Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ohio Amish Made Products; Stoves, Windows, Chicken Nests

Many guests visit Ohio's Amish Country to purchase Amish Made products; stoves, windows, chicken nests, and much more.  In this post I am listing some unique Amish-owned businesses.  Our Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast website hosts our Amish Business Directory. Amish businesses do not have websites or a telephone within easy reach.  The best way to contact is to visit in person or write the old-fashioned way.  Some have access to telephones, so leave a message and they will return your call, usually within 24 hours.  All Amish businesses are closed on Sunday.

Pioneer Stove in Amish Home
Winter is a time for wood-burning stoves. For the best price and exceptional advice and service if shopping for a wood-burning cooking and heating stove, visit Troyer's Repair, 7655 SR 241, Millersburg, OH  44654.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 7 am - 7 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.  They carry high quality wood stoves and inserts at lower prices. Some brands are Osburn, PSG, and Drolet. They are located 1 1/2 miles west of Mt. Hope on SR 241.

Coalway, 12001 Dover Road, Applecreek, OH  44606 offers gas heating stoves and nearly every other kind of specialty stove your heart should desire. Their phone 330-857-3098.  They are partnered with Home Traditions located on SR 557 in Charm, Ohio.

County Line Windows and Doors produces custom built vinyl replacement windows.  They carry vinyl shop and basement windows in stock as well as tempered glass barn windows.  With barn windows protection bars are not needed.  They also stock #1 fiberglass entrance doors with composite jambs that carry a 25 year warranty.  Roy A. Swartzentruber offers free estimates and is located at 10800 Fryburg Rd, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.
Maysville Harness and Shoe Store

Maysville Harness Shop also carries a vast selection of family footwear for all Amish family needs. Located at8572 Mt. Hope Rd (Co Rd 77), Apple Creek, OH  44606. Located 4 miles North of Mt. Hope; phone 330-695-9977.  They also carry a large variety of straw hats. Mon - Thurs 6 - 5 pm; Fri 6 am - 8 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.

Yoder Window & Siding has a showroom at 7846 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.  They manufacture their own windows with heavy duty virgin vinyl.  The windows feature welded frames and sashes as well as heavy duty balance system.  They serve Wayne, Holmes, and surrounding counties.  Call 330-695-6960 for a free estimate.

Country Windows and Siding.  John Yoder or Paul Hilty operating at 8194 E Moreland Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627; or leave message at 330-621-3032.  They offer double hung windows with compound tension balance for easy sliding.  All their windows and doors have a lifetime warranty.  They also produce custom screens for shop and/or garage doors.

Are you cutting your own ice this year from ponds?  Well, if you are you can purchase ice house kits and ice boxes from QualitySIPs, 8691 Twp Rd 561, Holmesville, OH  44633.  Contact them for a free information packet; phone 330-279-2345 for Fax at 330-279-2090.  Additionally, they also offer products and solutions for radiant floor heating.

So how are your chickens producing this year? Country Metal Products makes front and rear rollaway nests in two sizes; and will help protect the eggs from breakage. 15709 Jericho Road, Dalton, OH  44618. Call 330-857-0360.  This product is great from homesteaders.

D & R Engine Repair can convert your small engine to natural gas.  They sell engines and kits. 8778 Senff Road, Dundee, OH 44624 (in Mt. Eaton).  They are also a tractor and lawn mower dealer. Mon - Fri 6 am - 5 pm; Sat till noon. 330-359-0671.

Yoder's Sharpening, 14280 Durstine Road, Dundee, OH  44624, phone 330-359-0767 sharpens woodworking blades at competitive prices.  They make solid carbide spiral bits, carry woodworker supplies; insert tooling.

Many Amish are now utilizing compressed air for many applications.  See Yoder Hydraulics, 12317 Dover Road, Apple Creek, OH  44606 for hydraulic and air systems, fabrication, welding and machining needs.  Call 330-857-0001 for catalog and prices.

MHP Flooring, 7598 Twp Rd 652, Millersburg, OH  44654 produces custom hardwood flooring.  They custom hand plane and offer distressing.  Toll Free 888-549-2524.

There are hundreds of small Amish businesses scattered throughout Holmes and Wayne Counties.  If, after checking our Amish Business Directory on our website, you cannot find what you are seeking, give us a call at 330-674-7600 and we will be happy to try to assist you.

