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By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

May 11, 2020: How little we know from day to day what God will send across our way. We make our plans only to find God has His plans for all mankind. Life is not easy for the widower Ray Miller who buried his 29-year-old wife Rebecca this last week and left him with 4 little girls ages 2 to 10. Let’s remember him with prayers, visits, and mail … 4380 Johnson Road, Orwell, Ohio 44976. She died with complications from a heart transplant. Scribe Donny Miller can feel for the family since he also has a heart transplant.

Sympathy also goes to the family of Bill R. Byler on Nauvoo Road who passed away this last week at age 86, leaving in sorrow his wife Edna and 10 children. Mail can be sent to 16826 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062.

We are hoping for a gorgeous June since April and May showered us with snow 11 times. We almost felt like Christmas shopping on May 1st when our daughters Miriam and Kathy and I went to Amish stores with big snowflakes coming down, accumulating to 1 inch at some places. Is this a record breaker? Poor little hummingbirds probably feel like heading south again.

We are excited this week for the wedding in our neighborhood at Amos Hostetlers of their daughter Lorena to Mark, son of Robert and Sue Leslein. 

Last week, Rudy and I picked up Harley and Martha Hochstetlers and went way up on Huntley Road for the beautiful wedding at Mel and Ada Kauffman for their Maria and John, son of Ray and Ida Yoders,

Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers in June!!

April 20, 2020: Let us be thankful that there is still sunshine, that we still can glimpse the blue of the sky, and that in our own way we can continue to look up.

Enjoy the early morning. God gave us another day to enjoy His beauty, even when it snowed 5 times since April 4. The lowest temperature was 28 degrees … a fear of birds freezing on the fruit trees).

The forecast for this week is warmer weather. I think I’ll go get the hummingbird feeders cleaned and ready for our tiny little friends that come back every year. How do these tiny birds find their back? Amazing! (Also need to get the Oriole feeders cleaned and ready.)

After we got back from Florida April 4th, we were quarantined for 2 weeks, so we didn’t see our grandchildren for a month. So, it was exciting yesterday when son Marty and Lori and 7 grandchildren came over for brunch. We left for Florida March 23, Rudy, daughters Leah, Miriam and Kathy, and me. Even though public places were shut down, it did not bother us as we continued to enjoy 87-degree breezy weather, beautiful flowers and Palm trees … and, best of all, sunshine every day. There were no dull moments where we stayed in John and Mattie’s house.

With “stay at home” orders in April, we enjoyed the quiet and serene life, and we got our spring cleaning done. News is we don’t get to go anywhere. We hope everyone who was sick with the Corona 19 virus is feeling better.

God told us not to worry,

Or to anxious be.

To put our faith and trust in Him,

And all our fears would flee.

March 16, 2020: Robins are seen hopping around the yard and they take away the thoughts of winter’s chill! They are looking around for their old homes every year up in our pavilion … if the cats leave them alone. When our hearts are winter weary, God sends another spring with a new song in the air of Calvary and Easter … earth’s saddest and gladdest day which were just 3 days apart! Rejoice!

Last Wednesday was an enjoyable Cake Baking Contest in Orwell at the Eagle Point Nursing Home and my niece Clara J. Byler (resident) invited us. Coming were Mrs. Dewey Emma Detweiler, her daughter Mrs. David Betty Miller, Mrs. Andy D. A. Ida Miller, Miss Katie E. Miller, Mrs. Andrew Ruth Hershberger. Mrs. Dan Betty Detweiler, myself and daughter Kathy. Mahalia Gingerich also invited her sisters Mrs. Mel Ida Miller, and Mrs. Ervin Maryann Miller. The winners were Mrs. Dan Betty Detweiler (Red Raspberry Cake, First Prize), our daughter Kathy (Oreo Cookie Cream Cheese Cake, Second Prize). Mrs. Mel Ida Miller (Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Third Prize.) Last time was a Pie Baking Contest. Wonder what’ll be next?? What fun!

