Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 5, 1975 · Page 12
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 12

Lubbock, Texas
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Saturday, April 5, 1975
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-JOURNAL— Saturday Morning, April 5. 1975 Amish To Feel Recession's NAPPANEE, Jnd. (AP), The price of a buggy has nearly doubted in 'the last five years, a team of good plow horses costs as much as a second-hand tractor, <and the coal that heats the one-room school bouse has skyrocketed from $30 « ton to $fO a ton in less than a year. Th« Amish of Northern In dkna, the plain people of strong fatth and hard work, are •tartlng to feel the effects of the nation's recessed economy, but their self-sufficiency helps them escape the worst of it. "We don't spend a lot of mon «y on frills," said Earl Miller pn Amish preacher who has a ft-acre farm and a full-time job fs a weWer. •-..-•• "We don't have any movies television, electricity — we don't have any frills." Or gas-gobbling automobiles. Milter, 56, pedals his bicycle a mile down * narrow country Gas is a staple in most Am- you use it." sh homes. It powers, their, refrigerators, ovens and lamps. Farming, likewise, is done without much of the newfangled equipment. Erma's husband has eight torses and a two-bottom pJow. iig non-Amish farmers in the area have 1 OS-horsepower tractors and six-bottom plows. Erma's • son, who hasn't joined the Amish church, works lis 40*cre farm with a fa-actor and modem machinery. "For the initial horsepower, I think my son gets through cheaper than we do. Our horsepower costs more," Erma said. "But the equipment — my husband pays $100 for a plow, My son paid $1.100 — iVa b. **s plow." Down the road a few miles, non-Aimsh farmer observed "You got to feed a horse every day, In the one-room school house across the ditch from Erma's farm, teacher LaMar Hochstet- .er said he couldn't think of any Amish families who were in real trouble because o( the economy. "Of course, you watch a. little bit more what you buy," Hochstetler said. Now 25 and earning $100 a week, he has taught in Amish schools since be was 16, "Coal costs about $70 a ton this year. It was about $30 last year, and I hear it's going up to $100," Hochstetter said. It takes two tons of coal to get the school through the winter. "Oi course, we have a huge stock of wood in case the coal drops out road to Beer ,jt Slabaugh's where he repairs .'the "construe ton firm's heavy' earth-moving equipment and does other odd bits of weldinfr- For his wife - Laura's once-a- wcek shopping•'-. trip into Nappanee, they fttch" up a horse and buggy. The four-mile trip takes the Milters half an hour by a back road. By car, it's less than five minutes straight down U.S. Highway 6. •Hieir weeWy grocery bill averages §20 to $30 for a family of nine. A non-Amish farm wife nearby spends $20 a week on a family of three. Mrs. Miller buys things like crackers and celery, but toe staples are home-grown. The family raises and butchers its own beef and pork. Occasionally, they eat game; "Two of the boys and I go hunting, maybe once a week or eo, if possible. I use a shotgun with a slug," Miller said. They bring home rabbits, quail, once in a while a deer. Almost in his front yard, beside the narrow driveway. Is a man-made pond which Miller keeps stocked with blue gills and bass. On a slow winter day at the weld shop, he might take a few hours off to go ice fish- You only "$1,350 apiece." LaMar 'Of course, twy're two mares n foal, so he'll have four horses il: everything goes all right." ?;. •>.,-* : "Oh, did -you hear wtoat h« oaid?" Erma said Uter. "Why. ust a few years ago, $500 would buy a work horse." Earl Miller, the preacher, re? membered buying a team for less than $600 » hors« five years ago. And.five years ago a brand new buggy cost $600, he said. Today it costs $1*000. But he said his people get by. "We don't spend a lot at money. We stay at home. Instead of going to town every day, we go ._ Security. Amieh farmers have been exempted from having Social Security taken, out of heir income. Nor do the Amish take out insurance policies. They. have their own. A committee is appointed to assess each .church member's property and collect an assessment. The fund is banked. If someone's house burnt down or his barn is hit