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On your next visit to Ohio's Amish Country, plan a stay at our Berlin and Millersburg area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the best in accommodations and hospitality.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 27, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Mittens Made from Upcycled Sweaters at Ohio Bed and Breakfast

One of the featured DIY inspirations for the 2015 Christmas Cookie Tour was mittens made from upcycled sweaters.  In other words, "Smittens".  Our Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast was a featured property showcased on the charity benefit tour.  As chairperson of the tour, I made a sample pair and found myself eternally hooked.  Perhaps it's an addiction, but I can no longer go into a thrift store without looking for wool sweaters, or sweaters with at least some wool content.  It's the love of the "Hunt".

Mittens Made From Repurposed Sweaters
My large inventory of sweaters offers plenty of variety to selectively coordinate pleasing color combinations.  I like to incorporate two or three different sweaters in one pair. I never know just how each pair with turn out.

Pine Branch Mittens

I made this pine branch pair of mittens using a deep purple-brown colored men's 100% wool sweater. With metallic silver thread, I embroidered along lines in the sweater fabric. For more interest, I free-hand embroidered pine branches and pine cones. I sewed a set of antique silver buttons onto the cuffs.  These mittens required several hours of stitching, and the price for these is higher.

Mitten cuffs can be made from the cuffs from the sweater. When I shop for sweaters, I check the sleeve ends to see if they look good good.  If they are tattered, I do not purchase the sweater.  Typically the bottom of the sweater is ribbed and offers enough length for two pairs of mittens.  I've also fashioned cuffs from collars.

Because sweaters come in so many diverse designs, there is no limit to the possibilities.  Embroidery, appliques, and embellishments add additional interest.  The oak leaf mittens shown in the photo above were original with the sweater.  I fashioned the acorns from wool fabric and attached for a nice touch.
Snowman Mittens

The images in the snowman mittens are just as they were in the sweater.  I added no additional elements. This was a sweater that had very little wool content, but I loved the possibilities.  Sometimes I will purchase a sweater with no wool content if the sweater has interesting features or I can see a creative application.

Notice on the left-hand snowman mitten that I pieced more of the sweater fabric under the snowman, as he was positioned near the bottom of the sweater.  The fact that I pieced below the ribbing did not detract from the beauty of the mitten.  In fact, I believe it added interest.

Reverse Side Sweater Mittens

For complete instructions and a pattern for making these mittens, go to our Cookie Tour tutorial link. Now, go have fun!  Ask your friend and family to give you their old sweaters that they no longer need.  Also ask them to collect old buttons for you.  Now let the mitten making begin!

If visiting Ohio's Amish Country, stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast to tour a few rooms.  Experience warm hospitiality, fine accommodations, and a great breakfast, served over great conversation.

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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 7, 2016

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, with halls decked out for the holidays, was one of twelve properties showcasing a "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt Christmas" in the 8th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  Approximately 1,250 guests enjoyed the charity benefit, two-day event December 12 and 13, 2015.  Guests traveled from inn to inn sampling tasty treats, sipping beverages, and of course, picking up their packaged cookie at each stop. Live music at several locations added holiday cheer and give a reason to pause and enjoy the moment.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour
This year's "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt" themed tour reflects the newly adopted marketing logo and brand tagline of Holmes County.  That tagline is reflective of the many crafts and products made in Holmes County along and the love and passion in our community.  A repurposed, upcycled, or a DIY inspiration was featured at each location.

Want to be creative?  This is very exciting!  You can get patterns and tutorials for all of the tour's featured inspirations. The Barn Inn's Poinsettia Pillow instructions and pattern is on this link.
Poinsettia Pillow

The twelve inns showcased were the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Berlin Grande, Berlin Resort, Carlisle Country Inn of Berlin, Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek, Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Comfort Suites of Berlin, Guggisberg Swiss Inn, Miller Manor, Stone Cottage Inn, Victorian Suite, and the Wallhouse Hotel. The tour is a collaboration of member properties of the Amish Country Lodging Council and helps partners to showcase in a way that we could not do alone.  It's a lot of work for all of the properties involved, but it is fun and festive, and in the end, charities and all of us are blessed.  This year's tour will take our eight year charity donations over the $100,000 mark.

