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.

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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.

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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

Friday, August 7, 2015

2015 Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio

The Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio brings the area together for a fun-filled week in the heart of Amish country. Local businesses, farmers and residents of the community come to participate in and enjoy animal showmanship, demolition derby, rodeo, live music and much more. This year the fair takes place August 10-15, 2015 at the Millersburg fairgrounds. The festivities this year are marked by the special knowledge that this will be the last time the fair is held at the current location. In 2016, the event will be moved to the new fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge.

The schedule of events for the fair is packed full as usual. Admission opens Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am, and closes at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  $10 ride passes are available from noon to 3:00, and are good for the entire day. Each day contains its own highlights before the week culminates in a special closing ceremony.

Monday, August 10 – Ride passes are $12 for this day only. 4-H booth judging, king and queen coronation and swine and poultry showmanship are just several of the events that will occur during the day. In the evening, the rodeo and talent show will feature the varied skills of the community.

Tuesday, August 11 – Admission is reduced to $3 per person until 3:00 pm. Animal showing for meat goats, horses and swine will take place during the day before acoustic band Felt takes the stage to end the evening.

Wednesday, August 12 – This is designated kids’ and veterans’ day. Active military and veterans receive free admission. The Tasting Smorgasbord and a multitude of types of animal showing will occur before the Antique Tractor Pull. Later, the Amish Country Theatre will perform a comedy skit featuring live bluegrass music.

Thursday, August 13 – Admission is again reduced to $3 until 3:00 pm. The daytime events will include the Horse Versatility Show and livestock sale. Later, the evening will be filled with the roar of engines as Motocross occurs at the grandstands.

Friday, August 14 – One more day of reduced admission at $3 until 3:00 pm! Dairy and llama showing along with the Horse Fun Show are included in the day’s events. Later, Autumn Burning, a local modern rock band, will wrap up the events with original music.

Saturday, August 15 – The final day of the fair contains the garden tractor and pedal tractor pulls. The events of the fair will come to a head as the demolition derby kicks off the evening. Later, AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will finish off the last evening of the 2015 fair.

This final fair season at the Millersburg Fairgrounds promises a great time in the heart of Amish country. Come out to experience the events, and enjoy some of the best Holmes County has to offer. While visiting, make the Berlin, Ohio area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast your home base while enjoying the fair or exploring Holmes County.

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Submitted 8/6/15 by Jessey H-K

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Serves Gluten-Free and Dietary Restrictions

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Holmes County, Ohio, not only serves a hot country breakfast daily, but also takes pleasure in providing special breakfasts for dietary restrictions.  With advance notice, we are happy to prepare a breakfast made to your dietary needs, whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, or another allergy or intolerance.

In preparing gluten-free breakfasts, we are careful to not cross-contaminate with foods containing gluten. We use thoroughly cleaned skillets and utensils for our special request diets.

Many people suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is different from Celiac's Disease.
Recent guests to The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast enjoyed and very much appreciated our cooking to their non-gluten dietary requests.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Guests
If you are planning a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and have a dietary restriction, we would like to know if you are allergic to an ingredient(s) or sensitive to that food. If, for example, you request a vegan breakfast, it would be helpful to know what you would prefer instead; if you eat items such as green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, or zucchini. Let us know if you want an alternative to cow's milk; such as almond, rice, or soy milk. If you request "No eggs," do you mean you don't want to eat eggs or if you are allergic to muffins that contain eggs. Our breakfasts are great and we will be happy to accommodate your dietary request, so long as it is not some exotic item not available to us - hey, we're in Amish Country.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thunder Over Holmes County Brings Traveling Vietnam Wall to Millersburg

This year, during the 2015 Thunder Over Holmes County event on July 3-5, a touring half-scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be present in Historic Downtown Millersburg. The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites its guests and all visitors to Amish County to see this one-of-a-kind memorial and partake in the many festivities of the July 4th weekend.

A picture of the traveling Wall

Though the traveling Vietnam Wall will be view-able at Hipp Station in Millersburg from Thursday evening until Monday morning, opening ceremonies for Thunder Over Holmes County will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, July 3rd. The fireworks show will take place on the 4th after dark, but there are plenty of activities, vendors and live entertainment shows to enjoy before and after the display.

The Wall being moved by a trailer truck

Having begun its tour of the country more than 30 years ago, the "Moving Wall" is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The goal of the Wall is to bring the experience of the memorial to communities and veterans who may not have the opportunity to travel to DC. Built by Vietnam veteran volunteers, the Wall went on display for the first time in 1984 in Texas. Since then, the Wall has made its rounds all over the continental US from April through November.

A Vietnam Veteran visiting the Traveling Wall with his dog

July of 2015 will mark the first visit to Millersburg that the Wall has made. It promises to be a truly unique and moving experience for residents and visitors of Holmes County, especially during the July 4th weekend.

For an exceptional view of the fireworks and modern accommodations just outside of Millersburg, we have the Blossom Suite available for Saturday, July 4th. This Suite is part of our Apple Hill property and can accommodate up to six guests comfortably. For more information, contact The Barn Inn at (33) 674-7600 or book on our website.