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Mennonite-Amish Culture in the Pen-Mar Highlands, page 7

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happy toil people could be if their contentment was one of pre-occupation with the land.

"While these recollections were continued they sat looking out the window toward the setting sun. The after-glow of sunlight spread upon their luminous faces. Listening to them one felt that the contemporary world was alien—as though they were the survivors of people no longer existing. Yet in spite of this strangeness their constancy of spirit and quiet strength was such as to transcend the matured inventions of modern man. Miss Leah said: 'It is much more complicated to explain a religious belief independent of Jesus. It is much more simple to believe in Jesus, for He is the only one who gives satisfaction. There is one Beatitude of Jesus, taken from the 37th Psalm—Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. This is the blessing that Amish people seek.' 9

On June 14, 1957 in the company of Rev. J. C. Breuninger I visited Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Schwartzentruber of Gortner. Mrs. Schwartzentruber spoke of what happened at Jacob Schwartzentruber's farm at Red House, Maryland. "The Confederate soldiers were so hungry that they ate the dough out of the dough-tray. Jacob's wife was baking cakes as fast as possible, but it wasn't enough. They drank all of the milk out of the swill-barrel. They butchered one cow on the premises, and took with them all the cows and horses. They drank the spring dry.

"On Sunday morning Rev. Daniel Beachy, Peter Schrock and Christian Petersheim were riding horseback on way to church when the soldiers came along. They wanted the horses. One soldier started to unbuckle the girdle of Daniel's horse when Petersheim spoke up and said —'we are on our way to church and this is our minister.' The soldier replied—'why didn't you tell us this in the first place?' Petersheim came to the meeting and notified the people there would be no church. The other two returned the back road and warned the people the soldiers were coming. The Beachys hid their goods and food in a nearby cave. The soldiers took the straw ticks from upstairs and brought them down, laying them in the kitchen where they slept. The soldiers camped in Aurora that winter."


Dr. Alta Schrock, for many years an outstanding teacher in Indiana, returned to her home in the Pennsylvania Alleghenies near Springs where she organized The Springs Historical Society. From this a number of projects got under way. Through her cultural and historical understanding of the Mennonites and Amish in the Pen-Mar Highlands, and her unique leadership, she has succeeded in the emergence of coopera


Felix G. Robinson

9. From the 1946 Journal of the author.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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