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

We again appreciate Jubilate for providing music, which resonated to the soaring 33 feet high rafters of the inn. This year the Barn Inn's cookie was a cut out in the shape of Ohio.  It was a labor intensive job, but volunteers came and helped get the job done.  We have stainless steel Ohio shaped cookie cutters for sale for only $4.95 each.  The cutters were made for us by a local Amish man. 

To make my Ohio-shaped cookies, I first piped around the perimeter with royal icing, then allowed that to dry.  Next I filled the surface of the cookie with color-flow.  That had to dry overnight.  I applied frosting sheet decals that I printed with a printer with food color ink.  (You have to use a printer that has never used regular ink).  With making 1,400 cookies it was more cost effective for me to purchase a printer and make my own cookie images.  In most cases you could go on line to one of
the many companies out there and order your images.  Images printed on icing sheets will offer more clarity than those printed on rice paper or wafer paper. (Rice paper or wafer paper are used interchangeably and, for the most part, mean the same thing).

See the Holmes County edition of The Bargain Hunter for an excellent article on this year's tour.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 19, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wool felt Wreath Berry Pillow

Since I am in charge of all things beautiful at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I designed this white wool felt wreath berry pillow to beautify my inn for the holidays.

Instructions and Supplies:
 16" Pillow form
1/2 yard foundation fabric
1/8 yard white wool felt
Remnant cotton fabric for berries
Embroidery floss, tan or desired color for leaf veins

Cut two pieces of foundation fabric 16 1/2" square.  If you chose fabric that unravels, zig zag the edges before beginning.

Make a leaf pattern measuring 3" x 1 1/4".  From the wool felt fabric cut at least 50 wool leaves.  I used 51 on my pillow.

Leaf and Berry Template Images

Find the center of your 16 1/2" foundation fabric.  With a chalk or water soluble pen, draw a circle approximately 8 1/4" in diameter to serve as a base line for applying your leaves. Now you're ready to have fun.  Experiment with the design.  With the base of the leaf tip touching the circle, position the leaves pointed toward the center and continue laying the leaves out to get an idea of how to sew them.  Don't worry about the background showing through between leaves.  That will simply give a more natural look.  Remember too, that you will be adding berries in a later step and you can place berries in gaping areas.

You may wish to use straight pins to pin the inner circle leaves. With two strands of embroidery floss of your choice, stitch leaves in place by uniformly stitching a vein line from the base of the leaf toward the tip.  Stitches should be approximately 1/8 inch in length.  Stitch about 2 inches from the bottom of the leaf.  Allow the top 1 inch free.

 After applying the inner circle of leaves, apply leaves to the outside of the ring and in the middle as is visually pleasing to you.  After the leaves are all placed, you are ready to make and attach your berries.

Special note:  I purchased my wool felt at Zinck's Fabric in Berlin, Ohio, for the fantastic price of only $3.99 per yard.  Mr. Zinck buy warehouse lots and offers fabric at exceptional prices.

As shown in a photo above, I used a quarter as a template for the berry.  Cut on the pencil line.  With double strands of matching thread, sew a drawstring gathering line just inside the circle edge.  Draw it up and put a small "poof" of batting into the little berry circle.  I like to pack it in with the tip of a pencil.  This will allow you to draw it tight.  Knot off, but don't cut the thread.  You can now attach it to your wreath.  You're the designer here, so make and apply the number of berries as you like.

So here it is all done and pretty for your sofa or bed!  Or make this for your holiday gift giving.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015 Entertainment Ohio Bed and Breakfast

New Year's Eve Dinner and Entertainment on December 31, 2015, at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ohio Amish Country will offer guests an enjoyable evening of the unusual and mysterious.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a complete steak dinner, salad, homemade dinner rolls, special side dishes, concluding with traditional Amish-country desserts; but the best is yet to come. It will be a memorable evening as Mark Boley, executive director of the Holmes County Historical Society will present a most unusual New Year's Eve program, entitled, "Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County."  Mark, a professional photographer, has always been interest in history since he graduated from West Holmes High School. He later attended Ohio State University.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Mark Boley
A fascination with little known or unusual historical myths and legends has led him today to a series of popular programs on Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County and Holmes County History the Rest of the Story.  His program presentations have become standing room only events.

