rebecca Detweiler’s (Noah Jr. and Miriam) and Chester Ray Kurtz’s (Ches and Laura) special day. The sixteenth is Judy Miller’s (Bob and Mary Lou) and Ervin Miller’s (John and Susan) special day. We hope to attend both. We were sorry to hear Alma (Mrs. Jonathan) Miller had a few strokes recently. She missed church again Sunday. Her daughters are taking care of her. On May 25 we celebrated our 44th anniversary. Hard to believe … Blessings to all till next time!
April 28, 2016: Hello Friends! Greetings from Georgia Road on this dreary morning. We were enjoying the warm days, but it has been cooler lately, with a chill wind blowing. Rain is in the forecast. Two funerals for this community were those of Levi Yoder, 74, a cancer victim and Andy Farmwald, 51, who died of an apparent heart attack. Our sympathy to the families Levi’s funeral was Monday and Andy’s on Tuesday. We attended both viewings Sunday eve, along with hundreds of others. The school picnic and graduation ceremony is planned for Friday afternoon and evening. We hope to attend. They had their last day Monday the 25th. We already miss seeing the students come and go. It was a nice pastime for this grandma and grandpa. This is the sixth year in a row we had a grandchild graduate. This year it was Robbie son of Bob and Martha, who attended at Nauvoo Country. Grandson Kenny, 9, son of Aaron and Rosa fell 15 feet from a tree, when he was trying to rescue his brother’s plane. Kenny was only sore and with a sprained wrist from his adventure. X-rays were taken and he needs to hold still and not exert himself for a week or so. I reminded him his guardian angel was on his shoulder that day. (Smile!) His Mom and Dad were more shook-up than he was. We celebrated brother Eli P. Weaver’s and brother-in-law Roy Bontrager’s 77th birthdays one evening at Eli’s. We were sorry to see Eli’s son Clarence on crutches. He was to the doctor’s for x-rays that day. It happened already Saturday night while mowing lawn. The small bone was broken by his ankle. He needed to go back in a few days for a cast, as it was too swollen Monday. John and Mary Troyer were able to be there at Eli’s too and Clarence, Rebecca and family also joined us. It was a beautiful night to sit by the fire. Our Communion services were held at Jake and Ellen Detweiler’s Sunday. Visitors were Bishop Bill M. and Sally Byler, Deacon Noah Jr. Detweiler, and Dan and Ada Miller. Al and Nancy Miller were able to come at noon. Church is planned to be at Sam and Susan Detweiler’s next. Bye ‘til next time! Feb.17, 2016: Hello Friends! Greetings to everyone in Post-land. Hope you are enjoying this snow. Everything looks so beautiful … if I can stay inside! I did enjoy watching it from my windows. The last several inches were quite heavy and Jake was out shoveling with his snow scoop when one kind neighbor, Marvin Gingerich, came and plowed it for us. What a blessing that was! Sounds like it’ll warm up in the 40s and 50s by the weekend, which is OK by me.
Last Sunday, the seventh, Jake’s Aunt Emma (Mast) Sidley, 101 years old passed away. Visitation was Wednesday eve at Paine Funeral Home in Orwell, which we, along with Elwin and Linda Troyer, sister Mary (Mrs. John) Troyer, and brother Eli attended. It was a stormy night, but we had a good driver who got us there and back. This is the last of the Mast (Jacob) family. Emma’s son Donald just passed away two weeks ago and she just went downhill ever since. She has been in a nursing home for quite a few years now.
Returning from the sunny south on Friday were Rays and Roy Bontragers and leaving for Florida Monday were Marvin Detweilers and Urie Jr. Bylers.
Church was at Bill Millers Sunday and visitors were several young folks. Church planned to be at Mark and Sally Kuhns on Feb. 28. This Sunday, church is at our son Aaron and Rosas up in the Windsor area. We hope to attend if we can, along with our son Bob, Martha and family.
Friday eve we had a belated Christmas exchange with the Weaver womenfolk. It was held at Fred Hostetler Barbara’s. We were glad her mother Emma could be with us and her daughter Esther (Mrs. David) Troyer brought her twins Matthew and Mary Beth who are 4 months old and cute as can be. Lots of yummy food was enjoyed and, with 20 women/girls there were plenty of laughs. Thanks, Barb, for an enjoyable eve.
