Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 2, 1977 · Page 43
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 43

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, June 2, 1977
Page 43
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. June 2.1M7 GREELEY (Cold.) TRIBUNE 43 OBSERVING FROM A DISTANCE -- Amish chUdren watch from a doorway as an auction progresses on the Moses Schrdck farm near Wadena, Minn. Schrock sold all his farming equipment in preparation for a move he and his family would · make to his home in Missouri. (AP Wirephoto) - t; 1 ^·ffiW'^' ^HS^r!::, -. :v · · v.-.·:..: -; -*. - · ASSESSING - The prospective buyers dressed in the traditional Amish garb examine a plow that-will be sold in the auction. (AP Wirephoto) Amish auction out of this world WADENA, Iowa (AP) - An Amish auction is something out of this world. Moses Schrock recently held one. He wanted to leave all his farming equipment behind and move his family .from Iowa to northern Missouri to be near relatives. Many Amish showed up in their horse-drawn buggies. Arriving in cars were some Englishmen -- the designation for those who are not of Aimsh beliefs. The Aimsh women and girls were garbed in their traditional long, black dresses, high stockings, tie shoes and bonnets. The men wore blue pants and shirts, and many had black jackets. They wore round, black felt hats. Sons were identical to fathers, but some of the younger ones had blue stocking caps. Mrs. Schrock -- mother of seven boys and one girl -- and other women brewed coffee and ·baked cinnamon rolls to sell to the auction gathering of 150. . Going on the block were milk cans, a rocking chair, a wood- burning stove, horse collars, riding seats for horse-drawn machinery, hand lawnmowers, pump handles, a sickle, hay hooks, rope, wire, a sled and a wringer washer. In the field were four rows of farm machinery, some of It maybe 100 years old -- horse- drawn .plows, grain and corn binderSj-manure spreaders and a thresher. The auctioneer pointed to an ancient-looking McCormick- Deering thresher and said: "Who'll give $500 for this?" It eventually went for $00. The last item to go was a team of draft horses. An Amish man got them for $562. Suddenly, the aution was over. The Englishmen went to their cars, the Amish to their buggies. The worlds separated once HORSE POWER - Moses Schrock oversees the bidding as one of his seven sons steadies a team of draft horses being sold at the public auction on the · Schrock farm. (AP Wirephoto) BIDDER - Levl Yoder, ' watches as another part of the Moses Schrock by hit band', farm is'auctioned off. (AP Wirephoto, SCRUTINIZING -The quality of a mower sickle blade draws the attention of a wary buyer's friends. (AP Wirephoto) Story and photos by the Associated Press

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