Following the meal, the adventure will begin with Mark sharing photo images and unusual accounts.  It all began with a discovery in Southwest Holmes County of an unknown tunnel and underground chamber discovered by accident in the 1980's. Forgotten, buried and rediscovered 20 years later this single discovery has lead to numerous unexplained sites, myths, lore and legends being discovered by the Holmes County Historical Society.  From ancient Indian mounds in Millersburg to mysterious underground man made structures plus throw in Big Foot sighting and UFO's, this program will keep you on the edge of your seats wondering what's next.  Come and find out what mysteries lay within the county and what's being investigated.  You'll start your New Year off with a complete new perspective on why Holmes County is so special.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Dinner and this special evening is available only to guests reserving a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the evening of December 31, 2015.  The Cost for the meal and program is $39.99 per person and availability is limited.  Call the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast at 330-674-7600 or book on line for a memorable New Year's evening experience.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 4, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Amish Practice Natural, Homeopathic, Herbal, and B & W Ointment

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast often ask if the Amish us modern medicine.  Most Amish appreciate and pay for good medical services; however, most practice various forms of natural, homeopathic, herbal, and folk remedies prior to or in addition to modern medicine.  One of those products is B & W Ointment. I can vouch for the effectiveness of many of their products.
Amish Newspaper

The letters for B & W stands for Burn and Wound. My husband and I use and sell both B & W Ointment and Chickweed Ointment at our inn. In the September, 2010 issue of "Plain Interests," is published a comprehensive account of an Amish man who was critically burned, treated, and recovered by the B & W Ointment method and a hospital stay. "Plain Interests" is a newspaper publication enjoyed by the "Plain" people, as they refer to themselves, a people who dress in separatist garb of varying distinctions.  The title of the article is titled, "Treating The Worst Case of Burns We Have Ever Seen."  It's an incredible story of how this man's family and the Amish community fought to treat him with B & W Ointment and burdock leaves, and their struggles with the hospital and doctors.  They appreciated the supportive interventions of the hospital and doctors; however, they wished to move him to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; a hospital that allows for the B & W method of treatment for burns.  He was not granted a transfer to Louisville.
Burdock Leaves

The patient was gravely ill, was on IVs, a breathing machine, had a feeding tube, was receiving antibiotics and other support.  The doctors were asking for his wife to sign for skin grafts to both arms and legs.  After a stalemate, the Amish and the hospital came to an agreement regarding the man's treatment.  The hospital would do skin grafts on the right leg and arm and the Amish could treat the left leg and arm with the B& W Ointment, and that is how it was handled.  The Amish man recovered.  I won't go into detail.  If you are able to get a copy of this newspaper, or if you wish to visit us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I would be happy to show you the article.

The article concludes stating that in the course of his treatment, "Around 70 gallons of B-W Ointment was used. Approximately 50 burdock leaves per day were used.  We liked the bigger burdock leaves the best.  Around $600 worth of gauze, B.V.D. pads, wraps, tape, bed pads, etc were used per week." They stated, "CVS Pharmacy has the softest 4 x 4 pads available for cleaning", and specified it is their stock #310421.

John Keim is the maker of B & W Ointment.  Here is a very detailed article and report regarding the Amish experience and claims of this product.

In many communities, the Amish have practitioners who specialize in the supervision of the B &W Ointment method of healing.  Almost every Amish home I know of has a container of B & W Ointment.  I have seen tips of finger nearly amputated by a saw.  They treat their wounds with the ointment and application of burdock leaves.  They harvest burdock leaves in the summer or fall, dry them, and store until needed.  The Burdock leaves draw out the pain.

Amish Farm, Holmes County, Ohio
Another article in this issue states, "The University of Michigan State Hospital of Ann Arbor has already seen some of the favorable results from the B & W Burns Regimen and they have now asked for a $55 million grant to get the facts on the B & W Regimen and it appears favorable that they may get it.  If they would come up with proof of favorable results, the FDA would be put into a position that they would have to permit its use at the burn centers which would eliminate a tremendous amount of suffering and expenses which we are all hoping and praying for."

