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Amish business opens in Sherman

November 28, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

SHERMAN - Candy is sure to be a draw, especially for children.

It certainly was recently at Susan's Pantry and Salvage store, located at 107 W. Main St., in Sherman. Susan Hostetler is the daughter of Levi and Susan Hostetler in Clymer. Although the candy is not just a penny like in yesteryear, it was cheaper than it could be found most anywhere else. Numerous youth, some of which were Jacob, Justin, Keith and John, kept running in and out of the store. After each checked out every kind of candy, they purchased a hand full and ran out.

Although the store has no fresh produce, it does have a good variety of canned goods, paper products, juices and most anything that can be found in a grocery store. One of the specialty products always available is homemade Amish jelly. Store hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m., Friday.

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Susan Hostetler, owner of newly opened Susan’s Pantry and Salvage store, located at 107 W. Main St., in Sherman, checks out items in one of the isles of her store.

The Amish ladies are all great cooks, and Cindy Burkholder is one of them. She has purchased the business of offering Amish dinners to the public, which was formerly owned by the Millers' on Rt. 430 between North Clymer and Panama.

Burkholder operates the business now located beside her home on Titus Rd., in Sherman. Those who have enjoyed the Millers' wedding dinners in the past and new folk can now get one there. Burkholder has broadened the Amish dinner menu by giving attendees a choice of two meats. They include chicken, roast beef, ham or turkey with all the same trimmings. Hay Stake dinners are also available and Burkholder is offering a Thanksgiving meal.

Reservations are necessary and must be made at least two days ahead. No doubt the earlier the better to be sure of the desired date. Burkholder can serve from eight to 50 people in her well attractive white, well lighted dinning area.

The Amish have one more new local business located about a mile from the Village of Sherman on Rt. 76 south of Sherman. It holds consignment auctions with Auctioneers David Burkholder and his son Nathaniel Burkholder. They auction off farm equipment, furniture and a variety of other items. For more information, call the owners at 761-7240 or 761-2096.

Sherman is home to many Amish families, and they have two schools in the area. Nevertheless, some people know little about their lifestyle. They are indeed good neighbors. The adults and their children are hard workers. Several of their youngsters perform a variety of indoor and outdoor chores for local senior citizens.

The Amish folk are direct descendants of the Anabaptists, a group which emerged in Switzerland as early as 1525. They broke away from the Mennonite church because they believed Anabaptists and other reformers compromised in their stand and did not go all the way in bringing the church back to a Scriptural foundation.

Not all Amish settlements are exactly alike; they live by their creeds. Those living in the Sherman and Clymer area hold church every other Sunday in members' homes. They have dinner there after the service. The older youth get together on Sunday evenings. The style of dress is similar to folk in the early days of the country, and much of their clothing is made by the ladies. Amish travel by horse and buggy and do not use electricity or use many other tools and methods Americans use to earn their livings. Their homes are usually filled with children, and the whole family works together caring for and helping their family and sometimes neighbors.

A recipe to live by

Emma Byler gives the following recipe for Amish life:

"Blend one cup of love and one half cup of kindness, add alternately in small portions one cup of appreciation and three cups of pleasant companionship into which has been sifted three teaspoons of deserving praise.

"Flavor with one teaspoon carefully chosen advice. Lightly fold in one cup of cheerfulness to which has been added a pinch of sorrow.

"Pour with tender care into small clean hearts and let bake until well matured. Turn out on the surface of society, humbly invoke God's blessing and it will serve all mankind."



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