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Any Amish folks posting to these forums?
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Have you ever wondered....    Posted 10-16-2002 at 07:59:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any Amish folks reading or posting in these forums? I bet they would know a great deal about country living since they don't even use electr... oh... never mind.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-16-2002 at 15:42:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heh heh - good one! Our Amish bought an outside farm and said it took them 8 years with horses to loosen up the soil after the tractors had compacted it. They have a biodiesel-driven generator to keep their milk cool. Oh you guys gotta set with them for supper if you get a chance - you'll come away a new man! :)

I don't think the Amish are on the net, but the Decker Hutterites are and they have a lot in common. They'll answer emails too so feel free to ask .......

Now tell me true - if, instead of the internet, you listened to this kinda stuff every nite, wouldn't your life be different?

screaminghollow    Posted 10-16-2002 at 11:07:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My good friend John Stoltzfus (Amish) has asked me to look things up for him, and although, as he says, he "cheats" he draws the line at a phone at the end of the driveway and electric milk coolers in the barn.

LH    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have lots of Amish neighbors and as far as I know none of em have electricity in their homes, computers, or television. They do run electrically controlled pneumatic systems to cool their milk (refridgeration), and have telephones in their barns or little phone booths at the end of their lanes. Most carry cell phones in their buggies for emergencies, and in the past couple of years they have started using tractors retrofitted with steel wheels for some of their farming.

Tenacious    Posted 10-16-2002 at 12:52:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

I've seen the way they alter the wheels on the tractors. What is the reason for taking off the rubber tires and taking out the air then bolting the tread to the steel wheels?

LH    Posted 10-16-2002 at 22:00:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dn't know for certain but it has something to do with their sect, their buggies don't have rubber on the wheel rims either, jst metal which causes the roads to deteriorate. Thus a lot of places are making em pay an excise tax similar to that on cars license plates to help cover road maintenance.

WallSal55    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:05:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some Amish have run public restaurants here in IL.
Homemade meals and shoo-fly pie.
Anyway, I was told it was what sect they belonged

olHenry    Posted 10-16-2002 at 09:23:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I recall,they don't have a problem with electricity, but they don't like to be dependent on the elect company, (self sufficent you see).
so a generator or inverter would be acceptable to some of them. Same for telephone, not in the house but a pay phone down the road a mile or so could be used. I seen one of their buggies on the highway the other day,the gated horse that was pulling it was a pretty sight to watch, I swear they must have been doing 20mph.

Jim(MO)    Posted 10-16-2002 at 09:00:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a community north of here well known for their craftsmanship, produce, etc. In there community tourist trap they have the most modern computer cash register. It' connected to a real long orange extension cord that disapears under a door to the back room. No visible utility lines running into the building ????????

glen    Posted 10-16-2002 at 08:24:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Since they don't have electricity, I doubt they would have a computer.

You Are Wrong!...MikeC    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:24:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Amish do use laptops. Check out the link below...

WallSal55 - Gee, the Amish I have met....    Posted 10-16-2002 at 08:41:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
have cell phones in their pickup trucks and computers in their grain setups and grain offices. Here they can have those to help with
farming/ag business. Do not know about in the house.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 10-16-2002 at 09:15:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe you have menonites, not Amish. True Amish still have wagons, and if they even have a tractor, they are only allowed to have one rubber tire on it for road purposes, and they are only allowed to use it for a saw mill, or irrigation I believe. We have true amish here, and they have no power what soever. They also still use horsedrawn plows. Now that's REAL farming. Usually on Sundays they are riding to church or the family get together in their horse drawn carriages. They very rarely will say anything but excuse me to outsiders, and even at their roadside stores, they are not very social.

magpie    Posted 10-19-2002 at 05:34:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Interesting! I have never known any amish, but have known some old order menonites. They had no power either, and used horsepower as well. What you said about being not very social seems to be the case, freindly, helpful, mabey, but not outgoing. Local businesses don't get much trade from these folks. Here is my question, how do these people spread the good news, as it says in the bible if they only stick to themselves?

glen sw wi    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:40:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have both of them here. A lot of the amish are of a strict sect and don't use any power other than horses. Others can be seen driving their tractors to town, but don't have any cars or trucks.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:14:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saw a fellow plowing on Mon. He had a two furrow ace bottom plow and a five horse team pulling it. Now that was a sight ot see.
Later Bob

TB    Posted 10-16-2002 at 10:13:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Amish around here has electric run to the barn. State says they have to keep the milk refrigerated in order to sell it. None to the house.

Pitch    Posted 10-16-2002 at 17:22:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father has Amish neibors either side and across from him and he has a phone in his cellar way for their use. They record each # and settle up with him each month. He also takes them to town to do shopping or or such as he has a truck. Over in back of me the Amish guy runs a machine shop all old equipment run off shafts and pulleys has a gas industrial engine for power. The farmers all modify pto driven equipment by mounting Wisconsin v-4s on balers and such and draw them behind teams of belgians.

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