The Benefit Auction and Fish Fry for Whispering Pines School here in the neighborhood was largely attended, clearing approximately $48,000. A lot of hard work cleaned 1,800 pounds of fish, made hundreds of fry pies, etc., etc., etc. Sunny Acres School Benefit was crowded at the Heritage Sale Building in Middlefield Friday night. Am sure they totaled a large sum of money but haven’t heard.

Last night, some of us were treated to a delicious Barbecue Chicken Dinner at the home of Andrew and Ruth Hershbergers on Route 528. Invited was Allen and Barbara Miller who have the Health Food Store, Marty and Lori Detweiler and seven children, Clara Byler, Rudy and me and daughters Leah, Miriam and Kathy.

Happy Spring, y’all!

By Mrs. Rudy Katheryn Detweiler

Feb. 17,2020: Good Morning, folks, on a frosty winter morning. Cheer up! Just hang in for 2 months or so and the robins will sing. One consolation we can share is, “It won’t be long till spring!”

Welcome new scribes Sylvia Miller from Mio, Michigan who brings memories of our enjoyable trips we took together with the Bill Stutzman tours, and Sally Byler whose interesting letter is written from her wheelchair, and Mary Lou Miller who is coping with the deaths of her Father and Mother, who died the same day. Her Father, Albert Mast died in the evening and her Mother, Barbara in the morning. A very rare happening.

Rudy and I enjoyed the delicious benefit breakfast held in Orwell on Penniman Road at Milo Mullet Jr. to help pay his mother’s expenses (widow Milo Amanda Mullet) She is 88 and, as long as I remember, she did not have good eyesight. If plans hold, we Detweiler ladies plan to go to her home tomorrow for her daughter Martha’s birthday. Martha is caregiver for her mother and lives with her. She deserves a Happy Birthday Shower for taking care of her Mother. 

The eighth graders can now rest their nervous brains as the Spelldowns in the Amish Schools were held last Friday. I can’t name the Winners as many schools got together over in Garrettsville. But I do know that getting 1st prize in English from our school here in our neighborhood was Roseanna, daughter of Andy and Naomi Kauffman. Widow Dan Troyer Erma is her teacher. Good Job!


Jan. 20, 2020: February is a short month according to the calendar, but this year is “Leap Year” and has 29 days. Our grandson, Nathan Mullet in Kentucky has a birthday on Feb. 29th, but we celebrate on the 28th.

There is more snow and wind to come, but then there comes a February thaw and nature will follow her cycle towards spring! (Wonder how many have sent their seed orders in!)

Some schools have been closed for several days because of this flu bug going around. With so many people together in a room or so, you can’t seem to escape that flu bug. (One way to prevent it is to wet your finger and use it to put cream of tartar on your tongue. Works for many but maybe not everybody.)

Trumbull Hardwoods on Bundysburg Road had a late Christmas Friday night, serving pizza and wings to workers and families. Then, later, came two Ventrilo guys from Holmes County, which everyone enjoyed.

Load of us made a flying trip to Horse Cave, Kentucky to surprise Nelson and Susan Byler for church over the weekend. David (Feffy) and Amanda Miller on Pioneer Road got the load together. Going was Robert and Barbara Yoder who used to live in Kentucky, Crawford Urie, Junny and Susan Byler, Rudy and me, Sarah (Bill) Miller and Mary (Sam) Miller. Four years ago, we all traveled to the Redwoods in California with Bill Stutzman tours. And, no doubt he would have gone with us this time if he was still living. This group was in Dan U. Miller district. He was also on the trip. It was veryenjoyable and, yes, we surprised them.


Nov. 18, 2019: Welcome Christmas once again! The days are brief, the nights are long. The skies are bleak and dreary, but a glory shines about the ending of the year. The only hope that’s left to man upon this troubled earth – the hope God gave at Bethlehem at the Messiah’s birth. Welcome! Christ the King!

Let’s remember the family of Bill A. Byler, 17701 Nauvoo Rd. Middlefield, OH. 44062. He passed away last week from a battle with cancer, leaving his lovely wife Etta (Weaver) Byler and five sons, four daughters.