In the August, 2009 "Plain Interests" issue is a letter to the editor regarding B & W Ointment.  It reads, "Our first experience of using the B & W ointment was when our son (16-year-old) came home from work one day with a cut above the knee, at least 4 inches across, resulting from a mishap with a chainsaw.  So we soaked it out good, then I dressed it with the B & W ointment.  After I finished dressing it, he left the house and I wondered if I did the right thing.  Well, I hope so . . I never had any experience in dressing a burn or bad cut, and I had wished I knew more about it."  The writer goes on to say that the some returned home with bloody legs and toes.  He had taken his bike to the neighbors, got thrown off when he was going downhill, and got badly gravel burned and sustained a severe toe injury.  Skipping over details, the father concludes, "I was just so amazed how fast it healed...."

The address for "Plain Interests" is 420 Weaver Rd., Millersburg, PA  17061. There are more Amish newspapers and magazines you might like to subscribe to.  Click here for this link.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
For a visit to one of the most incredible destinations in the US, consider Holmes County, Ohio, home to the largest settlement of Amish in the world, and a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located between Berlin and Millersburg.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 29, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Outlaw John Dillinger Family History in Berlin, Ohio

In an Amish descendants book titled, "Miller Family History.... Descendants of Benjamin A. Miller and Martha Troyer," printed by Berlin Printing, Berlin, Ohio, I found family history on the notorious and infamous outlaw, John Dillinger. The story is also revealed in the book "History of Berlin, Ohio Community 1816 to 1966."

The Miller book recounts, "Henry Mosenbauch came to Berlin, Ohio in November 1874 with a wife and child, about five years old, by a former marriage.  He was a German and his wife was murdered and Mosenbauch was blamed and put in jail. After the murder of Mrs. Mosenbauch, her oldest child was placed into the home of Amish people named Simon D. A. Troyers (Davy Sim, our grampas) to be raised till the age of 18; then to be given a Bible and suit of clothes." When the boy was 18 years old he went to Indiana.  Later it was his son who was the notorious killer and bank robber, making news all across the country.

Berlin, Ohio 

In my research I found sources spelled Henry's last name Mosenbach, Mosenbauch, Mosenbaugh, and Mosenback.  Records indicate that the woman Henry married was named Mary and she had previously been married to a Dillinger.

In the Miller book, the writer wrote that he had often wondered where the name Mosenbach came from.  He recalled a John J. Hershberger would quote a poem such as "Mosenbach hut lauter guth sach, Stiffel un d Spura, hut de hossa ferlohra."  Translation:  "Mosenbach has a lot of nice things, boots and spurs, but he lost his pants."

Various newspapers reported the story. According to an article in the Holmes County Farmer dated February 17, 1876, Henry Mosenback, his wife, and a child about five years of age came from Baltimore and located in Walnut Creek Township.  Shortly thereafter they settled about two miles east of Berlin. (Mentioned elsewhere, that was Baltimore, Maryland).

The story is given in great detail in the Stark County Democrat newspaper dated March 2, 1876. According to this newspaper article, he claims to have met his wife while she was a tramp on the road with her two children. The article says that he made a proposal to marry her if she disposed of her two children, and she left them with parties in Pennsylvania. He kept his agreement and in 1874 brought her to Ohio, and settled in Berlin Township, Holmes County, where he worked a small farm of 25 acres on shares.

The Holmes County Farmer, February 17, 1876 states that Henry Mosenback and his wife and a child about five years of age came from Baltimore and located in Walnut Creek Township.  Shortly later they settled about two miles east of Berlin.

The article states that "Mosenback is a German, unable to speak English.  He worked as a common day laborer making a comfortable living for his family.  Until recently they seemed to get along happily together.  He began to suspect her fidelity to him, having frequent quarrels since.  A child was born to them on the 13th of October last (1875)."

On Sunday last, February 13, 1876, Peter Ettling, a neighbor, called at the Mosenbach house.  He sensed there was trouble between them but there was no violent demonstration in his presence.  Ettling went from there to the residence of Emanuel Beechy and told him he feared that there was trouble at Mosenbach's.  About 11 o'clock that day, Beechy went to Mosenbach's house to see if all was right.

He found their little four-month-old child on the floor crying.  He called, but receiving no reply, went in and found Mrs. Mosenbach dead.  He immediately went to Berlin and gave the alarm.  A number of persons went to the one-room cabin.  They at once suspected she had been killed by her husband who was absent.