It’s son number three for Bob and Kristina Mast. He is names Matthew and he has one sister. Grands are John and Barb Mast and Mose Miller Fannie.
Feb. 19, 2016: Dan and Kate Kurtz were welcomed back to the fold after missing church three times. Dan seems to be doing well as he helped with the butchering of 20 pigs. Kate helped, too. They had a lot of orders for sausage, and, yes, we are enjoying some, too. It’s delicious!
Dan needs to do another test that we’re hoping shows he doesn’t need further treatment. We’ll have to wait and see. Remember them in your prayers.
Wishing you all God’s blessings!
Jan. 18, 2016: A cold morning at 4 degrees quite a change from our 30s and 40s. A beautiful sunrise this morning with streaks of gold reaching heavenward.
Six couples, church friends, visited with Dan and Kate Kurtz yesterday afternoon in Cleveland at University Hospital. Their children and a few nephews were there to see them also. Dan is feeling better since his surgery nine days ago where doctors removed 12 inches of his colon. His diagnosis of colon cancer scared us all. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers were with them for the last few months since he had been in and out of the hospital so often. Doctors couldn’t seem to pinpoint the problem. Their smiling faces told us Dan is now doing well and possibly able to come home today. After being gone for three weeks, home will look pretty special. They can be sent get-well messages at 15820 Chipmunk Lane, Middlefield, 44062. We have missed them the past two church Sundays.
An accident to another of our church friends, Alan R. Miller, has left us all devastated. He fell at work on Tuesday and is partially paralyzed. It happened near Akron, so he is there at a hospital. Plans are to bring him to Cleveland for rehab. Thoughts and prayers from neighbors, family and church friends have been many in the past week. His parents are Ray and Sara; his wife is Nancy, daughter of Ray and Martha Yoder. They have four children, 12 to 2 years old. Their address is 15530 Chipmunk Lane, Middlefield, 44062. Please send them a word of encouragement and cheer. Looking ahead, I’m sure the future looks mountainous, but one day at a time, God is there to help us through.
My brother Dan and Betty Byler were here for the funeral of Joe Kauffman, 85, on Tuesday the 12th. Also there were Melvin and Mary Jane Kanagy and Melvin Ray and Anna Kauffman, all of Kentucky. I attended the viewing with them Monday eve.
Tuesday, my Gingerich cousins and the Albert Miller girls were invited to Sheila Bylers. We had an enjoyable visit and did a lot of reminiscing. My grandmother, Sarah Gingerich, married their grandfather, Albert Miller, when both of their partners passed away. Albert was Sarah’s brother-in-law, making it pretty complicated. These girls seem just like cousins, being as they lived on the farm with my grandparents. There were eight of them, with seven being at Sheila’s, all local except Mary Ann Hostetler who came from Clymer, N.Y. Yummy soup was served!
Wednesday eve. Linda Troyer had a mother-daughter banquet! A gift exchange and great food was enjoyed. I think we’d all say she’s the “hostess with the mostest.”
A son to James and Katherine Miller named Jaylon Noah. Grands are Mrs. Mose (Martha) Miller and Edward and Betty Millet. Greats are Jake Yoders and Donnie Millers. He is welcomed by one brother.
Jan. 6, 2016: Hello Friends! It’s hard to believe 2016 is here, and the days are rushing by.
Two of our dear friends have passed away in the early days of this new year. Allen J. Byler, 77, passed away on New Years Day. He had many health problems and was on dialysis for some time. He leaves to mourn his wife Elizabeth (Kuhns), four sons, three daughters, 35 grandchildren and 74 greats. They had their home with daughter Martha and David Miller. The widow’s address is 16695 Madison Road, Middlefield, 44062. Allen will be dearly missed.
Gary Hein, 77, passed away on the fourth of cancer. He was Jake’s work driver for many years and we had many enjoyable trips together, longer ago. He leaves his wife, Pat, and four sons. In the fall they would take Jake and me, and John and Mary Slabaugh to Holmes County for the day. We did this for many years, making precious memories. Pat’s address is 16640 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, 44062. If you rode with Gary, send Pat a note and a memory to share. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Calling hours, which we plan to attend, are tonight at Best Funeral Home.