by a tornado, be )s reimbursed rom the fund. Milter chuckles about the time a high-powered insurance the best insurance in the world, and I know I've got it It won't run out. It won't lapse.' " The Amish *ren't exempt from economic problems, but their frugal life-style helps them get by when others might salesman stopped at weld VEFBATED BRITISH Jnhhe summer of 1814 a small In the summer of 1814 a small Wmfield Scotf and wearing gray, decisively defeated the British in upper Canada. In 1816, the Secretary of War approved the use of gray uniforms for West Point in recognition of G«J. Scott and &* gal lant troops. __ "Remember," Milter •we're right here everybody else — but we survH* • little bit bet- IAMB WEAK 4-1 • 5412 SfcU toed • Holn« Ham Center ANNIVERSARY SALE Wf DNISDAY - THURSDAY FRIDAY * SATURDAY Open 10-6 Mon.-$a». 799-12*9* GERANIUMS Select from the finest Quality- Disease Free Stock. Best Varieties and Colors. Priced according to size. "Select Your Plants From The Geranium Grower*" ing. A small orchard and a healthy garden provide fresh fruit end vegetables in the summer. For winter, cabbages and turnips are stored in the •'cave," a room built into a little hill behind the, house. ' We're not-financially in any bind at all," Miller said. "We don't have wry high, but we got plenty to eat and plenty to wear." Forty miles <away in Shipshewana, this sentiment is echoed by David Miller, > young Amishman who was-laid .off his Sob at a mobile home factory test November. Miller. 25, has * wife, a 6-month-old baby and no farm to help him get by. "We're not starving," he jsaid, leaning over the rail at the 'Shipshewana Horse Auction where hundreds of Amish, their non-Amish neighbors and the horsey set jam the steep amphitheater seats as the horses are led one at a time into the dirt semicucle in front of the auctioneer. "I've worked at the trailer factory for seven years," said David, who is po relation- to Earl. For David Miller, the biweekly horse auction is a good way to spend a winter day. He's not here to buy; he's got all the horses he needs. He was 18 when he started working at one of the hundreds of recreational vehicle factories sprinkled across Northern Indiana. He was doing well, earning $3.80 an hour plus bonuses, working 50 hours a week the summer of 1973 and 40 hours a week Vast summer. After David was laid off, he »pent two months working, at bis father-in-law's. .. furniture shop near Wbosteri Ohio.'He's back at Shipshewana now, hoping to be called back to work. In the meantime, his family is eating the meat they butchered in December and .the vegetables his wife canned last summer. At an Amish farm edght miles west of Milford, a iarge. gray- haired woman sat at her kitchen table and mused: "I guess •«ve were taught not to fret about things and let each day take care of itself. "It .all seems to iron out •ometime. Of course, among our people, if someone gets desperate, we all pitch in and help. We cal it a free will offering." Erma — not her real name — b 44. Her husband works a 120- acre farm. Erma adds to their Income with the sit-down dinners shfe serves to non-Amish church groups and clubs from a four-county area. As many as 50 persons at a time come to the old white farmhouse for meals which start with relishes, progress through one or two meats, vegetables and hot rolls and wind up with a choice of homemade pies. "I put it on the table and everybody eats to their heart's content," she said. Erma said inflation forced her to raise her prices on New Year 1 ! Day — to $3.75 per person, up from $350. When she started the dinners seven years ago. the price was $3. "You used to buy a bag of four and a bag of sugar for $5. Now it costs $5 to buy each, en*. "Hie hog marfc«r» been very discouraging. W« 8*t SSnajfr onto oar old sow* rather than •ell them. "Bottled 0is — that'* gone e? about^very time ttoey driiv- er it."' to town once tried to sell me life insurance, of sight." On thin Free will offerings help out need ft. Tve got the love of my price Hochstetler's father paic brethren, and I don't need your the day before for a tearn whether it works I told him. 'I've got Medicare and many refuse So- tractor when 4425 BROWNRELD KWY effects of the nation's recession, but their self-sufficiency helps them escape the worst effects. 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