Friday, February 12, 2016

#252 Marion & Katie Yoder

Ages ago, like fifty-five years ago we lived in the same neighborhood Katie did. (Grossgene Moses' Katie) But after we moved we lost contact as children, that is until Rumspringa Age my siblings and Katie and her siblings were together again. And now in Pinecraft we met again.  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#250 Bernneman Family Goes Home

On Saturday I had met the older couple, Joel Brenneman and his wife from Letart West Virginia. Today I was surprised to see them get on the Pioneer Trails, so I asked the older woman where they are getting off? I was even more surprised when she said, "Sugarcreek Ohio". I checked a bit on the map and Letart is only 150 miles from Sugarcreek, about a three hour drive.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#249 The Elite Coach

Once a year, whenever the Tourist Church has Revival Meetings in February the incoming and outgoing buses have to find other places to load/unload their passengers. The Elite Coach from Lancaster parks on Yoder Street. Today was their day to unload in a crowded tight space but everybody survived and happily went their way.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

#247 Relax

A good way to absorb the sun's heat when a 19 mph winds sweeps through Pinecraft all day long.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#246 Amish Roots

This is just the backside of a Brenneman couple from Letart West Virginia. They were walking around Yoder's Amish Village today. I watched them for a while, I actually studied them in trying to figure out where they could be from. I knew I had seen a similar slat bonnet she was wearing. Finally they walked into Yoder's Gift Shop and with glee I knew I will meet up with them as I was on their porch signing my photo books, calendars and postcards. And so sure enough when they exited the gift shop they walked right up to me and I peppered them with questions of, "Who are you? Where are you from?" When they answered those questions, I piped up and said, "Then your roots are in Somerset PA." The look on his face was priceless. 

 My ancestral connections are in Somerset PA. The Honsa (Indian John) and Nicholas Keim families moved from Somerset PA to Holmes County Ohio in the early 1800's.  I didn't realize how strong my ancestral connections are until after visiting with this couple.