Questioning the little boy, they learned he had gone to the woods.  They divided themselves into parties to search for him, soon finding him north of the road standing behind a large beech tree.  He confessed to beating her with a round (rung) of a ladder.  He did not intend to kill her, but 'supposed his violence caused her death.' He was brought to Millersburg Sunday night and lodged in jail, and given a preliminary examination before Justice A. J. Bell today (17th) at 9 am.........

Henry, after his arrest was held in the Mt. Vernon jail because the Millersburg jail was not considered secure enough at the time.

The article additionally states, "We, the undersigned jurors . . do find that the deceased came to her death by violence perpetuated by her husband, Henry Mosenbach."  Another Holmes County Farmer article dated 5/4/1876 states  "Henry Mosenbach indicted for murder of his wife, came into court and pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree, which plea was accepted.  He was sentenced to the penitentiary for life."

 Berlin Ohio Location of Dillinger/Mosenbach Home

Rest Stop Mentioned In Dillinger History

The Daily Record, 9/9/1966 recounted the history and gives more detail with title: "Along Ohio 39; Ax-Handle Murder Put Berlin in Limelight."  It states that this occurred two miles east of Berlin, only a few rods south of the present state roadside park on Ohio 39.  It also states that as late as 1900, the remains of Mosenbach's log cabin and stable stood there; fragments of broken colored dishes; as late as 1950 a few fruit trees marked the site......"

In that same article, "During James E. Campbell's term as Governor of Ohio he commuted Mosenbach's sentence to 24 years, less time off for good behavior.  He was released from the penitentiary on January 7, 1892 after serving less than 16 years.

I photocopied another article from our Holmes County library.  I failed to note the source, but I believe this is detail from the History of Berlin Ohio Community, 1816 to 1966.  Some of the men who searched for Henry after they discovered his wife dead were Emanuel Beechy, David Yoder, Samuel Yoder, Christian Yoder, William Hott, Jacob Swoveland, Jacob Wilhelm, John Zehnder, I.D. Snyder, and Henry Hall. They found the murder weapons, consisting of an axe-handle (helve) and a piece of hay rick, instead of a ladder run, on the floor by the bed.

Earlier Mary's son from her first marriage (Dillinger) was not at the cabin; however, when the searchers returned from Berlin the boy was "apparently at the house then because Wilhelm reported that he asked him where his 'pap' was and he motioned toward the field to the north.  I.D. Snyder, Henry Hall, Jacob Swoveland and others went out to find him.  Swoveland said, 'We found him sixty or eighty rods north of the house in the woods.' He was first seen behind a large tree.  When they returned with him, Wilhelm asked him what was wrong.  He said, 'You needn't blame anybody else; It was me that did it."

Quoting from this same article, "Mary Mosenbach is reported to have been married previously to a Dillinger who died.  The oldest child mentioned above was apparently by that marriage. They were then living in Indiana..... At the time of the murder, neighbors and the county authorities arranged for the boys to be placed with local Amish families.  They were kept in their separate foster homes until they were eighteen.  Then each was to be given a suit and a Bible."

The oldest son, who was raised by Simon D.A. Troyer (Davy Sim), was the father of the notorious outlaw, John Dillinger; grew up near the Mike Doffitt School House.  When he was eighteen, he received his suit and Bible and went to Indiana where he had relatives.  He married there.

Summing this up, it is my guess that the father, John Dillinger, probably witnessed his stepfather kill his mother.  His stepfather first requested that his mother dispose of her two children before he would marry her; and at that point she sent her children to someone in Pennsylvania.  He lost both biological father and mother;  lived on the street with his mother as reported, then he was homeless and raised in a foster home and sent off with a suit of clothing and a Bible.  Is it surprising that one of his children, John Dillinger, became who he was? According to wikipedia, the father of outlaw, John Dillinger, was John Wilson Dillinger, "a grocer by trade, and reportedly, a harsh man."

This story is also referenced on page 259 in the book, American Homicide by Randolph Roth.

In conclusion, I have simply shared information that has been published. The name of the father of outlaw, John Herbert Dillinger was John Wilson Dillinger, dob July 2, 1864, as indicated on wikipedia. This would make him 11 years old at the time of the murder.  This leaves some questions about the child's age.

Visit us some time at Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 2, 2015