Also, the family of Daniel E Byler age 48, who died suddenly 11:30 at night from a massive heart attack, he went to bed healthy. A shock to his loving wife Barbara (Hochstetler) Byler and seven children. Oldest is 17 years old, youngest is 5 years old. 17916 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062.

Also, mail and visits to the family, David and Alma Byler, 7988 Bundysburg Rd.  Middlefield, OH 44062. Their son, 17 year old Willy was instantly killed in a 4-wheeler accident several weeks ago. The holidays will be sad with their loved ones missing.

Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus, Yogi and Mary Ann Miller, Ray and Sue Burkholder, Rudy and I attended the wedding at Lancaster, Pa. for Rachel and Sam Esch last week at the bride’s parent’s place. Very Enjoyable!


Nov. 18, 2019: Welcome Christmas once again! The days are brief, the nights are long. The skies are bleak and dreary, but a glory shines about the ending of the year. The only hope that’s left to man upon this troubled earth – the hope God gave at Bethlehem at the Messiah’s birth. Welcome! Christ the King!

Let’s remember the family of Bill A. Byler, 17701 Nauvoo Rd. Middlefield, OH. 44062. He passed away last week from a battle with cancer, leaving his lovely wife Etta (Weaver) Byler and five sons, four daughters.

Also, the family of Daniel E Byler age 48, who died suddenly 11:30 at night from a massive heart attack, he went to bed healthy. A shock to his loving wife Barbara (Hochstetler) Byler and seven children. Oldest is 17 years old, youngest is 5 years old. 17916 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062.

Also, mail and visits to the family, David and Alma Byler, 7988 Bundysburg Rd.  Middlefield, OH 44062. Their son, 17 year old Willy was instantly killed in a 4-wheeler accident several weeks ago. The holidays will be sad with their loved ones missing.

Emanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus, Yogi and Mary Ann Miller, Ray and Sue Burkholder, Rudy and I attended the wedding at Lancaster, Pa. for Rachel and Sam Esch last week at the bride’s parent’s place. Very Enjoyable!

Y’all stay warm and healthy, enjoy the holidays. Appreciate the freedom of our country and pray for each other as we are close to an unknown future of a New Year.

Y’all stay warm and healthy, enjoy the holidays. Appreciate the freedom of our country and pray for each other as we are close to an unknown future of a New Year.


Oct. 21, 2019: Smoke is coming out of chimneys: extra blankets feel good on the bed. The last roses of summer are still blooming. I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy as the air grows colder day by day. Menfolk are enjoying the hunting season. Grandson Marty Jr Detweiler got a 9 -point buck out back in their own woods; his dad got two does.

The community was saddened to hear of the sudden death of 17-year-old Willy, son of David and Alma Byler, 7988 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield, Ohio. 44062, who was killed in a four-wheeler accident on Wilcox Road on Oct. 13.  He was taken to Cleveland University Hospital where he was put on a breathing machine until early morning hours.  His cousin, 22-year-old Cindy Hershberger was also taken to Geauga Hospital with some injuries but nothing serious.  Farmington, Mespo, Windsor, and Middlefield Fire Department came to the scene. Let’s remember the grieving family with prayers, mail, visits.

On Monday morning Sam and Maryann Detweiler (Rudy’s brother), Joe J.S. and Lillie Miller, Rudy and me and daughters Miriam and Kathy left for New York to visit granddaughter, Daniel and Susan Millers at Holland Patent, N.Y.  They live close to the Adirondack Mountains, we spent time there until Saturday. We stopped in Richfield Springs, N.Y. at Michael and Betty Bylers. They have a nice view of the Adirondacks. The fall scenery was beyond words, beauty of all colors before us, above us, behind us, everywhere. Especially in the hills and mountains.

Exciting news in the neighborhood across the street is the birth of twin girls to Ray and Anna Mary Kemph.  Weighing over 5 lbs., they are named Ruth Ann and Rosa Lynn. They are welcomed by one brother and grandparents Allen and Martha Kemph and Marty and Barbara Miller. Greats are Sam Kempfs, Christ H Fishers, widow Andy K. Esther.

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