We hope all who could, had a blessed Christmas. Our family gathered at son Paul’s in Windsor for ours. We had a delicious ham dinner with all the trimmings. The day ended with ham sandwiches and snacks of all descriptions. An enjoyable day.
Families are still getting together. Today, “Old Christmas” as we call it, the John and Barb Mast family will gather at Stephen and Susan Yoder’s. Saturday, the Roy and Esther Bontrager family plan to travel to Guernsey County to their daughter Roseanne and Lee Hostetler’s for their Christmas. Getting together today was the Crist Sr. Slabaugh family. This will be the first Christmas without their dear mother Amanda (Slabaugh) Coblentz.
The weather turned cold for a few days with a few inches of snow, but sounds like it will warm up again by the weekend …in the 40s! It’s OK with me. I’m not so crazy for snow since that winter we had last year!
Our thoughts have been with Dan and Kate Kurtz since Dan was taken to the hospital a week ago, by ambulance and transferred to University in Cleveland. His legs were numb (which can come from blood clots), and cause a lot of pain. They found a mass on his colon, but are still doing more testing. He has been a very sick man, not feeling well for several months already.
By Linda Weaver
Nov. 30, 2015: Hello Family and Friends.
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Our family was blessed extra special family this year. Our children and grandchildren were all at Marty and Sara Jane Masts for a clambake. Joining us were Jake’s bother Eli and Kathryn Weaver, sisters John and Mary Troyer, Roy and Esther Bontrager, nephew Eli and Ada Weaver and daughter Betsy, nieces Sally and Martie Troyer and Kaylene and Danny Miller and children Duane and Carrie, and Aaron and Arlene Miller and daughter Carolyn. Everyone brought food to share so there was plenty for all.
Sunday church was at Martys for Jake and me. Our visitors were Bishop Roy C. Miller and Minister Levi Yoder Jr., our son Bob, Martha and children and Marilyn (Melvin) Miller. A scary thing happened to Marvin and Sara Jane Detweiler on their way out the driveway. Their horse spooked at a big stump on the left, stopped and started backing. The only thing is, on the right is a pond … and, yes, he backed the buggy right into the pond and flipped it on its side. We were so thankful both had jumped out, Marvin to hold the horse and Sara Jane jumped on the bank. You can imagine how this looked from the house! Of course, we didn’t know they were both out of the buggy, as, by the time we saw it, several men (10-12) had run to help. I totally panicked, yelling and crying (what I do best!), thinking someone might be in the water was so frightening to us women. But God has His protecting hand on them.
It had snowed all morning, so this grey stump really stood out, with the background of white. Our horse has shied from it already, too. The men unhitched the horse, got him up from where he lay on the bank, pulled the buggy out of the water and, besides being soaked from top to bottom on one side, there was no significant damage. The horse was led past the stump, of course, hitched up again and driven home. Sara Jane was pretty brave to get back on the buggy but also too shook-up to walk home. When they got home, their daughter was calling from Carroll County to say they have a new baby girl, after three boys. This was Ida Mae and Paul Miller. Congratulations! After that frightening experience, good news was welcome!
My uncle Ray White, 87, and his son David from Virginia Beach, Va. and my Aunt Marian Byler, 89, from Kansas City, Mo. came to this area to visit with each other and us nieces and nephews this week-end. Bringing Aunt Marian were her son Dr. Mark Byler, wife Angie and son Luke. Daughter Sara Jane offered to have them all for brunch Sunday at noon. Joining us were Ada Wagner, Roy and Esther Bontrager, and Genevieve Arrowhead, for the meal. In the afternoon, my brothers Ken Freeman and daughters Robin Gruber, Chrisy O’Neil, and Dr. Jamie Byler (Keschl) came too. Mark and family just recently returned from being in Zimbabwe Africa for 11 years as missionaries. He told some interesting stories about their lives there. We had a precious afternoon together and a lot of reminiscing was done.
I best close wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and healthy New Year.