Amish culture 1897

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Amish culture 1897 - ODD PEOPLE. Settlement of Amishnicn In Indiana....
ODD PEOPLE. Settlement of Amishnicn In Indiana. BUTTONS ON CLOTHES TABOOED, Believe In Fqual Distribution of Properly. WEAR. THEIR HAIR LONG. About ten mile from Washington, Xnd., In Da vie m county, there Is a fertile fertile section of land owned and cultivated cultivated by a peculiar sect of people known a the : Amttoh. Very tittle la known of thm except by people living In the Immediate vicinity of their settlement. The Amlsh came to Indiana at an early date and bought rich farms for a nominal price. They have added greatly to their possessions until now this settlement settlement take up thousands of acres. Their peculiar manners and customs are Interesting. According to their religious beliefs the Amlsh are not allowed to use buttons on their clothes. Instead of buttons they use books and eyes. Their clothing is nomeepun and they wear black slouch hats. All Amlshmen let their hair grow Song and fall over their, shoulders. They never shave and have heavy beards of unusual length. They Invariably drive black horses. They prefer death rather than to swear In court. They are an economical sect of people and are great traders. They seldom pay cash for any. Uhingr. but always Insist on trading farm products and poultry for- for- what they want. Their settlement Is divided . up Into farms of an equal number of acres. They abide strictly by a code of laws handed down to them by their ancestors. One of these laws la to the effect that no Amiibmin In the settlement shall' be entitled entitled to more of the world's goods than his neighbor. Consequently about an the farms are of the same size and are stocked equally. Another law says If one member of the settlement meets with misfortune his neighbors must go down In their pockets, pay his Indebtedness, Indebtedness, and. if necessary, buy him. a new farm and stock It. The Amlsh originally came from a county In one of the East-em East-em East-em . Eta tea There are a few families stllT living In the East. -Whenever -Whenever a scion of one of the Eastern families emigrates emigrates to the Indiana settlement he Is Immediately presented with a farm KjuaJ la Size t9 those ft big brethren,. The Amlsh do not believe In courts, that Is. they never settle any of their difficulties difficulties In the courts. Ail disputes and disagreements disagreements of every nature are taken up for settlement by a majority of members of the settlement. It is. however, a rare occurrence that the least trouble arises among them. They are law-abiding, law-abiding, law-abiding, law-abiding, honest and truthful. They do not deposit their money In barks, but accumulate accumulate and hoard It In their homes. They raise all the farm products usually grown In this section of the country and are said to be the most successful poultry poultry raisers In the United Stat s. Their every-day every-day every-day life is their religion. They speak the German language and no other. They are negligent About educating their children and tart them, boys and girls alike, to work In the fields when they are scarcely able to walk without assistance. Long pants are put on the boys at tb age of two or three yearn The Amtgh, owning so much land, are necessarily big taxpayers. Several months ago a young Amleh-man Amleh-man Amleh-man conceived an Idea to discard the hooks and eye on hia clothing, to shave his beard and to don a suit of store clothes. This he did and returned to his neighbors In the new garb. He was Immediately ejected from the community. community. His farm was taken from him. as well as his stock and farming machinery. machinery. He was given strict orders never again to put his foot on property owned owned by any member of the settlement. After several weeks be allowed his beard to grow to its former length, discarded discarded his new clothe for the old. and returned to his people. They finally received received him and returned his property to him. Another Amlshman while doing1 his trading In Washington became struck with the Idea of wheeling. He purchased purchased a bicycle and rode gleefully home to show the machine to the members of his family. The old Amlsbmen of the settlement looked wise, and called a mass-meeting mass-meeting mass-meeting to decide whether or not it was proper for one of their numoer to ride upon such a contrivance as a bicycle. bicycle. The verdict of the elder heads was against the young Amlshman, and be was compelled to part with the bicycle. bicycle. The Amlsh are strict, and will brook no new departures whatever from their code of laws. They seem to know no j trouble, and lead happy and contented uvea ENEAL0G1CAL Z J AND HISTORICAL! e . AU questions and answers for this column column must be- be- sent to the Genealogical Department. Department. No letters answered privately or addresses given. This column is free for your benefit use it. Questions provoke provoke research research brings knowledge. knowledge. - Wl. Spears Jacob flpears was a private In Capt. John Hoaatand's company of Cot. William Crawford's Sandusky expedition Jn i8e Pennsylvania Archive. Sec (Ffrh yo-.MOROW yo-.MOROW JL7. surplus

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 26 Sep 1897, Sun,
  3. Page 20

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